City Guide: Bengaluru
Bengaluru is not one of the typical cities in India to visit for touristic purposes, but it is rather known for being the “Silicon Valley of India” as it is somewhat the Indian information technology (IT) capital. Getting around is a real issue just as in whole India in general as the traffic is horrible. As there is not really much to see, take some moments to read our city review of Bengaluru to get an overview!
Even though we already knew Bengaluru, also called Bangalore, is no city for sightseeing, we asked the concierge for advice. He named some places such as Karnataka High Court, the Bull Temple, Vidhana Soudha and Cubbon Park. In contrast, he didn’t recommend Bengaluru Palace.
Getting from A to B in Bengaluru
Keeping in mind that the average temperature in Bengaluru is about 28 degrees Celsius and the humidity is about 80%, it is not common at all to walk in Bengaluru.
Against the strain, we decided to do so anyway. However, having our camera with us, we could hardly walk 10 meters without Rickshaw drivers stopping and offering their services.
Strolling around in Cubbon Park Bengaluru
Cubbon Park Bengaluru happens to be a very enjoyable place to spend some time at and for strolling around. Interestingly, Cubbon Park also is considered for being a landmark of the city of Bengaluru. Appearing a bit as a botanical garden, different flora and fauna can be admired there.
Additionally, it is a very nice escape from the usual buzz and hurry of the city’s traffic! However, the high temperatures are not any lower there, so be sure to bring enough water with you.
Discovering Karnataka High Court
Karnataka is the name of the region of which Bengaluru happens to be the capital. When being in the area of Cubbon Park, Karnataka High Court is just a stone throw away.
Honestly, it shines in such a bright red that you cannot possibly oversee it. Definitely worth a picture and pretty impressive!
Learning more about Vidhana Soudha Bengaluru
When it comes to architecture and different styles of it, Vidhana Soudha Bengaluru is a real highlight!
Located right opposite of Karnataka High Court and thus Cubbon Park Bengaluru, Vidhana Soudha houses the legislature of Karnataka. But even though the building itself looks almost ancient, it got finished in 1956. To come with one more fact, Vidhana Soudha has a capability of 300 seats!
Visiting Sri Big Bull Temple Bengaluru
“Funny” was the adjective the concierge chose when mentioning the Sri Big Bull Temple as a highlight of Bengaluru.
Indeed, we can fully comprehend why he called it like that when we got an impression of it. The temple is only there to worship exclusively a sacred bull in Hinduism. As a visitor, you get rid of your shoes, take the blessing in form of a third eye, admire the bull from all sides when going around and exit again in respect. Definitely worth the experience and even though funny may sound a bit rude, you still get a better understanding of another religion.
Checking out Bengaluru Palace
Last but not least, we had some time left and decided to get an impression of Bengaluru Palace even though the concierge told us it was a waste of time.
The thing with Bengaluru Palace is that most expect kind of a huge, impressive, giant palace. Bengaluru Palace just ain’t so. However, it seems to be a very popular spot when it comes to weddings – one was going on when we caught a glance of Bengaluru Palace.