Many simply know Bangalore as India’s biggest Information Technology (IT) hub. Many consider it to be the abode for just techies and aspiring engineers. I think we lack behind in unearthing its hidden glory- a city founded and established by KempeGowda in 1537. Till last April, I thought that Bangalore is like any other metropolis characterized by towering buildings, bustling traffic, offices and industries, but trust me it dwells in many more aspects. I can’t disobey the fact that years ago it earned the status of “The Garden City of India”, owing to lush greenery and public parks spread across the city. While trails of tall dense trees lend shade, an ever- pervading cool pleasant weather keeps you healthy and refreshed all day.
I made sure to visit Cubbon Park in the heart of Bangalore. From morning walkers to leisure evening strollers, it is the city’s major lung space. Soaring beauty of undulating green grasses and tall thick trees at regular intervals left me awestruck. As a short auto ride took me to Lalbagh Botanical Garden, I climbed up its small gentle slope to get mesmerized by surreal beauty contributed by diverse variety of exotic flora and smooth winding paths stretching from one end to other.
I was lucky to spot India’s largest collection of tropical plants here. This historical lush green paradise is beautifully restored for nature lovers, photographers and wanderlusts from round the world.
In spite of being a modern metropolis, I noticed that history bears a strong attachment with Bangalore. Ancient monuments namely Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, Bangalore Palace and old fort at Devanahalli lie within and in the vicinity to the city.
Fortunately, I did not have to travel far off to cherish the heritage of Bangalore. Vidhana Soudha, the seat of Karnataka State Legislature is an imposing building detailed on the lines of Indo-Saracenic and Dravidian styles of architecture. If time permits, plan a trip to Bannerghatta National Park.
On my way to Koramangla, one of Bangalore’s most happening and posh localities from JP Nagar for a South Indian lunch, heavy traffic irritated me. However, once there, Koramangala’s array of pubs, restaurants and cafes left me spoilt for choices.
My decision to ditch Chinese and Continental dishes and savour authentic Mutton Dosa at Paramount Restaurant was perfect. Who says South Indian cuisine can’t be at par with north Indian delicacies?? As feet got tired shopping and hopping at Koramangla, I thought of sipping local Filter Kaapi (coffee). Its sweet strong aroma drives everyone crazy. Almost at every 100 metres, you will find a shop making filter coffee whose every sip rejuvenates your senses, just like it did to me at price like peanuts.
A walk down Brigade Road took me across branded shops to non- branded ones flooded by Indians and foreigners alike.
Unfortunately, the crowd is the best attraction here. If Louis Vitton bags or Armani watches are your status symbols, take a drive strait-away to UB City Mall at Vittal Mallaya Road. I checked in one of the luxury hotels near Bangalore’s UB City Mall to enjoy a royal stay at its heart. Why not you also give a try?
Indian classical dance and music are in the blood of Bangalore. Mohiniattam, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali dance forms and classical music are commonalities that locals share here. It is few of those cities that kept theatre alive and Ranga Shankara is one place to enjoy a theatre in different languages.
No wonder women are safe in Bangalore! With women bus conductors and auto drivers available in plenty, I considered myself absolutely safe even in my first visit. After my short trip to the charming Bangalore, I can assure it is few of those Indian cities where nature comes down to adorn you in a cosmopolitan environment. Amidst sky scrappers and crowded streets, lines of trees and gardens beautify the surrounding, keep the weather cool and healthy and open doors to inhale fresh air. One unique feature of Bangalore is, it experiences three climates in one day- sunny in the morning, rainy in the afternoon and chilly at night.