December 1st, 2008 by admin

Location: Near Mathikere bus stop, Yeshwantpur, Bangalore

How to reach there: BMTC buses available from Shivajinagar, Rajajinagar(401) and Majestic.

Where to eat: No eatables available inside or allowed.

Entry: Free

Jayaprakash Narayan Park, popularly known as JP park is located in Mathikere near Yeshwantpur, Bangalore. This park has been developed by BBMP and is spread over 85 acres of land. The foundation store for this park was laid by the late Ex CM of Karnataka Ramakrishna Hegde and it was complete during Kumaraswamy’s tenure. The JP park is indeed good and jogger or nature lover’s delight. It is very nicely landscaped, well laid foot path, well lit for evening visitors, sitting places at short distances etc. It is a green delight. The park displays village life by display of statues of rural people, monkeys, tigers etc moulded in cement. Some part of the park are given different names like Honge garden after the name of the tree which is in concentration there. There is abundance of flora and quite a bit of fauna. I spotted a few bird over there. One Theatre is under construction, however the gallery is already in place and is named after Kannada matine idol Rajkumar. One can get a bird’s eye view from the higher point of the gallery.

You will able to see various trees and ornamental plants. At one side it also has a lake, dotted by hut like places where one can sit with family or friends. However, during public holidays and peak hours it may not be a good place to store some kisses. lol! It some crafy architecture at the backside of the park, where if you would like you may sit. Behind the park, runs trains lines towards yeshwantpur railway station.

One of the thing which I noticed is that the park is very clean and well maintained. Many of the tree are still in their adolocense and once they are fully grown some part of the park may resemble a mini jungle. One should keep good amount of time in hand to explore the park completely. Bangalore need more of such green lung space.

Note: Eatables are not allowed inside. You if carry any, you may leave it with the security at the gate and you can take it back while leaving.

July 14th, 2008 by admin

Distance: From Delhi 2061 km, from Guwahati 2932 km, from Kolkata 1881 km, from Mumbai 998 km, Chennai 331 km

How to reach there: One can either opt for flying or train. People from nearer places like Chennai can even opt for bus.

Where to stay:

Budget:

For budget hotel, visit here.

Luxuary/Start hotels:

1. Taj Residency

2. The oberoi

3. Hotel gateway

4. The park Hotel

5. Ista

6. Leela Palace

7. Hotel Ashok

8. Taj West End

Where to eat:

Cheap and Yummy Food:

1. Green Onion

Residency Cross Road,

Off Residency/ MG road

Bangalore

2. Shanti Sagar

Various locations in Bangalore like Indiranagar, Domlur, Jayanagar etc

3. Hotel Paramount

Residency road, off Brigade road

Star Resturants/Fast Food

1. Mainland ChinaChruch street and near Domlur flyover

 

2. Tandoor

MG Road

3. Sahib, Sind and SultanForum Mall, Koramangla

 

4. Kfc

Various locations in Bangalore

5. Pizza HutVarious locations in Bangalore

 

6. Mcdonalds

Various locations in Bangalore

Tour season: All round the year

Bangalore the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka is touted as the IT, BT, Knowledge hub or silicon valley of India. It is also know as the Garden City of India. One can find numerous gardens through out the city. Bangalore was sleepy city known as pensioner’s paradise in the 80s and 90s. However, from the late 90s things started changing with the advent of IT. Now one can see modern glass buildings, shopping malls, branded showrooms etc. In terms of tourism Bangalore has a lot to offer. Though Bangalore may not have huge number of historical sites but it has the weather, ambience and cosmopolitan nature to make you feel comfortable. There are quite a few to see in Bangalore which I will list below:

1. Vidhana Soudha: Vidhana Soudha is the state assembly of the government in Karnataka. It was built by Kengal Hanumanthaiah in the 1950s the then CM of the state of Mysore. It is the largest legislative assembly in India. Recently, a replica called Vikasa Soudha has been built during the tennure of CM S.M Krishna.

2. High Court: The Karnataka High Court is located opposite to the Vidhana Soudha. The red building called Attara Kacheri was built during the British era. Read more …..

3. ISKON Temple: ISKON temple is Bangalore is a very beauftiful temple located on a hill on west of cord road near Rajajinagar. The temple is decicated to sri Radha Krishna however other avatars are also available. From the top one can have a nice view. Security hassles can make you little uncomfortable but under present circumstances they have to do that. Inside one can buy starting from food, religious books, handicrafts etc

4. Lalbagh: Lalbagh is popular botanical garden in Bangalore constructed during the rule of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan of Mysore. The park includes 240 acres of land. It has varierty of plants and an ideal place to refresh yourself in a busy city like Bangalore. Every year during Republic Day(26th january) a special flower show takes place. Entry fee – Rs 10.

5. Bannerghatta National Park and Butterfly park: Bannerghatta National Park is located around 25 km from Bangalore city center and takes around half an hour by bus. Now a days your journey can be more comfortable as Volvo buses ply on that route and charge Rs 50 per person from Majestic bus stand. The park encompasses 25,000 acres of land and have various flora and founa. The park basically has a zoo, butterfly park and a tiger & lion safari.

The butterfly park is a recent addition and is a must watch. Entry fee to butterfly park is Rs 25, zoo is Rs 25 and safari depending on the time. Read more …..

One can enjoy their stay at the near by Bannerghatta Nature Camp, Bannerghatta, Bangalore – 560 083, Tel: 080-25597021 – 25 (Corporate Office), Fax: 080-25586163 (Corporate Office), Email: junglelodges@vsnl.com, Tariff: Swiss Tent: Indians: Rs. 1000/- , Foreign citizens: US $30/-, Dormitory: Indians: Rs. 500/- , Foreign citizens: US $20/-

website: http://www.junglelodges.com/

6. Lumbini Garden: Lumbini garden on the rejuvenated Nagavara lake is good place to visit in the evening with family. One can take their kids and pass time easily. There are quite a few kids games, boating, bathing pool etc. Website: http://www.lumbinigardens.com/

7. Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat: The Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath was established in 1960. It is a center of art which also imparts education in the field of art. One should visit the gallery over there.

Address: Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad, Art Complex , Kumara Krupa , Bangalore- 560001

Landmark: Near Grand Ashoka Hotel

Phone: 080-22261816 ,22263424

8. Rajarajeshwari Temple: The Rajarajeshwari temple is located in Rajarajeshwari nagar off Mysore road. The temple is built in intricate Dravida style.

9. Bull Temple: The Bull temple is located on the Bull temple road, Basavanagudi and was built by Kempe Gowda in 16th century. A giant bull is the deity of this temple and also Ganesh is worshiped here. Read more …..

10. HAL Museum: The HAL museum is one of the best aerospace museum on display in India. Maintained by HAL it has a large collection of vintage fighter jets, modern aircrafts like MIG 21, LCA, helicopter etc. Officially know as HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum was inagurated in 2001.

Date and Timmings: Closed on all Mondays and national holidays. 9 am to 5 pm

Entry fee: Rs 20

Camera Charges Rs 25

Video Camera Charges Rs 45

For HAL Employees Rs 10 per head

ATC and Flight Simulator Rs 10

Address: HAL Heritage Center and Aerospace Museum

Airport-Varthur Road

Bangalore 560 017

Phone: 91-80-5228341

Website:

http://www.hal-india.com/heritage.asp

http://www.warbirdsofindia.com/wbblrhal.html

11. Cubbon Park Cubbon is a large park spread over 250 acres in the middle of Bangalore. It an essential lung space. One visit there to spend ideal time or refresh themselves. Entry free.

12. International Tech Park (ITPL): The international tech park is the most visible epitome of the IT success of Bangalore. It is an technology park where hundreds of companies operate and thousands people work. One may not get entry there but seeing from outside also worth it. It is located in Whitefield.

13. Jawahar Bal Bhavan: Bal Bhavan is a children’s amusement park. The park offers boating, hobby classes like art, painting etc, children’s movie shows, doll museum, toy train etc. The park remains closed on Mondays and second Tuesdays. It is located one side of Cubbon park on the Kasturba road – MG road junction. Phone: 080-22864189

14. Nehru Planetarium: The Nehru Planetarium shows laser shows about the solar system and stars in Hindi, English and Kannada. The planetarium was founded in 1989.

15. Bangalore palace: Bangalore palace located near palace ground is built on the design of Windsor Castle in UK. Rev. Garrett, the first principal of Central High School, Bangalore( Now central college) built this palace. Later, Chamaraja Wodeyar, the then King of Mysore bought it in 1884. Read more ……

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