5 Star Buffet (7 Star?)
Leela Palace Citrus
Breakfast buffet including tax Rs 430
Lunch buffet Rs 650
Midnight buffet Friday and Saturday Rs 550
Sunday Champagne brunch Rs 1,500
Wednesday seafood buffet Rs 1,500
Thursday and Friday night American barbecue salad buffet with entree. Breakfast Buffet is my favorite at Leela.
Garden city turned 'bits-n-bytes' nursery
Known as the Garden City and Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore was founded in 1537 by a local chieftain Kempe Gowda. Located 1000 m above sea level, this bustling capital city of Karnataka, has a perpetual holiday atmosphere, thanks mainly to its picnic weather. Rapid industrial growth has not taken away Bangalore's old-world charm. Despite being a bustling city, the central area is studded with beautifully laid out parks and gardens, wide tree-lined avenues, imposing buildings and funky bazaars. It is India's yuppie heaven.
The Bangalore Fort and Palace : Built by Kempe Gowda, the Fort of Bangalore was later expanded by the legendary king Tipu Sultan. This summer palace has been constructed largely of wood and is famous for its carving and paintings. Nearby is The Palace Hyder Ali begun and Tipu completed.
Lal Bagh : The 96-hectare park Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens is located on the southern fringes of the city. Laid out by ancient ruler Hyder Ali, this botanical garden has over 1000 species of flora. The Glass House is the center of attraction in this 2400-acre park. Later the son of Hyder Ali added horticultural wealth to the garden by importing trees and plants from several countries. The Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens also holds a number of flower shows, especially during the Republic Day (26th January).
Cubbon Park : This 120-hectare wooded and flowered park was laid out in the heart of the Bangalore bivouac in 1864. Since then, more fairy fountains, august bandstand and a wealth of flora have been added. located near the Vidhan Soudha, the most attractive aspect of Cubbon Park is that it nestles a number of neo-classical styled government buildings.
Vidhana Soudha : This splendid colossal building of the State Secretariat is a marvel of modern architecture and is a perfect amalgamation of traditional neo-Dravidian and modern styles. built in 1954, it is the home of the State Legislature and the Secretariat and dominates the northern boundary of the Cubbon Park. What attracts most is the massive sandalwood door of the Cabinet room. It becomes beautiful on a holiday evening when lit with myriad lights. It is not open for public to see.
Bird's eye view of Vidhana Soudha and Bangalore High Court from Indian Airlines VT-EVR (Airbus A320 - 231)
Photos courtesy of Ravindran THANIKAIMONI. All copyrights reserved 2004.