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Cubbon Park is a large park that is located right in the middle of the city's main administrative centre. Originally created in 1884, when Major General Richard Sankey was the then British Chief Engineer of Mysore state, it covered an area of 100 acres (0.40 km2) and subsequent expansion has taken place meaning that it now covers an area of about 300 acres (1.2 km2), which is one of the reasons why Bangalore is known as the "Garden City". It has a rich abundance of flora and fauna plantations coupled with some impressive colonial buildings such as the High Court of Karnataka, State Central Library, and the State Archaeological Museum plus some statues of famous people including Queen Victoria and King Edward VII.
Cubbon Park. A 121 ha (300 acre) green lung in the center of the city. Sitting in the shade of one its many magnificent trees and watching towering bamboo sway in the breeze, it is hard to imagine that you are in the heart of a metropolis of over 6.0 million people and one of the world's most dynamic and fastest growing cities. There is also a toy train offering children's rides.
I really enjoyed Cubbon Park because once you walk into the grounds it feels like you step out of the city. The air feels clearer, it is MUCH quieter and very peaceful. The grounds were kept very clean and tidy it was the first time I saw how Bangalore got the name "The Garden City"
Downtown Bangalore is not that large, considering it is the 3rd largest city in India. The heart of the city is Cubbon Park, a large beautifully manicured park with lots of room to stroll and plenty of shade to avoid overheating. The park is full of joggers in the morning, families during the day, and the whole city at dusk can be found strolling among the beautifully laid out trees, flowers and open spaces.
Immediately adjacent to the park is the Vidhana Souha (Parliment), the official state library and the region's law courts among many other important buildings.
In 1864 Sir Richard Shankey, the chief engineer of Mysore, laid out the Cubbon Park. The park was named after the longest serving Commissioner of Bangalore - Sir Mark Cubbon. A lush grassy expanse with flowerbeds, shady bowers and flowering trees, Cubbon Park is a haven for thousands of strollers and breeze seekers
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