The ISKON temple is a great place to experience instant enlightenment. On Sunday's its packed (like most temples) so try to start early. You'll need to deposit your shoes outside. You can pay a little extra and get a special pass that will allow you to bypass all the lines. You will receive some blessing and be requested to repeat the hare-Krishna mantra. Just remember not to make fun or offend the other worshipers are taking it very seriously.
This fort is a small section left from Tipu sultan days and the wars against the British. Small but interesting, you'll cover it in less then 10 minutes - should combine with other activities in the area (near by to the city market and Tipu's summer palace).
The Bangalore city market – not far from the train station is an interesting place. It's very dirty and crowded and you will not have an easy time cruising around. But, it has many interesting sights, huge flower section, and other strange things. So if you are really into that kind of experience go for it, otherwise maybe try your luck at a smaller market first.
Devarayanadurga is a hill station near Tumkur in the state of Karnataka in India. The rocky hills are surrounded by forest and the hilltops are dotted with several temples including the Yoganarasimha and the Bhoganarasimha temples and an altitude of 3940 feet. It is also famous for Namada Chilume, a natural spring considered sacred and is also considered the origin of the Jayamangali river. Another famous temple in the area is the Mahalakshmi Temple at Goravanahalli.
The karnataka forest department has developed a nursery of medicinal plants near Namada Chilume picnic spot on Devarayanadurga hills. There are about 300 varieties of rare ayurvedic plants in this nursery. Only particular species of plants are cultivated on specified plots for easy identification of the plant varieties. The nursery is located at a forest spot beside Tumkur-Devarayanadurga bus route. The nursery, known as the mini forest of medicinal plants, has been developed with the objective of conserving endangered species of plants on Devarayanadurga hills.
It is 65 km from Bangalore, India, by road on Tumkur road. The nearest railway station is tumkur (11km) and Dabbaspet (25km). It can also be approached through Kyatsandra.
KSTDC operates a hotel in Devarayanadurga called Hotel Mayura Meghadoota.
Krishna Rajendra Market/City Market is an old wholesale bazaar selling almost everything from flowers, vegetables, fruits/dry fruits to steels and plastic boxes and much more. It's a nice place to visit even if you are not shopping. You can get "taste" of the old Bangalore at this bustling market.
I loved the flower market here. Baskets with flowers in bright colors.
Tip: walk up to the highest level of this market and look down!
I was visiting Bangalore on a business trip and had one day free during one of the weekend. Came to know about this Art of Bicycle Trips who organizes cycling tours around Bangalore. I believe, cycling is the best way to see in and around Bangalore. Joined them in their one day Nrityagram Safari. Nrityagram is a classical dance gurukal 40 km away from Bangalore. I was riding a bike almost after 10 years and it was quite exciting and refreshing. If you have weekend to spare in Bangalore, do take a biking trip with them.
Having lived in Bangalore for over 5 years, I have visited WonderLa just twice and never thought it was a big Deal. But last month I went to Disneyland and LegoLand, two of the most exciting Amusement parks in the world. And it was then that I realized how amazing WonderLa actually is.
With a huge Waterpark and dry rides, WonderLa can probably stand up to some of the best in the world. The 4D theatre, the Mixers and Shakers are best in class. And the 8water slide with an 85 deg fall is as thrilling as it gets.
Don't snub it down just because is in Bangalore and not New York or San Francisco. It is clearly a must do whether you live in Bangalore or are traveling to Bangalore.
GameZen Lounge is one of a kind interactive entertainment center located on Whitefield Road.
GameZen offers console gaming on latest consoles (PS3 slim, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii) connected to hi-def Sony LCDs. All in a plush lounge with cushy couches, gamer beanbags and coffee tables to put your feet up and relax.
GameZen offers the latest and the most sought after game titles including God of War III, COD: MW2, Guitar Hero and many more.
We also offer soft drinks and light snack. If you are hungry you can even order from eateries nearby (Dominos, Biryani Zone, Chungs and more).
To know more about GameZen, please visit http://gamezen.in or www. facebook.com/gamezen.
The Living Room is an upscale gaming lounge with X box 360, Nintendo Wii, and playstation consoles.
The lounge consists of eight living rooms. Each living room contains a comfortable sofa set, a large hi-res flat-screen and a console with wireless controllers. Each living room can seat up to six people at a time.
All the living rooms are connected to each other, enabling group play over our local area network. This means that guests sitting in one corner of the lounge can play against others sitting in another corner!
Some living rooms are even set up for online play.
Facebook Group : The Living Room, Bangalore
Savandurga is said to be one of the largest rocks (monolith hill) in the world. The hill rises to 4,000 feet above sea level. The hill may be 30 kilometers outside Bangalore, but you have to drive around the hill so it takes 60 kilometers to get there. Surrounding the hill is the Savandurga Forest and Manchanabele dam.
Go have a meal at Kuteeram (or just tea) You can't beleive the song birds you will hear.
M S Ramaiah Rd
31.9 km 44 mins
Hesarghatta Main Rd
31.9 km 48 mins
39.0 km 51 mins
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
1. Head west 63 m
2. Take the 1st left
toward Benson Cross Rd 0.1 km
3. Turn right at Benson Cross Rd
Pass by Fairfield Apt
(on the left) 0.4 km
4. Take the 3rd right
onto Nandi Durga Rd
Pass by Coffee Day Jayamahal
(on the left in 0.6 km) 0.7 km
5. Turn left to stay on Nandi Durga Rd
Pass by HP Petrol Pump Jayamahal
(on the left in 0.4 km) 0.4 km
6. Turn right at Jayamahal Rd 1.6 km
7. Continue onto CV Raman Rd 1.9 km
8. Turn right to stay on CV Raman Rd
Pass by BHEL ltd
(on the left) 0.7 km
9. Take the 2nd right
onto M S Ramaiah Rd
Pass by Traffic Sagnal
(on the left) 15.6 km
10. Turn right
toward Hesarghatta Main Rd 2.6 km
11. Turn right at Hesarghatta Main Rd 4.9 km
12. Turn right 3.1 km
My trips to Bangalore are always very short, this time it was no exception, just 36hours and i am back at the airport to catch a flight to Paris. but one can get things done, if planned in advance, which include looking books. I have sadly accepted the demise of Premier BookStore so was taken to this bookstore. While it is not an intellectuals book store i was pleasantly surprised at the variety of books, music and movies. purchases included two movies kabuliwala and ayurveda and a dance drama caled maya rawan... will watch them one of these days... DVDs for children and some on Yoga.. commercial establishment but a good place to buy gifts for others.. also many people in africa love bollywood movies so i picked three of them on recommendation with english subtitles to send to someone in Mali.
Go to Lal Bagh (botanical gardens), eat at Mavalli Tiffin Room, have a drink at NASA on Brigade road and check out the shops, or go to Commercial street around 11am and start haggling for gifts for your family, or wander around Cubbon park, or eat at Nagarjuna for some Andra style food, and make sure to visit Vishnu temple... and generally explore.
Crossing town in a rickshaw will take a while, so try and avoid too much back and forth driving to save time.
Enjoy, we loved Bangalore, a great city.
One of Bangalore main attractions, this temple is exclusively used for the worship of the sacred bull in Hinduism, known as Nandi, Lord Shiva's vahana, or animal mount. The word "Nandi" means "joyful" in the Sanskrit language.
The temple was built in 1537 by a local ruler under the Vijayanagara empire in the Vijayanagara architectural style. The ruler, a feudatory chief named Kempe Gowda, also founded the city of Bangalore. The temple is named after the large granite Nandi monolith placed on a plinth in the temple shrine (garbhagriha) which has become blackened from years of being rubbed with charcoal and oil. It is believed to be the largest Nandi murthis in the world with a height of approximately 15 ft (4.6 m) and a length of approximately 20 feet (6.1 m). The temple is a small one, consisting only of the shrine fronted by a porch in the Vijayanagara style. The current tower over the shrine was constructed in the early 20th century and is adorned with Saivite figures and motifs.
Situated opposite the City Market, Bangalore Fort was originally built in mud by Kempe Gowda, the founder of the present-day city, in the early 16th century. The fort was later fortified by Tipu Sultan after being handed it back by Lord Cornwallis in 1791. It is noted for the beautifully carved Islamic-style arches, minarets and paintings. There is an ancient Ganapati Temple and dungeon within the area of the fort and this is all that remains of the fort today.
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