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    Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 20, 2009

    The Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall is located in Cubbon Park and is the home of the State Central Library. It was built in 1915 in a classic European style with Tuscan and Corinthian columns, in honour of Sir K.Seshadri Iyer who was Dewan of Mysore State from 1883 to 1901.

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    General Post Office

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 20, 2009

    Bangalore General Post Office was established in 1800. Initially, it was known as the Imperial Post Office and is a traditional colonial building. The interior is well worth a visit even if you're not planning on buying anything as it features a large wooden counter. The steps along the front feature some lovely pot plants and there's some lovely flowers in beds in a garden at the front.

    Speed post, registered post, e-post, e-bill post, parcel, insurance, and telegraph facilities are available. It is located on Ambedkar Veedhi and working time is from 10:00 to 19:00 hrs from Monday to Saturday.

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    St Mark's Cathedral

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 20, 2009

    This simple, yellow-coloured Neo-Classical cathedral was built in 1812 and consecrated by the Bishop of Calcutta in 1816. It features some nice balustrades and an imposing portico at the front. On the night of the 17th February 1923, it was seriously damaged by fire. In the following year, whilst being restored, the nave collapsed and the building remained a ruin until October 1926 when the nave was entirely rebuilt. The church was opened again on 7th August 1927.

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    A wonderful shop of magazines

    by cochinjew Written Mar 4, 2009

    I am not a fan of popular magazines, but occasionally i fall head over heels for some magazines, like Monocle, The Economist and from India, Tehelka.. i went into this shop, the owner was behind the counter and was obliging and i asked for Monocle, thinking it would be a test for this shop.. sure enough they had two copies of Monocle..
    My hats off to owners Yahya Sait and Amjad Ahmed..

    the widest variety of magazines i have seen in Bangalore.. not too many nerdy types hanging around.. that is another blessing..

    Alas, with the closing of Premier Bookstore I have no reason to return to Bangalore perhaps the owners of this news shop will help me acquire more knowledge about Indian literature?

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    There is no reason for me to come to BLR any more

    by cochinjew Written Feb 23, 2009

    within hours of arrival in Bangalore, i traipsed myself to the end of MG Road with great anticipation with a list of new books and other names anticipated, only to be told of the sad news.. I had prophetically written before, when Premier Bookstores close down there is no reason for me to come to Bangalore..
    Alas, Premier Bookstore is no more.. the stock is being shipped out, what will become of this favourite haunt of the intellegentsia of this city... the general intellectual level of this city goes down a notch by the disappearance of this institution of a bookstore.. I am very very sad..

    From the Book by Sandeep madhavan
    Even gravity leaves its footwear outside the door of Premier Bookstores as the thousands of books within seem to defy it, forming leaning towers of prose and veconfound and attack therse that senses from every angle and space. Mr Shanbagh, the proprietor, makes up fo rhte apparent chaos by fishing tino dusty corners and landing the book fo your choice.

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    Wake up and Smell the Coffee House

    by cochinjew Written Feb 23, 2009

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    In a few short months, like many other things in Bangalore that are charming and has a history would be NO MORE..
    I am talking about the India coffee House. On each visit to Bangalore, I make a point of stopping here and ordering a cup of coffee from polite waiters dressed just as in the posters .. gandhian times, quiet times and gentle times now degraded into IT nerdiness and sloppy English and lack of appreciation of anything of beauty and discretion..
    From the book by Sandeep Madhavan..
    A stroll down MG Road is incomplete if you have not passed through the India Coffee House.
    The turbaned waiters, most of them on board for more than twenty years, greet you with an air of recognition. Coffee connoisseurs and regulars occupy the chairs ont eh left, their silver streaked hair contrasting with vogorous, animated politcal discussions. in the middle and on the right, youth peer lazily through the glass windows of the entrance, occasionally slipping into the adjacent corridor with their coffee to light a cigarette...

    In the name of progress, the building housing this more than half a century old cafe would be closed. Go there have a cup of coffee and create a bit of nostalgia..

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    Visit the ISKCON temple

    by abi_maha Updated Feb 18, 2009

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    The temple is in the heart of the city- Mahalakshmi Layout/Yeshwantpur junction. For Krishna devotees it is a must do as the temple is beautiful and very very well maintained. Even for people who are not Indians this is a must do as you will find that most of the priests are well versed in English and other foreign languages. It is not a typical temple- ISKCON stands for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. It follows the ways of life outlined in the Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavat purana.
    One of the first memories I have of Iskon was as a fun temple where they serve 'samosas and snacks' as 'prashadam'. Also you have monitors in the premises that freely advertise who has sponsored today's lunch or other such donations. It is definitely a different experience, don't head here for as traditional experience.

    The temple looks majestic on a sunny day
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    Serene Beauty- Jain Temple at Jayanagar

    by abi_maha Written Feb 18, 2009

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    Whenever we feel the need to spend some time in silence and find some solace we head to this white wonder in Jayanagar - the Sri Dharmanath Jain Temple opposite to the Bus Terminal. Its actual name is Shri Adinath Digambar Jain temple. The construction of this temple started in the early part of this decade and completed in 2007, however even today some 'touch up' jobs are constantly happening in the campus. The speciality of this temple is that it has been built in white marble with colourful shades. The Jain temple located right along side main road welcomes with a nicely sculpted arch-gate. Once you get in, you are greeted by two white marble elephant on both sides. You can climb a few stairs to reach the main mandir. You can also climb two small stairs at the back side of the main mandir to get to the top. Apart from the main mandir, there were 3 other deities. I am not sure about the names..... however unlike in hindu temples you can get upclose with the deities here.

    The arch and the temple
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    Theater/Play at Rangashankara

    by abi_maha Updated Feb 6, 2009

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    By virtue of this theatre being just behind our house we have developed the habit of checking which play is on the newspaper listings and heading there for the same! :) Plays in both english and vernacular languages are performed here, it is one of the best theatres in bangalore. Catch a play on a weekday where the chances of getting a ticket are higher :)
    Started by Mrs Arundati nag, one of the best theatre artists in the country, this theatre has attracted talent from around the world! Kudos to her for reviving this entertainment form in bangalore!
    the cafeteria here has some interesting Indian snacks that you should taste if you manage to get an order thru amidst the throng of people there! :)

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    Bull Temple

    by abi_maha Updated Feb 2, 2009

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    The Bull Temple is located at Basavangudi, atop 'Bugle hill' in Bangalore. Kempe Gowda, who is known as founder of Bangalore, constructed this temple in a typical Dravadian style. The temple has a mammoth monolithic bull called 'Nandi' which is 4.5m high and 6.5m long. It is believed that the statue keeps on growing in size further and further.

    According to a legend, the temple was built in order to appease a vagrant bull that persisted on eating away the entire groundnut grown in the surrounding fields. Ever since the enunciation of Bull temple, the bull never did the same again.

    Thankful farmers still hold annual Groundnut Festival (kadalekayi parishe) near temple premises every last monday and tuesday of the Karthik moth(nov or dec. Farmers offer their first harvest in the month of November-December to the bull as to show their gratitude. The temple is adjacent to that of 'Lord Ganesha with a unique feature. The idol of the deity is made out of 110 kg of butter after every 4 years. Amazingly the butter never melts. After the end of four years, butter is distributed among devotees.
    AJ and I actually got married in a Kalyan Mantap opp this temple! :)

    The Nandi
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    Weekend at Jog Falls

    by abi_maha Written Jan 28, 2009

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    Situated in cool climes of Western Ghats, is the highest waterfall in Asia, located 450km from Bangalore. Trains run at regular intervals from Bangalore that will lead you to this magnificent gift of nature. The falls are situated in wide expanse of wild and bewitching surroundings.

    River Sharavati falls from a height of 292m, making shafts of waterfall atop the hill, forming a glorious waterfall. The river forms four different tracks that are named 'Raja' (highest with height of 250m), 'Rani', 'Roarer' and 'Rocket' which are named aptly by the majesty they display.

    Even when the water is little less, you can reach the deepest time and enjoy the music of the nature with chirping birds and echo of the flowing water. It is also called Jeruppe Fall and is a must visit place in Bangalore.

    On the Sharavati River, before the falls, is the Linganamakki Dam that is a major source of Hydroelectricity in Karnataka. On the second Sunday of the month, water is released from the dam to the falls from 10 am to 6 pm.

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    Amusement parks- Wonderla

    by abi_maha Written Jan 28, 2009

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    This amusement park is located 20-30km from Bangalore. The place can be ideal for spending weekend with friends or children. Different kinds of rides are available here which have been categorized under two broad heads: Dry Rides and Wet Rides.

    Dry rides are very scary and would even take you upside down. Musical fountain, crazy car and virtual reality are most famous among all. Wet rides include lazy river. You can enjoy being in water and relax away day's tiredness.

    Food is supplementary and has to be purchased separately. The place is most visited during the weekends. Try visiting during the weekdays and you'll enjoy more. If you are a heart patient, we'll request you to please be little cautious before choosing a ride. Find all the details you need at the website mentioned below :)

    screaming our lungs ouT! :)
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    planetarium for the astronomically inclined

    by abi_maha Written Jan 28, 2009

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    Jawahar Lal Nehru Planetarium If you want to enjoy the marvels of the universe, visiting Jawahar Lal Nehru Planetarium is a must. The planetarium was founded in 1989. It has a dome with 150m diameter upon which night sky is projected. The hall has a seating capacity of 210 and is equipped with space meter. 2 lakh visitors visit the sky theater annually.

    There are exhibition halls that have a high educational value to those who want to learn more about the topic. The exhibitions include Astro-photographs, Cartoons, Paintings and quotations.

    Also on display are giant color pictures of Galaxies. Supernova remnants Nebulae etc. A set of paintings and sculptures are on permanent display. A Weighing Scale shows one's weight on all the planets and also gives a print-out. A Science kiosk donated by IBM, India is installed in the exhibition hall.

    Other feature of the Planetarium includes a science park that aims to educate children about science in a playful manner. There is a sky simulation activity undertaken on first Sunday of every month. Visitors are provided with a star chart of the day and taught its use. The activity ends with star viewing through a telescope.

    Large proportion of the population at this planetarium views special astronomical event like eclipses, shooting stars, meteors etc.

    As we pass by more of AJ's fotography

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    Anjaneya Temple Darshan

    by abi_maha Written Jan 11, 2009

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    Set on a small rocky hillock is the Ragigudda temple in the residential Jayanagar 9th Block, Bangalore- this temple is my favorite temple in the city! I would certainly recommend visiting the same in the early morning before 07:30 am as it gives you an opportunity to sit on the rocks around the temple for some sightings of the birds on the trees around and also a darshan of the deities before the crowds start pouring in.

    Entrance to temple

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    Bangalore Butterfly Park

    by bradbeaman Updated Dec 7, 2008

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    Bangalore Butterfly Park at Bannerghatta National Park. There is a conservatory dome which has a 10,000 sq ft enclosure filled with flowers that draw the butterflies in to stay still long enough to get their picture taken. The entry fee is Rs. 20 for adults and Rs. 10 for children. There are 25 varieties of butterflies during the summer with winter having less butterfly diversity.

    Bangalore Butterfly Park

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