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Bangalore is meant to be one of the nicest cities in India, and it once was! With near perfect weather,nice and cool and an abundance of plants and produce available,it was also quite an easy city to drive around a few years back. Close by is Mysore and few other major tourist attractions and Marg and I have visited Bangalore on a number of occasions. The main one was when we had planned to go to Africa for our Safari and canceled the trip just after 9/11 happened, deciding to stay in India and visiting Kerala, Bangalore and Mysore instead. Bangalore is also the home of the Leela Palace Hotel, the sister concern of the one I worked with in Mumbai, and the property that drained all available funds out of our Hotel to bring about its completion. It made it a little difficult for us in getting supplies and produce,when a lot of the suppliers were not being paid for months on end, while another piece of marble or a light fitting or two was purchased for Bangalore instead. However,now that the Bangalore Leela is finished,it is certainly one of the greatest hotels I have seen, being modeled on the Mysore Palace itself and today,commanding the highest room rate in the country. A good friend of mine works there, along with a few of my staff from here, so we still have a bit of an affinity with the place. We also have a Park Hotel in Bangalore, a smaller concern and the first one to be built with our modern, contemporary styling as a boutique hotel. Chennai came afterwards and built on Bangalores success.
Because of the ideal climate in Bangalore, there are many parks and gardens located within and around Bangalore and it has a great botanical garden to vist at, plus Ulsoor Lake and Cubbon Park. Cubbon Park is a wooded and flower strewn park first laid out in the heart of the cantonment in 1864 while the botanical gardens themselves house over 1000 species of plants, trees and flowers, which include a rare collection of tropical plants,trees and herbs. The Glass House,which is modeled along Londons Crystal Palace, is the center of attraction in this 2400-acre park. Bangalore is very centrally located for a number of game parks around the area and it is becoming more and more popular to disappear into the hills in search of lions, tigers, buffalo and elephants of course! Close by is Bannerghatta National Park, about 18 kilometers from Bangalore with the major attraction being the lion safari,driving through a wild stretch of forest set apart for animals. Another major attraction that you should stop and see on your way to Mysore is the four hundred year old Big Baniyan Tree about 18 kilometers from Bangalore. The tree has a spread of over nearly four acres which creates an awe-inspiring appearance has a vertical root system forming a nice little complex to relax in!
Bangalore is named after a plate of beans actually, and legend has it that King Veeraballa of Vijayanagara once lost his way in the thick forest.Hungry and tired, he came upon a lone hut in the forest where he met an old woman. When he asked for food, she gave him baked beans (Benda Kalu in Karnataka). The King found that this humble meal tasted better than the richest fare of his palace and to commemorate this incident,he called the place "Benda Kalu Ooru" or the place of baked beans!Today, it is better known as the Garden City and is the capital of the of Karnataka, one of the southern states of India and one of Asias fastest growing cosmopolitan city. It is home to some of the most high tech industries in India and along with gardens and parks, natural lakes, shopping malls and some of the best restaurants and pubs in this part of the globe, has become a very popular destination. The downside is, that the roads are now getting so congested and traveling time is increasing beyond reason, that some of the se companies are now moving away from Bangalore into less chaotic cities! Bangalore has certainly been a victim of her own success!
A picturesque lake with several tree-shaded islands in it, is an ideal picnic spot. You can go boating or go for a swim in the nearby swimming pool that is part of the recreational complex near the lake
The Bangalore Palace was built by a Wodeyar king in 1887 on the 400 acre space
Inspired by the Windsor castle, this palace was built in the Tudor style, complete with Gothic windows, foiled windows, battlements and turrets