Bangalore is a happening city in South India that is frequently visited by local and international visitors for its several tourist attractions. Getting around Bangalore to see and enjoy its modern and natural resources is easy and convenient since the roads, highways and transport systems are good and efficient. From the international airport, the most common form of transport is on prepaid taxi. There are three reliable 24-hour cab companies, which are Ambassador, Maruti Van (or Maruti Esteem), and Tata Sumos.
Bangalore is known both as the “Garden City” and the “Silicon Valley of India”; these monikers pertain to the fact that the city is very modern and high-tech whilenatural and historic at the same time. Bangalore is a beautiful blend of past and present India. The city’s five leading attractions are the historical landmarks, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and Tipu Sultan Forest Lodge, the Bangalore Fort, the Lal Bagh Gardens, and the Indira Gandhi Musical fountains. The Tipu Sultan Forest Lodge is the old two-storey wooden residence of the sultan. It boasts of attractive balconies, arches, and decorated pillars that are all made from teakwood. Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, on the other hand, is set amidst a picturesque ancient garden. It is said that the sultan himself built and maintained the garden, which makes this historic landmark even more significant. Another old structure that’s worth a visit is the Bangalore Fort. It was constructed in 1537 by Kempe Godwa II, chief of the Vijayanagar Empire. These spots are very easy to find since locals can point any tourist to these destinations anytime of the day. Along the way are several unique parks, picturesque gardens and important city structures and temples.
The most important temples are the Venkataramanaswamy Temple, Gavi Gangadhareswara Cave Temple, Bull Temple, and Someshwara Temple. Other religious structures are the Whitefield Ashram, Shiva Statue and Jumma Masjid, as well as four Roman Catholic cathedrals – St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Mark’s Cathedral, St. Mary’s Basilica, and Infant Jesus Church.
Since this is a major tourist city in India, city transportation is available 24 hours a day, including the three-wheeled rickshaws called “autos”. They are very appealing to tourists and not at all expensive. However, to avoid the city traffic and see a number of tourist attractions in a day, the best way getting around Bangalore on land is on rental car. This is the most convenient way of avoiding busy Indian streets and to be in complete control of one’s tour schedule. Having a map in hand, of course, is very helpful when navigating the city for the first time.
On a rented car, it becomes much easier visiting other tourist spots such as Cubbon Park, Venkatappa Art Gallery, Ravindra Kalakshetra, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, International Tech Park, Ulsoor Lake, Bangalore Aquarium, Bangalore Turf Club Race Course, and the Musical Fountain of Bangalore, among other parks, palaces, temples and colonial structures. The city’s musical fountain is easily the most high-tech fountain in all of India. It’s a definite must-see.
Bangalore is a historic city, which is why there are so many historic landmarks to choose from. The oldest historical reference of Bangalore as the capital of Karnataka State dates back to 900 AD, and the oldest known settlement was established in 1537. The city’s rich history is just one of the many reasons why getting around Bangalore is quite a treat to both local and foreign tourists.