Bangalore Travel Guide & Attractions

Bangalore also known as Bengaluru is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. Bangalore is nicknamed the Garden City and was once called a pensioner's paradise. Located on the Deccan Plateau in the south eastern part of Karnataka, Bangalore is India's third most populous city and fifth-most populous urban agglomeration.
Few Cities in the World have the power to attract and motivate a casual visitor to move there permanently. Bangalore is one of those rare cities which make people who are new to the City to call themselves proud Bangaloreans.

Bangalore, a real cool place on Planet Earth is the capital of Karnataka, in the southern part of India. It is indeed cool - the people, the place and of course the weather.

The headquarters of several public sector undertakings such as Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited and Hindustan Machine Tools (HMT) are located in Bangalore. In June 1972 the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was established under the Department of Space and headquartered in the city. Bangalore's IT industry is divided into three mainclusters  Software Technology Parks of India, International Tech Park, Bangalore and Electronics City. UB City, the headquarters of the United Breweries Group, is a high-end commercial zone. Infosys and Wipro, India's second and third largest software companies are headquartered in Bangalore, as are many of the global SEI-CMM Level 5 Companies.

Bangalore is unique in many ways. It has the most pleasant weather throughout the year which got itself the name "Pensioner's Paradise". It is the only cosmopolitan and multilingual city after Delhi in the country which has welcomed everyone who wanted to make their home in the city and this speaks of the hospitable nature of the Bangaloreans. Bangalore which was only a city known within India a couple of decades ago has now found its place in the World Map because of the export of best quality software and software professionals to the entire world. Bangalore is now on everybody's tour itinerary while visiting India and i have made a sincere attempt to provide all the necessary information both to tourists and residents of Bangalore. If there is any information which you feel should find a place in this blog, please drop a comment and would be certainly considered.

There are many great places to see in Bangalore. I have added some of the best places.

Vidhana Soudha: The legislative House of Karnataka, this granite building was built by Sri K. Hanumanthaiya, Chief Minister of the then Mysore state 1951 to 1956. The then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharalal Nehru laid the foundation on 13th July 1951. It was built at an expenditure of Rs 18.4 million. Marvel of neo-dravidian architecture and one of the most imposing building not only in Bangalore but in India.

bangalore vidhan sabha

Vikasa Soudha: This ultra modern construction, adjacent to majestic Vidhana Soudha built in the same classic style, is supposed to come fitted with the latest gizmos to help govern the state. It was inaugurated in February 2005.

Vikas Soudha bangalore

Bangalore Palace: Bangalore palace was constructed by the Maharajahs of Mysore. For many years the building was neglected as a tourist attraction, but is now open to the public. This is a rundown building with paint peeling on the interior and generally a tourist trap to be avoided. The fee is Rs. 100/200 Indian/Foreigner and 500 to take photos even of the exterior. This includes a guide to point out things like the mounted elephant head, though no mention is made of the numerous nude paintings.

bangalore palace

Tipu Sultan's Palace: This palace which dates from about 1790, is the summer retreat for Tipu sultan. The two story structure is made mostly out of wood with finely embellished balconies, pillars and arches.

The Bull Temple: Located in Basavanagudi, this temple is a typical Dravidian style temple & is famous for its mammoth bull statue that was carved from a single boulder. Legend has it that the temple was built to appease a marauding bull that stole local crops, and that the offering was effective with the bull subsequently leaving the area. 

The Maha Bodhi Society Temple: This temple is a relatively new structure, with the main shrine built as a replica of the historic stupa at Bodh Gaya. The temple grounds are very peaceful, and visitors are welcome to stroll around. In addition, the temple houses an excellent library of books on Buddhism, many of which are in English.

ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple: Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Road, This temple built on a hillock in Rajajinagar atop scenic surroundings, is a perfect blend of modern technology and spiritual harmony. The huge cultural complex was built to promote vedic culture and spiritual learning, and abounds with shops selling devotional items and souvenirs.

iskon temple bangalore

Shiva Temple (Shiv Mandir), Old Airport Road: This temple has a massive monolith of Lord Shiva, located in the middle of an artificial pool. There is a cave-like walkthrough behind the statue. It is extremely crowded on the festival of Maha Shivaratri.

Shiv Mandir Bangalore

Cubbon Park: A 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 8.8 million people and one of the world's most dynamic and fastest growing cities. Avoid the secluded areas. There is also a toy train offering children's rides.

The Lal Bagh: A meticulously cared for garden located on the southern part of the city. Throughout its 240 acre, there are lotus ponds, fountains, glass houses and stone formations that date back over 3.0 billion years. Described as the most romantic garden in India, it was laid during the 18th century by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan.


Bannerghatta National Park: This park is on the southern fringe of the city. This 100 national park consists mostly of dense forest and scrub land, and is home to wild animals like bison, leopard, wild boar as well as being an important corridor for elephants migrating between the eastern and western ghats.


Wonder La Amusement park: A new attraction in Bangalore. It is India's biggest amusement and water park which belongs to V-Guard firm. This park boasts of several rides (both ground & water). This is one of the best spots to visit in Bangalore. It is in the outskirts of the city off Mysore Road. This Park is very expensive so you should have enough money to enjoy.

Hesaraghatta Lake: This lake is 29 km from the city centre. It is a delightful artificial lake spread over 1,000 acre and provides facilities for sailing. A livestock breeding and poultry center have been established as a part od a Indo-Danish project.

nbr farms hogenakkal falls bangalore

There are many world class Five Star hotels available in Bangalore.

  • The Lalit Ashok
  • Taj Residency
  • The Park Hotel
  • Le Meridien
  • Ista Hotel
  • Royal Orchid Park Plaza
  • The Chancery Pavilion
  • The Paul
You can get some good cheap hotels all around the city.

Pune Travel Guide & Attractions

Pune formerly called Poona, also known as Punya-Nagari, is the eighth largest metropolis in India, the second largest in the state of Maharashtra, after Mumbai and the largest city in the Western Ghats. Once the center of power of the Maratha Empire, situated 560 metres above sea level on the Deccan plateau at the confluence of the Mula and Mutha rivers Pune is the administrative capital of Pune district.

Pune is known to have existed as a town since 937. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha Empire, lived in Pune as a young boy, and later oversaw significant growth and development of the town during his reign. In 1730, Pune became an important political centre as the seat of the Peshwa, the prime minister of the Chhatrapati of Satara. After the town was annexed to British India in 1817, it served as a cantonment town and as the "monsoon capital" of the Bombay Presidency until the independence of India.

Today, Pune is known for its educational facilities and relative prosperity. Pune is a majority Hindu city and one can see temples all over the city. Pune is the cultural center of Maharashtra, and the notional seat of the Marathi language. Pune has well-established manufacturing, information technology and automotive companies setting up factories in Pune district. Pune also has made its mark the educational epicenter of the country, winning itself the sobriquet, 'The Oxford of the East'.

There are many attractive tourist places in Pune & nearby areas like Lonawala, Khandala & many more.

Agakhan Palace
The Agakhan Palace is one of the most happening tourist attractions in Pune. This palace is famous due to the fact that the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi along with his wife Karturba Gandhi and Mahadeobhai Desai were imprisoned here in the year 1942, while participating in the "Quit India Movement". Do not forget to visit the marble memorials of Kasturba Gandhi and Mahadeobahi Desai who died here.

Shaniwar Wada
Shaniwar Wada Palace is another major attraction of Pune. It was built by Balaji Rao (the grandfather of the last Peshwa) in 1736. Today, only the massive outer wall of the Palace is left as the rest of it was burnt down in 1827.

Pataleshwar Cave Temple
This temple is a quite and an elegant temple that takes you to the world of spirituality. At the entrance of this small underground temple, stands a stone gazebo (Nandi mapandapam). This adds to the charm of this exquisite temple. Definitely, a must visit.

Raja Denkar Kelkar Museum
This museum is a passionate collection of Dr. D.G.Kelkar. The museum has a huge collection of unique and peculiar exhibits. The Raja Denkar Kelkar museum displays the diversity of India's culture in a subtle and delightful way. The elephant-shaped foot scrubber, a brass scorpion that reveals a secret lock and eight images of Lord Ganesha carved on a bean make it a place to see in Pune.

Kasturba Samadhi
Kasturba Samadhi is located near the Aga Khan Palace. It has now been turned into Gandhi National Museum. The samadhi contains the ashes of Kasturba.

Film and Television Institute of India
The famous and reputed Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) is situated in the Law College Street of Pune. It is one of the most prominent film schools in Asia. The institute has produced many famed actors, directors, and technicians for the Hindi Film Industry. This institute is a worth visiting place in Pune.

Osho Commune International
This is an ashram of Osho, also known as Rajnish. It is located in Koregaon Park and is spread over an lush green area of 24-acre. It is described as the "spiritual Disneyland for disaffected First World yuppies" by the Wall Street Journal. Here you may participate in a number of programs with special emphasis on new-age meditation. Do not miss visiting this place.

Pune is well connected with mumbai via train & road. It's one of the most happening ride to pune from Mumbai via "Mumbai Pune Expressway". During this two hour ride via train or Road you can see the beauty of nature. There are many attractive tourist places nearby this route.

Pune's weather is also very cool. you can come to pune anytime in the year. You can see all kind of weather in Pune within a week. Pune receives good rain in almost every month of year.

During the time of Maratha Empire, Pune was the hub of power. The places around this city also represent the strength and laurels of Marathas.

Sinhagad is also known as the Lion Fort and is situated around 25 kilometers southwest of Pune on top of a steep hill. This fort is now almost in a finished condition. It was in the year 1670, that Tanaji Malusre, a general of Shivaji climbed the steep hill in dark with his men and defeated the forces of Bijapur. This is also the place where Mahatma Gandhi met another stalwart of Indian freedom struggle, Bal Gangadhar Tilak in 1915 for the first time. Don't forget to visit this excursion destination.

Raigad is situated at a distance of around 126 kilometers from Pune. Shivaji was crowned at Raigad in 1648 and he also died here in 1680. This fort is located on an isolated hilltop, from where you can get a breathtaking view of the Western Ghats.

Bhimashankar is a small travel excursion destination situated around 95 kilometers from Pune. It is rich in natural beauty and cultural heritage with deep forests, temples, rivers and many historical structures. But this place is particularly famous for the temple of Lord Shiva, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. The river Bhim originates from this place. This place is also ideal for trekking, nature watching, and bird watching. So, don't miss visiting this lovely place.

There are many five star hotels in Pune. If your budget is tight then you can find good cheap hotels too in Pune. Some of the most famous hotels of pune are listed here...

  1. The Pride Hotel Pune: 5 University Road Shivajinagar Pune Maharashtra 411005
  2. Courtyard By Marriott Pune Hinjewadi Hotel: S. No 19 & 20 P4 Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park Phase 1 Hinjewadi Pune Maharashtra 411057
  3. Fortune Inn Jukaso Pune: Plot no 6 Viman Nagar Pune Maharashtra 411014
  4. Ibis Hotel Pune: Survey 32 Nagar Road Pune Maharashtra 411014
  5. Le Royale Residency Pune: 220 Hinjewadi Maan Road Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park Phase I Next To Wipro Pune Maharashtra 411057
  6. Lemon Tree Hotel Hinjawadi: P4 Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park Phase I Pune Maharashtra 411 057
  7. Mapple Adhwryou Pune Hotel: Gate No. - 1347/1 Ubale Nagar Wagholi Pune Maharashtra 411047
  8. Mercure Lavasa Hotel: 3 Dasve Circle At Post Dasve Lavasa Pune Maharashtra 412112
  9. Pune Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre: Senapati Bapat Road Pune Maharashtra 411053
  10. Radisson Hotel Pune Kharadi: Nagar Bypass Road kharadi Pune Maharashtra 411014

A Better Picture of Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010

The 2010 Commonwealth Games will be the nineteenth Commonwealth Games. The Games are scheduled to be held in New Delhi, India between 3 Oct and 14 Oct 2010. The games will be the largest multi-sport event conducted to date in Delhi and India, which has previously hosted the Asian Games in 1951 and 1982. The opening ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the main stadium, in Delhi. It will also be the first time the Commonwealth Games is held in India and the second time the event has been held in Asia after 1998 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Media has been, perhaps, bringing out only the poor aspects of CWG. We can be proud of many other achievements of CWG which are not getting deserving attention. Some snap shots are attached.   Let’s see them:

So, Please come to Delhi between October 3 -13 to see the best ever sporting event hosted by India. Let's make the CWG Delhi 2010 as the best ever Commonwealth Games hosted by any country.

Agra Travel Guide and Attractions

Agra is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. With a population of 1,686,976, it’s third most populous cities in Uttar Pradesh and the 19th most populous in India. Agra is one of the most famous tourist destinations in India having some great and ancient structures like The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and many more. It’s a must visit tourist place in India, as tourists come to this city from all over the world to see the true Indian culture.

Agra is well connected by Air, Rail & Road. It takes only 2 hours from New Delhi to Agra by road or by train.  Agra is one of the three tourist destination which lie in Golden Triangle of India (Delhi, Jaipur & Agra).  There are many travel attractions in Agra & nearby Places.

Taj Mahal: Agra's Taj Mahal is one of the most famous buildings around the world and one of the Seven Wnders of the World and the mausoleum of Shah Jahan's favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is one of three World Heritage Sites in Agra. Completed in 1653, the Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal king Shāh Jahan as the final resting place for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is India's most fascinating and beautiful monument finished in marble. This perfectly symmetrical monument took 22 years (1630–1652) of hard labour and 20,000 workers, masons and jewellers to build and is set amidst landscaped gardens. Taj Mahal is the must visit place in India.

Agra Fort: Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Agra, India. The fort is also known as Lal Qila, Fort Rouge and Red Fort of Agra. It is about 2.5 km northwest of its more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal and it can be more accurately described as a walled city. The great Mugals, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb lived here, and the country was governed from here. It contained the largest state treasury and mint. It was visited by foreign ambassadors, travelers and dignitaries.

Fatehpur Sikri: Fatehpur Sikri is a city and a municipal board in Agra district in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. The historical city was constructed by Mughal emperor Akbar beginning in 1570 and served as the capital of his empire from 1571 until 1585. Though the court took 15 years to build, it was abandoned after only 14 years because the water supply was unable to sustain the growing population. The surviving palace and mosque are a tourist attraction and one of the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Agra.

Itmad-ud-Daula's Tomb: Itmad-ud-Daula's Tomb is a Mughal mausoleum in the city of Agra, india. Often described as 'jewel box', sometimes called the 'Baby Taj', the tomb of I'timad-ud-Daulah is often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. Along with the main building, the structure consists of numerous outbuildings and gardens. The tomb, built between 1622 and 1628 represents a transition between the first phase of monumental Mughal architecture - primarily built from red sandstone with marble decorations, as in Humayun's Tomb in Delhi and Akbar's tomb in Sikandra - to its second phase, based on white marble and pietra dura inlay, most elegantly realized in the Tāj Mahal.

Akbar’s Tomb: A short distance from Agra, lies the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great, in Sikandra. Akbar who ruled over the Mughal Empire from 1556 to 1605, began building his mausoleum in the spartan style of Timurid architecture. The mausoleum was completed by his son, the next Mughal Emperor, Jahangir, who added more decorative elements to the design of Akbar's tomb.

Mankameshwar Temple: Mankameshwar Mandir in Agra is devoted to Lord Shiva. The temple is situated at Rawatpara, near Agra Fort Railway Station. It is one of the ancient temples devoted to Lord Shiva.It is said that the shivlinga covered by the silver metal was founded by lord shiva himself during Dwapara era, when krishna was born in Mathura.  For child krishna darshan shiva arrived from mount kailash and rested here. It is one of the most holy places for hindus in Agra.
Guru Ka Tal: Guru ka Tal is a historical Sikh pilgrimage place dedicated to the memory of ninth Guru Sri Guru Tegh Bahudar Ji. Guru ka Tal is near Sikandra in Agra. The Gurudwara was built over the place where the Guru Tegh Bahadur laid down his arms to offer arrest to Aurangazeb, the Mughal Emperor. Several devotees gather every year to pay homage to the great Sikh guru in this Gurudwara. Earlier it was a Tal (reservoir) in the area near Sikandra. It was built in 1610 AD to collect and conserve rainwater in Agra during Jehangir reign. The water of the reservoir was used for irrigation purposes during the dry season. The reservoir was ornamented with stone carvings.

There are many other travel attractions in Agra. You can get all the world class seven star hotels in Agra.

Amar Yatri Niwas Hotel Agra - 181/1 Fatehabad Road Agra Uttar Pradesh 282 001
Atithi Hotel Agra - Tourist Complex Area Fatehabad Road Agra Uttar Pradesh 282 001
Clarks Shiraz Hotel Agra - 54 Taj Road Agra Uttar Pradesh 282 001
Grand Imperial Hotel Agra - M.G. Road Agra Uttar Pradesh 282001
Hotel Mandakini Villas Agra - Fatehabad Road Purani Mandi Taj Ganj Agra Uttar Pradesh282001
Hotel Royale Residency Agra - Near TDI Mall Fatehabad Road Agra Uttar Pradesh 282 001
Hotel Taj Plaza Agra - Taj Mahal East Gate Shilpgram VIP Road Agra Uttar Pradesh 282 001
Howard Park Plaza International Hotel Agra - Fatehabad Road Agra Uttar Pradesh 282 001
ITC Mughal Agra Hotel - Taj Ganj Agra Uttar Pradesh 282 001
Jaypee Palace Hotel Agra - Fatehabad Road Agra Uttar Pradesh 282 003
Mansingh Palace Agra - Fatehabad Road Agra Uttar Pradesh 282 001
Pushp Villa Hotel Agra - VIP Road To Taj Mahal Fatehabad Road Agra Uttar Pradesh 282 001
The Gateway Hotel Fatehabad - Taj Ganj Fatehabad Road Agra Uttar Pradesh 282 001
The Oberoi Amarvilas Agra - Taj East Gate Road Agra Uttar Pradesh 282 001
Trident Hotel Agra - Tajnagri Scheme Fatehabad Road Agra Uttar Pradesh 282 001
Utkarsh Vilas Hotel Agra - Fatehabad Road Agra Uttar Pradesh 282 001

So, Plan your travel to see Agra and  the great Indian culture.