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Bangalore Palace

The Bangalore Palace was constructed in 1887 by Chamaraja Wodeyar from Mysore. The architecture of the palace follows a Tudor style and the design is influenced by that of Windsor Castle in England. Chamaraja Wodeyar was inspired by Windsor castle during a visit to England. On the inside of the palace there are magnificent arches and woodcarvings while a beautiful garden spans the outside area. Other notable features are Gothic windows, towers and battlements. The main material used to build the palace is wood. The Bangalore Palace is also a good place to view a variety of paintings and is therefore a good attraction for visitors interested in art. Bangalore Palace stretches over 430 acres, of which 45,000 square feet is made up of buildings. Ganapathi Temple lies within the walls. This temple was built during the 16th century. The Bangalore Palace is situated 10 km from the Bangalore airport and it is easy to access. The palace was opened to the public in June 2005. Inside the palace is a gallery displaying historical photographs. There is an entrance fee.

Lalbagh Botanical Gardens

The gardens acquired their name from a group of red roses that are in bloom all year. The garden stretches over 240 acres and is host to a variety of exotic plants, trees and flowers. It was created in the 17th century by Hali Ali with additions made by Tipu Sultan who was his son. A feature of the gardens is a glasshouse which was constructed in 1889 to honor the visit of the Prince of Wales. The style of the glasshouse was inspired by London's Crystal Palace. During Independence Day and Republic Day flower exhibitions are held. Trees and plants are imported from a range of countries and over 1000 species of flora are exhibited, including some rare species. The Department of Horticulture and Banglador Development Authority are responsible for maintaining the gardens. Reconstruction was carried out in 2004.

ISKON


The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKON) combines Dravidian and modern architecture to form an impressive building. Inside the building visitors will find a cinema, presentation theaters and a library and services for members. It is located on Chord road.

The Bull Temple

This temple is among the oldest temples in the area and it contains an impressive bull statue which is 15 feet high and 20 feet wide. The statue was created out of granite rock. At the end of every year a groundnut fair takes place at the temple.

Ulsoor Lake

Located at the edge of the city, this is a popular tourist attraction. It was constructed by Kempe Gowda II. There is a recreational center and the lake is a good place to go boating.


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