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Bangalore is a booming city and considered fifth largest and the fastest growing city in Asia. Home to well over 6 million people,and a base for over 10,000 industries, Bangalore combines a quaint old world charm with the hustle and bustle of a modern metropolitan city. It is a delightful place with an amalgamation of various rich cultures, crafts, and heritage centers. This city while enjoying the reputation of being a modern, high-tech city, still offers a lot of places of historical interest for the avid sightseer to explore. A trip around the city can be very interesting and provides a varied sightseeing experience with Palaces, museums, temples, churches and gardens. It has an enviable posterity and presents much to be discovered. Despite being one of Asia's fastest growing cities, Bangalore remains one of the most elegant metros in India.A well-planned city,with tree-lined avenues,a large number of parks, gardens and lakes,Bangalore is aptly called India's garden city. Bangalore is even gaining the status of the "Floriculture Capital of India" due to the present blossoming of flower exports from the city. The beautiful parks like the Lalbagh and Cubbon Park are indeed a treat to the eyes. Take a tour of the wonderful places you can go sight seeing in Bangalore by clicking at the links to your right.


Bangalore Sightseeing Tours
KSTDC operates two daily sightseeing tours round the city.
Departure - At 7.30 am and at 2 pm. Return - 1.30 pm and 7.30 pm respectively.
Fare - Rs 100.
The tour takes you around the city starting at Tipu's Palace. The next halt is at Bull Temple, followed by Lalbagh, Ulsoor Lake, Cauvery handicrafts emporium, Vidhana Soudha and finally the Museum.

The second tour takes you around the city and covers some of the new wonders of Bangalore.
Departure - Daily at 8 am. Return - 8 pm.
Fare - Rs 150.
The places covered in this trip are Raja- rajeshwari Temple, Bannerghatta National Park, Sankey Boat Club, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, ISKCON Temple, Prasanna Anjaneya temple and the Musical Fountain.

Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation has introduced "Curitoba" model air-conditioned buses that takes tourists on "Bangalore Round" The buses are fully air conditioned with vents for airflow and have well-cushioned reclining seats and ample legroom. As in some airlines, in front of each seat is an LCD monitor that doubles up as a source of entertainment and information.

These buses have a seating capacity of 35 with 22 seats branded "Silver Class" which have a pullout tray for refreshments as in air-conditioned railway coaches. Like the executive class on airlines, there are three Gold Class seats which are larger and with more legroom at the rear end of the coach. All passengers get to hear the FM radio channel with music, entertainment and the latest city news.

The public address system is used to describe the sights they pass through and where they next stop. The daily trip starts at 8.45 a.m. from Kempegowda Bus Station and returns there by 8 p.m. after covering the sights of Bangalore.

The Silver Class tickets cost Rs. 200 on weekdays and Rs. 250 on weekends and holidays and the Gold Class costs Rs. 300 and Rs. 350. Children aged between 6 and 12 are charged half the adult fare. For information about the city tours, call 22952311 or 9844263157.

Conceptree Creations, a Management Consultancy Firm plans to launch City Swaps which is an innovative new tourist sightseeing service on open-air, double-decker buses. This service will have a dedicated route covering 30 tourist attractions with a live commentary on each.

Each tourist on City Swaps will be provided with a day pass to travel on any of the five buses that cover a customised circuit. They can hop on or off the bus at any of the tourist attractions they like and spend as much time as they desire since they can take the next bus on the circuit, which is available every 30 minutes. This provides a great deal of flexibility and customisation to suit individual preferences and tastes.

Some of the other highlights of the service include accessible seating for senior citizens and physically challenged persons on the lower deck, an on-board cafe, flexible ticketing for families, children and senior citizens. Besides this, City Swaps will also offer annual memberships to corporate houses and frequent visitors. Watch out for this innovative service by mid-July.

Walking Tours

Shortly, the Karnataka Government in association with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach) is introducing the "Heritage Walks" to assist tourists without tourist packages to several interesting heritage sites located in and around Bangalore.

Under this novel scheme, well-trained tourist guides will take tourists around historical sites in the City. The first walk will be around the Bangalore Fort area in Kalasipalyam. According to the route map of Intach, the circuit will include the Kote Venkataramana Swamy temple, Tipu’s armoury, Tipu’s summer palace, Bangalore Fort and the Jalakantesh-wara temple. Another ambitious walk being planned is around the Ulsoor lake which will include the Someshwara temple, Subramanya temple, old heritage buildings surrounding the temples and Ulsoor Lake, the natural heritage.

The Bangalore Walks have indeed become popular among the visiting public. A local resident has started Weekend Walks with Breakfast and takes the tourists on two walks he calls "Victorian Walks" and "End of Empire". All walks start at 7.00 am and ends at 9.30 am. For further details on these walks check the website on Bangalore Walks.

The 200-year-old Tipu’s armoury, which is close to the Bangalore Medical College, is getting a facelift now at an estimated cost of Rs 470,000.







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