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Bangalore is one of the biggest cosmopolitan cities in India, bustling with travellers from every corner of the country, and the world. If you want to win the hearts of the localites, you say Bengaluru. For the longest time, Bengaluru was known as the Garden City for it's lush gardens and majestic trees that are many decades old. Today, the city is also the Silicon Valley, the IT hub of India. Bengaluru is all that and more; it’s a city of lovers. Lovers of innovation, coffee, trees and beer.
Bengaluru has the most level-headed temperatures among all big cities in the country. Summers are moderately hot, the rains, rather predictable, helping you prepare well in advance before you step out and winters, ideal for traveling. Warm, sunny days and mildly cold evenings would best describe winter in the city. When in Bengaluru, you'll notice that the city is not really modest about it's pleasant and enjoyable climate that lasts practically all year long.
The city breathes a vibrant and cosmopolitan atmosphere with every international cuisine you can imagine. The typical dishes, however, still remain the city's favourites: masala dosa and idlies. Step out on a whim and you’ll discover more kinds of dosa and idlies than you can remember. Since recent years, breweries have been mushrooming all over the city, keeping Bangaloreans rather busy over the weekends.
A lazy stroll in Cubbon Park
In the very heart of Bangalore is Cubbon Park, spread across 120 hectares and named after former British commissioner Sir Mark Cubbon. Under the leafy boughs of Cubbon Park, Bangaloreans love to spend their weekend mornings practicing their favourite sport. Sunday afternoons are ideal for picnics. While you’re here, also drop by at the red-painted Gothic-style State Central Library situated in the park.
A visit to Lal Bagh
The 240-acre park of landscaped terrain was laid out in the 18th century by the Sultan of the Mysore Kingdom, Hyder Ali. The botanical garden, Lal Bagh is home to some of the world’s most diverse species of plants and trees that are many centuries old. You could go on a guided tour, spend the morning strolling down the tree-covered walkways, or better, catch the biannual (in January and August) Flower Show.
Relive the royal splendour in the Bengaluru Palace, the residence of the Wodeyars, the estwhile Maharajas of Karnataka. Currently the residence of the 20th Maharaja, the palace is open to visitors and offers a comprehensive audioguide and a peek into the royal life. The lavish interiors and galleries featuring legendary taxidermies, photographs of expeditions and the rare collection of nude portraits take you on a trip to the bygone era.
A celebration of literature, this festival celebrates the creative spirit of Bangalore and the literary diversity of the city. The festival brings together some of the best writers from around the country and the world for an engaging tête-à-tête. This is the highlight of the year for every literature buff.
Celebrated in honour of the Goddess Shakti, Karaga is one of the oldest festivals of Karnataka. It relives the rich and cultural heritage of Karnataka in the famous Dharmarayaswamy temple in Bangalore. The full moon in the month of March/April gives the green signal to devotees to start with the festivities. The celebrations then last 9 whole days. The ninth day is reserved for a fire-walking ritual. 'Veerakumaras', brave devotees wear dhotis, carry swords and dance over live charcoal.
The Kempegowda Internation Airport is about 45 km from The Zuri Bengaluru, that’s around 27 miles. Bangalore is well-connected by air, road and rail.
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