Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka was founded by Kempegowda, a chieftain under the Vijayanagara empire during the 16thcentury. Now a cosmopolitan city, it is home to sites new and old. Some popular historical sites include Bengaluru Palace, Bengaluru Fort and the Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace perfectly capture the heritage and the longevity of the city. In present times this can be seen in constitutional institutions such as the Legislative House or commonly known as Vidhana Soudha and the High Court of Karnataka.
Religious destinations such as the ISKCON temple, Bull temple, St. Mary’s Basilica, St. Mark’s Cathedral, Masjid e Bilal among many others reflect the diverse culture that the city holds. The art and science is celebrated through various museums, popular ones being Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technical Museum, Government Museum, HAL Museum and Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium. Art enthusiasts can indulge in their interests in the National Gallery of Modern Art, Venkatappa Art Gallery, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath.
Known as the Garden City, Bengaluru holds its dynamic duo in the form of Cubbon Park and Lalbagh Botanical Garden which are one of the top tourist attractions in the city. The sites are home to lush greenery and serve as a haven for recreation and tranquility. The outskirts of the city holds various trekking spots, Nandi hills being one of the most popular and Bannerghatta National Park, Butterfly Park and Prani, the Pet Sanctuary are common destinations for animal lovers.