Bangalore might be known as the biggest hub for technology companies and studies in India, but that’s not why we go there.
Bengaluru is also known as the “Rock Capital of India,” because it’s the liveliest city in the whole massive country like India. That is still not the reason why we go there. The reason why we go there is because there are great histories and perfectly blended cultures.
How to get there?
- Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru
- Bangalore City Railway Station
- KSRTC Bus
There is an International Airport in Bangalore, which is only an hour away from the city by car or by bus.
If you are already inside India, but you don’t want to fly then you could also get here by train or by bus. It takes a lot longer than flying but it’s a once in a life time experience. From Mumbai by train, it takes a day to arrive Bangalore. By bus, it takes about 20 hours.
How to get around Bangalore?
- BMTC Buses
- Namma Metro
There are red and black buses taking you around the City of Bangalore as well as to the Airport and the suburbs. These buses are what locals call “Vayu Vajra.” Tickets are available when boarding.
Another alternative to get around Bangalore is the Namma Metro. Tokens can be easily bought at stations and facilities are really convenience. There are few routes that take you outside Bangalore, which could be added as another choice when train is not suitable.
If you are commuting in a short distance then you might want to hop onto the Rickshaw. If you are in India, you at least have to try it once. Otherwise, taxis are also very convenience and there are everywhere too.
Where to go in Bangalore and Mysore?
- St. Mary’s Basilica
- Russel Market
- Vidhana Soudha
- Venkatappa Art Gallery
- Bangalore Palace
- Mysore Palace
- Chamundi Hill
- Sri Chamundeshwari Temple
- Nandi Bull Temple
- St. Philomena’s Cathedral
St. Mary’s Basilica is one of the oldest churches in Bangalore, with the age of 134 years old and it is highly valued among all Indians. The tall Gothic styled structure is beautifully decorated with stained glass windows. It lights up stunningly at night.
It’s reachable by a short walk from Shivaji Nagar Bus Stand.
Not too far from the Basilica, there is the Russel Market, which is the oldest market in Bangalore. There are freshest fruits, veggies and flowers as well as some exotic animals. The area is worth exploring and it’s a great opportunity to observe the culture.
At Cubbon Park, there are few landmarks to explore. The first one, sitting in the middle of the park is the Vidhana Soudha. It’s a State Legislative Assembly Building. I’d recommend checking it out when it lights up, which is on Sundays from 6.00 – 8.30 p.m. However, the place is open to visit every weekdays from 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Not far from the Legislative Assembly Building, there is this outstanding red building, which is the Venkatappa Art Gallery. The building itself is already quite impressive, but if you check out the collections inside, you’ll love it. These amazing arts are majorly done by K. Venkatappa, whom is respected for his creativity, and specialty in watercolors.
Honestly, one of my favourite palace out of all that I’ve seen is the Bangalore Palace. I just like the green colour that makes it look different from any other palaces, but once I stepped inside, I liked it a lot more.
Inside, there is a courtyard under the dome, where light hits from different angles, through different pillars and it is decorated with stained glass windows. It looks so good that I just wanted to sit there and admire.
It’s also easy to reach, by bus and by metro. The entrance fees actually worth what you’ll see, 210 Rs for Indians and 450 Rs for foreigners. There is an extra charge for those who want to bring camera inside in which I suggest you do. Don’t make the same mistake like what I did.
If you are looking for a place to stay in Bangalore and you want a more luxurious experience, you should check out The Leela Palace Hotel. It looks like a dreamland and you might feel like a royal prince or princess.
Moving on, from Bengaluru to Mysuru, which takes around 3 hours by metro, the first place that you should stop by is the Mysore Palace. It’s one of the most famous tourist attractions in India, only after the Taj Mahal. This place is a mix of Gothic styled decorations, Hindu and Muslim senses.
Inside, the first thing that impressed me was the maroon coloured marble domes above the gray granite floor. Then there is a hall with collections of various sculptures. Some look like they are from Europe, some look like they are from India and for some, I just have no clue. Next, there is this peacock focused room. The floor is decorated with peacock designed mosaic and the ceiling is made from stained glass with peacock’s feathers design.
Next stop in Mysore should be the Chamundi Hills. The journey to the top is amazing. At some point, you can see the whole Mysore and Bangalore. There are local buses that take you there and it shouldn’t take more than 45 minutes to arrive.
Once on the top of the hill, you gotta try to visit the Sri Chamundeshwari Temple. The Goddess inside looks amazing and you’ll see how devoted are the people who go there. The experience is so different from visiting any other temples.
Though, once you are satisfies with Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, you might want to check out the Nandi Bull Temple nearby. It’s also a good place to get some handmade souvenirs. There are locals, sitting on the footpath, tailoring souvenirs in a reasonable price.
The final stop in Mysore is the St. Philomena’s Cathedral or what locals call St. Joseph Cathedral. I guess it’s because there is a massive St. Joseph statue right in front of the church. It’s one of the tallest churches in Asia and it is inspired by the Neo-Gothic styled architecture from the Cologne Cathedral. Some says both churches are almost identical.