Bangalore has acquired many sobriquets over the years. From being the Silicon Valley of India, and the Garden City, the city is famous for many things including some very good restaurants.
Apart from all this Bangalore has a number of tourist attractions.
Vidhan Soudha or the State Secretariat, which was built in 1954, is one of the main attractions of this city. It is a marvel of modern architecture and is a fine amalgamation of traditional Dravidian and modern styles.
Cubbon Park, the 120-hectare park located near the Vidhan Soudha, has a number of neo-classical style government buildings. Tipu Sultan's Fort and Palace, from the 18th century, the Government Museum of Bangalore (one of India's oldest museums) and the Visvesvaraya Technological and Industrial Museum, and Lalbagh, the botanical garden which holds a number of flower shows, are some of the important destinations in the city.
However, for children, the Bannerghatta National Park and HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum are must visit places. Bannerghatta National Park is located 22 km south of Bangalore and is also home to one of the richest natural and zoological reserves.
The tiger and lion reserves at the park have Indian tigers, lions and other mammals.
The safari which has carnivore and herbivore sections, is one of the most exciting places. In the safari rides, visitors are taken around a mini bus through the enclosed and protected area of the animals.
The herbivore section comprises a few animals such as deer, bear and monkeys. You may also visit the Butterfly Park, which is spread across 7.5 acres of land. It comprises a butterfly conservatory, museum and an audio-visual room.
The HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum, located on the Old Airport Road towards Whitefield, you can view “metal birds” of various sizes and shapes. The Museum houses some of the best aeroplanes and helicopters produced by our country.
It's a chance not only to collect information on these metal birds but also feel proud of our country's achievements in the field of aerospace.
A guide assigned by the Centre explains facts about wonderfully crafted machines such as light combat aircrafts, trainer jets and many more.
A visit to the Centre and Museum is an eye-opener to the technological advancement made by our country.