To many, Bengaluru is more than a mere ‘Garden City’. An ushering IT-Hub, a land of opportunity and ‘happening nightlife’, Karnataka’s capital city has been a favourite among the youngsters hailing from different parts of the country (and the world!).
Then again, how many young residents have dared to explore its past charm and even its history?
It was not long before my cab had arrived and I soon began a-see-the-city expedition like none other. Having spent a few months in Pune, the joys of a ‘functional’ metro-train service were beyond words. Entering a train, after an-hour-long cab drive (to travel approximately 7 kilometers), was like scuba-diving in an ocean. Its crowded but it calms you down!
For those of you who are unaware of some of Bengaluru’s famous landmarks, this could help you. Firstly, the city’s popular tourist spots are located within 200 yards of a metro station.
The Vidhana Soudha at Bengaluru, Karnataka.
My trip began at the Vidhana Soudha – the centre of Karnataka’s politics. Unfortunately, the entry to this glorious structure is restricted to those authorised to do so. Craving for a breath of fresh air (literally!), I hopped across the street and entered the Cubbon Park. Fascinated by the greenery and the sheer convenience of reaching the spot via the metro, I decided to explore the city a little more.
Soon, I set out to yet another garden and palace.
Tipu’s Summer Palace is located opposite the Krishna Rajendra Market metro station (aka KR Market metro station).
Completed in the year 1791, the place is worth a visit. The palace houses interesting tales of Indian history as well as a few samples of the late rulers love for missile technology. The palace, though small, is unique in terms of its architecture and charm.
Amid the Indo-Islamic architectural work, one can also have a glimpse of a few painting depicting India’s past by James Hunter – former Lieutenant of the Royal Army.
If you wish to explore more aspects of Tipu Sultan’s reign, you could also explore the Bengaluru Fort situated a kilometer away from the summer palace.
Believe it or not, even Lalbagh has a metro-station that caters to its visitors. Personally, this was truly a charming place to be. Quiet, green and peaceful – the garden is indeed the perfect cure for the stressed and irritated.
A hole in my pocket?
Apart from the entry fees at Tipu’s Summer Palace and Lalbagh (i.e approximately Rs. 25 and Rs. 20 respectively), the trip does not lead to major financial trouble! A metro ride to all these places would not cost more than Rs. 30 per way. More importantly, you do not waste much time and can spare yourself the traffic jams and intense levels of noise pollution.
So, all set to be the #NammaMetro tripper?