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The Government Museum is an initiative of the Karnataka State Government to preserve the archaeological excavations retrieved from the southern regions of India. The display here consists of interesting pottery pieces, curios, metal coins, musical instruments, and also stone idols of Gods and Goddesses. The premises are well-maintained and the gardens pruned to an impossible perfection. The red building with its majestic columns form a vital aspect to its structure and is an architectural feat from the late 19th Century. On giving prior notice, entry for school students is free. The Government Museum is situated on the Kasturba Road near Cubbon Park. Call ahead before visiting, as the museum is closed on government holidays, Mondays and second Saturdays.
Sir John Meade, a British officer in the Mysore state, envisioned the space usage and Major General Richard Sankey, who also lent his name to Sankey Tank, is associated with this almost 100-year-old park. The park is officially called Sri. Chamarajendra Park. However, the name Cubbon Park is the often seen name on most of the signboards here. Within the premises lie the KSLTA, Venkatappa Art Gallery, Government Museum, Jawahar Bal Bhavan and other prominent buildings. Many statues are erected in the park including those of Queen Victoria and Sheshadri Iyer. The park serves as a recreational area for joggers and those who want to stroll in the green spaces of the city. It is never shut, however, is advisable not to venture after dark as it becomes isolated.
The Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum was an initiative undertaken by the Ministry of Culture, and was set up in 1960 as an independent entity supported by the National Council for Science Museums. The museum is named after Sir Visvesvaraya, the great engineer who has to his credit the KRS dam and Mysore University to name a few. The museum focuses mainly on science and has exhibits that trace the history of engines, biotechnological revolution, dinosaur exhibits, and science for children. It has shows like the fascinating Taramandal Show which is popular and has a separate entry fee that should not deter visitors. There is also a small store within the premises that sells scientific toys for children. Not a very time consuming stopover, the museum is a fun place to stop at with the family.
The diamond-shaped building of the Government Aquarium should be visited by those who are aroused by exotic aquatic life. These pretty and colorful shoal of fish are fun to look at when they keep darting across each other in their little wooden tanks. The aquarium has a small but interesting collection like the Black Ghost, Serpent Tetra, Gold Fish, Angel Fish, Flower Horn and the Blue Gourami. Ornamental and pet fishes too can be bought at the shop near the building. The aquarium is situated in Cubbon Park which is a very popular hangout join in Bengaluru, and it remains closed every Monday and on second Tuesdays of the month.
In existence from the mid 19th Century, the Bible Society of India's stone building was built many years ago and still stands witness to the evolving phases of Bengaluru city. It has even seen the time when the royal British entourage including the Queen herself visited this place. Bibles in different languages, especially India's southern languages were published by the Bible Society. In fact, the Bible was published for the first time in the Kannada language, just a few years after the society's establishment in Bengaluru. Different volumes of the Bible are available at the Karnataka Auxiliary, which is adjacent to the Bible Society's building on Mahatma Gandhi Road. The Bible Society of India has been involved in many welfare activates like creating special books in Braille and conducting welfare activities for AIDS-affected patients. The building is monumental and has an interesting history. This is a must visit when on M. G. Road.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium was initially set up by the Municipal Corporation but later it passed under the directive of the Bangalore Association for Science Education (BASE) in 1992. The planetarium has 'sky theater shows' that are very popular with school kids and starry-eyed lovers, who watch the sky projected on the dome as seen by our naked eyes. Besides this, the exhibition halls in the planetarium have something on Albert Einstein, the galaxy, cartoons, and photographs on scientific phenomenon related to the planets. There is also a science park in the premises that have structures of the DNA and vehicles that go into space. The Association of Bangalore Amateur Astronomers meets for lectures and star watching sessions here, so this is a great place to catch up with like-minded people. For more information, one can either go to the kiosk in the campus to buy related material or just log onto the website for show related queries.
Located in Malleshwaram, Kids Kingdom offers wide-ranging baby and mother-care products at excellent prices. Specialized products for both baby and the mother are available, with varying age limits. Find everything from diapers, cots, and strollers to baby apparel, prams and walkers, towels, nipple shields, breast pumps and feeding bottles.
Weekend approaching faster than usual or an unexpected day off with nothing to do? It is at such times when Fun World comes to mind. With several rides at hand, this park leaves you feeling like an energized amphibian with the luxury of choosing between land rides or water rides! The Giant Wheel, the Dragon Train, the Tora Tora or the Amazing Cyclone are just a few rides that the children just cannot get enough of. Not just thrilling, all of these rides are also clean and safe. After the 'Fun World' and the 'Water World,' one can indulge is some delicious fare and top it off with exciting games at the 'Star City'. Located on the Palace Grounds in Jayamahal, Fun World is opposite the T. V. Tower which is a landmark in its own rights. So grab your tickets and gear up for an adrenalin rush!
Located in the urban precinct of Basavangudi, Bugle Rock Park is named after the colossal Bugle Rock that stands within the park. The rock, estimated to be at least 3000 million years old is a geological wonder and attraction in itself. History has it that a 16th Century ruler drawing strategic advantage from the elevated position of the rock built a watchtower on which a guard would periodically blow a bugle to signal normalcy and hence the name. Geological importance notwithstanding, the park is a breath of fresh air with densely populated trees and a wide variety of fauna residing here. There are three temples as well as the auditorium within the lush confines of this large park. It's no wonder that this is one of the most visited parks in the city.
Nestled in the midst of lush gardens that spread across 9 acres, The Leela Palace Bangalore features décor reflecting the grandeur of the bygone era and boasts of facilities such as an outdoor swimming pool, a spa and wellness centre and 4 dining options. Free private parking is provided. Rooms at Leela Palace Bangalore are elegantly designed and feature an LCD TV with DVD player, minibar and tea/coffee maker. 24-hour room service is available. The Leela Palace's spa offers wide selection of treatments and massages. The spa also features a fitness centre, sauna, steam room and hot tub. Guests can head to Citrus, an all day dining restaurant, to relish Asian, Mediterranean, European and Indian cuisine or to Jamvar, a fine dining restaurant, to enjoy Indian delicacies. Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Thai cuisines are offered at the Pan Asia speciality restaurant while French and Italian dishes can be relished at Le Cirque Signature. Wide array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages can be enjoyed at Library Bar. The Leela Palace Bangalore is located 45 km away from the international and domestic airports. The city centre is just 5 km away.
Discover Children's library is a place where you can spend some quality time with your children. Ideal for kids up to the age of ten, the concept of the library is a juxtaposition of the idea of American Public libraries and Children experience centers. Along with your child, you can engage in various activities like child parties, books readings, puzzles competition, or watch the fun yet educative CDs.
The first museum in India dedicated to aircraft and aviation, the Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum at HAL takes visitors on a delightful journey through the country's aviation history. Headquartered in Bengaluru, HAL, which stands for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has been a pioneering government agency which has changed the aviation landscape of India. The museum, located close to the Hindustan Airport, has a sterling collection of photographs and memorabilia which chart HAL's progress from its inception in 1940 to become the pillar for the country's aerospace programs. Experiencing flight in a high-tech simulator is one of the most exciting experiences that visitors can have here. Also of special note is the display of an actual aircraft within the premises. The museum guarantees unique experiences and should not be missed when in the city.