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The Vidhana Soudha houses the state legislature of Karnataka, its architecture is a vivid amalgam of the old and the new. Envisioned by Shri Kengal Hanumanthaiah, the former Chief Minister of Mysore, the glorious facade of this building is a fusion of Indo-Saracenic and traditional Dravidian styles, ornamented by a gleaming central dome, granite columns and an expansive porch. The stately building also features considerable European influences in its design. With the tricolor fluttering above it, this courtly edifice is fronted by well-manicured lawns, as well as sculptures that command much national significance. Beautifully illuminated each Sunday and on public holidays, the Vidhana Soudha is Bengaluru's pride and one of the nation's largest legislative buildings.
Built in the year 1970, the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru is a very famous cricket stadium in India that has stood testament to the Indian team's grit and winning spirit. A number of historic matches have been played here. The grounds have even hosted fixtures of the 'Cricket World Cup,' namely the 1987 Reliance World Cup and the 1996 Wills World Cup. It is one of the country's larger stadiums and covers vast grounds within its premises. To facilitate entry and also to manage the crowd better, there are separate gates for the 'Invitees,' 'Executives' or the 'Members.' Various stands called the 'Pavilion End' and the 'BEML End' can be reached through these gates. This stadium is located near Cubbon Park, which is located just across the road. The cricket matches played here are still fresh in the minds of the people of a cricket crazy nation.
Located near the Corporation Circle, Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation Ltd (KSTDC) is the place for booking tours within the state, and it also is the starting point for all the tours that leave from Bengaluru. There are tour packages for sightseeing within the city as well as other places in the expansive state of Karnataka. The staff are obliging and provide suggestions for the best tours depending on your budget, taste and number of days in hand. For visitors who are hard pressed for time, there is an option for a half day tour of the city in an a/c or non a/c bus. KSTDC has a tour for every need, pocket and time. It makes much sense to come here for a reliable, inexpensive and tout free travel experience.
Bengaluru's Philatelic Museum is a treasure trove of stamps from the bygone era to modern times. Located at the city's General Post Office, it features an exhaustive collection of stamps used in different parts of the world. All of these have been neatly sorted and arranged which adds to the viewing experience. Additionally, the museum also stocks up abundant philatelic study material for those who are interested to learn more about the evolution of postage stamps.