December 25, 2019

A speed date with Bengaluru ft Travel.Earth

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This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Malavika and Vitasta from Travel.Earth as we explore Namma Bengaluru!
Today's destination: Bengaluru!
Nearest Airport: Kempe Gowda International Airport
Nearest Railway Station: Bangalore City Railway Station
Prerequisites -  N/A
Packing -  Carry some water and a wear a good pair of walking shoes!
Time of the year -  November to January is a great time to visit Bengaluru 
Length of the itinerary:  A Weekend itinerary
Itinerary Highlights: 
- The duo set out on exploring Bangalore starting off with a delicious breakfast at Koshy’s - one of Bangalore’s erstwhile restaurants, started as a bakery in 1940 and has since been managed by successive generations of the family. Make sure to try out the Koshy’s bread, Fish and Chips and some yummy desserts. 
- The next stop is a quick walk to St. Mark’s Cathedral - inspired by St Paul’s Cathedral in London, this magnificent church is dedicated to St Mark the Evangelist and was founded in 1808 (and consecrated in 1816).
- At a stone’s throw away from the cathedral is Chinnaswamy stadium - a very popular stadium which is also the home ground of RCB - Royal challengers Bangalore.
- The next pitstop is Cubbon Park, named after Mark Cubbon, the Commissioner of Mysore State. It is a huge park with an area of over 300 acres and has a number of beautiful statues as well, including Chamarajendra Wodeyar, Seshadri Iyer, King Edward, Queen Victoria among others. 
- After walking around for half a day, the girls have a quick bite at The only place, a great haunt for lovers of steaks and sizzlers! 
- The second half of the day is spent covering some beautiful museums within Cubbon park - Government Museum, Visveswaraya technology museum and Venkatappa art gallery. 
- Day 2 starts off with a bang, with a visit to the Bangalore palace - inspired from the Windsor Castle. Built in 1878, the palace was home to Chamarajendra Wodeyar and has some beautiful rooms inside, including the famous Darbar Hall. 
- The next destination on the agenda is the Bangalore fort, Bengaluru’s erstwhile fort built by the founding father Kempe Gowda and later renovated by Hyder Ali. Only a small part of the original for remains today. 
- At a close distance from Bangalore Fort is Tipu Sultan’s summer palace - a rustic wooden palace built of teak wood that houses some beautiful paintings and artefacts from Tipu Sultan. The upper level of the palace was used by the women of the royal family. 
- Other places that find mention in the podcast are Lal Bagh, another beautiful part within the city premises, famous eateries like MTR or Mavalli Tiffin Rooms, CTR or Central Tiffin Rooms, Vidyarthi Bhavan. 
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