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How big is Bangalore city?

Discussion in 'Karnataka' started by ShielaK22, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. ShielaK22

    ShielaK22 New Member

    I am going Bangalore for two days, and as I would be there, I would like to see the city. To get an idea of how many days would be required to see the city, I would like to know how big Bangalore is?

    I have seen Delhi so a comparison to Delhi would give me an idea of how big it is.

    I wish to see some of the tourist places there, like museums and landmarks.
     
  2. vkar

    vkar Member

    It's smaller than Delhi, but still a big city. But I guess you can cover much of the city in two days with some planning.You can check out museum and Lalbagh (one of the most common tourist places) and some other places in the same day.
     
  3. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hi there, welcome to the forum!

    Delhi, in terms of area, is the largest city in the country. Its size is estimated to be around 1,484 square kilometres or about 573 square miles. The capital of the country and also of Delhi is New Delhi. In terms of size, New Delhi is only 42.7 square kilometres. The largest district in Delhi is the North West Delhi with an area of 442.8 square kilometres.

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    On the other hand, we have Bangalore, which is a city in the state of Karnataka. In terms of size, it falls behind Delhi at about 741 square kilometres or 286 square miles. It is the second largest city in the country though after Delhi. Bangalore can be divided into two districts: Bangalore Urban District and Bangalore Rural District.

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    As you can tell, in terms of size and area, Delhi is comparatively larger than Bangalore. One great feature of Bangalore though is that is mildly elevated at 914 metres above sea level. Thus, the city experiences mild and pleasant climate almost all-year round. It's no wonder the locals in the city doesn't have to go to hill stations just to escape the city heat. Although summer season in Bangalore is still mildly warmer than the rest of the year, it's still bearable and you won't sweat like crazy, unlike with other cities of the country.

    Bangalore is also home to numerous lakes. Unfortunately, many of these lakes have already dried up and has been turned into commercial and residential areas. There are still a few lakes worth visiting here though like the Kaikondrahalli Lake, Ulsoor Lake and Hebbal Lake. It's quite rare to spot wildlife in cities, right? But in Bangalore, you can relish in viewing many bird species in these lakes especially during migratory period in the winter season.

    Numerous parks also give some breath of fresh air to the city. The must visit parks here are the Jayaprakash Narayan Park, Cubbon Park and Lal Bagh. These gardens provide some greenery to the tourists and locals alike. Here you would be able to relax and enjoy the pollution-free surroundings. Most tourists favourite is the Lal Bagh, as you can find various species of roses and other flowers here. There's also a glass house here that you can visit.

    You mentioned that you are interested in visiting museums. Well, Bangalore has plenty of that, from science museums to planetariums and even art museums. The Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum is a great attraction especially if you have children with you. Here, complicated science concepts are explained in simple terms which is always helpful for younger ones. On the other hand, the Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum is a must visit to learn more about the aviation history of the country. If you're someone that loves art, you can visit the National Gallery of Modern Art and the Chitrakala Parishat Museum.

    Of course, a visit to Bangalore won't be complete without exploring the Attara Kacheri. With its red facade, it's kind of hard to miss in the city. This is where the High Court of Karnataka is located. Yet another must visit landmark is the Vidhana Soudha, just opposite the Attara Kacheri. In contrast, this building has a white facade and is the seat of legislature of the state.

    If you're someone who loves historical attractions, there's the Tipu Sultan Palace and Fort. It was built around the 16th century but was only completed in the 17th century. It has a long history behind it and its grand architecture and design are quite stunning. If you're up for an excursion, further from Bangalore about 35 kilometres away, there's the Devanahalli Fort. Here you can find the various structures like temples and houses that the former rulers have built during their reign.

    Bangalore also has many temples and religious places that you can visit. The main religious attraction here is the ISKCON Temple, dedicated to both Krishna and Radha. Another must visit temple here is the Bull Temple, dedicated to Nandi, Lord Shiva's vahana. A giant monolith statue of Nandi would greet you as soon as you approach the temple. There are also some churches here that you can visit like the Infant Jesus Shrine and the St. Mark's Cathedral.

    Visiting all these attractions might take a day or two. The good thing about these places to visit in Bangalore is that they aren't located at quite a distance from each other. You can easily hire a taxi for sightseeing since they are plenty anyway around the city.

    I hope this helps!:)

    P.S.

    If you click the link above, you can see a thread where all the tourist attractions in Bangalore are given and described. Good luck!
     

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