Thursday, July 18, 2013

Bangalore Visit


The world famous Iskcon temple Bangalore

Rahul, my elder son came to Bangalore for his official work. He is in Eperium, a European multinational firm. Eperium, basically provides outsourcing services for E-commerce solution development.

Rahul has inter-shop development  specialization. However, his H/Q is in Amsterdam (Holland) but,  he has to used visit many Asian, European and American countries owing to his work.

On the way
On the eve of my daughter's marriage, Rahul asked us to come Bangalore during his stay there. He sent 4 air tickets, to and fro from Nagpur to Bangalore. He asked us to accompany Sonu's(my daughter-in-law) parents at Nagpur.

Bangalore -
Bangalore, the long awaited city to see, is a Hub of IT sector, called the Silicon Valley. The city earn this name and fame owing to India's leading IT entrepreneur/exporter. It is also well recognized due to India's top level research institutions.

Vidhan Sabha Bhavan Bangalore
Bangalore or Bangaluru,  the capital of Karnataka, is located on Deccan Plateau. It is India's 3rd most populous urban city. It has 10th entrepreneurial rank in the world. Any visitor can see flyover and one-way traffic here and there. The coconut trees are the main vegetation of the city.

Public Sectors -  Numerous Public Sectors, Heavy Industries and IT sectors companies are here. H/Q of several Public sectors e.g. Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL),  National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Aerospace ( HAL), Bharat Heavy Electrical Ltd (BHEL) Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML), Hindustan Machine Tool (HMT), are in Bangalore. India's shining and international recognised 'ISRO' (Indian Space Research Organization)  is in the very heart of the city Bangaluru,  since 1972.

Meru cab
Silicon Valley-   Bangalore,  the Silicon Valley of India, has large number of IT companies. They are in three clusters; Software Technology Park of India (STPI), International Technical Park Bangalore (ITPB) and Electronic city. UB city, the H/Q of United Breweries Group, the H/Q of Infosys and Wipro are in Bangalore. Bangalore is also the hub of Biotechnology industries. India largest Biotechnology company Biocon has it's H/Q in Bangalore.

Air port - Bangalore International Air Port is around 40 km away from the city. It is fourth busiest Air Port in India having about 280 air traffic movements per day. Meru Cab, Easy Cab etc are taxi services available there.

Climate -

Due to it's high elevation (average 900 M)  Bangalore climate remains moderate throughout the year. The hottest month is April having average temp. 34.0 C whereas coolest month is Dec with average temp 15 C.

Diamond District apartment
On Jan 9, 2013, we proceeded to Nagpur by train and taken IndiGo Flight 6E 436 on next day at 20.20 Hrs.We reached Bangalore at 22.00 Hrs.

We proceeded to Diamond District, our staying apartment. Diamond District is approx. 40 KM away from Bangalore International Air Port. We had dinner and soon slept under bad feeling tiredness.

 


Diamond District - The Diamond district are residential service Apartments with hotel like amenities including kitchen. Beautiful Gardening and kid's Play area are there. These service apartments, type 2 BHK/3 BHK are equipped with adequate staff and security.

Along the street Iskcon temple
Our apartment 71 K, 3 BHK was on 7th floor. Indeed, lift was there. The apartment was well furnished having wooden floor, wooden wardrobe, cabinets and other furniture like Dining and sofa-set etc.

My son Rahul, daughter-in-law Sonu and their very small sweetly daughter Zoe were stayed in Royal Orchid Hotel, just aside of Diamond District.

Royal Orchid Hotel - This is one of the Royal Orchid Group of Hotels. Mostly,  global business travelers are stayed here. The famous Golf Coarse ground is just aside this 5 stars Hotel.

Jan 11, 2013 - We wake up late in morning. While we were about to fresh, Sonu rang the bell and intimated today's programme. She said,  taxi shall be ready on 10.30 Hrs for  Bangalore visit.

Iskcon Temple
We came on taxi at 11.00 Hrs but could not proceed till 1.30 PM due to engaging one another taxi. Actually,  our group members were more what was assessed previously.

ISKCON Bangalore Temple -
Our first site was Iskcon Temple. It is said, this is one of the largest Radha-Krisha Temple in the world.
It is located at Rajani Nagar in North Bangalore. The temple was inaugurated in 1997.

The shining gold-plated 17 M high Dwajastambha (flag-post) and  Kalash Shikara 8.5 M high attract visitors far away from the temple.

There are some other Shrines; Balraam, Chaitanya Maha Prabhu, Nitya Nanda, Venkateshwara, Prahalaad-Nara Sinha  etc there in  temple premises.
Rath Yatra is also organized here.

As per site of the temple, the 'Akshaya Patra Foundation' a core wing of Iskcon,  is involved in implementing the center Govt.'s  Mid-day Meal programme to the children in Government and Government-aided schools across India. It is reaching out to over 9000 Govt. schools feeding 1.3 millions children round the year.

Leela Palace Hotel -

12 Jan. is Rahul's B' Day. We celebrated it making a fun of visit to Leela Palace Hotel with his friends. Leela Palace Hotel is a Royal Hotel with lot of fun facilities. We enjoyed bowling game there. Then, there was a dance floor. All of Rahul's friends;  Arun Tiwari and Miss Rucheta, Mr. Jasvant Singh etc enjoyed with dancing together. These young guys were Rahul's colleagues working in AccentureBangalore.

Ratanlal Mina, Rahul's close friend had been already with us at Bangalore having his wife and two very sweetly kids. Ratanla and Rahul were working on the same company office at  Holland since a couple of months ago. But, to take care of his old mother, he has to came back India permanently. Now, he is living with family in Delhi with his mother. 


This Golf Course is situated along Royal Orchid Hotel, hardly 150 M from Diamond District. On the eve of his B' Day, Rahul had made a plan to visit there. He collected required information and briefed. 


Glass House
A small white ball is kicked with a stick called 'club' into a hole. There are varieties of these clubs with respect to requirement. A player may practice on the allowed designated areas. You must stroke within the teeing ground to play a ball within it.


LalBagh Botanical Garden - It is known for having huge collection of Red rose, that is why, it is called LalBagh,

The Botanical Garden in Lalbagh, is of Royal origin. The construction  was started by Hyder Ali and developed by his son Tipu Sultan during 18th century. It was further developed by British rulers and successively by deportment of Horticulture, Govt of India

Presently, this green paradise is spread over an area of 250 Acres having different varieties of plant species. Nearly 700 genera and 2000 species of plants are found in LalBagh. Today among some are very rare and exported from different parts of world.

Biannual flower shows are organized every year on 26 Jan (republic Day) and 15 Aug. (Independence Day).

The LalBagh has four entries from four directions. Some important things to see in LalBagh are; The Glass House, Kempe Gowda Tower, Band Stand, Pigeon House, The Museum, Deer Padock, Aquarium Building, Aviary, Lake etc.

The Glass House is inspired from the London's Crystal place.The Glass House appears as a shining white monument in glass hosting a wide array of colorful flowers in the morning whereas at night it is lit up in golden light creating a view which is a treat to the eyes.

Vidhan Sabha Bhavan- While we were heading Vidhan Sabha Bhavan, I was stunned to see the building architect. It is a example of neon-Dravidian architecture comprising richly carved bases and capitals for pillars, deep friezes, kapotha cornices, chaithya arches, heavy pediments domical finial etc. One of the interesting feature of this building is grand stairs in its front. The grand stairs has a flight of forty five steps 62 M wide and 21 M deep giving a direct access to the foyer of first floor leading to Assembly Chamber.
 Nandi Temple-  The Nandi or Bull Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Nandi (Bull) is the Vahana (vehicle) of the Lord Shiva.
The temple has a monolithic giant bull (4 to 5 M tall and 6 M long ) carved out from a single granite rock.

It is a sculptural masterpiece.
The temple is situated in Basavangudi locality. In Kannada, Basava means bull.


The temple is a Dravidian style architect, built by Kempe Gowda in the 16th century.


It is a Hindu temple Non-Hindus are not allowed this temple.


UB City is known by the millionaire Mr. Vijay Mallya, chairman of UB Group.It is the biggest commercial project in Bangalore.


Built up on 13 acres the UB city hosts nearly 10,00,000 sq ft of commercial and service apartments space.

 It has four towers namely, UB Tower(19 Floors), Comet(11 Floors), Cenberra (17 Floors) and Concorde (19 Floors).

UB city is located on Vittal Mallya Road just half Km away from M G Road.

UB City means Brands collections of varities; UB City means international class of Dining.

UB city means Bangalore’s fine dining hubs etc..etc.

With a range of home like restaurants, UB City now offers an array of global food cuisines. From the royal Indian cuisine  at Khansama to a diverse mix of Japanese, Balinese and Chinese Cuisine.
Aside from the finger licking food, one can’t help but notice the distinctive theme surrounding each of these restaurants.

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