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Head to the city's famous Indira Gandhi Musical Park, situated right opposite the Nehru Planetarium, to witness a one-of-its-kind spectacular musical fountain show. The enthralling sound and light show features fountains that flow to the tunes of patriotic songs and others songs from Bollywood. The highlight of the show are the Vande Mataram and Sare Jahan se achha songs that are played at the beginning and the end of the musical fountain show.
The show is a seamless amalgamation of music and technology. The musical flow of the fountains is managed in a way that no music beat is missed and each rhythm is followed with jets of water. Colourful patterns such as a rainbow coloured mist and a swaying peacock tail, are created using coloured lights while a projector is placed in the backdrop to display still images related to music and songs that are being played. Two shows, about half an hour each, are organised everyday between 7 pm and 8.30 pm.
The picture-perfect landscape of Nandi Hills provides the perfect setting to indulge in adventure activities like paragliding. One of the country's prime spots for paragliding, Nandi Hills offers enthusiasts a chance to fly freely at a height of 4,581 ft above sea level. Nandi Hills is the preferred choice of paragliding trainers and professional paraglider pilots as it is blessed with an ideal terrain for paragliding.
Visitors must take proper training before indulging in the thrilling experience. The different courses offered at Nandi Hills include two to three day courses or week-long courses. During the training sessions, one gets to learn about the various aspects of paragliding like forward launch techniques and airspeed maintenance.
One of Bengaluru's major artificial lakes, Sankey Tank serves as the ideal site for leisurely walks and laid-back boat rides. Nestled in the city's western part, the lake spreads over an area of 37 acre and has a width of 800 m. The lake was built in the year 1882 in order to meet the water supply demands of the city. Surrounded by a large picturesque garden, the lake serves as the perfect picnic spot for both tourists and city dwellers.
Winters at Sankey Tank are typically beautiful when the place is flocked by a large number of migratory birds from different parts of the world. Tourists can take a leisurely stroll around the lake or sit at the colourful benches surrounding the lake. They can also indulge in boat rides in the tranquil waters of the lake. The Mayura Sankey Boat Club at the lake is managed by the Karnataka State Tourist Development Corporation and offers various kinds of boat rides such as pedal boats, row boats and motor boats.
From world-famous Mysore silk sarees to souvenirs made from sandalwood, Bengaluru has a plethora of options to choose from, from stalls on streets and local markets to malls. One of the most splendid craft creations in the city, Mysore sarees are a must-buy. Featuring subtle work against vibrant hues, the sarees are a minimalist approach to ethnic fashion and are much-loved by women all over the country.
They are specially worn at weddings and festivals, and are renowned for their fine quality silk and intricate gold zari work that gives an individual piece a rich texture and a distinct sheen. The fabric is supposed to be so luxurious that even after years, its quality would remain unchanged, if maintained properly. Mysore sarees come in monotone hues of red, green, orange, which are accented by gold borders. Some of the attractive motifs you can see on these sarees are floral borders and mango buttis. A Mysore saree can cost you anywhere between INR 3,000 to INR 2,00,000. Head to Bengaluru's bustling old Chickpet bazaar to shop for silk sarees. Sandalwood is extravagantly used to craft beautiful articles like paper-cutters, trays, boxes, fans, walking sticks and idols of deities. Other popular items include cigarette cases, holders and photo frames. Of these, the most famous one is the figure of an elephant. These exquisite artefacts can be purchased from any handicraft store in Bengaluru.
A trip from Bengaluru to Nandi Hills would be incomplete without a short visit to the popular Tipu's Drop, one of the most historic spots around the city. Perched atop a hill at an elevation of 600 m, this is the point from where prisoners, during the reign of Tipu Sultan (1750-1799), were pushed down as punishment for their evil doings.
The point offers splendid views of the surrounding hill ranges. Tourists can also visit the Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple, which lies nearby and belongs to the Chola period. Surrounded by verdant hills, the point serves as the perfect place to spend some quality leisure time cocooned in the arms of nature, away from the busy city life. Don’t forget to tote your camera as you are likely to come across impressive shots.
The Karnataka Government Museum in Bengaluru is home to a gorgeous red-coloured British-era building, which serves as the Venkatappa Art Gallery. A haven for art lovers, the gallery is spread across two floors and houses more than 600 paintings, including those of eminent artists including MF Husain and Yusuf Arakkal.
The artworks displayed at the gallery belong from the time period between 2000 BC till the medieval period. The gallery has been named after the great painter Venkatappa and the ground floor has been used to display his artworks. The gallery is also famous for showcasing some rare stone sculptures dating back to the 12th century AD. These include sculptures from Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. A separate section of the gallery is devoted to excavations while there is also an armoury gallery that displays medieval era weapons like swords, daggers, spears and bullets. The gallery is conveniently located close to the bustling MG Road, one of the city's busiest areas.
Thanks to its rocky terrain, Ramanagara near Bengaluru, provides the perfect setting for adventure activities like rock climbing. The small town is home to huge granite rocks, which are the preferred choice for most climbers in India. Ramanagara has been identified as an international rock climbing site and attracts climbing enthusiasts from all parts of the country.
Surrounded by a beautiful landscape fringed by verdant hills, Ramanagara is usually classified in the moderate to the difficult grade on the rock climbing grading scale. The best time to visit Ramanagara for rock climbing is during the winter season. Visitors who wish to indulge in rock climbing at Ramanagara need to obtain prior permission from the Regional Forest Office located in Ramanagara.
Located on the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway, this museum is famous for housing more than 5,000 folk items and artefacts, including musical instruments, traditional costumes, temple chariots, shadow puppets and a replica of a traditional village. The museum was created with an aim to preserve local rural culture and draws visitors from all parts of India.
The entrance gate of the museum is adorned with finely carved images of deities and brass trumpets are placed on its either sides. On entering the museum, one reaches the information centre or the Lok Mata Mandir, where daily use items like farming tools and cooking utensils are displayed. The other two important parts of the museum include the Doddamane, a big house and Chitra Kuteera, a double-storeyed building that displays all the achievements of the founders of this place.