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About the destination:
Bangalore is home to many unique and fascinating government buidlings that speak volumes about the city's rich history and political importance. Some of the buidlings designed in Greco Roman architecture draped in red bricks are a treat to watch.
Activities: Walking tour, Explore architecture
About the Activity:
This 2-hour walk through the Secretariat area is an introduction to the high echelons of power. On this visit, you will also get to see the State Museum and the Venkatappa Gallery, learn about history and appreciate art. The imposing buildings and splendid gardens surrounding them will have you mesmerised.
The tour starts at 9.30 am at the beautiful General Post Office (GPO) building, a well-known landmark in the city. Treading slowly, head toward the Raj Bhavan, the Governors residence that is over a 150 years old. The grand structure with its sprawling lawns will remind you of the glorious past.
The next leg of the tour includes a trip to the Vidhan Soudha (the State Legislature). Erected by Kengal Hanumanthaiah, this architectural masterpiece is spread over 60 acres with verdant lawns.This experience will leave you richer with knowledge and information about the seat of power.
Right across is the High Court of Karnataka, a stunning red building surrounded by lush greenery. The Attara Kacheri, built in stone and brick in the Graeco Roman style will enchant you. While you’re here, you can listen to the many anecdotes and stories about this palatial building.
Right after, you head towards Cubbon Park that plays host to an impressive variety of flora and fauna. After visiting a few more buildings housed in the park, you will head straight to the State Museum. The State Museum is one of the oldest museums in India and has a colonial charm to it. It showcases artefacts in 18 galleries on a variety of subjects ranging from history to art and music.
The tour will come to an end at around 11.30 am with a visit to the Venkatappa Art Gallery. At the gallery you will see the works of master artists such as M F Hussain, Yusuf Arakkal, N S Bendrem, Hariram, Hanumiah. You can soak in the beauty of colours and the expressiveness of art.
At the end of the tour you can visit the many cafes nearby for coffee; if you wish to have a bit of rest after the walk.
Duration: 2 hours
Difficulty Level: Easy
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