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Kritika Maurya Jun 17 2013

I have heard a lot about Bengaluru's Avenue Road and the different temples and forts there are to see. How do I go about exploring it?

Kasturi Saikia Jun 25 2013
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Exploring Bengaluru's Avenue road is akin to stepping back in time, some 400 years. If you begin at Mysore Bank circle set on K.G. road you will find yourself facing the Yelankha Gate built in 1537 by Kempegowda I. Continue ahead and Anjaneyswamy Temple falls your way along with Balaji's antiques that sells souvenirs. On RT street is situated the ancient Ranganathaswamy temple

If you are interested in gramophones and LP records then do visit Seetha Phone company right opposite Bisil Mariamman shrine. The Chickpete-Doddapete circle is a fascinating place where each lane is taken up people who either have the same occupation or belong to the same community. So, tharagapete keeps grains, Sultanpete is where paper is stored, Nagarthpete is the lane of silversmiths and Chickpete is where you will find a silk market.

Begaluru's oldest market, Krishnarajendra market is also situated nearby. Named after the Maharaja of Mysore, a wholesale flower market is held here everyday that begins from 5: 30 AM. As you head back to Avenue road from here, Aggarwal sweets and Tiffany will fall your way where you can indulge in Mysore Pak, a local delicacy that is a perennial favorite of all. 

Towards the end of Begaluru's Avenue road is the Dargah Hazrat Mir Bhadur Shah Al-Maroof Syed Pacha Shaheed where lies interred Bahadur Khan, the old palace guard who defended the Bangalore fort alongside Tipu Sultan's army on the night of March 21, 1791 and died defending it against the British forces, the famous Third Anglo-Mysore war. In fact under the K.R. circle flyover, there's a bastion- follow it and you will come across a marble plaque on the wall that commemorates the spot where it was breached. 

Out here you will also find remains of Tipu Sultan's summer palace, Rashq-e-Jannat as well as his armoury which is situated on Albert Victor road.

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