Cubbon Park In Bangalore, Karnataka
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About Cubbon Park in Bangalore
Spread over an area of 300 acres, Cubbon Park in Bangalore is the green belt region of the city and is an ideal place for nature lovers. Having been laid down by Lord Cubbon, the park is named so in his honor. It is home to more than 6,000 trees that support a vibrant ecosystem. First established in the year 1870 by Sri John Meade (acting Commissioner of Mysore), Cubbon Park in Bangalore has a long history. Major General Richard Sankey (Chief Engineer of the State) conceived this park in honour of Sri John Meade. Initially, the park was called "Meade's Park" and later came to be known as the Cubbon Park. Since the introduction of the park, it was made and improved in many ways. At present, the Cubbon Park is under the control of the Department of Horticulture.
Things to Do in Cubbon Park
There is no dearth of things to do in Cubbon Park that keep people frequenting this lovely and refreshing place. Jawahar Bal Bhawan in Cubbon Park offers Cubbon Park Toy Train rides through the park and is an especially enjoyable activity for children. The Putani Express, also called Cubbon Park toy train, runs on biofuel and allows visitors to enjoy the green expanse of the park.
Picnic for families, yoga for adults, cycling and bird watching for nature lovers are also popular activities. Visitors can also buy organic products, enjoy photography, attend plays and performances, and Capoeira (a Brazilian martial art) are among the myriad activities that people enjoy here.
Attractions of Cubbon Park never fail to fascinate its visitors. Exotic floral beds lining its various avenues which are located close to important administrative buildings like Central Public Library, Government Museum, Sir Vishweshwariah Industrial and Technological Museum, Venkatappa Art Gallery, etc. Numerous statues like that of Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, Major General Sir Mark Cubbon, Rajya Dhurandhara Sir K. Sheshadri Iyer and Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar adorn the park complex as well.
Other attractions include the lotus pond, Ringwood Circle, the bamboo groove nook and Dancing Fountain. The Band Stand also deserves a special mention as a hotbed of cultural shows, and music concerts till a few years ago.
Another famous attraction here is the Cubbon Park aquarium, which is the second largest aquarium in India. Established in the year 1983, this aquarium has on display a variety of ornamental as well as exotic fish.
Facts About Cubbon Park
1) The park was opened in 1870 as Meade’s Park, named after the commissioner of Mysuru.
2) The park is closed on Mondays while toy train is closed on Thursdays.
3) The Government Museum in Cubbon Park displays the ruins of Mohenjo Daro and specimens from Vijayanagara Empire.
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Yes, tourists can visit museums in the park such as the Government Museum, Doll Museum, and Sir Vishweshwariah Industrial and Technological Museum, Bengaluru:
Numerous courses are offered at the Cubbon Park, ranging from pottery to aero-modeling.
Places where tourists can go shopping near Cubbon Park include Cauvery emporium Bangalore and Chickpete Bengaluru.
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