Bangalore is known as the “Garden City of India" because of its gentle climate, broad streets, greenery and the presence of many public parks, such as Lal Bagh and Cubbon Park. Bangalore is sometimes called as the “Pub Capital of India" and the “Rock/Metal capital of India" because of its underground music scene and it is one of the premier places to hold international rock concerts. In May 2012, Lonely Planet ranked Bangalore 3rd among the world's top 10 cities to visit.
Built in 1880, the Bangalore Palace was modelled on Windsor Castle, complete with fortified towers and turreted parapets. It stands amid undulating lawns, partly converted into a formal garden with axial paths. Bangalore Palace is located 7kms from the Hotel.
Laid out by Mysore ruler Hyder Ali in 1740, it is spread over 240 acres which is located 11kms from the Hotel. Many of its tropical plants were imported by Haider and his son Tipu Sultan from countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Persia, Mauritius, Turkey, and Africa. Ogle at the Glass House modelled on London’s Crystal Palace. Lalbagh is also called as Botanical Garden meaning The Red Garden in English.
It was Established in 1866 and located on Kasturba Road just 9kms from the Hotel. This is one of the oldest museums in India. Housed in a red stucco Neo-Classical building with Corinthian columns, it has 18 sections with a fine collection of Jewellery, Miniature paintings, Sculpture, Artifacts from Mohenjodaro and 5,000-year-old Neolithic relics. It has water colours, paintings and leather puppets made of deer and fine sculptures.