Bangalore's history is the tale of two cities- the Indian City or 'Pete and that of an English Military cantonment. The Cubbon Park served as the bridge between the two. A walk here offers exceptional introductions to Bangalore's old connect with the English, the florid splendour of Victorian architecture and the stories behind the plethora of statues; you will also get a peek into the world of exotic plants and trees in another green landscape of the city.
Why you will love itPark ambienceExotic treesBangalore's English history
What you will experience
Walk with us into 20th century Bangalore as we stroll along with the trees in the park. Learn of a Victorian-era when people commuted on horseback or on foot and danced in the ballrooms of Parade road. Join us on the Cubbon Park walk to see the other side of Bangalore - a city where men wore top hats and women held parasols!
Though its officially called Sri Chamarajendra Park people still prefer to refer to it as Cubbon Park. It was set up by Major General Richard Sankey, in 1870, when he was serving as the Chief engineer of the Mysore State. Its name is derived from Sir Mark Cubbon, who served for the longest period as the commissioner. It was renamed in 1927, after Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar. To the delight of city residents and visitors it is more than just a park; it is richly imbued with historical significance and is a critical green lung, an oasis of calm which offers them a soothing respite from the toil and stress of contemporary Bengaluru, many shades different from its old avatar.
A leisurely wander brings us to its iconic Victorian-era structures such as the red-brick Gothic majesty of the State Library, the State Parliament Building and High Court. The park is a delight for sure with its fountains, statues and beautiful canopy of trees. Immortalized in the statuary and memorials here are Queen Victoria, Major General Sir Mark Cubbon, Rajya Dhurandhara, Sir K. Sheshadri Iyer statue and Raja Chamarajendra Wodeyar. Another iconic Raj-era structure here is the bandstand, which still hosts cultural programmes for the citizenry.