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Walk Along Bangalore City's Famous M.G.Road And Relive History

Updated on October 21, 2010

Landmarks On MG Road, Bangalore

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Queen Victoria StatueMahatma Gandhi Statue in Gandhi ParkThe 200 year old St Marks CathedralA view of MG ROADCauvery Handicrafts Handicrafts sale outside Cauvery HandicraftsRev Ferdinand Kittel StatueMG ROAD with the Public Utility BuildingMG Road view from Trinity Church
Queen Victoria Statue
Queen Victoria Statue
Mahatma Gandhi Statue in Gandhi Park
Mahatma Gandhi Statue in Gandhi Park
The 200 year old St Marks Cathedral
The 200 year old St Marks Cathedral
A view of MG ROAD
A view of MG ROAD
Cauvery Handicrafts
Cauvery Handicrafts
Handicrafts sale outside Cauvery Handicrafts
Handicrafts sale outside Cauvery Handicrafts
Rev Ferdinand Kittel Statue
Rev Ferdinand Kittel Statue
MG ROAD with the Public Utility Building
MG ROAD with the Public Utility Building
MG Road view from Trinity Church
MG Road view from Trinity Church

MG ROAD or MAHATMA GANDHI ROAD

Bangalore's MG Road is one of the busiest roads. Earlier known as South Parade, MG Road or Mahatma Gandhi Road was the heart of Bangalore Cantonment. The British garrison was housed closeby pre-independence and the mounted soldiers would take their customary outing along South Parade every Sunday evening. Also the odd car that went past ! My parents, now in their 49 th year of marriage, loved to watch as a young married couple. And my grandfather was a regular at the Plaza and the Ham Shop. Both grandpa and dad recounted descriptive stories of the tall, British soldiers and their uniforms as they bought tickets for the movies.

A statue of Queen Victoria, installed in 1906, marks the start of MG Road. In front of it, are the crossroads, after which is the Gandhi Park on the left, with the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the center. The road is named after Mahatma Gandhi, MG for short. Behind this is the Chinnaswamy Cricket stadium. On the right is the 200 year old St. Marks Cathedral, founded in 1808 and completed in 1812, and was frequented by the British and today, where I worship. Past this is The Bible Society of India and The Bible House. More crossroads and this circle is called the Anil Kumble Circle after one of our cricketers, and then begins the long stretch of MG Road,with the theaters and shopping arcade on the right and the Parade grounds on the left. After about half a kilometer, is the Brigade junction, leading to Brigade Road on the right, and the Government owned Cauvery Handicrafts in the corner. Further down is the Public Utility Building which once upon a time was the tallest in the city with 24 floors. On the left is the RSI or Rajendra Sinhaji Institute. Next comes the public building, Mayo Hall and Rev.Ferdinand Kittel's statue. East Parade Church comes on the left corner of the next junction and is followed by The Oberoi Hotel and The Taj Residency, in between some commercial establishments. The MG Road culminates at Trinity Circle, where the 156 year old Trinity Church stands and the Bishop of Karnataka Central Diocese resides. It was built in 1851 for the British regiment stationed here in Bangalore and said to be the largest garrison church in Southern India. Architectural grandeur of the churches along this road is to be noted.

Since time immemorial, young and old love to walk down MG Road, and be seen. It was the hippest place to be seen and a must visit for visitors to the city. Lined with upscale stores(includes book stores), banks, restaurants, and old world shops on one side and the Parade Grounds on the other, there never was a weekend without a walk on MG's. Vijayalakshmi Silks, GK Vale, Lakeviews Ice cream Parlor, Ham Shop and Spencers have been here since several decades. Old movie theaters such as Plaza were a hot favorite among the garrison.

Over the last decade, old Victorian style buildings that housed commercial establishments have been pulled down to make way for the new shopping arcades and complexes with the same establishments operating out of them. The Metro line is taking shape in the center of this road as well, with a station coming up in two places on this road. One of the stations is where the Plaza theater once stood. By 2011, visitors to the city can take the metro to view the MG Road and alight at two points.

You can choose between two options :

  1. Queens Statue to Trinity Circle : This walk on MG Road, would take you a minimum of 45 minutes to an hour.
  2. Queens Statue to Cauvery Handicrafts, turning right into Brigade Road : You could also choose to walk down from Queens Statue up to the Brigade Junction and turn right into Brigade Road also famous for pubs, cafes, showrooms and excellent restaurants. At least 45 minutes.

Walk Down MG Road,Bangalore

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Queens Statue, Bangalore:
Cubbon Park, Sampangirama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Trinity Church,Bangalore:
Trinity Church Rd, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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MG Road,Bangalore:
MG Rd, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Brigade Road,Bangalore:
Brigade Rd, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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      alishaneuron 

      7 years ago from Colorado (U.S)

      Well worth the read in my opinion its really beautiful. Thanks a lot.

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      Tracy 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      I really enjoyed reading this! You bought a vertual tour right to my imagination ~ Thanks for a great hub:)

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      Shalini Kagal 

      8 years ago from India

      Now you're making me feel nostalgic!

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      Purple Perl 

      8 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Thanks for visiting,LillyGrillzit. Looks like we share the same idea-HUB WORLD TRAVEL! He he!

      Simone, glad you liked this hub.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      How cool! Historical walks are awesome.

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      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      This is a well put together Hub. Thank you for sharing! I love traveling the World through these Hubs. Thanks again.

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