South IndiaOften called the ‘Silicon Valley of India’, Bengaluru is the capital of the state of Karnataka and is India’s IT hub. One of the country’s major metropolises, the city showcases a mix of picturesque landscapes, gardens, lakes, marvels of modern and Dravidian architecture, bustling dining scenes and year-around pleasant weather. From pure silk to gold jewellery, and luxury goods to homegrown boutique products, Bangalore is also a great stopover for a shopping spree.
History & Culture
Bengaluru’s origins lie in a mud fort built by local chief Kempe Gowda in 1537. However, the city gained prominence under the rule of Tippu Sultan of Mysore. His summer palace in the city made entirely of teak wood is a crowd puller and a great example of the Indo-Islamic architectural style. Bengaluru became a major regional administrative centre after the British took over control, during which time they also established a large cantonment here. The city also... has several historical places of worship.
Don’t miss out on the flower shows at the famed Lalbagh Botanical gardens. Alternatively, head out to Cubbon Park and soak in its 300-acre green expanse, also home to large number of migratory and local birds. Other monuments of interest are the Tipu Sultan Fort and Palace for its Islamic architecture, hidden chambers, and museum showcasing 1,000 historical photographs. Bangalore Palace is a miniature replica of Windsor Palace, the home of the British Royal family, and hosts a variety of public and private events in its ballroom and sprawling grounds. Brigade Road, Malleswaram, Gandhi Bazaar and KR Market are some of the large market areas here. Ample opportunities for trekking and rock-climbing can be found in Ramanagaram and Devarayandurga just outside the city.
Lakes are vital to the city’s eco-system and are known to support as many as 333 species of flora and fauna. However, toxic foam due to unabated pollution in recent times has seen a number of lakes catching fire. Bengaluru’s streets are adorned with majestic trees, which are all mostly native species or species that have been naturalised with centuries of local presence. The Bannerghatta National Park in Bengaluru is home to a range of species; including leopards, elephants, deer and monkeys. The nearby Nandi Hills make for a great quick getaway into the lap of nature as well.
Airport – The city has a large international airport for direct flights located about 20 km away from the heart of the city.
Train – KSR Bengaluru City Railway Station, Bangalore Cantonment Railway Station
Road – The city is about 350 km from Chennai and 560 km from Hyderabad
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