BANGALORE

About Bangalore

Former Bangalore, today officially known as Bengaluru is the capital city of Karnataka. It is famous for its IT industry and so it is called the Silicon Valley of India. A demographically diverse city, Bangalore is the second fastest-growing major metropolis in India. An apocryphal story recounts that the 12th century Hoysala king Veera Ballala II, while on a hunting expedition, lost his way in the forest. Tired and hungry, he came across a poor old woman who served him boiled beans. The grateful king named the place "benda-kaal-uru" (literally, "town of boiled beans"), which eventually evolved into "Bengaluru".

This city has one of the best climates in India, pleasant during the summers and chilly during the winters. Spring in Bangalore has trees blooming with purple, yellow, orange and pink blossomed flowers. Once a perfect hill station, Bangalore has now transformed into an IT hub over the past decade. The traffic is incomparable and sufferable. However, this city has a mind-boggling lifestyle, shopping streets, unbeatable nightlife and hangout places, great restaurants and several must-visit sightseeing points.

Aside from the central business and commercial districts (and the roads leading up to them), the neighbourhoods of Bangalore are mostly quiet and serene, especially the older parts of the city. There are a huge number of beautifully decorated parks in the city that are ideal for going on a morning stroll or a jog. One walk through the 300-acre Cubbon Park, or the botanical gardens of Lalbagh, and you'll know precisely why Bangalore is so famously called India's 'Garden City'. The city also has some wonderful sightseeing places like Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bannerghatta National Park, Tipu Sultan’s summer palace, Vidhaan Soudha, Bangalore Palace, Iskcon Temple, Big Bull Temple, National Gallery of Modern Art, Ulsoor Lake, and Butterfly Park.