Garden City :
Bangalore is the capital of southern Indian state of Karnataka. The city
has emerged as an important destination for trade, industry, education and
tourism in present times. In fact, Bangalore is regarded as the information
technology capital of India. Better known as the garden city, Bangalore has
many well laid out gardens. Bangalore is one of the few places of India that
enjoys pleasant climate throughout the year. Area wise, Bangalore is the
seventh largest city of India.
Bangalore in its present form was founded by Kempe Gowda in the early 16th
century. Two centuries later, it became an important fortress city under
Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. Bangalore still preserves the legacies of the
period in the form of a few tourist attractions.
Famous For - Growing IT Sector :
Bangalore is known as the silicon valley of India. The continuously growing
IT sector has captivated numerous business houses from all over the world to
this garden city.
» By Air -
Bangalore International Airport is
located on the outskirts of the city. Bangalore has air connectivity with
most major destinations of India. International flights also connect
Bangalore with countries of the Gulf and South East Asia.
» By Rail -
Trains are available to Bangalore from
all major destinations of India. Local trains also operate between Bangalore
and other places of Karnataka.
» By Road -
Bangalore is well linked to the rest of
Karnataka and neighbouring states. Inter-State buses are available from the
neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Highlights of the city :
» Lal Bagh -
Of the many beautiful gardens of
Bangalore, Lal Bagh is the most attractive and visited by tourists in large
numbers. It derives its name from the red roses which are in full bloom
here. Flower shows at periodic intervals of time are also organised in the
» Cubbon Park -
In the heart of Bangalore city is
Cubbon Park named after Lord Cubbon. The large park is regarded as a
paradise for morning walkers and children. There are many old buildings in
the area known for their impressive architecture.
The Bull Temple -
The biggest attraction of this temple is a life -size
image of Nandi bull which is 4.57 metres high and 6.10 metres long. The
temple was built by Kempegowda in the 16th century. The image has been
carved out of single granite rock. Non Hindus are not allowed to enter the
» Vidhan Soudha -
The state assembly complex
building is regarded as a nice fusion of Dravidian style of architecture and
modern influences. Special permission may also be secured to watch the
» Tipu's Palace -
The summer palace of Tipu Sultan
built in Bangalore is another attraction of the city. This double storeyed
ornate structure was built using teak wood. The palace is beautifully
decorated with floral motifs on the walls and ceilings. Magnificent pillars,
arches and balconies also adorn the palace. However, most part of the fort
built by Tipu Sultan near the palace is now in ruins.
» Ulsoor Lake -
The 1.5 sq. km lake is dotted with
islands. Located on the north-eastern fringes of the city, the lake is an
ideal place for boating and shopping. A Ganesh festival is also organised in
the place in the month of August.
Things to Buy in Bangalore :
Bangalore has some of the best shopping malls and showrooms in India.
Sandalwood, silk and hand woven materials are in great demand in Bangalore.
The magnificent brasswork of Karnataka's artisans are also found in
abundance in the markets of Bangalore. Ivory artifacts and the Lambani
jewellery of the place are also liked as gift items.
Shopping Areas in Bangalore :
The main shopping areas of Bangalore city are Mahatma Gandhi Road,
Commercial Street, Brigade Road, Public Utility Building, Kempe Gowda Road,
Jayachamarajendra Road, Jayanagar Shopping Complex, Russel Market, City
Market and Avenue Road.