Founded in 1537 by a local ruler, Kempe Gowda,
Bangalore has been on the path of rapid industrialization. It
is known as much as the ‘Garden City’ as the ‘Silicon Valley
of India’. Bangalore is unique in every respect and has no
other city like it in India. The city of future, Bangalore
symbolizes India’s transition from a developing nation to an
economic superpower with information technology at its core.
Bangalore has many tourist attractions in and around the city.
The city is famous for its blossoming gardens, magnificent
historical sites, and places of religious interests. These
tourist spots can easily be accessed by local transport like
autos, buses, or taxis.
Key places in Bangalore: Some of the key places of
interest are Vidhana Soudha (the seat of Karnataka
Government), Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum,
Cubbon Park, Lal Bagh, Bangalore Palace, Bull Temple, Iskcon
Temple, Shiva Statue, and Nandi Hill Resort.
Well-known shopping destinations are MG Road, Brigade Road,
and Commercial Street—all within a 2-3 km radius. Some of the
popular shopping malls are UB City Mall, Forum Mall, Garuda
Mall, Bangalore Central, Lido Mall, and Sigma Mall.
Culture & tradition: Bangalore, the garden city of
India, is a veritable melting pot of religions and cultures.
The city has acquired a vibrant cosmopolitan environment with
a growing population. Its present population is about six
million. The traditional Indian culture is reflected in its
art, dance, drama, and music which attract people from all
over the world. To experience the urban Bangalore, you can
check out the pubs, art galleries, theaters for movies and
plays, quick getaways, and of course, shopping malls.
Bangalore has been renamed as Bengaluru, as pronounced in
Kannada (the regional language).
All festivals such as Deepawali, Dussehra, Ganesh Chaturthi,
Makara Sankranthi, Karaga festival, Ugadi, Makara Sankranthi,
Eid ul-Fitr and Christmas are celebrated in the city with
great fervor. Festivity brings a sense of love and
togetherness among the people of Bangalore. Apart from these
religious and traditional festivals, the city also observes
some cultural festivals associated with dance and music.
Climate: Situated at a height of 949 meters (3113 ft)
above the sea level, Bangalore is blessed with salubrious
climate throughout the year. The rains are frequent and the
summers are warm. Winters are mildly cold. But the weather
never touches the extremes. Bangalore's winter is usually
pleasant with sunny mornings and clear, blue skies. The
daytime winter temperatures stay well above 20°C (68°F), and
usually average 26°C (79°F) or higher. However, the
temperatures at night-time plummet, particularly during
December and January, dropping to around 15°C (59°F), with
noticeably cooler evenings. Early morning fog is also fairly
commonplace at this time of the year.
Food: Bangalore offers a variety of cuisines, from the
traditional to the very exotic. You will definitely find
something to suit your palate.
Currency: The currency used is the Indian Rupee. It is
available in the denominations of Rs. 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50,
100, 500 and 1000.