Bangalore is India's fifth largest city and the fastest growing city in Asia. In 1537, a local chieftain, Kempe Gowda helped design this town and give it its modern shape. Its pleasant climate, friendly people, and its highly educated population have made this the place of importance. The capital of the state of Karnataka, Bangalore is situated halfway between the coasts in southern India. The capital city of Bangalore is modern, bustling and an important industrial center of Karnataka state. It is a charming city with famous nicknames, as "India's Silicon Valley", "Garden City", "Fashion Capital of India", "The Pub City of India", “India's Manhattan” and may more. Bangalore is adorned with beautifully laid out parks and gardens, long avenues of blossoming trees and salubrious climate, so the name "Garden City". Its pleasant climate and laid back charm attracted many senior citizens and thus later on came to be called at "the retired man's paradise". With the multinational Computer companies setting up their offices here and the rich technical expertise found in the city gave it the name of "Silicon City". It is now also called the Pub City with over 200 Pubs all over the town. Bangalore is even gaining the status of the "Floriculture Capital" due to the present blossoming of flower exports from the city. Because of its rich stone resources, Bangalore is also known as the "Stone City", for its granite deposits. Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister termed this as "India's city of the future". Bangalore, is undoubtedly the trump card of Karnataka. And Bangalore doesn't only produce fine silk and software. "The Fruit Market of the South" is great for grapes, mangoes and guavas. Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka, is a veritable melting pot of various races and cultures. Emerging as the hi-tech capital of India, it retains a charm that is totally Indian.
Bangalore developed its Engineering Educational Institutions over the last century and formed the nucleus of skilled manpower for the primarily Government Engineering companies. Amongst them Hindustan Machine Tools, Bharat Electronics Limited and Indian Telephone Industries. In the private sector, Motor Industries Company better known as MICO the automotive components manufacturer, a subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH of Germany and WIDIA the machine tool manufacturer. These companies employing together over 50,000 skilled employees developed their “old economy” products with great success.However, the last ten years-possibly less-have seen the emergence of the new economy. Bangalore is leading the country in the development of software companies of world class. The two stars are Infosys Technologies and WIPRO. These companies have drawn from the same source-the excellent educational centers of Bangalore. Where the engineering companies looked primarily for male employees, the new software companies have opened up a whole new field of opportunity for the women employees- their percentage in the software companies being as high as 25%. These companies have also through their rapid growth developed a number of highly rewarded employees through their generous stock option schemes. A first in India and an important part in the democratization process of industrial ownership in India. Bangalore is also a leader in exports to different parts of the world. It’s textile exports, especially silk are very high and account for a large portion of state revenue. Due to a large number of granite quarries in and around the city granite exports are also very high. Then there is sandalwood and agarbattis (incense sticks) that are also thriving businesses and international exports. Clearly, these are areas of high growth that will see significant developments in the years to come. Bangalore has the foundation to be the industrial leader in India for the new millennium.
Bangalore is a hub for education for students from all over India and all over the world as well. Institutions here have excelled in the deliverance of high-quality education in various disciplines to enable students to be prepared for a highly competitive working environment after graduation. Whether you’re interested in studying a subject in the Arts, Humanities, Business, Medicine, Science or Computers you can be sure that Bangalore has something for you. Many students from abroad come to Bangalore for its excellent schools and universities, such as the Indian Institute of Science.
People, Lifestyle and Culture
Bangalore, the city of 4 ½ million people - undoubtedly the fastest growing city in Asia, is a dynamic mix of a fascinating history & an equally wondrous techno culture. Like any other Indian city, Bangalore with its pollution, rich, poor & middle class, its vegetable markets, autorickshaws, crazy traffic, cows roaming the streets, government bureaucracy & more offers more to life. The roots of global culture are very prominent among the people of Bangalore, be it the IT ring or the more than tens-of-thousands of students. Best known within India for being the country’s unofficial high-tech capital, the city is the playground of many Indian as well as multinational Infotech companies. The I.T industry views Bangalore as the 'byte-basket' of India. Bangalore is also home to some of India's premier scientific establishments. Blessed with a salubrious climate, gardens & parks, natural lakes, architectural landmarks, shopping malls, the best restaurants and pubs in this part of the globe, business opportunities, Bangalore is the ideal gateway to India and beyond. Bangalore offers something for everyone-music and dance concerts (Western and Indian), dramas, exhibitions, carnivals, conferences and more. Go disco-hopping or pub-crawling, shop till your feet give away, relax in the swankiest restaurants or with your favourite movie stars-in the movie hall or simply tee off to glory. Bangalore today is Asia's fastest growing cosmopolitan city. Bangalore is relatively safe. The police confirm that organised crime is minuscule. Bangalore has a population of more than 56 lakhs. Besides Kannada, which is the official language of the state, Bangaloreans are also comfortable with English, Hindi, Tamil, Telegu, etc.,
Shopping at Bangalore
Shopping is a delightful experience in Bangalore. Some of the favourite shopping haunts are M.G.Road, Brigade Road, Residency Road and Commercial Street. Bargain hunters tend to favour K.G.Road, Malleswaram and Shivajinagar. The main shopping areas of Bangalore are M.G.Road, Brigade Road, Residency Road and Commercial Street. Good buys from Bangalore can include the following:
Bangalore is know for its quality in producing some of the best silk manufactured in the world. Reputed shops generally offer good material and good bargains if you are in the city during a popular festival.
Designer wear :
Popular Indian labels can be purchased from many of Bangalore exclusive boutiques.
Though not the best town to purchase leather, if you are a keen shopper a few designer leather shops are located in the up market Commercial Street area.
Handicrafts and Handlooms :
A paradise for an tourist is the many Handicraft shops in the town. The specialty of this town is Sandal Wood.
For gold and jewellery, you can visit the quaint Jeweller's Street.
How to reach
Bangalore is connected to all the four metropolitan cities and other major places by air. Indian Airlines and private carriers operate regular flights to the Silicon Valley of India from Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, and Madras. Trivandrum, Hyderabad, Goa, Kochi, Ahmedabad and Mangalore, are the other cities on the air route of IA and private airlines. A few international flights come in directly form Singapore, Dubai, London, Oman, Hong Kong and Saudi. Bangalore Airport is 8 km from M.G. Road area. Transfer to the city by tourist taxi takes about 20 minutes.
Bangalore has two railway stations called Bangalore City and Yeshwantpur. Trains from all major cities of India connect to Bangalore.
Bangalore is well connected with Bombay and Pune through National Highway No. 4, to Hyderabad (565 km) and Kanyakumari (719 km) through National Highway No. 7 and Mangalore (349 km) on NH 48. Madras is approachable via Dharmapuri and Vellore (340 km). Buses of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala State Transport Corporations, and a large number of private roadways connect Bangalore with all the major centers in the region. The interstate bus terminus of Bangalore is situated in Subashnagar near Majestic Circle and faces the Bangalore City Railway Station.
|Distance from Bangalore to :
|Belur||322 kms |
|Madras ||334 kms|
|Cochin||526 kms |
|Halebid ||214 kms|
|Jog Falls||377 kms|
|Mysore ||140 kms|
|Tirupati||250 kms |
|Howrah ||1883 Kms|
|Kanyakumari ||674 Kms|
|Kurla ||1033 Kms|
|New Delhi||2019 Kms|
The air-conditioned city of India, enjoys salubrious climate throughout the year, with a maximum temperature of 37 C and minimum 16C
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Places of Interest In Bangalore
Vidhana Sabha , Lalbagh , The Fort and Tipu Sultan's Palace , The Bangalore Fort and Palace
Cubbon Park , Bull Temple , Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum , Government , Museum , Karnataka Folk Museum , Venkatappa Art Gallery , Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium , Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall , Gandhi Bhavan , Jawahar Bal Bhavan , Aquarium , Ulsoor Lake , Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium , ISKCON Temple , Kumara Park Kanyakaparameshwari Temple , Shiva Statue , Sri Gavi Gangadhar-Eshwara Temple , The Dharmaraja Temple , Dodda Ganapathi Temple , Venkataramanswamy Temple , Attara Kacheri (High Court) , Fun World ,Jumma Masjid , St. Marks Cathedral , St. Mary's BasilicaSt. Andrew's Kirk , Dargah Hazarath Tawakkal Mastan , Ravindra Kalakshetra , Indian Institute Of Science(IISc) , Vidhana Soudha :The Bangalore Race Course , Bugle Rock , Musical Fountain , Infant Jesus Church , Whitefield , International Tech Park
Places of Interest Around Bangalore
Bannerghatta National Park , The Big Banyan Tree , Nandi Hills , Mekadatu , Nrityagram Dance Village , Vishwashanti Ashram , Shivaganga , Ghati Subramanya , Devarayanadurga , Muthyala Maduvu (Pearl Valley) , Whitefield , Kolar Gold Mines , Kanva Reservior , Shivanasamudra , Hesaraghatta
This building is standing tribute to the Indian Temple architecture and the Pride of Bangalore. It was conceived and executed by Kengal Hanumanthaiah, the former Chief Minister of Karnataka in 1956.This splendid colossal building of the State Secretariat is a marvel of modern architecture and is a perfect amalgamation of traditional neo-Dravidian and modern styles. It is the home of the State Legislature and the Secretariat and dominates the northern boundary of the Cubbon Park. There are four domes on all the four corners. The main entrance is overshadowed by the four headed lion,the symbol of Indian sovereignty. It houses 22 departments and 300 rooms. What attracts most is the massive sandalwood door of the Cabinet room. It becomes beautiful on a holiday evening when lit with myriad lights. It is not open for public to see.
Hyder Ali laid out this famous botanical garden and his son added horticultural wealth to them by importing trees and plants from several countries. The garden today houses over 1000 species of flora which include rare and enchanting collection of tropical plants, trees and herbs. The Glass House, modelled along London's Crystal Palace, is the center of attraction. Bi-annual flower shows attracting participants from all over India is held in the Glass House. This holds the key to major contribution in maintaining the City’s healthy environment for generations. Within the Gardens there is a beautiful lake with a water spread area of 1.5 Sq.Kms dotted with picturesque tiny islands. It is a good picnic spot.
The Fort and Tipu Sultan's Palace
Only parts of the fort remain, standing in mute testimony to the struggle of Tipu Sultan against British domination. Tipu Sultan in the 18th century. The fort is noted for its beautifully carved arches in Islamic style and for the well preserved Ganapati temple. Originally built by Kempe Gowda in 1537. It was extended and fortified by Tipu Sultan. Hyder Ali, Tipu's father had imprisoned David Baird along with a number of British army officers here. Tipu Sultan's Palace close to the fort is now a museum. The palace was started by Hyder Ali and completed by Tipu Sultan in 1791 it took ten years of planning and construction. This was one of Tipu Sultan's summer retreats. It is a two-storeyed ornate wooden structure with pillars, arches and balconies flanked by gardens on either sides leading to the palace. The eastern and western projecting balconies of the upper floor contained the seat of state from where Tipu conducted affairs of the state. An inscription on the wooden screen describes the palace as the "Abode of Happiness".
The Bangalore Fort and Palace
Built by Kempe Gowda, the Fort of Bangalore was later expanded by the legendary king Tipu Sultan. This summer palace has been constructed largely of wood and is famous for its carving and paintings. Nearby is The Palace Hyder Ali begun and Tipu completed.
This beautiful park was laid out in 1864 by Lieutenant General Sir Mark Cubbon. Over 250 acres of this green park is just right for long walks and hosts a children's amusement park, a doll museum and a toy train for children. The Vijayranga Theater complex screens children's films and stage plays. Located near the Vidhan Soudha, the most attractive aspect of Cubbon Park is that it nestles a number of neo-classical styled government buildings.
At Basavangudi is one of Bangalore's oldest temples. Built for Nandi, the sacred Bull, the vehicle of Lord Shiva, this temple has a 4.6 meter tall carved statue of the sacred bull. In Nov/Dec every year, when the groundnuts have been harvested, a groundnut fair is held near the temple. The first groundnuts are offered by the farmers to the sacred bull. This fair (Kallekai parse) attracts large crowds from all over the state.
Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum
This museum is a tribute to the brilliance of Sir M. Visvesvaraya, one of the architects of modern Karnataka, Browse through this building to get an idea of working models of different machines. One of the specialties of the museum is the mobile science exhibition which tours the state the whole year round. It displays an airplane and steam engine in its compound. There is a comprehensive range of exhibits on electronics, motor power and the uses and properties of wood and metal. Visitors who have a deep interest in popular science can work on some of the exhibits here. Seminars, demonstrations and film shows on scientific subjects are organized periodically. The highlight of the museum are the five galleries : Engine hall, Electronic Technology Gallery, Kimbe Paper Metals Gallery, Popular Science Gallery and Childrens' Science Gallery. It is located on Kasturba Road Bangalore 560001. Phone : 564014.
A beautiful 1877 structure with Corinthian columns. Being one of the oldest museums in the country, this museum boasts an exquisite collection of coins, sculptures, inscriptions, old paintings and excavated items.
Karnataka Folk Museum
The Karnataka Janapadha trust manages this museum where many rare masks, artifacts and costumes are displayed. It also boasts of an impressive collection of folk music and videos of folk dances. It is located at Kumara Park West, Sheshadripuram.
Venkatappa Art Gallery
The Art Gallery has a permanent display of paintings and sculpture by the renowned artist K.Venkatappa.
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
The sky threatre with a dome of fifteen metres in diameter attracts all the amateur astronomers and the commoners to this Planetarium, founded in 1989 to commemorate the birth centenary of Jawaharlal Nehru, the First Prime Minister of India.
Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall
This houses the State Central Library. This place has a rich collection of reference books. Works between 0830 and 1900 all through the week except on Mondays.
The Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, housed in the Gandhi Bhavan, houses a comprehensive picture gallery and other exhibits of Gandhiji which depict the life and times of Gandhiji. The Bhavan is open on weekdays(10:30 Am to 5:00 PM).
Jawahar Bal Bhavan
A children's theatre, an amusement park and a toy train are the main attractions here. Closed on Mondays and second Tuesdays of the month.
Located on Kasturba Road, the Aquarium is housed in a diamond shaped building. The aquarium has a variety of exotic cultivable as well as ornamental fish. Located at Cubbon Park, Kasturba Road Bangalore 560001.
This lake being one of the eight lakes built by Kempe Gowda around then Bangalore is spread over an area of 1.5 sq.km. This lake is the heart of the city which attracts people for its boat rides and its picturesque tiny islands. The Someshwara Temple, built by Kempegowda is located nearby.
Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium
A Government of Karnataka undertaking is set up for the benefit of Art Lovers, is a shopper’s paradise, this emporium houses exquisite handicraft items in rosewood, sandalwood, wood-inlay, lacquerware and bidriware.
This temple is an exquisite blend of modern and traditional south Indian temple architecture. The building houses a multi-vision cinema theatre, ten mini computer aided presentation theatres, vedic library and a preaching library. The temple has varieties of accommodations to house various types of people, like bramacharis, members, devotees and people taking short term courses offered here.
Kumara Park Kanyakaparameshwari Temple
The Temple has a fascinating feature - Marble Mandira, murals of holy places and Darpana Mandira (Mirror Mandir) depicting Rishis, Bhagawada Gita and Vasavi history.
65 ft. high depiction of Lord Shiva seated in Lotus position. Backdrop of Mount Kailash with Ganga flowing from matted rocks. The statue looks majestic during the night with its lighting.
Sri Gavi Gangadhar-Eshwara Temple - This cave temple witnesses a unique phenomenon that speaks volumes for the architectural and astronomical skills of ancient sculptors. On 14th/15th January (Makara Sankranthi day) every year, a ray of sunlight passes precisely through the horns of the stone bull outside the temple and illuminates the deity (Shiva Linga) inside the cave. Known for its four monolithic pillars and rare idol of Agni, the God of fire, this temple was built by Kempe Gowda.
The Dharmaraja Temple
Located at Nazarethpet in the suburbs of Bangalore, this temple is the starting point of the annual Karaga procession. The revered idols of this temple are the Shri Dharmaraja Swamy, hero of the Mahabharata and Lord Krishna.
Dodda Ganapathi Temple
A huge monolithic statue of Gapnapati, which attracts thousands of devotees every day. One of the oldest temples of Bangalore.
This ancient temple built by Maharaja Chikka Devaraya Wodeyar, situated next to the summer palace of Tipu Sultan, is a fine example of Dravidian architecture.
Attara Kacheri (High Court)
A two storied building of stone and brick, painted red, Attara Kacheri literally means "The eighteen offices or departments". They originally comprise the general and revenue secretariat of the state government. It now houses the High Court of Karnataka state.
Fun World is a World of Wonders & created specially for you. It is a place that loves Kids. Fun World is a 12 acre Disney Land Like Amusement Park, tucked into Palace Grounds, Bangalore. Fun World has rides that are safe & good fun, like Atlanta Roller Coater, Caterpillar Rides, Rounded Train & Toy Rides. For Kids of all ages, there are surprises galore at Fun World.
The Jumma Masjid is probably the oldest mosque in the city. It is an imposing structure with tall ornamented granite pillars adorning the elevated prayer hall. Scores of devote Muslim worshippers throng this masjid during the annual festivals of the Muslims. It is located in the busy market area of Bangalore, K.R.Market.
St. Marks Cathedral
This cream coloured Cathedral founded in 1808 and completed in 1812, was consecrated by the Bishop of Calcutta in 1816. This Cathedral is a beautiful colonial structure having a graceful dome over a semicircular chancel that transports the visitor almost immediately into traquility. Roman archers along the walls are the features of the Cathedral.
St. Mary's Basilica
This Church situated opposite the Russel Market Square was built as a small chapel in 1818 by Abbe Dubois, but was later converted into an ornate Gothic style Church by Rev. L.E.Kleiner. By 1882 a fairly large number of stained glass windows from Paris adorned the Basilica, but were removed during World War II. These were re-restored with great care in 1947. The Church was given the status of a Basilica (then the Sixth in India) in 1973 through a Papal order by Pope John Paul VI. The Virgin Mary's festival is celebrated with a procession that attracts people of all faiths. The church is situated near the Shivaji Nagar Bus Terminal.
St. Andrew's Kirk
The only Scottish Kirk in Bangalore, situated on Cubon Road parallel to MG Road contains stained glass windows depicting Lord Jesus and his eight apostles. A pipe organ was also installed here in 1881. The walls are adorned with polished brass plaques. There is also a plaque of John Cook, the Principal of Central College in Bangalore in 1915.
Dargah Hazarath Tawakkal Mastan
This Muslim shrine,located in Cottonpet, a suburban locality, is associated with the Hindu Karaga festival too. The procession annually visits the Dargah of this Sufi Saint, Tawakkal Mastan. His tomb attracts both Muslim and non-Muslim pilgrims.
The Kalakshetra, built to commemorate Rabindranath Tagore's centenary, promotes cultural activity in the city. It has a superb theatre and houses the Cultural Akademi Offices. Next to it is the Gothic styled Puttannachetty Town Hall whose huge auditorium can easily accommodate over 1500 persons.
Indian Institute Of Science(IISc)
Also known as the Tata Institute, is one of the country's finest research institutions, specializing in advanced science and engineering studies.
Vidhana Soudha :The Bangalore Race Course
The Bangalore Race Course is one of the finest in India, with racing events almost all year round (May to June and Nov to Mar). Some of the biggest field stakes in the country can be witnessed here.
This rock stands as a mute witness to the bygone era of the founder of Bangalore, when it served as the watchtower and incase of any attack, a bugle call from here alerted the inhabitants of the town.
Another attraction opposite the planetarium is the musical fountain and its dancing waters. The Bangalore Palace: Modeled after the Windsor Palace, this beautiful granite palace was built by the Wodeyars, the erstwhile rulers of Mysore.
Infant Jesus Church
The Infant Jesus Church in Viveknagar is another world famous wonder, which attracts thousands of devotees from all castes, creeds and religions for thanks giving and rejoicing.
It is synonymous with the Ashram of Sri Satya Sai Baba, which is thronged by devotees from the world over.
International Tech Park
Located at Whitefield, it is most modern and successful software tech park, acting as the frontline Institution for export oriented software units, thus emphasizing the status of Bangalore as the IT capital, as also the Silicon Valley of India.
Bannerghatta National Park
Located approximately 22 kms away from Bangalore, this park has a mini zoo, Elephant ride, lion and tiger safari and crocodile farm.
The Big Banyan Tree
18 Kms. from Bangalore on the Mysore Road. The famed Big Banyan tree spread over nearly four acres is located here. The tree has an awe-inspiring appearance and consists of a vertical root system forming a pleasant complex. Age of this massive tree is around four hundred year.
A small hill station about 60 Kms from Bangalore, this was a popular summer retreat of both Tipu Sultan and the British. This is located 4850 feet above sea level.
98 kms from Bangalore via Kanakapura Road. In Kannada mean Goat's Leap. The river Arkavathi flows through a deep gorge. The Sangameshwara temple is at the confluence of the river Arkavathi and Cauvery. The river flows in a ravine over which a goat can easily leap. Hence the name Mekedatu
Nrityagram Dance Village
30 Kms. From Bangalore via Tumkur Road towards Hessarghatta. This dance village is founded by one of the finest odissi dancers of India - Protima Guari. She built this unique village for classical dancers around the norms of a traditional gurukula, the system of education of ancient India. Here students from all over the world are trained in various Indian dance forms including Bharatnatyam, Odissi and Kuchipudi. Every year, in the first week of February, Nrityagram conducts the Vasantha Habba or the festival of spring. This institute is now managed by Ms. Lynne Fernandes, after the demise of Ms. Protima Gauri Bedi. Leading musicians and dancers from all over the country participate and this brings the students as well as the connoisseur and common man in touch with the best musical talents in the country. You can also stay here overnight to get the feel of this rustic Indian charm. It is situated at Hessarghatta, Bangalore rural district.
25 Kms. From Bangalore on Tumkur Road. This spot is still a well kept secret as far as tourists are concerned. Vishwashanti Ashram houses the tallest statue of Vitthala, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
60 kms from Bangalore via Tumkur Road. There are temples dedicated to Gangadhara and Honnadevi. There is a fresh water spring called Pathala Ganga. Regular KSRTC buses are available from Tumkur (20 kms) and Bangalore.
52 kms from Bangalore via Doddaballapur (17 kms from Doddaballapur). Nearest railway station is Makali Durga on the Bangalore - Guntakal line. The famous temple of Lord Subramanya is situated here.
79 kms from Bangalore via Tumkur. A hill resort. At the foot of the hill there is a natural water spring (Take a deviation at 10th milestone). There is an artificial lake that spreads over nearly 1000 acres. The Indo-Danish Dairy project and Government Horticultural and dairy farms are located here. Accommodation : Traveller's Bungalow under BWSSB, Bangalore.
Muthyala Maduvu (Pearl Valley)
44 kms from Bangalore via Brigade Road-Hosur Road-Anekal. A picturesque picnic spot with a waterfall which is 300ft. high. There is a Traveller's Bungalow 6 kms from Anekal Town on the Hosur Road. For reservations contact Block Development Officer, Anekal.
16 kms from Bangalore. Sri Sathya Saibaba Ashram is here. A large number of devotees come here from all over the world, for his darshan and blessings whenever he visits the Ashram.
A towering granite hill, 1207 mtrs high, with a circumference of 10 kms at the base, this hill a trekkers paradise. Located approximately 61 kms from Bangalore.
69 kms from Bangalore via Mysore Road. KSRTC Bus Service Available from Bangalore to Ramohalli-Ramanagaram Kanva Reservoir. For accommodation in Traveller's Bungalow, contact Assistant Executive Engineer, No. 2, Sub Division, Channapatna.
120 kms from Bangalore on Mysore Road. Home for two beautiful waterfalls Gaganachukki and Bharachukki. This has Asia's first hydroelectric power station built in 1905.
Kolar Gold Mines
120 kms from Bangalore. Kolar is as rich in history as it is in gold. The gold mines here are the deepest mining pits in the world, reaching down to a depth of about 10,000 feet below the surface of the earth. The Secratary, Kolar Gold Mining Undertaking, K.G.F., may be contacted for permission to visit the mines. Bharat Earth Movers factory is also situated here.
It is known for its artificial lake with wind surfing and boating facilities. Located approximately 25 kms away from Bangalore.