After gaining independence in 1947 it evolved into manufacturing hub for industries like HAL and ISRO.
Bangalore is the scientific hub of India and it has the world renowned and the oldest Research University, Indian Institute of Science. The other research institutes are the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, the Raman Research Institute, the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, the National Center for Biological Science and the Indian Statistical Institute.
If there is a city that symbolizes quick growth, a modern outlook and technological savoir-faire, it is Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. Founded by a Hoysala king in the sixteenth century, it later became a fortress town under Tipu Sultan and finally a British cantonment. Its economic surge began in the 60s when the Indian government set up major defence and telecommunications establishments here.
Over the past decades Bangalore has become India's fastest growing city, and the hub of the nation's IT industry. With it have come the malls, pubs, coffee parlours, cyber cafes, multi-cuisine restaurants and trendy lifestyle, but without the stress and strains of a large city like Mumbai or Delhi. This is the charm of Bangalore, along with its pleasant temperate climate, beautiful gardens that are a legacy of the Raj, and friendly people
The fact that the city is 950m above sea level makes the climate of this city much more pleasant than many others. The months of January and February and again June to October are ideal for visiting. November to mid-January witnesses a mild winter, while March, April and May are the summer months, with April being quite hot. Rainfall can be expected from the end of May to October.
Carry a light Sweater or sweatshirt time of the year as the temperature can fall suddenly with the onset of cloudy weather.
Bangalore can be accessed by air, rail and road. The airport is 13 km from the city centre and has flights to all major Indian cities, as well as select international flights. The two railway stations are the main City Station and the Cantonment Station, however several trains have been introduced from the third railway station - Yeshvantpur. The interstate bus terminus is across from the City Station. South India has a wide and efficient network of buses and several of these depart from Bangalore.
The local bus service of the city is fairly frequent though a bit crowded for comfort. Auto rickshaws are a cheap alternative and unlike many other cities, they run by the meter. There are plenty of private call taxi hire services.
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Lalbagh Botanical Garden
|Lalbagh Botanical Garden|
Thre three hundred rooms of Vidhan Soudha can accommodate approxmimately twenty-two departments of the state government. It rises to a height of almost 46m, making it one of most imposing structures in the city of Bangalore.
The whole construction took four years to complete and about 5000 laborers and 1500 chisellers, masons and wood-carvers worked on the project.
It was set up as a birth centenary of its founder Sri PRABHUPADA. The arches of the temple are very well decorated and the illuminated waterfalls lead you to the heavily designed Rajagopuram.
There is also an open air theater to organize concerts and festivals. The four temple gopurams combine through glazed glass canopy to form a 10000 square feet hall named ‘Hari Naam Kirtan’.
The main attractions are the idols of Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha, apart from this you can find Vedic Museums and exhibition hall, lecture hall with multiple language translation system
This temple is dedicated to Nandi, the vahana of Lord Shiva. Situated in Basavanagudi, the temple counts amongst the oldest temples of the city and draws devotees from all over the country.
This huge idol of Nandi inside the temple measuring 4.5m in height and 6.5 m in length, and it is said to have been carved out of a single rock. A small iron plate on its head has been placed to prevent from growing. There is a strong belief that the Vishwa Bharati River originates at the feet of this statue.
Legend: The legend says that the Nandi temple was to appease the Nandi that used to consume and destroy all the groundnuts and peanuts cultivated in this area. After the temple was built the Nandi stopped damaging the crop. As a celebration of this incident, the farmers of Basavanagudi organized a Groundnut fair (Kadalekai Parase) near the temple. This continues till date
Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace
|Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace|
The construction of this magnificent palace was commenced by Nawab Hyder Ali Khan in 1781 and was completed by Tipu Sultan in 1791. It was constructed to house the durbar to administer the happenings of the territory, while serving as a “Summer Retreat”.
There are four staircases leading to the upper chambers and balconies, the central portion on the first floor is a large hall which leads to four smaller rooms at its corners. These are considered as Zenana Quarters. Located in two balconies on the North and South where the seats of State, where Tipu Sultan held audience and conducted his affairs of State.
Till the 15th century, the area where Mysore stands today, was known as Puragere. The fort was constructed in the year 1524 by Camaraja Wodeyar III of Wodeyar dynasty. It is capital of Karnataka.
Dussehra the most important festival which is celebrated for about 10 days. Started by King Raja Wodeyar I in the year 1610, the night day of the celebration is known as Mahanavami and the imperial sword is worshiped on this day.
Mysore also known as city of Palaces has a large number of palaces around the city. And the most famous attraction of this city is Mysore Palace. The best time to visit is evening, when the whole palae is lit up with sparkling lights. The famous Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion is now being converted into a museum and is dedicated to folk culture.
The Brindavan Gardens north of the city are a picturesq sight bordering the impressive Krishnasagar Dam.
The island town was the capital of Hyder Ali and son of TIPU Sultan – the Tiger of Mysore. The ruined-preserved state of the town today points to its past glory. Climate is pleasant through hout the year. However November to April is best.
|Masjid-e-Ala or Jama Masjid in Srirangapatana|
The temple enclosed in walled courtyard and built on an elevated star shaped platform
The raised platform are decorated with richly carved friezes, portraying row of cavalry, elephants. The rows above have sculptures of gods mainly Vishnu in various forms. The three main shrines and the three scantums. The northern scanctum has the ido of lord Janardhana and the southern sanctum has the idolof Lord Venugopala. The image of lord Keshava that once adorned the main hall is missing today
Nandi Hills gets its name from the famous Nandi temple situated atop this hill. Which gaurds the outside of the Yoga Nandeeshwara temple. This temple also has a dedication in the name of Sambhaji who was the son of Chatrapati Shivaji.
This beautiful Nandi Hill popularly known as Nandi Betta or Nandi Durga for the locals and the people of Karnataka. During the Chola reign, Nandi Hill was known as Ananda Giri. Now it is also known as Nandidurga.A fort was built during the period by the chieftans of Chikkaballapur. It was strengthened by the famous King of Mysore Tippu Sultan.
It covers a vast area of 97 acres and soldiers could shoot from all directions without being seen and there is a famous “Tippu Drop” a 600 meter ciff with a huge rock landing after the drop. Prisoners and convicts during Tippu’s reign were pushed off this cliff.
It was a Mysorean Fort before the British forces under Lord Cornwallis captured in the year 1791. Later the British developed the hill station and it became popular.
Banerghatta National Park
|Banerghatta National Park|
Large variety of animals are looked after here in this National Park. Mamals are left freely in the forest and the visitors are taken for a ride around the forest in a well caged mini-bus to view these animals. Different partitions with huge gatesand moats separate the forest into the Herbivores sections with Carnivores section.
A variety of animals are looked after here in this National park. The Mammals are left freely in the forest and the visitors are taken around the forest in a well caged mini-bus to view these animals. Different partitions with huge gates and moats separate the forest into the Herbivores section and the Carnivores section. The Herbivores section comprises of few animals like deers, bears and a few monkeys etc. White Tigers, Lions, Bengal Tigers are covered in the Carnivores' section.
Visitors are also lucky to find Chipmunks (American brown squirrel) which are very rare in India.
The statue of the jain saint Bahubali or Gomateshwara was carved out of single monolith rock and its about 58 feet height, took 12 years to complete the statue. This shrine attracts devout Jains from all over the country who come to pay obeisance to this saint who stood in penance at this spot. Ths monolith statue was built in 981 AD by the Ganga kngs on the peak of Indragiri Hill. Every 12 years a ritual is held for 12 days, the statue of Lord Gomatheshwara gets poured by 1008 kalashas (painted earthen pots- colored colorfully in ceremonious way) of water, milk, butter, ghee, curd sugar, almonds, tender coconut, sugarcane juice, rice flour, turmeric paste, jaggery, banana paste, kashaya (herbal concoction), shrigandha (sandal paste), chandana (Coloured sandal paste), ashtaganda (8 varieties of sandal paste), Saffron, marigold flowers and precious stones.
Kemp Fort Shiva Temple (Bangalore)
|Kemp Fort Shiva Temple (Bangalore)|
After finding an apt property in Bangalore, arranged funds for the project and founded an architect and started to construction in the year 1994. Many people worked internally and externally in building the 65-feet-tall manisfesto. The temple reached its completion in Feb 26th 1995.
Year after year, with God's inspiration, the temple has been transformed into a destination of faith where prayers are answered. Today the temple attracts millions of devotees from not only India but from all around the world.
|Government Museum on Kasturba Gandhi Road is one of the oldest museums in the country|
|Vesvesvaraya Technological and Industrial Museum|
The Visvesvaraya Technological and industrial Museum, Bangalore remains for public viewing from 10.00 a.m to 5.30 pm. the museum only remains closed on Mondays for visitors.
Mysore Palace Museum
|Mysore Palace Museum|
The ground floor displays the personal belongings of the Wodeyar Mahararaja while the upper floor displays collection of weapons belonging to the Maharajah.
Daria Daulat Bagh Museum
|Daria Daulat Bagh Museum|
Nrityagram the dance school
|Nrityagram the dance school|
HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum
|HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum|
FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION
|The traditional food of Bangalore|
The idlis (steamed rice cakes), dosas (rice and lentil crepes) and freshly filtered coffee available at any small restaurant in Bangalore are the best to be had in the country. Try pubbing one evening in this chilled out city, which was the first to sell draught beer in India. You will get a good selection of international food to go with your drinks. Church street is full of multi-cuisine outlets/restaurants. Coffee parlours are the most popular meeting places. Several restaurants offer music on weekend evenings.
Like any Indian metro, Bangalore offers the entire gamut of accommodation - from budget hotels (mainly around the station area), mid range hotels (along M.G. Road), to 5-star accommodation meant for the corporate and high-end traveller
Bangalore is well known for silk, sandalwood carvings brass and rosewood decorative items, spices and coffe, M.G.Road is the main shopping centre lined with well shops of handicrafts, garments, as well as all the majot outlets. You will also find the best stocked books, musi food stores on this road. Central Cottage Industries is stop shop for tasteful, high quality handicrafts, textiles silks. Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation is a reliable for buying silk saris and material. Natesan's Antiqarts s antiques as well as reproductions of sculptures, paintin jewellery and furniture. There are several shopping ma over the city. Some good places to shop are Gandhi IS Commercial Street, Koramangala and Brigade road.
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