Information of Bangalore
every season carries a holiday mood, a city called the Garden City of
India, a city which has identified it self as the Manhattan of India, a
city which keeps pace with the latest trends and fashion. Bangalore is
fast emerging as one of the most industrialized city in India. The present
capital of Karnataka, Bangalore was founded by the local Chieftain Kempe
Gowda in sixteenth century. But Bangalore never came up on the scene till
it was converted into the summer capital of Mysore by Tipu Sultan. The
Wodeyars also contributed in developing the city through gardens and
palaces they built. To the British goes the credit of making it into an
The pleasant climate of Bangalore has been an attraction for one and all.
Capital of a state which is rich in Sandal wood, Rose wood and Silk,
certainly has more to offer than a day or two of sight seeing. Bangalore
has always tried to keep itself peppy and jazzy. The numerous pubs and
night clubs can compete with any modern city of America or Europe. It is a
city which has adopted to the changing fashion trends in the world. A city
which not only has large number of cinema halls but is also famous for its
night life. The modern shopping malls full of brightly lit shops and
showrooms not necessarily invite prospective buyers but are treat for the
window shoppers too.
The greenery of the city is an added attraction with the climate. The
numerous gardens and parks, streets lined with trees are very soothing in
what would have been a jungle of concrete. The golf course, Tennis lawns
and the Stadium are always the venue for some or other activity. Bangalore
is a regular host to many events in dance, music and other exhibitions.
Bangalore attracts a major chunk of Foreign investment in India. Already
it was called electronic city for India but the establishment of the
Silicon park on the out skirts of the city has converted it into the
Silicon city of the world. With major players in the IT industry gaining
footholds here, Bangalore is destined to emerge as the electronic hub of
Bangalore is famous for the shopping malls which have some of
the finest and biggest showrooms in India. This electronic capital of
India has been attracting people for Sandal wood, Silk and hand woven
materials. The Karnataka Handloom Development Corporation's 'Priyadharshini'
Handloom House is located at various places. Bangalore is a good place to
buy specialities from all over the state. Here one can find the fine
Mysore silk and Sandalwood & Sandal wood items. The inlay work from
Karnataka in Brass, Rosewood are any collectors hunt. Ivory artifacts and
the Lambani Jewellery make good decorative as well as gift items.
Premier shopping areas are Mahatma Gandhi Road, Commercial Street, Brigade
Road, Public Utility Building, Kempe Gowda Road, Jayachamarajendra Road,
Jayanagar Shopping Complex, Russel Market, City Market, Avenue Road.
Bangalore is called the Air conditioned city in India . This
garden city is very pleasant. The city has dry tropical savannah type of
climate. The rains are very frequent and the summers are warm. Winters are
cold. But no weather goes to its extreme. One can visit the city any time
of the year and enjoy the salubrious climate but it is advisable to avoid
the rainy season between July and September.
After Mumbai, Bangalore is fast emerging as an important
commercial city in India. With the Silicon park near Bangalore, it has
been attracting huge foreign investment. This fast developing commercial
hub of India is easily accessible from any where in the country. Bangalore
has its own Airport with almost all the major domestic airlines catering
services to the city. The airport is 6 kms from city centre. Few selected
international carriers are also having their flights to the city.
Bangalore has two railway stations, the Bangalore city and Bangalore Cant.
The major trains from and to Bangalore terminate & start from the city
station. Bangalore is well connected to all the major towns of India.
Recently inaugurated Konkan railway is also serving the city and connects
it from other places in the country. Rajdhani Express and other superfast
trains are available from here.
Being the capital city of Karnataka, Bangalore has very good motorable
roads to various parts of the state. Some of the bus services are also
serving to the adjoining states. Both private and state transport run
buses are available from the beautiful and well maintained bus terminus in
Bagh - One of the many gardens in the city,
Lal Bagh is the most famous garden in Bangalore. It derives its name
from the profusion of Red roses which are in bloom here.
Cubbon Park - In the heart of the Bangalore city is a garden
laid down by Lord Cubbon in 1864. The ambience of the city life is
broken with presence of such a large park in the center of the city.
The Bull Temple - The 4.57 m high and 6.10 meters long image
was built by Kempegowda in the 16th century. The image has been carved
out of single granite rock. The original colour of Nandi bull was grey
which has now turned black due to the application of coconut oil by
the devotees. The statue of the bull has been carved out of a single
rock. Non Hindus are not allowed in the temple. The temple is busy
always with some ceremony or other going on. On weekends there are
musicians who are performing at the temple.
Bangalore Palace - Built in the Tudor style and inspired by the
Windsor palace, a Wodeyar king built this palace in 1887. This unique
edifice stands in the heart of the city.
Vidhan Soudha - A marvel of neo Dravidian architecture and one
of the most imposing building not only in Bangalore but in India, the
Vidhan Soudha houses the state legislative assembly of Karnataka and
part of the secretariat.
Tipu's Palace - The summer palace of Tipu Sultan was built in
Bangalore. The entire structure is built in Teak wood. This double
storeyed ornate structure was constructed in 1781-1791. This palace is
beautifully decorated with floral motifs on the walls and ceilings.
The structure is completed with pillars, arches and balconies. After
the death of Tipu, this building was used by the British as their
secretariat till 1867. In busy market place of the city are the
remnants of this fort built by Tipu. What ever remains of the fort,
reminds of the struggle by Tipu against the British. There is a small
Ganesha temple among the fort ruins.
Sri Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple - The temple is natural
monolith carved cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. On the 14 / 15
January every year a ray of light passes precisely through the horns
of the Nandi bull and illuminates the deity inside. This unique
phenomenon occurs every year on the Makar Sankranti day and attracts
large number of devotees. The precision of the event shows advancement
in the technical and scientific knowledge of our ancestors. The
architect of this temple combines 'Vastukala' with astronomy
which gifts the world an amazing phenomenon.
Ulsoor Lake - The 1.5 sq. km lake is dotted with islands. The
picturesque lake is located on the North-Eastern fringes of the city
and is an ideal place for boating and shopping. A Ganesh festival is
organised in August / September. One of the Kempegowda watch towers
stands nearby. There is also a swimming pool which has separate
timings for males and females.
: This picnic spot is located 28 kms from Bangalore on the Mysore
road. Ramohalli is a beautiful picnic spot with a KSTDC
restaurant. The main attraction of the place is the 400 year old
Banyan tree which has its branches spread over an area of three
Bannnerghatta National Park : This lion and tiger safari
park is set amidst a picturesque surrounding around 22 kms away
from the city. The park is spread over an area of 104 sq kms. One
can see the lions, tigers and elephants in closed enclosures.
There is also a Crocodile and snake farm which attracts many
visitors. There are regular bus services from the city to this
Nrityagram : This place was established as an institution
for the classical dances. The famous Odissi dancer Protima Gauri
had founded this place to preserve the ancient and classical dance
forms of India. It is located 30 km from the city center. The
dance village as it is called was designed by the award winning
architect from Goa, Gerard Da Cunha. Apart from dance this place
also teaches allied subjects like philosophy, music, mythology,
paintings and choreography. Nrityagram welcomes visitors and
Ramanagaram : This place is famous for the rocks formations
and are great attraction for the rock climbers. It is 49 kms from
Bangalore city. Ramanagaram is also an important silk cocoon
Shivaganga : 50 kms from the city center is a hill which
provides a breath taking view of the the nearby areas. There are
two famous shrines dedicated to Lord Gangadeshwara and Goddess
Hassan : 194 kms from Bangalore is Hassan, from where one
can go to Belur, Halebid and Shravanabelagola. Shravanabelagola is
a famous Jain pilgrimage with a 17 m high monolith of lord
Bahubali standing tall.
Mysore : The erst while capital of the Wodeyars is
140 kms from Bangalore. This city has retained the charm it had
acquired during the reign of Wodeyars. Mysore is also known as the
city of palace. For centuries Mysore has been visited for
Sandalwood and Silk. The Mysore palace is often compared with the
Buckingham palace in England. The St. Philomena's Church and the
Mysore Dussehra are added attraction to this place. Vrindavan
Gardens on the KRS dam is one of the most visited gardens in
India. The musical fountains here have fascinated not only the
visitors but they have been taken on silver screen too.