BANGALORE CITY

    The capital of Karnataka, it is the fifth largest city in India that is situated at an altitude of approximately 920 m above sea level and located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of Karnataka.

  • Called as the 'Garden City of India', the city is blessed with several beautiful parks and gardens, with tree-lined streets that make travel to the city a pure pleasure.
  • Called as the ‘Silicon Valley of India’, the city boasts of the presence of several renowned IT companies from abroad and the highest concentration of IT Companies in India.
  • Offers an amazing nightlife with some of the most happening discotheques and pubs of the country, making it one of the most happening cities in India.
  • Offers some of India’s best accommodation, some excellent restaurants and lively bars.
  • Is the headquarters of the Art of Living Foundation, , the spiritual and humanitarian organization founded by New Age guru and Hindu evangelist Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

HISTORY

Said to be an anglicized version of ‘Bengalooru’, ‘Bangalore’ or ‘Bengaluru’ is a Kannada word that is older than is generally thought to be; the name is an inscription of the 9th century AD, found at Begur Village.

History also records that Bengaluru has been something of a pawn that has changed hands from one ruler to another; While Kempe Gowda built it, the Sultanate of Bijapur conquered it and later Chikkadevaraja Wodeyar purchased it for a mere Rs 300,000. It was also the property of two historical personalities, Shahji Bhonsley and Haider Ali, at different periods of its history.

    Other major events in its history:

  • Invaded by Lord Cornwallis, the English Governor General in India, with the biggest army ever, in March 1791.
  • Handed to Tipu Sultan when the treaty of Srirangapatnam was concluded.
  • Became part of the newly carved out Mysore state under the rule of Krishna Raja Wodeyar III, after the fall of Tipu Sultan in the Fourth Mysore War, in 1799.
  • Administration of the new state was resumed by the British in 1831. Later it became the administrative centre of the State, for the first time, in the days of the British Commission in Mysore (1831-1881).
  • Amalgamation of the city and Cantonment areas in 1949 led to the formation of the Corporation of the City of Bangalore comprising an area of 26.7 square miles.
  • Became the metropolis of the enlarged Mysore State in 1956 by virtue of the re-organization of states.

CLIMATE

With a location that is at an altitude of 920m (3021 feet) above sea level, Bengaluru offers a pleasant climate almost throughout the year, although much of it in recent years has tapered off due to the rapid urbanization of the city, rising pollution and effects of climate change.

While during summer, the temperature reaches a maximum of 27° Celsius, it goes down to 20° C during winters. Coming to rainy months, the city gets the best of both southwest and northeast monsoons, with October and November being the wettest months.

TOP HOTELS

  • The Oberoi.
  • The Gateway Hotel.
  • Elanza Hotel.
  • Leela Palace Hotel.
  • JW Marriott Hotel.
  • Le Meridien Hotel.
  • Vivanta By Taj.
  • Ritz Carlton Hotel.
  • Ramada Hotel.
  • Double Tree Suites By Hilton.
  • ITC Gardenia.
  • Iris – The Business Hotel & Spa.
  • My Fortune.
  • The Chancery Pavilion.
  • Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park.

BANGALORE AIRPORT

Called as Kempegowda International Airport, its spread over 4,000 acres (1,600 ha) and is located about 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of the city near the village of Devanahalli. It replaced HAL Airport (Bangalore’s main commercial airport), the first airport in India to be constructed in PPP model that means public-private partnership model. The Airport is well-connected with the Bangalore city by various transport networks. They are safe and reliable. There are Car Rentals, Taxis, Trains, Fly bus, etc, that takes you to the airport from and to every part of the city.

BANGALORE RAILWAY STATION

Bangalore City railway station, officially known as Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station, is the main railway station, with 10 platforms and two entrances. The railway station is also served by City Railway Station metro station on the Namma Metro’s Purple Line, which opened on 30 April 2016.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Bengaluru offers a wide array of attractive tourist attractions from pretty gardens to magnificent palaces and more. Here are the best of Tourist Attractions that the city offers:

kicBANGALORE AQUARIUM:A magnificent mix of amusement park and recreation center, it offers a broad range of attractions for children, with a small toy train that runs on a track of almost 3/4th mile inside the beautiful Cubbon Park, being a major attraction.







BANGALORE BAL BHAVAN: A magnificent mix of amusement park and recreation center, it offers a broad range of attractions for children, with a small toy train that runs on a track of almost 3/4th mile inside the beautiful Cubbon Park, being a major attraction.

kicBANGALORE PALACE:Situated inside the Palace Gardens in the heart of the city, it was built in 1857 by the Wodeyar Dynasty. It is adorned with magnificent wood-carvings and eye-catching Tudor-style architecture that gives it a unique royal look.







kicLALBAGH BOTANICAL GARDENS: A magnificent canopy of ancient trees and some of the world’s most diverse collections of plants, spread across 240 acres of pristine land, it’s one of the largest green spaces in the city. It’s opened from 6 am to 6 pm.







kicCUBBON PARK: Located near Gandhi Nagar, it was built in 1864 and comprises of some of the most fascinating fairy fountains and green lung spaces that is further enlivened by an august bandstand.








JAWAHARLAL NEHRU PLANETORIUM: Built in the year 1989, it has a magnificent sky theatre inside the planetarium with a huge dome that is fifteen metres diameter.

LAL-BAGH BOTANICAL GARDENS: Built in the 18th century, it’s a unique botanical garden that is soaked in a verdant spread of greenery and nature’s charm.

TIPU SULTAN FORT: Built in 1537 by Kempe Gowda, founder of Bengaluru, it’s built completely of teak-wood and depicts intricate Islamic architecture, and is situated near the City Market. It was used as a summer retreat by Tipu Sultan.

kicVIDHANA SOUDHA: A magnificent and imposing building that rises to a height of 46 kms and built in pure white granite, it houses the Legislative Chambers of the State Government. It contains three hundred rooms that can accommodate approximately twenty-two departments of the State Government.







kicINNOVATIVE FILM CITY: An Indian theme park, it’s located at Bidadi, just off the Bangalore-Mysore highway. The Film City showcases high-quality mixture of different themes, with several attractions like Dinosaur World, Wax Museum, etc.







VISVESWARAYA INDUSTRIAL & TECHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM: Situated on Kasturba Road, it comprises of five galleries, namely Popular Science Gallery, Kimbe Paper Metals Gallery, Children's Science Gallery, Electronic Technology Gallery and Engine Hall Gallery.

kic BANNERGHATTA NATIONAL PARK: Situated about 21 kms from the city, it offers a fabulous combination of picturesque environs, and pleasant natural settings. It has a lion, tiger and bear safari as well as crocodile and snake farm. One can also sight elephants, sambhar, spotted deer, gaur, wild boar, sloth bear, wild dogs, etc.







kicBANNERGHATTA NATURE CAMP: Spread across 2500 acres of greenery, it’s an extensive nature reserve with eight luxurious, tented cottages, twin-bedded Swiss-tents with attached bathrooms and also two silted log-huts made from locally available logs and material. With attached baths, these huts are well appointed and comfortable in every way. The Camp also has a tidy dormitory for the economy traveler and also provides for a fully equipped conference hall, with its own audio-visual equipments and multimedia projector; the hall can accommodate about 30 people, in theater style seating.




KARNATAKA FOLK MUSEUM: Situated about 53 kms from the city, its spread over 15 acres and offers a peek into the diverse folk-life of Karnataka.

kicBRINDAVAN ASHRAM: Situated in Whitefield, a suburb of Bengaluru (about 24 kms from the city), it was an ashram of the revered Sri Satya Sai Baba.








DEVARAYANADURGA: A beautiful hill resort, about 79 kms from the city, it’s known for its pretty natural water spring and an artificial lake as well as the well-known Indo-Danish Dairy Project & Government Horticultural and dairy farms.

MUTHYALA MADUVU: :Known as Pearl Valley, it’s about 44 kms from the city. It is known for its majestic 300 ft high waterfall and picturesque surroundings.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART: Housed in a heritage mansion with neat whitewashed walls, it offers a delightful array of modern Indian art including impressive paintings, sculptures and photographs by artists like Anjolie Ela Menon and Jitish Kallat, etc. Opened: Wed 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM - Sat 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

kicTHE HAL AEROSPACE MUSEUM: It showcases India’s aeronautical history with imposing models of HAL-designed aircraft and indigenous models such as the Marut and Kiran, a vintage Canberra bomber, and the now-infamous MiG-21. Opened: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM