Bangaluru

Bangaluru

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Bangalore is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, a major industrial and commercial center of the country. Kempe Gowda founded the city in the early 16th century. Two centuries later, it became an important fortress city under Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. The ruins of those periods can still be seen on the Bellary Road , at Lal Bagh, Ulsoor and Gavi Gangadhareswar Temple.

The founding of the city is traced back to 1537 and it has seen the rule of the maharajas of Mysore mainly. One of the factors that have gone in to make Bangalore the fifth largest city in India today is its mild and healthy climate. A large number of people, come from outside the region have thus made the city their permanent home. The city has a fairly large number of people who are retired from active life and others who are here for exclusive pleasure seeking. Bangalore is known as the Silicon Valley of the country, the nerve – center of India ‘s software industry. Its other major industries include aircraft, electronics and machine tools.

Often termed as a garden city, Bangalore ‘s climate has also drawn towards itself a large number of industries like the HAL and the Indian Telephone Industry and has become a premier manufacturing and commercial center since the 1950s. .

The Vidhana Soudha is one of the most splendid architectural creations, India can boast of. Located at the north – west end of Cubbon Park , it is a granite structure built in the neo – Dravidian style of architecture. Conceived and executed by Kengak Hanumanthaiya, the then Chief Minister, it houses both the State Legislature and Secretariat.

Bangalore is also famous for its fine sprawling gardens, the notable amongst them being the Lal Bagh and Cubbon Park.The Lal Bagh , was laid out in the 18th century by Hyder Ali and his son, Tipu Sultan. Spread over an area of 240 acres, the park contains a variety of plants and trees, a deer park , and one of the largest collections of rare tropical and sub – tropical plants, in the country. The Glass House, a huge conservatory, a later addition, is the venue of the annual flower, vegetable and fruit shows.

The Cubbon Park , laid out in 1864, a brainchild of the British, covers an area of 300 acres. Within its premises are the Public Library , the High Court , the Government Museum and the Visveswaraiah Technological & Industrial Museum . The Attara Kacheri, as the High Court building is known in these parts, was built in 1864. The Government Museum , one of the oldest in India , came into being in 1886, and houses collections of coins, art, relics from the Mohenjodaro and also, some pieces from Halebid and Vijayanagar. Located near the City Market, are the remains of a fort dating back to the days of Hyder Ali, and also, Tipu Sultan’s summer palace. The palace, an elaborately decorated structure, has ornate arches and minarets. A museum within, has on display, the life and times of Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali.

Bangalore boasts of some of the oldest, and most beautiful temples in the country. Adjoining Tipu’s summer palace is the Venkataramanaswamy Temple , a 300 year old temple built by the Wodeyars, which is still in very good condition. South of Bangalore, in Basavangudi, is the Bull Temple , built by Kempe Gowda. The deity is a massive 15 foot Basava or bull, which has been carved from a single boulder. Another impressive temple is the Gavi Gangadhareswara temple , an unusual cave temple. It has been designed in such a manner so that, on the festival of Sankranti, the rays of the sun pass between the horns of a Nandi Bull placed outside the temple, and thereby, illuminate the image of Lord Shiva. Another temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is the Someshwara Temple , built by Kempe Gowda, in Ulsoor.

The city also has its share of pleasant lakes, the principal amongst them being, the Ulsoor Lake , which also has boating facilities. The other lakes around Bangalore are the Sankey Tank, the Yediyur Tank and the Lal Bagh Lake .

Festival
The Karaga Festival that comes around in March/April, is celebrated with great pomp and show, at the Dharmaraya Temple . The Karaga, an earthen pot that stands for the goddess Shakti, is taken out in a procession at night. The pot is immersed in the Sampangi Tank, which is 20 km from the city.

Bangalore is accessible by air, road, and rail. Bangalore Airport is 13 km east of the City Station. There are number of daily flights to important cities like Calcutta , Mumbai, Delhi , Hyderabad , Chennai, Ahmedabad, Goa , Kochi , Mangalore, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram. Bangalore has direct international flights to Muscat , Sharjah and Singapore . It is also a stopover for many international flights.

Bangalore has a large bus terminus, which is near the railway station. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses and buses belonging to Tamilnadu and Goa Roadways also operate from here. It is well linked to Mysore (3 hours), Hospet (9 hours), Chennai (8 hours) and Mumbai (24 hours). The KSRTC conducts a number of tours and excursions around the city.

There are two railway stations in Bangalore . The main station is well connected to all major Indian cities. There are number of daily express trains from Bangalore to other cities of India .

One can get prepaid taxis and auto-rickshaws to and from the Airport. Local Bus service within Bangalore city is good. One can also take auto-rickshaws and avail of rented cars to move within the city.

Five Star Hotels

  • The Oberoi Hotel
  • The Leela Palace
  • Taj Residency
  • Windsor Sheraton
  • Hotel Grand Ashok
  • Taj West End
  • The Le Meridien

Other Hotels

  • Hotel the Atria
  • Nalapad’s Hotel
  • Nalapad’s Hotel Broadway Index
  • Shakthi Hill Resort
  • Ballal Residency
  • Curzon Court
  • Hotel Ajantha
  • Hotel Richmond
  • Kamath Yatri Niwas
  • Hotel Ivory Tower
  • Airlines Hotel
  • Eagleton – The Golf Resort
  • Hotel Chancery
  • Hotel Geo
  • Hotel Highgates
  • Hotel Maurya
  • Hotel Samrat Residency
  • Mercure Inn Guestline Hotel
  • Museum Inn Hotel
  • Nahar’s Heritage Hotel
  • The Central Park
  • The Club
  • The Park
  • The Park Kensington Terrace
  • Woodlands Hotel

Bangalore city is located in the southern part of the state of Karnataka, in the southern region of India . It is 3,113 feet (949 m) above sea level, on top of a ridge in the Karnataka plateau. Bangalore is 998 km from Mumbai ( Bombay ) and 562 km from Hyderabad . The climate of Bangalore is moderate and pleasant. Summers are mild (April-June) and winters are cool (October-February). The city experiences southwestern monsoon rains in June-August.