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Bangalore, the capital of the Karnataka, is fifth biggest city in India. The precise origin of Bangalore is not known, but it is alleged that the city was originated somewhere in the 16th century. The pleasant capital city of the sate of Karnataka is known for its salubrious climate. Often called the ‘Garden City’ of India, Bangalore has fine parks and avenues lined with flowering trees. Stately buildings, splendid shopping, fine pubs and eating places, golf courses all add to Bangalore’s charm. It has reaped the most out of the IT Boom in India and boasts of the highest concentration of IT companies in the country. The city is known as the ‘Silicon Valley’ of India for the extensive software industry that is located here. Bangalore is precisely called the doorway to South India.

This city is placed halfway between the coasts of Southern India. Bangalore is famous for its education centre and students from all over the world aspire to be a part of these prestigious institutes. The Bangalore city is also very renowned for its astounding nightlife. Some of the most eventful discotheques and pubs of the country are located at Bangalore, making it one of the most happening cities in India. Bangalore has an outstanding charm of arousing the attention of both Indians and foreigners in its plaid history. Its tactical position, close to the borders of three states, has played an immense part in influencing the history of peninsular India.
History of Bangalore
Myth has it that Bangalore got its name from “Bendha KaaLu” (- meaning boiled beans in Kannada). It is said that King Ballala of the Vijayanagara kingdom was on one occasion lost in a forest and come about to stumble upon a lonesome cottage. The old woman lived there could offer only boiled beans “Bendha kaaLu” to the famished king and thus the place came to be known as “Bendha kaaLu ooru” (ooru in Kannada means a city). BendhakaaLooru later on came to be known as BengaLooru in Kannada and Bangalore in English. Yet, historical evidence confirms that “BengaLooru” was recorded much prior to King Ballala's time, in a 9th century temple inscription in the village of Begur. Even at present "BengaLooru" subsists within the city borders in Kodigehalli area and is identified as "HalebengaLooru" or "Old Bangalore."

Kempe Gowda, acknowledged as the founder of Bangalore, played an important role in the construction of the city. He used to serve under the Vijayanagara Kings. Kempe Gowda was a hunting enthusiast. Once on hunting he saw his dog being chased by a hare. Amused over and above impressed by this incident, he called Bangalore as 'Gandu bhoomi' (heroic place). He, with the help of King Achutaraya, erected a mud fort in Bangalore and inside it constructed the towns of Balepet, Cottonpet, and Chickpet. Later on, his son got the four watchtowers erected on the boundaries of the city, which are visible even today. It is quite remarkable to know the fact that Bangalore had been a hock on the chessboard of Indian intrigues. Kempe Gowda founded it. The Bijapur Sultanate subjugated it. The Moghuls sold it. Chikkadevaraja Wodeyar purchased it for Rupees 300,000. It was the personal property of Shahji Bhonsley and Haider Ali, two great historical personalities, during different epochs in its history.

Into this ever-changing kaleidoscope also came Lord Cornwallis, the English Governor General in India, with the largest army that ever marched into Bangalore in March 1791. When the Srirangapatnam treaty was accomplished, it was handed back to Tippu Sultan. After the collapse of Tippu Sultan in the Fourth Mysore War, in 1799, Bangalore became division of the newly carved out Mysore State under the tenet of Krishna Raja Wodeyar III. In 1831, the British recommenced the administration of the new State. It attained the position of administrative centre of the State, for the first time, during the British Commission in Mysore (1831-1881). In 1949 the City and Cantonment areas of Bangalore were fused to form the Corporation of the City of Bangalore comprising an area of 26.7 square miles. In 1956, by virtue of the restructuring of states, it became the metropolis of the huge Mysore State.
Air :Well connected by air to International destinations and cities around India. Dubai, Muscat, Sharjah, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, London, New York are linked by either direct flights or those with easy connections available. Air India, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Air Sahara link Bangalore to destinations within the domestic sector like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Mangalore, Hyderabad, Goa and Pune through regular flights.

Rail : Bangalore is well connected to cities around the country. The Rajadhani Express and Karnataka Express link Bangalore to New Delhi. The Udayan and Kurla Express go daily to Mumbai. Four trains, the Shatabdi, Chennai Express, Brindavan Express and Chennai Mail go daily to Chennai. Kanyakumari Island Express goes daily to Kanyakumari via Trivandrum.

Road : Very well linked by road to all the major destinations in the south along the NH 47 and NH 48. Networks of state highways allow a high degree of connectivity around Karnataka.
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 south-western monsoon rains in June-August. Although the weather of Bangalore is pleasant throughout the year, it is best visited in the winters.
Tourist Attractions
Cubbon Park
In the heart of the city is the Cubbon Park laid out in 1864 with 300 acres of verdant lawns, flower beds and groves of fine trees, a popular escape for city dwellers. This park is famous for its many attractions which includes the large diamond shaped aquarium located at the entrance of the park. The aquarium which is the second largest aquarium in India houses rare collection of exotic fishes. This park is studded with splendid sculptures and Gothic buildings, which house the Public Library, Government Museum, Technological and Industrial Museum and the High Court.
Lal Bagh
This beautiful garden extends over 240 acres. Laid on by Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan in late 18th century, the park is noted for its collection of exotic trees and plant, lawns and lotus ponds. The Glass House in the heart of the garden modelled after the Crystal Palace in London is the venue for the splendid flower shows held in January and August. 150 different varieties of roses are grown here.
Vidhan Soudha
Vidhan Soudha built in grey granite in a neo-Dravidian style, housing the secretariat and State Legislature. This majestic building is the pride of Bangalore and is one of the important Bangalore attractions. The gleaming white domes, pillars and archways resemble the architectural pattern of Mysore’s old palaces. When illuminated the entire building presents a breathtaking picture.
The Bull Temple (Basavanagudi)
It was built in the 16th century by Kempe Gowda in Dravidian style. The temple gets its name from a huge, carved, monolithic, Nandi- the sacred bull which is 4.57m tall and 6.10m long. The bull temple also called as the Nandi temple, is dedicated to Nandi-the celestial vahana (mount) for Lord Shiva. This massive statue has been carved from single granite and is considered the largest Nandi statue of the world.
Bannergatta National Park
21 km from the city, the Bannerghatta National Park has an area of 874 sq. kms, located amidst sylvan surroundings; this park has a crocodile farm, and a tiger and lion safari. Rivers and gorges traverse the hilly landscape of the park. The tree crop consists of arid deciduous and various species. The animals to be seen here are tiger, leopard cat, sloth bear, four horned antelope, elephant, flying squirrel and mouse deer. The reptiles are mugger and monitor lizard. The main birds can be seen here are spoonbill, jungle fowl, partridge, bush quail, woodpeckers, teal and coot.
Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace
The Tipu's Palace and the adjacent fort represent fine examples of Indo-Islamic architecture that also offers a peep into the Mughal lifestyle of the day. The erection of the palace was started by Haider Ali and completed by Tipu Sultan himself in 1791. Built wholly in Teak wood, this palace was initially a summer retreat and it took ten years to plan and complete the construction. It is a two-storied ornate wooden composition with arches, pillars and balconies edged by gardens on either sides leading to the palace. The palace has ramparts and turrets, Gothic windows and stymied windows resembling the Daria Daulat Palace of Srirangapatnam. The double-storied lavishly ornamented palace is identified for its carving and paintings. The walls and ceilings are dyed in bright colors with carvings. The building now days are used as art gallery of nearly a thousand historical photos, including those of viceroys, maharajas and other famous personalities besides the fragile carvings and paintings. In the quadrant there is a Ganesha Temple that conventionally depicts and represents Tipu Sultan's religious tolerance.
Attara Kacheri
The Karnataka High Court - Attara Kacheri is situated in Bangalore. It is a breathtaking red brick and stone building built in the Greco-Roman (neo-classical) architecture style. It has two stories and overlooks the Vidhan Sabha, Karnataka's legislature seat. Earlier named as Old Public Offices and now named as Attara Kacheri, meaning eighteen departments. It is so named as these 18 departments of the revenue and general secretariat of the Mysore Government were transferred here from the Tipu Sultan summer palace.
Venkatappa Art Gallery
Venkatappa Art Gallery is the highly recommended as a must-visit place in Bangalore city. This radiant art gallery is surplus accomplished of satiating even the true art aficionados. The art gallery, which is divided into two halls, has rock sculptures from the Mathura and Khajarao schools of art in one of the halls, while the other hall is dedicated to pottery and clay articles belonging to the Indus Valley civilizations. It also exhibits 20th century landscapes and the occasional contemporary art show.

Structurally spread over two floors, the gallery exhibits around 600 paintings, which are on display throughout the year. The ground floor displays the works of K. Venkatappa, who was born in 1887 and belonged to a family of Court painters. His works include a panoramic view of the Ooty Lake, view from Church Hill - Ooty, Nilgiri Mountains, Kodaikanal, Sunrise in Ooty, a painting on Monsoon and various other sketches.

On the first floor, the works of M. F. Hussain, Vasudev, Hanumaiah, Hariram, Rekha Rao, Yusuf Arakkal and N.S. Bendre are displayed. Also, on the same floor is a section dedicated to C. P. Rajaram's exquisite wood carvings, while, the floor is also available for other artists to exhibit their work. The second floor is solely dedicated to K.K Hebbar - the "Hebbar Section". His paintings, based on the elements of nature, are titled Vayu, Jala, Prithivi and Agni and others such as Sea Shore, In Space, Nagamandala, Last Glimpse and Death are on display. It also includes numerous sketches labelled Japan, Bali village, Mother and so on. A comprehensive art gallery, the Venkatappa Art Gallery, also gives room to present contemporary artists to display their works.
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
The Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is an ancient temple shaped out of the rock probably in the 9th century and is a natural monolith rock structure with the cave temple carved out of it. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple has four monolithic pillars and a rare idol of Agni, the God of fire. There are other idols inside including the idol of Agnimurthi, which has two heads, seven hands and three legs and those worshipping this deity trust it will cure one of all eye defects.

Every year in January, thousands of devotees come to the temple on Makar Sankranti Day to this cave temple. It is a special day when, owing to the brilliance of the architecture of the Temple, the sunrays fall on the Shivalinga for one hour as it passes between the horns of the Nandi. While Bangalore has several temples that are visited by several devotees but what makes Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is special because it is one of few temples in Bangalore dedicated to Shiva and is visited by hordes of devotees, especially during Shivaratri.
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