Bangalore - Karnataka
Fondly called as the Silicon Valley of India and Officially called as Bangaluru, the city is the Capital of the South Indian State Karnataka where the official language is Kannada. The Premier organizations like ISRO, Infosys, IBM, Wipro, DRDO and HAL are having this city as their headquarters. This Is the fifth most populous agglomeration in India. IISC, IIM, NIFT, NIMHANS are the prestigious institutions being the dream destination of the aspirational students.
Historians record that the Cholas and the Hoysalas, ruled the present region of Bangalore until in 1537 CE, until the time of emergence of a feudal ruler Kempé Gowd?? ; from the Vijayanagara Empire stood against the King and by way of establishing a mud fort and that is perceived to be the foundation of modern Bangalore. Despite the fact that the place was under the control of different Kings and Nawabs, it witnessed consistent development and under the British Rule, the city got extended to a cantonment region and from then onwards Bangalore is a merger of the Old City and the Cantonment.
People and Culture:
Karnataka has hosted and continues to host a wide variety of people with different cultures. Along with the native Kannadigas, Kodavas, Tuluvas, Konkanis and several tribal sects have, across the centuries, lent colour and content to the vibrant culture the state calls its own. Karnataka is also home to the largest Tibetan settlement in South India.In addition to Kannada, knowing Tulu, Hindi, English, Telugu or Tamil will safely get you by. Jainism, Hinduism and Islam are the predominantly practised religions. But in recent times, Sikhism, Christianity and Buddhism have also found their place and people.
Climate and Weather:
The city of Bangalore experiences a very favourable weather throughout the year.Nature has gifted Bangalore city with a very pleasant and moderate climate. In Bangalore, neither would you shiver with cold in winters, nor would you drench with sweat in summers. Bangalore weather is a combination of cool winters and warm summers, without any extremes in both the cases.
- Summers: Only during Mid March to June is the season you will feel the heat rays in Bangalore. The maximum temperature during the day rarely exceeds 39 degree C, making the summers quite mild.
- Winters: Winter season in Bangalore stretches on from November to February. The minimum temperature in winters hovers somewhere around 10 degree C, with the coldest month being January. Early morning fog can also be experienced during December and January.
- Monsoon: The monsoon season in Bangalore is from June to August. The south-western monsoon rains drenches the city in monsoons, taking the humidity to as high as 76 percent.
- Garden City of India
- IT Capital of India
- Electronic City of India
- Silicon Valley of India
- Pensioners' Paradise
Prominent Places to Visit:
Bangalore Palace: 1878 built palace is an example of architectural marvel. Chamarajendra Wadiyar had been impressed by the Windsor Capital of London, leading to a similar construction. This building has Raja Ravi Varma’s aesthetic paintings too.
Cubbon Park: Lord Cubbon’s 300 acres covering park connects people with Nature. Best suited for Nature lovers who’d like to stroll or read a magazine in silence. It is fondly called as Sri Chamarajendra Park.
MG Road A perfect weekend shopping destination full of energetic people and lip-smacking local eateries. This is one dance till you drop kind of destination. You can buy China Bone sets, cutlery, silk sarees, and handicrafts. MG - Mahatma Gandhi.
Lal Bagh A botanical garden with rare plants of Persia, France, and Afghan. This photogenic garden has the 3000-year-old Lal Bagh rock. Imported trees and tropical birds give travelers a refreshing experience.
Bannerghatta National Park Spot lions, tigers, and crocs in the first butterfly park of the country. Take on a jungle safari and let your inner caveman instincts observe the diverse wildlife and flora. Trekking and hiking are available here for making the trip memorable.
Wonder La Water Park Feel the necessary adrenaline rush and beat off heat sliding in the twisting tubular water games. After thrilling dry games, ride and swim in the wave pools and have fun dancing in the artificial rain setup with your mates.
Ulsoor Lake One of the largest lakes in Bangalore spreading over an area of 50 Acres. This lake is surrounded by endemic birds and lustrous trees making it an ideal boating spot. Perfect picnic spots for families.
ISKCON Temple Devotees and people who are interested to learn about Lord Krishna should visit ISKON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness). Inaugurated in 1997, the temple is putting spirituality and harmony in front to better lives.
Commercial Street Hola Shopaholics! Local silk sarees, jimmy choos, and tussar silk are easily findable here. All shades of dupattas and Dupatta dyeing zones add a lot of saturation to this place. Silverwares are famous here among other price worthy collectibles.
Best Time To Visit:
November to February is the best time to visit Bangalore when the Sun is out for vacation. June to September, there is good rainfall while March to May, the Sun is back but still remaining relatively cooler than its neighbor.
Way to Reach:
By Air - Kempe Gowda International Airport connects more than 50 destinations across the country. It is the nearest to the city and all major airlines have consistent traffic here.
By Rail - There are two terminals - Bangalore City and Yeshwantpur Junction. The former being the heart of the city while the Yeshwantpur Junction located on NH-4 see the arrival of long-distance trains. Taxis and Rickshaws are available to take people to their desired destinations.
By Road - Public and private buses from Goa, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Chennai are easily available. The Bangalore Bus Stand is opposite to the Bangalore City railway station.