One of the most welcoming cities, making everyone feel like at home, Bangalore, The Silicon Valley of India, wins hearts all over.

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Bangalore city is rightly called as the Garden City with a wide array of parks and gardens which are spread all over the city increasing the beauty of the city. Not just this, the city has been adorned with many interesting yet suitable names. Pub City, Shopper's Hot Spot, Silicon Valley, Shopper's Paradise, Pub Hopper's Paradise, Gourmet's Delight, Air-conditioned City, etc. are a few other names.

History

Legend has it that the city is named after an old woman, who lived in this area and offered a humble meal of boiled beans to a lost Hoysala ruler. The origin of the present-day city of Bangalore can be traced to the early 16th century, when Kempegowda, a local chief, built a small mud fort here. Bangalore gained prominence in the 18th century, when it became an important fort city, under Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan of Mysore. This area witnessed the struggle between Tipu Sultan and the British. The British defeated Tipu Sultan and took over Bangalore city. In 1831, the British made it the regional administrative city and established a big cantonment here.

Culture

The capital of the southern state of Karnataka, Bangalore (also known as Bengaluru) is a modern cosmopolitan city, considered to be one of the big IT centers of India. It's a forward-thinking, young and trendy city with a mix of new shopping malls, bars and fast-food joints which sit side-by-side with its colonial past. It also holds a treasure trove of traditional Indian arts and crafts.

Bangalore is sometimes referred to as the "Silicon Valley of India" (or "IT capital of India") because of its role as the nation's leading information technology (IT) exporter. Indian technological organizations ISRO, Infosys, Wipro and HAL are headquartered in the city. A demographically diverse city, Bangalore is the second fastest-growing major metropolis in India.

Interesting facts

  • At the height of over 3,000 feet (914.4 m) above sea level, Bangalore is situated even above Dehradun (630 m). No wonder the city enjoys pleasant climate throughout the year.
  • The city houses 212 software companies in its heart.
  • The Forbes magazine considers Bangalore as one of “The Next Decade’s Fastest-Growing Cities”.

In 1905, Bangalore became the first city in India to get electricity. The City Market was the first building in Bangalore to have electric lighting.

Climate

With a perfectly pleasant climate throughout the year, Bangalore is a must-visit. Thanks to its elevation, Bangalore is blessed with a wonderful climate compared to its peers. The mild and moderate climate allows you to visit this delightful city at any time of the year. However, the months from October to February would be the most ideal.

Best Time
  • October - February

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