Capital of the state of Karnataka, Bangalore is a thriving, progressive and liberal city dubbed the ‘Silicon Valley’ or ‘IT’ capital of India. Many trade fairs and exhibitions are held in the city, throughout the year, where the latest in information technology is displayed.
Despite its nod towards modernity and the 21st century, Bangalore is all the same a very interesting city.
The British moved their regional administration headquarters from Srirangapatnam to Bangalore in 1831. From this point, the town of Bangalore began to take on the familiar ordered look of a British cantonment. Today, the legacy of Bangalore’s British past is apparent. Many municipal buildings and gardens are from the Raj-era. Cubbon Park and Gardens is one of the main ‘lungs’ of the city. Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, a pleasant 96 hectare park laid out in the 19th century contains many labelled trees that are perhaps centuries old, one of India’s largest collections of rare tropical and sub-tropical plants and a glasshouse modelled on London’s Crystal Palace.
Tipu’s Summer Palace is a two-storey structure, mostly of wood, built in 1791. Next-door is a temple. On Bugle Hill, at the southern end of Bull Temple Road is the Bull Temple. The Bull Temple is one of Bangalore’s oldest temples.
A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s ‘Golden ...