At 949m above sea level on the Deccan Plateau in South India, Bangalore enjoys a salubrious climate through the year. The city was once known as the "Garden City." It is one of India's fastest growing cosmopolitan cities. Bangalore is a city of contrasts, going by several other aliases: India's Silicon Valley, Pub City, Shopper's Paradise, Garden City, Air-conditioned City, Gourmet's Delight, Pub Hopper's Paradise and Shopper's Hot Spot.
Bangalore has been extolled in a dozen ways. The city not only plays host to several international IT companies, public sector enterprises, defence organisations, and reputed educational and research institutions, but also lays claim to being the hub of India's emerging biotech industry. Bangalore has lots to offer - a rich cultural heritage, historic monuments, cultural centres, traditional arts and crafts stores, exotic cuisine, and friendly people. Amusement parks, country clubs, resorts, golf courses, cyber cafes, pubs, discos, bowling alleys, billiard halls, pool parlours, bustling shopping malls, high-rise apartments and sophisticated hotels together form the new face of Bangalore. Infotainment, entertainment, science and technology parks and wildlife safari parks all merge into a vibrant, richly textured modern metropolis. Today from a pensioners paradise it has transformed into one of the hottest destination for young people chasing their dreams in IT, BPO, Biotechnology or knowledge management.
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Bangalore which literally means the town of baked beans was founded by Kempegowda, a chieftain of the Vijayanagar empire, around the 16th century. He built four towers in four directions to specify its boundaries. However Bangalore has far exceeded these limits.
Places of Interest:
Plant lovers can buy rose plants, crotons and other exotic shrubs and plants from the Horticultural Society situated near the Double Road gate at bargain prices.
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
Bangalore offers a wide range of hotels, restaurants, bars and shopping arcades.
The Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation conducts guided tours around the city.
Within easy reach:-
Whitefield (16 kms)
Bannerghatta National Park (22 Kms)
Mutyala Madavu (45 Kms)
Nandi Hills (60 Kms)
Mekedatu (Goat's leap) (98 km)
Devarayana Durga (79 Kms)
Talakad (132 kms), Kolar Gold Field (98 kms), Kanva Reservoir(69 kms), Vidurashwatha (88 kms) are the other places of tourist interest.
How to get there:
There are regular train services to Madras (daily 4 trains) (journey about 7 hours). To Mysore 7 trains daily (journey about three and Half hours; Calcutta (twice weekly) New Delhi (daily) journey 42 hours (Rajdhani 35 Hrs). The Bangalore city railway station and Bangalore city bus station are located opposite to each other.
Auto Rickshaws: These are the best and the most convenient means of transport within the city. These are metered and can carry upto three passengers. Extra charges are levied for luggage and waiting. One and a half times the metre fare is levied during night times.
Taxis: Taxis are not popular in Bangalore. However tourists can hire taxis through the Hotel reception/ Travel Counters.
Bangalore Transport Services
Bangalore Bus Station (out station)
Airport: Bangalore has only a domestic airport, which is 15 kms from the city. Indian Airlines operates daily flights to Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, Mangalore, Hyderabad, Goa. Indian Airlines city office is located at KHB Buildings, (next to Cauvery Bhavan) on K.G.Road).
Where to Stay:
(Information courtesy Karnataka Tourism Department)
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