You may know of Bangalore as one of the biggest tech hubs of India, Silicon Valley of India, and the biotech capital of India. But do you know that the several parks and lakes dotted across the city away from the busy streets? Have you ever wondered how the story of the rapidly advancing Bangalore began?
500 years ago, Kempe Gowda, a feudatory of the great Vijaynagar kings, created Bangalore. He erected a mud fort in 1537 and his son built four watchtowers on the city boundaries. Kempe Gowda was a visionary. He saw the potential of Bangalore due to its geographical location. He saw the city as being ideal for trade and several other commercial activities. Evidence of trade with the Roman Empire was also found in Bangalore.
Bangalore witnessed many wars and heroes who fought with valour. Therefore, it is also called “the land of heroes”.
In a legend, the Hoysala ruler, King Veera Ballala II, who ruled in the 12th century, lost his way in a forest while on a hunting expedition in Yelahanka. When an old woman offered him boiled beans, he was impressed by the generosity of the people. Thus, he named the city “Benda Kaalu Uru” or the city of boiled beans. The beautiful city was also known as “Land of Lakes” and “Garden City” as many lakes were constructed to store water and gardens were also built.
If history and architecture are what you crave, do visit the Bangalore Palace, Vidhana Soudha, Iskcon Temple, and the Cubbon Park Library.
The Two Sides of Bangalore
Bangalore Races With Ambition
Bangalore is known widely for its technology, engineering, and IT companies. It is home to millions of IT professionals including ex-pats from around the world. It has the most number of software companies in India including the headquarters of Infosys and Wipro. The city boasts of having over 50 engineering colleges, more than any other Indian city. It has the highest number of Biotechnology companies, hence, is also called the biotech capital of India.
Bangalore had electricity even before Delhi and Mumbai. It was India’s first city where electricity was generated using hydroelectric power. It was the first city in Asia to have electric street lights in1905.
Bangalore’s metro (Namma Metro) was launched in 2011. Today, there exist around 51 stations across the city. The city saw the launch of Bangalore International Airport in 2005, the third largest and the third busiest international airport in India. Many Indian Nobel Price nominees also come from Bangalore.
Bangalore ranks second on the list of India’s top 10 richest cities and is also one of the fastest-growing cities in India. Its current GDP is 110 billion USD with a literacy rate of 71.49%. Due to its perfect mild climate, people not only come here to work but also to settle for good!
Bangalore Knows to Have Fun: Gardens, Lakes, Food, and More
Bangalore is the state capital of Karnataka with its official language Kannada. But you will never have a hard time getting by if you just know English or Hindi. Not only that, Bangalore dwellers speak many other languages that make life comfortable for many Indians and ex-pats from around the globe. No wonder Bangalore is also considered a favourite destination for retirees!
Situated 3000 ft above sea level with 20 lakes, Bangalore is the most popular for its pleasant climate and accessibility to many natural wonders. Lalbagh Botanical Garden and Cubbon Park, are two of the favourite parks for city dwellers. In Lalbagh, there are nearly 8,500 trees and 2,100 plant species that invite various exotic species of birds as well.
The land of heroes showers its love on worship places of many of India’s religions—Hindu and Buddhist temples, Gurudwaras, and Masjids. The city sure knows how to embrace people from a variety of backgrounds.
Moreover, Bangalore will ensure to keep you entertained with its art exhibitions, pubs, microbreweries, shopping, and nightlife around Brigade Road, Indranagar, Commercial Street, Orion Mall, and Phoenix Mall. South Indian or North Indian food, vegetarian or non-vegetarian, full meals or tangy chat, there’s something for everyone. If you are someone who worships street food more than anything, do not miss Food Street in V V Puram.
Bangalore is India’s third-largest city and the third most populated city. In the last 40 years, it has undergone rapid development and established itself as an important hub for innovation. But not only does it inspire one with its fast-paced lifestyle, but the city also rewards its people with entertainment and rich culture.
If you do not wish to miss witnessing such a vibrant culture firsthand, pack your bags to visit Bangalore today!