Bangalore

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Bangalore

Bangalore officially known as Bengaluru capital city of Karnataka and third most populous city and fifth most populous urban agglomeration in India. It is located on the Deccan Plateau, at a height of 3,000 ft above sea level, and it is known for its pleasant climate throughout the year.

The city is known as the “Garden City of India” and is one of the most important tourist centers of the Karnataka state.

It is sometimes referred to as the “Silicon Valley of India” or “IT capital of India” because of its role as the nation’s leading IT exporter. Indian technological organisations ISRO, Infosys, Wipro, Flipkart, Biocon and HAL are headquartered in the Bangalore city.

Bangalore is also known as startup capital of India. A demographically diverse city, it is the second fastest-growing major metropolis in India.It is home to many educational and research institutions in India, numerous state-owned aerospace and defense organisations are located in the city.

The city also houses the Kannada film industry.

  • Lalbagh Botanical Gardens:

Lalbag Glass House

Lalbag Glass House

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It abodes India’s largest collection of tropical plants and also has a lake, and it is one of the main tourist attractions in Bangalore. It is also home to a few species of birds. The commonly sighted birds include Mynah, parakeets, crows, Brahmini Kite, Pond Heron, Common Egret, and Purple Moor Hen.

The park also has some rare species of plants brought from Persia, Afghanistan and France. With a complex watering system for irrigation, this garden is aesthetically designed, with lawns, flowerbeds, lotus ponds and fountains. Most of the old trees are labelled for easy identification.

The Lalbagh Rock, one of the oldest rock formations on earth.This geological monument for the peninsular gneiss formation is also a tourist attraction at the gardens. It has been designated by the Geological Survey of India on the Lalbagh hill which is made up of 3,000 million-year-old peninsular gneissic rocks.

  • The Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum:

It is a constituent unit of National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Ministry of Culture, Government of India, time-honoured in reminiscence of Bharat Ratna Sir M Visvesvaraya.

It is a self-effacing building with a developed area constructed in the quiet surrounding of the Cubbon Park, covering various industrial products and engines.

The first gallery set up at VITM on the theme ‘Electricity” was opened to the public in the year 1965 under the mentorship of CSIR.

  • Basavanagudi:

Basavanagudi, a residential area located in Southern Bangalore along the borders of Jayanagar.

The name “Basavanagudi” refers to the Bull Temple that located here and the temple has a monolith statue of the Nandi Bull. Basava in Kannada, the local language, means Bull and Gudi means temple.

It is an oldest area and commercial locality in the city of Bangalore. The main commercial street of Basavanagudi is DVG Road which is home to numerous retail businesses several of them dating back to the 1970s and 80’s. Towards the middle of DVG Road is Gandhi Bazaar which is a fresh fruit, vegetable and flower market.

  • Cubbon Park:

Cubbon Park is a landmark ‘lung’ area of the Bangalore city, located within the heart of city in the Central Administrative Area.

It was originally created in 1870, when Major General Richard Sankey was the then British Chief Engineer of Mysore state. It has been spread over an area of 100 acres then and subsequent expansion has taken place and now it has an area of about 300 acres.

It has a prosperous testimony of abundant flora and fauna plantations attached with several inspiring and aesthetically located buildings and statues of famous personalities, in its limits.

This public park was first named as “Meade’s Park” after Sir John Meade, the acting Commissioner of Mysore in 1870 and later renamed as Cubbon Park

  • Bannerghatta National Park:

Bannerghatta National Park was founded in 1971 and declared as a national park in 1974.

In 2002 a part of the park was converted into a biological reserve and named as the Bannerghatta Biological Park. It is a popular tourist destination comprising a zoo, a pet corner, an animal rescue centre, a butterfly enclosure, an aquarium, a snake house and a safari park. There are ancient temples in the park for worship and it is a destination for trekking too.

The Zoo Authority of Karnataka, the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, and the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE) are collaborating agencies of the park.

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