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Some interesting facts about Bangalore
Bangalore has highest number of pubs in India. Bangalore has the highest number of breweries 
in the world.
Bangalore has highest number of cocaine addicts in India.
Bangalore has the highest number of software companies in India - 212, followed by Hyderabad - 108, Pune - 97. Hence called the Silicon Valley of India.
Bangalore has 21 engineering colleges, which is highest in the world in a given city.
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Located 1000 m above the sea level, this busting capital city of Karnataka, has a perpetual holiday atmosphere, thanks mainly to its picnic weather. Founded in 1537 by a local chieftain, Kempe Gowda, Bangalore has seen much and imbibed even more. Rapid industrial growth has not taken away Bangalore’s old-world charm. And a trip here can be truly delightful. Known as the Garden City and Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore offers you more than a day or two of sightseeing. There is always something going on here: music and dance concerts {both western and Indian}, dramas, exhibitions, and carnivals.... You could go disco hopping or pub crawling, to the restaurants or to movies, window-shopping, or even for a round of golf.

City SightsAround Bangalore | Contact Information
 

City Sights

VIDHANA SOUDHA
A magnificent building housing the State Legislature and Secretariat, it was conceived and executed by Kengal Hanumanthaiya, the then Chief Minister, in 1956. It is built entirely of Bangalore granite in the Neo-Dravidian style.

ATHARA KACHERI
This elegant two-storeyed building is directly opposite the Vidhana Soudha. It houses the State High Court. Within walking distance are the Public Library, the Government Museum, the Vishveshwarayya Industrial and Technological Museum and the Venkatappa Art Gallery.

CUBBON PARK
Lieutenant General Sir Mark Cubbon laid out this beautiful park, sprawling across 300 acres, in 1864. This park is green and dotted with fountains, statues and flowering trees. Close to the park is the Bal Bhavan and the Aquarium.

THE LALBAGH
Started by Hyder Ali in 1760 and later completed by Tippu Sultan, this 240 acre landscape park is home to some very rare species of plants. The glass house, inspired by the Crystal Palace in London, is the venue for the bi-annual flower shows.

BANGALORE PALACE
Inspired by the Windsor Castle, this palace was built in the Tudor style by a wodeyar King in 1857.

BULL TEMPLE
One of the oldest temples in the city built by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore.

TIPPU’S PALACE
One of his summer retreats built in 1791, this is a two-storeyed ornate wooden structure with pillars, arches and balconies.

ULSOOR LAKE
It is a perfect getaway dotted with a picturesque island. You can enjoy a boat ride here or swim in the nearby pool.

THE SHIV MANDIR
The 65 ft. Huge sitting Shiva on Airport Road is a major tourist attraction.

SHAKTHI HILL RESORTS
Man made Waterfalls at Shakthi Hill Resort, which is 12 Kms. from Bangalore.

ISKCON TEMPLE
Built at a cost of Rs.32 crores on a sprawling 7-acre plot, atop the Hare Krishna hill, is a pious blend of modern technology and spiritual harmony.

MUSICAL FOUNTAIN
Dance with the swinging waters at this unique attraction at the Chowdaiah Road opposite the Nehru Planetarium.

PLANETARIUM
On a Chowdaiah road, this is your gateway to the magnificent skies above this beautiful city.

SHOPPING
Shopping is a delightful experience in Bangalore. You can take home handicrafts in sandalwood and rosewood, available in state-owned emporia and private stores. For gold and jewelry, you can visit the quaint Jeweler's Street. Some of the favorite shopping haunts is M.G.Road, Brigade Road, Residency Road and Commercial Street. Bargain hunters tend to favor K.G.Road, Malleshwaram and Shivajinagar.

FESTIVALS
The Karaga in March-April is a unique local event held at the Dharmaraya Temple.

KADALEKAY PARSHE
Local farmers hold this Groundnut fair every year at the Bull Temple.

ACCOMMODATION
A wide range of hotels is available, from Five star to economy.

ACCESSIBILITY
Bangalore is connected by air, rail and road to Delhi, Chennai, Bombay and Calcutta and to most other Indian cities and towns and also foreign countries (Direct flights from Newyork, Singapore and Gulf operated by Air India and Indian airlines).

CLIMATE
Bangalore enjoys a salubrious climate all year round, with the monsoon from June to October.

Around Bangalore

BANNERGHATTA NATIONAL PARK
Located 22 Kms south amidst sylvan surroundings, this park has a crocodile farm and a tiger and lion safari.

NANDI HILL
60 Kms north, is a small hill station. It was one of the retreats of the Tiger of Mysore. Tipu’s Drop- a 60-m high cliff face- offers a magnificent view.

HESARAGHATTA
25 Kms away, has an artificial lake and a dairy and horticulture farm. Boating and windsurfing are the other attractions here.

NRITYAGRAMA
The famous dance village where young dancers are trained in all disciplines of traditional Indian dance.

SHIVAGANGA
56 Kms north- is a conical hill, which offers a breathtaking view from the top. There are two shrines dedicated to Lord Gangeshwara and Goddess Honnadevi.

DEVARAYANADURGA
70 Kms from Bangalore, this beautiful countryside is dotted with hill top temples and an ideal place for trekking.

RAMANAGARAM
49 Kms southwest, this beautiful landscape spot is popular with rock climbers. It is also an important silk cocoon marketing Center.

JANAPADA LOKA
About 53 Kms from Bangalore, near Ramanagaram. A subsidiary of the Karnataka Janapada Parishath is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of folk culture. Sprawling across 15 acres, the complex has an art gallery, and an open-air theatre, a studio and a museum.

CHANNAPATNA
60 Kms southwest, this town is famous for its lacquerware and handcrafted wooden toys. It is also a silk Center.

DODDA ALADA MARA (BANYAN TREE)
28 Kms from Bangalore, the tree is spread over 3 acres and is 400 years old. The tree is also the largest in Karnataka.

SAVANDURGA
61 Kms from Bangalore near Magadi is yet another spot enjoyed by the trekkers.

MEKEDATU
98 Kms south, is a beautiful picnic spot, which the river Cauvery squeezes through a narrow gorge.

MUTHYALAMADUVU (PEARL VILLAGE)
40 Kms away is known for its verdant surroundings and beautiful water fall. This is a favorite picnic spot.

WHITEFIELD
The philosopher and educationalist, Sri Satya Sai Baba, found 16 Kms from Bangalore, the ashram. The ashram is quiet and peaceful. The devotees come from all over the world to visit the ashram.

INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY PARK
Located at Whitefield, it is the country's first and most successful software tech park, acting as a front-line institution for export oriented software units. This tech park thus emphasizes the status of Bangalore as the Silicon Valley of India.

For more details contact
KARNATAKA TOURISM
Government of Karnataka,
I floor, Cauvery Bhavan,
K. G. Road, Bangalore – 560 009
Telephone : +91-80-221 5489
Fax : +91-80-227 2403
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KARNATAKA STATE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Government of Karnataka Undertaking,
10/4, Kasturba Road, Queen’s Circle, Bangalore – 560 001
Telephone : +91-80-221 2901,02,03
Fax : +91-80-227 2580
E-mail for more information
 

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