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Bangalore, Karnataka Travel Guide

Bengaluru (Bangalore) is the capital city of Karnataka state. It is an IT hub, so, is called as the silicon city. Bengaluru is a dream destination for the software engineers. The city is also known for its gardens. The city with ultra modern infrastructure and transport facilities invites the visitors.

About the city:The city was founded by the local ruler Kempe Gouda. In 1831, Bengaluru was made the capital center replacing Mysore. During the British period Bengaluru hosted the British cantonment. The city has seen drastic growth in recent years due to the IT sector. The city has become a cosmopolitan city comprising of national and international communities. Kannada, Tamil and Telugu are the major spoken languages other than English and Hindi. The city is cool except in summer. Bengaluru has both domestic and international airports. From airport to the city there are buses, pre paid and postpaid taxis and autos. The city gets its metro train service soon. The city has a well maintained city bus service. Bengaluru has four railway terminals: The city terminal, Yashwanthpur terminal, Bangalore East and the cantonment. There are intercity expresses to connect various parts of the state. The road transport facility (Majestic Bus stand) run by the State Govt (KSRTC) is the most advanced and well maintained one. Places to visitIf you are a visitor for one or two days then select important points to be covered form the list, otherwise you would need more than a week to cover the cityscape as well as the outskirts of Bengaluru.

The city caters for various interests such as
» Vidhan Soudha: It is the state legislative building. It was built by the then Chief Minister of Karanataka State, Kengal Hanumanthaiyya. The elegant granite structure with its grand entrance is a must see spot. The state High court building just opposite the Vidhan Soudha is also a spot to be covered.
» For nature lovers and picnic mongers: They can think of going to the Lalbhag and the Cubbon Park. These are main gardens of the city comprising of botanical garden, glass house, zoo, and museum and children parks. People can visit Bannerughatta National Park, Ulsoor Lake, and sankey Tank.
» For temple goers: The famous bull temple, Dodda Ganapathi temple, ISKON temple, and Hanuman temple are the major spots.
» For people interested in Historical monuments: They can visit the Bangalore Palace, and Tippu Sultan palace.  »For people who are interested in the theatre activities can visit Rangashankara (concept by Arundhathi Nag). The theatre stages dramas throughout the year. Also visit Nrutyagrama (dance gurukul founded by Protima Bedi) which is just 30km away from the city.
» For a weekend getaway there are many viewpoints around Bangalore such as Nandi Hills, Shrirangapattana, Mekedaatu, Shivanasamudra falls, and Mysore. Visit to Bengaluru would not be complete without shopping. Each area has its own shopping complex. However, people can window shop at the M.G road, at the Brigade road and can choose to buy from the commercial street. Silks of various variety and texture are available in Bengaluru. For the traditional Kanjivaram and the KSIC sarees go to Chikka Pete.If you are a Bengali missing Bengali dishes in Bangalore, or, a Keralite missing Malayali dishes, then dont worry, Bangalore caters your needs. You have variety of restaurants catering variety of food from different regions, different states, and nations. If you want to taste the real South Indian food then visit MTR, Adiga\\\\\\\'s chain of hotels, and Nandini restaurants.
» For Entertainment you can visit fun parks like Wonderla (near Hebbala), Fun world (Palace grounds), and the Film city near Bidadi.

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