About Bangalore (Bengaluru), India
- Population: approx. 5.4 million
- Distance from Mumbai: 520 miles
- Distance from Kolkata: 969 miles
You will find stunning examples of Indian-style architecture all through Bangalore.
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Bangalore (Bengaluru) is the fifth largest city in India. It was founded in the sixteenth century by a Hoysala king and was ruled by the maharajas of Mysore throughout much of its history. Today it is the capital of the state of Karnataka and one of India’s most modern cities with malls, bargain shopping centers, espresso shops, nightclubs, and multi-cuisine restaurants. Its abundance of parks and gardens, many built by the British Raj, has earned it the nickname "Garden City." It also is endowed with a pleasant sub-tropical climate (55°-80°F). March through May is the warmest season and most of the rain falls between June and September, leaving the air clean and fresh.
Bangalore's location is an ideal place from which to explore southern India. Within a few hours you can be wandering through the Maharaja’s Palace in Mysore, sunbathing on the beaches of Goa, visiting World Heritage Sites such as Hampi, and taking in one of the world's tallest waterfalls, Jog Falls. Cities such as Mumbai, home of Bollywood—the world’s largest film industry—are just a day's train ride away. Bangalore’s Electronic City Industrial Park has also become the world’s second largest producer of software. Bangalore is at the heart of the information technology and business outsourcing boom in South Asia and many multinational high-tech companies have offices here: Oracle is located right next door to Christ University.
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Karnataka is the entrance to the deep south of India. Karnataka has extraordinary historical and cultural sites such as the ruins of the once powerful Vijaynagar Empire, the medieval monuments at Bidar, and the splendid dome of the Golgumbaz in Bijapur. Karnataka is famous for its sandalwood, incense, spice, and flower markets, and towering gopura temples adorned with Hindu gods and goddesses. Its landscapes range from palm-fringed coastal regions and forested mountains to dry plateaus.