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About Bangaluru
The earliest records of a place named 'Bengaluru' were found in a 9th century temple in an area that is now known as 'Old Bangalore'. Once the feudal lord Kempe Gowda was hunting in this area, a rabbit turned and attacked his dog. This made a great impression on the lord and he gave the place a title of gandu bhoomi (the place of heroes) and in 1537, with the assistance of the local king, he constructed three districts protected by a walled fort on the site.
For many years, Bangalore was known throughout India as the most green, liberal and forward-thinking city.
Tipu Sultan Palace

In recent years, these attributes have propelled Bangalore to the forefront of the high-tech industry boom in India, and it currently ranks as India's most developed city and one of the world's fastest growing urban areas.
The name Bangalore appears to come from an Anglicization of the native name "Bengaluru" - an adaptation of the earlier name in Kannada: Benda Kaale Uru (The Town of Boiled Beans). Apparently this rather humble name was bequeathed to the city by king Vira Ballala. Once while lost in the area, he was offered boiled beans by an old woman, and it was out of gratitude that he named the area after this simple offering.

Cubbon Park
In the heart of the city is the Cubbon Park. This beautiful 300 acre park built by Lieutenant General Sir Mark Cubbon in 1864 has public library and the museum. The Vidhan Soudha and many Greco-colonial style buildings of the British era like the Public Library and the High Court are located here.
Government Museum
Established in 1896, the Government Museum has on display ancient weapons, stone carvings, pottery, painting and relics of the 5000-year-old Mohenjo-Daro civilization.
The Fort and Tipu Sultan's Palace
Built initially in 1537 by Kempe Gowda as a crude mud structure, it was rebuilt by Hyder Ali in 1761. In this fort hyder Ali had imprisoned David Baird along with a number of British army officers. the fort has well preserved Ganapati temple within it's precincts and the temple on the outer wall carries exquisite carvings of Sri Krishna playing his flute and inside, there is a fine statue of Lord Ganesh which still attracts devotees. Near the fort is Tipu's palace, begum by Hyder Ali and completed by Tipu Sultan in 1791. It resembles Daria Daulat Palace of Srirangapatnam.
Tipu's Summer Palace
One of Tipu's summer retreats - was begun by Hyder Ali and completed by Tipu Sultan. It is an elegant two storey wooden structure with ornate pillars, balconies, arches and a well-maintained garden.
The ISKCON Temple was built recently by the International Society for Krishan Consciousness. As you climb the granite steps you will encounter three small shrines before the main temple. The three idols of Lord Krishna in the main shrine are made of brass.
Vidhana Soudha
A magnificent post independence structure incorporating the traditional feature of architecture, the Vidhan Soudha is located in Cubbon Park. This is an imposing granite structure with a total plinth area of over 5,00,000 sq.ft and houses the secretariat, the state legislature and several government offices. The huge carved doors of the cabinet are made of pure sandalwood.
Durgah Of Hazrat Tawakkal Mastan Shah Suharawardi
Situated in the heart of Cottonpet this Muslim saint's shrine has been associated with the Hindu festival of 'Kangra'. The famous Kangra procession, while passing through the city, visits the 'Durgah' of the sufi saint Tawakkal Mastan whose tomb attracts thousands of both Muslims and non-Muslims.
Gangadhareswara Cave Temple
Built by Kempe Gowda, this temple with four remarkable monolithic pillars, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It also has a rare idol of Agni, God of fire.
Bull Temple
At Basavanagudi is one of the oldest temple, typical of the Dravidian style of architecture. Built by Kempe Gowda, the Nandi, the sacred bull, carved out of a single boulder, is 6.1 meter long and 4.6 meter high.
Jumma Masjid
Oldest Mosque built Mughal Killedar, was damaged by cannon fire during the Mysore war and renovated in 1836.
St Mary's Cathedral
Built by French missionary in 1882 AD it is a grand Basillica with an impressive tower and typically gothic pointed arches.
Venkataramanswamy Temple
Temple near Tipu's palace was built by Chikka Deva Raja Wodeyar nearly 300 years ago, in the typical Dravidian style.
How to Reach Bangaluru
By Air: Bangalore international Airport, known as 'HAL Airport' is situated on Airport Road about 6km from the city centre. A busy Airport with over 70 international and domestic flight landings everyday, this airport is divided into three terminals.
By Train: Bangalore is connected to all major Indian cities by rail. Several super fast trains such as Shatabhi, Bridavan, Lalbagh express connect Bangalore to Chennai. The City Railway Station is the main terminal in Bangalore.
By Road: Major National Highways connects Bangalore to Chennai and Mumbai. Other cities and towns of the state and neighboring states are also connected by road. The Main bus terminal in the city is opposite City Railway Station.

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