What a rock star of a city is this! Being a Bangalorean myself, I always felt bad that Bangalore didn’t have any beach getaways for weekends (this was when I was around 6 years old and after visiting the “family” trip to Goa). Little did I know that it had a great culture and not to forget the nightlife for a party freak like me. Here’s a small gist that I know of Bangalore( now known as Bengaluru).
Legend has it that Bengaluru got its name after an old woman served a pot of cooked pulses to a lost and a hungry Hoysala King. Fondly, he called it “Bendakaluru”. In 1537, the lord of the medieval times, Kempegowda built a mud fort here and four watchtowers to demarcate the of the then small town. These are preserved and can still be seen at the heart of the city which has expanded circularly since then. The pillars are at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Kempambudhi Tank, Ulsoor Lake, and Mekhri Circle. The province of Bangalore passed in and out of several princely hands before the Kingdom of Mysore acquired it in 1689. It remained under the rule of the Wadeyars until 1759 when the city was gifted to Hyder Ali by the Mysore Maharaja.
Upon the passing of Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali, Bangalore was reclaimed by the Wodeyars but only as a figurehead. It remained a part of British East India until Indian independence, 1947.
The famed climate of Bangalore is credited to the establishment of the Military Cantonment, a 13 sq.km city-state close to the old town of the city. With a tropical climate most of the year, Bangalore is blessed with sudden showers just to make your mood the happiest. This serenity should be enjoyed with a hot cup of coffee and fritters. The lush greenery is so beautiful that every time it rains, you feel that you’re in a hill station.
It is a multilingual city. With the majority language being spoken is Kannada, Bangaloreans are well versed in most of the south Indian languages owing to its special culture.
From the late 20th century, Bangalore got the name “Silicon Valley of India” with a high concentration of technology industries and multinational corporations opened up in East Bangalore. The city has one of the oldest cultures still being practiced across the city. One of the oldest traditions, Bengaluru Karga or Karga Shaktyotsava is held to date dedicated to Goddess Draupadi. The Bengaluru Ganesh Utsav is also practiced with great zeal.
Bangalore is home to several sports stadiums and governing bodies. India’s national cricket academy is located at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in the city, which hosts cricket matches at both domestic and international levels. In addition, it also hosts football matches as well. With many sports events conducted, Bangalore is home to many good sports personalities such as Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, and many more.
Bangalore is known as the Pub Capital of India. Yes. It’s got several tags to it. From hosting rock concerts to pubs, Bangalore has a rocking nightlife. Here are a few pubs if you are rooting for the best beer in town. Skyye Lounge Bar, 13th floor, Druid Garden, Float, Loft 38, Douf, Hard Rock Café.
Bangalore has its own beauty of traffic jams in renowned places such as silk board, K R Puram bridge, and every other place. With a varied culture, Bangaloreans are warm-hearted and ensure that you feel at home. If you are moving to Bangalore, do avail the services of Boxigo as your packers and movers. Enjoy your stay here!