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History :
The story how Bangalore came to be called by its present name has an interesting history. Once on a hunting expedition King Ballala of the Hoysala dynasty lost his way in the jungle. Deep inside the jungle, lived an old woman who took pity on the hungry and tired hunter. The old woman was poor and had nothing else to offer but boiled beans. But the king was so pleased with her hospitality that he named the entire city as bele-benda-kalu-ooru, which in the local language Kannada means, the place of boiled beans. The historical evidence of the name "Bengalooru" can be found in a 9th century inscription found in a temple in the village of Begur. Today the name has been shortened and anglicised after the British influence and has come to be called Bangalore.

Around 500 years ago :

Kempe Gowda marks the four corners of the city

Another historical figure instrumental in shaping the city of Bangalore is a feudal lord who called himself Kempe Gowda, and who served under the Vijayanagara Kings.
This is Hosur road around 50 years ago. Now it is the present IT, BPO hub.
Hunting seemed to be a favourite past time in those days. During one of his hunting bouts, Kempe Gowda was surprised to see a hare chase his dog. Either his dog was chicken hearted or the hare was lion hearted one does not know, but the episode surely made an impression on the feudal lord. He told himself this is a place surely for heroes and heroics, and he referred to Bangalore from then onwards as "gandu bhoomi" (heroic place). Kempe Gowda I, who was in charge of Yelahanka, built a mud fort in 1537. With the help of King Achutaraya, built the little towns of Balepet, Cottonpet, and Chickpet, all inside the fort. Today, these little areas serve as the major wholesale and commercial market places in the city. Kempegowda, the II built four watch towers to mark the boundary of Bangalore.
Brigade Road, the famous hotspot of Banglaore. This is around 50 years old piture.
A hundred years later, Vijaynagar empire fell, and in 1638, it was conquered by Mohammed Adil Shah, the Sultan of Bijapur.

Power shifts from Sultans to Marathas to British:

Pleased with the services of his trusted lieutenent Shahaji Bhonsale, (father of the great Maratha king Shivaji), Adil Shah gifted Bangalore to him. After 49 years of Maratha rule, the moghuls captured and passed it to the Wodeyars of Mysore for 3 lakh pagodas. In 1759, Bangalore came into the possession of Hyder Ali, father of Tippu Sultan. It was during these two heroes, Bangalore flourished with parks, gardens and palaces.
The local bus-BMTC, lifeline of Bangalore common man
When Tippu died, British restored Bangalore back to the Mysore rulers, the Wodeyars, but were not too sure of their entrpreuner abilities. So they ruled Bangalore directly. Under the British influence, Bangalore bloomed with modern facilities like the railways, telegraphs, postal and police departments. In 1881, the British returned the city to the Wodeyars. Diwans like Mirza Ismail, and sir Vishweshwarayya were the pioneers to help Bangalore attain its modern outlook.

Situated at a height of 949 metres (3113 ft.) Above the sea level, the city is blessed with salubrious climate throughout the year. Most of the homes and schools in Bangalore didn't have fans till the beginning of the nineties. In summer while the rest of India wilted in the heat, Bangaloreans would snuggle under warm blankets at night.
Road side vendor selling samosa
Thus Bangalore came to be called the Air-conditioned city in India. The city has dry tropical savannah type of climate. The rains are very frequent and the summers are warm. Winters are cold. But no weather goes to its extreme. One can visit the city any time of the year and enjoy the pleasant climate but it is advisable to avoid the rainy season between July and September. This typical climate attracted the retired people to make Bangalore their home giving the city another nickname “ The Pensioner’s Paradise”. However, the city once famed for its refreshing climate is now traveling the polluted path to heat and dust.

Bangalore should have got the name "City of Nicknames" because of the numerous name tags the city has earned. However it is not a easy task for anyone, leave alone a city to earn names unless there is some achievement on its part.
View of Bangalore growing skyline from Lalbagh
One of the names which Bangalore has to its credit (Or is it a Debit) is "The Pub City" because of the rampant Pub Culture among the younger generation and the mushrooming of Pubs in the City.

However the nemerous restaurants which offer food and drinks from almost every part of the World makes Bangalore the best place to visit. Whatever maybe your taste and whichever country you maybe from, Bangalore has restuarants to cater to anyone who visit this dream city. That's the greatness of Bangalore. Experience the celebrated hospitality of world famous hotels. Everything you could ask for in comfort and service, plus a lot more. The best luxury class business hotels in the country can be found in Bangalore offering a choice of Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine and 24 hour coffee shops.
Growing skyline of Bangalore

Almost all the star hotels are centrally located within 10 kms of the Bangalore Airport, Railway Station and Bus Station. All the big hotels are of International quality with luxurious, spacious rooms and suites, swimming pools, Health clubs and Tennis courts. Some of the hotels also have facilities for pickup from the Airport and Railway Stations and accommodation in all these hotels can be booked from anywhere in the world.

Once in Bangalore one should utilise the opportunity to taste some of the best foods available in the city. The last 5 to 6 years have seen the mushrooming of small self service restaurants called Darshinis. These darshini's offer the best quality South Indian and North Indian dishes at very reasonable rates. One of the restaurants which is still maintaining the taste since decades and still makes customers to patiently wait for hours to get a table is the Mavalli Tiffin Rooms, more popularly called the MTR.
A vendor selling condiments in one of the fair.
Ask any Bangalorean about a good restuarant and pop comes the reply "MTR". Situated on the Lalbagh Road, the restuarant is crowded from 6.00 am till 10.00 pm. Bangalore also has restaurants offering the best in Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Japanese, Portugese,Continental, Mughalai and almost from all the regions of the country like Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala, Gujarath, Rajasthani, Kashmiri types of foods.

In conclusion Bangalore’s rapid urbanization has led to congestion in the city and pressure on its infrastructure. Bangalore was essentially a small town,which has grown rapidly. Thus streets and public spaces, which were designed for a much smaller population, are now being subjected to enormous
pressure by urban development. The unquenchable thirst for land for development has led to many public spaces being eliminated.
Bangalore continues to grow at a rapid pace and today the city has expanded into a large metropolis, an international technology hub specializing in aerospace, information technology and biotechnology. Today Bangalore’s population stands at roughly 5 million.Even today Bangalore comes across as an unstructured city without any hierarchy. Attempts have been made to introduce ring roads and radial roads to give structure. Bangalore that in spite of all the development that has taken place over the last three decades Bangaloreans still like to call their city a ‘Garden City’.
Finally, I can say that Bangalore is still perhaps the most liveable of Indian cities. Bangalore is perceived as a cosmopolitan city because of its diverse demography and comparatively fewer slums. It may be a misnomer to call it a ‘garden city’ but Bangalore still has one of the highest percentages of land devoted to green spaces in India, and in no other city has the government undertaken tree planting on such a massive scale.
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Vidhana Soudha- The Assembly
Vidhana Soudha- The Assembly
This is Hosur road around 50 years…
This is Hosur road around 50 year…
Brigade Road, the famous hotspot o…
Brigade Road, the famous hotspot …
The local bus-BMTC, lifeline of Ba…
The local bus-BMTC, lifeline of B…
Road side vendor selling samosa
Road side vendor selling samosa
View of Bangalore growing skyline …
View of Bangalore growing skyline…
Growing skyline of Bangalore
Growing skyline of Bangalore
A vendor selling condiments in one…
A vendor selling condiments in on…
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