Welcome to Garden City. Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka goes by different names - Pensioner's Paradise, IT City, Pub Capital of India, to name a few.

Bangalore was founded in the 16th century by Kempe Gowda I, who was a vassal of the Vijayanagar Empire. After the collapse of the empire, the Mughals sold Bangalore to the Wodeyars. The Wodeyars in turn lost it to Hyder Ali and eventually, it became part of the British Indian Empire.

Bangalore’s meteoric rise in the world arena has been well-documented. Not surprisingly, in 2009, Bangalore was inducted in the list of Global cities and ranked a Beta World City. Bangalore is one of India’s major economic centres with an economy worth 260,260 crores. With a growth rate of 10.3%, Bangalore is the fastest growing metropolis in India. It is the fourth highest contributor to Foreign Direct Investment.

It is home to many public sector heavy industries, software companies, telecommunication and defence organisations. Bangalore is known as the Silicon Valley of India and is the highest IT exporter. Additionally, it is home to the thriving Kannada film industry, which churns out about 80 Kannada movies each year.

Bangalore has a rich and diverse culture. It is the melting point of many communities, religions and influences. It is also a major center of classical music and dance and recitals are held all around the year. The city has a vibrant theatre scene with English and regional language plays being regularly staged by organizations such as Ranga Shankara and Chowdaiah Memorial Hall.

As far as visiting Bangalore is concerned, feel free to plan a trip any time of the year! It enjoys a moderate climate with cool winters and mild summers. August, September and October constitute the rainy season.

Just don’t forget to check out the ubiquitous Udipi restaurants that serve delectable vegetarian fare!

The attractions of Bangalore:
Vidhan Soudha – Vidhan Soudha or the Legislative Chambers of the state government, Bangalore's best known landmark. Conceptualised by Kengal Hanumanthaiah, Chief Minister of the then Mysore State, this magnificent building has four domes on all the four corners. At the main entrance is a four headed lion that represents India’s sovereignty. Built entirely from Bangalore granite, Vidhan Soudha is a fine example of Dravidian architecture.

Lal Bagh – Spread over 240 acres, these gardens were created by Haider Ali, the warrior-king of Mysore. Hyder Ali's son, Tipu Sultan beautified them further by requesting visiting dignitaries to carry beautiful species of plants. They boast of a charming collection of about 1,800 species of tropical, subtropical and medicinal plants from Persia, Afghanistan and France.

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Tamilnadu Run 2016, Days Three to Five

Tamilnadu Run 2016, Days Three to Five

The Tamilnadu Run is now well underway, and the participants of the tuk tuk adventure rally have already had their fair share of adventures. The participants left Chennai early on Day 3 heading to the former French colony of Puducherry. Day 4 saw them race South to Thanjavur, before turning Northwards on Day 4 to the hill st...
20 Oct, 2016 by Barbara 
The Tamilnadu Run Rickshaw Challenge 2016 has begun!

The Tamilnadu Run Rickshaw Challenge 2016 has begun!

The Tamilnadu Run, a seven-day tuk tuk adventure rally through Southern India, has begun. The first weekend was dedicated to preparing the teams for the fun ahead. Here's organiser Princely's blog about what happened on Day 1 and Day 2 of the Tamilnadu Run Rickshaw Challenge 2016!   Day 1 It was around 8.30 am w...
18 Oct, 2016 by David 
Why You Should Visit Pondicherry!

Why You Should Visit Pondicherry!

Visit Pondicherry for a fasincinating fusion of Indian and French culture. There are many reasons to visit Pondicherry (now officially known as Puducherry, but normally referred to as Pondi), the former French colony surrounded by Tamil Nadu on India's South-Western coast. It has European-influenced cuisine and bohemian vibe ...
12 Oct, 2016 by David 
Top Dishes to Try in Kerala: Part Two

Top Dishes to Try in Kerala: Part Two

Part Two of Top Dishes to Try in Kerala, featuring the best curries and snacks from God's Own Country. In Part One, we covered some of the mouth-watering breakfasts popular in Kerala, as well Sadhya, the traditional feast of many dishes laid on a large banana leaf. Don't worry, there's plenty sensational culinary delights s...
10 Oct, 2016 by David 
Top Dishes to Try in Kerala: Part One

Top Dishes to Try in Kerala: Part One

Kerala, in Southern India, is known as "God's own country" for its glorious beaches and luscious backwaters, but the food is also heavenly. Check out the top dishes to try in Kerala.   There are plenty reasons to visit Kerala, ranging from the pure relaxation possible on the Malabar Coast's golden beaches to the adven...
7 Oct, 2016 by David 
The Best Street Markets in Mumbai

The Best Street Markets in Mumbai

If you're in Mumbai, there's nothing like a bit of shopping. The best street markets in Mumbai are where you can get the authentic produce for the cheapest prices in the coolest settings! Get ready to bargain. Street shopping in India can be an exhilarating experience, with an overwhelming selection of goods on offer at price...
30 Sep, 2016 by David 

India's Oldest Jewish Community: The Cochin Jews of Kerala

Cochin Jews are India's oldest Jewish community, their time in Kerala dating back millennia. For at least one thousand years, and possibly much longer, there have been Jews living in the region of Kerala, on India's South Western Malabar coast. Though most have since moved to Israel, a select few remain, continuing to live pe...
21 Sep, 2016 by David 
What You Need to Know Before Visiting Elephanta Caves

What You Need to Know Before Visiting Elephanta Caves

When you're in Mumbai, you won't regret visiting Elephanta Caves. There's a lot to see in Mumbai, but visiting Elephanta Caves should be near the top of your list. And since the biggest city in India is where we start the Mumbai Xpress and finish the Deccan Odyssey Rickshaw Challenges, you have the perfect excuse to see these i...
16 Sep, 2016 by Barbara 
Jaipur Girl Creates Home for Artists

Jaipur Girl Creates Home for Artists

So, what happens when you have a dream that you want to follow, no matter the consequences? This Jaipur girl created a Home for Artists to help others like herself. If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, look no further than Jaipur, India, where Nimisha Verma decided to go against her parents wishes and become an artist....
30 Aug, 2016 by Vera 

Kristina's Rickshaw Challenge: "Good Karma Goes a Long Way"

The Rickshaw Challenge - Mumbai Xpress 2016 ended just a couple of days ago, so we went undercover to find out what recent participants have to say for the future generation of rickshaw racers. We managed to catch Kristina Cheffins for a quick interview... [caption id="attachment_14322" align="aligncenter" width="570"] Team ...
26 Aug, 2016 by Vera 
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