Bangalore is one of India’s major cities and one of the most visited. It is the country’s third most populous urban agglomeration – after Delhi and Mumbai. It is dubbed as the King of the Deccan Plateau, as it is perched 800 meters above sea level. Famed for its fine and mild climate, Bangalore is the capital of the Indian southern state of Karnataka. Its population of 9 million inhabitants are proud of their city and everything it has to offer.
In this article, you will get to know 10 very interesting and fun facts about Bangalore, India.
10. The city plays a vital role in Indian history and culture
Bangalore was home to India’s most-influential Southern-based dynasties. The Western Gangas, the Chola dynasty, and the Hoysala dynasty ruled Bangalore until the middle of the 16th century. These dynasties also played a crucial role in shaping the history and culture not only of Bangalore or India but also much of Southeast Asia – Siam, Sumatra and Java in Indonesia, and the Philippines.
9. It is known as the “Sillicon Valley” of India
Bangalore is known as the center of information technology and computer science and engineering in India. It is primarily responsible for much of India’s exports in information technology. It is home to India’s numerous research institutions in computer science and engineering as well as in the areas of electronics, aeronautics, and materials science.
8. Its official name is now Bengaluru
The name Bangalore is an Anglicized version of the endemic name Bengaluru, with the former gaining prominence during the British colonial times in India. In 2005, the government of the state of Karnataka passed a resolution that shifted the name of Bangalore back to the Bengaluru – which was more nationalistic and historically accurate.
7. The famous Bangalore Palace was modelled after the Windsor Palace in Britain
The British colonial era left its indelible mark on contemporary Bangalore. In fact, one of India’s most prominent architectural wonders – the Bangalore Palace – is actually a copy of the Windsor Castle in England. Built in 1887, the Bangalore Palace was constructed in the British Tudor style which was famous during the turn of the 19th century.
6. It is known as the Garden City of India
Bangalore has earned the monicker of “India’s Garden City” since the middle of the 1800’s. This was largely due to the numerous public parks that can be seen all over the city. These public parks also became the site of many important public meetings for national emancipation during the time of Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi.
5. It gained notoriety in the 2000’s for terrorist attacks
Sadly, Bangalore gained infamy in the early part opf the 21st century for several terrorist attacks that occurred within the city. The 2008, 2010, and 2013 terrorist attacks caused fear and worry among the many inhabitants of Bangalore and its expatriates, especially those connected to the city’s much-admired Information Technology industry.
4. Bangalore experience unparalleled economic growth from 1991-2001
Owing largely to the rise of its information technology sector, Bangalore experienced remarkable growth during the 90’s and the first two years of the new millennium. The growth of the city mirrored the growth of India’s IT sector as well as the country’s rapid economic growth.
3. Bangalore suffers from many urban problems
In spite of its progress, Bangalore continues to suffer from various urban problems such as social inequality, lack of proper housing, mass displacement, unsanitary living conditions for its poor inhabitants, water shortages, and a sizeable poverty rate.
2. Bangalore’s exports have hit 12 billion US dollars in 2015
Bangalore’s exports include aerospace equipment, computers, technology spare parts, pharmaceuticals, and the latest computer software.
1. Bangalore is the centre of Kannada art and literature
In Bangalore, the local language called Kannada actually holds the upper hand to Hindi, which is India’s national language. This makes Bangalore the center of Kannada art, literature, and entertainment.