Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka State was built inside a mud fort as a self-contained town in 1537 by Kempe Gowda – I, feudatory of Vijaynagara Kings. However, the human settlement in the region is much older and the name, ‘Bengavaloru’ is mentioned in an inscription dated 890 AD in a temple near Bengaluru.

With its salubrious climate, numerous public parks, tree lined avenues and a profusion of flowering trees, the capital of Karnataka, earned the sobriquet ‘Garden city’. Bengaluru has elegantly blended its past as a sedate British cantonment with its present status as one of world’s most cosmopolitan and progressive cities. It is also known as the silicon valley of India.

Located 949m above  sea level on the Deccan Plateau, Bengaluru has a lot to offer visitors. A vibrant cultural heritage, historic monuments, handicrafts, antiques & silk, golf courses, discotheques, amusement parks, wildlife safari and even weekend gateways and health spas on the outskirts of the city. A visit to Bengaluru cannot be concluded without sampling the mouth-watering variety of the city’s gastronomic delights.

Within city limits, you have the Vidhana Soudha, a pride of bengaluru, the largest legislature-cum-office building in the country. Overlooking the Vidhana Soudha is “Attara Kacheri”; that houses the High Court. In the same vicinity is Cubbon park, spread over 300 acres and a favourite with joggers and walkers.

For the spiritually inclined, Bengaluru has some well known temples like bull Temple, famed for the monolithic statue of Nandi, International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and their magnificent temple on a hillock, and the Infant Jesus church has devotees of all faiths flocking here, especially on Thursdays.

Bengaluru is also known as pub City. Pubs, discotheques, glittering shopping malls and bargain streets are great attractions, anything from the latest wear to exquisite silks, traditional handicrafts and sandalwood souvenirs would delight visitors.