Bangalore, the capital of the Southern state of Karnataka is considered to be one of the most ecumenical cities of India. While Kannada is the local language of the state, English is widely spoken and understood. Outstanding to the pleasant climate (average temperature ranges from a maximum from 32 degrees C in the summer to a minimum of 15 degrees C during winters) and topography, greenery and the presence of many civil parks and gardens it has been nicknamed the ‘Garden City of India’. Though the city has grown in many ways, it still has retained its earlier beauty through its green landscapes. Some of them have been beautified over the years. The ones definitely worth a pop in are Cubbon park, Lalbagh and Coles Park.
There are a number like places to visit in Bangalore such as Dodda Alada Mara, a big banyan tree located in Ramohalli. This tree, which is at least 400 years old, covers 3 acres furthermore is one of the largest of its kind. Nandi Hills or Nandidurg, a hill fortress which gets its name from an ancient Nandi temple is situated on this hill. The temple has a thousand year stale sculpture of Nandi. Bangalore is also home to a number of lakes which comprise Ulsoor Lake, DRDO Lake, Sankey tank, Hesaraghatta Lake, Yediyur Lake, Nagavara Oxbow (also called Lumbini Lake), Hebbal Lake, Madiwala Lake, Kempanbudi Lake, Varthur Interlacustrine among others.
Bangalore is acknowledged as the hub of India’s Information Technology sector and is birthplace to the large campuses of entire major IT company in India such as TCS, WIPRO, Infosys etc. These campuses are mini cities in their own right and feature all the amenities ranging from movie halls to malls for its residents.
Nationally renowned pro institutes such as the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), National Law School of India University (NLSIU), the Indian Rule of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B), the Indian Statistical Institute and Universal Institute of Wisdom Technology, Bangalore (IIIT-B) are located in Bangalore. The city is also home to the premier mental health institution in India – the National Institute concerning Mental Wholeness and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS). Bangalore also has some of the best medical colleges in the country, like St. John’s Medical College (SJMC) and Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI).
Thanks to its hip hitch pubs, bars and underground music scene, Bangalore is also a premier venue for hosting international rock concerts.
The opening of Bangalore International Airport at Devanhalli in 2008 led to an explosion in the number of hotels and resorts in the area. Quasi a result of which there are quite a few hotels in Bangalore near the airport. Choices range from expensive luxury brand hotels which offer all comforts and amenities to budget hotels which are pocket friendly and offer basic comforts.