About the Place : Bangalore

Bangalore, sometimes referred to as the "Silicon Valley of India" is the capital of Karnataka state of India. Unlike other parts of India which are extremely hot in the summer months, Bangalore enjoys a relatively mild climate year round. The official language in Bangalore is Kannada. However, most people are also able to speak Tamil, Hindi or English. Other Indian languages such as Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali, Marathi, Odia, Tulu, and Konkani are spoken by the respective migrant communities. `KempeGowda International Airport is located in Devanahalli, 40 km (25 mi) from the central business district of Bangalore (MG Road) and 30 km (19 mi) from the Bangalore City Railway Station.

History

The city’s nucleus was a settlement around a mud fort, built in 1537 by a local chief, Kempe Gowda. The fort was reconstructed of stone in 1761. Bangalore was the headquarters of the British administration from 1831 to 1881, when the raja was restored. However, Britain retained an administrative and military presence in the city until Indian independence in 1947. Bangalore subsequently became the capital of the new state of Mysore and remained the capital during the reorganization of states in 1956; Mysore was renamed Karnataka in 1973.

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