Located on Deccan Plateau is the city of Bangalore, the capital of the Indian State of Karnataka. Bangalore is one of the most popular historical and happening cities in India. This city is famous for its software industries and gardens. It is called “The Silicon Valley” or “Garden City” of India. Bangalore was founded in the second century. It is the third largest city and fifth-largest metropolitan in India or that everyone is awe-inspired by its pleasant climate and beauty which are well known facts.
Here are some amazing facts about Bangalore:
At the height of over 3,000 feet above sea level, Bangalore is situated even above Dehradun. No wonder the city enjoys pleasant climate throughout the year.
Bangalore became one of the first cities in India to have electricity from hydro power, powered by the hydroelectric plant situated in Shivanasamudra in 1906.
The once Garden City is now become the Pub Capital of India as well, due to disappearing gardens and appearance of pubs.
The National Crime Records Bureau shows 35 suicides per 100,000 people in Bangalore, thus acquiring the name of Suicide Capital of India.
It has highest percentage of engineers in the world, with more than a million IT professionals making the city their home. Bangalore has the highest number of software companies in India (212), followed by Hyderabad (108), Pune (97). It is called the Silicon Valley of India.
The city has 21 engineering colleges which is highest in any given city. In addition Bangalore University has 57 Engineering Colleges affiliated to it, which is again a record in itself.
It is so far considered one of the cleanest cities in India. It was the only city previously in the world to have commercial and defense airports operating from the same strip.
Bangalore sends highest number of professionals abroad, especially to USA.
The Forbes magazine considers Bangalore as one of “The Next Decade’s Fastest-Growing Cities”. It is a true cosmopolitan city with around 25% Tamilians, 14% Telugites, 10% Keralites, 8% Europeans, and 6% a mixture of all races.
This city tops the list of those having maximum two-wheelers. It has the highest density of traffic in India. It is the first city in India to introduce AC Volvo city buses.
Though it is widely assumed that Kempe Gowda was the founder of Bangalore city, records found in Begur referring to the city from 890 CE shows it has much older history.
Bangalore was known as Bengalval –Uru meaning ‘City of guards’.
Apart from more than 1000 species of flora and fauna, Lalbagh is home to The Lal Bagh Rock, one of the oldest rock formations on earth, dating back to 3,000 million years and many trees that are more than a century old.
Since being founded in the 2nd century, Bangalore has maintained the drainage & sanitary systems infrastructure that was fitted then. This makes it the oldest drainage infrastructure in the world.
40% of Bangalore’s landscape is gardens/ parks and 15% lakes/ ponds. It also has one of the highest per capita incomes in India.