Bangalore City – a peep into the History and evolution into the modern day city

Bangalore or Bengaluru is a beautiful city. The city has many positives which attract people to its fold. The first is the salubrious climate, the next is the excellent greenery found everywhere you turn and last but not least the people – soft and social. All these factors make Bengaluru a favourite not only among Indians but also for foreigners. That is why Bengaluru has so many IT development centres in the city. The city has become a power centre for software companies all over the world. It has been rated as the fifth largest and fastest growing cities in Asia. Now isn’t it a good reason for India to be proud of. Nestled in the Deccan Plateau, Bangalore is the capital city of Karnataka – the land of the kannadigas. The city’s name is derived from the words “Bendha Kaalu” in local kannada and legend speaks that

 

Bangalore got its name from here which means boiled beans. History says that Bengaluru existed in the 9th century at the time of King Ballala. The records exist in the temple inscriptions in Begur. Founder of the present day Bangalore is traced to 15th century ruler of Bangalore – Kempe Gowda. He built a mud fort and constructed smaller towns inside the fort like Balepet, Cottonpet and Chickpet. These areas have slowly evolved as major commercial and wholesale market places.

In the 16th century Aurangzeb captured Bangalore city. Later it was sold to the Wodeyars for a sum of Rs. 30,000/-. It was the Wodeyars who created the Lal Bagh, the unique garden of the city. Krishnaraja Wodeyar gave Bangalore to Hyder Ali, who recreated it into an army town.

General Post Office and Cantonment were built in the 19th Century. British took over the city alleging misadministration by the then ruler Krishnaraja Wodeyar III. British rule brought in many changes to Bangalore. Postal, police, railways and telegraphs departments were initiated. Train services started in 1859. The famed Cubbon Park was built in 1864. Since then there was no looking back for the city.


Bangalore has grown in leaps and bounds of what it was in the 19th Century. As change is the only permanent thing in life, so also Bangalore has seen change from the small army town during Hyder Ali’s time to the present day Bengaluru. Modern day outlook of Bengaluru is due to pioneers like Viswesraya and Mirza Ismail.

Present day Bangalore is well connected by rail, road and air. The international airport ad Devanahalli has regular flights to destinations all over the world, to/from - London, New York, Chicago, Paris, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Jeddah and Kuwait. Domestic flights from most of the major cities of India are available to Bangalore. Bangalore has a well developed Rail connection too. Main City Railway Station is located at Majestic with smaller stations in Bidadi ,Cantonment, Yeshwanthpur, and Yelahanka. Buses ply from Bangalore to various destinations across the country and inside the city. Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation operates buses to various cities across India. A number of private agencies also operate bus services to many destinations.

Bangalore is a good place for anyone- tourist, job seeker or a student. Let us learn more about Bangalore!

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