30 Facts About Bangalore


Bangalore is widely regarded as the "Silicon Valley of India" because of its role as the nation's leading information technology exporter.

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The Mughals later captured Bangalore and sold it to Chikkadevaraja Wodeyar, the then ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore.

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Region of modern-day Bangalore was part of several successive South Indian kingdoms.

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Under them, Bangalore developed into a commercial and military centre of strategic importance.

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In 1906, Bangalore became one of the first cities in India to have electricity from hydro power, powered by the hydroelectric plant situated in Shivanasamudra.

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Bangalore played an important role during the Indian independence movement.

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Bangalore's topography is generally flat, although the western parts of the city are hilly.

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Bangalore has a handful of freshwater lakes and water tanks, the largest of which are Madivala tank, Hebbal Lake, Ulsoor Lake, Yediyur Lake and Sankey Tank.

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The Peninsular Gneissic Complex is the most dominant rock unit in the area and includes granites, gneisses and migmatites, while the soils of Bangalore consist of red laterite and red, fine loamy to clayey soils.

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Bangalore has a tropical savanna climate with distinct wet and dry seasons.

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The Kannada language spoken in Bangalore is a form called as 'Old Mysuru Kannada' which is used in most of the southern part of Karnataka.

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Bangalore once had a large Anglo-Indian population, the second-largest after Calcutta.

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The municipal commissioner of Bangalore is Tushar Giri Nath, and the police commissioner is Pratap Reddy.

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Major industrial areas around Bangalore are Adugodi, Bidadi, Bommanahalli, Bommasandra, Domlur, Hoodi, Whitefield, Doddaballapura, Hoskote, Bashettihalli, Yelahanka, Electronic City, Peenya, Krishnarajapuram, Bellandur, Narasapura, Rajajinagar, Mahadevapura etc.

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Bangalore is the country's fourth largest fast-moving consumer goods market.

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Bangalore is a divisional headquarters in the South Western Railway zone of the Indian Railways.

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Bangalore is known as the "Garden City of India" because of its greenery, broad streets, and presence of many public parks, such as Lal Bagh and Cubbon Park.

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Bangalore is home to many vegan restaurants and vegan activism groups, and has been named as India's most vegan-friendly city by PETA's Indian branch.

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The Indian Cartoon Gallery is located in the heart of Bangalore, dedicated to the art of cartooning, and is the first of its kind in India.

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The gallery has been organised by the Indian Institute of Cartoonists based in Bangalore that serves to promote and preserve the work of eminent cartoonists in India.

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Bangalore has an active theatre culture; popular theatres include Ravindra Kalakshetra and the Ranga Shankara.

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Bangalore is a major centre of Indian classical music and dance.

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Notable bands from Bangalore include Raghu Dixit Project, Kryptos, Inner Sanctum, Agam, All the fat children, and Swaratma.

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Primary, middle school and secondary education in Bangalore is offered by various schools which are affiliated to one of the government or government recognised private boards of education, such as the Secondary School Leaving Certificate, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), International Baccalaureate (IB), International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).

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Bangalore has a significant number of international schools due to large number of expats and people employed in the IT sector.

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Some private institutions in Bangalore include Symbiosis International University, SVKM's NMIMS, CMR University, Christ University, Jain University, PES University, Dayananda Sagar University and Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences.

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Bangalore got its first television network when Doordarshan established a relay centre on 1 November 1981.

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Bangalore has the largest number of broadband Internet connections in India.

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Bangalore was the first city in India to have access to 4G mobile internet services.

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Many national cricketers have come from Bangalore, including former captains Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble.

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