Bengaluru was the erstwhile summer city of Tipu Sultan, who chose to build his summer palace amidst its dense fiery blossom trees and avenues. With the IT boom and burgeoning international status, the ‘garden city’ soon grew into the ‘silicon valley’ of India.
Today, Bengaluru is a cosmopolitan metropolis, which still manages to retain its quintessential charm of colorful flower markets, temple tracks, colonial buildings and heritage structures that blend seamlessly with IT hubs, international retail stores and a versatile culinary scene.
It has a bustling calendar of events, with pomp and festivity throughout the year, every month. Among the local specialties are Diwali, Navratri, Ramazan, Dussehera and Christmas, when festive lights adorn the city, and cultural shows and special eateries and menus pop up all over the city.For the spiritually inclined, too, Bengaluru offers many retreats, like the St. Mary’s Basilica, the ISKON Temple, Masjid-e-Khadria and Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha in Ulsoor.