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Bangalore: Portrait of a City

Updated on January 11, 2010

My Dream City

Bangalore is always a city of my dreams. The beautiful Gardens, the weather, the Shopping Complexes, the people, the fashion, and the hotels and clubs, all are fascinating and for a person who loves culture there is a lot of excitement here.

When, I first visited the city at the age of 14 years, my first impression was that I have come to a wonder land. It was like paradise for me. The climate, the beautiful gardens, the trees on both side of the roads, the parks, the beautiful tar roads etc. I was totally mesmerized and instantly fell in love with the city.

The most beautiful garden in Bangalore is Lal Bagh. It is an important landmark for Bangalore. This beautiful Garden is actually the brain child of Hyder Ali, the then ruler of Mysore. Hyder Ali was a lover of flowers and gardens and he conceived the idea of Lalbagh in 1760, being impressed by the Mughal Gardens.

Lalbagh, now known as Lalbagh Botanical Gardens are spread over some 240 acres of green area in a triangular shape. The Gardens are bounded by Siddapura Road, Lalbagh Road, Kankanpalya Road andKrumbeigal Road. After, Hyder Ali, his son Tipu Sultan expanded these beautiful gardens. Hyder Ali, imported exotic plants from Multan, Delhi, Lahore and Arcot for the Lalbagh Gardens and took great pains to develop the Gardens.

(c) 2008 - Photos by Syed Shameel
(c) 2008 - Photos by Syed Shameel
(c) 2008 - Photos by Syed Shameel
(c) 2008 - Photos by Syed Shameel

Brief History of Bangalore

Bangalore has changed a lot in the last few decades. In Seventies, Bangalore was a calm and cool city. But, now its calmness and coolness, both have vanished, thanks to fast growing traffic, IT corridors, and busy shopping malls. It has become the most happening city of India. Today, the whole city is polluted with traffic and Industrial wastes. The Administration has the give a serious look to this aspect.

It is said that the founder of Bangalore was Kempe Gowda 1. He build a mud fort in 1537 and thus founded the city and called it Bengaluru. Inscription dating to 900 A.D. have been discovered by Narasimhachari in Begoor village, about 15 kilometres south of Bangalore. The name "Benaluru" occurs in them. Obviously, Kempe Gowda was attracted by the name to call the new city as "Bengaluru". Some people attributes the name to the Benge trees, which Kempe Gowda felled to clear the area for his fort. Kempa Gowda also built numerous small temples, choultries and rest houses in the town. He also built a big Durbar hall, which is still known as Kempe Gowda's Hazara.


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