Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Bangalore, India

Bangalore, in southern India, is home to 12,3 million people making it the country's third-largest city.  This city is bigger than the entire Czech Republic.  Since 2014, the city's name is officially Bengaluruಬೆಂಗಳೂರು
Bangalore is the English language version.

The city was founded in 1537.

The official language is Kannada while English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu are widely spoken.

Bangalore has one of the world's most highly-educated workforces and the city is considered India's Silicon Valley.

ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna Temple is one of the most famous temples in Bangalore with thousands of visitors daily.  The temple was completed in 1997.

Just don't wear shorts or you'll be walking around with a sheet wrapped around your waist.

Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace was completed in 1791.  Today it is a museum.

Dodda Basavana Gudi, also known as the Nandhi Temple, was built in 1537.  The current tower was built in the early 20th century.

The temple is home to one of the largest bull statues in the world.

Not sure if it was a coincidence, or not, but there was a decorated bull not far away from the temple.

Lalbagh Botanical Gardens dates back to around 1889.  It is home to the country's largest collection of tropical plants.  I was fortunate to catch part of the Independence Day Horticultural Show.

Vidhan Soudha is one of the largest legislative buildings in the city.  It is home to 22 government departments.

Attara Kacheri is the High Court of the Karnataka State of which Bangalore is the state capital.

The Sir Seshadri Iyer Memorial Library is the State Central Library.  It is over 100 years and has a collection of more than 3 million books.

Bangalore Palace was completed in 1862.  It was built to look like a smaller version of Windsor Castle.

Due to the conference, I only had a single day to explore Bangalore so these are just the highlights that I was able to squeeze in.  The thing that stood out the most was the insane traffic.  There is no way that I would ever drive here.

Here's a video I found out on YouTube about the traffic.

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