Bangalore, capital of Karnataka • India

Step into a captivating 4-minute journey that explores the heart of Bangalore, India. Witness the grandeur of Bangalore Palace, a testament to India's colonial past, and find tranquility in the verdant expanse of Lalbagh Botanical Garden. Within this brief yet captivating visual experience, the rich history and cultural heritage of Karnataka unfurls in breathtaking detail. Bangalore is ready to reveal itself to you. Don't wait, watch the video now and get ready to be swept away by the allure of India's very own Silicon Valley!

This film was made on the basis of photos and videos taken during the trip Unknown India • Ladakh, Karnataka, Telangana in 2022

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The official name of the city is Bengaluru in the Kannada language, vernacular of the state of Karnataka, but it is often called Bangalore, anglicized version, in the West. The city is historically a garrison town and its founding appears to date from the early 16th century, although there are mentions of Bengaluru in writings dating back to the 10th century.

The foundations of the modern city of Bengaluru were laid by the Vijayanagara dynasty and after its decline declared its independence.

Like all cities in India, Bangalore did not escape the many wars that opposed the maharajas. Thus, Bangalore, after a short period of independence, the region came under the control of the sultanate of Bijapur before being conquered by the Mughals who hastened to resell it to the sovereigns of the kingdom of Mysore, the Wodeyar. Internal struggles within the kingdom resulted in the rise of a Sultan of Mysore.

The arrival of the conquerors of the British East India Company put everyone in agreement by the capture of Bangalore which was entrusted to the administrative control of the Maharaja of Mysore, following the 4th Anglo-Mysore war in 1799.

The city grew and became the capital of the princely state of Mysore. The British moved their garrison from Mysore to Bangalore in the early 19th century and after independence in 1947 Bangalore remained the capital of the state of Mysore and then that of Karnataka created in 1956.


Bangalore has grown extremely rapidly and transformed from a garrison town to a top-notch technology park. This rapid and relatively recent evolution probably explains the absence of real emblematic monuments in this megalopolis.


Rapid developments in information technology have earned Bangalore the nickname "Silicon valley of India", and the city, apart from being the center of computer technology, has become a capital of cinema, starting in to compete with Bollywood in Mumbai.


Its geographical location and its altitude on the Deccan plateau have given it a pleasant climate.


about the place, Bangalore:

Bangalore is the largest city in the state of Karnataka in southwestern India with almost 11 million inhabitants. 

The city has experienced exponential growth since independence from India in 1947 and has become the main hub for the development of computer technology in the peninsula. It is nicknamed the Silicon Valley of India.


Spoken comments in the film: 

Bangalore or Bangaluru in Karnataka in southern India was since its foundation in the 16th century a garrison town. 

The city experienced a dazzling expansion after the conquest of the British and even more since independence. This city currently has a population of nearly 11 million and has flourished thanks to the computer industry. 

This history, relatively short compared to other Indian cities, probably explains the scarcity of remarkable monuments and buildings, such as those seen elsewhere in the region.


The Bangalore Palace, built at the end of the 19th century in a style strangely reminiscent of Windsor Castle, was intended to serve as a shelter for the young Maharaja Chamarajendra Wadiyar X when he resided in Bangalore, in particular to follow his studies at the university.



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