Bengaluru is a beautiful city in Southern India. It is the capital city and the largest city in Karnataka. Bengaluru has a large portion of Karnataka’s economy. Bengaluru is known for many good reasons, such as the IT&BT hub of India, a Startup hub, good weather, greenery, cleanliness, humble people, etc.
There’s so much to know about Bengaluru. Here’s a list of the top 30 facts about Bengaluru you will definitely love reading!!
1. Bengaluru is the ‘Silicon Valley of India’
This fact is known by most people. However, this is one of the distinct facts of Bengaluru. Bengaluru is well known for its information technology and high-tech industries. Just like the original Silicon Valley in California, Bengaluru has a lot of computer-technology-related companies.
2. Bengaluru is known as the ‘Garden City’
Bengaluru is famous for its gardens. There are many gardens and parks in Bengaluru such as the Lalbagh, Cubbon Park, etc. Bengaluru is known for being a clean city and for its greenery.
3. The fastest way to travel around Bengaluru is by Namma Metro
Namma Metro is the first underground metro system in South India. There are 52 operational metro stations. Given the high traffic in Bengaluru, the Metro is the only way to go around without any delay.
4. Bengaluru was the first city in Asia to get electric lights
Bengaluru was the first city in Asia to get electric street lights, thanks to the generosity of the Mysore Maharajas. Bengaluru started developing much earlier than other cities in India. Bengaluru got its first electric lights way back in 1905!!
5. Bengaluru was founded by Kempe Gowda I, the ruler of Bengaluru during the Vijayanagara Empire
Many important places in Bengaluru are named after Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bengaluru. He would gradually conquer the lands that are now Bengaluru. Kempegowda also built the Bengaluru fort.
6. Many important companies and government institutions have their headquarters in Bengaluru
Bengaluru is a technological and industrial hub for many decades. Many important companies are based in Bengaluru, such as Wipro, HAL, Flipkart, Biocon, Infosys, Myntra, Titan, OLA, Bharat Electronics, Bharat Earth Movers, etc.
7. Bengaluru was named the world’s fastest-growing tech-hub
Bengaluru has outperformed as the world’s fastest-growing technological hub. The investments in Bengaluru grew by 5.4 times in the last five years. It even ranked more than London in terms of investment growth.
8. Many of the top-ranked institutes of India are based in Bengaluru
Prominent educational and technical institutions in India are located in Bengaluru; such as the IISc, ISRO, Raman Research Institute, NAL, CMMACS, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, JNCASR, etc.
9. Bengaluru is undoubtedly India’s Aerospace capital
Bengaluru has a history of aerospace manufacturing and research even before India got independence. Many aviation and space-related companies and institutions are located in Bengaluru, such as HAL, NAL, ISRO, Boeing, Airbus, Honeywell, and formerly Kingfisher and Deccan airlines.
10. Bengaluru is the home of the Kannada film industry
Kannada film industry, also known as Sandalwood is based in Bengaluru. A place called Gandhinagara is associated with the industry. Most of the film actors and crew live in Bengaluru.
11. Bengaluru is the Pub Capital of India
Bengaluru is famous for its nightlife. It has a large number of pubs, more than any city in India. There are also a number of elite clubs in Bengaluru.
12. Bengaluru is the first city in India to get free Wi-fi hotspots
Bengaluru became the first city in India to get free Wi-fi in different spots. Bengaluru has many locations where Wi-fi is available for free.
13. The first Indian to get Nobel Prize in Sciences, C. V. Raman was working at Bengaluru
Given the reputable institutions being based in Bengaluru, it is no surprise that Bengaluru has some of the best scientists in India. C. V. Raman was working in Bengaluru when he discovered the Raman effect and obtained the first Asian Nobel prize in sciences.
14. Bengaluru has the largest number of engineering colleges in the country
Bengaluru, being the technological and industrial hub, the demand for technical education is also high. Due to the high demand for technical education, Bengaluru has a large number of engineering colleges. A lot of people from different states come to Bengaluru to get technical education.
15. Aero India, an air show and aviation exhibition, takes place in Bengaluru
Aero India takes place once in two years. It is organized by the ministry of defense. It is the largest air show in Asia. The show was held for the first time in 1996.
16. India’s only cartoon gallery exists in Bengaluru
Indian Institute of Cartoonists is based in Bengaluru. They have organized many shows and exhibitions in Bengaluru. India’s one and only cartoon gallery exists in Bengaluru.
17. Bengaluru is known as the City of Lakes
Bengaluru, at a time, had 285 lakes, earning it the name the ‘City of Lakes’. These water bodies were the source of water. But, as time progresses, many of these lakes were filled and buildings were made on them. The Majestic Bus Terminal in Bengaluru was once an ancient lake.
18. The native population of Bengaluru is very less compared to migrants
Given the number of people migrating to Bengaluru, this isn’t a surprise. The native population of Bengaluru is less than 40% of the total population of Bengaluru. That’s why some Kannada groups are concerned about the decrease in the importance of Kannada in Bengaluru.
19. Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru is the third busiest airport in India after New Delhi and Mumbai
The Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru is the third-busiest airport in India. It opened in 2008, to avoid congestion at the HAL Airport. In the FYI 2021-22 it handled 1.62 crore passengers.
20. It is one of the cleanest cities in India
In Bengaluru, cleanliness is given high priority. The roads are neat and clean. The janitors do a good job here, and when you visit Bengaluru, make sure to keep it clean and beautiful!!
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