Ancient Bangalore

History of Bangalore is both rich and fascinating. Legend has it that Bengaluru (meaning 'Town of Boiled Beans') got its name after an old woman served cooked pulses to a lost and hungry Hoysala king. In 1537 the feudal lord Kempegowda built a mud fort here, but it remained something of a backwater until 1759, when the city was gifted to Hyder Ali by the Mysore maharaja.

In 1809 the British Cantonment was established, and in 1831 the British moved their regional administrative base from Srirangapatnam to Bengaluru, renaming the city Bangalore in the process. Winston Churchill enjoyed life as a junior officer here, famously leaving a debt (still on the books) of Rs 13 at the Bangalore Club.

Bengaluru's reputation as a science and technology centre was established early in the 20th century; in 1905 it became the first city in India to have electric street lights. Since the 1940s it has been home to Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), India's first aircraft manufacturing company. Today the city is best known as a hub for software and electronics development, and business process outsourcing.

South Parade

Race Course

Bowring Hospital

Town Hall

Brigade Road

Cemetary Road

BRV Talkies, Cubbon Road

BRV Talkies

MG Road

Shoolay Circle Police Station

Petrol Pump

Queens Circle

Jumma Masjid Shivajinagar

St. Jospeh College

Someshwara Temple Ulsoor

Russell Market

Oriental Building

Bellandur Lake

Bangalore Bus

Bangalore Bus

Government Museum

Bangalore Palace

Bengaluru Palace is situated between Sadashivanagar and Jayamahal. The palace was built in the year 1887 by King Chamaraja Wadiyar and is today open to the public who come to witness the lavish and elegant splendour of one of South India’s most enduring dynasties.

Maharajas Palace

Maharajas Palace

Old Mayo Hall

Lady Curzon Bowring Hospital

Chamaraj Water Works

Victoria Jubilee Hospital

KR Market

Residency Road

Bengaluru Cantonment

Bangalore Cantonment Area

Commercial Street

Cavalry Road

Bangalore Railway Station

General Post Office

Old Bangalore

Boarding Institution

Images of Ancient Bengaluru and Modern Bangalore.