Bangalore is an Indian city capital of Karnataka State located southwest of the country, in the Deccan plateau. With over 8.5 million inhabitants is the third most populous city in the nation, and is recognized as a region with a rich history which was ruled by different dynasties until in 1537 AD the Vijayanagara Empire incorporated it into its territory. After being part of the Maratha and Mughal empires, the city was established as the most important metropolis of Mysore Kingdom, and over the years it has developed to become a major business and cultural center.
Tourism in Bangalore is an increasingly activity in the region, with important cultural attractions as the traditional festivals like the Karaga Shaktyotsava and Deepavali or Festival of Lights, as well as being home to the important Kannada film industry and a rich theater culture with scenarios like the Ravindra Kalakshetra and the Ranga Shankara. There are also attractive religious buildings like the Dravidian style Bull Temple, the Hanuman style Maruthi Mandir Temple, the Gavi Gangadeshwara Cave Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva or the Sri Raja Rajeshwari Temple dedicated to Godess Parvathi, as well as churches like the St. Mary's Basilica or the St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral. Other historic buildings in Bangalore such as the Vidhana Soudha, legislative House of the State of Karnataka, the Bangalore Palace or the Tipu Sultan's Palace complete the architectural offer for tourism in the city.
Gastronomy is another important aspect in Bangalore, reflecting the great diversity of its inhabitants. Varied restaurants in Bangalore and regional and vegetarian cuisines mingle with others from northern and southern regions of India as well as Chinese and Western food, with predominance of an Udupi cuisine that features traditional dishes like Sajjige and Bajil, Uddinahittu or Kosambari. The economic activity of the city is marked by a strong presence in the industry of information technology, for which is known as the Silicon Valley of India, as well as other industries such as aerospace, aviation and manufacturing.