Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India, is India's leading IT exporter and one of the most preferred entrepreneurial locations in the world. Bangalore in its current form was founded by Kempe Gowda as a fortification and market city. Some of the ancient markets still exist around the city. Bangalore later become an important outpost for the British empire in India.
Bangalore is home to some of the most prestigious education and research institutions in the country, and it growing metropolitan culture and multicultural ethos makes it one of the most diverse cities in India.
From public sector undertakings such as BHEL, and ISRO, small businesses, designers and entrepreneurs, to its most famous residents - the multinational companies dotting its various Tech Parks, as well as various biotechnology research companies - Bangalore has multiple identities all of which seem to co-exist in a truly multicultural city, as can been seen in the large variety of eateries and retail outlets across the city.
This rapid growth has recently presented the city with infrastructure problems and increasing pollution, tarnishing its hard earned reputation as "The Garden City."