Bengaluru, also known as Bangalore, is the capital city of the south Indian state of Karnataka. Here’s a few tidbits of information about the city I'll be studying in this summer:
Nickname: “Silicon Valley of India” or “IT capital of India”
Official language: Kannada
Population: approximately 8.5 million
Religious Demographics: 78.9% Hindu, 13.9% Muslim, 5.6% Christian, and 1.0% Jain
Elevation: 3,020 ft.
Climate: Tropical savanna with average annual temperatures between 66 ºF and 85 ºF. April is the hottest month, January is the coldest month, and September is the rainiest month.
History: Evidence of human civilization in the Bengaluru region dates back to 4,000 B.C.E. However, the city was officially established in 1537 by Kempe Gowda I.