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Garden City to polluted one: Bengaluru's journey through time

A photo journey through what Bangalore was and what it has become.

Bengaluru, Asia's first city to get electric street lights

In the year 1905, Bengaluru became the very first Asian city to light up with electric street lights. With in a year, there were 861 street lights in the city.

Devanahalli Fort

Devanahalli Fort was built in the year 1501 located in the north of Bengaluru city. The possession of this fort was transferred from one ruler to the other, also, this place is very famous as it is the birth place of the tiger of Mysore - Tipu Sultan, which is located much nearer to the fort.

Vidhana Soudha

Vidhana Soudha is the seat of Karnataka's legislative assembly which was built in 1956. Its foundation stone was laid by then Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru in the year 1951 and nearly 15 million rupees were spent in the construction of this building.

Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, (VITM)

The Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, (VITM) was established in memory of Bharat Ratna recipient Sir M Visvesvaraya. He was an Indian engineer, scholar, statesman and the Diwan of Mysore from 1912 to 1918. September 15, is celebrated as Engineer's Day in his memory.
VITM house various scientific experiments and engines.

Tipu Sultan Summer Palace

Tipu Sultan Summer Palace was built in 1791 during the rule of Tipu Sultan. The palace is built in an Indo-Islamic style of architecture with beautiful floral motifs embellishing the walls of the palace. The site also holds a painting of grand throne visualised by Tipu Sultan himself. Today this palace has become one of the most visited tourist places in Bengaluru.

Lalbagh, Bengaluru

Lal Bagh Botanical Garden is considered to be one of the most diverse botanical garden in South Asia. It is a landmark destination in Bengaluru, which was started building in 1760 by then ruler Hyder Ali and was completed by his Tipu Sultan. Lal Bagh is currently under the aegis of the Directorate of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka.

Vrishabhavathi river, Bengaluru

Vrishabhavathi river of Bengaluru was used as a source of drinking water by the people till 1965 and it was a full fledged flowing river. But today has become one of the polluted rivers that today it is referred as Vrishabhavathi Nala.

Venkatappa Art Gallery

Doubling as a museum and as an art gallery, Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bengaluru was built in 1971. It showcases about 600 permanent collections including paintings by the legendary M. F. Husain, stone sculptures from the Mathura and Khajuraho schools of art, as well as pottery from the Indus valley civilisation.

Toxic foam spilled on the streets of Bengaluru

Lakes of Bengaluru have become extremely polluted that toxic foam is spilling out of them on the roads. Pollution is caused by chemicals and sewage, creating a harmful snowy froth, which is floating up from the city?s largest lake and spilling over into surrounding areas.