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It was India's IT boom that really brought Bangalore to world attention, but the capital of the southern state of Karnataka, at the southern end of the Deccan plateau, has always been a cosmopolitan city. In the 19th century it was known as the "Garden City" because of its many parks and gardens and gradually began to attract grand residents. Since the 1990s it has been re-christened "India's Silicon Valley" and has sprouted shopping malls, bars and fast-food joints - particularly in the area around Brigade Road - but it still has excellent traditional arts and crafts, some fine colonial buildings, and is an ideal urban gateway to northern Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Bangalore is still full of green spaces, including the famous Lalbagh Gardens, and its altitude - 1,000 metres - means that its climate is relatively cool. Main sights include the Bull Temple, Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace and the Dravidian-style Venkataramanasvami Temple.

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I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything.
Bill Bryson

I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
Ampersand’s preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet booking age. They were a delight to deal with!
- Mr David Wallace, North India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India

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