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Bangalore is known as the "Garden City of India" because of its greenery, broad streets and the presence of many public parks, such as Lal Bagh and Cubbon Park. Bangalore is sometimes called as the "Pub Capital of India" and the "Rock/Metal Capital of India" because of its underground music scene and it is one of the premier places to hold international rock concerts.
Bangalore lies in the southeast of the South Indian state of Karnataka. It is in the heart of the Mysore Plateau at an average elevation of 900 m. The topology of Bangalore is generally flat, though the western parts of the city are hilly. The highest point is Vidyaranyapura Doddabettahalli, which is 962 metres and is situated to the north-west of the city. With a population estimated to be between 10,456,000 and 12,339,000,up from 8.5 million at the 2011 census, Bangalore is a megacity, and the fifth most populous city in India and the 18th most populous city in the world.
Bangalore has a significant number of international schools due to expats and IT crowd. Bangalore University, established in 1886, provides affiliation to over 500 colleges, with a total student enrolment exceeding 300,000. The university has two campuses within Bangalore – Jnanabharathi and Central College. Bengaluru houses many prestigious universities like IIM-B, NLSIU, IIS etc.
Modern Bangalore was begun in 1537 by a vassal of the Vijayanagara Empire, Kempe Gowda. In the 19th century, Bangalore essentially became a twin city, with the "pētē", whose residents were predominantly Kannadigas and the cantonment created by the British. Bangalore was hit by a plague epidemic in 1898 that claimed nearly 3,500 lives. Bangalore's reputation as the "Garden City of India" began in 1927 with the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the rule of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. Several projects such as the construction of parks, public buildings and hospitals were instituted to improve the city.
Bangalore is served by Kempegowda International Airport, located at Devanahalli, about 40 kilometres from the city centre. The airport is third busiest in India after Delhi and Mumbai in terms of passenger traffic and the number of air traffic movements. A rapid transit system called the Namma Metro is being built in stages. Buses operated by Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) are an important and reliable means of public transport available in the city.