BangaloreBangalore, known as Bengaluru is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. Bangalore is nicknamed the Garden City and was once called a pensioner's paradise. Located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of Karnataka, Bangalore is India's third most populous city and fifth-most populous urban agglomeration.Today as a large city and growing metropolis, Bangalore is home to many of the most well-recognized colleges and research institutions in India. Numerous public sector heavy industries, software companies, aerospace, telecommunications, and defence organisations are located in the city. Bangalore is known as the Silicon Valley of India because of its position as the nation's leading IT exporter.StadiumM.Chinnaswamy StadiumTransportBangalore is served by the newly built Bengaluru International Airport, and also features a Rapid Metro System, the Namma Metro, which is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2010.Three-wheeled, green and yellow auto-rickshaws, referred to as 'autos', are a popular form of transport. They are metered and can accommodate up to three passengers. Taxi service within Bangalore is provided by several operators. The taxis are commonly called City Taxis, and are usually available only on call. Taxis are metered and are generally more expensive than auto-rickshaws, and buses are a good alternative to taxis as well.SightseeingBangalore is known as the Garden City of India because of its greenery and the presence of many public parks, including the Lal Bagh and Cubbon Park.The diversity of cuisine is reflective of the social and economic diversity of Bangalore, and all along the roadside, vendors, tea stalls, and South Indian, North Indian, Chinese and Western fast food cater to all tourists and locals in the city. Udupi restaurants are very popular and serve predominantly vegetarian, regional cuisine.Bangalore is also a major center of Indian classical music and dance. Classical music and dance recitals are widely held throughout the year and particularly during the Ramanavami and Ganesha Chaturthi festivals. The Bengaluru Gayana Samaja has been at the forefront of promoting classical music and dance in the city.