There is an interesting story behind how the ‘Garden City’, Bangalore, got its name. Legend says that once the ruler of Vijayanagara was lost in woods, where he came across a lone cottage. The old lady who lived there could not offer the starving king anything but boiled beans, called ‘bendhakaalu’ in Kannada. Thus the place came to be known as Bendhakaalooru, ('ooru’ being the native word for city), and later, Bangalooru. The city, as we see it today, was designed in 1537 by Kempe Gowda. He built a mud fort housing small towns, with the aid of King Achutaraya. The four watch towers marking the boundaries of the city were built by Gowda’s son. The city was captured by Shahajirao Bhonsle in 1638, and sold to the Wodeyar’s for a paltry sum. In 1759, Haider Ali r eceived it as a ‘jagir’ from Krishnaraja Wodeyar II, fortified the southern fort, and converted it into an army town. After the death of Tipu Sultan in 1799, the British returned the land to Krishnaraja Wodeyar III, but took it back in 1831 alleging misrule. Under the British rule, the city developed modern facilities like telegraph, railways, police and postal services, which laid the foundation for modern day Bangalore. Bangalore enjoys a pleasant weather all through the year as it is situated at an altitude of about 3000 feet above the sea level. Its good weather can also be attributed to the fact that the city has not lost its green sheen over the years, even as its population continues to increase. Bangalore is also known as the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. The booming IT sector in the city attracts quite a number of young professionals every year. Students and young professionals throng the city in their quest for a better future. The IT sector in Bangalore is booming and hence offers lucrative job opportunities. The city also has a number of good colleges and institutions that aim to help students realize their dreams. In addition, Bangalore also attracts numerous visitors owing to the various places of interest that tourists love to visit. Car rentals and cabs in Bangalore are the most common choices when it comes to travelling within and around the city. Apart from major tourist attractions like Lal Bagh, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, there are also a few waterfalls and picnic spots around the city that people can visit by hiring Bangalore taxis.