Bangalore: Future City

Just after India’s independence and long before technophiles and software wonks were referring to it as India’s Silicon Valley, Jawaharlal Nehru, the country’s first prime minister, named Bangalore the City of the Future. He couldn’t have been more prescient. Today the city is the future, claiming the fastest-growing wealth base in the Asia Pacific and a population that’s almost doubled in the last 20 years. Many of India’s richest men and women call Bangalore home, and global companies like Accenture and IBM have set up shop here. American executives who a decade ago couldn’t find the city on a map now find themselves coming here several times a year. And because Bangalore has some of the most expensive hotels in the country as well as some of the highest occupancy rates, firms like Infosys have built in-house hotels at their headquarters in town. This fall the Indian airline Kingfisher plans to launch its first international flight, connecting Bangalore with—where else?—San Francisco. That’s good news for the business travelers who arrive here every day, of course, but it’s also a boon to leisure seekers who pass through Bangalore on their way to the vibrant south.