Known internationally as “the Silicon Valley” of India for its robust IT industry, Bengaluru also draws many shoppers to its traditional markets and Western-style malls. Outside of the city proper, the area is known for hiking, rock climbing, bicycling, and camping. The region enjoys a slightly milder climate than the hotter coastal areas. The official language is Kannada, but many street signs are written in both Kannada and English. The city and its sights are fairly spread out, so it is best to plan stops in advance to make the most of taxi or rickshaw trips. As the fastest growing metropolitan area in the country, Bengaluru is known to be more liberal, progressive, and sustainability-minded than other parts of India.