Your Essential Guide to Visiting Bangalore

 

Situated in the Deccan plateau, Bangalore or Bengaluru (as the city is now called) is India’s fourth largest city and a hub of IT giants and science-geeks! While this may make the city sound a bit boring, but wait till it takes you by surprise. Whether you want to enjoy serenity in nature’s lap or let your hair down and party through the night or just stroll through the pages of history this city is adequately equipped to make your stay comfortable and joyous!Yes, this capital city of Karnataka is everything but boring.

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Here, we give you some basic information about the city, tourist places you can peek in, a few fun things you ought to do while you’re here and the best food that can get your taste buds tickling right away! Read on:

Whereabouts of the City

Bangalore is situated 900m above sea level on the Deccan plateau. It is the capital city of the southern state of Karnataka, India. Earlier known as the ‘Pensioner’s Paradise’, Bangalore has now transformed into the city of dreams for many aspiring engineers, lawyers and scientists.

It is home to headquarters of some of the major organisations and educational institutions such as ISRO(Indian Space Research Organisation), Wipro, Infosys, IISc(Indian Institute of Science), NCBS (National Centre for Biological Sciences), Hindustan Aeronautics and National Law University to name a few. Due to the prevalence of IT giants, Bangalore is often referred to as the Silicon Valley of India. As a result, the city welcomes a lot of students and professionals from all over India making it the fourth-largest city in the country.

Climate

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Since the city is located at an elevated platform, it enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year with around 12˚C during winters and 37˚C (maximum) during summers.

Languages Spoken

Kannada is the native language of Bangalore while English is also widely spoken here.

Transport Information

 

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Bangalore is well connected to cities within Karnataka and other states by rail, road and air modes of transport operated by Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC).

The new Kempegowda International Airport became functional recently in the year 2008 and is located 25 miles from the city centre. The city is connected to the airport via BMTC shuttle busesand taxis that are easily available. Taxis are usually more costly and hence shuttle buses are preferred.

To commute within the city, BMTC Volvo buses are available. Tickets for these buses can be bought on the buses itself. Taxis and auto-rickshaws are also widely available and are meter-run. If you wish to travel to other states via road, air conditioned luxury buses are available easily from the Kempegowda Bus station (also known as the “majestic bus stand”).

Bangalore Railway station is the major railway station connected to other cities in the country via major trains such as the Rajdhani express and Shatabdi express. For the residents of Bangalore, a rapid transit system is now being introduced. Namma metro stations connecting various parts of the city are being built and two stretches i.e., from Bayappanahali to MG Road and Malleswaram to Penya are now functional.

Culture and Atmosphere

 

 

Bangalore is a vibrant city bustling with young professionals and students from all over the country. Several clubs and pubs are situated in the city and night life here is the main attraction. Also, the city is a prime location for many international rock concerts! So if you’re looking to party hard or head bang to some death metal stuff, Bangalore is the place to be in!

The city is also known as the “garden city of India” and harbours several beautiful gardens, parks and lakes with wonderful variety of exotic flora. Flower shows and Musical fountain shows are held regularly.

 

Accommodation

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Some of India’s finest and most luxurious hotels are present in Bangalore to make your stay comfortable and delightful.

Safety

Bangalore is a relatively safe city for women. Crime rates here are much less than most parts of the country. Nevertheless, you must exercise caution and beware of pickpockets.

Health Information

Water-borne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and jaundice are quite common in the city. The basic precaution that you must take is- Consume only bottled/boiled water. During monsoon, incidence of dengue cases shoots up. Air-related allergies are particularly common in East Bangalore. You must thus consult your doctor and pack the necessary medications. It is also advisable that you stay immunised against diseases such as malaria and hepatitis.

Tourist Spots

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Bangalore is the city of enchanting lakes and exquisite gardens that are major tourist attractions. If you want to spend some time in solitude or with friends and family, these gardens and lakes are the perfect spots.

The Cubbon Park situated in the Central Administrative Area and known for the vast expanse of scenic beauty, the Lalbagh Garden situated in Mavalli and known for its huge collection of Red roses and a beautiful glass house, The Bangalore palace with its architectural magnificence, the thrilling Crazy Waters Amusement Park and the mesmerising beauty of Ulsoor lake are just a few places you ought to check out while you’re here. Apart from that, once you are in the city it’s very hard to resist from visiting hill stations near Bangalore.

Food& Shopping

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Bangalore is famous for its street food! Street food joints here serve utterly delicious and innovative preparations that will leave you in awe. There is a whole street- the V VPuram street food dedicated to serve you dishes such as the hot spicy Masala dosa, the sublime Dal Holige dipped in pure ghee or the rose gulkhand covered in pure honey and white butter, Paobhaji, Manchurian and many more! The Central Tiffin Room at Margosa road is a yet another food joint that serves some of the most mouth-watering butter masala dosas! At Brahmin’s Coffee Bar, Basavanagudi you can enjoy the traditional south Indian filter coffee and many more dishes! What’s more? These food joints are even economical! Don’t miss!

From big brands to street markets, Bangalore has it all! 100 ft road, Chickpet, Brigade road and MG road are some of the popular tourist shopping places. 100ft road has the best brands for fashion freaks and is located in Indiranagar. Brigade road is a shopaholics’ paradise with all sorts of clothes, jewellery, shoes and bags! MG Road is mostly popular for handicrafts. Chickpet is the oldest shopping destination and is over 400 years old. It is mostly famous for buying ethnic wear such as traditional sarees.

About the Author:

Rohit Agarwal is a travel enthusiast and a writer. He is always on the move to discover new places and explore. In recent years, he has started compiling his experiences and sharing them in the form of blogs at http://www.transindiatravels.com and maintains quite a few blogs on the internet.

 

 

 

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