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Bangalore Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: City
  • Altitude: 920 m
  • Pincode: 560001
  • District: Bangalore Urban
  • Language: Kannada,Tulu
  • STD code: 080
  • Weather: Summer 19 to 37°C, Winter 15 to 32°C
Bangalore or Bengaluru, popularly known as the Silicon Valley of India, is the capital city of the South Indian state of Karnataka. Situated on the Deccan Plateau, in the south-eastern part of the state, the city experiences a moderate climate.

History of Bangalore

From the 50s, this beautiful city of gardens, also known as the Garden City, with its temperate climate, lovely bungalows, tree-lined broad avenues and laid back ambience was a pensioner's paradise.

Bengaluru derives its name from the Kannada words ‘benda kalluru’, which means the land of boiled beans. According to legend, Veera Ballara, the Hoysala king, once lost his way during a hunting expedition. Wandering around, he met an old lady who gave him boiled beans to eat. In order to show his gratitude, he named the place, Benda Kalluru. Some historians believe that the name was derived from the ‘benga’ or ‘ven kai’ tree.

Bangalore, as we know it today, was formed by Kempe Gowda. Formerly, Bangalore was ruled by a number of rulers and dynasties, including the Vijayanagara Empire and Tipu Sultan. A number of temples and monuments, which were built in the earlier days, are still a part of the city’s landscape. Major towns and subdivisions were formed during various rules. The city was sold to the rulers in Mysore in the earlier days and was later in the hands of the British whose rule continued till Independence.

People & Culture of Bangalore

Bangalore has always seen a very diverse population, especially since modern times. It is a multi-cultural city permeating class, religion and language. Even though it is a cosmopolitan city, Bangalore holds on to its traditional features. Major festivals like Dasara, Deepavali, Ugadi, Sankranthi and Ganesh Chaturthi are celebrated with great pomp and fervour. There are a lot of festivals & events hosted in Bangalore like Karaga, Kadalekaye Parishe, Bangalore Habba, Lalbagh Flower Show and more. Bangalore is also a centre of renowned colleges, academic institutions, important central government establishments, scientific and research institutes and organisations.  
Bangalore has a very strong art and culture scene. It is home to various theatre groups; theatre platforms like Rangashankara and Jagriti and numerous art galleries that showcase established and emerging artists. Although Bangalore is a city rooted in tradition, it has a modern side to it. The city’s nightlife best reflects that. Various restaurants, lounge bars and pubs have been mushrooming across the city. Also, as it is a major IT hub, the city also has a huge population of expats.

Things to do in Bangalore

The city also comprises a number of attractions, among which are the two botanical gardens, Lal Bagh (Glass House) and Cubbon Park. Other attractions include Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Bangalore Palace, Nandi Hills, Bannerghatta National Park and Mayo Hall. Vidhana Soudha, Visvesvaraya Museum, HAL Aerospace Museum, Bull Temple and ISKCON Temple draw a large number of tourists. The city is also home to one of the country’s biggest malls - Mantri Mall in Malleswaram.

Food & Shopping in Bangalore

There are two distinct facets to shopping in Bangalore. Areas like M.G. Road, Brigade Road and Commercial Street are the lively places in the city and also paradise for shoppers. Apart from street shopping, Bangalore has a number of malls that house national and international clothes and accessories brands such as UB City, Mantri Mall and Garuda Mall among others. These brands range from high-end fashion houses to affordable labels. On the other hand, the old city has areas like Majestic, Chickpet and Cottonpet where a string of shops sell the most affordable gadgets, textiles and other items.

Tourists have a host of food options to choose from when visiting Bangalore. The city has innumerable ‘Darshinis’ in every nook and corner where South Indian treats like idlis and dosas are offered. Bangalore also has a strong food culture, which is why it has restaurants serving world cuisine, right from French to Vietnamese.

Travelling to Bangalore

Travellers can reach Bangalore from any destination in India by air, rail and road. The Bangalore International Airport is connected with almost all major cities of the country and the world. The city has three major railway stations – Bangalore City Junction, Bangalore Cantonment and Yeshwanthpur Junction. The city is also well connected by buses run by the KSRTC and other private operators to regions within the state as well as neighbouring states.

Travelling within Bangalore

The best way to explore Bangalore is by public transport. For a more organised tour, tourists can sign up for Bangalore holiday packages. The city has many Volvo buses too that ferry passengers to different areas within the city. Tourists can go on a ‘Bangalore Darshan’ organised by the State Tourism Department where they will be shown all the major attractions of the city. Local tour operators too organise such tours. Another option to travel within the city is by auto rickshaw or by hiring a taxi. The city also has the new Metro which connects M.G. Road to Byappanahalli, which itself has become a tourist hotspot.

Accommodation options in Bangalore

There are numerous hotels in Bangalore. Areas like MG Road, Old Airport Road or Ulsoor have luxury hotels and suites. For more budget options, tourists can opt to stay in hotels near residential areas like Whitefield, Jayanagar or even near the Bangalore Railway Station. Another alternative is to book a number of service apartments located in localities like Indiranagar, Kormangala and Residency Road among other areas.

Although, Bangalore is known for its pleasant weather throughout the year, winter is the best time to visit Bangalore.

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Sandeep Yc

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"Nice place to eat, sleep and shop" new review

  • 5/7
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With lots of local and international flavor restaurants, temples, greenery, lakes, educational institutions, diversified culture and languages, and named as Silicon Valley of India. Bengaluru houses about 30% of IT companies and jobs in India, and has hundreds of lakes and parks. The old Bengaluru localities Basavangudi, Jayanagar and Malleshwaram is mostly filled with temples, greenery and restaurants.
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"Paradise lost" new review

  • 2/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Bangalore or Bengaluru as it is now called was probably one of the best cities to live in, right up to the early 2000's. The Bangalore of today, is a concrete jungle and everything about it I grew to love when I first moved there has literally been lost in the crowd. Severe overcrowding by a population that is neither aware, or cares for what the city once stood for, coupled with decades of inept political leadership has left the city in shambles.
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"Time was just not right" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Overall it was not a bad experience. Visited Bannerghatta National Park, Shiva Temple at Kemp Fort and few Malls. It was a weekend trip for just a change of mood. But the time was not just right I guess as it was too hot for having a comfortable stay.

Hotel was decent enough for the price and the location.
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"Silicon valley of India" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Bangalore is capital city of Karnataka state in India. Bangalore has highest number of IT companies in India so it is known as Silicon valley of india. You can visit lalbaug, hal museum and forts in bangalore. Bangalore has international airport which is situated at 40 km from city. You can also visit near by places in 1 day trip like mysore, ooty etc
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Abhijit Sarkar

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"Little left Greens of once garden city" new review

  • 5/7
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Not much to say. Green converted into gray city. Traffic snarls rule the city with no reprieve even with long long flyovers. GPS must be "on" or get lost as every hrs two way become one way. However life thrills as nights get long. Best pubs & nightlife can be enjoyed. Foodies can love to taste variety of Indian as well as fusion food.
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Kunal Dholakia

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"Good for IT people" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Bangalore, good city for IT people, and Localized, You may face power outage every day in every place, you may find Rain almost 8 months in whole year.

There are lots of Park, and you can say a Green City, though you find many pollution in the air.

Overall, you may find all IT people, who are migrated from other states, cities for their career. Good place for Bachelor.
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"A calm & a cool place to visit, Bangalore" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was a very nice experience of mine in Bangalore, its atmosphere, people, crowd is really awesome. I can say now it has became my dream place to get settled. The speciality about Bangalore is the weather. Its pleasant. Everyone should visit here frequently.
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"Delightful place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It's altitude makes it the coolest place in South India. No wonder it is known as garden city of india, for its greenery. It even rains in summer when other cities are burning hot in South India. Many places to visit, many foods to eat. All these things make Bengaluru my favourite in India.
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"A good place to visit to see traffic" new review

  • 7/7
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It's a good place but the traffic makes it boring. The restaurants are great here also. Life is amazing. Don't forget to visit barbeque Nation and St Joseph's college. Hmmm also don't forget to see Indian style hotels.

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"A nice trip" new review

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We enjoyed a lot in trip by seeing lot of new things. The place which we saw in mysore is Mysore palace, we had caught all the sights. The architecture of palace was great and nice to see. We also saw TIPU SULTAN'S summer camp it was beautiful to seeing the painting.
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