Bangalore, Karnataka

About Bangalore

Bangalore or Bengaluru … as you hear of the name you may think only about IT. No … you have mistaken and this is where you are wrong! ... In fact this capital city of the South Indian state of Karnataka is one of the most sought out tourist destinations in India. Bangalore, though for years is popularly known as "Garden City", has slowly evolved into "Silicon Valley of India", and the transformation has been amazing in every aspect. Bengaluru, which got its name from the Kannada (Karnataka's official language) words ‘benda kaluru’ meaning “land of boiled beans”, is not just about globally reputed IT firms, but has plenty to offer in terms of tourism.

The city boasts with a wide array of attractions for the tourists that include ever green and ecstatic parks, adorable botanical gardens, world famous historical / public monuments, lively lakes, ever alive wildlife sanctuaries, ancient and divine temples, mind-boggling amusement parks, well maintained museums / art galleries, swanky and ever bustling malls, booming IT parks (boasting the highest concentration of IT companies in the country) and what not! Bangalore is also a noted center of renowned academic institutions, scientific and research institutes / organizations besides being a hub of diverse art and cultural activities.

There are numerous luxury suites and well maintained lodgings / hotels across the city and of course for all budgets. In addition to the above, you will also find a number of service apartments located at various places. Needless to say ...... yes, you guessed it right! In Bangalore, tourists have a host of food options to choose from a wide array of restaurants, eating joints, innumerable ‘Darshinis’ in every nook and corner where mouth watering and lip smacking South Indian treats like idlis, dosas and Gobi Manchurian among others are served. Still disappointed? ….... no worries. Bangalore is  also popular for world famous cuisines as well right from French to Vietnamese and Chinese to Italian in addition to best North Indian recipes. Non veggies and boozers, you will have your share in plenty too with countless lounge bars and hip-n-happening pubs even till late in the night. City’s nightlife best reflects that.

Bangalore is well connected with rest of the state / country / world. Travelers can reach Bangalore from any destination by means of air, rail and road. Once you are in Bangalore, the best way to explore the city is by public transport such as BMTC buses including Volvo buses. These buses are well available at "Majestic bus stand", from where most of the buses ply within the city. For a more organized tour, tourists can sign up for Bangalore holiday packages or can avail the services of ‘Bangalore Darshan’ organised by the State Tourism Department where they will take you to all the major attractions of the city.  Local tour operators do organize such tours as well. Another option to travel within the city is by hiring autos or taxis. Recently, Bangalore got its Metro rail too, which itself has become a tourist hot spot.

Thanks to its tropical climate, Bangalore is known for its pleasant weather throughout the year. It is a multi-cultural and cosmopolitan city representing diverse people, classes, religions and languages. Although Bangalore is a city rooted in tradition, it has a modern side to it and hence the place is lively, vibrant and bustling with people. Very urban in its approach, the city is bubbling with life and energy always. Further, besides displaying a wonderful blend of past and present, Bangalore provides a new face to contemporary India, one that people cutting across generations can relate to.

On the whole, Bangalore has got something for every tourist and no doubt, one among the best places to visit with family. Just a word of advice …..... winter is the best time to be in Bangalore.

Bangalore City Facts

Populations: Approx. 10 million
State: Karnataka
Famous for/as: Botanical Gardens, Amusement Parks, Malls, IT Parks, Historical Monuments, Museums, Wildlife Sanctuaries and Academic Institutions
Languages: Kannada , English, Hindi
Opening Timings: 5:00 am to 1:00 am
Pin Code: 560001
STD Code: 080
Currency: Rupees
Best Season: September - February
Weather: tropical climate, temperature 20°C to 36°C during the summer and 17°C to 27°C during winter.
Altitude: Located at a height of over 3,000 feet (914.4 m) above sea level
Fun Facts: Activities & things to do: Snow Bowling, Disc, parks, lakes are the best activities in Bangalore. just take a break in one of the numerous amusement parks, Amusement parks, Lumbini Gardens, Wonderla, Innovative Film City, iplay, Fun World, Flight 4 Fantasy i

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Built in the year 1956 during the tenure of former Karnataka Chief Minister Kengal Hanumanthaiah, this impressive bu...
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Established in 1972 just as a mini-zoo, it grew up to a huge biological park and currently spreads over 105 sq. km. ...
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This 300 acre park crowned Bangalore with its undisputable title ‘The Garden City’. The park is also known as Sri Ja...
Built in 1894 across Arkavathy River (originating from the Nandi Hills, another magnificent tourist spot), it is a m...
“Lal Bagh” meaning ‘red garden’ got the name for its beautiful red rose beds of various species. It is created by Hy...
Located in Bugle Rock, the temple is dedicated to a Hindu demi-god Nandi, mount of Lord Shiva. Built during the reig...
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This 37.5 acres manmade lake is built in 1882 and named after its constructor Col. Richard Hieram Sankey. It has now...
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Well known as “Swarna Mukhi” (Golden-Faced) falls, it is about 32 kilometers from Bangalore on Kanakpura road. Thoug...
Termed as walkers’ paradise and often used as a picnic spot, this place is a history in itself. The rock in the gard...
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Situated on the Bangalore-Mysore road (28 kilometers from Bangalore), this huge tree with a crown circumference of 2...

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