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Bangalore is one of the biggest cities in India and is located in the state of Karnataka. Bangalore was established in the 16th century by a local ruler, Kempe Gowda. The name Bangalore (or Bengaluru) originated from the Kannada word (language of the state Karnataka) benda kaluru which means "boiled beans", the meal that was offered to the 10th century Hoysala-king when he, hungy as he was, knocked at the door of an old lady.
Today, Bangalore is also called the Sillicon Valley of India because of its sprawling IT business these days. Bangalore is the fifth largest and fastest growing city of India. Before the high-tech boom started (at the end of the eighties) the city was especially known as Garden City because of the green areas and its comfortable climate. With its growing population of young professionals the city breathes a vibrant and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
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The Nandi Temple is located in the neighborhood of Basavanagudi. This temple is exclusively for the worship of the sacred Hindu god Nandi, the bull. This temple was built in 1537 and is home to one of the largest Nandi idols in the world with a height of 4.6 metres (15 feet) and is 6.1 metres long. This temple is not one of the largest in India but is a very nice visit.
The Bangalore Palace located in the heart of the city and was built to look like a smaller version of Windsor Castle in England. Construction started in 1862 and was not completed until 1944. The castle is currently owned by the Mysore royal family. The wide and open grounds of the palace are used to hold public event including large concerts for bands like Iron Maiden, Sting and The Rolling Stone. The interior of the castle has an amazing design and is being renovated.
Bangalore has a tropical climate with warm/hot and humid conditions year round. March to May is definately the hottest time of the year with temperatures averaging around 33 °C during the day and just over 20 °C at night. Between June and February, temperatures are a much more bearable 26-29 °C during the day and between 15 and 18 °C at night. The disadvantage is that between May and November almost all of the annual rain falls, making December and January (like much of India except the Himalayas) the best time for a visit).
|Avg Max||27.4 °C||30.1 °C||32.8 °C||33.9 °C||33.1 °C||29.4 °C||27.8 °C||27.7 °C||28.1 °C||27.9 °C||26.8 °C||26.2 °C|
|Avg Min||15.1 °C||16.6 °C||19.1 °C||21.3 °C||21.2 °C||19.9 °C||19.4 °C||19.3 °C||19.2 °C||19 °C||17.3 °C||15.4 °C|
|Rainfall||4.7 mm||7.5 mm||10.5 mm||47 mm||112.8 mm||81.2 mm||110.5 mm||136.8 mm||183.7 mm||165.1 mm||58.1 mm||16.8 mm|
Bengaluru International Airport (BLR) is a large international airport and is about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the city. This new airport was opened in May of 2008 and has good connections. Currently the only way to get to the airport on public transport is on Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) which runs twelve bus routes from as many locations in the city to connect to the new airport although the city metro and a high-speed rail are planned to be built and in operation in 2011. This large airport has direct service to almost every airport in India, most major cities around Asia and a few European cities. Lufthansa flies to Frankfurt, British Airways to London, Air France to Paris and other international connections go to Kuala Lumpur, Sharjah, Bangkok, Dubai, Hong Kong, Dubai, Mauritius, Bahrain, Malé, Muscat, Singapore, Jeddah, Riyadh and Colombo.
Bangalore is an important railway station on the vast and extensive Indian Railway network. It is well connected to all the major cities of India by fast trains, including those to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad. For more details about timings, fare and availability of seats have a look at the Indian Railways official website.
Buses travel from Bangalore to loads of cities throughout India and many other smaller places in the region.
The taxis in Bengaluru are very convenient and comfortable. Most of the vehicles are Maruti Omni Vans, Tata Indica cars or Mahindra Logan cars, which are much safer than Auto rickshaws, and the drivers are polite. If you are alone or going to an unknown destination, you are strongly advised to choose this option, even though the rates will be double that of an auto. Most taxi companies will charge a flat rate of Rs 150 for a pick-up and drop from anywhere to anywhere within city limits. Waiting or return trips will be charged extra, as will a lot of heavy luggage.
A rapid transit system called the Namma Metro is being developed and is expected to be operational by 2012. Once completed, this will encompass a 42.3 kilometres elevated and underground rail network comprising 41 stations. It is expected to connect central locations in Bangalore to Devanahalli and the Chikballapur regions.
BMTC provides bus services throughout the city.
Auto-rickshaws are everywhere at any time of day. They are green-and-yellow, and black-and-yellow three wheeled contraptions. Nevertheless, they are a fast way to get around the city.
Auto-rickshaws are supposed to charge fares as per the meter reading, which most often equals to Rs 11 x distance (in kilometres) (Minimum charge of Rs 20 for the first 1.8 kilometres or less), they generally tend to charge on an ad-hoc basis depending on the distance of the destination, the chances of getting another customer from the mentioned locality, and their mood. You should simply refuse to board an auto where the meter is faulty or the driver refuses to use it. Saying "meter please" will usually do the trick.
Most of the sightseeing locations are located within a range of 15 kilometres, so you can consider covering them on bicycle. Bicycle dealers charge Rs 100 for entire day and you have to submit identity proof to hire bicycle.
Bangalore is far from the sea, and as such the quality of seafood can vary. Some of the higher end and popular seafood places manage this well. Bangalore literally has hundreds of fast food joints serving south Indian vegetarian food. They usually are identified with small round steel tables and diners standing around them having food. Dosas, idlis, vada's, curd rice, Vegetable Pulao, rice with sambar, lemon rice are usually standard fare.
The great thing about dining out in Bangalore is that delicious food is available from regions all over India. Tantalize your taste buds at these top Bangalore restaurants:
1. Jamavar - The opulent Jamavar has consistently been voted by Forbes as one of the top ten power dining restaurants in the world. Step in to a lavish interior of chandeliers, silk, silver cutlery, and elegant handcrafted wooden furniture. The restaurant offers a culinary voyage spanning the length of India, accompanied by the finest choice in single malts, liqueurs and Cognac. Outdoor seating is also available.
2. Samarkand - Traditionally dressed waiters at this unique restaurant serve up sumptuous cuisine from the Afghani frontier. Diners make their selection from menu cards in the form of a local newspaper, and can watch the food being cooked in the open kitchen. Eating the traditional way with fingers is recommended to get the best taste from the food here. It gets very busy so reservations are a must!
3. Dum Pukht Jolly Nabobs - This restaurant gets its intriguing name "Jolly Nabobs" from the term given to employees of the British East India Company. Diners can expect a recreation of the glory days of the Raj era, with a fusion of north Indian and English cuisine, and distinctly British decor. Food is cooked according to the dum phukt tradition, in containers over a slow fire. It's very tasty!
4. Koshy's Jewel Box and Parade Cafe - Every city has a much loved dining institution that's withstood the test of time to remain a local favorite. Koshy's is Bangalore's. It's a simple place with consistently good food, and has been serving people since before the British left. Head for the newer, air conditioned "Jewel Box" if you're after a fancier menu with a few exclusive options. However, the more laid back non air conditioned section is what attracts the diverse crowd for breakfast, a leisurely Sunday brunch, high tea, or to linger over a beer or vodka.
5. Karavalli - Seafood lovers should make it a point to come to Karavalli, where the specialty is coastal Indian cuisine served on banana leaf. The restaurant is decorated in the style of a traditional local house, with high wooden ceilings and a variety of antique furniture and seafarers maps. The atmosphere is cozy and relaxed inside, and outdoor dining is also a treat in the open-air courtyard and garden.
Bangalore has an active pulsating cosmopolitan nightlife. Bangalore nightlife is very active and exquisite as Bangalore itself. Bangalore is known as the Pub Capital of India. There are many excellent pubs and bars in the city, which are open till early hours in the morning. ‘Nightlife’ is defined as a collective term for popular entertainment that is available from late evening to early hours of the morning. It includes bars, nightclubs, live music, theaters and restaurants. Nightlife is more suitable for young adults.
The nightlife of Bangalore draws major international artists including pop and rock stars.
Bangalore Nightlife is very trendy. For a great personal experience you have a choice of the following venues:
|Buenavista Central||1-A 1st floor, Wilo Crisa - Apartment, 14 Rest House Cre- sent Road, Off M. G. Road||Guesthouse||-|
|Casa Cottage||Clapham Street, Behind Richmond town Post Office, Wellington Park, Wellington Street||Hotel||-|
|Casa Serviced Apartments||Wellington park Wellington street||Apartment||87|
|Extendedstay.in||A-2, Charter Resort, Rathna Avenue off MG road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Green Path Eco-Friendly Serviced Apartments||The Green Path, 32/1, New BEL Road, Seenappa Layou||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Bangalore Gate||#9 & 12, Gajanana Towers K G Road||HOTEL||82|
|Hotel Shanthi Residency||135, Munnekolala, Varthur Main Road Marathalli||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Unique Residency||Hanuman Road,Sai Colony Opposite to Satya Sai Baba Ashram,Kadugodi,Post,Whitefiel||Hotel||-|
|Kandi Tree||#118-119,8th B Main Jayanagar,4th Block||Hotel||-|
|Mass Residency||#18, 11th A Cross 2nd Main,3rd Phase J.P.Nagar||Hostel||95|
|Mels Service Apartments||103 - V.B.F. Plaza Kodihalli Main Road HAL Airport Road||Apartment||-|
|Ramee Guestline Hotel - Bangalore||Plot No.1&2, KIADB Indl Area, Attibele- 562 107||HOTEL||-|
|Royal Regency Lodge||#251/252, Subedar Chatram Road behind Gandhinaha||Hotel||-|
|Sumanjay Homestay||10, Cambridge Road 2nd Cross, Sumanjay Farm||Guesthouse||82|
|Terrace Gardens||#15, Bruton Road Cross||Guesthouse||-|
|Woodstock Express||No. 123 / 124, Manipal County Road, Singasandra Post.||Hotel||-|
|Base10 Business Hotel||41, MES Ring Road, Bahubali Nagar Near BEL Circle, Jalahalli||Hotel||-|
|Stamford Residency||#538 B Block, AECS Layout, ITPL Main Road Near Cosmo Hall||Apartment||-|
|Lemon Tree Hotel, Electronics City||54B/55A, Hosur Main Road, Electronics City, Bengaluru||Hotel||-|
|Amethyst||#210, Sundance apartments, Opp. Velankani Techpark Hosur road, Electronics city Bangalore||Hotel||-|
|Vijayshree Heritage Village||V.R.BHURAT NAGARI, HAMPI ROAD HOSPET||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Maurya||22/4, Race Course Road Gandhi Nagar||Hotel||78|
|Tranzell Court Service Apartments Palmgrove||38 Linden Street Austin Town Off Victoria Road and Palm Gro||Apartment||-|
|Blue Chip Guest House,Indiranagar||2181, 5th 'A' Cross, 18th, main,HAL II Stage Indiranagar||Guesthouse||-|
|Sumanjay Farm House||254, Chikgubbi Cross Road Doddagubbi Post,||Apartment||-|
|Jayamahal Palace Hotel||1, Jayamahal Road||Hotel||-|
|D'Habitat Apartments||No.485, 6th 'D' Cross, 6th Block Koramangala||Apartment||-|
|Royal Inn Hotel||Adjacent to Airport Arrival Airport Road||Hotel||-|
|Buenavista South||No. 331, 5th Main 1st Block Koramangala Near Wipro Park||Guesthouse||-|
|Blue Chip Serviced Apartment||Flt#203, Naga-Ahuja Enclave Near Naga Theatre, St. John's- Road, Ulsoor, Frazer Town Post||Apartment||-|
|Dr. Rajkumar International Hotel||No 109, off race course,||Hotel||-|
|Seven Hotel||39/5 Outer Ring Road Between K.R Puram & Marathahalli Bridges||Hotel||-|
|A2B Transit||Kastle Vista Apartments Behind Fair Choice Super Bazaa Vignan Nagar Main Road||Apartment||-|
|Savannah Sarovar Premier||43/3 Whitefield Main Road||Hotel||-|
|Radha Hometel||Whitefield 136 EPIP Industrial Area Karnataka||Hotel||-|
|31 South Park||198 Gandhi Bazaar Main Road Basvanagudi||Hotel||77|
|Buenavista West||# 3, 1st Floor, Clarance House SetLur Street, Langford Road Langford Town||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Century Nester||1 st Cross, Pai Layout Hulimavu Gate Bannerghatta Road||Hotel||-|
|Gold Finch Bengaluru||32/3, Crescent Road, High Grounds, Off Race Course Road||Hotel||-|
|Gold Finch Coral Tree||No 16, 166 MLA Layout RT Nagar Main road||Hostel||-|
|Vanaprastha Backpackers||Greenacres Farm, Near Kamalapura Village, Dobaspet, NH #4,||Hostel||-|
|Lemon Tree Premier, Ulsoor Lake||St. John's Road||Hotel||-|
|Temple Suites||1st Main, 4 th Cross, Belekahalli, Bannerghatta Road Near - IIMB / Fortis or Apollo||Hotel||-|
|Dr. Rajkumar International Hotel||#109, 6th Cross, Off Race Cour Gandhinagar.||Hotel||-|
|Villa Camelot||#94 / 95 , 4th Cross , ECC Road Prithvi Layout , Whitefield , Bangalore||Guesthouse||-|
|Chalet Centrum Hotel||No. 6, 3rd Cross Street, Intermediate Ring Road Koramangala||HOTEL||-|
|Mel's Regency Hotel||No. 24, Domlur Layout, 1st Main Road (Behind New Shanti Sagar)||Hotel||-|
|Ayurvedagram Heritage Wellness Centre||Hemmandanahalli, Whitefield Bengaluru||HOTEL||-|
|Hayz Boutique Hotel||1/2 hayees road, Richmond circle, near LIC office||Hotel||-|
|T.A.P. Silver Square Hotel||#185, Deenas, 3rd Floor, Brigade Road Next to 5th Avenue Bangalore - 560001.||HOTEL||-|
|T.A.P. Paradise Hotel||#104, Hospital Road, Avenue Road Cross, Parallel Road to K.G.Road, City:Bangalore , PinCo||HOTEL||71|
|T.A.P. Gold Crest Hotel||No. 37, M.T.B Road, Near Minerva Circle Parallel to J.C Road,||HOTEL||73|
|Mango Suites Brilliance||No.19, Vidyanagar Service Road,Bommasandra Hosur Road, Bengaluru||HOTEL||-|
|Mango Suites Bravo I||#8, 8th Main,4th Block Koramangala||HOTEL||-|
|Chairman's Resort||No. 14/1, Kodigehalli Main Roa Sahakar Nagar Hebbal (Near Twin Tower)||Hostel||-|
|StayWithUs||10, 1st main Road Koramangala 1st Block||Guesthouse||-|
|Princess Square Service Apartment||#670,17th C Main,6TH Block Next To Madhurai Idli||HOTEL||-|
|Nahar Heritage||14,St.Marks Road||HOTEL||-|
There's good coverage over most of India for Internet cafes. However, following the recent terror attacks in Mumbai and some other cities, all internet cafes have been instructed by the authorities to maintain a register and note down the identification details of all persons using internet. Sify iWay is a reliable and cheap cafe with over 1,600 cafes over India. iWay also allows you to open a pre-paid account that you can use all over India. Whenever you have Internet access probably the best and cheapest way to call family and friends at home is software that allows users to make voice calls over the Internet such as Skype.
Wifi hotspots in India are, for most part, limited. The major airports and stations do offer paid wifi at around RS.60-100 an hour. Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai are the only cities with decent wifi coverage. At Mumbai airport, you get to use WiFi internet free, for an hour or so.
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The country code for India is 91. To dial outside the country from India, prefix the country code with 00.
The general emergency number is 100 (emergency response police & fire), while for ambulance you should dial 102 or 112, though some regions have 108 for this emergency. 108 is used in in the Indian states of Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Goa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha,Assam, Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. 108 can be called for medical, crime, fire, or any other emergency from any phone.
Local phone numbers can be anywhere from 5-8 digits long. But when the area code is included, all landline phone numbers in India are 10 digits long. Cellphone numbers usually start with '9', '8', or '7'. Toll-free numbers start with 1-800.
If staying longterm it is probably wise to think about investing in a mobile phone. You'll possibly need to provide a photocopy of your passport and itinerary, so come prepared. Make sure you arrange it upon arrival in a big city, as it can sometimes be difficult to organise with language barriers and such in more regional areas. You can buy a cheap nokia for about RS.1,200 with a pre-paid plan. Airtel is a good carrier to think about as they have great coverage, and constant offers for cheaper calling. To recharge, most shop vendors with phone carrier signs can do it via their own phone. You give them your mobile number, they put it in their phone and you'll both get messages as to whether or not the recharge has been successful. Also, if possible, buy the phone in the state where you do the most travelling as the charges are higher in the states where you did not originally buy the phone.
Over the entire country there are plenty of public phones, even in the middle of the countryside. Although most of the time these phones are not very well maintained and have horrible connections. Therefore remember when using one of these public phones one must be extremely patient.
For international calls from payphones, you'll have to visit a reputable internet cafe with a phone-booth. Mobile phones are usually a better and cheaper option.
India Post is the national postal service of India, and on their website you find details about prices to send postcards, letters and parcels, both domestically and internationally. For most postcards to send internationally, it is better to visit the post office before writing on the card as you may need quite a few stamps. Parcels must be taken to a tailor, he will then sew it up in white linen. Make sure he seals it with red wax, otherwise the post office may refuse to send it or try to get you to pay them to do it. Sewing up a parcel should only cost RS.50 to 200. In general, post offices are open from 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm in most bigger towns and cities, though there are regional variations and some might keep longer hours or be open during (part of) the weekend as well. Ask around.
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