Bangalore Travel Guide
Bangalore is probably India's most progressive and liberal cities.
Bangalore, now known as Bengaluru, lies in the southeast of Karnataka state. Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka and the native language here is Kannada.
Bangalore enjoys moderate temperatures throughout the year. The summers seldom get very hot, with temperatures around 36 C while the winters generally remain around 12 C. Bengaluru used to be known as the Garden City of India, but recent developments in IT infrastructure and increasing work force in the city has led to reductions in the green spaces.
Travel Areas of Interest
If you are in Bangalore looking for budget accommodations, then the Gandhi Nagar area can be a perfect choice. The Central bus stand and the City train station are here along with movie halls, several shops and budget hotels. If you want an up-market experience, then you'd prefer MG Road, Brigade, St Mark's and residency road areas. South parts City Market in Bangalore have historical relics, while north of Cubbon Park has the golf course, race course and grand houses.
If you want to take a guided tour of Bangalore, then you can do a half-day or full-day tour offered by KSTDC. A full day tour called Bengaluru Rounds is also organized by Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation.
You may also want to visit some of the following landmarks and areas of interest across Bangalore on your own:
1. Tipu Sultan's Palace: the palace was started by Hyder Ali and finished by Tipu Sultan in the 18th century. The palace is open to visitors from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm. A 250 year old Venkataraman Temple is situated next to the palace and the City Market is just 5 minutes away.
2. Cubbon Park and Museums: the park is spread across 120 hectare area. It's surrounded on the outside by the Seshadari Iyer Memorial which ash the High Court and the Public Library. There are two municipal museums around the park. The Govt Museum was established in 1886 and is one of the oldest in India. The Visvesvaraya Technological & Industrial Museum showcases India's technological progress.
If you are fascinated with airplanes, then you may want to visit the HAL Aerospace Museum at the airport-Vathur road in Bangalore. It showcases the growth of Indian aviation and HAL for last six decades.
3. Lalbagh Botanical Gardens: this park was created in the 18th century by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan and is spread across 96 hectares. The park is home to century old trees, rare tropical plants, a glasshouse modeled on London's Crystal Palace, a lot of red roses and a lawn clock.
4. The Bull Temple: one of Bangalore's oldest temples, the Bull temple was built by Kempegowda in the 16th century and it contains a huge granite monolith of Nandi that was carved from a single boulder. Dodda Ganapati temple is situated next to the Bull temple.
5. National Parks and Nature: if you are visiting Bangalore, a trip to Bannerghatta National Park should be on your list. The park offers a safari ride inside the jungle where you can see deers, bears, lion and tigers in their natural habitat.
Bandipur National Park and Nagarhole National Park are some other places of interest. You may also want to visit Ulsoor Lake and Sankey Tank.
6. Nandi Hills: approx 68 kms from Bangalore is Nandi Hills which provides majestic view of the area around.
7. Around Bangalore: Bengaluru in itself may not have too many tourist spots, but around Bangalore you have a treasure trove of spots. Some of them are Abbey Falls, Kemmangundi, Hegenekal Falls, Ranganthittu bird sanctuary and Shivana Samudra.All these spots are in close vicinity to Bangalore, within a radius of 150 kms.2. At the first check post which is just 500m from Darshani Deodhi, mobile phones, cameras and other equipments are not allowed.
Transport Options in Bangalore:
Bengaluru's flight traffic is served by the newly-built Bengaluru International Airport (IATA code: BLR) which started operations from 24 May 2008. The city was earlier served by the HAL Airport which was India's fourth busiest airport. A rapid transit system called the Namma Metro is being developed and is expected to be operational by 2011. Once completed, this will encompass a 33 km (20.5 mi) elevated and underground rail network. Bengaluru is well connected to the rest of the country through the Indian Railways. Three-wheeled, black and yellow auto-rickshaws, referred to as autos, and taxis are a popular form of transport. Buses operated by Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) are also a means of public transport available in the city. BMTC also runs air-conditioned, red-coloured Volvo buses on major routes. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation runs 10,400 buses, connecting Bangalore with other parts of Karnataka as well as other states.