Bangalore

Vidhana Soudha

Bangalore, now known officially as Bengaluru (Kannada: ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು), is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka.

Understand

Once called the "Garden City of India" and the "Pensioner's Paradise", these epithets no longer apply to Bangalore, which is today a large, cosmopolitan city with diminishing green spaces and a large working population. Bangalore is the major centre of India's IT industry popularly known as the "Silicon Valley of India".

History

The earliest records of a place named "Bengaluru" are found in a ninth-century temple in an area that is now known as "Old Bangalore".

Legend has it that when the feudal lord Kempe Gowda was once hunting rabbits in this area, a rabbit turned and attacked his dog. This made a great impression on Gowda and he gave the place a title of gandu bhoomi (the place of heroes) and in 1537, with the assistance of the local king, he constructed three districts protected by a walled fort on the site.

During the next three centuries, Bangalore existed very much in the shadow of its neighbouring city Mysore, and control of the town changed hands many times. The year 1831 marked a major turning point for the city. Claiming misrule by the king Krishna Raja Wodeyar III, the British took control of the Mysore Kingdom and, possibly influenced by the city's salubrious climate, moved the administrative capital to Bangalore. New telecommunication systems were laid, rail connections built, fine government buildings constructed, and the city's famous parks and gardens established. After independence, Bangalore maintained its position as the state capital of Karnataka. The city continues to flourish today.

For many years, Bangalore was known throughout India as the most green, liberal and forward-thinking city. In recent years, these attributes have propelled Bangalore to the forefront of the high-tech industry boom in India, and it currently ranks as India's most developed city and one of the world's fastest-growing urban areas.

The name Bangalore appears to come from an Anglicisation of the native name Bengaluru – an adaptation of the earlier name in Kannada, Benda Kaalu Uru (Town of Boiled Beans). Apparently, this rather humble name was bequeathed to the city by King Vira Ballala. Once while lost in the area, he was offered boiled beans by an old woman, and it was out of gratitude that he named the area after this simple offering.

Climate

Unlike other parts of India which are extremely hot in the summer months, Bangalore enjoys a relatively mild climate all year round.

Summer temperatures can reach 36°C (97°F), and early morning temperatures in the winter hover around 12°C (54°F).

Talk

Road Sign in Bangalore

Being the capital of Karnataka, the widely spoken and official language in Bangalore is Kannada. However, many people are also able to speak and understand English. Other Indian languages such as Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Urdu are also spoken by the respective migrant and minority communities. As Bangalore is a commercial and cultural hub, it also has a smattering of Konkani, Marathi and Tulu speakers.

Most auto rickshaw drivers, bus conductors and shop assistants can converse in at least basic English. Some of them will be able to understand Hindi, Tamil, Telugu. Signs are generally written in both Kannada and English. However, a basic knowledge of Kannada comes very handy when interacting with locals.

Get in

By plane

Bangalore Airport

Airlines

The airport serves as a hub city for domestic airlines such as GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, JetLite and SpiceJet.

International airlines include Air India, Air France, AirAsia, Malaysian Airlines, Air Mauritius, British Airways, Dragonair, Emirates, Indian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Tiger Airways, SriLankan Airlines, Qatar Airways and Thai Airways.

Airport to central business district

A bus run by the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation
Bengaluru International Airport has selected EasyCabs and Meru Cabs to provide basic taxi services. However, readers have reported that Meru Cabs is unreliable as some cab drivers have been known to cancel reservations at the last moment if they find a better deal from a street pick-up while on the way to an airport pick-up. Another taxi service reported by readers to be trustworthy is KSTDC which is run by the Karnataka State Government. Journeys to anywhere in Bangalore should not cost more than ₹800–1000.
You may be able to find a ride into Bangalore City at a much cheaper rate by taking a taxi not approved by the airport, but only if you are willing to take a risk. Taxi drivers driving such taxis will attempt to negotiate with you a much lower fare than that charged by EasyCabs and Meru Cabs, sometimes as little as ₹ 200–300 for a ride to Bengaluru's central business district. These taxis can be found just beyond the terminal plaza at the covered walkway that leads to the car park. Once you leave the walkway, some taxi drivers may become fairly aggressive, and may try to take your luggage without your permission. The best thing to do is to keep track of, and be in control of, your belongings. Even the most aggressive taxi driver or tout will leave you alone if you stand firm and make it clear that you do not want his help. You should only use such taxis if you have an idea of what the appropriate taxi rates are, and are willing to bargain very hard to avoid being swindled. It is recommended that you agree on a price before you enter the cab; no tip is necessary once you arrive at your destination.
There are generally a few ranges of self-drive cars: the compact range (Suzuki Swift), the intermediate range (Ford Fiesta), the standard range (Toyota corolla), multi-utility vehicles (Toyota Innova) and sports utility vehicles (Ford Endeavour). Cars are given to renters with a full tank of fuel, and have to be returned with the fuel tank full. A flexible pick up and drop off facility in town and at the airport are offered. Renters can pick up their cars at the airport and drop them off anywhere in the city or in Chennai or Hyderabad. Similarly, cars can be picked up at any of these cities and dropped off at the airport. Conditions apply – for example, renters must be over 21 years of age and possess driving licences valid in India. It may be necessary to complete a lot of paper work and, depending on the company and type of car to be rented, a large deposit may be required. Please check well in advance before making plans.

By train

See also Rail travel in India.

Bookings can be done at either the railway stations or at the Indian Railways booking counters located in major commercial and residential areas. Booking can also be done online. Note that if you are booking at Bengaluru City and are traveling to Mysore, there is a separate counter for travellers to Mysore. This is to cater for the large amount of travellers between Bengaluru and Mysore. If travelling to Mysore on a Sunday afternoon, arrive early as there is usually a long line for buying tickets.

As with all Indian railway travel, have some patience for delays. Trains are usually on time (within 20min of scheduled time), but can sometimes be late. A digital departure board in the station will tell you what platform your train is on and what time it leaves.

For train arrival/departure and PNR status inquiries at various railway stations at Bengaluru, call 139.

Travelling from Mumbai to Bengaluru by train takes a long time (24h or so). Buses are comparatively faster and take 18-20h, provided there are no traffic jams in Mumbai and Pune en route. Effective travel time by both train or bus is long. Air travel is recommended for traveling between Mumbai and Bengaluru, the duration of which is about 90min. Low cost airlines charge the same fare as A/C train or Volvo bus. However, sleeper class (non air-con) train travel from Mumbai to Bengaluru is economical and you can have a view of some lush evergreen forests and river valleys across Western India.

By bus

Kempegowda Bus Station or Majestic, the main bus station

If you have difficulty in arranging a plane or railway ticket to/from your next destination, or you prefer a little more adventure, you can go by bus. There are both government and private buses that run services to/from major cities like Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Mangalore, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tirupati, Hyderabad, etc. Buses can be a normal luxury bus, a Volvo A/C bus or a sleeper bus for night travel.

Unlike other metros, the display boards in the bus show the destination in the local language Kannada. But the bus numbers are mostly in English. If you don't speak Kannada, you will likely need to get some help to get on the right bus. However, the newer Volvo buses are all equipped with electronic displays that display the destination and route numbers in both Kannada and English. Non-Volvo buses are being gradually retrofitted with these electronic displays; this should make bus travel much simpler if you are unfamiliar with the local language.

Bus companies

By car

Driving in India can be very stressful. Lane discipline is practically non-existent, excessive honking, high vehicle density, lack of regard for traffic law, combined with razor thin passing margins are common. One ride in a taxi will most likely convince you that driving yourself is not worth the risk, so if you do want to arrive by car, you will probably want to hire both a car and a driver. Cost varies, but most car/driver combinations cost ₹1,400-1,700/day. The fares for hired private taxis are usually in the multiples of 4h/40 km, fares for which start at around ₹450 for a non-air conditioned small car. Depending on where you are coming from, you may be able to negotiate a lower fare if the trip isn't far, and it may be a higher fare if you are travelling far and your driver has to travel back on his own time. Having an approximate idea of the fare or distance beforehand and persistent bargaining skills can lead to significant savings. Although it costs more, consider requesting an air conditioned car if you aren't used to the heat, especially in summer. An air conditioned car will also help filter out the air pollution, which is considerable, especially on congested roadways. If you want something even more special, such as a fancy car or SUV, be prepared to pay extra.

Get around

By bus

Buses in Bengaluru are cheap and usually frequent, (though expensive compared to other states) but traveling on them can be very difficult if you don't know the system well. Ordinary city buses display only the route number in English, with the destination and route information written in Kannada. This means you will have to know what route number you need before you get on, which you can find from the BMTC website, BMTCRoutes.in website, Desiroutes bus routes or by asking locals. Unlike many Western countries, posted route maps of the bus system are rare, although maps are sold at the main bus terminals (Kempegowda Bus Stand and Shivajinagar). ☎ BMTC toll free 1800 425 1663.

Buses with black display boards run within the city. Red board buses covers long distance and go to adjoining suburbs. The ordinary city buses are white and blue in colour. The newer city buses tend to be blue in colour (Purchased under the JNNURM fund provided by Central govt.) and have LED display boards. There is a bus service called Pushpak with better seating; these buses are tan rather than the usual blue and are slightly more expensive. There are red Volvo buses, called Vajra, that operate on certain routes within the city. They offer a comfortable air-conditioned ride at slightly higher prices than the regular buses (which are not air-conditioned). These are a great way to get around the city. Unlike most other buses, the Vajras have illuminated LED display boards on the front and sides which display the destination and route information in English as well as Kannada.

New bus services are introduced from time to time by the BMTC. The latest service introduced in early 2009 known as Big 10 consists of ten routes along major roads into the city, bringing passengers from the outer suburbs to central Bengaluru. These buses are green in color, have LCD destination boards, and prominently feature the Big 10 logo on the sides. More information about these buses, including stops and route maps. BIG 10 service starts at Brigade road junction. There are also couple of buses which do a circular route around the Central Building District.

City buses are crowded during rush hours but one can travel with a little difficulty during the daytime. Many have seats are reserved for women in the front and a pair of seats for senior citizens and handicapped. Bus service is less frequent between 09:30-22:00 and rare after 22:30.

It is always better to buy a daily pass if you plan to travel the whole day on the bus. The daily pass costs ₹60 as of January 2014 and it comes in handy if you need to travel on several buses in a single day. Daily passes are issued by the on-duty bus conductor or at the bus stand. Using this pass you can travel in any bus (other than the Vajra) for the entire day, any number of times. It is a very economical option for travel in Bengaluru. Senior citizens are given 25% concession in all buses on production of valid ID card(Voter ID,PAN,Passport etc.). children between age of 4-12 are given 50% concession. No charge for children up to 4 years of age

There are three major bus stands:

Buses are available to all major localities of the city from these three bus stands. There have been lot of developments due to the ongoing metro project as well as efforts to decongest the city. BMTC is adding more bus stations all the time. Better to check on their website for latest situation.

By Metro

Namma Metro

The Bangalore Metro (Namma Metro) is a new suburban rail service that will cut down the time taken to get from one area of the city to the other. Most of the work is still underway. There two stretch are operational, 16 metro stations (as of Dec 2014) expected new sections opening in 2015 first half. Tickets can be bought at any station. Fares vary between ₹10 and ₹15.

Green line

Purple line

By auto-rickshaw

NOTE: Autorickshaws and taxis in Bengaluru have a metered fare system. Tipping is neither expected nor required when you avail of autorickshaw or taxi services.
Auto Rickshaw in Bangalore awaiting customers

Auto-rickshaws (also called "scooter") are everywhere at any time of day. They are green-and-yellow or black-and-yellow three wheeled contraptions. Nevertheless, they are a fast way to get around the city - especially in thick traffic quicker than a taxi or bus.

Auto-rickshaws are supposed to charge fares as per the meter reading, which equals to ₹ 13 per distance kilometer, a minimum charge of ₹ 25 for the first 1.8 km or less, and a 50% surcharge after 22:00 (called "one and a half"). Heavy luggage costs an additional fee of around ₹10-20. 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.

Tourists should be cautious when approaching an auto-rickshaw during night, or during heavy rains. Chances are they will charge exorbitant rates, e.g. some drivers may demand 100% surcharge after 22:00 or 23:00 but you must refuse to board in such a case. Help could be taken from the local traffic police to avail auto-rickshaws during such circumstances. If you are a visitor and do not know the route to the destination it is a good idea to bargain and fix the fare before boarding to avoid long, convoluted routes being used by the driver - or check the route by recording a GPS track on your mobile.

Another thing to keep in mind is to be firm but not loud in an argument while travelling in the auto. Some of the less reputable drivers may team up with their friends midway to cause problems. Remember that although Bangaloreans are known for their polite and mild mannered behaviour, auto drivers are normally an exception. Some will think nothing of trying to rip you off. If in doubt, consult a local or your hotel travel desk.

If a rickshaw driver offers to show/drive you to some great places to shop, firmly refuse. A common tactic is to drive you to local shops where you will be pressured to buy Indian crafts that you probably don't want. Know your destination and insist upon it.

Rickshaw drivers are required by law to display their identification on the dashboard or the back of their seats. Refuse to get into a rickshaw that does not display one.

If an auto driver is problematic, note their identification number and report to the BBMP Control room which is empowered to withdraw their auto license. This is a very effective technique to deal with them. The BBMP control room number as of December 2009 is ☎+91 80 22975803.

If you arrive in Bangalore via train, at the main train station there is an office near the taxis/auto-rickshaws which will print-out a pre-paid receipt for your ride. The service costs ₹1, but will save you a potentially large amount of money by giving you an accurate value for your ride. This also allows you to avoid haggling with the driver and acts as an official price agreement in the event that the driver wants to dispute the price of the ride.

By taxi

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 ₹ 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.

Unlike many other countries, taxis are not marked with 'TAXI' signs on the top. Instead, the cars will be marked with the logo of the fleet operator or taxi company on the sides of the car. Only some companies like "Meru Taxi" are marked with the sign 'Taxi' on them. Some companies have a yellow sign with an identification number (usually an alphabet followed by two digits) on the top. Keep in mind that these taxis cannot be hailed from the street, but have to be called by telephone. When you call, you must give the operator your location, destination as well as phone number, who will in turn tell you the charge (or will inform you that you must go by the meter) as well as the taxi number. The taxi will come pick you up, and call you when they are close. When you go out on the street, look at the license plate for the number they gave you—it will be the last four digits of the license plate. Alternatively, look for the yellow board atop the car with the taxi's identification number.

The license plate number is usually in the format "KA" followed by 01 to 05, followed by two alphabets, followed by a four digit number. Taxis generally have yellow license plates with black letters.

Be prepared to book a taxi a couple of hours in advance if required on weekdays, especially during rush hours, as a huge demand for the taxis, coupled with massive traffic jams during rush hours will ensure that it would be difficult for a taxi to reach you in time. Private taxis are generally more reliable during this time as in many cases, radio cabs will be overbooked and you might be unfortunate to be informed that your booking has been scrapped.

Although it can be hard for non-Indians to grasp at first, the system is actually very effective. If in doubt, ask a member of your hotel staff to help you, and when your taxi comes be sure to tip them ₹35-40 for the assistance.

Some radio taxi services are: Easy Cabs (T:+91 80 4343 4343), Genie Cabs (+91 80 3399 3399, ₹ 30 more for phone bookings), GetMeCab (T.+91 92666 01520, hours=8AM-9PM), LimeCabs (T.+91 7795109379, hours=9AM-9PM) Mega Cabs (T:+91 80 4747 4747), Meru Cabs (T.+91 80 4422 4422), Ola Cabs (+91 80 3355 3355), SPOT City Taxi (T:+91 80 2551 0000), Star City Taxi (+91 80 2313 3333), Taxi for Sure (TFS, +91 80 6060 1010), Taj Trip Car (T:+91 88 0055 0676).

Travel agents and hotels can arrange private chauffeur driven cars to provide services and you may also hire self-drive cars without drivers. Expensive by comparison with taxis, they are the most trusted, secure, and comfortable way to travel around the city. Driving in Bangalore can be difficult, because of poor driver discipline, but chauffeur driven services are very reasonable. These can be arranged by travel companies or online from the countries of origin. Car rental agencies such as: Avis (T:+91 80 3399 0099), Carzonrent (T:+91 88 8222 2222), BookCab (T:+91 80 3000 3000), Classic Cabs (T:+91 80 2343 8821), Hertz (T:+91 80 4330 2201), Moto Taxi Services (+91 80 6060 9999), ZoomCar (T:+91 80 4171 5881), Quick Cabs (T:+91 80-4160 0000)

By private car

Most taxi and auto-rickshaw drivers will be more than happy to offer you either a daily rate or an hourly rate, and take you around wherever you need to go. Alternately, your hotel or a travel company can arrange a private car.

If you find a good taxi or auto driver, this can be a great way to go for a foreigner. You'll certainly pay a lot more than if you bought individual rides, but you'll always have a driver waiting for you, and he can help with recommending local tourist sites, finding a good restaurant to eat at, and otherwise coping with day-to-day life. This can take a lot of the stress out of traveling.

Rates are generally something like ₹50-100 per hour for an auto-rickshaw, and ₹150-250 per hour for a taxi. Rates for a private car booked via the hotel will probably be more. Like everything else in India, rates are very fluid.

By bicycle

The weather in Bengaluru is extremely pleasant, but the traffic is equally hectic. So if your plan is not to go towards crowded city, you can go around cycling.

Most of the sightseeing locations are located within a range of 15 km, so you can consider covering them on bicycle. Bicycle dealers charge ₹100-300 for entire day and you have to submit identity proof to hire bicycle.

See

Bengaluru has a lot to offer for a visitor. If you only have a limited amount of time in the city, you should consider taking a tour.

Typically, the city tours do NOT include entry fees into the attractions. Bengaluru, as with the rest of India, has a habit of charging foreigners a lot more than locals. For example, Tipu Sultan's Palace, which is on the half-day tour, charges ₹ 10 for Indians and ₹ 100 (or US $2) to non-Indians.

Landmarks

The Bangalore Palace

In Koramangala, The Koramangala Indoor Stadium, at the National Games Village (NGV) is an important landmark. St.Johns Hospital and College, Jyoti Nivas College and the Indian Institute of Astrophysics are the major educational institutes of the area.

Temples

Art of Living world HQ, Bangalore
Bull Temple, Bangalore
Ramakrishna Ashram

Churches

The entrance to the Holy Trinity Church

Do

In Koramangala, The Koramangala Club has sports facilities including Tennis Courts. You can join the Swimming club at the NGV. There are dense tree lined streets as well as well maintained parks, so get out and discover your own patch of greenery. The homes are very well designed and tasteful, its very apparent that this is a posh location. It is a really nice and cozy place to stay.

Indoor activities

Vishveshvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Bangalore

Outdoor activities and sports

Nature and parks

Lal Bagh Garden, Bangalore
Lumbini Garden, Hebbal, Bangalore
  • Ulsoor Lake and Sankey Tank offer an enriching, pleasant experience.

Fairs & exhibitions

Arts and theatre

Movies

Take in a movie at one of the innumerable theaters around the city. Some multiplexes:

Other:

Spa & massage

Massage or Prostitution

Beware that many of the "Massage" classifieds in local newspapers may be fronts for prostitution. Prostitution is illegal and if caught in a raid, you may end up spending a night in the cooler before being eligible for bail. Most legitimate spas and massage parlors have detailed websites and are run professionally.

Massages & Spas are very much a part of Bengaluru's east-meets-west culture, new ones spring up across the city all the time.

Buy

Inside a mall in Koramangala, Bangalore

In Koramangala, Do your wardrobe shopping at Lifestyle mall at Sony World Junction. Has a really good and fashionable collection of all major brands. There's a huge cosmetics secion at the ground floor. The Croma electronics showroom is situated right opposite to Lifestyle mall. eZone, Reliance Digital, Pai, Sony, Panasonic etc. electronics showrooms are all located within the kilometre from here. So this is the ideal location if you want to do a survey before making your next expensive LCD/LED TV purchase. You can do your grocery at Nature's Basket or Spar, More, FoodWorld, options are huge, all on the 80 ft Road. At the 1st block you can find grocery shops more suited for the local residents, if you want it the traditional way! Forum mall is very famous and sort of a nerve cantre of the area. It has the PVR Cinema hall as well as KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut restaurants. Landmark book shop is one of the biggest books/magazines outlet. Crosswords is also located near the Masjid, near Aiyappa Swamy temple, Madiwala.

Shopping

Shopping districts

Bengaluru provides a wide range of options for shoppers. One can buy many things ranging from clothing to electronic goods and vehicles. Being an IT city, Bengaluru provides all kind of services but one might find things to be costlier.

Many visitors come to Bengaluru searching only for sandalwood carvings and silk saris and so miss out on the true Bengaluru shopping experience. Here is a low down on shopping - Bengaluru style:

Malls and markets

Go shopping at one of Bengaluru's many malls and traditional markets. Malls typically have high(er)-end stores retailing apparel, footwear, and consumer electronics. Many malls also have food courts (with international cuisine) and movie theatres. Finding a parking spot for your car may not be easy though, especially on weekends. Some of the more popular malls in Bengaluru are:

Apart from the malls one should not forget to visit Commercial street, Brigade Road which are excellent shopping and hanging out places.
The traditional markets have mom-and-pop stores that sell everything from fruits, vegetables, groceries to electronics, music, and mobile phones. The city's largest vegetable and fruit market is in the heart of the city and is called KR Market or City Market. Smaller but more lively traditional markets can be found in residential areas such as Gandhi Bazaar, N R Colony, Banashankari, Malleswaram, Jayanagar, JP Nagar & Shivajinagar.

Jewellery

Handicraft


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Book stores

Boutiques

Apart from the numerous malls that have taken Bengaluru by storm, the essential element and soul of the city comes through in its myriad small and unique boutiques that are all over the city, usually tucked away though. Have tried to list the must check out stores.

Music and movies

Learn

Hinduism

Buddhism

Work

Indians

The best way to find employment in Bangalore is through job fairs, job portals, applying directly to companies of interest, and through headhunters.

Being referred as Silicon Valley of India, the city provides plethora of employment opportunities to youngsters from different corners of India.

Non-Indians

Non-Indian Citizen Employment Regulation

Indian regulations may require that any foreign national who is employed in India earn at least US $25,000/year. This is exempted for (a) Ethnic chefs, (b) Language teachers (other than English language teachers) / translators and (c) Staff working for Embassy/High Commissions. Check your compensation offer so that you meet this requirement and are eligible for an employment visa. Some foreign nationals are employed at salaries less than this, though, typically in the NGO sector.

With a little hard work and persistence finding a job is quite possible in Bangalore. Most of the available positions are in the IT field but not necessarily IT based. Several expats do marketing, quality assurance, accent training and translation among other things. All jobs in India require an employment visa which must be obtained abroad and sponsored by the hiring company in India. In general, the salary for expats is very high compared to the local Indian wage. The best resource for jobs is through the expat community. Ask around but a good place to meet expats is the Sunday brunches at the 5 Star hotels or at the numerous coffee shops in and around the MG Road area.

Eat

Bengaluru 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, but foreign travellers may want to tread a bit carefully. Foreigners might want to only drink bottled water and eat only chutneys that are made with bottled or filtered water. Also, beef is forbidden to be given in Karnataka restaurants.

The 80 ft. Road is the Eat Street of Koramangala. PizzaHut, Domino's, KFC, Taco Bell, Au Bon Pain are all to be found over here! There are various other restaurants serving local/ Indian cuisine. Chandni Chowk is one great opition if you like the rural Punjabi dhaba ambience. Wisdom Cafe, near the AlienWare showroom is a really cosy place o have some snacks or lunch. So is the Hole in The Wall cafe, located on the back street behind Maharaja Hotel. Serves great coffee and English breakfast. So does Cafe Terra, near Wipro park crossing. Adjacent to it is a really popular food join called Little Home. Serves nice North Indian style food at a very reasonable price.Is really popular with the young working populace. Naturals Ice cream parlour is a hit with the hip crowd, on weekend nights you may find queues outside.

Budget

Bengaluru 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. Quality widely varies, since most of them cater to working people.

  • Adiga's Park 585, 10th Main, 42nd cross, 5th Block Jayanagar.
  • Adiga's Foodline, 502, 40th Cross, 8th block.
  • Adiga's Delicacy, 105 Dickenson's road, Manipal Centre.
  • Adiga's Majestic, (next to Fkcci Bldg), KG Rd.
  • Adiga's Nalapaka, (across from HSBC Complex), Bannerghatta, Arikere.

Mid-range

Splurge

Regional cuisine

Continental

Maharashtrian food

Odia food

South Karnataka

Bengali

Andhra

Tamil

Ice Cream Parlours

North Indian

Italian

Chinese

Kerala

Dhabas

Drink

In Koramangala, Legend's of Rock is located near the Pizza Hut on 80 ft. Road. Also great is the Jimi's Beer Cafe nearby, has a really nice ambience. Firangi Paani at Forum Mall is a nice but expensive option. Costa Coffee, Barista and CCD have their presence near Maharaja Hotel. Young working people spend a lot of their time here. You can get a truly multi national multi cultural feeling as there are several restaurants serving Spanish, Italian, Thai, Chinese, Indian, Mexican food. Hence, it is really popular with expatriates. The area around Jyoti Nivas college is a popular hangout for the college going crowd, with a lot of eateries and cafes in the area. This area has a very hip/ fashionable feel to it.

Cafes

Pubs and bars

The pub scene is concentrated around the commercial business district in the heart of Bengaluru. MG Road, Brigade Road, Residency Road, St. Marks Road, and Church Street have numerous pubs. Happy hours is typically between 6-8PM and at most pubs, the time for the last order is around 10:30PM. Formerly having a reputation as the Pub City of India, Bengaluru's buoyant pub and nightlife has been curtailed by police and regulatory action, and all bars and nightclubs must now close no later than 11:30PM.

Budget

Most bars and pubs in the city are somewhat upscale, but many inexpensive restaurants serve beer and good quality food.

If you just need to go out you could go to one of the bars, but if you would like to have a great social experience and are in the city for a considerable period of time consider becoming a member of one of the social expat clubs in the city. The IVES Club offers a meeting for it's members every Saturday at one or the other popular nightclubs in Bengaluru, its members are interns, expats, volunteers and exchange students residing in the city.

Mid-range
Splurge

Most hotels have spiffy bars with every imaginable concoction of drinks available.

Sleep

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under ₹ 1,500
Mid-range ₹ 1,500-4,500
Splurge Over ₹ 4,500

Budget

A large number of budget hotels near the Bangalore City Railway Station are crowded in the area around the Dargah Tawakkal Mastan , O.T.C. Road, Chickpet, Near Sreenivasa Hospital, one k.m. from the Majestic bus station. Ask for Brahmins Bakery area.

Mid-range

Numerous serviced apartments exist in and around the area of Koramangala, though most are on the expensive side. Notable are the Mango suites, Mercure Grand, Lotus suites and Royal Orchid. Cheaper options exist near the JNC college and 1st block.

Splurge

Stay safe

Bangalore is a relatively safe city during day time. However, most of Bangalore practically shuts down a little before midnight - even very safe residential areas can be very desolate by 11PM.

Some of the lower-income areas can be somewhat unsafe once it gets dark. Exercising caution and good sense will increase your chances of staying safe.

Rising incomes has brought an influx of people including both, white and blue collar immigrants, leading to disparities in earnings between locals, the casual labour immigrants and expatriates (people from other parts of the state and also from other countries) which arguably has resulted in a substantial increase in crime rates.

Connect

The area code for Bangalore is 080. When calling from overseas, dial +91 80 XXXX XXXX. If you don’t have an Indian phone number, it is strongly recommended that you get a pre-paid calling card if you plan on using your phone frequently. Because of new government regulations, you need a photocopy of your passport (visa and the ID pages), a color photo, and proof of local address (in Bangalore) when buying a pre-paid card. If you do not have the required paperwork, it is recommended that you ask a local friend to buy a pre-paid card on your behalf. Pre-paid cards are sold in a few of the shops that sell mobile equipment.

Public telephones are a good option and are available widely. Most shops that offer public phones sport easily visible "STD/ISD/PCO" signages. More often than not, public pay-phones are post-pay and there will be a person at the shop to take the payments. Check the bill generated from the machine and make the payment accordingly. Payments are always in Indian Rupees.

Cellular

Cell phone coverage in the city is excellent. There are many service providers (Aircel, Airtel, BSNL, idea,MTS Reliance, Tata DoCoMo, Uninor, Vodafone) offering a wide variety of plans. If you are planning on travelling around outside the metropolitan area it might be a good idea to buy a cell phone and use one of the pre-paid plans to get yourself connected whilst you are still in the city.

Internet

There are plenty of Internet centres which charge between ₹10-₹25 per hr. If you have laptop with wifi connection, free internet services are available at some malls, restaurants, and hotels. However, free public WiFi is not the norm. MG Road now has street-wide free WiFi. Hop on to the Namma WiFi wireless network and register using your mobile number for a one-time password for internet access.

High speed USB data cards are very common and all telecom providers (see Connect section) offer these over-the-counter at their stores. Typically need some proof of identity and address to activate these.

Cope

Bengaluru is a clean city (compared to other major Indian cities such as Mumbai, Kolkata) and epidemics are rare. However, foreign tourists should be cautious about consuming water and eating at roadside stalls. It is recommended to use mosquito repellents, either as a cream applied on the skin (Ask for Odomos at locale medical stores) or in the electronic form, during the evenings.

Ambulances can be requested by calling 108.

Pharmacies

Pharmacies are dime a dozen and you should not have any problem locating one. You do not need any prescription for Modern Medicine Over the Counter drugs and ayurvedic medicine (proprietary and traditional), which are available for most common ailments like fever, headache, etc., But you will need prescription for other medicines, which are categorized as Schedule H drugs.

Consulates

Government of India policy allows foreign missions only in Delhi, Mumbai, Cheenai and Kolkata. Bangalore is allowed one French consulate as a special case.

Currency Exchange

You will not find money exchange kiosks / counters in all parts of Bangalore, because Bangalore is not a primary destination for most tourists nor is it the entry point for most tourists entering the region. However, most banks offer currency exchange in all their branch offices as do some travel agencies. Exchange rates can vary somewhat, so it is advisable to shop around. Typically, travel agencies will offer a better exchange rate as compared to the rates offered by banks.

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