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Bangalore Tourism

Bangalore, also called as Bengaluru, is the capital of the Karnataka state. Bangalore is nicknamed "The Garden City of India" and was once called a pensioner's paradise. The city was inducted in the list of Global Cities and graded as a "Beta World City" in the year 2009.

Today as a big city and growing metropolis, Bangalore hosts the base to many of the most well-recognized colleges and research organizations in the country. Several software companies, public sector industries, aerospace, telecommunications and defense organizations are established in the city. Bangalore today is Asia's fastest growing cosmopolitan city and Travel To Bangalore might be a wonderful choice for every tourists.

Look At The Brief History of Bangalore!

Local folklore has it that a 10th century king, Veera Ballala lost his way in the forest while on his hunting. He arrived at the house of an old lady who offered him her simple meal of simmered beans. Since then it was called "Benda Kalu Uru". Bangalore gained significance in the 18th century, when it became a significant fort town, under Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan of Mysore. In the year 1831, the British made it the local administrative town and established a large-scale cantonment here. Post Independence, Bangalore has become a commercial center and today it also has the distinction of being the IT hub of India and is fondly called "the Silicon Valley of India".

Travel to Bangalore

Bangalore has also been the administrative center of the Karnataka state since long time. Bangalore is amongst the most visited tourist destinations in South India. Now days, Bangalore heads the Information and technology transformation in the country as well in the world. Winter season is the best time for the tourism in Bangalore though it is pleasing enough to be traveled to anytime.

The chronicled, religious and contemporary tourist spots make tours and travels in Bangalore memorable. One of the must visit tourist locations in Bangalore is the Vidhan Soudha constructed in the neo-Dravidian architecture method. For the nature lovers in Bangalore Cubbon Park and Lal Bagh are not to be missed.

Tourism in Bangalore is booming and many important tourist attractions are especially apt for a trip with the family, such as the  Aquarium of Bangalore, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium will display the solar system, the Jawahar Lal Bhavan for miniature train rides, and a combination of horticulture and recreation in the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens.

Tipu Sultan and Bangalore palace rank amidst the most traveled historical monuments in Bangalore, while for amusement and theatrical events, visit Ravindra Kalakshetra or Rangashankara or Town Hall. A charming place visited, the town of Bangalore is attractively decorated with parks, lakes, fountains and flower beds. It also serves as a flawless stopover for some very beautiful locations nearby encompassing Mysore and the Jog Falls.

For the spiritually inclined visitors the temples in Bangalore are a must visit. Bangalore is home to ISKCON temple, Bull temple, Shiva temple, Gavi Gangadhareswara cave temple, Someshwara Temple and Venkataramanaswamy Temple. Bangalore also has the aquarium and the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium for the science lovers. For picnics, the Ulsoor lake is the perfect location. For the fitness lovers there are many yoga hubs in Bangalore.

In terms of accommodation Bangalore boasts budget hotels and holiday resorts. While on a shopping spree in Bangalore check out the traditional handicraft pieces, like silk saris, intricately carved sandalwood pieces and tribal jewelry. Established in the year 1537, Bangalore has now been a kaleidoscope of striking colours.

The town epitomizes India's tourism from an emergent territory to the hub of Information technology. Recently changed the name as Bengaluru, it is also the center of some of the significant scientific organizations in the country. The town bears the mark of a splendid past and this mingles with modern facilities and entertainments.

the Vidhan Soudha is the most beautiful and most visited place in Bangalore

Bangalore offers the flawless setting for those planning to explore South India, with abounding of tourist spots lying nearby and apt for trips and excursions. Mysore and its endless cultural views are exceedingly well liked, with many people traveling here for its Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens alone. Tourists with a taste of the great outdoor activities will enjoy the undertakings in Ramanagaram, where both rock climbing and hiking trail facilities are available.

For something a little more distinct and especially close to Bangalore, consider visiting the 400-year-old giant Banyan tree at Ramohalli and the Indian dancing samples at the Nrityagram dance town. Bangalore is one of the perfect places for those planning to visit Southern India, with many appealing spots nearby.

Apart from this, Bangalore is one of the most important tourist place visited for natural beauty, historical and religious shrines in the country. Lal Bagh and Cubbon park are the famous points for natural tourism in the city. Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, Mayo Hall, Bangalore palace, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological museum are coming under the historically significant tourist destinations. Bull Temple, Gavi Gangadhareswara Temple and St. Mary's Basilica are the examples of the religious spots in the city.

Bangalore is the most searched out cosmopolitan city in India. Kannada is the language spoken by the local people. Bangalore is best renowned for making persons all over the world at home. The town is very well developed with properly maintained roads, gardens and parks.

Bangalore tourism to gain importance in the tourism industry because of the well established shopping malls, old monuments and lively markets. Career oriented people come to this town for joining the finest companies and scholars arrive in this city to increase their knowledge by connecting the value education providing organizations. Bangalore presents all the things which make a town a perfect spot to visit.

the beautiful Lal Bagh in evening

The Bangalore city has so many sobriquets like the Silicon Valley of India, Garden City, Pub City and so on. It is one of the prettiest cities in the country to travel, known for its wonderful climate throughout the year. Bangalore is contributed with tall tree lined roads & many parks adding to its greenery, hence the name Garden City is well appropriate. 

The Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore is a melting pot of multi-linguistic population whose life is centered on the posh techno city offices. The city is officially called as Bengaluru and is the world's best destination in the IT field, as the city is the center of multinational companies making the city as their base.

Since Independence, Bangalore has shown an outstanding development in its educational institutes to financial enterprises making it the most sorts after town to relocate to. The town has also gained the acclamation of being the second literate metros in the country. With its gorgeous parks, Theatre complexes, boulevards, lively shopping malls & chronicled monuments, Bangalore is indubitably sparkling with life and vigor.

Though modern, busy city and a crucial business center, Bangalore remains one of India's most attractive cities to travel around. One can get a sense of authentic celebrations and traditions along with the scurry of urban life. Located at an altitude of 920 meters, its cool night breeze, well laid out parks and flower beds, tree flanked avenues, magnificent buildings and bustling bazaars, its one town which lures the traveler with so much in its kitty!

Home to many public sector undertakings, heavy industries, software firms, telecommunications, heavy equipment, machine devices, aerospace and national defense organizations, Bangalore has grown into one of India's major fiscal hubs and CNN has referred this place as one of the "finest locations to do enterprise in the hyper world". Savera, 20 Feet High, Biryani Merchant, Hae Kum Gang and Triveni hotels are some of the best food joints of the Banglore city.

Banglore's skyline

Major Tourist Destinations in Bangalore

Some of the major destinations to visit in Bengaluru are mentioned below:

Experience a Wonderful Shopping in Bangalore

Shopping in Bangalore can be a fascinating experience because Bangalore has certain thing to offer every kind of tourist. If they are looking for a Kancheepuram silk or Swarovski crystal, definitely will find it in the city. Bangalore is well known for the shopping malls, which have some of the finest and large-scale showrooms in the country.

Commercial Street is one of the busiest and crowded shopping areas in Bangalore. The shops are filled with shoes, art decors, jewelry, stationery, travel kits, sports goods and novelties. The South Parade of the British period now renowned as the MG road still retains the colonial charm even after a lot of development and advancement has been made.

How to Reach Bangalore?

There are many traveling options are available during the travel to Bangalore. They are:

By Air/Flight

Bengaluru International Airport (IATA: BLR) is established in Devanahalli, 40 km from the MG road (Center of Banglore city) and 30 km from the Bangalore railway station. The new airport is among India's busiest and most modern. The airport is owner to 10 domestic airlines and 21 international airlines connecting the town to about 50 destinations over India and the rest of the world.

There are a number of flights to significant towns like Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad. All the international services have their offices situated in Bangalore.

Several direct international flights connect Bangalore with Muscat, Singapore and Sharjah. The Bangalore airport is located at east of the City Station, which is about a distance of 13 kilometers.

From the Airport to Bangalore City

Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) operates buses from diverse points of the town every 15 mins to the Bangalore International airport.  The post-paid taxi operators will have air conditioned vehicles, all equipped with tracking devices to double-check safety and transparency.

Hertz and Akbar travels supply pre paid taxi and car rental facilities through counters at the terminal building. Self drive vehicles will also be accessible on the self drive cornerstone. These vehicles will be granted to the renter with a full fuel tank and the vehicle has to be returned with a full fuel tank.

Another option is to manage with the hotel in Bangalore to have a driver choose up at the airport. Some hotels, particularly the high class ones, supply this service for free if they are staying with them. One can still find a travel to Bangalore City in their own taxi at a much lower rate than the above choices, if the person is willing to take the risk involved. A high-speed electric train is under planning to connect the airport to the town, reducing travel time to about 22 min, but the designated day of the project completion is not yet confirmed.

By Train

The Bangalore City Railway Station is the main railway station in Bangalore. Most of the important cities are connected with Banglore railway station. There are many express trains from Bangalore to other cities of the country. Many super fast trains such as Brindavan, Shatabdhi and Lalbagh express connect Bangalore to Chennai.

By Road

Bangalore has a big bus station, which is near to the railway station. A well maintained network of roadways connected with major cities like Mysore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai. For making the sightseeing spots of Bangalore, KSRTC is operating the regular buses. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) arranging a number of excursions and tours around the city.

Bangalore City Travel Options

By Bus

Buses in Bangalore are cheap and generally frequent, though compared to other states the fares are more here, but traveling on them can be very tough if one do not understand the system well. Ordinary town buses display only the route number in English, with the place and route information written in Kannada. Unlike several Western countries, posted route charts of the bus system are rare, whereas maps are sold at the major bus stations like Shivajinagar and Kempegowda Bus Stand.

Buses with black display run services within the town. Red board buses run long distance services and proceed to adjoining suburbs. The ordinary city bus is white and blue in color. The newer town bus is tending to be blue in color and have an LED display boards. These are a good way to get around the town.

There are three main bus stands in Bangalore City:
  • Kempegowda bus stand, also known as the Majestic Bus Stand
  • City Market or K R Market
  • Shivajinagar

By Auto-Rickshaw

Auto-rickshaw is the default way of travel for the tourists to get around the Bangalore city, as most part of the metro is still under construction and taxis must be booked in advance making impractical to book one when the tourists are away from their hotel. Auto-rickshaw drivers sometimes can be difficult to deal with.

However, they are still better than their equivalent in Chennai, since Chennai's auto drivers do not go as per the meter. Auto-rickshaws are everywhere at most hours. Tourists should be careful when approaching an auto-rickshaw during night, or while heavy rainfall.

The possibilities are they will charge exorbitant rates. Help could be taken from the local traffic police to avail auto-rickshaws during such cases. If the person does not aware of the route to the destination, it is a good idea to bargain and rectify the fare before boarding to avoid long, complex routes being used by the driver.

By Taxi

The taxis in Bangalore will not be hailed from the road and are available by booking only. The vehicles are usually very comfortable and convenient. Most of the taxis are Tata Indica vehicles, Maruti Omni Vans or Mahindra Logan vehicles, which are much safer than Auto rickshaws and the drivers are gracious.

If the person is going alone or going to an unknown place, they are strongly advised to choose this option, though the rates may be double that of an auto. Most taxi services will charge a flat rate of Rs 150 for a pick-up and drop from anywhere to anywhere within city limits. Waiting or return will be additionally charged, as well for the heavy luggage.

a busy shopping street

Life in Bangalore

Bangalore today is one of the major IT hubs of India. People may not find it easy once planning a tour and travel in Bangalore which is aerating a distinctive South Indian culture amidst the spic and span network of streets and towering edifices. And imagining of Honeymoon in Bangalore has been just a nightmare. It is rare to find love among the techies chitchatting on computer languages.

But for the people who are planning their honeymoon tour in Ooty or Bandipur or Chikmagalur or Mysore may pay a halt over in Bangalore and merge with the vain and frivolous way of life. Bangalore, if one sees the other way, is not going to unexciting them. If the town is hot-footed with techies then on the other hand the town is also mixed with boogie nightlife.

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