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Bengaluru

Bengaluru, previously known as Bangalore is the third largest city in India and is the capital city of the south-Indian state Karnataka . With an estimated population of 11,883,000 it is the fourth highest GDP contributor, and was also voted as the most liveable large city in India.

It is the capital to India’s IT industry as many multi-national software companies have their Indian headquarters set up here. It has also been referred to as the “Garden city of India” for its numerous gardens and man-made lakes, and generally pleasant weather.

ATTRACTIONS

Bengaluru has many wonderful tourist attractions and spots that kids as well as adults will love hanging out at and have fun like - malls, pubs, various multi-cuisine and themed restaurants, parks, garden and so on. Some interesting places and attractions to visit in the city include the following:

Things to Do

Think of Bengaluru and the first thing that comes to mind is a concrete jungle of skyscrapers and the cutting-edge technology as a way of life. All that is true and a part of the city but its not what makes the tech city whole and a place to dream of future, but its beautiful history, architecture, culture, and people that bring it alive. To experience the vibrancy of this hi-tech city, it is important to explore every noon and cranny of it, from its dynamic and vast cultural and historical attractions to the fascinating art, nature, market, and the nightlife that Bengaluru is known for. Here is a list of some of the best things to do and explore in Bengaluru for the best experience.

  • Ulsoor Lake: Amidst the chaos of city traffic and hustle-bustle of streets, Ulsoor Lake offers peace and quiet with its shining waters and tranquil small islands that makes the lake a serene place to be. Visitors can go for a boat ride or take a stroll around the lake barefoot against the fresh grass.
  • Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace: Often referred to as the ‘Abode of Happiness’, the summer palace of the former ruler of Bangalore, Tipu Sultan, is an architectural magnificence of history in the otherwise modern style tech city. Admire the teakwood creation along with the sturdy pillars and floral motifs adorning the walls and ceilings, the summer palace oozes calmness and with its lush green surroundings and beautiful view.
  • KR Market: Experience the heart of Bengaluru thriving in KR Market which is one of the largest flower markets in Asia along with an array of wares including copper, spices, fruits, fresh produces, utensils, and food stalls selling lip-smacking street food. You will need an entire day to wander the busy alleys of the market but be prepared to take back several bags full of goodies.
  • Bull Temple: A sixteenth-century Dravidian style Hindu temple dedicated to Nandi, the Bull, also called Nandi Temple, is a unique and popular religious sanctuary in the city. Apart from being a religiously significant place, the temple boasts of a granite cut four-and-a-half meter’s tall sculpture of Nandi which is always adorned with garlands and an exquisite temple exterior.
  • JanapadaLoka: If one is interested in learning about the history and culture of the city and state, JanapadaLoka is the place which displays more than 5000 folk objects such as rural household items, stone sculptures, village replica, etc., to display the ethnicity of the place.
  • Indian Music Experience: A heaven for the music lovers, this is India’s first interactive music museum dedicated to the thriving Indian music scene. Consisting of eight galleries, a beautiful garden, café, musical sculptures, and learning Centre for the beginners or music enthusiasts, the museum lets you play instruments and make your own music.
  • Atta Galatta: The idea of books and coffee together under the same roof might sound appetizing to our book worms and Atta Galatta is nothing short of a heaven for them. A bookstore with a café, this place has numerous books in different languages, and you can read at your leisure while sipping fresh coffee with some munchies along.
  • VV Puram Street Food: No day can go good without some delectable snacks and delicacies and VV Puram street offers just that at an affordable rate. Known for a plethora of street food items in different styles and from different states, the place deserves to be visited at least once for an extravagant indulgence.

HISTORICAL & RELIGIOUS PLACES

Bangalore has a rich heritage and also has many religious spots significant to different religions such as Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Christianity, Sikkhism and Buddhism. Some of the must-see historical and religious attractions in Bengaluru include:

Hindu Temples:

  • Chokkanathaswamy Temple
  • ISKCON Temple Bengaluru
  • Dodda Basavana Gudi (The Big Bull temple)
  • Halasuru Someshwara Temple
  • Shri Nimishamba Devi Temple
  • Gavi Gandhareshwara Temple

Jain Temples:

  • Adinath Jain Temple, Jayanagar
  • Shri Mahavira Digambara Jain Temple
  • Shri Parshwa Sushil Dham

Islam:

  • Jamia Masjid
  • The Jumma Masjid
  • Masjid-E-Khadria
  • Haji Sir Ismail Sait Mosque

Christian Places of Worship:

  • St. Mary’s Basilica (Roman Catholic)
  • Infant Jesus Church (Roman Catholic)
  • Shelter House Church (Roman Catholic)
  • Holy Trinity Church (Roman Catholic)
  • St. Mark’s Cathedral (Protestant/Anglican)
  • Hudson Memorial Church (Protestant/Anglican)
  • Life Church Bannerghatta Road (Pentecostal)
  • St. Mary’s Orthodox Church (Malankara Syrian Orthodox)
  • St. Gregorios Cathedral, Hosur road (Orthodox)

Others:

  • Gurudwara Sahib Sri Guru Singh Sabha (Ulsoor) - Sikhism
  • Choe Khor Sum Ling Centre in Domlur – Buddhism
  • Thubten Lekshey Ling -a Nyingma Buddhist Study and Meditation Centre

MUSEUMS

Bengaluru also has some interesting museums that showcase its history and heritage, such as:

FESTIVALS

Bengaluru’s population is a mix of people following different religions. Hindus dominate the scene, but the people of other religions are definitely not left far behind. Festivals of different faiths and religions are recognized and celebrated in the city. Major festivals celebrated in Bengaluru are:

  • Maha Shivaratri – A festival dedicated to Lord Shiva.
  • Ganesh Chaturthi – A major festival in the state of Karnataka, this is celebrated in all cites and town in this state, to worship Lord Ganesh (who is also the son of Lord Shiva).
  • Navrathri – A 10-day Hindu festival, where Goddess Durga is worshipped.
  • Deepavali – The festival of Lights; India’s most popular and widely celebrated festival.
  • Naga Panchami – Where snakes are worshipped and offered milk; a tribute to Snake deity/God.
  • Ramzan – A one-month festival of Muslims, where month long intermittent fasts are observed each day and regular prayers are done throughout this period.
  • Christmas – A Christian festival commemorating the birth of Jesus; most Christians and Hindus also celebrate this famous festival here.

SHOPPING

Bengaluru is a shopper’s paradise. The city, being home to intermingled cultures and people from different regions in India, has also developed a shopping scene that caters to a wide range of interests, tastes and preferences. Here are the top shopping spots to check out in the city:

  • Commercial Street (a popular street for affordable but a large variety of commodities)
  • Brigade Road (near MG Road, Shantala Nagar)
  • Church Street
  • Majestic Market, Majestic (near Majestic bus and train terminals)
  • Avenue Street, Avenue Road
  • Malleswaram Market
  • Shivajinagar Market
  • Jayanagar 4th Block

MALLS

...and many, many more!!

LOCAL TRANSPORT

Public transport within the city includes buses, taxis, auto-rickshaws and a metro train system (known as “Namma metro” - meaning Our metro in Kannada) that connects many major areas in the city through 2 different lines (Green Line and Purple Line).

RESTAURANTS

Bengaluru city is known for its large number of multicuisine and local food restaurants. In fact, there is a good place to eat in almost every area, and it is not easy to list out the best ones. But here are some of the top recommended and loved restaurants and eateries in the city that you may not want to miss out on:

  • Grasshopper
  • Imli Cafe & Restaurant
  • Koramangala Social
  • Hoot
  • The Fatty Bao
  • The restaurants in UB City Mall
  • Blue Ginger
  • Koshy’s
  • Kebabs & Kurries
  • Lotus Pavilion

...and many, many more!!

HOTELS

Bengaluru, being a large metropolitan has many great hotels to choose from. Some of the best hotels in the city for a comfortable stay include the following:

High-end/Luxury:

  • ITC Gardenia
  • Shangri-La Bengaluru
  • Taj West End
  • The Oberoi Bengaluru
  • Ritz Carlton Bangalore (Shantala Nagar)
  • Conrad Bengaluru
  • Sheraton Grand Bengaluru
  • ITC Windsor
  • The Leela Palace Bengaluru
  • Hilton Bangalore Embassy GolfLinks

Affordable:

  • Holiday Inn Bengaluru Race Course
  • Royal Orchid Central
  • The Park Bangalore
  • Lemon Tree Hotel, Electronics City
  • Vivanta Bengaluru Residency Road
  • Ibis Bengaluru Hosur Road

NIGHTLIFE

Bengaluru is one of the fastest growing and prosperous metropolitan cities in India. As it comprises of many offices of IT companies, the city is filled with IT professionals. Owing to this, it also has developed a flourishing pub and cafe culture which is more vibrant during the weekends, when working professionals like to hang out at these pubs and cafes a lot.

Here are some of the most loved and recommended pubs and bars in Bengaluru:

  • Windmills Craftworks Whitefield
  • Loft 38
  • District 6
  • Fenny’s
  • The Bierre Club
  • The Permit Room
  • Pecos Classic
  • Guzzlers Inn
  • Toit
  • Church Street Social

...and many, many more!!

EMERGENCY NUMBERS:

Bengaluru STD Code – 080 (to be used before dialling numbers from a number that is not locally registered).

Common emergency numbers:

  • Police: 100
  • Ambulance helpline: 108
  • Accident: 103
  • Medical helpline: 104
  • Child helpline: 1098
  • Women helpline: 1091
  • Fire and Rescue: 101

LANGUAGE

Kannada is the official language of Bengaluru.

Kannada:

  • Hello - Namaskra
  • How are you? - Athava kshemana?
  • Welcome - Susvgata
  • What's your name? - Nimma hesarenu?
  • My name is - Nanna hesaru
  • Good morning - Shubhodaya

Bengaluru City

A city with the high-tech infrastructure and advanced contemporary lifestyle yet proudly boasting a vibrant culture and heritage that keeps it grounded, Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka, is a hub for all the wild dreams and desires one has with its wings coveringboth innovation and tradition.

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