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.
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:
- Cubbon Park
- Lalbagh Garden
- Vidhana Soudha
- Bangalore Palace
- Bannerghatta National Park (Wildlife)
- Nandi Hills
- Wonder La
- Jawahar Lal Nehru Planetarium
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:
- Chokkanathaswamy Temple
- ISKCON Temple Bengaluru
- Dodda Basavana Gudi (The Big Bull temple)
- Halasuru Someshwara Temple
- Shri Nimishamba Devi Temple
- Gavi Gandhareshwara Temple
- Adinath Jain Temple, Jayanagar
- Shri Mahavira Digambara Jain Temple
- Shri Parshwa Sushil Dham
- Jamia Masjid
- The Jumma Masjid
- 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)
- 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
Bengaluru also has some interesting museums that showcase its history and heritage, such as:
- Government Museum Bengaluru
- Visveswaraya Industrial & Technological Museum
- The Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum Bangalore
- Indian Music Experience Museum
- National gallery of Modern Art
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.
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
- The Forum Mall, Koramangala
- UB City Mall
- Phoenix Market City
- Orion Mall
- Garuda Mall
- Royal Meenakshi Mall
- Mantri Square Mall
- 1 MG - Lido Mall
- Bangalore Central
- Inorbit Mall (Whitefield)
...and many, many more!!
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).
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:
- Imli Cafe & Restaurant
- Koramangala Social
- The Fatty Bao
- The restaurants in UB City Mall
- Blue Ginger
- Kebabs & Kurries
- Lotus Pavilion
...and many, many more!!
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:
- 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
- Holiday Inn Bengaluru Race Course
- Royal Orchid Central
- The Park Bangalore
- Lemon Tree Hotel, Electronics City
- Vivanta Bengaluru Residency Road
- Ibis Bengaluru Hosur Road
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
- The Bierre Club
- The Permit Room
- Pecos Classic
- Guzzlers Inn
- Church Street Social
...and many, many more!!
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
Kannada is the official language of Bengaluru.
- Hello - Namaskra
- How are you? - Athava kshemana?
- Welcome - Susvgata
- What's your name? - Nimma hesarenu?
- My name is - Nanna hesaru
- Good morning - Shubhodaya