Bengaluru or Bangalore is a city with a unique character. Those who are living here complain of lack of facilities, traffic, and the crowd, but nobody wants to go out of the city. Those who come here will never feel like leaving this city unless it is unavoidable. That is the magnetic effect of the city. This article would introduce you to Bengaluru. Those who are here have something interesting to read and those who want to be here must read this.
Bengaluru, earlier called Bangalore and more popularly known by this name, is the Powerhouse of Karnataka. It is the hub of industries, especially IT industries and business activities. Major IT companies are located in and around Bengaluru and hence it is aptly named the “Silicon Valley of India”. The city is also adorned by the prestigious institutes like Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and Indian Institute of Science.
Introduction about Bengaluru
The city was initially established by Kempegowda, who was under the Vijayanagar Kingdom and subsequently it came under the administration of many rulers. The city is important historically and has many temples and buildings of archaeological value. From the time it was invented, it has been growing by leaps and bounds. It is one of the fastest growing cities of Asia and third largest Metropolitan City.
Bengaluru is very well connected with every part of India and the globe. You can either fly or take a train or road depending on the place from which you are coming. There are many railway stations, get down at the station convenient so that it will be close to the place you have to reach. Bangalore Airport is shifted to the outskirts of the city and elevated as Bangalore International Airport. The Bangalore Airport is quite far from the city, but conveyance is available round the clock.
When to Visit
Bengaluru weather is relatively pleasant throughout the year and is manageable. However, the temperature variation is showing up in recent times and summer and winter, though not very hot and cold, better be avoided.
Places of Attraction
There are plenty of attractions in Bangalore and you can pick them based on your interest. For the nature lovers, the places worth visiting are Lalbagh, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta National Park. For those who are interested in history, Bengaluru offers Tippu Palace, Bengaluru Fort, Vishweshwaraiah Museum and so on. People who are interested in Architecture can visit Temples like Ulsoor Somanatha Temple, Gavi Gangadareshwara Temple in Hanumanthanagar, Fort Venkataramanaswamy Temple near Market. The recently built temples which are worth seeing are Iskcon Temple in Rajajinagar, Devagiri Srinivasa Temple, Temple complex at Mahalakshmipuram and so on. Vidhana Soudha, the powerhouse of Karnataka Politics is worth watching, especially when illuminated. The building will be illuminated on holidays and special days and is a feast for the eyes. The High Court Complex is situated opposite Vidhana Soudha. Nehru Planetarium will interest kids. Wonderla, a water park, Innovative Film City is worth visiting if you have time as each needs a complete day.
Mode of transport
The public transport system operates sight-seeing trips and it is advisable to take this benefit if you are depending on transport. If you have your own vehicle, hire a local driver who can take care of the driving and can also be a guide to you.
Places of Attraction Around Bengaluru
There are plenty of places worth visiting around Bangalore and you can pick the place based on your time availability. Mysore, the historical city is just around 125 kms. From Bangalore. Nandi Hills, which is about 60 Kms. from Bangalore is a hill station and one can spend a complete day here enjoying the nature. Mysore is just 125 kms. From Bengaluru, which is a historical city. Coorg, which is known as ‘Switzerland of India’ is about 260 Kms. and one can enjoy the nature at its best here. Bandipur forest resorts are worth visiting but need to be checked for availability before starting. Kemmannugundi is a great place to visit. This is a hill station and one can experience biting cold even during summer. The beauty of clouds passing around you is an experience by itself. This beautiful place is not open to the public as it is under renovation.
Nightlife in Bengaluru
Bengaluru is awake almost 24 hours of the day. The nightlife here begins around 10 pm and will be active till late-night. The M.G. Road, Commercial Street, Brigade Road are some of the places which are active till late-night. A lot of eateries will be open which range from street food to star hotels. People can enjoy the food of their choice or local cuisines. Bengaluru is a place where you get all types of food starting from local to North Indian, Chats to traditional foods, and Chinese to Continental. And the best thing is all these foods are available in a range of price so that one can pick the place suitable for their budget.
Culture in Bengaluru
The original culture of Bengaluru is fading away as the place has a large number of outsiders than locals. The Bengaluru Habba and other such fests organized by the Corporation and Other cultural organizations are trying to restore and introduce the original culture to the present generation. The festivities of other parts of India are also celebrated here. So one can also get to see Garba, Dandiya, Pookalam, and other such celebrations happening here.
Language in Bengaluru
The local language is Kannada. Boards are displayed generally in Kannada and English. This helps the visitor’s a lot. People can manage at this place if they know any of the languages like Hindi or English or Tamil or Telugu.
As in all other cities, tourists need to be on their alert.
- Better to avoid traveling alone, especially during night times.
- Take the help of Google Maps to know the directions.
- Better to take pre-paid vehicle services and hiring vehicles from tour operators.
- Extra care is required about the belongings at crowded places.
- Book your accommodation well in advance before arriving.
- Better to know about the city, places to visit, transportation facilities available before arriving.
A well-planned visit to Bengalooru and its surrounding places can be an exciting experience. The city makes you feel at home, irrespective of which place you are coming from.