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About the destination
In the Southern India, cosmopolitan Bangalore (Bengaluru), is the number one city. It is Blessed with a pleasant climate and a proliferating dining, drinking and shopping scene, Bangaluru is a one stop destination for all. People visit Bengaluru not to be wowed by the world class sights but rather to experience the burgeoning face of the modern India. This does not mean that there are no world class sights here. You can find several beautiful parks and buildings showcasing the remains of the architecture from the Victorian era.
Being a flourishing IT sector, Bangalore vies with Mumbai for a position of nation’s most dynamic city. It is a big student hub where you’ll see many fashionable locals (both youth and adults) chattering in English while enjoying their pint of craft beer and hanging around in those bold metal band T shirts.
In the past one decade, Bangalore has seen a mad surge of development coupled with an equal and proportionate rise in pollution, population and the traffic congestion levels. However, as a city Bangalore has taken enough measures to preserve its colonial era heritage and green surroundings. Despite urbanization continually expanding its boundaries outwards, the central district that goes back to the British Raj years remains roughly unaffected.
Travel Advice
  • Never trust your tourist guide or the taxi drivers beyond necessary. It is always good to maintain a safe personal distance from them.

  • Avoid venturing alone at secluded places during the night hours. If you are up for a night out, it is good to roam around in a group.

  • Do not carry cash more than required. Ensure that you keep your valuables and extra cash in a safe place.

  • Never keep your wallet in the back pocket. You can instead keep it in the side pocket of your jacket or trousers.

  • Don’t wear revealing or skimpy clothes while visiting religious places like a temple or a gurudwara.

  • Carry with you a photocopy of important documents like ID, passport, etc.

  • Gather sufficient information when exploring new places. It is a good way to keep yourself protected from being misguided by others.

  • Avoid eating anything from the roadside vendors.

  • Drink only bottled mineral water. Check that the seal is intact before buying the water.

  • Refrain from eating cut vegetables or fruits from the roadside vendors.

  • To keep yourself protected from dengue or malaria, wear nightclothes that cover your body properly.

  • Carry with you sunscreen and sunglasses during the warmer months.

  • Make sure you pack first aid kit in your bag with essential medicines for cold, fever, diarrhea, nausea, cough, etc.  

Drinking Laws
The legal age for drinking in Bangalore is 18 years. You may sometimes require to show an ID proof before making a purchase of alcohol. Arrack has been banned in Bangalore since July 1st 2007.
Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?
Vidhana Soudha
Vidhana Soudha was built in the year 1954. It is a quintessential example of the existence of neo-Dravidian architecture in Bangalore. At present, Vidhana Soudha accommodates the different government departments as well as the legislative chamber of the government of Karnataka. This building is beautifully illuminated during night hours making it a visual treat. To embrace the beauty of the neo-Dravidian architecture, you must definitely take a visit to the Vidhana Soudha.

Lalbagh Botanical Garden
Lalbagh Botanical Garden is a beautiful garden that spans over an area of 240 acres of land. It has a myriad of striking tropical and sub-tropical plants and trees from across the globe. The garden also has an alluring glasshouse that is built on the lines of the London’s Crystal Palace. Its roots go back to the 17th century when this was commenced by Hyder Ali and further completed by Tipu Sultan. The garden gets its name ‘lalbagh’ from its humongous variety of red roses that bloom all-round the year in the garden.

Tipu Sultan’s Palace and Fort
This was initially built as the mud fort by the Chikka Deva Raya but was later transformed into a historical monument known as the Tipu Sultan’s Palace. The fort offers a magnificent glimpse of the lifestyle of the people living in these eras.

Nandi Hills
If you wish to do some sight seeing in Bangalore, Nandi Hills is your go to place. The hills were once popular for the retreats of Tipu Sultan and its high cliff of 600 meters that offers a magnificent panoramic view of the pleasant terrain. This destination is not just popular amongst the tourists but also amongst the local Bangaloreans who showcase their photography acumen at the site.
What you will like there?
The massive lung space
If you are in Bangalore, it is impossible to miss out on the huge lung spaces like Cubbon Park. The Park is spread across an area of 100 acres and has a number of green plants and trees. Another such place is Bannerghatta National Park that is a 25,000-acre park and one of the most frequented tourist attraction in Bangalore. Whichever, end of Bangalore you live in, you’ll always feel closer to nature.

If you have been to Bangalore and haven’t yet tried the world’s best Dosa at MTR/CTR/Vidhyarthi Bhavan, your trip is incomplete. Do experience it to believe it!

Bangalore’s special filter kaapi
Heard the phrase, ‘A lot happens over a cup of coffee?’ This city makes it sound true! Bangalore is undoubtedly the Birthplace of the Coffee Days. You’ll find at least one CCD in every nook and corner of the Bangalore street. However, it is still the wafting aroma of the filter coffee here that can drive you crazy.

Word Hard and Party Harder
You have not known Bangalore completely, if you are yet to experience its night life. Stats say that Bangalore has the largest number of pubs in Asia. There was a time when these pubs used to shut down by 11 PM but now these are open till 1 in the night.

Legendary hole in the wall eating joints
The mouth watering idlis, delectable kesari bath and the heavenly upma at places like Veena Stores, Brahmin’s Café and Janatha Hotel are something to savor on.

Aero Show
Every 2 years, there is an Aero show organized in Bangalore. It is a visual treat that has an array of civilian and combat aircrafts from across the globe showcase their prowess in the sky. Organized at the Yelahanka Air Force Base, it is a must watch. Do watch out for the one in 2017.

Dance is a way of life here
Plan a visit to the Nrityagram Dance Village to experience the Karnataka’s love for traditional music and classical dance. This residential school also offers training in different forms of Indian classical dance like Kuchipudi, Odissi, Manipuri, Kathak, Mohiniattam, Kathakali and Bharatnatyam.
Recommended reads for destination (govt websites, travel forum articles)?
Books :
  • The Cosmopolitans, Anjum Hasan 
  • The Riddle of the Seventh Stone, Monideepa Sahu 
  • Multiple City: Writings on Bangalore, Aditi De 
  • Cut Like Wound, Anita Nair 
  • Bengaluru/Bangalore – In First Person Singular, Mahesh Bhat 
  • Hari, a Hero for Hire, Zac O’Yeah 
  • The Red Carpet: Bangalore Stories, Lavanya Sankaran 
  • Monkey-Man, Usha KR 
  • The Promise of the Metropolis: Bangalore’s Twentieth Century, Janaki Nair 
  • No Time for Goodbyes, Andaleeb Wajid 
Websites :
Bangalore Govt. Website

Travel Forums :
Bangalore TripAdvisor Forum