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Bangalore or Bengaluru City, Karnataka

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The Glass House at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bengaluru

Bangalore is located in the state of Karnataka about 920 meters above mean sea level on the Deccan Plateau of South India. It covers an area of 741 sq. km. Bangalore, officially called as Bengaluru, is one of the three (other two Delhi and Mumbai) finest metropolitans in India. It is the most important and busiest part not for only Karnataka but also in total southern India. It serves as the capital city of Karnataka as well as industrial capital also.

Bangalore also refers to as Garden City of India due to its wide range of gardens and parks throughout the city. Today, Bangalore is a home of many well-recognized colleges and research centres, private industries, software companies, telecommunications, defence organizations, aerospace, etc. Bangalore is also called as the Silicon Valley of India due to its nation leading position in IT Market.

Bangalore is India’s second fastest growing cosmopolitan city with the rapid growth of numerous industries (speciously IT Industries). As a result of vastly industrialization for last few years, population rate also increased rapidly. According the census report 2011 India, approximately 8,443,675 people reside in Bangalore Metro city which makes it the third most populated metro city in India.

Rapid population growth and faster growing industrialization does not succeed to make the city polluted like other metropolises of India, because, Bangalore is greener than other cities of India and the authority body of Bangalore determined to keep the city pollution free.

Climate in the City Bangalore

The climatic characteristic of Bangalore remains a tropical savannah type with a pleasant (especially in winter) temperature throughout the year due to its high elevation. Winter is the best season for tourism in Bangalore. You will find three major seasons in Bangalore namely summer, winter and monsoon.

Summer Season in Bangalore: Summer season of Bangalore is quite uncomfortable especially in April to May when temperature may reach up to 39°C. Usually, this season remains for a long term from March to June and the temperature levels vary during this season from 24°C to 34°C.

Winter Season in Bangalore: Winter season (November to mid-February) is very comfortable in Bangalore. During this season temperature ranges vary from 12°C to 22°C. If you wish to go Bangalore then this season is perfect for you. January is the coolest month in the city.

Monsoon Season in Bangalore: Monsoon season of Bangalore continue from June to October. This city is influenced by the both wind flaws of Indian usual climate namely the northeast monsoon and the southwest monsoons. The average annual rainfalls of Bangalore are 86 cm (approx.).

People and their Culture in Bangalore

According to the census report 2011 India, approximately 8,443,675 people reside in Bangalore which makes the city third most populous city in India and the 28th most populous city in the world. The people of Bengaluru are known as Bangalorean. Kannada dialect is the mother-tongue and primary spoken language for the Bangalorean. Kannada is also the official language of Karnataka. However, most of Bangaloreans are also frequent to speak English and Hindi. Beside of these some other spoken languages are Malayalam, Telugu, and Tamil.

Bangalore is a city of Hindu predominant from the Indian ancient age. More over 79% of population follow Hinduism as their religion. Muslims is another important religion in the city which comprise above 13% of city population. Beside of these some other religions followed by city people are Christians, Jains, etc. Bangalorean celebrates lots of religious festivals throughout the year. Among these Dasara and Bangalore Karaga festivals are most popular in the city.

Some other important festivals of Bangalore are Ganesh Chaturthi, Ugadi, Sankranthi, Eid Ul-Fitr, and Christmas. Kannada film industry is very famous in Bangalore which produces about 81 Kannada movies per year. The literacy rate of Bangalore is better about 90%. And the lifestyle and the of the city is 10% of Bangalore's population lives in slums Bangalorean enjoy a peaceful life compared to other cities in India due to its healthy economy rate.

Attractions & Tourist spots in Bangalore

Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens is the most popular tourist spots in Bangalore. This garden covers an area of about 240 acres including a rare collection of 1854 species of plants. Winter is the best season to visit this garden when lots of lovely flowers blossom. Annually a flower show (January and August) is organized here. This garden is opened for all the day in a year and the day timing to visit this garden is 6 am to 7 pm. You have to pay a minimum charge to enter this garden.

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A Buddhist Sculpture at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bengaluru

Bangalore Vidhan Sabha was constructed in 1956 for state government purpose. It is a four floored building about 46 meters high and the superb architecture of the complex memorize you the ancient art of Dravidian culture. It also the largest legislative building in India consists of 300 rooms. The lighting up in every Sunday evening attracted many travelers to this building.

Tipu Sultan's Forts and Palaces is a historical site which attracted lots of tourists. The fort was constructed by Kempe Gowda during 1537 ad. After some year during the time period of Tipu Sultan's a beautiful palace was extended which mainly created by teakwood and decorated with beautiful floral patterns. Another attraction of the fort is a Ganapati temple in the fort.

Cubbon Park is one of the most popular spots in Bangalore located at Gandhi Nagar. It was built in 1864 by lord Cubbon with an area of 301 acre. You will find here about 6001 species of plants and lots of building house inside the garden. Some major attractions of the garden are Cheshire Dyer Memorial Hall, Ottawa Chatter, Museum, Century Club and the Press Club. Timings - 5:00 am to 8:00 pm all days in a week.

Ulsoor Lake: There have lots of lakes in Bangalore namely Ulsoor Lake, Bellandur Lake, Sankey Tank, Madiwala Lake, Lal Bagh Lake and Nagavara Lake, etc. Among these the Bellandur Lake is the largest covering an area of 1.5 sq km. But, the Ulsoor Lake is most popular in Bangalore due its boating facilities. It covers an area of 125 acres on the way of MG Road in East Bangalore. Timing - daily 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Nandi or Bull Temple: You will find lots of religious palace in Bangalore like Nandi or Bull Temple, Banashankari Temple, Kadu Mallikarjunaswamy, Gavi Gangaderashwara and Iskcon Temple. Nandi Temple is one of the most popular temples in Bangalore dedicated to lord Shiva. It is located at Basavanagudi. Bangalore Iskcon Temple is another important religious place located on Chord Road at Rajajinagar. This temple is dedicated to lord Krishna and it is a great example of Indian rich modern architecture.

Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum is famous for its technological excellence located on Kasturba Road. It is dedicated to great architect Sir M. Visvesvaraya. Major attractions of the museum are the mobile science exhibition, exhibitions on electronics, motor power and the uses and properties of wood and metal. This museum is an address of several galleries like, Engine hall Gallery, Electronic Technology Gallery, Paper Metals Gallery, Popular Science and Children’s' Gallery.

Bangalore Palace is architecture of about 111 years old located at the heart Bangalore city. It is standing on an area of 45001 sq ft. a beautiful garden is placed in front the Palace which give you an extra attraction to you.

Government Museum and Venkatappa Art Gallery is a modern creation of Karnataka State Government during 1887. You will find here some rare collections of coins, paintings and many ancient evidence of glorious Karnataka.

Some other major tourist attractions in and around Bangalore are Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, St. Marks Cathedral, Bal Bhavan, Bannerghatta National Park, Cutural Centers, Devarayandurga, Dodda Alada Mara, Mekedaatu, Muthyalamaduvu, Nrityagram Village, Ramanagaram, Ramohalli, etc.

How to reach Bangalore?

Bangalore transportation is very well by field of communication; airway, railway and roadway. Bangalore is directly connected to all of major cities of India, like Delhi, Madras, Chennai, Pune, Bombay, Calcutta, etc. Bangalore Railway Network comes under South Western Railway zone of India. Bangalore International Airport is used for both domestic and international flights.

Travel by Railways
There have two main rail stations in Bengaluru namely the Bengaluru City Railway Station and Yeswantpur Junction. Bengaluru City Railway Station is located at the heart of the city and it operates all trains (local and long-rooted) arrive/depart to/from the station. Yeswantpur Junction is located on NH No-4 and it operates only the long-rooted trains. Besides of this two more railway terminals located at the city namely these are Bengaluru East Station and Bengaluru Cantonment.

You will get regular train services from Madras (4 trains daily), Mysore (7 trains daily), Calcutta (twice in a week), Delhi (one train daily). Bengaluru Metro Rail Project (Namma Metro) is under-construction. A new metro root of 7 km long which is connected from Bayappanahalli to MG Road was started for public service from 20th October, 2011. After reaching to the Bangaluru City Railway Station, you can easily make your further journey to your destination with a bus which will be waited you just outside the Railway station.

Travel by Roadways
Bangalore roadway network is very well-connected by several state highway and national highways. The western region of Bangalore is connected to NH - 4 by the Tumkur Road. The North and south Bangalore is connected to NH - 7 respectively by Bellary road and Hosur Road. Ring Road is directly connected to the city Coimbatore. Ballapur road is connected to Yelahanka Town, Dasarakalli and the other important parts of Bangalore.

Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens

(Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, Bangalore, Karnataka)

Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC, govt. service) is the main bus operator which provides lots of local and long root buses. Some other bus operators of the city are Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, KPN Travels, Durgamba Motors, etc. The most important Bus terminal of Bangaluru located opposite the city railway station. It is called as Kempegowda Bus Station and it operates buses all type of buses.

Travel by Airways
Bengaluru International Airport is the chief airport of the city located in Devanahalli about 41 km away from city heart and about 31 km away from the City Railway Station. This airport was started up for people on 24th May, 2008. It is one of the busiest airports in India which is connected to about 51 destinations across the world including Indian cities. This airport is a host of 10 domestic airlines and 21 international airlines.

The airport operates about 421 flights landing and takes off in a week, among these about 50 are international. Last year, Bangalore airport handled more than 3 million passengers. Major cities of India like Deldi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, etc directly connected to Bangalore by the flights of Air India, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Sahara Airlines, etc. after reaching the airport you can hire a car to reach the city heart.

Hotels in Bangalore

Taj Residency (5 Star)
Mahatma Gandhi Road, Bangalore-560001
Phone: 080-56604444
The Taj West End (5 Star)
Race Course Road, Bangalore-560001
Phone: 080-56605660
The Leela Palace (5 Star)
Airport Road, Bangalore-560008
Phone: 080-25211234
Le Meridien (5 Star)
P.B. No. 174 (Karnataka), Bangalore-560052
Phone: 080-22262233
The Lalit Ashok Banglore Hotel (5 Star)
Kumarakrupa High Grounds, Bangalore-560001
Phone: 080-30527777
The Oberoi Bangalore Hotel (4 Star)
Mahatma Gandhi Road, Bangalore-560001
Phone: 080-25585858
Ista Hotel (4 Star)
Swâmi Vivekananda Road, Bangalore-560008
Phone: 080-25558888
Hotel Mahaveer (4 Star)
Tank Bund Road, Bangalore-560053
Phone: 080-22873670
Evoma Ômr Hotel (4 Star)
14 Old Madras Road, KR Puram, Bangalore-560049
Phone: 080-41903000
Regaalis Bangalore Hotel (4 Star)
Lavelle Road, Bangalore-560001
Phone: 080-41133111
Holiday Village Hotel (3 Star)
Kanakapura Road, Bangalore-560062
Phone: 080-28435384 / 0806563
Central Park Hotel (3 Star)
Manipal Centre, Dickenson Road, Bangalore-560042
Phone: 080-25584242
Mercure Inn Guestline Hotel (3 Star)
KIÁDB Industrial Area, Bangalore-562107
Phone: 080-7820430
Hotel Bangalore Gate (3 Star)
Kempe Gówda Road, Bangalore-560009
Phone: 080-22200111

General Information of Bangalore City

Country India
State Karnataka
District Bangalore
STD Code 080
ISD Code 009180
Best time to visit December To March
Bangalore City Population 8425972 (approx)
Bangalore City Area 740 sk. km.
Climate Summer - March to June.
Winter - late-November to February
Major Spoken languages Kannada, English and Hindi
Tourist enquiry in Bangalore Tourist Information
Department of Tourism
1st Floor, F Block, Cauvery Bhavan, K. G. Road
Telephone: 080-2215489

Tourism Information Counter
Bangalore Airport: 080-5268012
Railway Station: 080-2870068

Govt. of India Tourist Office
KSFC Building, 48, Church Street
Telephone: 080-558517.

Conducted Tours
Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation organizes (KSTDC)
Head Office-Tel: 080-2212901 / 2212902 / 2275883 / 2275869...