Although known as the IT hub of India,”Bangalore” is a city that still lives as a historically and culturally rich centre of the Indian state of Karnataka.
In India, names of places always have an interesting origin, so it is with Bangalore. The name”Bangalore” is an anglicized version of the original Kannada name, Benga-luru. Historical references to Bangalore predate 900 AD! The city popularly nicknamed as the ‘Silicon Valley of India’ is the nation’s third most populous city. Owing to its charm and wide range of opportunities, host of people visit Bangalore every year. Bangalore is well connected through road, rail and airways. The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) operates Bangalore bus timings and bus routes across and outside the city. Bangalore’s major bus depot is Majestic Bus Stand that connects the city to other neighboring cities and states.
If you are traveling to Bangalore this season then below are few things that you must keep in mind :
- Asking for a discount is part of the shopping experience. Prices are more or less fixed at most places. However, when shopping on the streets, bargaining is an expected and enjoyable pastime.
- In case you may want to return or exchange something you bought, please remember to keep your purchase bills.
- Carry lots of change (pennies) with you-it will always come handy.
- There are several places within the city where one could spend time shopping. The shops are tourist-friendly (check the silks – most of the country’s silk comes from this city). These markets also have emporiums that display authentic handicrafts by often unlettered and self-taught craftsmen. You may kill two birds with one stone: enhance rural employment and own some exquisite stuff.
- Bangalore Pubs are famous, would be putting it mildly. Pubs are an integral part of Bangalore’s nightlife. People usually visit pubs, relax in lounge bars, have fun in discos or simply go for a movie. Normally, pubs and discos in Bangalore take the last order until 10.30 p.m. after which, entry inside the premises is not allowed. Bars and pubs in Bangalore usually play theme-based music and very rarely will one find a Bangalore Pub playing all genres of music.
- Keep away from betting video arcades, pool parlors and bowling alleys. Betting here is illegal and if you play for wager (against our advice), watch out for sharks.
- Bangalore is a great place for those who love to try out different cuisines. From the traditional Indian food to exotic dishes, Bangalore’s restaurants offer a wide range of gastronomical fare!
- There are several destinations that are at a distance of stone’s throw from Bangalore as compared to other regions of the area like – srirangapatnam, mysore etc . Hence it is very much advisable to hop on that tourist bus and start your serendipity.
- Watch a cricket match, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium (near Cubbon Park). Chinnaswamy stadium is the home ground of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Royal Challengers Bangalore which is reputed for having a large, loyal, and loud fan following. IPL season typically is between March and May every year, matches are played in the evenings and last around 3 hours. Scour the daily newspapers for ticket information – note that tickets typically get sold out a week before.
- Bangalore literally has hundreds of fast food joints serving South Indian vegetarian food. They usually are identified with small round steel tables and diners standing around them having food. Dosas, idlis, vadas, curd rice, pulao, rice with sambar, lemon rice are usually standard fare.