Bengaluru (also called Bangalore) is the capital of India's southern state of Karnataka. It is a booming city and considered among the world’s top ten fastest growing cities with an average economic growth rate of 8.5 percent, fifth largest and the fastest growing city in Asia and the fastest-growing Indian metropolis after New Delhi. The megacity is home to well over twelve million people and third most populous city in India after Mumbai and Delhi. There are a number of expats from across the world living in the city, thanks to the growing presence of multi-national companies ( MNCs ).
A well-planned city, with tree-lined avenues, a large number of parks, gardens, trees and lakes, Bengaluru is aptly nicknamed the Garden City. Bengaluru is even gaining the status of `Floriculture Capital of India’ due to the blossoming of flower exports from the city. The city was also once notably called Pensioners’ Paradise and today it is famously known as the `Silicon Valley of India’ or `IT capital of India’ because of its position as the nation's leading IT exporter and highest number of industries in IT & ITES sector. And the recent distinction is as `Start-up capital of India’ & it has gained second position globally as city suitable for the launch of Tech start-ups.
A demographically diverse city, Bengaluru is a major economic and cultural hub with its multi-ethnic, multi-religious, and cosmopolitan character. A testament to the amalgamation of different cultures and faiths in Bengaluru is reflected by the highest concentration of Temples, Churches and Mosques.
Kannada is the official language of Bengaluru but the city is multi-cultural and multilingual. English & Hindi are also commonly spoken and understood.
Bengaluru is located on the Deccan Plateau at an elevation of over 900 m (3,000 ft) above sea level, which is the highest among India's major cities. The high altitude explains Bengaluru’s lovely weather with pleasant summers, cooling showers and romantic, chilly winters. But no weather goes to its extreme. One can visit the city any time of the year and enjoy the pleasant climate. The monsoons begin in July and carries on till September. This is a lovely time when everything turns lush green. The city has a lot of greenery with trees lined up along both sides of most of the roads. The numerous gardens and parks, streets lined with trees are very soothing in what would have been a jungle of concrete. The average temperature during September hovers between C 190 to 280, may be with some showers. Most of the rainfall occurs during late afternoon / evening or night and rain before noon is infrequent. About 85% of the rainfall is recorded between 4 and 7 in the evening. Hence carrying an umbrella would be a wise thing to do.
Average high °C (°F) 28.6 (83.5)
Average low °C (°F) 19.8 (67.6)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 212.8 (8.38)
Bengaluru ( BLR ) is well-connected internationally to all the major destinations across the globe and domestically to all the major cities & towns of India. Named after the founder of Bengaluru, Kempe Gowda, the city is served by Kempegowda International Airport ( KIA ) located at about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the city centre. The airport started operations from 2008 and is a private airport managed by a consortium. KIA became Karnataka's first fully solar powered airport and is third-busiest airport in India after Delhi and Mumbai in terms of passenger traffic and the number of air traffic movements (ATMs) and is the 29th busiest airport in Asia. It served 33.30 million passengers in the calendar year 2018-19 with over 600 aircraft movements a day.
Taxis / cabs and air conditioned Volvo buses named Vayu Vajra operated by Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation ( BMTC ) connect the airport to various parts of the city. This premium airport bus service offers specially designed buses with a dedicated space to easily carry any sized luggage. ( For more details refer Local Transport given below )
Bengaluru is also connected by rail to most cities in Karnataka as well as other metros like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and other major cities in India. Bengaluru is a divisional headquarters in the South Western Railway zone of the Indian Railways. There are four major railway stations in the city: Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna railway station, Bangalore Cantonment railway station, Yeshwantapur railway station and Krishnarajapuram railway station.
The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operates buses connecting Bangalore with other parts of Karnataka as well as other neighbouring states. The main bus depots are the Kempegowda Bus Station (popularly known as Majestic Bus Station), from where most of the out station buses ply from. Some of the KSRTC buses to Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala ply from Shantinagar Bus Depot, Mysore Road Satellite Bus Station and Baiyappanahalli satellite bus station. There are also a number private bus operators running buses to different parts of the state & rest of the country. Shantinagar Bus Station is the nearest bus station to APSWC 2019 venues, i.e. CHRIST and NIMHANS.
Buses operated by Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) are an important and reliable means of public transport available in the city. While commuters can buy tickets on boarding these buses, BMTC also provides an option of daily pass and monthly bus pass to frequent users. BMTC runs air-conditioned luxury buses on major routes and also operates shuttle services from various parts of the city to Kempegowda International Airport ( KIA ). From the airport, Route No. 7 i.e. KIA 7 passes through CHRIST and NIMHANS, the venues of APSWC 2019. The BMTC also has a mobile app that provides real-time location of a bus using the global positioning system of the user's mobile device.
The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL), a purely state funded project by the Government of Karnataka, built and operates the Namma Metro, also known as Bengaluru Metro. It is a rapid transit system serving the city of Bengaluru. It also contains the first underground metro line in South India. Namma Metro services operate daily between 05:00 and 23:00 running with a headway varying between 4–20 minutes. The trains are composed of three to six cars and the metro network consists of two colour-coded lines.
Three-wheeled, green and yellow or yellow and black auto-rickshaws referred to as autos are a popular form of public transport. They are metered and can accommodate up to three passengers.
Taxi / Cab service within Bengaluru is provided by several operators namely Ola, Uber, Meru, KSTDC Airport Taxis, etc. These taxis are commonly called City Taxis and are usually available only on call. Taxis are metered and are generally more expensive than auto-rickshaws.
At some busy locations in the city as well as railway stations, bus stations and airport, pre-paid auto and taxi counters are available.
The Indian Rupee (sign: ₹; code: INR) is the official currency of India. The rupee is subdivided into 100 paise (singular paisa), though as of 2018, coins of denomination of 50 paise or half rupee is the lowest value in use.
currently circulating banknotes are in denominations of ₹5, ₹10, ₹20, ₹50 and ₹100 from the Mahatma Gandhi Series, in denominations of ₹10, ₹20, ₹50, ₹100, ₹200, ₹500 and ₹2,000 from the Mahatma Gandhi New Series.
VISA & MasterCard are widely accepted all over India. Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are easily accessible (24/7) for withdrawing cash.
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The city has offices of the Consulate General of Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Israel, Netherlands & Switzerland, Consulates of Benin, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Czech Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia, North Macedonia, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname and Peru. It also has a Trade Office of Belgium and Denmark, British Deputy High Commission and a virtual Consulate of the United States
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An imposing edifice housing the State Legislature and the Secretariat of Karnataka, this is one of the best known landmarks of Bangalore.
Overlooking Vidhana Soudha is this red brick and stone building in the Graeco-Roman style of architecture. It houses the state High Court.
Take a stroll in this 240-acre park, which is home to India’s largest collection of rare tropical and subtropical plants, as well as many centuries-old trees. It contains one of Kempegowda’s watch towers, a surreal lawn surrounded by Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, an ornamental clock, a beautiful lake, a topiary park, a charming wooden bandstand and a glasshouse modelled on London’s Crystal Palace.
Cubbon Park provides Bangaloreans with over 300 acres of sprawling greenery in the heart of the city. The park houses the State Library, an impressive, red Gothic structure, and is dotted with fountains, statues, flowering trees and shady groves.
This museum is dedicated to the memory of Sir M Visveswaraya, the architect of modern Karnataka. It provides a brief history of technological development in the country, and houses many technical inventions.
Acclaimed as one of the oldest museums in the country, it houses an amazing collection of archaeological items such as stone carvings, pottery, paintings, coins, sculptures and inscriptions.
Marvel at India’s first and only aviation museum which has a large collection of aircraft models, photographs, fighter planes, and helicopters. There are also aircraft simulators, a mock air traffic control tower and an aero modeling club, besides a reference library at this centre established by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
Built in an ornate architectural style, the Krishna Temple is a blend of modern technology and spiritual harmony.
Enjoy an idyllic afternoon by this lake, which is dotted with picturesque islets. Boating facilities are also available here. Sankey Boat Club The ideal place for lazy boat rides and leisurely walks on breezy evenings.
Spread over an area of 3.5 acres, this historic heritage mansion was transformed from a residency into a museum, with a display space of 1551 sq. m. The heritage building has been supplemented by a new Gallery Block, which adds a display space of 1260 sq. m. It is also equipped with a refurbished auditorium, a reference library, a cafeteria, and a museum shop cum facilitations block. It houses paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings from the late 18th century. It also displays works by famous Indian artists like Raja Ravi Varma, Amritha Shergil, Ravindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy and also works of other international artists.
View the colourful swirling fountains dancing in tune to music.
The planetarium is perfect for star gazing. Watch ‘The Sky Theatre Show’ unfold the marvels of the universe, planets and the solar system.
A majestic 5-storey mosque located in the heart of Bangalore’s City market area, the Jamia Masjid is the largest mosque in the city. Its sprawling interiors, with pure white marble from Rajasthan, can accommodate a staggering 10,000 worshippers at a time.
Established in the year 1979 by Rev. Dr. Lourduswamy, the then Archbishop of Bangalore, the church draws huge crowds on Thursdays, the day dedicated to Infant Jesus.