Bangalore, officially known as
Bengaluru, is one of the most hip and happening cities in India and
also a major center of the I.T. industry.
How to go Bangalore.
The long-awaited new Bangalore International Airport (IATA: BLR) at
Devanahalli, 44 km (27 mi) north of downtown Bangalore, finally
opened in May 2008. The airport is among India's busiest and most
modern, with direct flights to many major European and Asian
destinations. Notable international flights are from Frankfurt on
Lufthansa , from Singapore on Singapore Airlines , Indian Airlines
and Tiger Airways , from Kuala Lumpur (KL) on Malaysian Airlines ,
from London on British Airways , from Dubai on Emirates and
Indian Airlines , from Paris on Air France , Bangkok on Thai Airways
, Hong Kong on Dragonair .
Domestic flights are also plentiful. Indian Airlines , now part
of Air India, connects Bangalore with all parts of the country, as
do private competitors Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines . Paramount Airways is a startup business-class only
airline, with service to Chennai and other southern cities.
Kingfisher Red , previously known as Air Deccan is a popular no
frills airline that operates to most cities and large towns. Other
no-frill airlines that operate from Bangalore include Go Air,
Jet lite and SpiceJet .
Bangalore has two major railway terminals. The Bangalore City (IR
station code : SBC) railway station is situated in the heart of the
city, around the Majestic Bus stand. Most trains, both local and
long-distance, arrive and depart from here. The other terminal is
Yeswantpur Junction (IR station code : YPR) located on NH-4 (Tumkur
Road). A few (mostly long-distance) trains arrive and depart from
Bookings can be done at either the railway stations or at the Indian
Railways booking counters located in major residential areas.
Booking can also be done online . Note that if you are booking
at Bangalore City and are traveling to Mysore, there is a separate
counter for travellers to Mysore. This is to cater for the large
amount of travelers between Bangalore and Mysore. If travelling to
Mysore on a Sunday afternoon, arrive early as there is usually a
long line for buying tickets!
If you have difficulty in arranging a plane or railway ticket to
your next destination, or you prefer a little more adventure, you
can go by bus. There are both government and private busses that run
services to major nearby cities like Mumbai, Goa, Chennai,
Mangalore, Coimbatore, Madurai etc. Buses can be a normal luxury
bus, a Volvo A/C bus or a sleeper bus for night travel. Some bus
operators like Karnataka State Road Transport Corpration / redBus / / Ticketkaran
/ Raj National Express /KPN Travels .
Driving in India can be very stressful. Use of the horn is mandatory
in all situations. Lane discipline is practically nonexistent, and
games of chicken, combined with razor thin passing margins are
common. One ride in a taxi will most likely convince you that
driving yourself is not worth the risk, so if you do want to arrive
by car you'll probably want to hire both a car and a driver. Cost
varies, but most car/driver combinations cost Rs 1400 to Rs
1700/day. Depending on where you are coming from, you may be able to
negotiate a lower fare if the trip isn't far, and it may be a higher
fare if you are traveling far and your driver has to travel back on
his own time. Be aware that Bangalore can get quite hot during the
day, even in the winter. Although it costs more, consider requesting
an air conditioned car if you aren't used to the heat. An "Air Con"
car will also help filter out the air pollution, which is
considerable, especially on congested roadways. If you want
something even more special, such as a fancy car or SUV, be prepared
to pay extra.
Get around & Sightseeing.
Buses in Bangalore are cheap and usually frequent, but traveling on
them can be very difficult if you don't know the system well.
Ordinary city buses display only the route number in English, with
the destination and route information written in Kannada. This means
you will have to know what route number you need before you get on,
which you can find from the BMTC website, Bus Routes or by
asking locals. Unlike many Western countries, posted route maps of
the bus system are rare, although maps are sold at the main bus
terminals (Kempegowda Bus Stand and Shivajinagar).
The taxis in Bangalore are very convenient and comfortable. Most of
the vehicles are Maruti Omni Vans or Tata Indica cars, which are
much safer than Auto rickshaws, and the drivers are polite. If you
are alone or going to an unknown destination, you are strongly
advised to choose this option, even though the rates will be double
that of an auto. Most taxi companies will charge a flat rate of Rs
150 for a pick-up and drop from anywhere to anywhere within city
limits. Waiting or return trips will be charged extra, as will a lot
of heavy luggage.
All Bangalore Hotels
Bangalore Hotels by surrounding cities, local city
Jaya Nagar - JP Nagar***
Whitefield - Old Airport Road***
M.G. Road - Residency Road***
Gandhi Nagar - City Station