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Bengaluru, India: Overview
Nicknamed Silicon Valley of India because of the abundance of the IT and IT-enabled companies in the city, Bengaluru is one of the most-visited and cosmopolitan cities in India.
The earliest records of a place named “Bengaluru” are found in a ninth-century temple in an area now known as “Old Bangalore”.
Legend has it that when the feudal lord Kempe Gowda was once hunting rabbits in the area, a rabbit appeared and attacked his dog. This made a great impression on Gowda and he named the place gandu bhoomi (the place of heroes). In 1537, with the assistance of the local king, he constructed three districts protected by a walled fort on the site.
Bangalore has a tropical savanna climate (Köppen climate classification Aw) with distinct wet (May to October) and dry seasons (November to April). Due to its high elevation 920 meters or 3,020 ft, the city enjoys a more moderate climate throughout the year. Occasional heat waves can make summer somewhat uncomfortable.
Airport in Bengaluru
Bengaluru International Airport
Official Name: Kempegowda International Airport
Airport Code: BLR
Location: The airport is 25 miles or 40 kilometres north of the city near the village of Devanahalli
Hub For: AirAsia India, Alliance Air, IndiGo, Go Air, Star Air
Focus City For: Air India, SpiceJet
Interesting Facts: Kempegowda Airport is the third-busiest airport by passenger traffic in the country, behind the airports in Delhi and Mumbai, and is the 29th busiest airport in Asia.
Carriers Operating Flights to Bengaluru from USA
There are multiple airlines operating flights to Bangalore from USA cities. Top carriers and their connection airports are as follows:
- Qatar Airways (1-Stop, Doha, DOH
- Etihad Airways (1-Stop, Abu Dhabi, AUH)
- Emirates (1-Stop, Dubai – DXB)
- United (1-Stop, Frankfurt, FRA)
- KLM (1-stop, Amsterdam, AMS
Best Time to Visit Bengaluru
Bengaluru is well known for its moderate and comfortable weather that stays within the pleasant range almost all year round. However, most travelers recommend October to February (the winter months) to be the best for booking flight tickets to Bengaluru and exploring the magnificence of this city. Although the nights during these months do get chilly (15°C or 60°F), you can check out the amazing lakes and gardens of Bengaluru with perfect ease as the temperatures hover around 25°C or 77°F. If you do not like rain or are planning more of an outdoorsy trip to the city, avoid buying an air ticket to Bengaluru for monsoon season (May to September).
Top Places to Visit in Bengaluru
1. Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens
Lal Bagh is a 240-acre lush green paradise in the heart of this bustling metropolis. The place even has an amazing aquarium and a glass house that dates back to 1889, designed in the image of the iconic Crystal Palace of London. The place hosts many flower shows and is the favorite haunt of families and picnic-goers of the city.
2. Bannerghatta National Park
Looking to enjoy an up-close and personal experience with the wild? Head over to this forest reserve in Bengaluru that offers a butterfly conservatory, animal rescue center, zoo and even a safari park for you to explore. This is your place to closely observe elephants in their natural habitat – a rare sight to come across.
3. Tipu Sultan’s summer palace
Explore the lifestyle and affluence of Indian royalty here at Tipu Sultan’s summer palace. The place offers in-depth insights into the tumultuous past of Karnataka with an array of historical exhibits as well as a chance for you to check out the ornate and beautiful Indo-Islamic architecture of the palace.
4. Wonderla Bengaluru
If you are traveling to Bengaluru with children or are an adventure-junkie by heart, Wonderla will be your perfect getaway in this city. Thrilling roller coaster rides, an awesome ferris wheel, water rides and a slew of virtual reality experiences await you here at one of the most popular amusement parks of South India.
Top dining and nightlife Options
This classic restaurant in Bengaluru is well known for the authentic and exciting South Indian delicacies served by the chefs here. Coastal dishes like kaju kothimbir vadi, meen elaittaad, pachakkari stew, avial, milagu fry, meen pollichatu, patrade and mavinakayi menaskai are showcased here at Karavalli – a restaurant that is now close to its 25th year of existence.
Cost of a meal for two: $45 and above
Customer rating* (Google): 4.4/5.0 stars based on 444 reviews
2. Persian Terrace
Check out this awesome Middle Eastern food joint in Bengaluru that offers cabana seating, rooftop open-air setting and a very Arabian-Nights-like flair in its ambience. The food served here includes popular Middle Eastern classics like mezzes, pilafs, kebabs and more.
Cost of a meal for two: $29 and above
Customer rating* (Google): 4.2/5.0 stars based on 119 reviews
3. Toit Brewpub
This grubby, shabby, cozy little place to hangout is one of the most popular pubs of Bengaluru. Their in-house microbrewery offers naturally crafted beers, awesome food and even brewery tours so you can watch beer being made in front of your eyes.
Cost of a meal for two: $29 and above
Customer rating* (Google): 4.5/5.0 stars based on 18,382 reviews
This is the nightclub that young, IT-Savvy, enterprising crowd of Bengaluru loves to enjoy at. Stylish décor, awesome food, a carefully selected array of spirits and thumping music make a night at the I-Bar even more fun and exciting. Head over to this club for a one-on-one with the amazing nightlife of Bengaluru.
Cost of entry: $21 and above per person
Customer rating* (Google): 4.0/5.0 stars based on 225 reviews
Top Shopping Choices
1. MG Road
This is your place to check out the street-shopping-scene of Bengaluru. Sandalwood, Rosewood and brass-made decorative items along with fashion clothing and accessories are available here for sale with the street-side vendors, make-shift stalls as well as high end showrooms here at MG Road.
2. Chickpet Market
A visit to this glorious cloth market is obligatory when you are on a trip to Bengaluru. The place houses the largest collection of sarees in the city, available in all kinds of styles, designs, patterns, prints and colors. No matter what the occasion, you HAVE to shop here if your plans are to look stunning in a gorgeous piece of Indian ethnic-wear.
3. Gandhi Bazar
All the spices that you think India is famous for will be available for sale at affordable rates here at Gandhi Market. The place is the best place to shop for flowers, local condiments, masalas, fruits and veggies. If you are a foodie or consider yourself to be a cook of any degree, this market will feel like heaven to you.
4. Avenue Street
Everything from high end bookstores to street-side sellers have set up shop here at Avenue Street. This is the place where you will find the best and rarest of reads to carry with you on your India trip. Don’t worry about language either – the shops here sell books from all over the world.
Top Hotels to Stay in Bengaluru
1. The Oberoi Bengaluru
A 5-star property with award winning gardens, centuries-old trees and amazingly comfortable rooms and facilities – the Oberoi hotel has it all when it comes to luxurious living. Conveniently located just a few kilometers away from M.G. Road, Brigade Road and Commercial Street, this hotel is the first choice of travelers visiting Bengaluru.
Location: Mahatma Gandhi Road
Distance from airport: 36km by road from BLR
Guest rating* (booking.com): 9.3/10.0 on booking.com
Fares (booking.com): $171
2. Backpacker Panda Bengaluru
A Paradise for backpackers visiting the city on a budget, this 2-star hostel offers dorm-style accommodation, clean and spacious interiors, free WiFi and even a shared kitchen and dining facilities. Its location makes it the perfect option for travelers looking to check out the pubs, restaurants and nightlife of Bengaluru.
Distance from airport: 37km by road from BLR
Guest rating* (booking.com): 9.1/10.0 on booking.com
Fares (booking.com): $9
Another 2-star budget hotel that offers single and double rooms as well as dormitory style accommodation and even offers a garden and shared lounge for you to relax in. The hotel is located at walking distance from Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park, Bangalore Palace and Chinnaswamy stadium.
Location: Vasanth Nagar
Distance from airport: 32km by road from BLR
Guest rating* (booking.com): 9.5/10.0 on booking.com
Fares (booking.com): $25
4. The Ritz Carlton Bengaluru
One of the most luxurious hotels in the city, The Ritz Carlton offers unbelievable comforts for travelers including a swimming pool, free WiFi, steam and sauna facilities as well as awesome wine-and-dine options on-property. This 5-star hotel is located just 1.5kms away from the famous Lal Bagh of Bengaluru.
Location: Residency Road
Distance from airport: 35km by road from BLR
Guest rating (booking.com)*: 9.1/10.0 on booking.com
Fares (booking.com): $147
Note: *Ratings are subject to change based on reviews