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Why fly to Bangalore?
Western companies have adopted Bangalore as their very own tech child. The city is the capital of Karnatka state and is a hot bed of innovation and technology with dozens of major Western companies hosting headquarters in the city.
The Lal Bagh botanical gardens are world renowned. The word lal means red and the gardens are named as such due to the red roses that are peppered throughout the greenery. You will find some rare species from France and Afghanistan in the gardens alongside lotus pools, picturesque walkways and an old rock formation called the Lal Bagh Rock.
Numerous old temples and palaces sit in the city with one of the most famous being Bull Temple which has a giant bull statue cared out of rock. The temple was built as an ode to Lord Shiva's bull.
Vidhana Soudha is a source of Bangalore pride. The giant granite structure was built in the mid 20th century and took four years to complete. The architecture is of the neo-Dravidian style and makes for an enormous and stunning sight.
The city's theater and music scene is alive with the sounds of traditional Kannada song. It is also home to a great classical Indian dance scene, and on any given weekend you can catch a show of one of the many styles that originate from different parts in India like Kathak or Bharat Natyam. On the other side of the musical coin is the thriving rock metal scene. Bangalore is known for its great underground music and in particular for bands that go from full on death metal to punk.
Bangalore cuisine is delicious and spicy, with spicy vegetarian curries offered on almost every restaurant menu as well as other local favorites like idli and dosa. Bhel Puri. have you ever lit your tongue ablaze with a spicy chili and and cooled it down all at the same time? Well, if you haven't then take the opportunity to do so in Bangalore with some fiery green chilli ice cream. The concoction can be found at a number of the ice creams shops dotted throughout the city and is made of vanilla ice cream and green chillies sans seeds. If you would try something traditional, the old kulfi-style cardamom-infused ice cream is just simply a heavenly comforting treat.
Bangalore is one of India's most modern cities but the old Indian traditions are alive and well. You will be welcomed like family and be treated as an important guest wherever you stay. For traditional India meets tech India, head to Bangalore.
Temperatures in Bangalore are always warm with the switch flipping to very hot in April and May. Average temperatures thorough spring and summer are in the low 30s during peak daylight hours. The winter numbers decline however it is still quite warm with temperatures in the low 20s. Monsoons arrive in the summer months and thrash the city well into October.
When to fly to Bangalore
The summer heat doesn't seem to bother travelers wanting to make their way to Bangalore with flight prices being especially high from June to July. December is also a busy time for visiting Bangalore with flight ticket prices generally soaring after the first week of the month.
Tourism to Bangalore slows down after the New Year. The first three months of the New Year are a great time to score yourself some flight tickets on the lower end of the retail scale.
Getting into Bangalore
Your gateway into Bangalore opens up at the Kempegowda International Airport, which was called the Bengaluru International Airport until December 2013. The airport has a 24-hour shuttle service covering 11 routes, one of which will surely get you to your destination. You can also grab a taxi from outside of the terminal and with the airport's promise that you won't have to wait more than five minutes for one, you will be town in a jiffy.
Getting around Bangalore
Once you are in the city you can use the city transit buses to get around within Bangalore and it you want to take a day trip outside of the city you can use the state bus service. A small stretch of the rail line, which is under construction, is open. Additionally, you can also use taxis.
- For a truly unusual sight, head to Ganesha temple where you will find a giant statue of the Ganesha deity made completely out of butter.
- Visit the 18thy century Tipu Sultan's Palace and Fort. This grand piece of work is made of timber and a tour inside will take back to the days of the great Mughals with exquisite furnishings and wall motifs and carvings.
- Take in a cricket game! When else will you have a chance to watch this sport, which is huge in India but hasn't quite made a smooth transition into North America. The premier league home team is the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and the matches are played at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
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