Bangalore is my home and I love it. Well I’m sure everybody would say that but come on. I always considered Bangalore to be a mini New York. You can often hear conversations in five different languages in the same room at the same time. A city of soul, culture, fun and opportunities is always ready to receive you with open arms.
Where is Bangalore?
Bangalore or locally called Bengaluru is the capital of the south Indian state Karnataka in India. We are also popularly called silicon city and garden city. It’s an ever-growing metropolitan with a startup starting up at almost every corner.
What is Bangalore like?
Bangalore is a metropolitan city with an area of 741 square kilometer with 4.3 million residents. It has a pleasant weather throughout the year except for summer which keeps getting hotter every year. The locals are kind and easy to talk to and it’s easy to get around with a range of public transports from local buses, auto rickshaws, metro and cabs.
On weekdays people are busy at work and on the weekends the city comes to life with events, flea markets, plays and comedy shows. To get a true taste of what Bangalore has to offer you can attend one of these.
The official language of the state of Karnataka is Kannada. But the locals can also converse in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. If you find a local feel free to learn a sentence or two of Kannada.
What to see in Bangalore?
We have local city tours offered by the Karnataka tourism department but for those who like doing a little self discovery these are just a few of the popular sites:
Lal Bagh: Lal Bagh literally translates to red garden. It’s a big park in the centre of the city with its own lake and a peninsular gneiss. I live very close by and I love to take a morning walk around the lake when the air is fresh. Twice a year a flower show is conducted which attracts lakhs of people from around the city.
Gavi gangadeshwara temple: One of the must see places in Bangalore are the hindu temples. Their beautiful construction and sense of calmness is something to be experienced by everyone. Built in the 16th century Gavi gangadeshwara temple is very unique. It is a cave temple so you must duck down when you are inside the temple.
Dodda Ganeshana Gudi: This temple is situated inside the bugle rock park. There is a very large stone carved statue of Nandi which is a hindu demigod. This is unique to the hindus because it’s considered to be the biggest temple to Nandi in the world.
Tipu Sultan’s summer palace: This is a small palace like building which was built in Indo-Islamic style. This was the summer residence of Tipu Sultan who was one of the rulers of Bangalore.
Cubbon Park: Cubbon park is another park which is very big situated in the centre of the city. It houses the public library, museum, high court and statues of famous people.
Vidhana Soudha: Situated close to Cubbon park, Vidhana Soudha is the state legislative offices. You can catch a glimpse of it from the outside on your way to cubbon park.
Bangalore Palace: This is a gorgeous palace which was completed as recently as 1944. This belongs to the Mysore royal family. It’s really a sight to behold.
M.G. Road, Brigade road and commercial street: If you’re in the mood for some shopping these places are the go to destinations apart from the malls. Situated quite close to each other you can hop from one road to the other and score some cool sunglasses or superhero t-shirts or funky accessories at really affordable prices.
How to get to Bangalore?
Bangalore has an international airport called Kempegowda international airport. Railway stations are located in several places across the city. Bus stands with local buses or private air conditioned buses are also available.
General information and suggestions to know before you get here:
- Interact with the locals, we are a lovely bunch. Get information about what’s new and trending and immerse yourself in the local experience as much as possible.
- Flea markets are a popular trend in the city. You can find interesting creations from young startups. Some of the popular ones are Sunday soul santé, kitsch mandi and Chitra kala parishath to name a few.
- Even though many multiplex theatres have popped up in the city we still have many old timey theatres. Catch a kannada movie to get the complete local experience by whistling with the fans and dancing in your seats to the songs.
- Wear colorful, comfy clothes or just shop here for a kurtha and salwar for girls and kurtha pyjama for boys. These loose cotton garments are perfect for the Indian weather.
- Try the local south Indian cuisine in any local restaurant. The favorites are idly and sambar, dosa and chutney and akki roti for breakfast or full meals for lunch which includes rice, sambar, rasam, chapatti, palya and curds.
- Bangalore is a gastronomic city so you can find restaurants of all kinds of cuisines all around the city.
- Hangout in a café or a pub. Take a break to unwind and relax and hang around for as long as you want.
- If you ever travel in an auto rickshaw which is a three wheeled vehicle make sure you strike a conversation with the driver. Most of them love to talk and for all you know they might end up telling you their life story.
- Download uber app or ola app on your smartphone to book a cab. It’s fast and reliable and it’s convenient to get around.
- There are mosquitoes here so make sure you carry a patch or a cream to repel the mosquitoes. There are more in rainy season in the months of June, July and August.
I have lived here, in Bangalore all my life and there is something new to discover every day. I have seen it grow, expand and stretch tremendously in the past few years and it seems like it can endure anything thrown at it. Come here and let go and just let the city take you on a ride.