Bengaluru is a beautiful city located along the Deccan Plateau in the south-western part of the Indian state of Karnataka. Legend has it that Bengaluru got its name after an old woman served cooked pulses to a lost and hungry Hoysala king. Touched by her hospitality, he named the place “Benda Kaal Ooru” which translates to “Town of Boiled Beans”.
Today, as a large city and a growing metropolis, it is known as the Silicon Valley of India because of its position as the nation's leading IT hub. Thanks to the growing presence of multinational companies, Bengaluru attracts people from all corners of the country and also boasts of a growing number of foreign nationals, making it both demographically and culturally diverse.
Situated at a height of 900m above sea level, Bengaluru usually enjoys a more moderate climate throughout the year. In summer, the maximum temperatures can rise to 36°C while the minimum temperatures can drop to 20°C. In winter, the maximum temperatures can rise to 27°C and fall to less than 17°C. Extreme weather, if any, is an exception, not a norm. Hence, one can visit the city any time of the year.
Bengaluru prides itself on its modern outlook and tolerance. A constant influx of people from diverse backgrounds has created a fusion of the traditional and the modern, of the old and the new. This can be vividly experienced in every aspect of Bengaluru’s culture. Performing arts like Carnatic music, Bharatnatyam and Yakshagana plays attract crowds, and so does the city’s dazzling nightlife. Furthermore, Bengaluru is known for its eclectic cuisine and the city has a lot to offer in terms of variety in food choices.
Public transport is both affordable and efficient. There are two metro lines and a great network of public buses connecting the length and breadth of the city. However, the most convenient form of transport is Uber or our local version, Ola. City buses and metro services start at 6:00 a.m. and run until 10:30 p.m.
Things you must experience in Bengaluru:
1. Food Addicts
Don’t miss trying the famous, mouth-watering, crispy, golden-brown “butter masala dose” at Vidhyarthi Bhavan, a heritage south Indian vegetarian restaurant started in 1943 as a small students’ eatery.
Thindi Beedi (Food Street) at VV Puram is a lively place to try many varieties of south Indian vegetarian cuisine. The options available are many- bajjis to holiges to name a few. If you enjoy Mughlai and Middle Eastern cuisine, the street food outlets in Sivajinagar are a must-try. Visit the Abdul Lateef Paya Shop to try Paya, a soup-like dish made of meat, slow-cooked in a wooden oven all through the night, and served with locally made bread.
2. Performing Arts
Witness the splendid theatre performance at Ranga Shankara, a vibrant, inclusive space for theatre and theatre lovers in the city of Bengaluru. After all, who doesn’t like to listen to great storytellers?
Visit Nrityagram Dance Village for a never before seen experience of Indian classical dance forms including Odissi, Mohiniattam, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Manipuri.
Blossoms book house is a booklover’s paradise and Bengaluru’s favourite book store. It has three floors and a wealth of second-hand books ranging from typical coffee-shop books about furniture and home décor to travelogues, rare comics, old books on local history, culture and tradition. The nostalgic smell of books there is addictive.
Try bar-hopping at Indiranagar, a place with more than four hundred pubs, to experience the dazzling night life of Bengaluru. Pubs are usually open till 1 a.m.
5. The City Architecture
Bangalore Fort, Bangalore Palace, Mayo hall, Vidhana Soudha, Attara Kacheri are splendid buildings, each with a unique story to tell. An evening stroll through the city will make you fall in love with the city for sure.
6. Shopping spree at Brigade road
For those who love to shop, Brigade Road is the place to go to. Going there on a shopping spree is always enjoyable. The crowd and chaos has a certain charm to it. Cauvery, Karnataka’s handicraft shop is a great place to buy souvenirs for your friends and family. Commercial street and Chickpet are some other shopping destinations with great footfall.
7. Grand old places of worship
The Bull temple, Kote Venkataramana Temple, Ranganathaswamy temple, St. Mary's Basilica are some of the grand old places of worship to visit. Please be mindful of your choice of clothing when you visit places of worship. Revealing clothing and public displays of affection are seen as a sign of disrespect.