Overview Bangalore

Visiting Bangalore

The third largest city in India and the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, Bangalore is a massive metropolis where history and modernity mix in a fascinating blend of architecture, culture and entertainment.

Nicknamed the “Garden City”, Bangalore is home to the Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, 240 acres of beautifully manicured trees, shrubs and flowers, representing over 1,800 species from around the world. The city’s temples are also a sight to behold, from the humble but centuries-old splendor of the Venkataramanaswamy Temple to the massive and modern statue of Shiva at the Shiva Temple.

Shopping options abound here, from the three-story Bangalore Central Mall, to stores and stalls lining the busy M.G. Road, also... Read More
The third largest city in India and the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, Bangalore is a massive metropolis where history and modernity mix in a fascinating blend of architecture, culture and entertainment.

Nicknamed the “Garden City”, Bangalore is home to the Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, 240 acres of beautifully manicured trees, shrubs and flowers, representing over 1,800 species from around the world. The city’s temples are also a sight to behold, from the humble but centuries-old splendor of the Venkataramanaswamy Temple to the massive and modern statue of Shiva at the Shiva Temple.

Shopping options abound here, from the three-story Bangalore Central Mall, to stores and stalls lining the busy M.G. Road, also home to plenty of excellent restaurants and nightlife.

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Stories and Tips Bangalore

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The Bangalore Literature Festival: Books, books, and more books

Written by phileasfogg on 06 Nov, 2013

Talking at one of the sessions ('The anatomy of literature festivals') at the Bangalore Literature Festival, a writer referred to the sudden proliferation of literary festivals in India as "let a million flowers bloom", which is really what this festival is: another one, following in…Read More


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Hanging Around with Taxi Drivers

Written by koshkha on 20 Aug, 2010

Finding ourselves in Bangalore on a Sunday we discovered that it was astonishingly quiet for a large Indian city. The normal 'open all hours' culture didn't seem to apply and many of the shops and attractions were closed. We checked our guidebooks, pulled together a…Read More


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Train Journey in South India

Written by am331 on 21 Feb, 2006

We boarded the train in Mangalore for a trip down south, through Kerala and Tamil Nadu! It’s spectacular, and it’s no wonder why it is quickly becoming the new tourist hot-spot. Our overnight train journey dropped us off in Ernakulam (very close to Cochin). We…Read More


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Kunya Kumari

Written by am331 on 21 Feb, 2006

This town is located on the southernmost tip of the Indian subcontinent, approximately 250km south of Alapuzha. It is located in Tamil nadu. It takes a looooong time to get here, but is well worth the trip. It makes a great final destination for any…Read More


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Thekkady

Written by am331 on 21 Feb, 2006

This town is located approximately 100km south of Munnar, and was our next stop. It is very popular among European tourists; the majority are German, Italian, French, and British. The main attraction is Periyar Wild Life Reserve.The most popular part of the reserve is the…Read More


Lapping it up in 'The Food Street'

Written by sabesan on 25 Nov, 2008

Bangalore was always known to me for its eating joints all over the places and since i had not travlled much, i could go out only to a couple of places. However, this time, i found time and decided to check 'The food street' (Can…Read More


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Alapuzha

Written by am331 on 21 Feb, 2006

This town is located on the west coast, approximately 100km south and west of Thekkady. Its main attraction is taking a houseboat along the Kerala backwaters. Just like Thekkady, it is very popular among European tourists. The boarding time is in the morning, at about…Read More


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Munnar

Written by am331 on 21 Feb, 2006

Approximately 100km east of Erunakalam/Kochi, this is a lovely hill station town, nestled in the southern reaches of the western ghats. High in the mountains, it makes a great getaway location. It is most easily accessible by Jeep/SUV. The mountain roads are narrow and winding,…Read More


The Hunt for the Elusive Sherwani

Written by Oncearunner on 27 Aug, 2005

I was on a 16-day trip to 10 cities in India. One of my students, Saad, who lived in Bangalore, was to help me get a sherwani. By the way, a sherwani is a formal suit of clothing used for special occasions. Well, first…Read More


English: The Indian Edition

Written by Kamla Srinivasan on 10 Apr, 2005

The first thing that strikes you when you land in India is that English is spoken a little differently here. It used to be that the Queen's English was spoken, but now we are in the midst of a transition and are quickly replacing that…Read More


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