Bangalore (Bengaluru), India: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

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Bangalore, aka Bengaluru is a capital city of Karnataka state. Bangalore is the third largest city in India. Bangalore is the center of Indian IT industry, called Silicon Valley. Bangalore houses most Indian high tech industries. The population of this city equals 8.42 million people. The time-zone is UTC +5.30. The official language is Kannada. Many people can speak English and Hindi, though. This city has a variety of different IT companies, big malls, restaurants, pubs, tourist attractions and historical sights.

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Climate

Bangalore's climate is rather mild. And compared to the other parts of the country not so hot. The hottest temperatures occur from April to May (during summer – from February to May). Winter comes in November and lasts to January. The temperature can fall up to 12 °C (54 °F). The rainiest months are June, July and August. The coldest one is December. With the average temperature 15 °C (59 °F).

Getting There

AIR

KempeGowda International Airport is 40km away from Bangalore city center. It is one of the busiest and most developed Indian airports. It has 50 links connecting this airport with places in India and abroad. Nearly 30 airlines function there. To get to the city people can take a bus. Buses go every 15 minutes. Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is their main operator. There's a big variety of taxis and car rentals at the airport. Most popualt taxi services are Classic Cabs India and taxicab. Prepaid taxi-providers are Hertz, Carzonrent and Akbar Travels. Many hotels offer a pick-up from the airport.

TRAIN

Train travel is rather cheap in India. The main railway station is The Bangalore City railway station. Most trains are accessible here. It is located in the city center, across the Kempegowda Bus Station. Booking can be done both at a railway station and online. Smaller and less busy terminals are Yeshwantpur Junction (Tumkur Road), Bangalore East and Bangalore Cantonment.

BUS

Kempe Gowda (Kempegowda Bus Station) is the main bus station. It connects Bangalore with most south Indian destinations. There is a wide range of private and state buses. Buses go to Mumbai, Goa, Madurai, Chennai, Mangalore, Coimbatore, Tirupati and Hyderabad.