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- Bangalore is a huge city with several district articles containing sightseeing, restaurant, nightlife and accommodation listings — have a look at each of them.
Bangalore  (Kannada: ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು), also known as Bengaluru, is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is India's third-largest city with an estimated population of 8,425,970 million (2011).
In a recent survey, conducted by the global HR consultancy Mercer, Bangalore was voted the most liveable city in India, beating Mumbai , Chennai , New Delhi and Kolkata..In terms of cleanliness, Bangalore ranks 12th in India.
Once called the "Garden City of India" and the "Pensioner's Paradise", these epithets no longer apply to Bangalore, which is now a large, cosmopolitan city with diminishing green spaces and a large working population. Bangalore is the major center of India's IT industry, popularly known as the Silicon Valley of India.
The earliest records of a place named 'Bengaluru' are found in a 9th century temple in an area that is now known as 'Old Bangalore'.
Legend has it that the feudal lord Kempe Gowda was once hunting in this area, a rabbit turned and attacked his dog. This made a great impression on Gowda and he gave the place a title of gandu bhoomi (the place of heroes) and in 1537, with the assistance of the local king, he constructed three districts protected by a walled fort on the site.
During the next three centuries, Bangalore existed very much in the shadow of its neighboring city Mysore, and control of the town changed hands many times. The year 1831 marked a major turning point for the city. Claiming misrule by the king Krishna Raja Wodeyar III, the British took control of the Mysore Kingdom and, possibly influenced by the city's salubrious climate, moved the administrative capital to Bangalore. New telecommunication systems were laid, rail connections built, fine government buildings constructed, and the city's famous parks and gardens established. After independence, Bangalore maintained its position as the Karnataka state capital, and continues to flourish.
For many years, Bangalore was known throughout India as the most green, liberal and forward-thinking city. In recent years, these attributes have propelled Bangalore to the forefront of the high-tech industry boom in India, and it currently ranks as India's most developed city and one of the world's fastest growing urban areas.
The name Bangalore appears to come from an Anglicisation of the native name "Bengaluru" - an adaptation of the earlier name in Kannada: Benda Kaalu Uru (The Town of Boiled Beans). Apparently this rather humble name was bequeathed to the city by King Vira Ballala. Once while lost in the area, he was offered boiled beans by an old woman, and it was out of gratitude that he named the area after this simple offering.
- Garden City of India
- Silicon Valley of India
- Pensioners' Paradise
- IT capital of India
- Pub city
Unlike other parts of India which are extremely hot in the summer months, Bangalore enjoys a relatively mild climate year round.
- Summer - February to May (peak temperature is during April and May)
- Monsoon - June to October (the heaviest rains are typically between June and August)
- Winter - November to January (with December being the coldest month)
Summer temperatures can reach upto 36°C (97°F) and early morning temperatures in the winter hovers around 12°C (54°F).
Being the capital of Karnataka, the official language in Bangalore is Kannada. However, most people are also able to speak Hindi, Urdu or English. Other Indian languages such as Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tulu, and Konkani are also spoken by the respective migrant communities.
Most retail transactions in the city are conducted in English, as are most signs written in English alongside Kannada.
Basic Kannada knowledge will come very handy, while dealing with work groups like roadside vendors, maids. However most shop owners, auto drivers, bus conductors and utility service providers can converse in basic English , Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, if required.
To greet in Kannada, say "Namaskara"
To ask, "How are you?" in Kannada, say "Hegidira"
To tell, "I am fine." in Kannada say "Channagidini"
To ask, "How much?" in Kannada say "Eshtu"
To say, "Too pricey" in Kannada say "Tumba Jasthi"
To thank in Kannada, say "Dhanyawada"
Bengaluru International Airport (IATA: BLR), (ICAO: VOBL)  is located in Devanahalli, 40 km (25 mi) from the central business district of Bangalore (MG Road) and 30 km (19 mi) from the Bangalore City Railway Station.
The new airport, open since May 2008, is among India's busiest and most modern. The airport is host to 10 domestic airlines and 21 international airlines connecting the city to about 50 destinations across India and the rest of the world. The airport serves as a hub for Kingfisher Airlines and a focus city for Jet Airways , JetLite , IndiGo , SpiceJet  and GoAir .
Notable international flights:
- British Airways  flies from London;
- Air France  flies from Paris;
- Lufthansa  flies from Frankfurt.
- Air Mauritius (www.airmauritius.com) flies from Mauritius
Sometimes the airport is subject to operational restrictions due to fog from 15 Nov-15 Feb, between 3AM (IST)- 8:30AM (IST). Flight delays and diversions may occur on some mornings due to the morning fog. The airport operator has an enquiry number to check on weather related delays. ☎ +91 80 66782255, +91 80 66782251 or call the airline's call centre.
The airport has an international and a domestic terminal. There are ATM's and bureaux de change at the airport.
When departing from Bangalore airport, make sure to check restrictions on times for baggage check-in, and make sure to bring a printout of your boarding pass with you to the airport. For flights leaving in the early morning hours (such as 3am) you may need to check bags as much as 2.5 hours in advance.
From the airport(BIAL) to Bangalore City
- Buses Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) operates buses from various points of the city every 15 min to the Bangalore International Airport (BLR). A total of 156 buses ply to and from the airport. 40 of these buses are air-conditioned Volvo buses, called Vayu Vajra. The cost for each trip in these buses ranges between Rs 50-250 depending on the distance. This is the cheapest and an extremely convenient way to get to the airport moreover, this service is available everyday, day and night. While taking this mode be aware that you will need some one to pick you up from the bus stop or you will need a auto rickshaw ride for the last mile.
- Post-paid taxi BIAL has selected Meru and MEGACABS(http://megacabs.com) to provide basic taxi services. The taxi operators will have basic A/C cars, all equipped with tracking devices to ensure safety and transparency. Both operators have professional call centres. Hence, guests traveling to the airport can call the cab call centres and a cab will pick them up and drop them at the airport. Meru Cabs have been reported to be highly un-reliable by users.They have been known to cancel the appointment at the last hour leaving the customer high and dry. The Meru Cab drivers do this if they find a better deal from a street pick up while they are on their way to an airport pick-up. For travelers arriving at the airport, there is a dedicated taxi holding area. The post paid taxi facility will be available on meter charges @ Rs 20/- per km (subject to Govt regulation). These are by far the best and most convenient mode of transport from the airport. It may cost you approximately Rs 600 to get to Bangalore's CBD. About Rs 700 to Koramangala.
There is another more trusted taxi brand from the Karnataka State Government which is called KSTDC cabs. You can find the queue for KSTDC cabs as soon as you exit from the airport arrival hall. It's a postpaid metered fare and wont cost you more than 800 - 1000 Rs for anywhere in Bangalore.
- Share Taxis are operated by Airlift. As soon as you exit the airport terminal, look for the bus stand with the bright green Volvo buses. The share taxis are yellow and red Toyota Innovas parked just next to the buses. These are very convenient and cheaper than a regular taxi as a one way drop to Bangalore's CBD will cost around Rs 300. These are air conditioned and offer each passenger a personal television screen. (Dis-functional as of now) This service has ceased to operate.
- Pre-paid taxi Hertz and Akbar Travels provide pre paid Limousine and car rental facilities through counters at the terminal building. These cost above Rs 1,200 to CBD
- Self drive cars will also be available on self drive basis. There will be three ranges of self drive cars - the compact category (Suzuki Swift), the intermediate range (Ford Fiesta), the standard category (Toyota corolla), Multi Utility Vehicles (Toyota Innova) and Sports Utility Vehicles (Ford Endeavour). These cars will be given to the renter with a full fuel tank and the car has to be returned with full fuel tank. A flexible pick up and drop off facility in town and at the airport will be offered. The renter can pick up the car at the airport and then drop it off anywhere in the city or in Hyderabad or Chennai. Similarly, the car can be picked up at any of these cities and dropped off at the airport. Conditions apply (the renter must be over 21 yrs of age and possess a valid Indian license). In India it is not as easy as in the west. One needs to to do a lot of paper work and depending on the company and type of car you want to rent a large deposit will be required. Please check well in advance before making plans. Much easier to rent a chauffeur driven taxi. Zoomcar provides Self drive car rental service in Bangalore.
- Hotel pick-up Another option is to arrange with your hotel in Bangalore to have a driver pick you up at the airport. Some hotels, especially the higher-end ones, provide this service for free if you are staying with them. If it's your first time traveling to Bangalore, this is the recommended way to get from the airport to your hotel. The driver will be found outside the airport with a card bearing your name, the only difficulty being that about 100 other drivers will also be waiting outside the airport, all vying for your attention. Luckily there is a short fenced walkway that separates the drivers from those leaving the airport, giving you ample time and space to find your ride into Bangalore.
- Taxi (other) You can still find a ride into Bangalore City in your own taxi at a much cheaper rate than the above options, if you are willing to take the risk involved. Taxi drivers not approved by the airport will attempt to negotiate with you a much lower fare than the approved EasyCabs and Meru cabs, and may come down to as much as Rs 200-300 for a ride to Bangalore's CBD. One really has to bargain very hard or you will be taken for a ride. These drivers can be found just beyond the terminal plaza at the covered walkway that leads to the parking lots. Once you leave the walkway, some drivers may become fairly aggressive, and might try to take your bag without your permission. The best thing to do is to keep track of, and be in control of, your belongings. Even the most aggressive taxi driver or tout will leave you alone if you stand firm and make it clear that you do not want their help. It is recommended to fix the price before you enter the cab and no tip is necessary once you arrive at your destination. Do not opt for this mode if you are not familiar with rates.
- If you are in a hurry and have a lot of money, helicopter services are offered by Deccan Aviation and Birdie. There are eight helipads across Bangalore and a ride from the international airport sets you back by about Rs 5,000.
- A high-speed electric train is planned to connect the airport with the city, cutting travel time to about 22 min, but no date of completion has been announced. A new express toll road is also planned to connect the airport to the city's ring road at Hennur.
The Bangalore Metro is a new suburban rail service that will cut down the time taken to get from one area of the city to the other. However, as of December 2012, only 6 stations are open for service. The rest of the network is still on construction.
Bangalore has two major railway terminals. The Bangalore City (IR station code: SBC) railway station is situated in the heart of the city, opposite the Majestic Bus stand. Most trains, both local and long-distance, arrive and depart from here. The other terminal is Yeshwantpur Junction (IR station code: YPR) located on NH-4 (Tumkur Road). A few (mostly long-distance) trains arrive and depart from here. Two smaller railway terminals are Bangalore East (IR station code: BNCE) and Bangalore Cantonment (IR station code: BNC).Of late Krishnarajapuram (KJM) has become an important stop owing to proximity of IT companies and the ring road just passing close to the station and well connected by buses to major parts. It also forms the 1st stop for majority trains leaving Yeshvantapur towards Jolarpettai.
Bookings can be done at either the railway stations or at the Indian Railways booking counters located in major commercial residential areas. Booking can also be done online . Note that if you are booking at Bangalore City and are traveling to Mysore, there is a separate counter for travelers to Mysore. This is to cater for the large amount of travelers between Bangalore and Mysore. If travelling to Mysore on a Sunday afternoon, arrive early as there is usually a long line for buying tickets.
As with all Indian railway travel, have some patience for delays. Trains are usually on time (within 20 mins of scheduled time), but can sometimes be late. A digital departure board in the station will tell you what platform your train is on and what time it leaves.
Train travel is usually fairly cheap. For example, a ticket to Chennai, about 360 km (5-6 hr) away, costs anywhere from Rs 125 for the lowest class to Rs 1,105 for the highest class.
For train arrival/departure and PNR status inquiries at various railway stations at Bangalore, call 139.
Travelling from Mumbai to Bangalore by train takes a long time (24 hrs or so). Buses are comparatively faster and take 18-20 hrs, provided there are no traffic jams in Mumbai and Pune en route. Effective travel time by both train or bus is long. Air travel is recommended for traveling between Mumbai and Bangalore, the duration of which is about 90 min. Low cost airlines charge the same fare as A/C train or Volvo bus. However, sleeper class (non-A/C) train travel from Mumbai to Bangalore is economical and you can have a view of some lush evergreen forests and river valleys across Western India.
If you arrive at Yeshwantpur Junction, you will need to take a taxi or auto rickshaw to get into the city. The metro stop next to the station is part of the metro's Phase I which is currently under construction with the expected completion at the end of 2013. At Yeshwantpur Junction, there are exits on 2 sides of the station, both have official auto rickshaw booking counters located out front, and a lot of unofficial taxis waiting for customers (as well as touts all over the station). These taxis will propose fixed rates based on your destination, but at a very elevated cost, for example Rs 600 to get to Indiranagar (14 km). There is a taxi booth operated by a company called Fast Track located in front of the station exit on the side near the metro station. This will be a metered taxi which offers a better rate (about Rs 15-20 per km). You will need to use considerable effort, however, to get to use this service as the minute you exit the station there will be a lot of unofficial taxi drivers storming all over you trying to get you to get into one of their fixed-rate (and more expensive) cars. Even when you approach the Fast Track booth, it is possible that the staff behind the counter may still suggest you to just go for the pre -paid taxis instead. You need to specifically and firmly request that you really want the metered taxi from the booth, in order for them to proceed to provide you one.
If you have difficulty in arranging a plane or railway ticket to your next destination, or you prefer a little more adventure, you can go by bus. There are both government and private buses that run services to major cities like Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Mangalore, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tirupati, Hyderabad, etc. Buses can be a normal luxury bus, a Volvo A/C bus or a sleeper bus for night travel.
- Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, 
All intercity buses arrive and depart from Bangalore bus stand, which is located opposite the Bangalore city railway station. The bus station is named after the founder of Bangalore - Kempe Gowda.
- Kempegowda Bus Station, is more commonly known as the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus stand or the Majestic Bus Station. It handles buses that connect Bangalore to all major cities and states in south India.
- Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), maintains bus services within Bangalore. The main bus stand is located opposite to the Kempegowda Bus Station.
Unlike other metros, the display boards in the bus show the destination in the local language Kannada. But the bus numbers are mostly in English. If you don't speak Kannada, you will likely need to get some help to get on the right bus. However, the newer Volvo buses are all equipped with electronic displays that display the destination and route numbers in both Kannada and English. Non-Volvo buses are being gradually retrofitted with these electronic displays; this should make bus travel much simpler if you are unfamiliar with the local language.
Driving in India can be very stressful. Lane discipline is practically nonexistent, excessive honking, high vehicle density, lack of regard for traffic law, combined with razor thin passing margins are common. One ride in a taxi will most likely convince you that driving yourself is not worth the risk, so if you do want to arrive by car, you will probably want to hire both a car and a driver. Cost varies, but most car/driver combinations cost Rs 1,400-1,700/day. The fares for hired private taxis are usually in the multiples of 4 hr/40 km, fares for which start at around Rs 450 for a non-air conditioned small car. Depending on where you are coming from, you may be able to negotiate a lower fare if the trip isn't far, and it may be a higher fare if you are traveling far and your driver has to travel back on his own time. Having an approximate idea of the fare or distance beforehand and persistent bargaining skills can lead to significant savings. Although it costs more, consider requesting an air conditioned car if you aren't used to the heat, especially in summer. An air conditioned car will also help filter out the air pollution, which is considerable, especially on congested roadways. If you want something even more special, such as a fancy car or SUV, be prepared to pay extra.
Buses in Bangalore are cheap and usually frequent,(though compared to other states the fares are highest here) but traveling on them can be very difficult if you don't know the system well. Ordinary city buses display only the route number in English, with the destination and route information written in Kannada. This means you will have to know what route number you need before you get on, which you can find from the BMTC website ,BMTCRoutes.in website , Desiroutes  bus routes,List of Metropolitan bus routes in Bangalore  or by asking locals. Unlike many Western countries, posted route maps of the bus system are rare, although maps are sold at the main bus terminals (Kempegowda Bus Stand and Shivajinagar). ☎ BMTC toll free 1800 425 1663. Bangalore Bus Route Search  also has a webpage with a route number search function.
Buses with black display boards run within the city. Red board buses covers long distance and go to adjoining suburbs. The ordinary city buses are white and blue in color. The newer city buses tend to be blue in color (Purchased under the JNNURM fund provided by Central govt. )and have LED display boards. There is a bus service called Pushpak with better seating; these buses are tan rather than the usual blue and are slightly more expensive. There are red Volvo buses, called Vajra, that operate on certain routes within the city. They offer a comfortable air-conditioned ride at slightly higher prices than the regular buses (which are not air-conditioned). These are a great way to get around the city. Unlike most other buses, the Vajras have illuminated LED display boards on the front and sides which display the destination and route information in English as well as Kannada.
New bus services are introduced from time to time by the BMTC. The latest service introduced in early 2009 known as Big 10  consists of ten routes along major roads into the city, bringing passengers from the outer suburbs to central Bangalore. These buses are green in color, have LCD destination boards, and prominently feature the Big 10 logo on the sides. More information about these buses, including stops and route maps. BIG 10 service starts at Brigade road junction.
There are also couple of buses which do a circular route around the Central Business District.
City buses are crowded during rush hours but one can travel with little difficulty during the daytime. Many have seats reserved for women in the front.Bus service starts around 5:00 AM and ends at around midnight. Bus service is less frequent after 9:30-10 AM and becomes very rare after 1:00 PM and again bus frequency improves after 4:00 PM and continues till midnight.
It is always better to buy a daily pass if you plan to travel the whole day on the bus. The daily pass costs Rs Rs 40 as of March 10th, 2011 and it comes handy if you need to travel on several buses in a single day. Daily passes are issued by the on-duty bus conductor or at the bus stand. Using this pass you can travel in any bus (other than the Vajra) for the entire day, any number of times. It is a very economical option for travel in Bangalore. Senior citizens are given 25% concession in all buses on production of valid ID card(Voter ID,PAN,Passport etc). children between age of 4-12 are given 50% concession. No charge for children upto 4 years of age.For more information on BMTC you can visit Wikipedia 
There are three major bus stands:
- Kempegowda bus stand, also known as the Majestic Bus Stand, near Gandhi Nagar is directly opposite the Bangalore City railway station. It is quite neatly organized and is easily navigable. There is an inquiry office near platform number 1 on ‘Majestic’ where you can ask the bus number and platform for your desired destination. You can find a large map on display, which you can use to find the bus number you need to take if you know the area you are going to. You can of course always ask the conductor or other passengers. Route maps are also sold on the platforms.
- City Market or K R Market is around 2 km (1.2 mi) to 3 km (1.8 mi) away from Majestic and could daunt newcomers, since it is very disorganized. It is a large dirt parking lot under an overhead highway, and there isn't much order to where buses park.
- Shivajinagar is in the north. This is also neatly organized and there is an inquiry window to find about buses. You can find a large map on display here too, which you can use to find the bus number you need to take if you know the area you are going to. Route maps are also sold on the platforms.
Buses are available to all major localities of the city from these three bus stands. There have been lot of developments due to the ongoing metro project as well as efforts to decongest the city. BMTC is adding more bus stations all the time. Better to check on their website for latest sistuation.
Other important bus stands are:
- Chandra Layout West
- Shantinagar, Central
- Jayanagar, South
- Banashankari, South
- J P Nagar', South
- BTM Layout, South East
- Vijaynagar, West
- Malleswaram, North West
- Yeshwantpur, North West
- Domlur, East
- Kadugodi, East
- Hebbal, North
- Vidyaranyapura, North
- Srinagara, South West
- Rajarajeshwari Nagar , South West
- Basaveshwara Nagar , West
- Yelahanka, North
NOTE: Autorickshaws and taxis in Bangalore have a metered fare system. Tipping is neither expected nor required when you avail of autorickshaw or taxi services. Just pay the meter fare. Refrain from tipping and ruining things for the residents who will then be at the receiving end of unwarranted demands for tips.
Auto-rickshaw is the default method for visitors to get around the city, as most the metro is still currently under construction and taxis must be booked in advance making it impractical to secure one when you are away from your hotel.
Auto-rickshaw drivers can be difficult to deal with. However, they're still better than their counterparts in Chennai(as Chennai's auto drivers don't go by the meter).
Auto-rickshaws are everywhere at most hours. They are green-and-yellow, or black-and-yellow three-wheeled contraptions. They are a fast way to get around the city.
Auto-rickshaws are supposed to charge fares as per the meter reading, which most often equals to Rs 11 x distance (in kilometres) (Minimum charge of Rs 20 for the first 1.8 km or less), they generally tend to charge on an ad-hock basis depending on the distance of the destination, the chances of getting another customer from the mentioned locality, and their mood.
Usually, when hailed from the street, chances are that you can often come across an honest driver who agrees to use a meter without fuss. In the case where the meter is faulty or the driver refuses to use it, you should simply refuse to board. Saying "meter please" will usually do the trick. It gets more tricky when you are in front a big tourist attraction or transportation hub, as there will be hordes of auto-rickshaws waiting around who will try all they can to force you to use their service. Most of these drivers will refuse to use meter and ask for exorbitantly overpriced rate. You should simply and firmly refuse them and walk away until you find an auto who agrees to use a meter. If this is not practical or you are simply too tired to deal with it or are in a hurry, counter-propose them an appropriate amount based on the distance of your destination. The driver will be likely to insist on his own price. Just walk away and chances are that he will give up and agree on your price faster than you thought.
Tourists should be cautious when approaching an auto-rickshaw during night, or during heavy rains. Chances are they will charge exorbitant rates. Help could be taken from the local traffic police to avail auto-rickshaws during such circumstances. If you are a visitor and do not know the route to the destination it is a good idea to bargain and fix the fare before boarding to avoid long, convoluted routes being used by the driver.
Another thing to keep in mind is to be firm but not loud in an argument while travelling in the auto. Some of the less reputable drivers may team up with their friends midway to cause problems. Remember that although Bangaloreans are known for their polite and mild mannered behavior, auto drivers are normally an exception. Some will think nothing of trying to rip you off. If in doubt, consult a local or your hotel travel desk.
If a rickshaw driver offers to show/drive you to some great places to shop, firmly refuse. A common tactic is to drive you to local shops where you will be pressured to buy Indian crafts that you probably don't want. Know your destination and insist upon it. Be firm.
Autos add a 50% surcharge after 10 PM (called "one and a half" and is the legal charge). Some drivers may demand 100% surcharge after 10 PM or 11 PM but you must refuse to board in such a case. Heavy luggage costs an additional fee of around Rs 10-20.
Rickshaw drivers are required by law to display their identification on the dashboard or the back of their seats. Refuse to get into a rickshaw that does not display one.
If an auto driver is problematic, note their identification number and report to the BBMP(Grater Bangalore Municipal Corporation) Control room which is empowered to withdraw their auto license. This is a very effective technique to deal with them. The BBMP control room number as of December 2009 is ☎+91 80 22975803.
The minimum charge as of March 2012, is Rs 20 for the first 2 km and Rs 11 for every additional kilometer.
There is a new call an auto service started in Bangalore called Autowale, the number for that is 080-50661111
If you arrive in Bangalore via train, at the main train station there is an office near the taxis/auto-rickshaws which will print-out a pre-paid receipt for your ride. The service costs 1 Rs, but will save you a potentially large amount of money by giving you an accurate value for your ride. This also allows you to avoid haggling with the driver and acts as an official price agreement in the event that the driver wants to dispute the price of the ride.
The taxis in Bangalore cannot be hailed from the street and are available by appointments only. The cars are usually very convenient and comfortable. Most of the vehicles are Maruti Omni Vans, Tata Indica cars or Mahindra Logan cars, which are much safer than Auto rickshaws, and the drivers are polite. If you are alone or going to an unknown destination, you are strongly advised to choose this option, even though the rates will be double that of an auto. Most taxi companies will charge a flat rate of Rs 150 for a pick-up and drop from anywhere to anywhere within city limits. Waiting or return trips will be charged extra, as will a lot of heavy luggage.
Unlike many other countries, taxis are not marked with 'TAXI' signs on the top. Instead, the cars will be marked with the logo of the fleet operator or taxi company on the sides of the car. Some companies have a yellow sign with a identification number (usually an alphabet followed by two digits) on the top. These taxis have to be called by telephone. When you call, you must give the operator your location, destination as well as phone number, who will in turn tell you the charge (or will inform you that you must go by the meter) as well as the taxi number. The taxi will come pick you up, and call you when they are close. When you go out on the street, look at the license plate for the number they gave you -- it will be the last four digits of the license plate. Alternatively, look for the yellow board atop the car with the taxi's identification number.
The license plate number is usually in the format "KA" followed by 01 to 05, followed by two alphabets, followed by a four digit number. Taxis generally have yellow license plates with black letters.
Be prepared to book a taxi a couple of hours in advance if required on weekdays, especially during rush hours, as a huge demand for the taxis, coupled with massive traffic jams during rush hours will ensure that it would be difficult for a taxi to reach you in time. Private taxis are generally more reliable during this time as in many cases, radio cabs (run by Meru, EasyCabs, KSTDC and others) will be overbooked and you might be unfortunate to be informed that your booking has been scrapped.
Although it can be hard for non-Indians to grasp at first, the system is actually very effective. If in doubt, ask a member of your hotel staff to help you, and when your taxi comes be sure to tip them Rs 35-Rs 40 for the assistance.
Travel agents and hotels can arrange private chauffeur driven cars to provide services. Expensive by comparison with taxis, they are the most trusted, secure, and comfortable way to travel around the city. Driving in Bangalore can be difficult, because of poor driver discipline, but chauffeur driven services are very reasonable. These can be arranged by travel companies or online from the countries of origin. Car rental agencies such as Avis , Hertz  and Mototaxi ,cabs24x7 , Olacabs , Clear Car Rental ,
- MaduraiCarRental.in (Madurai Car Rental), ☎ +91 995 28 38 78 6 (email@example.com), . Inquiry: 9am to 7pm. Bangalore Car Rental services on MaduraiCarRental.in Fares start from Rs.1000 for within city & Rs.8/km for outside city.
- taxiGUIDE.in (Bangalore Car Rental), ☎ +91 888 023 4455 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Inquiry: 7am to 11pm. Bangalore Car Rental services on taxiGUIDE.in - a Online Chauffer Driven Car Rental Portal in 75 Cities in India. Fares start from Rs.450 for within city & Rs.7.5/km for outside city.
- bookcab.in (Bangalore Cabs), ☎ 080 3000 3000 (email@example.com), . Inquiry: 8am to 8pm. Bangalore Car Rental services on bookcab.in - is an renowned taxi service provider based at Bangalore providing around the clock service for its existing and new customers mainly popular for renting four wheelers like cars, vans, and buses which meets the customer travel needs for hassle free journey at affordable prices .Customers can easily rely for 24/7 taxi services in few easy steps.
By private car
Most taxi and auto-rickshaw drivers will be more than happy to offer you either a daily rate or an hourly rate, and take you around wherever you need to go. Alternately, your hotel or a travel company can arrange a private car.
If you find a good taxi or auto driver, this can be a great way to go for a foreigner. You'll certainly pay a lot more than if you bought individual rides, but you'll always have a driver waiting for you, and he can help with recommending local tourist sites, finding a good restaurant to eat at, and otherwise coping with day-to-day life. This can take a lot of the stress out of traveling.
Rates are generally something like Rs 50 to 100 per hour for an auto-rickshaw, and Rs 150 to 250 per hour for a taxi. Rates for a private car booked via the hotel will probably be more. Like everything else in India, rates are very fluid.
The weather in Bangalore is very pleasant, but the traffic is not. So if your plan is not to go towards crowded city, you can go around in a bicycle.
- Velo in village, #A1, Owners Court, Kaswanahalli Main Road (off Sarjapura Road), (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Bicycle hire with a good range of rental bikes including; BTwin, RockRider, Merida, Giant and Orbea models.
Although Bangalore is not known as a tourist city, there is still a lot to see. If you only have a limited amount of time in the city, you should consider taking a tour.
Typically, the city tours do NOT include entry fees into the attractions. Bangalore, as with the rest of India, has a habit of charging foreigners a lot more than locals. For example, Tipu Sultan's Palace, which is on the half-day tour, charges Rs 10 for Indians and Rs 100 (or US$2) to non-Indians.
- Vidhana Soudha - The legislative House of the State of Karnataka, this granite building was built by Sri K. Hanumanthaiya, Chief Minister of the then Mysore state 1951 to 1956. The then Prime Minister Sri Pandit Jawaharalal Nehru laid the foundation on 13 July 1951. It was built at an expenditure of Rs 18.4 million. Marvel of neo-Dravidian architecture and one of the most imposing building not only in Bangalore but in India. One of the interesting feature of this building in grand stairs in its front. The grand stairs has a flight of forty-five steps 62 m (204 ft) wide 21 m (70 ft) deep giving a direct access to the foyer of first floor leading to an Assembly Chamber. The architecture of the building is based on Dravidian style, comprising richly carved bases and capitals for pillars, deep friezes, kapotha cornices, chaithya arches, heavy pediments domical finials, etc; At the same time, the construction has been on modern designs, making use of the present-day materials like steel, reinforced cement concrete glass, plastic, etc.
- Vikasa Soudha - Is it possible to gild a lily? Well you judge for yourself. This ultra modern construction, adjacent to majestic Vidhana Soudha built in the same classic style, is supposed to come fitted with the latest gizmos to help govern the state. It was inaugurated sometime in February 2005.
- Seshadari Iyer Memorial is a distinctive building constructed of red sand stone in Cubbon Park. It houses a public library and the Bangalore High Court, while the grounds include a children's recreation area with a toy train, fairground and theater.
- Bangalore Palace was constructed by the Maharajahs of Mysore. For many years the building was neglected as a tourist attraction, but is now open to the public. This is a run down building with paint peeling on the interior and generally a tourist trap to be avoided. The fee is Rs 100/200 Indian/Foreigner and Rs 500 to take photos even of the exterior. This includes a guide to point out things like the mounted elephant head, though no mention is made of the numerous nude paintings.
- Tipu Sultan's Palace, which dates from about 1790, is the summer retreat for Tipu sultan. The two story structure is made mostly out of wood with finely embellished balconies, pillars and arches. Timings: From 9:30am to 5:30pm, All days of the week. Tickets are Rs 10 for Indians and Rs 100 for foreigners.
- The Bull Temple, located in Basavanagudi, is a typical Dravidian style temple, and is famous for its mammoth bull statue that was carved from a single boulder. Legend has it that the temple was built to appease a marauding bull that stole local crops, and that the offering was effective with the bull subsequently leaving the area. Since then, local farmers have held an annual festival to express their gratitude.
- The Maha Bodhi Society Temple, (see 'Learn' section) is a relatively new structure, with the main shrine built as a replica of the historic stupa at Bodh Gaya. The temple grounds are very peaceful, and visitors are welcome to stroll around. In addition, the temple houses an excellent library of books on Buddhism, many of which are in English.
- ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Rd, ☎ +91 80 2347 1956, +90 80 2357 8346 (fax: +91 80 2357 8625), . 3:45AM-8PM. Temple built on a hillock in Rajajinagar atop scenic surroundings, is a perfect blend of modern technology and spiritual harmony. The huge cultural complex was built to promote vedic culture and spiritual learning, and abounds with shops selling devotional items and souvenirs. The annual Krishna and Balarama Rath Yatra is attended by thousands.
- Maruthi Mandir, a Hanuman Temple is located just opposite - 5 min drive from ISKCON temple, in the gate of Mahalakshmi Layout. This is a rock hill with huge idols of Hanuman and Mahalakshmi temples. The annual festival of Hanumad Jayanthi during December is very attractive.
- Gavi Gangadeshwara Cave Temple, located in Gavipuram, adjacent to Basavanagudi, was built by Kempe Gowda. This temple with four remarkable monolithic pillars is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple also has a rare idol of Agni god of fire. The annual festival is on Makara Shankranti and thousands of devotees flock to see the suns rays fall on the Shivlinga. The temple timings are: 7AM-12:30PM and 5PM-8:30.
- VenkataramanaSwamy Temple is a fine example of Dravidian architecture. This ancient temple was built by Maharaja Chikka Devaraya Wodeyar and is situated next to the summer palace of Tipu Sultan.
Lord Shiva Temple behind Kemp Fort, Airport Road
- Dodda Ganapathi - one of the oldest temples in Bengaluru, is situated adjacent to the Bull Temple.
- Vasanthapura,in South Bangalore, is a small hillock with an ancient temple dedicated to Sri Vasantha Vallabharaya Swamy.
- Shiva Temple (Shiv Mandir), Old Airport Road. This temple has a massive monolith of Lord Shiva, located in the middle of an artificial pool. There is a cave-like walk through behind the statue. It is extremely crowded on the festival of Maha Shivaratri. One can't see or feel any kind of Bhakti in this temple, because at each move inside the temple there will be a person located for collection of money which creates such a disturbance for the concentration on Bhakti. On each step the devotees will be concentrating on the money boxes (Hundi in Kannada)/people standing to ask money as offerings. After coming out, one feels as if one has come out of a commercial Shiva temple. So sad to say this. Free entrance, camera Rs 25. (latitude,longitude)
- Banaswadi Hanuman Temple, constructed in the Dravidian style, attracts a large number of devotees especially on week-ends. It has smaller temples dedicated to Lord Rama, Shiva and Ganapathi within the walled compound.
- Ragi Gudda is a famous Hanuman temple abode in the Jayanagar 9th block, South of Bangalore. The temple is situated on a mammoth rocky hill, and has very attractive chain of temples like Spathika Shiva, Ganesha and scenery within the premises. This is a very crowd attracting place during the period of Hanumad Jayanthi in December. You get mahaprasadam meals on Saturday between 12 noon to 1 pm.
- Sri Raja Rajeshwari Temple located in RajaRajeshwari Nagar, just before Kengeri on Mysore Road is a famous temple dedicated to Godess Parvathi (RajaRajeshwari). It was built by a reknowned spiritual guru, Sri Sri Sri Tiruchi Mahaswaigal. Built in the ancient style with stones, the temple is very spacious. One can feel the peace and satisfaction when visited. Week ends are very crowded.
- DakshinaMukhy Nandeeshwara Temple, located in the heart of Bangalore is very ancient temple. This is on Sampige Road in the Malleshwaram area. The speciality of the temple is that, the natural (mineral) water flows from the mouth of Nandi (naturally) which is above a ShivaLingam, and pours all over the year as Abhishekam by nature itself. This water, after Abhishekam is taken by devotees as medicinal water, believed to cure many diseases. People from all over the world take this water in small containers with a lot of trust and devotion.
- Mukti Naga temple  in Bangalore is world's largest monolithic statue of Lord Naaga, about 16 feet tall and 36 tons of weight. The Mukti Naga temple which is run by Shri Subrahmanya Seva Trust, is situated in a serene ambience of Ramohalli, a village on the outskirts of Bangalore city.
- Meenakshi Sundaram Temple, Bannerghatta Road, (after Indian Institute of Management), South of Bangalore. Beautiful, spacious temple devoted to Sri Meenakshi Amma. Built in ancient style with stone structures, this place is very cool and mind refreshing place to see. You will feel that you are in a temple at Tamilnadu, when in this temple.
- Sri Ramakrishna Ashram, There are many Ramakrishna Ashrams in Bangalore, but the special and central one is in Gandhi Bazaar - the place of temples in Bangalore. This mutt contains a vast meditating hall, a beautiful park, a vedic school and many more facilities. Sri Sharada Devi had meditated on a location in the park in this boundary. This location is preserved as a monument. A stone on which Swami Vivekananda had sat when he visited Bangalore is also kept as a monument. This is a calm and peaceful place for the people who enjoy the meditation.
- Holy Trinity Church, located at Trinity circle at the east end of the MG Rd, is a major landmark in Bangalore. It was built in 1851, for the British Regiment stationed in Bangalore. Built in the English Renaissance style, the church can accommodate 700 people and is regarded as the largest "military" church in southern India. It has a congregation of over 450 families.
- St. Mary's Basilica, St. Mary's Basilica is a basilica located in the Archdiocese of Bangalore in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is the oldest church in Bangalore and is the only church in the state that has been elevated to the status of a minor basilica. It is famous for the festivities held during the St. Mary's Feast in the month of September each year, an event that attracts a number of devotees from in and around Bangalore.The basilica has been built in Gothic-style with arches, ornamental motifs and stained glass windows.Multiple columns and tall spires of the basilica can be seen from quite a distance. The stained glass windows were removed during World War II and were subsequently restored in 1947.
- Shelter House Church, Bannerghatta Road, Arekere . The service is conducted in English and starts from 9:30AM in the morning.
- St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral, St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral is located in the Archdiocese of Bangalore in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is the head church in Archdiocese Bangalore. It is the most decorated church in the city and boasts of very historic artifact. It also is the biggest of churches in the city. It is located in the central part and in the heart of city (Promenade road, near Coles park) It also has a huge premises within which there are 3 schools inside it, St. Anthony's boys school, St. Aloysius boys school and St. Rock's girls school. The whole locality is surrounded by a more schools like St. Francis Xavier's girls school, St. German's boys school, Goodwil girls school, Nehru school, RTC school.
Outdoor activities and sports
- Cycling, Art of Bicycle Trips  and ICycle  organizes bicycle tours in and around Bangalore. The tours combine cycling with Indian art, culture and heritage. You could also check out the Bangalore Bicycling Club on Facebook or Google groups or www.bikeszone.com for weekend plans. Cycles could also be rented at Decathlon, off Sarjapur Road.
- Climbing/Bouldering. Bangalore has plenty of boulder gardens and granite hills in the vicinity. There are multiple bouldering, multi-pitch and single pitch sport, and some trad climbing possibilities within a day trip schedule. www.facebook.com/groups/BangaloreClimbingAndOutdoorsGroup/ is a popular online hangout for climbers in Bangalore.
- Kayaking. Bangalore has a small but active community of white water kayakers. Trips are usually during the monsoon time, and non-monsoon time activities involve flat water paddling. Since this is a non-commercial group, best to check on availability of spare gear, or to bring your own kayak and gear. They can be contacted via https://www.facebook.com/groups/kayakingindia/
- Ultimate Frisbee,  Although in a nascent stage, Ultimate Frisbee games are held on Tue/Thu/Sat mornings starting 6:30AM. The teams comprise of players of all skill levels.
- Watch a cricket match, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium (near Cubbon Park). Chinnaswamy stadium is the home ground of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Royal Challengers Bangalore which is reputed for having a large, loyal, and loud fan following. IPL season typically is between March and May every year, matches are played in the evenings and last around 3 hours. Scour the daily newspapers for ticket information - note that tickets typically get sold out a week before.
- Hiking, Nandi hills; Rangaswamy betta, Bhimeshwari - Muttati.
- Hill Climbing, Savandurga, Makalidurga, Kavaledurga (Skandagiri), Kabalidurga, Siddarabetta, Nijakal betta.
- Camping, Fever Pitch basecamp is one spot destination for camping, adventure, watersports, paintball.basecamp is located 30 km from bangalore .one of the best places to see near bangalore.for more details visit www.feverpitchholidays.com. fever pitch basecamp is a famous jungle resort for corporate team outings in bangalore].
- Cave exploration, Savandurga, Anthargange, Siddarabetta.
Adventure Clubs: Bangalore is bestowed with rock climbers, aqua sportsmen and aero sportsmen. There are several clubs including Fever Pitch Holidays, Thrillophilia, Nature Admire, Care, Spark, KMA, Capture, Mars, Angel, Wildcraft and Adventure Works.
- Thrillophilia Adventure Tours Pvt. Ltd., 4th Floor, 2628, 27th main, 1st sector, HSR layout, Bangalore, ☎ +91 968-602-0000 (email@example.com), . Thrillophilia arranges for adventure tours around Bangalore which includes rappelling, mountain safari, camping, trekking, dirt biking, rafting,jumering, river crossing and quad biking. Micro light flying and paragliding can also be arranged on demand basis. Sep – May is the best season for most of the adventure activities. Prices start from 1000 INR per person.
Bangalore Sightseeing Tour
- taxiGUIDE.in Bangalore Sightseeing Tours (Bangalore Sightseeing Tour), ☎ Call for Inquiry from 7am to 11 pm +91 888 023 4455 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Tour Timings 9:30am to 8:330pm. Prices start from Rs.1800 for Bangalore Sightseeing in Indica. Pickup & drop back to hotel/residence within Bangalore City Limits - Flat Rates.
Nature & parks
- Visit the beautiful lakes in Bangalore.
- Ulsoor Lake and Sankey Tank offer an enriching, pleasant experience.
- Bannerghatta National Park (for the safari try to get a seat in the front of the bus just next to the driver)
- Lalbagh botanical Garden and lake inside-the park offers a pleasant view and is home to some water birds
- Bangalore, ☎ +98 80 671192, . A great way to discover unique areas of Bangalore. Whether a visitor, or a long time resident, one can discover unknown facets of the city. The walks include Traditional Bangalore walk, Victorian Bangalore walk & the Lalbagh walk.The walks include breakfast/brunch at famed Bangalore eateries. Rs 300-500.
Fairs & exhibitions
- Kadlekai Parishe (Peanut fair), Every year, sometime during the months of Nov-Dec, the area around Bull Temple Road in South Bengaluru hosts a peanut fair. Centuries ago, the villages in and around this area used to cultivate peanuts and the custom was to dedicate the first crop to Nandi (the Bull at the temple). Although the villages of yore are today residential areas, the tradition continues as peanut farmers congregate to sell their crop. The 2 day traditional fair has many stalls that sell peanuts, trinkets, bangles, pottery, dolls etc. There are also a number of food stalls.
- Chitra Santhe (Paintings market), An annual exhibition, held on the last Sunday of every January, the Chitra Santhe on Kumara Krupa Road (near Golf Course) brings together artists from all across Karnataka. Paintings, pottery, and sculpture are all on an exhibition-cum-sale. The road is closed to traffic on that day, making it possible to have a leisurely stroll, admiring and buying the items. (It is proposed that from 2012, the venue would be shifted to Freedom Park.) Prices range from Rs 100 - 20,000. Bargaining is recommended, but not too hard. Pay a fair price. (Credit cards and foreign currency are rarely accepted, so carry sufficient cash in Indian currency)
- Aero India, Held in the second week of February every alternate year (the next one is in 2011), this is Asia's premier air show. Spanning 5 days (W-Su), the show at Yelahanka Air Force Base in the northern part of Bangalore comprises of a defence exhibition and air show. Fighter jets from around the world are on both, flying and static display. Normally, there are two air shows every day - one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Tickets can be purchased online or at select outlets - scan the newspapers for more information. (Purchasing a ticket at outlets requires you to show a photo identification and tickets are non-transferable. For the 2011 edition, Pakistani nationals are not permitted to register via the website)
Arts & theatre
- Concerts at Bangalore Palace Grounds, Check the local listings to see if any concerts are happening. Most international acts happen at Bangalore Palace Grounds and the venue has hosted Metallica,Rolling Stones, Bryan Adams, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Joe Satriani, Mark Knopfler, Aerosmith, Sting, Uriah Heep, Lamb of God, Megadeth, Machinehead, Scorpions among others.
- Rangashankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, J.P. Nagar, 2nd Phase. ☎ +98 80 26592777, +98 80 26494656. . Evening shows start at 7:30PM. Many local groups perform here, although more often shows are presented by traveling groups touring India. Quality of the performances varies, but most plays are worth seeing, especially the ones by Indian playwrights and / or directors, as they can show you an "Indian" (or let's say "non-western") perspective. Shows are in various languages, so it is a good idea to double-check whether the play is in English before buying / reserving (“blocking”) tickets. Tickets cost between Rs 45–100.
- Jagriti Theater , Varthur Rd,( Whitefield). ☎ +91 80 4124 2879 . Jagriti is a hub for the performance and visual arts in Whitefield, Bangalore. It consistently features renowned national and international theater groups. Almost all performances are in English. Tickets usually cost Rs 300.
In Bangalore English,Kannada,Hindi,Tamil,Telugu and Malayalam films are screened in the theaters.Rarely Oriya and Bengali films are shown.All language movies especially English,Hindi,Kannada,Tamil and Telugu movies run in packed houses .
Take in a movie at one of the innumerable theaters around the city.
- PVR Gold Class Cinema, 
- Nani Cinematheque,  has film series almost every weekend programmed by local film clubs.
- Collective Chaos, 
- Bangalore Film Society, . A club membership (around Rs 500/year) is typically required for entrance.
Foreign film series and cultural events.
- The Alliance Francaise,  and
- Goethe Institute, .
Spa & massage
Massage or Prostitution
Beware that many of the "Massage" classifieds in local newspapers may be fronts for prostitution. Prostitution is illegal and if caught in a raid, you may end up spending a night in the cooler before being eligible for bail. Most legitimate spas and massage parlors have detailed websites and are run professionally.
Massages & Spas are very much a part of Bangalore 's east-meets-west culture, new ones spring up across the city all the time.
- The 5th Element, , Spa near Dell office on Inner Ring Rd. All practitioners are from Thailand and offer authentic Thai massage, scrubs, and wraps.
- Aroma Home Spa, Brookefields, ITPL Main Rd, Near Whitefield, . Natural eco-friendly products in use. Hydro therapy massage in addition to therapies suited to individual needs.
- Aayu Siddhi, , Traditional Indian Ayurvedic massage.
- Kenko Reflexology & Spa, , offers a variety of massages and a fish spa.
- SPA.ce, Cunningham Rd, . Run by an expat Brit offers a variety of massages, scrubs, and facials.
- Akaasa, , High-end boutique spa.
- Ayur Sukha, Malleswaram, . Very nice, clean and professional spa in a nice neighborhood. 1 hr basic Ayurvedic treatment (massage and steam) is about Rs 1,000.
- Choe Khor Sum Ling, Ashwini, No. 24, 1st Floor, Domlur Layout, ☎ +91 80 41486497 (email@example.com), . This Tibetan Buddhist meditation and study centre is in Domlur Layout near Shanti Sagar Restaurant on Airport Road. CKSL is a center for the study and practice of Mahayana Buddhism following the lineage and example of Lord Buddha. The Centre, whose name means 'The Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma' was founded in 2003 by Lama Zopa Rinpoche under the guidance of HH the XIVth Dalai Lama. The Centre offers courses in various Buddhist meditation techniques and teachings on different aspects of Buddhism. Teachings are offered free to the public and are conducted in English or in Tibetan (with translation in English). In addition to regular teachings, every few weeks the Centre invites senior Lamas to give talks on important aspects of the Buddhist path. Such talks are also accompanied by instructions and initiations by the Lama into different meditation practices.
- Thubten Lekshey Ling (Dharma Subhashita), ☎ +91 98 80296930 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Nyingma Tibetan Buddhist meditation centre founded by the late His Holiness Pema Norbu (Penor) Rinpoche. The centre is located close to MG Road on Ulsoor road, just on the side of Manipal Centre. The centre conducts meditation classes, spiritual discourses and advanced study programs. Weekend teachings in meditation and philosophy are offered by lamas from Namdroling Monastery, Bylakupee.
- Maha Bodhi Society, 14 Kalidasa Road, Gandhinagar, ☎ +91 80 2250684 (email@example.com), . This temple has a very active schedule. There are teachings on the Dharma in English on the first two and last Sundays of every month from 9:30-11:30AM, while on the 3rd Sunday there is a meditation retreat. Anyone is welcome to attend. The temple also has a good library and a beautiful garden - a great place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis outside.
The best way to find employment in Bangalore is through job fairs, job portals, applying directly to companies of interest, and through headhunters.
Non-Indian Citizen Employment Regulation
Indian regulations may require that any foreign national who is employed in India earn at least US$25,000/year. This is exempted for (a) Ethnic chefs, (b) Language teachers (other than English language teachers) / translators and (c) Staff working for Embassy/High Commissions. Check your compensation offer so that you meet this requirement and are eligible for an employment visa. Some foreign nationals are employed at salaries less than this, though, typically in the NGO sector.
With a little hard work and persistence finding a job is quite possible in Bangalore. Most of the available positions are in the IT field but not necessarily IT based. Several expats do marketing, quality assurance, accent training and translation among other things. All jobs in India require an employment visa which must be obtained abroad and sponsored by the hiring company in India. In general, the salary for expats is very high compared to the local Indian wage. The best resource for jobs is through the expat community. Ask around but a good place to meet expacts is the Sunday brunches at the 5 Star hotels or at the numerous coffee shops in and around the MG Road area.
You will not find money exchange kiosks / counters in all parts of Bangalore, because Bangalore is not a primary destination for most tourists nor is it the entry point for most tourists entering the region. However, most banks offer currency exchange in all their branch offices as do some travel agencies. Exchange rates can vary somewhat, so it is advisable to shop around. Typically, travel agencies will offer a better exchange rate as compared to the rates offered by banks.
Bangalore provides a wide range of options for shoppers. One can buy many things ranging from clothing to electronic goods and vehicles. Being an IT city, Bangalore provides all kind of services but one might find things to be costlier.
Many visitors come to Bangalore searching only for sandalwood carvings and silk saris and so miss out on the true Bangalore shopping experience. Here is a low down on shopping - Bangalore's style:
The UB City and Vittal Mallya Road are Page-3 shopping areas. You'll find brands like Versace, Louis Vuitton, Kimaya in the UB City. Vittal Mallya Road's got shopping places like The Collective which is a shop only for men, too bad!. Armani, Versace, Boss, you name it they have it. There's even Canary Blue and Esprit on the same road.
The M.G Road/Brigade Road area is the most popular place for tourists, and these two roads are filled with shops of every kind, whether it be traditional handicrafts or the latest western wear (this is especially true for Brigade Road).
Bannerghatta Road, newly improved. You have 'Grasshopper,' a space that exhibits clothing designs from the most experimental designers in India and also showcases other ideas - lighting design, products, theater, music - an open space for expression! If that's too boring, you can keep driving and you have a thousand ways that you can take to enjoy the wildlife and the myriad reservoirs strewn across the area - you can still find your very own private haven. Enjoy
Brigade Road used to be where British soldiers bought their necessities. Today Brigade Road is the center of yuppie Bangalore; you'll see hordes of college students on the road anytime of day or night. Some of the stores on Brigade Road include: Planet M (a huge music store with everything),Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Philippe, Pepe Jeans, Levis,Lee, San Frisco Jeans, Nike, Titan (great Indian made watches) just to name a few.
There are also many eateries on the road and on the side roads that lead off of Brigade road, so that you can refuel yourself for shopping. There are your fast food outlets: KFC (right at the entrance), Pizza Hut at the other end of the road and many cafes including the Indian Coffee Chain Cafe Coffee Day. Also includes a tattoo studio.
Commercial Street a legacy of the British is another shopping mecca that sells international brands (similar to Brigade road) alongside locally produced items. Commercial Street has more of a bazaar feel than Brigade Road. In addition, it is famous for its body piercing centers. The price of goods here is very competitive and it is a great place to pick a bargain.
Shopping malls and markets
Go shopping at one of Bangalore's many malls and traditional markets. Malls typically have high(er)-end stores retailing apparel, footwear, and consumer electronics. Many malls also have food courts (with international cuisine) and movie theaters. Finding a parking spot for your car may not be easy though, especially on weekends. Some of the more popular malls in Bangalore are:
- The Forum (Koramangala)
- The Forum value mall (Whitefield)
- Garuda Mall (Magrath Road)
- Mantri Mall (Malleshwaram)
- Phoenix Market City (Whitefield Road)
- UB City (Vittal Mallya Road)
- Lido Mall (Ulsoor)
- Gopalan Innovation Mall (Bannerghatta Road)
- Gopalan Mall (Mysore Road)
- Royal Meenakshi Mall (Bannerghatta Road)
- Vega City Mall (Bannerghatta Road)(Under Consrtuction)
- Bangalore Central (Residency Road and Jayanagar 9th block)
- Sigma Mall (Cunningham Road)
- Poorva Mall (Old Madras Road)
- Mega Mall (Vyalikaval)
Malls in India are a recent phenomenon, the first opened back in 1999, since then there has been a boom with malls around every corner in large cities (now also in smaller cities). Bangalore is no exception. Here is list of the major Malls in Bangalore.
- Forum Mall - The Forum on Hosur road is in the upmarket suburb of Koramangla, fast becoming a key shopping hub in Bangalore (Bannerghatta Road). It is the largest mall in Bangalore , covering an area of 650 000 ft² (60 000m²) of retail space. Again like other shopping areas, you can find anything at the Forum, high international brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Swarovski Crystals to traditional Indian Khadi clothing at the Khadder. Other brands with outlets include: United Colors of Benetton (much cheaper here than in the west), Pepe Jeans U.K, William Penn, Wrangler Jeans, Weekender and of course Nike. The Forum incorporates the clothing from international brands as well as haute couture boutiques including: Mustard, Isis, B and the Chai shop. For books head straight to Landmark and huge store has everything from books to perfumes and music. On the top floor of the mall you will find a PVR multiplex comprising 11 cinemas. For eating there is everything, Fast food (KFC, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Subway) Cafe Coffee Day and a food court with world cuisines including: Chinese, Vietnamese, Mexican and Italian and Indian. Not to be missed is the Indian cuisine at Sahib Sindh Sultan and the British style pub, Firangi Pani. So that is a forum for all your shopping needs under one roof. Its just a must see, especially the outside.
- Garuda Mall - Located on the corner of McGrath and Commissariat Roads, is the newest and the second largest mall in Bangalore .
- Bangalore Central - Opened around the same as the Forum, Bangalore Central is more of a large department store than a mall with separate retailers.
- Safina Plaza - The sale capital of Bangalore , located on Infantry Road. Every week there is sale going on of any type. One week it might be home furnishings and the next men's wear. Good place to find some bargains. Many exhibitions are also held here, although there are retailers (Dockers, Lee Jeans, Titan too name a few) here too. So for quiet shopping come here (much less crowded than the other malls). Its best to visit during end of season sales (summer, monsoon) or during festivals (Ganesha Chaturthi, Diwali,New Year, Christmas, ).
- Lifestyle - A two-story store on Victoria Road in the heart of the new mall shopping district with malls like Garuda Mall, Bangalore Central and Globus, all within easy walking distance and was one of the most coveted stores until the malls came along. It's an easy place to go shopping when you don't want too many options to confuse you or when you're tired and don't want to visit too many shops - you can get everything under one roof here. Good for clothes, cosmetics, watches, jewelry, shoes etc. You also get stylish furniture and other home and living items for a decent price.
- Mantri Square - It is located in Malleswaram.
Sampige Road, Malleswaram - Sampige Road is the heart of Malleswaram and connects Sheshadripuram to Indian Institute Science. Sampige Road is around 2 km, has a wide range of shops that sells books, electronic items, silk sarees, handicrafts, cloth materials, Hindu pooja materials, sweets and all the trivial things you can buy on earth. Also try Malleswaram 8th cross on Sampige road (aptly named Brigade Road of Malleswram) for a vibrant shopping experience. Sampige Road is also home to best flower market and fruits market in Bangalore. If you are tired of going to individual shops you can go for the best departmental stores in Bangalore like Fabmall, Foodworld and Nilgiris.
Marathahalli Main Road and Factory Outlets- Located a distance from central Bangalore (although not difficult to reach), is Marathahalli (a village in a previous life). The main road of this suburb is now a haven for factory outlets for all major brands: Nike, Adidas, Pepe Jeans, Killer Jeans, Louis Philippe, Levi's, Reebok etc. You can expect prices here to be cheaper than in the Malls, at least 20-30% price difference but can be up to 50% cheaper when it comes to some of the major denim brands. As if India wasn't cheap enough. Although this is the best place to go to for factory outlet shopping, there are smaller factory outlets scattered across the city. Also look out for sales held by the major brands to get rid of end of season stock (again end of summer or end of monsoon), these are usually advertised in newspapers or look for signs posted on major roads.
Metro shopping mall, (near Yeshwanthpur railway station and ISKON temple).
Jayanagar Shopping Complex, From antique Jewellery (the famous Bhavani's, the more recent Kushal's, The Gallery), the authentic gold jewellery stores, saree stores (Kalamandir, Kalaniketan, Mysore Silk Udyog), sweet meat stores (Sri Krishna Sweets, Arya Bhavan), Classic Iyengar bakeries, dress stores (Paridhan, Rangoli, Bafna's, Vinayaka Collections), through to fresh vegetables, fruits, meat and butter.
Gandhi Bazaar, (in the heart of Basavangudi). One of the oldest shopping areas in Bangalore, Gandhi Bazaar stretches for a short kilometer or so, bordered on both sides by shops selling everything from saris and clothes to plastics and kitchen utensils, fronted by vegetable and fruit stalls. Do not forget to visit Vidyarthi Bhavan whenever you come here for this is the best South Indian restaurant in Bangalore selling the most heavenly dosas.
Apart from the malls one should not forget to visit Commercial street, Brigade Road which are excellent shopping and hanging out places.
The traditional markets have mom-and-pop stores that sell everything from fruits, vegetables, groceries to electronics, music, and mobile phones. The city's largest vegetable and fruit market is in the heart of the city and is called "KR Market" or "City Market". Smaller but more lively traditional markets can be found in residential areas such as Gandhi Bazaar, N R Colony, Banashankari, Malleswaram, Jayanagar, and JP Nagar & Shivajinagar.
For people looking for Girls party wear dresses Magic Threads in Richmond town very close to the popular shopping area of Brigade road is a must visit.
- C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons (Diamond Flagship Store), 2-1 Main Cross Rd (next to Safina Plaza), ☎ +98 80 4000 1869, . 14,000 sq ft dedicated to the finest gold and diamond jewellery, spread over two floors.
- C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons-The Heritage Store, 35 & 36 Commercial St, ☎ +98 80 4000 1869, . Dedicated to gold and silver.
- Giantti Luxury Ensemble, Shop No. C9, Level 2, The Leela Palace, ☎ +91 80 4115 9766, +91 80 4115 9799. Diamond & gold jewellery along with silver articles and idols.
- Chandi - The Divine Gallery, Shop No. 12, First Floor, Public Utility Building, MG Road, ☎ +91 80 4112 3590, +91 80 4112 3610. specialise in Indian divine figures in all mediums. Claims to have the biggest collection of Ganeshas in Bengaluru. High-quality and locally-priced wares, no pushy salesmanship.
- Cauvery Arts & Crafts Emporium, 45, MG Road, ☎ +91 80 2558 1118. A large store, offering a wide selection of some of Karnataka's best hand made products. The carvings made of Mysore sandalwood are an especially good buy.
- Central Cottage Industries Emporium (CCIE), 144, MG Road. A government run store promoting traditional Indian hand crafts. The CCIE has major outlets in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata,Bangalore and Chennai.
- Royal Arts & Crafts, 21, KH Road, ☎ +91 80 2248 4797. Has a particularly wide selection of silk carpets and paper mache products.
- Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation, 45, KSHDC Complex, MG Road. Specialise in Karnataka handicrafts.
- Kala Madhyam Store, 2nd floor, Flat No 2, Benson Town; #77/8, Nandidurg Rd (Benson Cross Rd corner), (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Folk and tribal art paintings, handicrafts from across India, clothing for women. Specialises in wall murals of folk and tribal art as well as terracotta.
- Goobes Book Republic, 46-1-1 Church St, Karnataka (in the basement of Church Street Inn, Budget Hotel, near MG Rd,), ☎ +91 80 4112 4956 (email@example.com), . Second-hand and new books on a wide variety of subjects and a very cost effective library option and buy back used books.
- Bookport, Casa Andree II, Ist floor, No 18/3, Andree Road, Shanti Nagar (near Yellamma Dassappa Hospital), ☎ +91 80 4112 4956 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . They stock hand picked books on art, literature, philosophy, gender&sexuality, film, feminism, current critical thinking, fiction, travel. Also do art & literature events.
- Axis Books, 330/9, Axis Rd, Domlur Inner Ring Rd. Domlur Layout (near Indira Nagar Flyover), ☎ +91 80 4038 3838, +91 80 4152 6657. It's a fairly new book shop. Started by one of the members of the Gangaram's family. They stock books, stationery, multimedia, movies, and toys.
- The Strand Book Stall, 1st Floor, Manipal Centre, Dickenson Road, ☎ +91 80 2558 0000, . Best known for the latest releases in art, design, architecture and all at good prices.
- Gangarams, 72, MG Road, ☎ +91 80 2558 6743, +91 80 2558 7277. The store has been closed down.
- Crossword, ACR Towers, Residency Road (opp. Gateway Hotel), ☎ +91 80 2558 2411-16. .A hot spot for books of various genres combined with seating areas, spacious racks- music and movie section, children's section and a coffee shops; this proves to be a wonderful hangout to read, browse and shop.
- Higginbothams, 68, MG Road, ☎ +91 80 2558 7359, +91 80 2558 6574. This bookstore has a good selection of maps, postcards, guides and novels.
- Premier Book Shop, 46/1, Church Street, ☎ +91 80 2558 8570. . Is a venerable Bengaluru institution that has books on every conceivable subject literally stacked from floor to ceiling. Although the store may appear to be utterly chaotic, the owner knows where every piece of his stock lies - just be careful with those elbows, a slight nudge and the whole place will come tumbling down. This store however, will shut down shortly.
- Landmark, Luskar, Hosur Road, Koramangala (in Forum Mall), ☎ +91 80 2206 7777/78/80. A modern bookshop. A good place to pick up the most recent publications. Various household appliances; CDs and DVDs of music albums, computer and video games (the quality varying from time-to-time) and movies can also be found on the next floor.
- Blossoms, Church Street (parallel to MG Rd and near Coconut Grove Restaurant), ☎ +91 80 255 9733, +91 80 2532 0400. There are 3 full floors of those rare, hard to find old books. All 2nd hand, good condition and at low rates. You definitely won't leave disappointed.
- Select Bookshop, Brigade Road (behind Curzon Court Hotel). Used to be the only old bookstore. Mr Murthy, who runs the bookstore, is one of the most knowledgeable people. His grandfather started the bookstore. He also has a collection of lithographs, stained glass paintings and collectors copies of antique books.
- Oxford Book Store, At the Leela Galleria (next to Hotel Leela Palace). Has some of the latest collection of books and magazines but, doesn't offer any discounts. It has a Chai Bar attached offering 69 blends of tea.
- Tata Book House, At the Indian Institute of Science, Malleswaram. Has a large collection of technical books, on which it offers a flat 20 percent discount. Lots of books in a small place. Also worth visiting just because it is in IISc.
- Streelekha, 33/1-9, Thyagaraja Layout, Jaibharath Nagar, ☎ +91 80 2549 2783. This is a great bookstore to explore the feminist literature and activism that is being produced in India, as well as other texts on the research and work of Indian NGOs. The atmosphere is relaxing and inviting.
- Sapna Book House, 3rd Main Rd, near Kamat Yatri Nivas, Gandhi Nagar (Walking distance from Majestic Bus stand), . This is a large bookstore, they also have branches in three other locations Sadashivnagar, Jayanagar, and Indiranagar. Sapna Book House also provides online book delivery.
- Fusion Rental, . Online renting of books & movies. Vast collection of both books & movies at one place. Free pick up & delivery all over Bangalore.
- The Bookworm, (in one of the by-lanes perpendicular to Brigade Rd, 'near McDonald's'). This is a small used book store. Good bargains on used and new books are available here.
- Elloor Library, Blue Cross Chambers, Infantry Road (close to Commercial St). A circulating library that has a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, including new titles. Requires membership which includes a deposit.
Apart from the numerous malls that have taken Bangalore by storm, the essential element and soul of the city comes through in its myriad small and unique boutiques that are all over the city, usually tucked away though. Have tried to list the must check out stores..
- President's Groom Concepts, BVK Iyengar Road; Kamaraj Road (near Gandhinagar in the city centre and near Commercial Street), ☎ +91 80 4147 0910. Two Mens-wear fashion stores, established 25 years. Fine fabrics for made-to-order and a large ready-to-wear collection. Bespoke suits and made to order clothing including tuxedos, business wear to traditional Indian kurtas and sherwanis.
- Levitate-InDiA in A RooM, 777/1, 100 Ft. Rd Indiranagar, 100 Ft. Boutique Restaurant (mezzanine floor), ☎ +91 80 6452 8190, +91 98 4531 7776 (email@example.com). Silver & costume handcrafted jewellery, Bohemian apparel, Indian kitsch, lifestyle accessories.
- Chilli Billi, Indiranagar, ☎ +91 92 4179 9105. Great for women's westernwear, especially the dresses, good collection of bags, shoes and jewellery. They also offer home decor solutions.
- Native Place, Museum Road (Behind Museum Rd Post Office). Loads of interesting merchandise, crafts made by NGOs, c/o The Only Place Restaurant.
- One G, Hatworks Boulevard, Cunningham Road, ☎ +91 80 4123 1231. Jewellery
- Marmalade, Adj. to Spratt Salon, Magrath Road (Left before Coffee Day, on Brigade Rd Extn), ☎ +91 80 4122 1814. Loads of affordable young designer wear.
- Necessary Evil, 12th A main, HAL 2nd stage, Indiranagar, ☎ +91 80 4163 8757, . Casual luxury has finally reached Bangalore with the opening of it's newest concept store. Necessary Evil will be offering shoppers the latest international brands such as 7 For All Mankind, Splendid and Alice+Olivia, some of which are in India for the first time. They also offer and exclusive line of fine jewellery and home furnishings.
- Sakhi by Chandras, 6th main, HAL 2nd stage, Indiranagar, ☎ +91 80 4115 5551, . Combines traditional fabrics and craftsmanship with contemporary themes. Sakhi’s sarees, salwars and kurtis combine Kanchivaram, tussar, chiffon, Georgette, crêpe, organza and cotton with traditional techniques such as cut work, block print, kalamkari, badla, mirror work, chamki (sequins) and embroidery in a mélange of colours.
- Stritva, 294, 8th main, BEML Layout, ITPL Main Road, ☎ +91 963 222 1615. Sells readymade salwar suit/kameez, kurtas, dress material, sarees and nightwear. The store has a good collection at good prices.
Music, movies and others
- Habitat Movies and Music, Church Street. is tiny compared to other retail music/movie stores, but its a delight for lovers of good music especially Jazz. Has an excellent and varied selection of DVDs for rent as well, though membership is currently closed.
- Golden Tips Tea Cosy, (Phoneix Market City, Whitefield), . An exclusive tea boutique with more than 300+ varieties of teas from Darjeeling, Assam, Niligiri & across the world. It also displays a wide varieties of tea accessories, tea sets, and tea pots.
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Bangalore literally has hundreds of fast food joints serving South Indian vegetarian food. They usually are identified with small round steel tables and diners standing around them having food. Dosas, idlis, vadas, curd rice, pulao, rice with sambar, lemon rice are usually standard fare. Quality varies widely, since many of them cater to the lower working classes.
- Restaurant Aroma, 26, Rest House Road, Off Brigade Road, ☎ +91 80 40390390. One of the very few Pure Veg Restaurants near Brigade Road. This restaurant specializes in North and South Indian cuisine and is a popular hangout among the corporates and young college goers in the area.
- Veena Stores, 15 Cross, Margosa Road, Malleswaram. This place has some of the best idlis and vadas in this part of the world. They also make other dishes but Idli and Vada are mainstay. Don't expect to sit and eat because there is no seating. Stand and eat. Best time to go is mornings for breakfast before they run out of the day's stock. Very informal setting, but the food is amazing
- Shettara Beedi (Food Street). The entire street adjoining the famous VB Bakery at V V Puram is Bangalore 's miniature version of Kuala Lumpur's Jalan Alor foodstalls. A haven for anyone who enjoys hawker fare, one can stall-hop and have a variety of snacks that'll satisfy even the most ravenous hunger and spend less than Rs 100 in total. Some of the must-try dishes are dum-root and butter-bun congress at VB Bakery. The dosas, obbattu (sweet pancake), akki rotti (rice pancake), fried bondas, butter-gulkand, and masala-pepsi available at the various stalls are also delicious. Note that the street comes alive only in the evenings (after 6PM) and that only vegetarian fare is available here.
- Janani, JP Nagar. A great place to have breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can have idli and sambar for Rs 10 and a cup of tea for Rs 8, a North Indian roti-curry plate for Rs 32. If you want to have good Punjabi food, go upstairs and get a good meals for under Rs 150. Rs. 10-150.
- Anupams Coastaal Express, Shivananda Circle, Nehru Nagar. They make fantastic fish dishes. Neer dosa with chicken pulimunchi , kori roti and chicken ghee roast are some things you really cannot miss.
- Hotel Empire, Church St (Next to Museum Inn, other locations on Centre Street and Koramangala), . 10AM-3PM. Indian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cuisine until late night. Try butter chicken, chicken kababs and parathas. Is a good place for non-vegetarian as well as vegetarian food and is reasonably priced.
- Fanoos, (adjoining Johnson Market, off Brigade Road). One of the joints for getting Sheekh (beef) rolls in Bangalore . They come in various sizes - sheekh roll, sheekh jumbo, sheekh mambo, sheekh rambo and sheekh sambo - the latter of which is almost 2" thick. There are other options like chicken, mutton and paneer rolls as well as kababs and shawarma. Rs. 30-100.
- Mavalli Tiffin Room (MTR), 11, Lalbagh Road, ☎ +91 80 2222 0022, +91 80 2222 1706. 0700-1445, 1530-2100. One of the very old, traditional breakfast/lunch/tiffin place in Bangalore. Regulars have been having their breakfast at MTR everyday for the past 15 yrs. Expect a long wait on weekends. Traditional 12 course Karnataka lunches are also available here for around Rs 90 per head. Advance reservations recommended at weekends. Rava idlis, dosas and bisi bele bath are excellent. It has maintained its quality over the years and is very famous.
- New Shanti Sagar. This is a reasonably reliable chain of vegetarian South Indian restaurants. Branches scattered all over the city, notably in Koramangala 80 Foot Road, Jayanagar, Domlur. Rs 50-200.
- Adiga's. Chain of fast food and fine dining restaurants. Prominent among them are in: Jayanagar 4th Block (on the road facing BHS First Grade College, Basavanagudi).
- Adiga's Foodline, 502, 40th Cross, 8th block Jayanagar.
- Adiga's Delicacy, 105, Manipal Centre, Dickenson Road.
- Adiga's Majestic, Next to Fkcci Bldg, KG Rd.
- Adiga's Nalapaka, across from HSBC Complex, Bannerghatta Road, Arekere.
- Adiga's Sampige, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram.
- Sree Krishna. Fast food a little further from the road connecting Lalbagh Westgate with Basavanagudi.
- SLV chain. Prominent among them are located in: Banashankari 2nd stage, opposite BDA park and one in J.P.Nagar 2nd Phase near Ragigudda Temple.
- Vidhyarthi Bhavan, off Gandhi Bazar in Basavanagudi. A gastronomic haven offering some of the best masala dosa in the world. This quaint little place is so famous that it has not even bothered to change it's age old sign board, and who needs it anyway, the aroma wafting through the air is a good enough indication that you are in the vicinity of the place. Get there early for a breakfast, there's always a bee-line for places to sit.
- Brahmin's Coffee Bar, off Shankar Mutt in Shankarapuram, Basavanagudi. Famous for idly, vada and chutney. You also get khaara bath. Don't expect sambar for vada here...
- Hotel Janatha, 8th Cross, Malleswaram. Makes some of the best vada-sambhar and masala dosa in town. have to try vada.... BEST EVER
- Corner House, Residency Road, ☎ +91 80 2558 3262. Chain of ice-cream parlours in Jayanagar 9th block, Koramangala, Airport Rd, (off 80 Foot Rd), (Arlton Towers), Whitefield Rd, Marthahalli and Shivananda Circle. One of the best ice cream parlours offering a variety of treats. Their famed 'Death by Chocolate' (popularly known as DBC) is a must for all chocolate lovers and has attained a cult status. Can be tricky to find a spot during peak times and you may find yourself being 'encouraged' by the staff to leave quickly once you do.
- Sree Sagar (Central Tiffin Room/CTR), Margosa Rd, Malleswaram. Another landmark hotel, dishing out some divine 'benne masala dosa' (butter masala dosa), which literally melts in the mouth.
- Upahara Darshini, DVG Road, Basavanagudi. Another of Bangalore 's new found Darshinis dishing out top notch masala dosa and Vada Sambhar.
- Lake View Milk Bar, MG Road, ☎ +91 80 2558 7410. Excellent ice creams, club sandwiches and burgers.
- McDonald's, Spread across the city, . Don't expect to find any beef dishes.
- Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), Spread across the city. International fast food chain.
- Shiv Sagar, Narayan Pillai Street, (off Commercial St.), ☎ +91 80 2509 8892. . Don't get put off by the location, it's a great place to eat.
- Coconut Grove, Church Street. Appams and Kerala parottas with a chicken sauce dish. Their lunch offer for Rs 80 is also really good. A pretty good choice for reasonably priced quality seafood. Coco-Grove the outdoor 'beer cafe' extension is also worth a look.
- KC Das. This is a chain of Bengali sweets stores in Bangalore . The one on Church St. is perhaps the most visible and famous but there are outlets on Coles Road, BTM Layout.
- Udupi Garden, 16th Main BTM Layout. This restaurant is closed for business now. Simple Udupi restaurant. Serves very good south Indian dishes at nominal prices. Also serves north Indian food.
- Nandhini. The Andhra fast food chain serves some excellent biriyani and chicken dishes.
- Shezan, On Lavelle Rd and Cunningham Rd, ☎ +91 80 2224 9319, +91 80 2224 9667, +91 80 2228 7895, +91 80 2226 2195. Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines with a good menu choice where beef, fish, prawn, mutton and chicken meat are available. Excellent steaks.
- Savera Tea Shop. 24 hr tea shops near Russell Market in Shivajinagar and on MG Rd. Good place to go for a cup of tea in the dead of the night. Serves tea, Suleimani (honey+lemon) tea and a variety of biscuits. Rs. 3-15.
- Kanti Sweets. Chain of fast food/sweets stores in KG Rd, Majestic, Malleswaram Circle, RT Nagar, Rajarajeshwari Nagar. Very good samosas, kachoris and North Indian sweets like rasmalai. Rapidly expanding chain, so there are plenty of branches all over the city now, which serve parathas and other food items as well. The main branch in Majestic is the best, and serves only samosas, kachoris and sweets. Rs. 10-50.
- Kohinoor, Brigade Road. Serves very reasonably priced Kerala Muslim style food.
- Java, G block of Diamond District apartments, Kodihalli, old Airport Road, ☎ +91 80 4137 8888. A hidden gem that serves buffet lunch and dinner for Rs 150 on weekdays, Rs 250 on weekends (prices 2008). The buffet consists of both North and South Indian dishes and caters to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Reasonably priced (Rs 90-120 entree) a-la-carte selection is available outside of lunch and dinner hours. Rs. 90-250.
- Richies, MM Road (Off Mosque Road). Serves the kind of biryani that is the Bangalore original. It is located midway on MM Rd, and hard to miss because of the crowds that throng its takeaway counter. One visits Richies only for the food—tables and chairs made of synthetic wood, and dim light from gaudy chandeliers don’t exactly make for great ambiance. A motley bunch of diners cram the place for lunch and dinner (they have only recently built the 2nd and 3rd floors). The biryani here is delicious, and you must love meat to love Richies. The menu is limited; but the mutton and chicken biryani stand out and they are not flavoured with the same masala, or heaven forbid, rice, their kababs are something nice and unique too.
- Koshy's, St. Marks Road (End of Church Street). . A Bangalore institution, serving a smattering of Western favorites (like fish and chips) along with the usual South Indian fare in a bohemian-for-India atmosphere. On weekends, they serve up greasy Western-style breakfast, including omelettes and Bombay (i.e., French) Toast. Appam and stew is their Sunday breakfast special and a must eat. Turn right at the entrance for the more expensive (and decidedly less charming) A/C room.. Smoky, with sluggish service, and not particularly clean, Koshy's still has plenty of character and history but its getting harder to justify their skyrocketing prices. Rs. 50-200.
- Sue's Food Place, Krishna Temple Road, Indira Nagar. A Caribbean style restaurant run by Sue (Susan John from Trinidad and Tobago). It has an excellent buffet. Their Jamaican jerk chicken, salads and desserts are lovely. A la carte menu is available on certain days. Rs. 200-500.
- 100ft Restaurant, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar.. Westernised cooking, but notably better than any other pasta serving restaurant in the area. The restaurant is a bit of a hybrid of store/restaurant. Rs 300-500.
- Ebony, 13th Floor, Utility Building, MG Road. 'Stylish eatery with excellent evening views of the city. Service is a bit slow, but the ambiance makes it worth the wait. Book ahead for a terrace seat. Rs. 200-400.
- Little Italy, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar; Opposite Forum Mall, Hosur Road, Koramangala. A chic Italian vegetarian restaurant.
- Mainland China, Church Street (Near Museum Rd.); 33nd Cross, 9th Main Jayanagar; 100 feet Road, Indiranagar, ☎ +91 80 2227 7722, +91 90 2224 5864. Upscale Chinese food. Good, fairly authentic food and excellent service. Serves a decent lunch buffet Rs. 500-800.
- Sahib Sindh Sultan, Level 2, Forum Mall, Hosur Road, Koramangala, ☎ +91 80 2206 7878. Train-themed restaurant with a delicious, upscale menu. It is supposed to showcase NWFP. Their kakori kebabs are excellent. It also serves wine with the food. Expect a long wait. Or book ahead and roam around the mall or grab a few drinks from the adjoining Firangi Paani. 150-300.
- The Only Place, Museum Road Bangalore, Karnataka (shortcut through church street), ☎ 080 3271 8989. 12 - 3pm,7-11pm. The place for continental food. famous for steaks, burgers and sandwiches. good ambiance. Servings are huge. 600.
- Samarkand, Gem Plaza, 66, Infantry Rd (East of Central St), ☎ +91 80 4111 3366. North West frontier food (i.e., kebabs, Afghani) in a kitschy atmosphere but the food is great. You will need to reserve tables on weekends. Rs 300-600. Rs. 300-600.
- T.G.I Friday's, Lido Mall, Trinity Circle. Don't expect cheap Indian prices. Happy hours with 1+1 free on alcoholic beverages in the evening should make up for that.
- Pinxx, Manipal Centre (off MG Rd.). . A great place for Breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet. Rs. 200-400.
- Canopy, PU Building, MG Road. Open air, multi-cuisine North-Indian food. Cooking techniques date back to the Independence era offering the unique taste. Great outdoor ambiance in the middle of the central business district. Rs. 125-750.
- Le Rock Pub Cafe, Rest House Road, (Off Brigade Rd.), ☎ +91 80 4123 1001. . Hot coffee to chilled Kingfisher beer on the tap awesome cocktails and even hand rolled Havana Cigars from Salads, Sandwiches, Jacket Baked Potatoes to Entree's. LRC also offers an Oxy Bar - Bangalore 's first. A must for every tourist visiting this city.
- Ceasar's Restaurant (MG Road). Indian and continental food. Ambiance is good though the food is tad expensive. Parking is a problem.
- Alibaba Cafe & Restaurant, Frazer Town, ☎ +91 80 4091 7163. Arabian, Persian and Bhatkali cuisine described as "An Arabian Lake in the Indian Ocean". A themed restaurant with the feel of Arabia, Persia and India. The "Shaiya Biryani" of the Bhatkali cuisine, the Al faham chicken barbeque out of the Arabian cuisine and the chicken Jujeh kabab from the Persian cuisine are all recommended.
- The Egg Factory, St. Marks Road; Ring Road, JP Nagar, ☎ +91 80 4211 0041. Multi-cuisine, The menu, as the name suggests, is all based on the indispensable 'egg'. Its also modelled on a factory with functional chairs and a menu that looks like an instruction manual. Its open for all day dining. Egg dishes from all over the world, including omelttes, scrambles, French toast, curries, subs, pasta & desserts. Don't miss the fantastic Huevos Rancheros here, they make it as good as in Mexico. Innovative drinks, try the Chlorophyll Fix, it looks and sounds wierd, but tastes like heaven. Relaxed service.
- Blue Ginger, Taj West End, Race Course Road. High-end Vietnamese restaurant with, a beautiful setting and excellent food. You may be shocked by the bill, though. Just next door to the excellent Blue Bar.
- Cafe Mozaic, Taj Residency, 41/3 MG Road. Western-style dining in a casual atmosphere with some pool-side seating. Sundays before 3:30PM, there is an all-you-can-eat/drink champagne brunch for Rs 1,000.
- Grasshopper, 45 Kalena Agrahara, Bannerghatta Road, ☎ +91 80 2659 3999, +91 98 4545 2646. Freshly prepared seven course meal served on the table. Reservation required. Closed on Mondays.
- Leela Palace. All-you-can-eat/drink brunch on Sunday is Rs 2,000. They have 4 restaurants, Citrus Lounge (Brasserie kitchen), Zen (Pan Asian), Library Bar (serves all cuisine) and Jamavar (Authentic Indian). Generally overpriced compared to the Taj outlets (Blue Ginger, Graze, Karavalli)
- Monsson, Park Hotel, Old Madras Road (Next to Taj Residency). . 24 hr cafe with a variety of Continental Dishes, Indian, South East Asian and Mediterranean. Ideal location for private parties.
- Sunny's, Embassy Diamante, 34, Vittal Mallya Road; 100 feet Road, Indiranagar, ☎ +91 80 5132 9366, +91 80 5132 9391, +91 80 2212 0496. About Rs 1,200 for a 3-course meal for two, excluding drinks. Among the best restaurants in Bengaluru. Try the starters, salads and pasta is fine here. Hot sandwiches for lunch.
- The Raj Pavillion, ITC Windsor Manor, Golf Course Road. 24 hr restaurant that offers the taste of the British Raj. Anglo-Lucknowi, Far East and Continental cuisine is served. Amongst the best in Bangalore .
- Karavalli, Gateway Hotel, Residency Road, ☎ +91 80 2558 4545. . Mangalorean, Goa, Karwar, and Kerala style cuisine. Best Indian food you will get when visiting Bangalore.
- I.T-alia, The Park Hotel. has the best Italian food in town.
- Graze, Taj Residency, 41/3 MG Road. Has some of the best creative continental you will get in Bangalore .
- Giancarlo's, near Vittal Mallya Rd. <strikethrough>Offers some of the best Italian in town, though quality tends to be unstable.</strikethrough> This place has shut shop.
- Olive Beach, Wood Street. A longtime favourite that will serve you Italian meats and cheese in a nice setting, this is still among Bangalore 's best.
- Bangalore, in La Classic Hotel Extraordinaire. The only fine dining multi cuisisne restaurant, outside Electronic City and on the way to Hosur. Caters to buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner from a selection of an international menu
- Tijouri, Hotel Atria. North Indian restaurant inside the Hotel Atria.
- Kamat Yatrinivas, Gandhinagar; Bull Temple Road. Serves special N Karnataka meals with jowar (sorghum) rotis. They now have a branch on Bull Temple Road where they have local artists perform when you have dinner.
- Kadambam, Bull Temple Road; off West of Chord Road. Authentic Iyengar cuisine ranging from Puliogare, Sakkare Pongal, Thayir Sadham, of course Kadambam (which is actually a type of heavenly concoction of Sambhar and rice, akin to Bisibele Huliyanna), and a wide array of traditional Iyengar sweets. It has two branches, one on Bull Temple Road, near Ramakrishna Ashram and another just off West of Chord road, near Modi eye Hospital in Rajajinagar.
- Herbs & Spice, #39, 80 Feet Road, Indiranagar; #6, Whitefield Main Road; Opus, Palace Cross Road, . Great pasta, pizza, and desserts.
- Friends Fast Food, Jyoti Nivas College Rd, Koramangala (300 m from Forum Mall). Great Conti food at college prices. Casa Piccola fans will like this one.
- Cafe Y, Langford Road (Near Prestige Elgin, Hosur Rd-Langford Rd junction), ☎ +91 80 5114 4561. . Amazing sizzlers and steaks, nice ambiance.
- Indi Joe Sizzlers, Church Street, ☎ +91 80 4111 3636, +91 80 4112 1234. Fondue, pizza, steak and Mexican food. Their Lunch buffet is good.
- Rendezvous, 80 Feet Road, Koramangala (Near Barista and Maharaja Hotel).
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- Kollapuri's, 429/31 30th Cross, 4th Block Jaya Nagar (Near Jain Mandir), ☎ +91 80 4121 1693, +91 80 2653 5207. An authentic Maharashtrian hotel run by Savaji. It serves bhakri, chapati and "Sheckle Edme" special Savaji stuffed roti with spicy sabjis and non-veg
- Rajvardhan Foods, 1291 25th Main Road, 9th Block Jaya Nagar East (Near Big Bazaar), ☎ +91 98 8630 3088, +91 98 8630 3089. Best known for its vadapav, sabudana vada, khichdi. It also offers bhakri, thalipeeth. The snacks and other food offered here is comparatively expensive. This is because it is Bengaluru's only authentic maharashtrian food outlet. It also serves food fresh, only prepared after placing the order, so the wait and price is compensated. The food quality is excellent.
- Dalama, #37, 6th block, Koramangala, 100 ft Rd (near Kamat Hotel, Koramangala), ☎ +91 80 4166 0921. Authentic Oriya cuisine including vegetable curries, the odia speciality Dalma, chapati, meat, fish, prawn, crab, mutton and chicken delicacies.
- Karavalli, Gateway Hotel, Residency Rd, ☎ +91 80 2558 4545. Mangalorean, Goa, Karwar, and Kerala style cuisine.
- Konkan, 6th cross, 6th Block, Koramangala, ☎ +91 80 2552 1530. Mangalorean and Goan style cuisine.
- Vidyarthi Bhavan, 32 Gandhi Bazaar, ☎ +91 80 2667 7588. Another very old and traditional breakfast place, exclusively known for its Masala Dosa. Similar to MTR, you can find people who have been having breakfast here since times immemorial.
- The Palms, Highgates Hotel, 33 Church Street, ☎ +91 80 2559 7172. Mangalorean, Coorgi, and Malabari style. (shut for renovations)
- Janatha Hotel, 8th Cross, Malleshwaram. Another great place, famous for its butter masala dosas and vadas.
- Halli Mane, 3rd Cross, Malleswaram (close to Malleswaram Circle). Truly authentic and traditional Kannada style food.
- Kamath Yatrinivas, Gandhinagar. Authentic Mangalorean meals.
- Kamath Lokaruchi, Mysore Road (just before Channapatna). Amazing food and ambience. Authentic mangalorean meals
- Upaahara Darshini, Jayanagar 3rd Block. One of the Bengaluru's oldest food joints. Amazing dosas (pancakes).
- Krishna Darshini, Basavanagudi.
- Kudla, Ramanashree Comforts. For sea-food, serves excellent dishes. its like a thilak
- New Krishna Bhavan, 1st Cross Malleswaram. For authentic Mangalorean food, reasonably priced. Try the neer dosa and badam halwa.
- Kodial's, 8th Cross Malleswaram. For authentic vegetarian Konkani cuisine.
- Oh! Calcutta, St. Mark's Rd.. Part of a chain of restaurants across the country, and the best Bengali food available in the city albeit pricier than the other options.