Bengaluru also known as Bangalore is the capital city of Karnataka. The city is often refered to as the Silicon Valley of India and is India’s leading IT exporter. It is a green city with many parks, broad streets and is also called the Garden City of India. It is a cultural city with many festivals and international rock concerts held here periodically. It is one of the most liveable cities in India and home to Kannada film industry.
Major tourist sites in and around Bangalore: Vidhana Soudha, Seshadari Iyer Memorial, Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, Bengalore Palace, Glass House Lal Bagh, Bull Temple, Gavi Gangadhareswara Temple, Maha Bodhi Society Temple, Shiva Temple, St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral, St. Mary's Basilica, ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Government Museum, Venkatappa Art Gallery, Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, HAL Heritage Center and Aerospace Museum, etc.
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When to visit: best time to visit is October to June.
HOW TO REACH
Nearest railway station: Bangalore is well connected by railway to major cities of India. Two major stations in Bangalore - the City Railway Station (IR station code: SBC) situated in the city center opposite the Majestic Bus stand and the Yeshwantpur Junction (IR station code: YPR).
Nearest airport: KempeGowda International Airport (IATA: BLR), (ICAO: VOBL) is located in Devanahalli about 40 km (25 mi)away from the central business district of Bangalore (MG Road) and about 30 km (19 mi) away from the Bangalore City Railway Station.
For more information see section TravelInfo/Airports/Bengaluru
Buses: Kempegowda Bus Station also known as Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus stand or the Majestic Bus Station is located opposite the Bangalore city railway station. It handles buses that connect Bangalore to all major cities and states in south India. Government and private buses run services to major cities like Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Mangalore, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tirupati, Hyderabad, etc.
Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), maintains bus services within Bangalore. The main bus stand is located opposite to the Kempegowda Bus Station.
Get around: Bangalore is connected by metro system. To use the system, either buy a smart card and load it with credit or buy a token each time you want to ride the metro.
All parts of Bangalore are connected by buses. They are cheap, but also quite crowded most of the time.
Bangalore is well-serviced by smartphone-app based cab-service providers. Popular services are Ola, Uber and Meru.
Auto rickshaws (also called tuk-tuk or simply autos) are good for shorter trips.
Cycle rickshaws are good for short distances, or places which are too far to walk but too short for taking a bus/taxi/auto rickshaw.
By road: The distance from Bangalore to Mysuru is about 150 km (93 mi) via NH275. It takes around 3-4 hours.
The distance from Bangalore to Chennai is about 345 km (214 mi) via NH 48 and Mumbai Hwy. It takes around 6-7 hours.
The distance from Bangalore to Hampi is about 348 km (216 mi) via NH 48. It takes around 7 hours.
The distance from Bangalore to Ooty is about 277 km (172.3 mi) via NH275. It takes around 6 hours.
The distance from Bangalore to Panaji (Goa) is about 589 km (365.9 mi) via NH 48. it takes around 10-11 hours.
The distance from Bangalore to Mumbai is about 980 km (609 mi) via NH 48 and NH 48. It takes around 15-16 hours.
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