Bangalore's Relaxed Cosmopolitan Ambience
Visitors will discover Bangalore has a relaxed ambience and is an attractive destination. Cosmopolitan Bangalore is India's third most populous city, and embraces a dynamic pub culture and nightlife, extensive high-end shopping districts and trendy, self-service style restaurants. Thoroughly modern Bangalore is rich with a diverse history best discovered through guided walking tours of the city.
Seasons/holidays and festivals
October until March is the favourite travel time. The winter season is from November to January. December has the coolest temperatures, averaging at 15° C. Summertime is from February until May with the hottest temperatures in April with a maximum around 36° C. Monsoon season is from June to October. Bi-annual flower shows celebrate Republic Day (January 26th) and Independence Day (August 15th). The Bangalore Karaga Festival ("Karaga Shaktyotsava") occurs for nine days in March/April. Karaga celebrates the Hindu goddess Draupadi. The colourful Someshwara Car festival takes place in Ulsoor with a flower-rich procession of the Halasuru Someshwara Temple. November 1st (Karnataka Rajyotsava) commemorates Karnataka's founding with a public holiday.
Travel tips, cost of living and other information
Kannada is the official language of Bangalore. Other languages spoken include Hindi. Living expenses are cheap, as Thali fare costs approximately 100 rupees and a restaurant meal is only about 300 rupees. Bangalore is India's "Silicon Valley", making it a popular business destination. There is free municipal WiFi connectivity in various points such as M.G. Road Brigade Road, etc. Udupi restaurants serve local cuisine.
Bangalore transport and sleeping options
The BMTC provides a fleet of comfortable buses known as the "Vayu Vajra" that connect the airport to the metropolis. The average cost is about 50-200 rupees to various parts of the city. Pre-paid taxis (counters in terminals) cost around 1,200 rupees while a metered AC taxi costs between 700-1,000 rupees. Advertised accommodation rates add a 20% tax. Cheap rooms cost about 700 rupees. Mid-range prices of hotels are about 1,500 rupees, while luxury rates are approximately 4,000 rupees. A bus day-pass (which can not be used on Vajra buses) costs approximately 40 rupees. An auto fare begins at around 15 rupees times the distance in km (minimum charge around 25 rupees). For night rates add 10% extra. Heavy luggage also costs around 10-20 extra rupees. Taxis must be booked in advance. There is a flat rate of 150 rupees for anywhere within Bangalore.