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Bangalore, previously a popular business destination, is a well-kept secret for both overseas and inter-state travellers. It is well-known for its rich, local culture, Udupi cuisine, colourful festivals and affordable travel.
Tips for year round travel
The best seasons for travel are October to March. Winter arrives in November, with a public holiday commemorating the foundation of the Karnataka state on November 1st. December is its coldest month, at an average temperature of 15°C. The season is short-lived and ends in January followed by an enjoyable summer beginning in February. The summer brings with it many festivals, including 9 days in either March or April of "Karaga Shaktyotsava", dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Draupadi. April's Someshwara Car festival, a procession to the Halasuru Someshwara Temple (Ulsoor), occurs when the city experiences temperatures hitting 36°C. Monsoon arrives in June, lasting until October. The city comes together to celebrate the second Bi-annual Flower Show on August 15th for Independence Day. The first part is celebrated on January 26th, the country's Republic Day.
Before you travel, keep in mind... The official language in Bangalore is Kannada, but speaking Hindi is perfectly acceptable. Upon arrival, there are three forms of transport from the airport to city centre. Local buses (e.g. BMTC Vayu Vajra) go for about ₹ 50-250 and run to various parts of Bangalore city. Pre-paid taxis have counters located at terminals and cost around ₹ 1,200. Metered AC Taxis are approximately ₹ 700 - 1,000.
Local information - accommodation, travel, food
A bus day pass costs around ₹ 40 but is not valid on Vajra buses. For auto-goers, the cost is Rs. 15, based on the distance in kilometres, though there is a minimum charge of ₹ 25. Keep in mind that there is a 10% extra charge for night travel and heavy luggage costs ₹ 10-20 extra to transport. Taxis are everywhere and charge a flat rate of ₹ 150, with a 20% tax on advertised prices and must be booked in advance. Accommodation is reasonable and cheap, starting from ₹ 700 to mid-range of ₹ 1500 and luxury at ₹ 4,000. There is plenty of local cuisine to experience with cheap thalis costing about ₹ 100 or a restaurant meal ringing in at around ₹ 300.