Bangalore Holidays

Bangalore, now officially known as Bengaluru, has something for everyone. Except, perhaps, the beach-lover. Revel in Garden Cityās numerous parks and lung spaces (nullthe city boasts streets named Primrose Road, Margosa Road, Rose Garden etc for a reason!). Be a part of its contagious pub culture. And if fascinated by history, lose yourself in its palaces, forts, temples, old buildings and streets. Though Bangaloreans themselves bemoan the loss of green cover and tranquility and complain about the traffic snarls, saying IT City has killed Pensionerās Paradise, the city is still a pleasant surprise for visitors from other metros. The weatherās lovely for most of the year and the city still jealously guards its green spaces.>

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Shopping in Bangalore

Bangalore is famous for its sandalwood (nullremember, thatās how even the Kannada film industry is known). But beware, itās easy to get cheated when dealing with sandalwood products. Itās best to shop at the state-run Cauvery Emporium on M G Road. Here youāll find sandalwood and sandalwood products, ivory, jewelry, silk and even furniture. Itās a tad expensive compared to shops outside but at least you know itās genuine stuff. And you do get stuff for as cheap as Rs 10. Just outside Cauvery, you'll find vendors selling lacquerware toys from Channapatna. The toys belong to a lost era and will have at least the adults back home enthused, if not today's tech-savvy kids!

While on M G Road, also drop into the saree shops there since Karnataka is also famous for its silk. Sarees and scarves are popular giveaways.

But if youāre looking for wholesale rates for silk, head to the City Market area. But be prepared to brave traffic snarls and jostle through crowded streets to get there. And of course, youāll end up spending a lot of time making a choice since thereās plenty to choose from. Remember to bargain.

The other popular shopping areas are Brigade Road and Commercial Street which are lined with shops selling branded products as well as locally-made ones.

Restaurants in Bangalore

Indian - Zaman Khansama Rajdhani Mirchi Laajawaab Jamavar Indian Affair Khayal Moti Mahal Heera Panna Dum Pukht Jolly Nabobs The Urban Nawaab Copper Chimney Ebony Bistro Nawab Ada Hind Ki Hyd Mahal Sahib Sindh Sultan A Taste of Rampur Serengeti Bombay Post Gramin Ramanas More Than Paranthas Kabab Studio Umerkot Roomali with a View The Terrace Nation The Village Tiger Trail Angeethi Oye Amritsar Tandoor Chandni Chowkh Ada Cheenab 9th Mile Dhaba The Legacy of Punjab Oh! Calcutta The Esplanade 6 Ballygunge Place Bhojohuri Manna Bangaliana Daddyās Deli The Szechwan Court

Chinese - Ginseng Memories of China Mainland China Aromas of China In China 7th Heaven

Continental Restaurant Nanking The Rice Bowl Ping Three Quarter Chinese Beijing Bites Just Oriental Magnolia Terrace Chung Wah Silkwinds Noble House Silver Wok Wok With Chung 18 China Town Shangrila Hungry Panda Taipan

European/Continental/Mediterranean Sixty-Four Paparazzi The Only Place Bangalore Bistro 20 Ft High Babettes Herbs and Spice Road Trip Casa Piccola Sundance Bistro Graze Zara ā The Tapas Bar The Ugly Duckling I-T.Alia Toscano Aloro Sunnyās Ristorante Italia Via Milano Little Italy Spaghetti Kitchen Elements Eatery Fiorano Incanto Caperberry Olive Beach Casa Del Sol Taāam Falafel 100-Ft Boutique Restaurant Zoe Restolounge and Opus

Regional - Bangalore has a number of restaurants serving South Indian food ā from spicy Chettinad to fiery Andhra to Konkan cuisine to seafood to local delicacies like Ragi Mudde, Jowar Roti etc etc. We list some: Karavalli Dakshin Emgeeās Alampur Bheemaās Coconut Grove Nandhini R R Nandhana Palace South Indies Nagarjuna Mavalli Tiffin Room Sana-di-ge Kanua Shiv Sagar Annachi Anjappar Kubay 3 Storyās Empire

Nightlife - Bangalore's also known as Pub City and for a reason. Upmarket areas in and around M G Road, Brigade Road and Residency Road are dotted with pubs that are popular hangouts for college students and young professionals. The only hitch, however, is that you can drink the night away because Bangalore has a Cinderalla hour -- 11pm. But, most youngsters take advantage of happy hours where prices of drinks are halved or the quantity doubled. Some of Bangalore's more popular pubs are: Ice I-Bar Styx The 13th Floor The Polo Club Nasa The Blue Bar Pecos Bling Tavern at the Inn Bull and Bush Geoffreys Zero G Sphaira Purple Haze Guzzlerās Inn Mojos Le Rock Café The Chequered Bar Library Bar Dublin Legends of Rock The Mirage SOS Firangi Paani Indijoe Resto Pub Zanzibar The Pub World The Beach Enigma Pebbles Glacier Nevada Pub Retro

Weather in Bangalore

Bangalore is located in the southern part of Karnataka in the Indian Peninsula (null°58?13?N 77°33?37?E). If you enter the city by road from, say a city like Chennai, itās a bit like walking into an air-conditioned mall. Thatās why they call it the air-conditioned city. Perched 3,113 feet (null meter) above sea level on a ridge on the Karnataka plateau, it is blessed with pleasant weather for most of the year.

The city has dry, tropical climate with frequent rains. Summers are mild (nullApril-June) though global warming has taken its toll and temperatures have inched to 36 degree centigrade. Winters are cool (nullOctober-February). The city experiences southwestern monsoon rains from June to August and the northeast monsoon in November and December. In between, September and October are windy and rainy because of the retreating monsoon.

If you plan to visit, itās best to avoid the rainy season. But thatās easier said than done given Bangaloreās unpredictable showers. The joke among locals is that Bangalore has four seasons ā all in the same day! So when in the city, make sure you have an umbrella always handy.

Things to do in Bangalore

The Lalbagh Botanical Garden has been described as a pendant in Bangaloreās necklace of gardens. Initially designed along the lines of an extensive Mughal garden at Sira in Tumkur near Bangalore, the park now sprawls across 240 acres and is every botanistās and horticulturistās delight. Not that its pleasures donāt delight the common man who can spend hours walking around, soaking in the tranquility and marvelling at the greenery, the lotus ponds, fountains, the Glass House and stone formations that date back over 3 billion years.

How to reach Bangalore

Surface - Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (nullKSRTC) buses connect Bangalore not only to the rest of Karnataka but also major cities around. There are bus services available from and to Hyderabad, Cochin, Trivandrum, Chennai, Mumbai, Goa and Mysore among others. The main bus station in Bangalore for intercity travel is Majestic bus stand, though there could be pick-up and drop-off points through the city.

Train - Bangalore has three major stations: the City Railway Station at Majestic, Cantonment (null km from Majestic) and Yeshwanthpur (null km from Majestic). Through these stations, the city is well-connected to all major cities in India. It runs several trains a day to Chennai and Mysore alone since people commute frequently between these points.

Air - Bangalore airport is well connected to almost all airports in India and to major international airports too. It is also the connecting point for many places in Karnataka which do not have an international airport. The airport is 40 kilometer (null miles) away from the main railway station near Majestic. It costs about Rs 300 by autorickshaw and Rs 600 by taxi. Pre-paid taxi facilities are available at the airport.

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