Bangalore is the trendiest destination in India, alive with a sleepless buzz that has become the city’s heartbeat. Although the western world knows it by this name, it is officially called Bengaluru (an adaptation of the India term meaning “The Town of Boiled Beans”). This name appears in written records that date back to the ninth century of our Common Era (CE). In the 1500’s, Lord Kempe Gowda was assisted by this area’s king to build three regions and a fort to protect them. However, until 1831, Bangalore did not feature much in the annals of history. This year saw the English taking control over Bangalore’s neighbour, Mysore, and making Bangalore its administrative capital. Its infrastructure was dramatically improved and its services brought up to a superior level. Today, apart from being one of the most “in vogue” of Indian destinations, it is also the heart of the Information Technology industry.

Bangalore does not experience the severe summer and winter temperatures that many other places in India do. From February to May are the warmest months, with daily highs of about 28 degrees Celsius.

Although the official language of Bangalore is Kannada, most people can also speak Hindi and English. Tourists speaking
Image of a scene of downtown Bangalore at night
A scene of downtown Bangalore at night
English should manage to communicate with the more educated locals as well as the shopkeepers quite easily.

There are various formal tours, either half-day or full-day, which reveal some of the spectacular sights that Bangalore has to offer in one comprehensive package. It is vital that tourists understand the conditions of payment, as the price of the tour does not usually include the entry fee into the various attractions visited.

For the weary traveller that seeks a retreat from city living, Omthara Kala Kuteera is the ideal attractions. It is situated within exquisite gardens that stretch for 30 acres, inviting one to take in the sweet scents of the floral kingdom and the sounds of the birds that have made this their home. This was built to celebrate the culture of India and, as such, boasts impressive art and intricate design. This getaway is only 40 kilometres from the heart of Bangalore, making it easily accessible, despite its peaceful isolation.

The ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple was built in honour of the Vedic culture and is a huge complex in Rajajinagar. It is elevated above its surroundings, yielding stunning views. It is also home to an array of shops, where souvenirs and items of worship can be obtained. The Shiva Temple is particularly popular during the Maha Shivartri Festival, and comprises a huge statue of Lord Shiva in a pool of water.

Visitors that want to enjoy an intimate moment in unrivalled surrounds are urged to visit The Lal Bagh. This pristinely manicured oasis is home to Lotus ponds, glass houses and fountains. In addition, there are several features involving rocks believed to have been there 3 million years ago. This park is easily navigable, so a guide is not necessary (despite there being plenty of guides available).

Bangalore has a long and interesting history, and continues to prove to be one of India’s finest gems.

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