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    Tourism information

    by abi_maha Written Apr 16, 2009

    Favorite thing: Tourist information on Karnataka is now available across the country over a toll-free telephone number. The toll free number is 1-600-44-1414 and the service is provided nine hours a day, from 09:00 hrs (IST) 18:00 hrs (IST) round the year. The office is closed on Tuesdays.

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    Just a call away

    by abi_maha Written Feb 2, 2009

    Favorite thing: For any information you need while in bngalore just call JustDial services on 080-23333333 and it will be given to you instantly. You cn use this service to get taxi numbers, hospital numbers, contacts of restaurants or hotels, etc. Anything that you may need. This is a phone directory service and is the most convenient way of getting info while here!

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    In and around Bangalore

    by rajsriv Written May 30, 2008

    Favorite thing: Hi ,

    Welcome to Bangalore!!!!! Silicon City of India. It is happening place you will like it. Bangalore is safe and sound just like as another cosmopolitan city. Good thing it's weather , it very cool. But trefic is not that great. Further to explore there are lots of things within the City and near around City. I am born traveler :) I love to explore much more around the city while drive , you can have beautiful waterfall in 5 hours drive (Hognekkal), Historical Place I like , i am sure you will amazed to see is Maysore Palace , 3-4 drive from Bangalore. Wild Life century Mudumalai and Bandipure , twice I have already visited going for drive 3rd time coming Weekend on 24th May, you just missed it :) , never mind let me know when you are here I can guide you.
    Yarcard around 7 hour distance good hill station for over night stay. Gokarna is amazing beach just 7 hours drive typically for backpacking, i love to drive that stretch. You can touch Goa also from there just in 5 hours.
    You can explore more on this site
    http://www.karnatakatourism.com/index.asp
    what more? within city there are good pubs, restorents, Malls you can check at
    http://www.bangalorebest.com/Winedine/winedine.asp
    About the city you can check at
    http://www.karnataka.com/tourism/bangalore/
    You can use auto rick with city for commutation, be careful while checking the meter and paying. In the night be sure where are you going. when you land buy Reliance Cell phone is good not fancy but give good coverage is even while you roam in remote areas or buy a sim card and a cell phone to keep you connected.
    Bye the time you land , new airport will be in operation so much know which area you are going to stay and which route you need to take so you can catch right bus. have you fixed where are you going to Stay?
    What more feel free to write me email, if you need more info.
    Regards / Raj / rajsriv@yahoo.com

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    Bangalore as a Destination

    by doclee Written Mar 30, 2008

    Favorite thing: Well, we are now back from our holiday and spent just over a day in Bangalore in mid-March but found the experience totally unrestful and stressful.
    We flew with Deccan (cheap, efficient and to be recommended) on the only flight, leaving Kochi just after 7am, arriving at Bangalore at 8am. As the only onward flights to Goa (ours with Kingfisher - cheap, efficient, with a tasty curry meal and to be recommended) were around 4pm we decided to spend the night in Bangalore to check the city out. (My grandfather was stationed there in 1898, just before being posted to South Africa and the Boer War.)
    From our short time there I personally wouldn't recommend Bangalore as a place to visit unless you had business there that demanded your presence. It was extremely busy with traffic, very smelly from the exhaust fumes and on our perambulations on foot we never found any of the shops marked on our map. We found only one bar (for which we had read the city was noted) and that was closed for a private party!! Everywhere seemed to be being pulled down/rebuilt/developed (slight over-exaggeration).
    Seeking rest elsewhere we repaired to the big park in the middle of the city but were besieged by beggarwomen with babies. The park itself was really just an unkempt open space with trees surrounded by busy roads and with a road running through it but it did provide some respite.
    We stayed at an excellent hotel, the St Mark's Hotel, the room rate being 6100 rupees per night and I can recommend it.
    In retrospect, we may have got more out of our stay with less stress if we had taken a tour of the city by car/taxi/tuc-tuc, but we prefer to walk as much as possible. We did, in fact, have a mini-tour of the city by taxi on the way back to the Airport when the taxi driver provided by the hotel offered us a tour at no extra cost!!! Having ample time in hand we were transported via the Court House and Government Buildings to (?a relative's?) jewellery shop!! We nearly ended up missing our flight, not helped by the arrival by air of a Politician and the consequent closing of the road to the airport!!
    Certainly our short stay was a big disappointment but not enough to spoil our overall holiday.

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    Need to get money whilst at Bangalore airport

    by traceyspacey Written Nov 23, 2007

    Favorite thing: We needed to get money out as we had no Rupees with us. The rate offered by the money exchange was not worth it. The ATM inside international arrivals does not accept foreign cards.

    But if you walk out and go past domestic departure's there is an ATM that takes visa.

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    Here r some interesting facts about Bangalore

    by Justin_goa Updated Mar 31, 2007

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    Favorite thing: 1.Bangalore has the impeccable record of highest growth within a span
    of 20 Years

    2.Bangalore has highest number of pubs in Asia.

    3.Bangalore has highest number of cigarette smokers in India.

    4.Bangalore has the highest number of software companies in India
    -212, followed by Hyderabad - 108, Pune - 97. Hence called the Silicon
    Valley of India

    5.Bangalore has 21 engineering colleges, which is highest in the world
    in a given city. Bangalore University has 57
    Engineering colleges affiliated to it, which is highest in the world.

    6.Bangalore is the only city in the world to have commercial and
    defence Airport operating from the same strip.

    7.Bangalore has highest number of public sectors and government
    Organizations in India.

    8.Bangalore university has highest number of students going abroad for
    higher studies taking the first place from IIT-Kanpur.

    9.Bangalore has only 48% of local population( i.e.Kannadigas).Hence a
    true cosmopolitan with around 25% Tamilians,14%Telugites, 10%
    Keralites, 8% Europeans, 6% a mixture of all races.

    10.Bangalore police has the reputation of being second best in India
    after Delhi.

    11.Bangalore has the highest density of traffic in india.

    12.Bangalore has the highest number of 2-wheelers in the world.

    Fondest memory: 13.Bangalore is considered the fashion capital of east comparable to
    Paris

    15.Bangalore has produced the maximum international sportsmen in India
    for all sports ahead of even Mumbai & Delhi.

    16.Bangalore has produced the maximum number of scientists considered
    for Nobel Prize nominations.

    17.Bangalore has produced the highest number of professionals in USA
    almost 60% of the Indian population abroad is from Bangalore (except
    Gulf).

    18.Bangalore is famous for THREE: Software Professionals, Girls and
    Dogs. This one is Ultimate.

    19.Bangalore is famous for its dog bites, an average of 12 people in
    every single min...sumwhere!

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    Wild in the City

    by freaked70 Updated Dec 3, 2006

    Favorite thing: I was visiting the Bannerghatta National Park, located about 20km from the heart of the city, after over 12 years. From my earlier experience, I didn't expect much and the visit was meant to be a familiarisation for my 3 year old son with some of the other creatures we share the planet with. Frankly, I was pleasantly surprised by the general condition of the animals, especially on the lion & tiger safari. With a fairly good representation of animals, the zoo is quite an interesting walk-about too. The disappointing aspect was only the aquarium, which seemed more like a temporary setup.

    The Park offers a decent getaway for about 3-4 hours from the city's bustle. While the cleanliness and general upkeep of the zoo and the safari area were fair, one big disappointment was a lack of food options. In addition to numerous stalls selling chips and soft drinks, there exists only one 'restaurant', if one can call it that, which is run by the state Govt. The food was far from palatable and one had to put up with being surrounded by stray dogs.

    Fondest memory: The safari, though of no comparison to the ones you would come across in a real wildlife sanctuary, was quite well stimulated. With tigers in good number, my son and other children in the bus (yes, you are sheperded in a bus!) had an enjoyable time.

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    Summer

    by lavnya Written Mar 25, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Summer starts from late Feb-the sun can be scorching in April-May
    So, do not forget to carry your caps, hats, sun-shades!!!
    sun-glasses and sun screens when you are out walking.

    Summer fruits are in plenty and taste sweet.
    Evenings are pleasant

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    Go to the dentist

    by Wanderboy43 Written Jun 4, 2004

    Favorite thing: I'd heard that Bangkok was a great place to get cheap, good quality dental work done.
    I've found the same in Bangalore at Dental Lavelle. www.dentallavelle.com

    This place is very professional, clean, etc.

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    Take Classes - French, German, or Music, Computers

    by Wanderboy43 Written Jun 3, 2004

    Favorite thing: While in Bangalore I took beginning German classes at teh Max Muller Bhavan (German Cultural Center). #3, Lavelle Road ph: 222 19772 or 222 14964
    Very high level of instruction (+ good price ~ 5,500 rupees for 16 weeks weekend course) Weekday courses or 6 week Crash also available

    French classes are also offered at Alliance Francaise (www.allfranceflr.com) phone 91 80 2258762 - even cheaper.
    email: alfrab@satyam.net.in or courses@allfranceblr.com)

    Also, I was recommended the Bangalore School of Music - #32 Nethargi Rd. Fraser-Town (near Water Supply Road). At least there will be a message board with instuctors.

    Finally, do like I did and take computer classes. NIIT is the most reputable, although be careful as the person signing you up for the class will automatically lie about the start date. The class will magically start "tomorrow" if you only pay immediately. It''s okay to ask for a discount. There are many centers, though the is one NIIT near Brigade Road.

    Spanish "coaching" classes are offered through "Centro Latino" ph 56969187
    5,27th Main, II Cross, off Koramangala-Indiranagar Ring Road. Sat/Sun 9.30-11am

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    The weather is bangalore

    by creaturez Written Nov 8, 2003

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    Favorite thing: It is always drizzling here , even during a sunny day you get drizzles, lots of beautifull Gardens are there like Lal bagh and smaller ones

    Fondest memory: Fondest memory is visiting Vidhan soudha and the adjacent gardens

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  • Special Events

    by dsantosh Written Jul 21, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Special Events
    For further information, contact the Government of India Tourist Office
    Below is a selection from the hundreds of Indian festivals celebrated throughout 2002. All the festivals are nationwide unless otherwise stated:
    Jan Calcutta Festival.Jan 3-5 Mattu Pongal (harvest festival), Tamil Nadu.Jan 4-7 Pondicherry Yoga Festival, Pondicherry. Jan 8 Floating Festival, Tamil Nadu.Jan 12-13 Classical Music Festival, Mumbai. Jan 27-28 Bikaner Camel Festival. Feb Goa Festival.Feb 18-28 Taj Mahotsav (ten day event celebrating India's arts, crafts, music and cuisine), Agra.Feb 25-27 Desert Festival, Jaisalmer.Mar Khajuraho Dance Festival, Madhya Pradesh.Mar 9 Jaipur Festival of Colours. Mar 11 Shivatri (religious festival), nationwide. May 26 Buddha Purnima (celebration of the birthy of Lord Buddha). Mar 28 Elephant Festival, Jaipur.Apr 7-8 Mahavir Jayanti Festival, Bombay. Apr 15 Gangaur,Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur Bikaner. Apr 21 Ramnavami (anniversary of Lord Rama's birth).May 1 Maharashtra-Tag, Mumbai. Jun 1-3 Summer Festival, Mount-Abu. Jun 3-10 Badri-Kedar Festival (cultural festival), Badrnath and Kedarnath. Jul International Mango Festival, Delhi.Aug 4 Raksha Bandhan, Mumbai. Aug 12 Krishna Janmashtami (celebration of Krishna's Birthday). Aug 15 Indian Independence Day Celebrations. Aug 21-27 Onam Festival, Kerala. Sep 1 Ganesh Chaturthi (festival of the elephant God Ganesh). Oct 7-25 Navrati (Hindu festival), Bombay. Oct 8-9 Dussehra, nationwide. Nov 4 Deepvali, nationwide celebrations. Nov 16-19 Pushkar Fair, Ajmer (Pushkar).

    Fondest memory: Note
    Besides the above festivals there are hundreds of festivals and fairs which are of regional significance, celebrated with equal pomp and colour. The most authentic of these are the following: The Temple Festivals in southern India, a list of which is often available at Government of India Tourist Offices. Festivals at Ladakh in Kashmir. Festivals in Rajasthan; a visitor will be unlucky to visit Rajasthan at a time when a festival of some kind is not either in progress or about to take place. The visitor may also be lucky enough to witness dancing at a village festival or a private wedding.

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  • "Duh"....THE Pubs

    by sam_decroos Updated May 8, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Bangalore has a very good crowd....beautiful girls..if theres a fashion capital in the east it would have to be bangalore....my fav place in bangalore ,like anybody who has visited bangalore would say, has to be brigade roads.....a kool hang out for a variety of activities

    Fondest memory: The pubs r somethin u wouldnt wanna miss....the music is crazy....this is a place of metal and rock freaks.....Purple haze on residency road was a unforgettable place...
    another memory from bangalore was a small dam not too far away from bangalore...located at about 15 miles from the big banyan tree on mysore road.....the ride to this place is one I will never forget...I was not aware of this place till one villager took me along to show this place...it was called manchinpilay dam or somethin of that sort

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    Viewing the 'Taj Mahal'

    by topoftheworl Written Mar 19, 2003

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    Favorite thing: If you are lucky enough to be there on a moonlit night, it literally glitters. As it is a Mausoleum, you have to take your shoes off to walk on it. This a custom at most 'holy' places. Leave your best shoes behind, and hold on to the ticket you get in the shoe area.

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    Great city...don't stick to the main streets

    by ChuckG Written Mar 14, 2003

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    Favorite thing: One thing I liked in Bangalore is to wander in the small plaza and streets and interact with the locals. Otherwise, a trip to Bangalore can be very westernized if sticking to the commercial streets, attractions and hotels

    Fondest memory: Running wild in a auto-ricksha while slalomming between Uber-Lori (trucks)

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