Bangalore Airport Information:
Bangalore has a brand new international airport that opened in May 2008. However, it's located 40 kilometers (25 miles) away from the city center. The travel time to the airport is between one and two hours, depending on traffic. A taxi costs around 800 rupees one way, so many people prefer to take an airport shuttle bus service.
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The quickest and easiest way to get around Bangalore is by auto rickshaw. However, if you're not from the city, it's certain that drivers will try to cheat you by taking a long route to your destination. Taxis are only available by prior booking, thus making them inconvenient for impromptu travel but great if you want to rent a car and driver for a few hours of sightseeing. The other alternative is to take a bus, and this can be a cheap and easy way of going on a mini tour of the city. Board a bus near the start of the route at Majestic or Shivaji Nagar, and you'll get a great insight into life in Bangalore.
The Bangalore Metro train service is now also up and running, although it will take a couple more years for construction of all phases to be completed.
Bangalore Top Attractions:
Bangalore is known for its parks and gardens. Other attractions include temples, palaces, and heritage buildings. Bangalore has a thriving pub scene, but most places shut around 11 p.m. due to the curfew in place. Find out what to see and do in and around Bangalore:
- 10 Tourist Places to Visit in Bangalore
- 11 Temples and Spiritual Places in Bangalore
- 13 Tourist Places Near Bangalore
Sleeping & Eating in Bangalore:
There's no shortage of luxury hotels and tasty restaurants in Bangalore, and they're amongst India's finest too.
Bangalore Health and Safety Information:
Bangalore is a relatively safe Indian city and organized crime is almost non-existent. The city is also quite liberal in its attitude compared to many Indian cities, resulting in better treatment of women and less staring. However, be careful of pickpockets in tourist areas. The usual tourist scams also operate in Bangalore, but again, to a lesser extent than in many other Indian cities. Overall, Bangalore is a friendly city to visit.
As always in India, it's important not to drink the water in Bangalore. Instead buy readily available and inexpensive bottled water to stay healthy. In addition, it's a good idea to visit your doctor or travel clinic well in advance of your departure date to ensure that you receive all the necessary immunizations and medications, especially in relation to illnesses such as malaria and hepatitis.