Living in Bangalore
Living in Bengaluru
Bangalore, also called Bengaluru, is known as India's Silicon Valley. A center for information technology (IT) and IT services, many multinational companies and firms have made their home in the city. As Karnataka's capital city, it has one of the largest economies in India, in addition to high individual prosperity.
With a population of 84 lakh, Bangalore's urban area offers many opportunities for students, with numerous universities, engineering institutes, polytechnics and centers for technology and research. More than 25 percent of India's air and spacecraft is produced in Bangalore, which is also home to Boeing, Airbus, GE Aviation, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and National Aerospace Laboratories.
The city has plenty to offer in terms of movie theatres, shopping malls, auditoriums, art galleries and discotheques. Some of the cinema halls include PVR, Sangam, Sagar, Pallavi, Ajanta and Imperial. Shopping malls you may want to visit include National Market, 5th Avenue, Shopper's Stop, Alankar Pearl Plaza and others. There are also cafes such as Barista, Inifitea and Cha Bar to experience, with some having attached bookshops for reading, making them a great place for students.
Cost of living
Cost of living for Bangalore may vary according to area and budget. Below, mean costs for typical items is provided from Numbeo.
Inexpensive restaurant meal
Meal for 2, mid-range restaurant
Apartment in city centre (1 bedroom)
Apartment outside city centre (1 bedroom)
International release cinema ticket
One-way ticket, local transport
Taxi, normal tariff
Gasoline, 1 liter
Mean cost in rupees
In and around Bangalore, you have a few options for getting around. Bus, auto rickshaw, taxi, train and air travel are all available. The central bus stand operates conveniently in front of the city train station. There is also the Cantonment Train Station if you're going to the M.G. Road area. Just eight kilometers outside of Bangalore is Yesvantpur Train Station, for trains to Goa. Many domestic and international flights are available from the city at the Bengaluru International Airport, 36 kilometers from the city centre. Taxis, buses and shuttles are available to and from the airport.
Bangalore is a high-tech destination. Home to important industries such as information technology, aerospace and aviation, Bangalore is a top destination for workers in technology. Average literacy in Bangalore is 88.48 percent and most of the population lives in the urban area. With many job seekers coming to the city, the real estate market is growing substantially and prices have been rising.
Among Indian cities in a global survey by the international consultancy firm Mercer, Bangalore ranks the highest for quality of living. The survey used parameters such as socio-cultural environment, educational and medical facilities, infrastructure and social and political environment.
Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Marathi and English are spoken in Bangalore. Kannada is the official language of Karnataka, and some Hindi is also spoken.
Festivals and religious events in Bangalore include Dussehra, Ganesh Chaturthi, Yugadi, Karaga, Varamahalakshmi and Pongal. Other festivals and events in the area include the Bangalore Literature Festival, held in December, and the Bengaluru International Arts Festival, held around September.
For those with an interest in music, rock is one genre gaining popularity in Bangalore, with festivals such as Bangalore Open Air and Rock 'N India being especially successful. With its own particular style, Bangalore's rock bands mostly sing in English, with influences from hard rock, classic rock and heavy metal. Bangalore Open Air is held in June, drawing Indian metal bands and other groups from outside the country. Rock 'N India has hosted Carlos Santana, Slayer and Iron Maiden. Other music you can find in Bangalore includes Carnatic classical music, Hindustani classical music, blues, fusion orchestral and European music.
When you are looking for an outing in the city, you have many options for attractions apart from cinema halls and malls. A few options are Cubbon Park, Lalbagh Botanical Gardens and the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium. Other places you may want to visit are Ulsoor Lake, the Tipu Sultan Fort and Bangalore Palace. Some religious sites in Bangalore are the ISKCON Temple, the Bull Temple, Jama Masjid, the Shiv Mandir Temple and Dodda Ganesha Temple.
Food in the city runs the gamut from classic South Indian thali to Japanese. Other cuisine you can find includes North Indian, Thai, French, British and Mediterranean.
Restaurant Week Bangalore happens every year around September, with upscale restaurants offering reduced prices and special menus. This can be a chance for you to try food options you might not normally have. Reservations can be made online. Starting in 2013, the event will be offered twice a year.
If cricket is the sport you watch, Bangalore has great offerings for you. Cricket is an important sport in the city, where you can see the game live at the 40,000-seat M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. The city's cricket team is the Royal Challengers Bangalore, an India Premier League (IPL) team. In hockey, the city has the Bangalore Hi-Fliers (Premier Hockey League or PHL) and Karnataka Lions (World Series Hockey or WSH). In volleyball, there is the Karnataka Bulls of the Indian Volleyball League (IVL).
Apart from cricket, there is also hockey, tennis, badminton and horse racing. With so much varied training available, it's not surprising that many well-known athletes come from Bangalore. Sports tournaments are sometimes held in the city, which recently included the Cricket World Cup in 2011.
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