Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is the capital of the state of Karnataka in southern India. This city of over ten million people is a modern mega-city steeped in history. It is known equally as India’s Garden City and India’s Silicon Valley. Here are three crucial tips for people visiting Bangalore for the first time. We’ll address everything from safety to travel to saving money.
Understand the Climate
Bangalore’s seasons mimic that of the tropics, where summer and winter matter less than the dry and wet seasons. If you’re traveling to Bangalore, know that the rainy season is July through September, yet the weather can change radically in one day. You could be hit by a heavy rain storm in June or October, and the spotty showers means it could be completely dry just a few blocks away. So, pack an umbrella and be as ready for scorching heat as pleasant temperatures.
Take the Right Precautions
While Bangalore is a relatively safe city, there are still criminals and scammers. Be vigilant when taking taxi cabs and beware of anyone who pulls up in a generic car claiming to be a moonlighting cab driver.
Consider using one of the city’s buses or using an app you trust to book a car or cab. If you do get in, feel free to check your location via GPS or ask questions. The last thing you need is a major bill for being taken to the wrong place or given the scenic route when you just wanted to return to your hotel room.
In general, don’t be out past 9 PM unless with a trusted guide. The only exception to this is when you’re in the hotel pool or lobby.
Keep your personal belongings with you. This means having your purse on your shoulder or using a fanny pack. It may mean having a chain to keep your wallet connected to your pants. Avoid attracting unwanted attention, and this includes doling out money and candy to children no matter how much you want to help. Doing so could unfortunately make you a target for pickpockets and other thieves, so stay on your toes.
Plan Entertainment in Advance
Bangalore is home to a number of performing groups ranging from modern pop groups to classical Indian music shows. Some are held at permanent theaters, a few on the street, and others in historic schools and plazas.
Find an English language daily paper to find out about the performances going on in your area. Bangalore has long been a multicultural city, so you could find plays in English or German as well as Indian languages like Kannada. Note that you’ll need to plan well in advance to see a theater performance due to how quickly the tickets sell out. And if you want to fly from Delhi to Bangalore and back, know that the flight between the two cities is very short and prices on domestic flights are very low everywhere within the country.
Bangalore is a great destination to visit if you take the time to learn what you need to know. Vigilance and consideration for local customs are essential for tourists no matter where they go.