Bangalore, known also as Bengaluru, is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, in the south of the country. It is India's third-largest city, a world-known IT hub and is called the "Garden City of India", thanks to its many parks, among which Cubbon Park and Lal Bagh stand out. In 2012, the Lonely Planet tourist guides voted the city third in its "Top 10 Cities to Visit" ranking. Being the capital of its state, it has impressive government buildings, such as the Vidhana Soudha and the Vikasa Soudha. You can visit the British colonial-styled Bangalore Palace, later purchased by the Maharaja of Mysore. The city abounds with temples, and some of the most impressive are the Iskcon Hare Krishna Temple, the Shiva Temple (with a large monolith of the god outside it) and the Sri Ramakrishna Ashram in the Gandhi Bazaar. The city's airport operates many routes which connect Bangalore to many domestic, international and intercontinental cities, such as: Hong Kong, Dubai, London, Mumbai, Delhi, Goa and Singapore. If you're searching for a cheap flight from the UK, perhaps a flight from Manchester or maybe from London, you can use our online flight comparison tool to compare hundreds of airlines and find the best fare for your trip.
Although the local government is planning to add a rail connection, currently you can get to and from the airport by bus or taxi. Total journey time will depend on the transport mode (and traffic!), but should range between 35 and 60 minutes. Although no tourist card is offered, you can buy a daily pass to have unlimited daily trips on the public transport network. Many online travel guides provide plenty of information on the city, things to do and how to plan your trip.The city's vibrant cultural environment can be witnessed when attending one of the many festivals held there every year. The Karaga Festival (in March/April), Diwali (October/November) and the Kadalekaye Parishe (November) are amongst the events that are not to be missed! The city is also an Indian favourite for international musicians to play in (i.e. Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Sting, Satriani, etc.). Although international cuisine is easily available in the city, Bangalore's traditional specialties include masala dosa (pancake with chutney and curry) and pandi with rotis (pork curry with bread). Bangalore is also a perfect starting point for those wishing to discover more of Southern India, such as Chennai and Mysore.