Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, known for its vibrant culture celebrating both its fascinating past and its colorful present. Known as the Garden City of India for its beautiful parks, botanical gardens and green spaces, Bangalore is a city teeming with life offering an endless range of things to see and do. Some of India’s most spectacular festivals and cultural events can be experienced in Bangalore including the Bangalore Karaga festival dating back over 500 years, while the city has seen a rise in artistic and literary output over the past few decades which can be explored in its many art galleries or at the Art Bangalore festival. Food is beloved in Bangalore and the city’s cuisine encompasses many cultures from around the globe whether it’s feasting on street food or dining at a fine restaurant.
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When to Visit Bangalore
The Bangalore weather is fairly moderate and remains pleasant for most of the year, although most agree that it is at its finest around winter time between September and February. During this period the number of tourists visiting the city is at its peak, so those wishing to avoid the rush may want to visit Bangalore just before or after this period. Be advised that the rainy season in Bangalore tends to commence in May and only lets up around October, so it may be best to plan your trip around this period if you don’t like the rain.
Flights to Bangalore
The primary airport in Bangalore is Kempegowda International Airport, also known as Bengaluru International Airport. The airport is situated around 40km north of Bangalore and ranks as the third busiest airport in India handling over 22 million passengers annually despite only opening in 2008. The airport is currently comprised of a single passenger terminal handling both domestic and international flights, although a second terminal is currently planned for construction and is projected to open around 2022. There are direct flights from Dubai and Abu Dhabi to Kempegowda International Airport for travelers from the UAE. Emirates, Air India and IndiGo operate flights from Dubai, while Emirates fly from Abu Dhabi.
Bangalore Travel Information
All travelers flying into Bangalore from abroad will be required to arrange a visa which can be done before flying. Most nationals including those from the UAE will need to apply for an e-Tourist Visa at least four days before flights. The currency in India is the Indian rupee, so be sure to change money before traveling or once you have landed at the airport.
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