Being the capital of Karnataka, one of the most progressive states in India, Bangalore is situated 3021ft above sea level and enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year. Any tourist can start his tour from Bangalore with its ancient forts, temples, gardens and shopping. All important tourist attractions in Karnataka can be reached within a day's journey from Bangalore.
Bangalore was founded by Kempe Gowda, the Vijayanagar Chieftain of Yelahanga, over 400 years ago. But ancient inscriptions point to the existence of a village called 'Bangalore' prior to the 10th century AD.
Kempe Gowda built a mud fort in his city with 8 gates which lent their names to different areas inside the fort. Inside the fortress walls, the city grew into a commercial haven divided into localities where individual trades dominated each area. To this day these areas bear their original names.
In 1687 the Mughuls captured Bangalore from the Sultan of Bijapur and gave it on lease and later sold it to King Chikkadevaraya Wodiyar of Mysore. In 1761 Hyderali rebuilt the fort with stone. It was the stronghold of Hyderali and Tipu Sultan. In 1807 the British shifted their cantonment from Srirangapatnam to Bangalore. The 19th century saw Bangalore growing into an administrative center and a prime residential area. Mysore State was acceded to the Indian Union in 1947 with Bangalore as its capital. In 1973 Mysore State was renamed Karnataka.
Garden City - Bangalore
Bangalore is popularly known as the Pensioner's Paradise or Silicon Valley of India. Bangalore is also known as the "Garden City" as there are many public parks where one can experience the beautiful greenery that the city has to offer. It is a feast to the eyes as the entire city is adorned with beautiful landscapes, flowers and hedges. Some of the trees across the Bangalore are as old as the city itself.
Bangalore is home to two of India’s most interesting museums that are wholly dedicated to science. The Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum is situated on the Kasturba Road in Bangalore, 18 kms away from Palm Meadows which comprises of five galleries, namely Popular Science Gallery, Kimbe Paper Metals Gallery, Children's Science Gallery, Electronic Technology Gallery and the Engine Hall Gallery.
Another museum that draws huge crowds is the HAL Aerospace Museum, located 8 kms away from Palm Meadows and is the second largest public aviation museum in India. The HAL museum is standing proof to the growth of the aviation industry in India, giving Bangalore the status of the “City of Aeronautics”.
Bangalore is a city filled with art lovers and enthusiasts. If you appreciate art, Chitrakala Parishad located 23 kms from Palm Meadows and the Venkatappa Art Gallery located 18 kms away from Palm Meadows are the perfect places for you to discover the art culture in the city.
Rangashankara, the brain child of popular film and theatre personality, Arundati Nag, revived the rich theatre culture of Bangalore. It is located at a distance of 30 kms from Palm Meadows and heavily promotes any new talent in the field of theatre.
Bangalore International Airport is located in Devanahalli, 40 kms from the central business district and 45 kms from Palm Meadows. The airport is host to 10 domestic airlines and 21 international airlines connecting the city to about 50 destinations across India and the rest of the world.
Bangalore has two major railway terminals. Palm Meadows, is situated 18 kms from The Cantonment Railway station, which is a 45 minutes drive. The distance from the Bangalore City Central Railway station is 25 kms, which is a 60 minutes drive.
If you have difficulty in arranging a plane or railway ticket to your next destination, or you prefer a little more adventure, you can travel by bus. There are both government and private buses that run services to major cities like Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Mangalore, Coimbatore, Madurai etc. Buses can be a normal luxury bus, a Volvo A/C bus or a sleeper bus for night travel.
All foreign tourists visiting India must be in possession of a valid passport and visa. The passport must be valid for a period of 6 months minimum at the time of entry to India. Visa can be obtained from Indian Consulates/Embassies in the country of your origin. There are also certain parts of India that require a special permit to visit. This will be advised to you at the time of booking the tour. Visa fees may vary from country to country. It is recommended to obtain a Multiple Entry Tourist Visa since this simplifies the procedure for visiting neighbouring countries like Nepal and Sri Lanka. Indians holding foreign passports would also have to obtain an Indian Visa before entering India. Government of India has recently introduced a system of granting visa on arrival to a select few countries on a trial basis. These countries are Finland, Singapore, New Zealand, Japan and Luxembourg.
Visitors possessing more than US$ 10,000 must fill in a currency declaration form. Visitors may bring in up to 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars and one litre of alcohol, duty-free. Non-sporting firearms and narcotics are prohibited, as are gold bullions or coins.
The penalties for violations are heavy. If you plan to bring in your own VCR or portable computer to use while in India, ask for a re-export permit from customs officials when you arrive. The permit will be written into the back of your passport and unless you can present the item to customs while leaving, duty will be levied.
If the item has been lost or stolen, make a prompt report to the nearest police station and get a copy of the First Information Report (FIR) taken down by the police. Show this report to the Assistant Collector of Customs, who will then decide whether or not to levy duty.
India restricts the export of antiques, including foreign-made artifacts and items more than 100 years old. The Archaeological Survey of India is the authority that determines whether items are restricted. Visitors may not bring in or take out of India anything made from any endangered animal species.
Foreign exchange comprising of foreign currency notes, travellers cheques and drafts drawn on banks in India or bank letters of credit can be brought into India from any place outside India, without limit. The bringing in of foreign exchange is subject to making a declaration on arrival to the customs authorities in a Currency Declaration Form (CDF) as follows:
(i) Where the value of foreign currency notes exceed US $ 5000 or equivalent
(ii) Where the aggregate value of foreign exchange including foreign currency notes exceeds US $ 10,000 or equivalent
Bringing in Indian currency of any denomination into India is prohibited. Foreign tourists returning to India from Nepal are, however, permitted to bring with them unspent Indian currency which needs to be declared. There is no restriction on bringing into India of cheques/drafts issued by overseas banks and denominated in Indian rupees drawn on banks situated in India.
Bangalore is a pleasant city through all seasons of the year. Summers (March to May) are very pleasant in Bangalore. It offers mild climate with a maximum temperature of 34°C even in summers and due to this, the city has the privilege of being considered as a summer retreat.
Monsoons (June to August) are South-West monsoon periods; a windy season with mild to heavy rains. September to October offers North-West monsoon with rainy days. Winters (November to February) is the coolest period with temperature falling near to 10°C.
September to February is ideal period to visit Bangalore. It is better to keep some winter clothes as nights tend to get chilly. March to August is also good for sightseeing and long trips to nearby attractions.
Pack light-colored clothing made of airy cotton or linen. For women, modesty is strongly advised. No spaghetti straps, low-cut shirts or miniskirts. Non-revealing attire is mandatory at temples and mosques.
The most common language spoken in Bangalore is Kannada. Most locals can also converse in English, which is the predominant language in the corporate world, as well as in the hospitality industry. Hindi, the official and most widely spoken language, is concentrated in the northern states. Dravidian languages such as Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada prevail in the south.
Located at a distance of 20 kms from Palm Meadows, Vidhan Soudha is considered as one of the most impressive as well as the most magnificent buildings in Bangalore. It is mainly famous for housing the Legislative Chambers of the state government.
Cubbon Park, which is 16 kms from Palm Meadows, has a plethora of plant life, stately historical buildings and statues like those of Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, Major General Sir Mark Cubbon and Chamarajendra Wodeyar.
It is a place where nature-lovers, fitness enthusiasts and historians could spend hours.
Lal Bagh Garden
Lal Bagh, easily one of India’s most beautiful botanical gardens, is located at a distance of about 18 KMS from Palm Meadows. It has about 1000 species of rare plants and herbs. Set on a property of 240 acres, the garden has 4 approach gates and is well protected with stone walls which act as enclosures.
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
The Jawaharlal Nehru Museum which is 18 kms from Palm Meadows, counts as one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. There is a sky theater inside the planetarium, with a huge dome that has a diameter of fifteen meters.
Bangalore Palace is situated in Palace Grounds, about 16 KMS from Palm Meadows, in the heart of the city. Built in the year 1887, by the Wodeyar dynasty, it is adorned with magnificent woodcarvings and Tudor-style architecture on the inside.
The temperatures shown in the table below are indicative and based on past weather trends in and around Bangalore.
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