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Bangalore is the third largest city in India and the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka.  Bangalore was also voted the most liveable city in India by a recent survey by the HR consulting firm Mercer.  
Bangalore has undergone significant development since the days of the British Empire when it was known as the Garden City.  It is now known throughout India as a cosmopolitan and liberal city at the forefront of a rapidly developing IT industry and is often referred to as India’s Silicone Valley.
Bangalore may not be known specifically as one of India’s primary tourist cities, though there is a significant amount of things on offer to tourists.  One of the biggest landmarks is the Vidhana Soudha. The Vidhana Soudha is the legislative house of the state of Karnataka and the impressive building was completed in 1956 and stands out significantly due to its Dravidian style.

Visa Requirements and SA Embassy details

  • South Africans are issued a Travel Visa free of charge when visiting India, though will be required to present a valid passport with at least six months remaining on it.
  • The South African High commission to India is in Delhi.  B18, Vasant Marg Vasent Vihar, 110057.  Phone +91-112-614-9411.

See and do

When it comes to temples there are no shortage in Bangalore.  One of the most famous of the temples in the city is the ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, which is built on a hill in Rajajinagar.  This temple is surrounded by exceptional scenery and promotes Vedic culture and spiritual learning.  The Shiva Temple is also worth a visit due to its outstanding architecture and the giant Monolith of Lord Shiva.
In addition to its many temples and buildings, the surrounding areas of Bangalore also provide a number of opportunities for adventure sport junkies.  Visitors can explore Bangalore by bike, on one of the organised tours by the Art of Bicycle trips company.  The Nandi hills also provide fantastic opportunities for hiking, with white water rafting also being available in the valleys during monsoon season.
Those in search of culture and entertainment should head to the Bangalore Palace Grounds to see a concert.  The Bangalore Palace Grounds has in the past hosted a wide range of international acts including the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Bryan Adams and Sting.
The cinemas also show movies in English with the OVR Gold Class Cinema being one of the most popular choices on offer.  
Those who are in the city on a stopover may wish to wind down in style by going for a massage.  Bangalore has a number of great options available which include the 5th Element which is a Thai styled Parlour and Asyu Siddhi which offers traditional Indian Ayurvedic massages.

Bengaluru International Airport –BLR

Food and beverage: There are several different fast food joints in the airport which include well known international brands such as Pizza hut, Subway and the Cookie Man.  Coffee options are provided by Italy’s favourite Illy, as well as India’s favourite Café Coffee day. 
Currency Exchange: There are several banks inside the departure halls and arrivals halls where currency can be exchanged.
Lost Luggage: Lost luggage should always be reported directly to airlines as opposed to airports.  An exception to this rule is if luggage has been lost inside the terminal building.
Airport Hotels: There is no airport located in the Bangalore Airport itself, though there are several nearby which include the Fantasy Golf Resort. 
Car Hire: Akbar travels, and Carzonrent provide car rental at Bengaluru Airport.
Airport Hub: Bengaluru International Airport (code BLR) is a hub for Blue Dart Aviation, Deccan Aviation, and Kingfisher.

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