Bengaluru or Bangalore is the center of India's high-tech industry. Apart from being the birthplace of most IT giants like Infosys, Wipro and TCS, the city is also home to top design colleges such as NID and NIFT. The city also houses NLSIU, one of the most sought after Law College in the country.
In short, Bangalore has something for everyone, which draws thousands of students every year to the city, making it their new home. From long walks in Cubbon Park to hundreds of cafes and an amazing weather, this city has a lot to explore and a lot to fall in love with.
So in case you are new to Bangalore, don’t worry! Cause we’ve got you covered with these top ten things you must know about your new home- Bangalore.
- Bangalore- The Garden City
No matter where you are, you will always be close to nature. Bangalore is also called the Garden City as it houses some of the most beautiful tropical plants and trees. While Cubbon Park spread across 100 acres of area, Bannerghatta National Park covers 25,000 acres and is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Bangalore.
Lalbagh Botanical Gardens is a well-known botanical garden in southern Bengaluru, India. It has a famous glass house which hosts two annual flower shows (26 January and 15 August). People indulge in various photo walks and contests here. Entry ticket costs INR 60 and in comparison to all the beauty it beholds, it is definitely worth it.
Being a student, these are some of the perfect destinations to hang out with your friends or just sit under a tree for group studies.
- You call this weather- ‘The Perfect Weather’
it be photowalks/ lazy afternoon stroll / exercising and jogging in fresh air or just another fun day of shopping in the market, Weather in Bangalore is perfect for almost anything. With maximum to minimum temperature rowing between 38 to 28 degrees all year round, the city has the most amazing weather because of its location i.e at a higher elevation of 900 m making it cool enough to not have air conditioning but warm enough to stay away from heaters in winters.
Now that you are a Bangalorean, enjoy walking in the drizzle, cool weather in the night and of course embrace every second of it.
- Food that is Finger Licking Good
Don’t even get me started here! Bangalore has some of the best Dosa places across India. And ofcourse we cant miss out on idlis, vadas, and the slightly sweet sambhar. Here are a few must haves: Benne Masala Dosa at CTR, Apple Pie at The Only Place, Soft Eggs and Andouille Sausage on Sourdough Toast at Toast & Tonic and Sea food at Karavalli!
Bangalore has its own version of Chandani Chowk and Mumbai’s Khao Galli i.e The Thindi Bedi or VV Puram.
MTR/ CTR/ Vidyarthi Bhavan offer some of the most amazing food and that too at affordable prices. Your meal can cost you as less as INR 50-1500 and of course can go as high as you want.
In case you are a north Indian food lover and too stubborn to adjust, look out for eating joints in arrange of 1-2 kms from your college. You might find something you like!
- And POOF! Goes All Your Money
Bangalore is not considered to be super expensive or super cheap. But you won’t really be able to save much with all the fun and exhilarating activities to do and places to be!
Rent for a single person starts from INR 6000 and goes up to INR 45-50,000 depending upon the location and the house you want to live in. In case you are looking for a place in the city, expect the cheapest price to be INR 10,000. Of course the cost decreases as you start moving away from the city. Some of the poshest and best places to live in Bangalore include Malleswaram, Hebbal, Indira Nagar, Marathahalli and Koramangala. If you looking for something more cost effective and don’t mind coming down a notch on quality, Konanakunte Cross, Vajarahalli, Gubbalala, Thalaghattapura and Banashankari is your place to be.
- Keep Your BREAD Ready, Cause There Is a lot of Traffic JAM
Bangalore and traffic are like best buddies. You cannot have Bangalore without lanes of cars honking tirelessly, bumper to bumper traffic and of course people fighting and arguing about it every day. No, we are not exaggerating. Word of advice: if your route includes Silk Board, Tin Factory, Sony World Signal, ITPL Junction, EGL, Outer Ring Road, or Bannerghatta, try leaving an hour early than your estimated time. Cause sometimes, even the Google Maps won’t be able to help you.\
- Cheers to the weekends!
If you manage to find time amidst your internals, labs or regular exams, you can have an amazing social life in Bangalore. Did you know? Bangalore has the highest number of Pubs in Asia? There is no dearth of cool places in Bangalore, from Kormangala, Indiranagar, MG road, to Bellandur or whitefield, you will find it all here. Few good ones are Hard Rock Café, High Ultra Lounge, Dennys Pub, Toit Brew Pub, District 6 and Arbor Brewing Company. So as we said- cheers to the weekends!
- Creativity is Contagious
As discussed earlier, Bangalore is a tech hub. There is smell of fresh ideas and new business ventures in the air. You can find people sitting around almost anywhere and everywhere passionately discussing new concepts. No wonder there are so many cafes offering filter kaapi (coffee) to charge young minds and come up with something even more amazing every another minute!
- Women Feel Safe
Women have taken up some of the most unconventional jobs as bus conductors, drivers and guards in Bangalore. While no city guarantees 100% safety of women, Bangalore is surely much more advanced when it comes to women empowerment. Bangalore is known to be reasonably safe in terms of living conditions and criminal cases.
- Something for Everyone
Apart from your studies, you can find a number of tennis clubs, photography clubs, hike expedition programs and other volunteering programs. Feel free to follow your passion and in case you don’t have one, this is your chance to find one!
- This is Home
People of Bangalore are known to have a healthier quality of living. This can be seen through their huge inclination towards organic food. Food joints like the Yoga House and Carrot’s Healthy Kitchen are doing wonders in keeping the city healthy. People give preference to organic shopping options in case of clothes, food and cosmetics. Other than that, Bangaloreans also value their open spaces and try keeping them good looking and clean. MG Road Boulevard is one such example. The area has been turned into a play zone for children with snake and ladders game and over 1,000 saplings of various kinds.
Now that you will be living there, new and healthy habits are bound to develop after all it is your new home!