City Profile: Bengaluru (Formerly Bangalore)
Bengaluru is the principal administrative, cultural, commercial and industrial center of the South Indian State of Karnataka. The city is called by many names, including: India’s knowledge hub, Silicon Valley, Aerospace and machine tools hub of India, and the Garden city of India.
Since the early 1980’s when the technology giant Texas Instruments discovered its potential as a high-tech city, Bengaluru has seen a major technology boom. It is now home to more than 2,000 high-tech companies, including domestic giants like Wipro and Infosys. Increasingly, the city is also seeing a high growth in biotech, healthcare and construction industries. Bengaluru has around 200 biotech companies making it the largest biotechnology cluster in India. The state government has also initiated a number of measures to promote Bengaluru as a nanotechnology hub on the lines of IT and biotech sectors.
Besides, Bengaluru has large public sector companies, such as Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), BEML Limited, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), and HMT Limited. Bengaluru is also home to some of India’s premier scientific research establishments, such as National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI), National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) and a couple of national defense research laboratories. The city is also home to several of India’s recognized college and research institutions for higher education, like the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), and the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT).
In the last two decades, many private sector and multinational companies set up base in Bengaluru to take advantage of the vast talent pool available in the city. The clustering of IT, biotech, aerospace, defense and electronics-related industries in Bengaluru and the large public sector enterprises attracted people from all parts of India, giving the city a very cosmopolitan character and culture, very different from most other Indian cities. Per latest census data, Bengaluru has a population of 10 million. However, the growth of the city has not been commensurate with the development of infrastructure, which has drastically lagged behind. To address this issue, the state government has initiated several infrastructure projects, including the Metro Rail and signal-free elevated expressways to ease the city traffic which currently has more than 4 million vehicles; and over 1000 vehicles being added on a daily basis to Bengaluru’s roads.
The U.S. is the largest investor in Bengaluru – with 300 U.S. companies operating in the city across a range of sectors; and consequently the largest trading partner for Bengaluru.
Climate: The city enjoys salubrious climate almost throughout the year. Its tree-lined streets and abundant greenery have led to it being called the 'Garden City' of India. The peak season in Bengaluru falls between October and February, when most tourists visit this part of India.
How to get there
Bengaluru is well connected by air with major international destinations in Asia, Europe, Middle –East and the U.S. A new green field International airport started functioning since May 2008 to cater to the growing number of air passengers to and from Bangalore.
The Bengaluru International airport has exclusive tie-ups with several private taxi service providers, such as Meru Cabs, Mega Cabs, Easy Cabs and KSTDC, which run taxi services 24X7 between Bengaluru airport and any locations within the city limits. The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation, too runs high end air-conditioned Volvo buses round the clock between the airport and important areas in the city. Bengaluru is well connected with other major Indian cities by air, rail and road.
Airport taxi services:
Meru Cabs - +91 80 4422 4422; URL: http://www.merucabs.com
Mega Cabs - +91 80 4747 4747; URL: http://www.megacabs.com
Easy Cabs - +91 80 4343 4343; URL: http://www.easycabs.com
KSTDC - +91 80 4346 4346; URL: http://www.kstdccitycabs.com
Local hotline numbers of major airlines
American Airlines - +91 80 3988 7300 / 1800 180 7300
United Airlines - +91 80 2224 4620 / 4622
Lufthansa Airways - +91 80 6678 4050 / 1800 102 5838
Singapore Airlines - +91 80 2286 7869 / 70
British Airways - 1800 102 35922
Delta Air Lines - +91 80 2224 4625, 2227 3439-40
Emirates Airline - +91 80 6629 4444
Gulf Air - +91 80 4170 5176 / 5179-80
Singapore Airlines - +91 80 2286 7869-70
Thai Airways - +91 80 4030 0396 / 0397
Jet Airways - +91 80 3989 3333
www.goindigo.in - +91 99 1038 3838/ 1800 180 3838
Air India - +91 80 6678 5172 / 2227 7747-50
Spice Jet - +91 80 4740 6801 / 91 99 1601 0094
KingFisher Airlines - +91 80 4197 9797
Some of the notable sight-seeing options in Bengaluru include:
The Lal Bagh Botanical Garden, the Cubbon Park, Vishweshwariah Industrial and Technological Museum, Bangalore Palace, State Assembly Building (Vidhana Soudha), Wonderla Amusement Park, Innovative Film City, Bannerghatta National Park, the Bull Temple, St. Mary’s Basilica Church, and the ISKCON Temple.
Mysuru (formerly Mysore), the second-largest city in the State of Karnataka and a major tourist destination is located 146 kms south-west of Bengaluru.
Popular Restaurants and Pubs in the Central Business District
The Biere Club, Vittal Mallya Rd/Lavelle Rd junction: Tel: 91-80- 30412940
Hard Rock Café – St. Marks Road: Tel: +91 80 4124 222
Khansama (Multi-cuisine) - UB City Mall: Tel: +91 80 4111 4499
Koshy’s Parade Café & Koshy’s Jewel Box (Multi-Cuisine) – St. Marks Road: Tel +91 80 2221 3793 / 2291 5840
MTR Restaurant (South Indian) - Lalbagh Road: Tel +91 80 2222 0022
Ruby Tuesday – Church Street: Tel +91 80 4147 0023 / 2004
Samarkand (Indian) - Infantry Road: Tel: +91 80 4111 3365 / 3366
Sunny’s (Continental) - Vittal Mallya Road: Tel: +91 80 2224 3642; 4132 9366 /
The Only Place (Continental) – Museum Road: Tel: +91 80 3271 8989 / +91 98
Mainland China (Chinese) – 14, Church Street: Tel: +91 80 2559 7722/6537 4579
Bengaluru has numerous popular shopping areas and many modern malls across the city. Brigade Road, MG Road, Garuda Mall, Forum Mall (Hosur Road), Commercial Street, are some of the popular shopping places. The best buys in Bengaluru are Karnataka's vast range of traditional handicrafts, wooden toys, terracotta products, famous Mysuru and Bengaluru silks, sandal wood carvings, and gold jewelry. Depending what you wish to buy, the hotel concierge will be able to help you.
Bengaluru has several multi-specialty hospitals:
Apollo Hospitals (Bannerghatta Road)
Tel: +91 80 2630 4050 -51 / 2630 4342 (International patients division)
Columbia Asia Hospital (Hebbal & Yeshwanthpur)
Tel: +91 80 4179 1000 (Hebbal) / +91 80 3989 8969 (Referral Hospital-
Fortis Hospitals (Cunningham Road & Bannerghatta Road)
Tel: +91 80 4199 4444 / +91 96 8686 0310 (Cunningham Road) /
+91 80 6621 4444 / +91 96 6336 7253 (Bannerghatta Road)
Mallya Hospital (Vittal Mallya Road)
Tel: +91 80 2227 7979
Manipal Hospital (HAL Airport Road)
Tel: +91 80 2502 4444 / 3344
M S Ramaiah Memorial Hospital (New BEL Road)
Tel: Tel: +91 80 2360 8888 / 2360 9999 / 2218 3399
Narayana Hrudayalaya Multi-Specialty Hospitals (Electronics City)
Tel: +91 80 7122 2222 / +91 99 8098 5002 (International patients division)
U.S. Consulate/U. S. Commercial Service Office
Consulate General of the United States of America
220 Anna Salai, Gemini Circle, Chennai 600 006
Phone: +91 44 2857 4000 [Board#]
American Citizens Services Unit Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Commercial Service
S-2, Esteem Red Cross Bhavan
#26, Race Course Road
Bengaluru 560 001
Tel: +91-80-2220 6401 / 6404
Fax: +91-80-2220 6405
Website: http://export.gov/india/ ; http://www.buyusa.gov/india/