Bangalore is the capital city of the Indian State of Karnataka. It is the third most populous city of the country with population of more than 8 million. In the last decade, the population in this Indian city has doubled, tripled and quadrupled, thanks to the immense technological development that has earned it the name of “Silicon Valley of India”. Today, most of the big IT brands have their offices located in this city. The roads are wider, the streets are clean and overall there exists a positive ambiance of work and fun, invisible in most Indian cities.
If you are moving to Bangalore for work purpose or for any good reason, here are some things you should know about this place.
Located 1000 meters above the sea level, Bangalore’s climate is different from what you will find in most other cities of India. For example, throughout the year, this city enjoys a tropical, pleasant climate with cool breeze and moderate weather. Bangalore is often termed as the “air-conditioned” city of India because of the cooler weather. Temperatures reach an average high of 33 degrees C during April and drops down to 15 degrees C in January. People living in Bangalore hardly face the extreme conditions as faced by the inhabitants of New Delhi.
The monsoons bring a lot of rainfall during the months of August to October. For the first-time movers, Bangalore climate is an overall respite from heat and humidity.
The official language of Bangalore is Kannada, although English is widely spoken by almost all inhabitants of this city. So, foreigners will have no problem communicating with the local residents here.
Bangalore is often dubbed as the “Garden City” because of the large number of parks or gardens here and there. The city is also called the “Pensioners Paradise” for many pleasant parks where the elderly people can enjoy a casual stroll or sit and relax in early mornings as well as in the evenings. As a workplace, Bangalore has proudly earned a place in the world’s top 10 entrepreneurial locations list. Of late, the city has seen rapid development in the IT field, and it is a home to numerous public sector-heavy industries, software companies, aerospace, telecommunications, and defense organizations. Today, Bangalore is a major economic hub and the fastest-growing major metropolis in India.
Despite repeated terror warnings issued by the Central government, and FBI, Bangalore still remains one of the safest cities of India. The city has people of more than one religion residing side by side. There are Hindus along with Muslims and Christians living peacefully. However, communal tensions do break up, and the July 2008 series of bombings killed 2 inhabitants of Bangalore, and although no terror group took the responsibility, it was ascribed to various extremist groups. So, while relocating to Bangalore, you should keep in mind, the potential threat of terrorist attacks. It is always a good idea to stay alert when visiting public places or public events without of course compromising your pleasure.
Etiquette to Follow
Unless you are left-handed, don’t touch anyone with your left hand, give/take money or eat. People in Bangalore eat food with their fingers; however posh restaurants provide fork, spoon and knives when dining. Always wash your hands at basins available in these restaurants and always remember to use your right hand to have your meals. You should not wear shoes when visiting a temple or place of worship. Also, avoid wearing footwear in the kitchen.
Bangalore is famous for its swanky malls (Forum Mall, UB City Mall), but one will get a wide variety of high-quality items at the street markets as well. There is the famous Commercial Street, the MG Road and Brigade Road, Residency Road as shopper’s best destinations. You can buy a variety of accessories, shoes, apparels, books and antiques, etc. at good bargains.
Foodies will get delectable cuisines to try out ranging from South India, North Indian to Muslim food, Chinese and Western delicacies. Street food in Bangalore is special, and is mostly liked by foreigners who have shifted to this city recently. You will get hot and spicy Masala Dosa, Rose Gulkand, hot rice idlies, sandwiches and chats, and lots more in the food stalls.
While planning for house relocation or office shifting, one of the most important things to do is finding a professional, reliable moving company that would help you in stress-free shifting of all your belongings. You must do your research well in advance either online or ask your friends and colleagues for recommendations. You can also browse through top web directories that provide reviews and ratings as well as contact information of best Bangalore packers and movers.