There is only one-time zone for all of India. India does not observe any form of daylight saving time or any other seasonal adjustments to the time. India Standard Time (IST) is 5:30 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time. You can see India's time in relation to most cities on the globe by visiting www.timeanddate.com
Bengaluru has a pleasant climate throughout the year. It is called the air-conditioned city of India because of the salubrious weather year-round; the city has a high tree density and over 100 lakes, with many social forests which act as city's lungs to keep it cool. The average temperature in Bengaluru in January is around 27 °C (81 °C). Overnight temperatures are generally conformable with an average low of 15.4 °C (59.5 °C).
January is one of the coldest months in Bengaluru and is it advised to carry woollen clothes along.
Kannada is the official language of the state. English and Hindi are also widely spoken. And do not be surprised as you will surely find people speaking different languages like Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and so on as Bengaluru is a melting pot of various cultures & people.
Regular banking hours in Bengaluru are typically 09:30 - 16:30 H, Monday to Saturday. (2nd Saturday and 4th Saturday are closed). Most banks have automatic teller machines (ATMs) which can be accessed 24 hours a day, using bank debit or credit cards.
Smoking is not permitted by law in all indoor public spaces, including public transit, shopping malls, restaurants.
Signage will be posted to indicate the applicable smoking restrictions. Please smoke in officially designated areas only.
Most purchases in the city are subject to a 18% Goods and Services Tax (GST)*
While India, culturally does not have a strong tipping tradition. In most of the tourist towns tips are expected at a standard 5 - 10%
Individual travellers are strongly advised to obtain their own personal health, luggage or other travel insurance.
Bengaluru officially known as Bengaluru - is India's very own Silicon Valley. Bengaluru is probably one of the country's most diverse cities. Its pleasant climate and state-of-the-art infrastructure attracts businesses and people from all over the world. The city formerly known as "Pensioners Paradise" is now a fast paced, metropolitan IT hub. The mega city is home to some of the largest IT and software companies in the world. Its tech parks and sky-high buildings serve as a constant reminder of city's rapid rise to being the next big tech giant.
Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru (KIA) or Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) is the third busiest airport in India and also the fastest growing airport in the country. BIAL welcomed over 18 million passengers last year. Over 40 airlines operate out of BIAL, connecting people and businesses to over 57 destinations. It is the first and only airport in India to receive the "Green Co platinum" rating and is recognised as the "Best Regional Airport in Central Asia". BIAL is easily accessible to Bengaluru downtown by public transportation, shuttle, taxi and car.
For detailed information on the airport facilities please refer to their website at www.bengaluruairport.com
The currency in India is the Indian rupee (sign : / Rs.; code: INR). Currently-used banknotes come in denominations of Rs.5, Rs.10, Rs.20, Rs.50, Rs.100, Rs.500 and Rs.2000. It is always good to have a number of small notes on hand, as merchants and drivers sometimes have no equivalent cash / coins to pay balance amount. Visitors can exchanges currency at major chartered banks or at offices of foreign exchange. But it is advised to have local currency on hand prior to arriving. Hotels, merchants, restaurants and suppliers accept US or other foreign currency at a pre-determined rate, which may differ from the daily rate posted by financial institutions. All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants.
In India the standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets used are three pins and in round shape
Mobile phones in India operate using GSM technology and function within 900/1800 MHz ranges. If you already own a GSM phone and if your home country too operates within the same GSM range, you can use your phone in India. Popular GSM cell phone service providers in India, such as Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance or Aircel offer both post-paid and prepaid cell phone plans. If you are on a business Visti to India. a prepaid plan would be ideal. The documents that are required to obtain a new sim card or data card are two recent passports-sized photographs, a photocopy of your photo identity (Drivers License, PAN card, a photocopy of the first page of your passport & sometimes visa copy)
The airport shuttle service, the BMTC has a fleet of comfortable, air-conditioned Volvo buses - 'Vayu Vajra' - which connects the airport and the city through 11 routes. These buses make almost 251 trips each day, connecting the airport and the city at a frequency of 30 minutes, and at affordable prices. Located close to the Terminal Building, Vayu Vajra is a 24/7 service available for both arrival and departure passengers. For more information on BMTC Volvo service to the airport, please cilck on www.mybmtc.com
If you wish to hire to hire a cab to reach the airport or other destinations, three service providers stand ready, with a smart fleet. Karnataka Taxi, Mega Cabs are the official taxi operators at Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru. They provide you convenient safe, easily accessible, cost-effective travel in a standard and air-conditioned sedan. Airport taxi service can be availed at the airport for travel to Bengaluru city and vice versa.
Bengaluru's shiny new AC metro service, known as, "Namma Metro" are the most relevant route to tourists. The Purple Line, which runs east-west with useful stops include Kempegowda (line change and for the bus terminal), MG Road (for shopping and bars) and Indiranagar (for restaurants and nightlife). Trains run about every 15 minutes from 6am to 10pm and tickets are prices at 10 to 40 for most journeys. For the latest updates on the service, log on to www.bmrc.co.in
Bengaluru has a comprehensive local bus network, operated by the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC:www.mybmtc.com), with a useful website for timetables and fares. Red AC Vajra buses criss-cross the city, while green big 10 deluxe buses connect the suburbs.
Taxi (cabs) are more expensive than buses and rickshaws but are a more comfortable way to get around. They run on a meter and are usually modern, air-conditioned cars with drivers who know the city well. Passengers may book their services through Ola & Uber.