Bangalore of home to a large number of business entities, government institutions and academic centers.
Bangalore Railway Stations :
The main railway station of Bangalore called Bangalore City ( station code : SBC) is located right at the city center and adjacent to the Majestic Bus station. There’s a subway that connects the bus station with the railway station. A large number of long distance and local trains are operated from Bangalore City railway station. It is usually crowded and arrive well ahead of time if you are planing to buy ticket directly at the station.
Yeswantpur Junction (station code : YPR) is located in the northern part of Bangalore. National Highway 4 ( Tumkur Road ) passes by the Yeswantpur railway station. Some long distance trains operate from Yeswantpur.
Bangalore has a large city bus service. The main bus station is located in Majestic , right opposite to the Bangalore City railway station. Ask for the platform number and the bus number to catch the right bus. Apart from this there are many smaller bus stands scattered over the city.
For intercity bus services get to the Kempegowda bus stand (which is located next to the above mentioned city bus stand ) or to the new KSRTC Satellite Bus Stand, which is towards the southwest of the city by the side of Mysore Road. KSRTC ( Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation ) operates numerous services from these two bus stations.
There are also a large number of private bus operators who ply intercity and long distance services from Bangalore city.
Auto-rickshaws are popular means of transport in Bangalore
It’s there everywhere in the city. These are the three-wheeled taxis that can accommodate 3 passengers and a little bit of luggage. Usually they charge based on the meter reading. That is about Rs7 to 8 per kilometer (about 1 USD for 4 miles ). The rate are a bit more during night ( and also when it rains! )
It is not unusual either for them to charge the passengers on an ad hoc fashion. The city bus station and railway station has a prepaid booth for the Auto-rickshaw service. You can tell the destination and get the fare printed on the slip along with the Auto-rickshaw’s number. The service charge is one rupee. The fare printed on it to be paid to the driver at the destination. Keep the slip with you ( it’s printed on the slip). Since the destination and the Auto-rickshaw’s registration numbers are printed on the slip, the driver don’t demand excess fare. Because there’s a telephone number too printed on the slip to make a complaint. So it works trouble free!
The prepaid Auto-rickshaw booth is right outside the railway station building as you come out of the platforms. For the city bus stand, it is a little bit difficult to find out. But you can always ask for a help to locate the booth at the fringes of the bus station.
Tourist attractions are not one of the prime highlights of Bangalore as a city. Nevertheless there are many popular attractions in Bangalore, some are traditional attractions like gardens,palaces, museums and temples while the rest are things like pubs, shopping malls , restaurants and so on. Having said that, there are a large number of places near Bangalore, that are popular tourist attractions. See list of Attractions in Bangalore.