Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, Faculty Hall, Bangalore, India
Information on Bangalore
Bangalore has played the starring role in India's emerging knowledge economy. Base to over 1,500 technology companies from two-member start-ups to India companies with 1,00,000 employees to multinationals, it has been the cosmopolitan cradle of India's success in software, biotechnology, space and emerging nanotechnology.
Bangalore's success in cutting-edge areas can be traced to the setting up of Indian Institute of Science, brainchild of Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tatan who is also founder of multi-billion pound conglomerate - Tata Group, in 1909. IISc, which was set up to promote higher education and research, is most prolific producers of scientific papers in the country and also laid foundation to several research leading institutes and organisations. They include Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the country's space agency, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Jawarhalal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, the Raman Research Institute and heavy public sector companies such as Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bharat Electronics and BHEL.
The Raman Research Institute, started by Nobel laureate Sir C V Raman in 1948 with funds from private sources, conducts basic research in selected areas of physics and astronomy.
Nationally renowned professional institutes such as the National Institute of Design (NID) National Law School of India University (NLSIU), the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B), the Indian Statistical Institute and National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) are located in Bangalore. The Institute of Wood Science, one of its kind in India, conducts training and research in wood science and technology, non-wood forest produce and tree improvement. Bangalore-based International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-B), a new generation technology school established by government and industry partnership, provided template to similar tech schools across India.
Bangalore's geographical location - well away from the country's international borders - makes it a suitable place for defence research and production facilities. Premier defence-related institutes such as the National Aeronautics Laboratories, the Aeronautical Development Agency (which develops the light combat aircraft Tejas), Indian Air Force's Institute of Aviation Medicine (which monitors the health of India's military and commercial pilots), the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, the Centre for Airborne Systems, and the Gas Turbine Research Establishment have made home in the city.
Who's who of global corporations including General Electric, IBM, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Sony and Cisco and Indian MNCs such as Infosys and Wipro have set up their R&D labs in Bangalore, demonstrating quality of intellectual capital
Guidance Note on Bangalore City
Bangalore is the capital city of the southern Indian state of Karnataka and has population of approximately of 6.8 million (2006). It is variously known as the Garden City, because of its many beautiful gardens and parks, and the Silicon Valley of India, due to the high concentration of IT industry, and the Pub Capital if India. It has a pleasant climate, probably the best in India, similar to the summer in the UK all year round.
Legend has it that many years ago King Veeraballa of Vijayanagara lost his way in forest. Hungry and tired, he came upon a lone hut in the midst of the trees where he met an old woman. When he asked for food, she gave him baked beans ('Benda Kalu' in Karnataka). The King found this humble meal tasted better than even the richest fare and, to commemorate the event, he called the place "Benda Kalu Ooru" (place of baked beans) from which the name Bangalore evolved.
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Most banks are open from 10 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday, and 10 am to noon on Saturday. There is no shortage of ATMs, and these will offer a better rate than most hotel exchange services. There is a Standard Chartered Bank ATM at Raheja Towers, MG Road. Banking Facilities Most banks are open from 10 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday, and 10 am to noon on Saturday. There is no shortage of ATMs, and these will offer a better rate than most hotel exchange services. There is a Standard Chartered Bank ATM at Raheja Towers, MG Road.
Expected in restaurants and hotels - a small percentage of the bill, eg 10% is appropriate.
Porters: a minimum of Rs 20 per bag.
Use your discretion for taxi drivers - not expected but appreciated.
There's no shortage of options, and restaurants in the big hotels are good, but if you want to explore:
- Coconut Grove: On Church St, just behind MG Road. Delicious South Indian food, try Pandy Curry, Veg Stew and appams. Bring insect repellent.
- MTR: The original breakfast/ lunch joint. Best dosas in town. There's a new branch open on St Marks Road, opposite the big Bank of India
- Egg Factory: More than you could possibly imagine that can be done with eggs- great any time of day. In the same building as MTR.
- Only Place: Best steak in India in this American 50s style diner on Museum Road. No liquor licence, unfortunately but there's plenty of pubs on Church St (just round the corner).
You are staying in the close vicinity of major shopping region. The main shopping areas include:
- Brigade Road: It is popular hangout for young people, providing a mix of entertainment and shopping options. On Brigade Road is located famous movie Theatre, Rex, with a large number of cyber cafe, a discotheque, a video game parlour and good eating points.
- Commercial Street: It is an ideal place to buy dress materials with other clothing, jewellery and food. There are no entertainment outlets it's strictly a shopping area.
- Mahatma Gandhi Road (M.G. Road): It is most famous shopping area in the city. The best place top buy silk saris, artifacts, gift articles and antics
City centre attractions
- VIDHANA SOUDHA: Built in 1954 in granite, this imposing building houses the Legislative Chambers of the state government and is Bangalore's best known landmark. The building has four domes on the four corners and houses 22 departments and 300 rooms. Illuminated on Sunday at 1900 hrs.
- ATTARA KACHERI (HIGH COURT): OPP. VIDHANA SOUDHA was built in 1867 to house the Secretariat. It is a two-storied building painted in red and presently it houses the High Court and several lower courts.
- VENKATAPPA ART GALLERY: Showcases Venkatappa's famous paintings, Plaster of Paris works and wooden sculptures, as well as displaying the works of various contemporary artists.
- VISWESWARAIAH INDUSTRIAL & TECHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM: This museum houses the working models of different machines. There is a wide variety of exhibits on electronics, motor power and the uses and properties of wood and metal in five galleries: Engine hall; Electronic Technology Gallery; Kimbe Paper Metals Gallery; Popular Science Gallery, and; Children's' Science Gallery.
- CUBBON PARK: Named after the erstwhile Commissioner of Bangalore, Sir Mark Cubbon, the Cubbon Park in the heart of the city provides a lush green expanse of trees for the city dwellers. Here you can just laze around reading a newspaper or better still doing nothing.
Hotels in Bangalore
MOVENPICK Hotels and Resorts
Conveniently accessible within 40 minutes from the airport, the Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore embodies Indian hospitality delivered with Swiss passion. This upscale 182-room five-star hotel also offers a host of eclectic dining experiences to choose from.
The hotel offers stylish settings for social gatherings and conferences spread across 25000 square feet of event space. The gym and swimming pool along with the spa offer that ideal relaxation after a long day at work.
Taj Vivanta Yeshwantpur
- Closest 5-star hotel to the Bangalore International Airport
- 38 sqm standard room
- State-of-the-art rooftop gym
- Meeting facilities on 1,000 sqm
- Sohum Spa offers traditional and international therapies
- The Club, a special room category on the higher floors
- Room cost - starting from Rs. 5800/-
At Vivanta by Taj Yeshwantpur, Bangalore. Superbly located with 327 rooms near the modern metro terminus, minutes from Yeshwantpur Railway Terminus and just 35 km from the airport. Soak in the space thats only 15km from Bangalores city centre. Standing tall in 3.56 acres. Adjoining the Peenya industrial estate - near Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, famed educational institutions, modern hospitals and luxury residential complexes. Feel the pulse of an international business and conferencing destination. With 18000 sq ft of banqueting space, an independent convention centre and parking for 400 cars. Technology is woven through it all.
Drive in from the airport delighting in backseat surprises (were not revealing here). Youll see how we mean business in a quiet efficient way from the moment you step in. Our lobby makes a sweeping statement. With a striking stairway swirling around a chic chandelier that steps up the style. This arrival zone sets the tone for guestrooms and extensive banquet facilities that deliver the ultimate in urban relaxation. Get set to be delighted with small surprises from the moment you enter.
Room Charges: 6503/- per night
Following are some good taxi options from airport:
- Airport Taxi - can be booked at the checkout counter
- Meru Cabs - can be booked by dialling +918044224422
- Taxi for Sure - can be booked by dialling +918060601010
- ITH - can be booked by dialling by dialling +918041477788
An approximate cost for taxi from airport to the hotels is about INR 800.