15 Easy Lifestyle Hacks for First Timers Visiting the Startup Capital of India- Bangalore
There’s more to the city of Bangalore than its IT companies, IPL Team and Of Course, the Startups.
If you’ve been planning a short visit to the Garden City, there’s never been a better time to do so. The excellent weather conditions throughout the year, the cosmopolitan crowd and the pleasant mixture of culture, cuisine, customs and costumes make Bangalore a highly sought after destination for private individuals and businesses, both established ones and Startups. Moreover, the real estate rates here are highly affordable, so finding yourself a rent apartment or an office space can be a walk in the park. With the help of a rental management company you can get the most out of your property management experience. That said, conforming to a certain set of dos and don’ts will make sure you enjoy this vibrant city without grievances.
Even as you pack those bags, let’s take a quick look at some of lifestyle hacks you can follow, especially when you’re new to Bangalore, to make your stay an unforgettable one.
- There’s a CCD every two blocks, and if you need WiFi connectivity, that’s where you need to be. If you prefer filter coffee, drop in at local hotels or darshinis. While there, don’t forget to give their excellent breakfast menus a try.
- Especially if you’re from the north of India, don’t give in to your cravings for chaat when you are in Bangalore. There’s no worse feeling than missing the chaat back at home and having an inferior version stuffed down your gullet.
- A basic knowledge of any of Hindi, English, Tamil, or Kannada always helps. Knowing these languages will help you get around the city. One of the best ways you can get to know the city is by talking to the auto and taxi drivers, who generally have a plethora of amazing Bangalore stories to tell you.
- One of the best ways you beat traffic here is by finding the time windows when there’s less traffic. That could be anywhere between 5-7am, 1-3pm, or post 8pm. You can also cycle through the city; this is a great way to combat Bangalore’s notorious traffic. Wear a face mask, though.
- If you are hungry post 11 pm, good luck finding a restaurant or even a grocery store for a pack of noodles! All the local shops open post 10 am and close before 9 pm. Food delivery apps like Foodpanda and Swiggy are a godsend for midnight food cravings in Bangalore!
- If want to experience the local life, figure out the bus routes. This way you can save yourself the hassle of bargaining with the auto drivers.
- If you like peace and quiet, do yourself a favor and avoid clubs on weekends. There’s nothing louder and sweatier than the local pubs and restos on a Saturday night!
- Go to events like the Bangalore Literature Festival, various theater festivals, and marathons to meet and mingle with like-minded people and feel like a part of the community.
- Take an overnight trip to the outskirts of the city. Get your adrenaline pumping with activities like rock climbing, rappelling, caving, and trekking.
- Remember that when you’re in Bangalore, making bold predictions about travel time isn’t a great idea. The next time you tell your friend in Hebbal that you’re going to arrive in 50 minutes, make sure you’re not at the traffic-infested Silk Board Junction.
- If you find yourself idle on weekends, you can try your hands at volunteering with the local NGOs. It’s always great to be part of an initiative that’s making a difference in the lives of others.
- There’s no better feeling than going for a long drive in your car down the empty roads of Bangalore late at night. You can even head to the airport post-midnight to drink coffee from the famous Kaapi store or chai from Chai Point. The drive down this scenic road will leave you rejuvenated too.
- Unlike other cities, which have pretty much the same temperature and weather throughout the day, Bangalore can be sunny and rainy on the same day. Preparation is key: always carry an umbrella.
- You haven’t fully experienced Bangalore if you haven’t bargained in every nook and corner of Commercial Street. From clothes and shoes to furniture, this place offers the best deals you’ll come across in the city.
- If you’ve been bad at directions all your life, the city’s addresses will keep haunting you wherever you go. Use Google maps. Always.
Don’t forget to check out some of the famous tourists spots during your stay! Comment below to let us know which of these hacks you found the most useful, or if you have any of your own.