Your Accessible Guide To Bangalore
If a trip to Bangalore is on the cards for you, here’s everything you need to know about this metropolitan city. From what to do and where to stay, to how accessible these places are, we tell you everything. Take a look!
Why You Should Visit Bangalore
With year-round pleasant climate, lots of green spaces and vibrant nightlife, Bangalore is the place to be. Suitable for all kinds of travellers, be it couples, backpackers or families, this city is known for its friendly vibe and diverse attractions. It has also taken measures to ensure accessibility at several of its hotels, restaurants, parks, malls, and attractions.
The Best Time To Visit Bangalore
Although Bangalore has a moderate climate throughout the year, summers (March to May) may become a bit uncomfortable for visitors who are not used to Indian summers. The winter months (October to February) are when the city receives the highest number of travellers as this is the best season for sightseeing and travelling. June to September usually has mild to heavy rainfall, so it is a good idea to carry rain gear if you are planning to visit during these months.
What To See In Bangalore
Tipu Sultan Summer Palace: A majestic teak wood structure with striking Indo–Islamic style architecture, this Bangalore landmark is where Tipu Sultan would conduct his darbar (court). The ground floor rooms are now converted into a museum where artefacts related to him are displayed. In 2015, this monument underwent changes to become disabled-friendly with Braille signage and a tactile pathway.
Coles Park: Founded in 1914, Coles Park is also known as Freedom Fighters Park and has special tracks for wheelchair users.
Bull Temple (Dodda Basavana Gudi): Featuring a Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is said to have been originally built to appease a bull that destroyed the crops in the area. Today, it is best known for the gigantic statue of Nandi (Lord Shiva’s ride) that was carved from a single granite rock. There is signage outside and inside the temple to help deaf and speech-impaired visitors go around the temple.
Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens: A nature lover’s haven, Lal Bagh is an expansive 240-acre botanical garden that showcases over 1,800 diverse plant species. Although there is no specific disabled-friendly facilities here, the open spaces and garden areas are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs. The flower shows held here in January and August are unmissable.
HAL Aerospace Museum & Heritage Centre: The country’s first aerospace museum, Hal Aerospace Museum & Heritage Centre offers an insight into India’s aeronautical history. Indigenous aircrafts, aero engines, photographs, and other exhibits make this museum unique to the T!
What To Do In Bangalore
Have a fun day with your friends or family at GRS Fantasy Park: Covering 30 acres, GRS Fantasy Park is the most popular aqua park in Bangalore. Known mainly for its water rides, it is also houses a few thrilling roller coasters. However, the best part of the park is that it is is disabled-friendly and has special wheelchair tracks.
Shopping: From glitzy malls full of high-end brands to local markets decorated with colourful handicrafts, Bangalore has everything that a shopoholic’s heart desires. And with most of the malls in this city being made disabled-friendly, Bangalore is THE place to shop. We suggest buying silk sarees, antique jewellery, silver accessories and local handicrafts here.
Watch the Aero Show: Held every two years at Yelahanka Air Force Station by the Ministry of Defence, the Aero Show is the world’s second largest air show. Skilled pilots display their maneuvers high up in the air, leaving the crowd in awe, each time. Since the show takes place on open grounds, wheelchair-users can easily access it.
Where To Stay In Bangalore
Being a metropolitan city and a sought-after holiday destination, Bangalore has numerous accommodation options to suit every taste and budget. They even have quite a few disabled-friendly hotels, the Lemon tree being one. The hotel offers specially designed rooms for wheelchair-users to ensure that their holiday experience is not hampered by anything.
What To Eat & Drink In Bangalore
Bangalore’s cuisine is a derivation of many cultural influences, so no matter what you are in the mood to eat, you will find it here! We particularly love the city’s biryani and kebabs but their South Indian cuisine obviously steals the show. One of the must-try dishes here is the benne dosa. Cooked with loads of butter, this dosa is fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside and is typically served with chutney. Their South Indian thali is also unmissable! Bisi bele bhath, a khichdi-like preparation of rice, lentils, and vegetables, often served with potato chips or boondi is quite popular too. Gobi manchurian with a Kannada twist has also evolved as a favourite snack for Bangaloreans over time. Also when in Bangalore, it is a crime to not try the famous Mysore paak.
How Accessible Is Bangalore?
Bangalore fares well when it comes to accessibility. Ramps, railings, wheelchair-friendly car services, and disabled-friendly parks are some of the ways in which Bangalore has taken efforts to make the city accessible for wheelchair-users. For vision-impaired travellers, the metro stations have specially grooved-tiles and lifts with Braille-inscribed buttons. For deaf and speech-impaired visitors, most of the attractions around the city have signboards.
How To Reach Bangalore
By air: Kempegowda International Airport is located 40 kilometres from the city. Once you land at the airport, you can use prepaid taxi and bus services to get to the city.
By rail: Trains from towns like Chennai, Salem, Mysore, Hyderabad and Mumbai will stop at Bangalore City Railway Station.
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