You’ve been waiting to move to Bangalore for quite some time now. The Silicon Valley of India where young professionals like you go to grow and thrive. And now moving to this city is finally about to be a reality. You’ve packed your bags; you’ve checked out some single rooms for rent in Bangalore and you’re totally ready to move to this new city and begin the first step of the rest of your life. But hang on a minute. Are you really sure that you know everything about the city you’re moving to? And have you really done all you can to prepare for your big move? Check out our list of the top five things you should know before you move to Bangalore. These will ensure that you start your time in the city on the right foot.
Learn the language
Do you know what the language spoken in Bangalore is? Because it’s not “South Indian.” You’re going to need to learn a little bit of Kannada if you want to thrive in the city. Keep a Kannada-English pocket dictionary handy, download an app or ask some of your Kannadiga friends to tutor you before you move. This will come in handy whenever you have any local needs, want to bargain with shop vendors, or ensure you don’t get swindled by auto drivers. Plus, learning a new language is sure to expand your cultural horizons and make it easier for you to make friends in Bangalore. So, go ahead and give it a try.
Be prepared for traffic
You may think you know what it’s like to experience a traffic jam, but until you’ve faced one in Bangalore, you’re living a lie. Yes, the traffic in Bangalore is really something to write home about. Which means that you need to factor it into every single one of your plans. Make sure that you always have a fifteen-to-thirty minute buffer in your commute times to account for traffic. And if possible, try and find a place to live that’s within walking distance or at least within a five-kilometre radius of your place of work. And if you still end up stuck in traffic, why not pick up a small productive hobby like listening to podcasts or audiobooks or practising some mindfulness in the time you spend on the road.
Experience great food
Foodies, you’re going to have a great time in Bangalore. Your wallet and your stomach are both going to love you for making this move. That’s because the street food in Bangalore is affordable, delicious and readily available. You’re sure to find the usual staples of idli and dosa at every street corner, but you can also head to the famous Thindi Bedi and VV Puram where you can try everything from pani puri to aloo bonda. We also recommend that you head to Vidyarthi Bhavan for a plate of their ghee-soaked Khara Bath, and wash it down with a cup of filter coffee from Brahmin’s Coffee Bar. Trust us, these delicacies will definitely have you coming back for more.
Take advantage of the greenery
Sure, you probably know of Bangalore as the IT capital of the country and the tech hub of India but did you know that it used to be called the Garden City too? So, that’s what you should make a point of checking out once you get to the city. It might be a good idea to search for one room for rent in Bangalore near one of its iconic parks so that you’re able to fully embrace the green spirit of the city. Cubbon park is one of the most well-known spots and perfect for everything from your morning walk to a nature photoshoot for your IG feed. And if you’re more into bright colours and flowers, check out the annual flower show at Lal Bagh. And since the city is pretty tree-lined all over, you’re sure to find the best of greenery all around you. So, get out of the house and breathe in some fresh air.
Explore the culture
No matter what you like to do in your time off, Bangalore is going to be able to offer it to you. Shopaholics can head to Commercial Street for the best of street shopping. You’re bound to get a great deal on everything from clothes to accessories to footwear here. And if you’re a theatre-enthusiast, an evening at Ranga Shankara is definitely not one to be missed. Prefer a more laidback night out checking out some local talent? Then head to Lahe Lahe on one of their performance evenings or open mic events. And if you want a mix of food, cinema, shopping and entertainment, just check out some of the best malls in Bangalore and you’ll have a great time.
So, these are our top five tips of what you should know before you move to Bangalore. Keep them in mind and good luck!