If you require removals to India, relocating to a new continent can be quite daunting at first and facing a life-style change is always a big challenge. However, by immersing yourself in your new culture and by joining in activities and making new friends, you will be amazed how quickly you can adjust.
The first step is organising your removals to India and, with Greens Removals, you can rest assured that you are in good hands. We have more than four decades of experience in international removals and can guide you through every step of the way – from organising the packing for you, or the supply of packing materials, through to unpacking and organising storage at the other end.
Whether require domestic or commercial removals and/or specialist removals to India we can help. We also assist with any customs related paperwork and offer a full range of insurance packages for complete peace of mind.
We provide removals to India to all the major cities including: Jaipur, Delhi, Chennai, Ahmehabad and Bangalore; and you can find out more about the city of Bangalore by reading our expats guide below.
Moving to Bangalore, India: Living in Bangalore
If you are moving to Bangalore for the first time, this will be quite a change from what you are used to. Like many cities in India, it is a place teaming with traffic, and around 10 per cent of the city's 8.5 million population live in the slums. It is the third largest city in India and again, like many of the country's cities, the population is a mix of millionaires and super-rich, and those less fortunate.
As an expat, your wages will generally be higher than the locals, so you can enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. Bangalore has been named as one of the top ten favourite places for entrepreneurs; and, in addition to this, Lonely Planet dubbed it as one of the top ten cities to visit.
Certainly, if expats were to name some of the things they like best about their host city, it would be the shopping. Bangalore has many shopping facilities from the high end shops in UB City, such as Louis Vuitton and Versace, to factory outlets and other more affordable clothing stores. Bangalore, or Bangaluru, is also known for its nightlife and amazing restaurants, as well as its festivals, classical Indian dance and theatre. If you like live performances, many plays are performed in English.
Expats generally take up jobs in marketing, or IT, and in fact Bangalore is known as 'the Silicon Valley of India'. Most of the IT firms are centred around the various technology parks, which include the International Technology Park Bangalore and the Electronics City. In fact, Bangalore is India's second fastest growing metropolis and is responsible for producing a third of India's IT exports. In addition to this, Bangalore is a major player in the biotechnology industry and almost half of the country's biotechnology firms are based here.
Moving to Bangalore, India: Places to Visit
Bangalore is not known as a tourist destination but it still has a fair number of places to visit. One of city's nicknames is 'the Garden City of India' due to its higher than average proportion of green spaces. These include Cubbon Park (in the Central Administration Area) which contain hundreds of native and exotic botanical species, and Lal Bagh, which is a major tourist destination, housing India's largest collection of botanical plants, as well as a lake and aquarium.
If you enjoy visiting ancient buildings, temples and places of historic interest, there's plenty to see in Bangalore and probably the best way to see the sites is to take a tour. Some of the places to visit include the 18th century Tipu Sultan's Palace, which is a mainly wooden structure with elaborate balconies and archways. It is open seven days a week between 9.30 – 5.50 pm.
The Bull Temple is another popular attraction and this ornate temple is said to house the largest Nandi murti in the world. The murti (which means a representation of divinity) is 20 ft. long and 15 ft. high.
The Shiva Temple has a large statue of Lord Shiva and the walk into the temple, behind the statue, has been likened to a walk into a cave. It does get crowded though and you will find lots of people asking for money for offerings.
Meanwhile, if you enjoy festivals, there's lots of these going on in Bangalore, from the various religious and traditional Indian festivals, to some Christian festivals, including Christmas.
Moving to Bangalore, India: Expat Accommodation
Various expat accommodation is available in Bangalore, from serviced apartments to gated communities. Whether you prefer living in the suburbs, or close to the city, there is a variety of accommodation in both areas. One thing of note is that it will be usual for expats to employ household staff and domestic help, such as housekeepers, nanny's and possibly a chauffeur too.
Some of the best and most exclusive areas to live in the city are the pricy Whitefield area, in the East, and the JP Nagar and Jayanagar, in the south. If you would like to settle in the northern part of the city, Yechanka is close to international schools.
Moving to Bangalore: Out and About in Bangalore
Again, like most Indian cities, the traffic is horrendous; some of the ways to get out is by auto-rickshaw and fortunately these are metered, unlike in Chennai. If a driver refuses to use the meter, or says it is broken, the best bet is to use another auto-rickshaw which has a driver that will go by the meter.
Taxis are another good way to travel, although a cheaper option is to take the bus. However, you do need to be familiar with the service to be able to use it. This is because the route number is in English, but the rest of the information is in Kannada (the city's main language).
The airport is just 25 miles from the central business district and is one of India's most modern, but busiest airports. The airport has a domestic and an international terminal and flies to many world-wide destinations.