Medical Traveller’s Guide to Bangalore

Greenery in Bangalore cityBangalore or Bengaluru is the capital city of the state of Karnataka in the southern part of India. The climate, greenery and also the presence of many lakes and parks makes it the “Garden City of India”.

The city is also home to some of the very best hospitals in India. While Bangalore does record the highest number of cardiac surgeries in India, other medical treatments are also popular here. There are also quite a number of Ayurvedic hospitals in Bangalore.

Some of the best hospitals in Bangalore are

Apollo Hospital

Fortis Hospital

Columbia Asia Hospital

Aster CMI Hospital

HCG Cancer Hospital

History of Bangalore

Legislature house or Vidhan Soudha in Bangalore

The city which was founded in year 1537 later became a cantonment area in 1809 during British rule. The climate mainly due to the high altitude (3000 feet above sea level) was the primary reason.  Many of the street names  (Infantry Road, Brigade Road etc.) owe their name to this cantonment heritage.

After British rule, the city became the “Pensioners paradise” due to the pleasant climate and the easy lifestyle here.

Later towards 1990s, Bangalore became the hub for major international  Information technology(IT) companies in Inida. This IT boom resulted in a tremendous growth and currently the city is home to around 11 million people. IT growth has led to Bangalore being one of the most (if not the most) cosmopolitan cities in India. Now one can find people from all over the country and expats from around the world working here.

Things to do in Bangalore

World famous Mysore Palace under lights

Some of the main places to visit are the Vidhan Soudha, ISKCON temple, Art of Living center, Infant Jesus shrine and the Bangalore Palace.

People who visit Bangalore typically plan a visit to Mysore which is about 3 hours’ drive from the city. Mysore, an erstwhile royal city, is home to the world famous Mysore palace and Brindavan gardens.

Hampi in east central Karnataka is another popular tourist spot and is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Hampi is about 360 kilometers from Bangalore.

The city has a lot of malls & pubs and a thriving night life. It is one of the safest cities in India and is also probably the most westernised city in India. Digital infrastructure and connectivity is on a par with the best in the world.

Living in Bangalore

Lalbagh park at night

Kannada is the local language in Bangalore however most of the people in the city can converse fluently in English. Kempegowda International airport in the city is the third busiest airport in India. The airport now has 45 airlines operating connecting 66 destinations in India and abroad. There is also an excellent rail and road connection with other parts of India.

There are a good range of hotels available in Bangalore catering to all sections. The cost ranges from 20 USD for a 2 star hotel room  to 250 USD for premium 5 star hotels. Bangalore has a wide and varied mix of restaurant types and cuisines. There are also plenty of popular restaurants serving authentic Arabic, Mediterranean, Continental cuisine in various parts of the city. Furthermore, the Udupi restaurants serving vegetarian cuisine are very popular among Bangaloreans.

All of this makes Bangalore a very good choice for international patients looking for the best medical treatment in India.