Travel

Indian Visa:

All foreign nationals need to obtain a visa for visiting India. There is no “Visa on arrival” provision in Indian airports. Some useful information related to Indian visa requirements can be found athttp://indianvisaonline.gov.in
It is advised that you apply for an Indian visa at least two months prior to your intended travel date.

Travel to Bangalore:

Bangalore (now renamed as Bengaluru) has an international airport with the code BLR. Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) is situated in the northern outskirts of the city.
Popular international airlines with direct connections to Bangalore include :
  • Air India (connecting London Heathrow)
  • British Airways (London Heathrow)
  • Air France (Paris CDG)
  • Emirates (Dubai)
  • Lufthansa (Frankfurt)
  • Malaysian Airlines (Kuala Lampur)
  • Qatar Airways (Doha)
  • Singapore Airlines (Singapore)
Other major international ports of entry into India are Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Bangalore is connected by air, rail and road from all major cities in India. International travellers coming to Bangalore via other Indian cities will have to clear immigration, claim baggage and clear customs at the port of entry. Further travellers transiting through Delhi or Mumbai will need to to transfer from the international to domestic terminals. Foreign currency (cash) in excess to USD 10,000 will need to be declared at customs. Travellers cheque and cards do not have to be declared.
IIM, Bangalore, the conference venue, is approximately 50 kms (around 31 miles) from the international airport. Metered taxis are available just outside the airport terminal exit, on the left hand side. Authorised taxi companies operating these taxis include MERU, Easy Cabs, Mega Cabs and KSTDC. The approximate fare in these taxis from the airport to the conference venue would be around Rs 1000 (~ USD 20). There is also availability of a prepaid taxi (which you can book before you exit the airport terminal) which is a bit more expensive. Do ensure that you take either the pre-paid taxis or the authorised taxis (and not from random agents). Another option could be to arrange for an airport pick-up by your hotel operator.
Air-conditioned Volvo buses, operated by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), are also available just outside the airport terminal exit. There are several routes, each running every half an hour. However, these may not be very convenient to first time travellers to the city, particularly considering the late hours when most international flights land in Bangalore.

Currency Exchange:

The Indian currency is Rupee (1 USD is approximately 55 Rupees; recent information can be found at the Universal Currency Converter). Currency conversion is possible at airports and banks. International credit cards are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops. However, it is advised to exchange / carry sufficient Indian Rupees as cards are not accepted everywhere.
They can also be used at many ATM’s to obtain Indian currency (the logos of acceptable cards are displayed at ATM’s), but at an extra cost. The ATM’s generally provide a better exchange rate than that offered by hotels and shops.

Weather:

The temprature in Bangalore during June is usually about 30 ºCelsius (around 85 ºF) during day time and about 20 ºCelsius (70 ºF) night time, and with occasional thunder showers usually in the evenings.
Weather information about Bangalore is available here.

Stay at Bangalore:

Bangalore has a wide range of luxury and economy hotels suiting a range of budget. More details on the list of recommended hotels for the conference will be posted shortly.

Miscellaneous:

The electricity supply in India is 220 Volts and 50 Hz. Appliances requiring 110 Volts would need a voltage adapter. The electrical sockets require three (or two) round pin plugs.
Indian local time is ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) by 5:30 hours.
Vehicles have to obey left hand drive.
Prepaid mobile telephone cards are easily available.
Bangalore offers a range of leisure activities. For the convenience of conference delegates, we will tie-up with a preferred local tour operator as we approach the conference dates
More details on travel to Bangalore can be obtained at http://wikitravel.org/en/Bangalore

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