“Atithi Devo Bhava.” A Guest is equivalent to God.
Bangalore, or Bengaluru as it is officially called now, welcomes you, beloved Atithi, to our city and into our homes.
Bangaloreans are quiet, peace loving and accommodating by nature. As a long-time resident in this wonderful city of ours, it is my pleasure to share with you with these Bangalore transportation tips.
I’m sure you don’t really need any tips to download the UBER or OLA app and move around the city in a cab. That’s fine, but where is the adventure, and the thrill and intrigue of learning your way around a new city? I, for one, firmly believe that the best way to get to know a city better is to use its public transportation system.
Let me assure you at this point that your comfort and safety will never be compromised. My tips involve only the best of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation’s elite “Vajra” and “Vayu Vajra” services, and the existing routes of Namma Metro rail transportation services. So what are you waiting for? Start exploring our beautiful city.
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1. Vajra Routes - This service uses air-conditioned Volvo buses for its fleet. Given below is a list of bus routes with the names of the places covered.
|V.G-4||Brigade Road||Bannerghatta National Park||Johnson market, Dairy Circle, IIMB, Hulimavu, Meenakshi Temple.|
|V-195||Shivajinagara||Chandra Layout||Indian Express, Majestic, Rajajinagar, Vijayanagar.|
|V-215 H||Kempegowda Bus Station||Jambusavari Dinne||Maharani College, K.R Circle, Corporation, Basavanagudi, Jayanagar, J.P Nagar.|
|V-331 A||Cantt. Railway Station||Kadugodi||Mayo Hall, Domlur, Manipal Hospital, HAL, Whitefield.|
|V-335 E||Kempegowda Bus Station||Kadugodi||Richmond Circle, Mayo Hall, Manipal Hospital, Marathahalli, Whitefield.|
|V-342 F||Kempegowda Bus Station||Sarjapura||K.R.Circle, St.Marthas Hospital, K.H.Road, Wilson Garden, Nimhans, Dairy Circle, Koramangala, WIPRO.|
|V-360 B||Kempegowda Bus Station||Attibele||K.R.Circle, Shanthinagar, Wilson Garden, Koramangala, Madiwala, Bommanahalli, Electronic City.|
|UD-500 D||Hebbala||Central Silk Board||Manyata Tech Park, Kalyan Nagar, K.R.Puram, Bellandur, HSR Layout.|
|V-500 BC||BEL Circle||Banashankari||Hebbala, Manyata, Kalyan Nagar, K.R.Puram, HSR, Sangam Circle.|
|V-500 DF||Hebbala||ITPL||Manyata, Kalyan Nagar, K.R.Puram, Garudachar Palya, SAP, Whitefield.|
|V-500 E||Hebbala||Electronic City||K.R.Puram, Bellandur, HSR, Bommanahalli, Singasandra, Infosys.|
|V-502 G||Yeshwanthpura||ITPL||Sadashiva Nagar, Kasturi Nagar, K.R.Puram, Hoodi, Whitefield.|
|V-505||Electronic City||ITPL||Singasandra, Bommanahalli, HSR, Sarjapur Cross, Marathahalli, SAP, Whitefield.|
|V-505 A||C.V.Raman Nagar||Electronic City||DRDO, BEML Gate, Jeevan Bheema Nagar, Thippasandra, Indiranagar, Domlur, Koramangala, Madiwala, Central Silk Board.|
|KIAS-4||HAL Main Gate||Indiranagar, Thippasandra, Millers Road, Coles Park.|
|KIAS-4 A||Whitefield||HAL, Indiranagar|
|KIAS-5||Banashankari||Jayanagar, Richmond Circle, Wilson Garden, Guttahalli|
|KIAS-5 A||Jambusavari Dinne||Wilson Garden, Guttahalli.|
|KIAS-7||HSR Layout||Dairy Circle, Jakkasandra, Richmond Circle, Wilson Garden, Guttahalli.|
|KIAS-7 A||HSR Layout||Jakkasandra, Domlur, Shivaji Nagar, Mayo Hall, Raj Bhavan.|
|KIAS-8||Electronic City||Singasandra, Bommanahalli, Mahadevapura, Marathahalli, K.R.Puram.|
|KIAS-8 EW||Electronic City||WIPRO Gate|
|KIAS-9||Kempegowda Bus Station||Shivananda Store, Guttahalli.|
|KIAS-10||Mysore Road Satellite Bus Stand.||Magadi Road Toll Gate.|
|KIAS-!2||BTM Layout||J.P Nagara, Jayanagar, Ashoka Pillar, Wilson Garden, High Ground, Guttahalli|
For more information on Vajra services, routes and timings, visit mybmtc.com.
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3. Namma Metro - A feather in the cap of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL). Phase-1 is partially operational now and expected to be fully operational in just a couple of weeks time. Here are the stations covered by the Green and Purple line of Phase-1.
|Namma Metro Green Line:|
|5||Peenya-2||6||Yeshwantpur-1||7||Yeshwantpur-2||8||Sandal Soap Factory|
|17||National College||18||Lalbagh||19||Southend Circle||20||Jayanagar|
|21||Rashtreeya Vidyalaya||22||Banashankari||23||J.P Nagar||24||Puttenahalli|
|Namma Metro Purple Line:|
|1||Baiyappanahalli||2||Swami Vivekananda Road||3||Indiranagar||4||Halasuru|
|5||Trinity||6||M.G.Road||7||Cubbon Park||8||Vidhana Souda|
|9||Sir M.Visveshwaraya||10||Kempegowda||11||City Railway Station||12||Magadi Road|
For more information about Namma Metro routes and station locations, visit bmrc.co.in.
Conclusion: Though Bangalore doesn’t have a suburban train network like Chennai or Mumbai to support its transport system, due credit should be given to the innovative way urban development funds have been used to reform the city’s public transport system, making it one of the largest in India.
With the completion of Namma Metro Phase-1 around the corner, and Phase-2 by 2020, and with constant upgrades and maintenance of the existing network, Bangalore is well on its way to claiming the top public transport position in the country.