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Getting to IISc



IISc is 7 km away from the main railway station and bus stand (commonly called Majestic, though the official name is Kempe Gowda Bus stand). Autos cost Rs 7 per km while taxis cost Rs 12 to 15 per km. If you are coming for the first time to Bangalore by train or bus, you can take a prepaid auto for Rs. 60 and come to IISc. If you do not have any luggage, you can take a local bus from Majestic (use the overbridge/subway) to cross to the local bus stand. Go to platform 23/24/25 and take any of the 252, 271 series buses. The frequency of the buses is one per min during peak hours, one per five min during non-peak hours and one per ten min during odd hours (11 pm - 5 am).

IISc is about 35 kms from the airport. One could take either a prepaid taxi (currently, costs Rs. 750, and the counter is available near the exit of the Airport Building), or a city taxi (costs about Rs. 500, and a queue for the same is just outside the airport building). Remember the taxi will charge you per km (ranging from Rs. 12 to 15).  Shuttle bus service, operated by Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), runs from the airport to various areas in Bangalore city every 15 minutes. The bus to IISc is infrequent (every hour) but buses to Mekhri circle are available every 10 min. You can get down in Mekhri circle (2.5 kms from IISc) and take an auto,

Ask for Tata Institute (that's what IISc. is commonly known as); that'll get you to Prof. CNR. Rao circle on your map. If that doesn't work, you should ask for Yeshwantpur circle or Yeshwantpur bus stand. From Yeshwantpur circle, follow National Highway Four east toward Prof. CNR Rao circle. If you're on foot, you can enter campus at the small turnstile on the north side of the highway under the yellow over bridge: it brings you to the place marked Cosmetic Center on your map. You can also ask for the Malleswaram 18th cross bus stand and then walk down to Mariamma temple circle in less than 2 minutes. This place is very close to that marked as JN Tata Auditorium in the map. 


Remember always to ask for Tata Institute, whether it is a bus, auto or taxi. People usually land up at IIM if they ask for IISc.

A Tour of Campus


Here are some places on the campus that you might wish to visit during the next few days. There's the Main Library, the Tata Bookstore (near the Cafe, open noon to 7 pm, except Sundays), the Xerox centres (in the library, near the Cafe and near TMC, open 8:30 am to 8:30 pm), two banks (Canara bank and SBI on your map), and a Health Centre (marked Hospital on your map). A new chip card type PCO has been installed at the U-block entrance and the telecom centre. You can prepay and buy the chip cards and use it for STD calls. The Post office (open 9-5 Mon-Sat) is approached from Prof. CNR Rao circle. It handles registered, speed post, money order etc. in addition to regular mail. There is a pharmacy (between 9 am to 8 pm all days) and watch repair shop in E-Block (between 4-6 pm on all days except Sunday) and a cycle repair shop near U-Block. There is also a small shopping area at the north end of campus, which has a tailor, travel agent and bookbinder. 

The Janatha bazaar (called the Fruit shop on your map) is open Mon-Sat and houses a small grocery shop (7 am to 1 pm, 5 pm to 9 pm), a vegetable shop (10 am to 1 pm, 6 pm to 10 pm), a tailor (10 am-6 pm), a launderer (10 am-8 pm), a shop that sells diary products (open practically thorough out), a bakery and a men's hairdresser (7 am-noon, 4-7:30 pm). All shops are closed on Sunday afternoons. Effective June, 2007, a cycle shop has been opened here. These shops are normally used by faculty and staff as they are near the quarters.

A small shop, tailor, launderer and a men's hairdresser are also available in the place marked Cosmetic center. This is normally used by students as it is near the hostels.

On the south side of the highway is the Gymkhana. Please do NOT cross the road but use the yellow over-bridge to cross the highway. Inside is a large hall for badminton, table tennis, and movies. In addition there is a carrom room and a TV room; upstairs is a small Library and a music room. Outside is a large playground, a running track and the Students Auditorium. At the Gymkhana, you can obtain permission to use the swimming pool located at the other end of campus (near the guest house). 


Snacks on campus

Please note that new faculty can eat in the faculty club. You have to buy coupons and eat there. A meal costs Rs. 25. Because only faculty can eat here, it is less crowded and an ideal place to meet other faculty.

The hotel marked Cafe on the map is called Prakurthi. It offers coffee, chaat, dosa and all kinds of south and north indian food, from 7:30 am to 10 pm on all days except some Institute holidays. There's a Tea kiosk next to the coffee board that functions from 3 pm till around 2 am on all days including weekends except for certain holidays. It is good for tea, coffee, samosas, pastries, etc. They also recharge coupons for mobiles. The TMSC canteen (marked TMC on your map) is no more functional. However, a new restaurant called Kabini offers snacks, tea and coffee from 7 am to 6 pm on all days. Effective December 2007, we have a new high-end restaurant near Nesara that would cater to all guests. 

The cost of food varies as follows. Kabini < Prakurthi < Nesara. To give you an idea, coffee costs Rs. 3, 5, 8 in these restaurants. A plate of idli will cost you Rs. 5, 8, 11, respectively.

There is Snacks shop in side of CEDT (opens on week days between 10:45 & 11:30 AM and 3 & 3:45 PM).  There is a Nilgiris (Snack) shop in front of Faculty Club (open till 10 PM). The small shopping area at the far north end of the campus has a bakery and a fruit/vegetable shop. In addition, vendors seated on the road near TMC, SBI and NCSI offer fresh fruit, groundnuts, etc. in the daytime (but not on Sundays). 

Campus entrances

The big entrances are the ones at Prof. CNR. Rao circle (all hours) and near Security (8 am to 10 pm on all days). Between CSIC auditorium and the Cafe there are gates that let you walk across the road, but please be careful crossing the highway! You should instead use the tunnel, that has a walkway for pedestrians. If you walk south from CSIC auditorium (and around the ICE building), you will reach the ICE gate that lets you out next to the Circle at the Mariamma temple; this route leads out of campus towards Malleswaram. Near the Cosmetic Center there is a yellow pedestrian over bridge across National Highway four; it takes you to the Gymkhana and the D mess. There are other small entrances on the west side of campus. One of them is near R block: it leads to the Yeshwantpur toll gate bus stop and is also useful if you wish to walk to Yeshwantpur from the hostels.  


Buses

If you plan to take a bus into town, your best bet is to walk to Malleswaram 18th cross bus stand or to Yeshwantpur bus stand (2 minutes from D Mess through the turnstile). If you plan to walk from the chemical engineering department, the 18th cross bus stand is nearer than the Yeshwantpur bus stand. At the 18th cross bus stand, don't overlook the bus stop on Margosa road. There is also a bus stop on the highway between the yellow overbridge and Prof CNR Rao circle, and another one at Prof. CNR Rao circle (on Sri C V Raman Road). Finally, there is a bus stop at Yeshwantpur toll gate, just off campus near R block. Most buses go to one of the places: 

Majestic, also called Bangalore Bus Station (BBS) and renamed as the Kempe Gowda bus stand (KGBS). You can get a bus from here to pretty much anywhere in Bangalore. The intra-state and inter-state bus services also originate from here. The railway station is nearby. To go to Majestic, take any one of the following frequent buses: 252, 252E, 258C, 21 (Pushpak). Many buses that come to the 18th cross bus stand go to Majestic. 

City Market, also called K.R. Market or simply Market. Take bus numbers 1, 1E to go here but you probably don't want to go here unless you need to buy for your lab. But many Market buses go via Corporation, which is a good place to get down and take another bus to locations in South Bangalore. 

Shivaji Nagar. A useful point to switch buses if you're heading toward East Bangalore. Frequent buses to this destination are 64 and 252A. Many buses that come to the bus stand opposite the post office go to Shivaji nagar. 

Also, do look out for the newer Pushpak buses. They are light brown in colour, instead of the usual bright red. They are much quicker, more comfortable, less crowded but cost more. While returning to campus, do remember that IISc. is popularly called Tata Institute, and that the Malleswaram 18th cross and Yeshwantpur bus stands are nearby. 

Autos

Again, Malleswaram 18th cross and Yeshwantpur circle are the best places to catch an autorickshaw. But if you're lucky, you'll find an auto at Prof. CNR Rao circle or at Circle Mariamma temple. Remember that autos cost 50% more early mornings and at night. 

Shopping and eating out

Campus is rather dead in the evenings and on weekends, so you might wish to venture out into Malleswaram or Yeshwantpur. (Yeshwantpur is open Sundays.) And of course there are the MG Road/ Brigade Road / Commercial Street/ Kempe Gowda Road areas for major shopping ... any Bangalore guide map will tell you where these places are located. Please note that I have no commercial interest in recommending these places because I rarely venture out of campus unless I am leaving town and these recommendations are from "experienced" students and faculty. 

Malleswaram is south of campus. Circle Mariamma temple is at the north end of Malleswaram. Streets are organised as north-south "mains" and east-west "crosses". The mains increase in number as you go west. Second main is actually called Sampige Road; third main is called Margosa road. These two mains are important: buses run on them, there are lots of shops (esp. on Sampige road) but they are one-way streets. The crosses increase in number as you come north, toward IISc. The 18th cross bus stand is a five-minute walk south from Circle Mariamma temple, and is located at 18th cross and Margosa. There's a nice shopping area centered at 8th cross and Sampige. 

Restaurants We did a survey; here are a few in Malleswaram that received positive votes, in increasing order of distance from IISc. Veena stores (15th cross and Margosa, eat hot idlies standing by the road). Eatout (15th cross and 8th main, large fast food place). Janatha hotel (8th cross just west of Sampige road, south Indian snacks). Vaishali (8th cross, between Margosa and Sampige, first floor, south Indian snacks). Shakti (Sampige, around 6th cross opposite bus stop serves roti-sabji). Suhas (Sampige and 2nd cross 1st floor. Simple decent food no ambience). NKB (New Krishna Bhaven) (north of Bhashyam park, which is at the south end of Sampige, good snacks and thali avoid evenings). Gopika (next door to NKB, north Indian food, ambience). Swati (Opp. to Nataraja theatre, both south and north Indian). 

If you want to venture farther in search for better food, you can go to Kamath Yatri Nivas (Gandhinagar), Sukh Sagar (Majestic), Shanti Sagar (Bhashyam circle). For wholesome north Indian food, you can visit Queens (MG Road) or enjoy Chinese food at Big Chef (Bhashyam circle), Punjabi food at Bawarchi (Mattikere), non-vegetarian food at Karavalli (Yeshvantpur) and continental food at Cassa Picola (Residency Road). You may have to wait for half an hour to eat at the famous MTR (near Lalbagh), but it may be worth your time. 

Bookstores There is the Tata bookstore (marked TBS on the map) and offer 20% discount on books. You may also place an order for any book you need by filling up a form at these bookstores. There are several other bookstores in Bangalore. For technical books, you may visit Sapna (Gandhinagar) and Gangarams (MG Road). For fiction and other non-technical books, two good bookstores are the Strand (Manipal center) and Fountainhead (Lavelle Road). 

>Movies The film society of the Institute screens good foreign films and award winning movies. There are several movie theatres in Bangalore which screen English, Tamil, Telegu, Hindi and Kannada movies. 

Travel You can reserve your bus and train tickets through the travel agent (2466) in F-Block. You can make flight reservations through Thomas Cook (located near the campus bookstore) or Jaybee travels (near Tata Bookstore, phone no. 3461311). Please note that you are eligible for concessions on bus, train and air travel. Fill up the required concession and avail it when you travel. 

Bangalore City map.

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