Travel Information: This page contains information useful to prepare your trip to ICoRD’11. Please, don't hesitate to contact the Programme Chair, Prof. Amaresh Chakrabarti, for any additional information you may require.
All non-Indian-citizens are required to have an Indian visa to enter the country. Please allow yourself sufficient time (say 2-3 weeks) to procure an appropriate visa from your nearest Indian consulate. There are many Indian consulates worldwide. Indian consulates in the continental US are located in Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco. An online copy of the application form for Indian visa is available.
If you are a participant in this conference, you are advised to state the purpose of your visit as "Attending a Conference". We have obtained an approval for conducting this workshop from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). If required by the consulate to which you are applying for your visa, we can fax you or the consulate a copy of this letter. In practice, a letter of invitation might suffice; please feel free to send an email to Prof. Amaresh Chakrabarti who will then fax you a letter. Please mention your full name, affiliation and address.
We recommend that you make your flight reservations well in advance, to be on the safe side. We strongly recommend that you avoid arriving in New Delhi or taking flights that stop in New Delhi en-route to Mumbai (Bombay) or Chennai (Madras). For more information, including about domestic flights within India,check here .
Many first-time travellers to India prefer to get preventive vaccinations (shots). The Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India has some more health tips for tourists .
Most international airlines have direct flights to India from Europe and Singapore/Hong-Kong. From the US, most international airlines fly to India with a single stop, either in Europe or in the Far East. Economy class round trip airfares from the US to India and back are typically less than US $1500/- and round trips from Europe are typically less than US $1000/-. Please check with your travel agent for current fares.
While international credit cards are widely accepted in commercial establishments in India, several places rely on cash transactions in the local currency (Indian Rupee). We suggest that you either carry some Indian currency when entering India or buy Indian currency at the currency exchange agencies in the Indian airports, upon arrival. The current exchange rate is about Rs. 43/- per US dollar, and Rs. 62/- per Euro. Once in India, you can buy additional Indian currency from local branches of Citibank, Thomas Cook, etc. However, it is typically difficult to convert Indian currency back into foreign currency because of exchange regulations.
Most airlines such as Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Air Lanka, Air France, British Airways, Malaysian Airlines and Air India fly directly into Bangalore. Almost all airlines have daily flights. We recommend that you fly directly to Bangalore. International flights from Europe typically arrive in India around midnight, and the first flight to Bangalore out of Mumbai, New Delhi or Chennai is not until 6am, leaving you with a tiring 5-6 hours wait around the airport.
Alternatively, most international airlines fly into Mumbai (Bombay), Chennai (Madras) or New Delhi. If you fly into these cities there are domestic airlines connecting Bangalore to these cities (Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, and Sahara Airlines, Kingfisher Airlines, Deccan Airlines). Chennai-Bangalore is a 45 minute flight, Mumbai-Bangalore is a 90 minute flight, and Delhi to Bangalore is 2.5 hours. We recommend flying into Chennai as the domestic and international terminals are in the same building. In New Delhi and Mumbai one has to take a bus to go between the terminals.
Chennai is also connected to Bangalore by the Shatabdi Express train, a comfortable 5 hour journey; but the trains usually run fully booked, hence advance reservations are required.
It is worth checking with your travel agent for attractive local air travel offers that are usually available with your international travel ticket.
How to Reach Indian Institute of Science (IISc)
IISc is locally known as 'Tata Institute'. It is better to use the name 'Tata Institute' with the taxi, auto-rickshaw drivers, and bus conductors. Auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers can generally converse in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, and English.
Transport from/to the Airport: IISc is about 36 km from the
International Airport (both domestic and International).
The fare for the motor cabs operating from Bangalore Airport is Rs.540/- to the IISc campus. Airport shuttle service buses are connecting Malleshwaram bus station which is close to the IISc campus and currently costs Rs.100/-.
Airport taxi services are available at the airport to all parts of the city.
Auto-rickshaws are a convenient mode of transport as they are easily available. Most of the drivers are affable and honest and are multilingual. Apart from the local language most of the drivers are conversant in Hindi, and English. The fare charges are Rs.7.00 per km with a minimum fare of Rs.14.00 for three passengers. When operated out of city limits and between 22:00 hours and 05:00 hours, the rickshaws charge one and a half times the normal meter reading.
Reaching IISc from the Main Railway Station: The main railway station in Bangalore is called Bangalore City which is about 7 km from IISc. The railway station and the main bus stand (called as Majestic) are opposite to each other. Pre-paid auto-rickshaw facility is available at the Bangalore City Railway Station. You could tell the person at the counter that you are travelling to Tata Institute. A trip to IISc may cost about Rs.60. Travel by auto-rickshaws between 22:00 hours and 06:00 hours will cost 50% more. You can also use the bus services from the Majestic bus station: Bus Route nos. 252 E, 258 C, 271 E, 273 C, 275, 99 A and B. Alight at TATA INSTITUTE Bus Stop.
Reaching IISc from the Cantontment Railway Station: Another important railway station in Bangalore is Cantontment Railway Station, also known as Bangalore Cantt. The distance from this station to IISc is almost same as the Bangalore City railway station and it also has prepaid auto-rickshaw facility. You can also use the bus services from the bus stop just opposite to the station. Route Nos. 94 A and E, 252 A, 270 A, 272, 276 A.
Reaching IISc from the Yeshwanthpur Railway Station: Yeshwanthpur is another important railway station in Bangalore. Many major trains arrive and depart from this station. Yeshwanthpur is very close to IISc. There are two entrances to this station (one through Yeswanthpur Market, and the other via Tumkur Road). The auto-rickshaw ride from Yeshwanthpur to IISc will cost around Rs.15 from the Market entrance, and around Rs 30/- from the Tumkur Road entrance. Prepaid auto-rickshaw facility is available near the Tumkur Raod entrance.