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Visa Information

For entry into India, non-Indian citizens should apply for a visa at the Indian Embassy or Consulate in the region they live. The local arrangement chairs, Mr. K. V. Subramaniam(HP) and Mr. Kapil Vaswani (Microsoft Research) are responsible for helping the HPCA attendees with the visa issues. If you meet difficulty in obtaining the visa to attend the conference, you may contact them for direct assistance.

 

The conference attendees are encouraged to apply for a conference visa. All visa applicants in US are requested to obtain visas through Travisa Outsourcing Inc, as instructed on Consulate websites.(Visa applicants in US may apply either in person or by mail. For general information on how to obtain an Indian visa in US please follow this link.)

 

Conference Visa:

 

If you are a participant in this conference, you are advised to state the purpose of your visit as "Attending a Conference". Please follow this common HPCA/PPoPP link for applying for Visa Invitation letters. Obtaining the letter is time consuming, as the local organizer is obliged by regulation to check a number of things. We have obtained an approval for conducting this Conference from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. If required, you can print this approval letter and submit it to the consulate to which you are applying for your visa along with your invitation letter. Application instructions/requirements for obtaining conference visa in United States can be found here.

 

For purpose of visa, attendees may submit Dr Subramanium and Dr Vasvani as local contacts:

 

 

High-Performance Computer Architecture

Bangalore, India - January 9-14, 2010

Flights to India tend to fill up well ahead of the December holiday season. We recommend that you make your flight reservations 3-4 months 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) -- winter fog often throws air-traffic off-gear in New Delhi. If you are planning to travel around India after/before the conference, check with your travel agent for attractive local air travel offers that are usually available with your international travel ticket.

 

Flights to India:

 

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-over, either in Europe or in the Far East. Direct flights to Bangalore are also available in some airlines (ex: Lufthansa). Most international airlines fly into Mumbai (Bombay) or Chennai (Madras). Direct flights are available to Mumbai (Bombay) or Chennai (Madras) in many airlines (ex: Continental, American Airlines). We recommend that you fly into one of these cities, if not directly into Bangalore. Bangalore is well connected by air, road and rail to both these cities. Chennai-Bangalore is a 45 minute flight, and Mumbai-Bangalore is a 90 minute flight. Many common flight search websites (ex: Kayak, Travelocity, Priceline) can be used to book flights. In addition we suggest these two travel agents, MakeMyTrip.com and A.R. Tours and Travel.

 

Arrival at Bangalore:

 

Flights in to Bangalore will be now arriving at the new Bengaluru International Airport. Airport maps are available here. Overview of arrival process for domestic and international passengers is available here. Use the menu on the right to select domestic or international.

 

 

 

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Kapil Vaswani

Microsoft Research India,

"Scientia", 196/36, 2nd Main, Sadashivnagar,

Bangalore - 560080

Ph: +91 80 66586108

K. V. Subramaniam
Hewlet Packard India Software Operations,
Sy no 192, Whitefield Road,
Bangalore - 560 048
Ph:+91-80-251-66334

Transport from/to the new Bengaluru International Airport (BIAL)

 

There are plenty of taxi/cabs available at the airport. Star hotels may have their own services available upon request (at a slightly higher price). Other taxi services available are:

 

Basic Taxi Services:

 

[All phone numbers have an area code +91-80 (for landline) and +91 for mobile.]

Meru: 4422-4422

EasyCab: 4343-4343

 

The taxi service are available right outside the Airport building. Does not require prior reservation for traveling from the Airport to the City. However for your return travel you need to book one at least a few hours in advance.

 

Fares: Rs 15/km with waiting charge of Rs 60 per hour. Please pay at the end of the journey based on the metered charge. Credit card payment with printed receipt facility is available.

 

Please note that most cab drivers will understand English.

 

Other Taxi Service Providers:

 

AirLift : 4052-8888

CelCabs: 6060-9090

SGL Tours and Travels: 4299-4399

Limousine And Car Rental

Akbar Travels: 1-800-226-000

Hertz: 99725-02292

Choice of self-driven or chauffeured cars

Fare: indicative rate upto 25 km is Rs 1,200

 

Airport Shuttle Service:

 

Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) run buses from various points of the city every 15 minutes to the Bangalore International Airport (BiAL).

 

How to reach IISc Campus from the Conference Hotels

 

The conference venue is National Science Seminar Complex (NSSC). NSSC is located in the campus of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, about 2 miles from the 2 main HPCA hotels Windsor Manor and Le Meridien. The IISc campus map is available here. Local name for IISc is 'Tata Institute'. Always use 'Tata Institute' with the taxi, auto drivers, and bus conductors. IISc is about 35 km from the new Bengaluru International Airport (BIAL) (both domestic and International). Please follow this link for a list of places to eat nearby by IISc.

 

There will be buses and cars for pickup from each of the conference hotels in the morning, to and from NSSC/banquet/dinner venues. The transport schedule can be found here.

 

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 (known as Majestic/Kempegowda Bus station) are opposite to each other. Pre-paid autorickshaw facility is available at the Bangalore City Railway Station. You could tell the counterperson that you are travelling to Tata Institute. A trip to IISc may cost about Rs. 55. Travel by autorickshaws between 10:00 p.m. and 06:00 a.m. 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, 276, 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 autorickshaw 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 Yeshwantpur Railway Station:

 

Yeshwantpur is a small railway station, located within Bangalore, but it is NOT the main railway station of Bangalore. One good thing about Yeshwantpur is that it is very close to IISc, but very few trains stop here. The autorickshaw ride from Yeshwantpur to IISc will cost around Rs. 25. No prepaid autorickshaw facility available here.

 

Getting around Bangalore

 

Auto-rickshaws

 

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 2200 and 0500 hours, the autos charge one and a half times the normal meter reading. Wherever possible, use of pre-paid auto service is recommended.

 

Visiting places in and around Bangalore

 

Most places in and around Bangalore are easily accessible from IISc and the cost of travel is most reasonable. Bangalore has it all, so take your time and enchant yourself. Places like Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, Vidhana Soudha, Cubbon Park and Museums, Bull Temple and Tipu Sultans Palace are all worth visiting. So are the central shopping locations of Brigade Road, M.G.Road and Commercial Street. And before you go away and leave us, do not forget to check out all that Bangalore has to offer.

 

Rail tour packages

 

Use this occasion, and plan your visit to other cities in India. You may book e-ticket (Courtesy: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation). The Rail tour packages offer selection on attractive theme categories, such as: Adventure, Spiritual, Wildlife, Heritage, Hills etc.