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BengaluruIndia

India’s Garden City is famous for its public parks, colonial-era architecture, bustling bazaars and heritage museums.

Fast-paced Bengaluru, also still known as Bangalore, blends traditional life with a contemporary identity. In this bustling capital of Indian’s Karnataka state, you’ll find history museums and modern art galleries and centuries-old temples vying for space with new office blocks and traditional bazaars.

This is India’s third-biggest city, where locals speak English as well as their official language Kannada. It’s well-served by the country’s extensive bus and train network and the international airport is 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the city center.

Get around by using low-cost taxis, auto-rickshaws and the metro. The city boasts one of India’s most appealing climates, which makes exploring on foot an option. April is the hottest month; June to October is the monsoon season.

Bengaluru’s architecture showcases the city’s heritage. Marvel at the Tudor-style Bengaluru Palace, built in 1887. Visit the opulent ISKCON Temple and watch movies about the Hare Krishna movement. Admire the Dravidian-style Bull Temple, built in the 16th-century and often the setting for wedding processions. Spot the giant elephant statue at the Dodda Ganesha Temple.

See ancient coins and archaeological relics at the Government Museum. Some of the museum’s artifacts date back 5,000 years.

Find work by national artists, including Raja Ravi Varma, at the National Gallery of Modern Art. Learn about India’s aeronautical history at the Hal Aerospace Museum. Enjoy interactive exhibits at the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum.

The Garden City got its nickname from its many green spaces, most notably central Cubbon Park. Find one of India’s biggest collections of tropical plants at Lalbagh Botanical Gardens. Join a safari at Bannerghatta National Park and spot a deer, bear or bison.

Rise early and visit City Market to let the flower, spice and fruit stands awaken your senses. Experience the organized chaos of Gandhi Bazaar, with spices, jewelry, fabrics and electronics everywhere. Finish your day in the Shanthala Nagar area, where traditional teahouses and restaurants have the same appeal as Westernized bars and cafés.

Where to stay in Bengaluru

Cubbon Park showing a garden

Bangalore City Center

4/5Very Good!(67 area reviews)

Bangalore City Center is a destination travellers like for its spas, and you might hop aboard the metro at Mahatma Gandhi Road Station or Trinity Station to explore sights like M.G. Road.

Bangalore City Center
Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Koramangala

3.5/5Good!(11 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the bars and spas in Koramangala. You might want to make time for a stop at St. John's Auditorium or 100 Feet Rd.

Koramangala
Electronics City, Anekal, Karnataka, India

Electronics City

4/5Very Good!(13 area reviews)

Well-reviewed for its restaurants, you'll find that there's more to explore nearby. A stop by Wind Flower might round out your time in the larger area.

Electronics City
Indiranagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Indiranagar

4/5Very Good!(7 area reviews)

Restaurants and shopping are some noteworthy features of Indiranagar. Make a stop by 100 Feet Rd while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Indiranagar Station to get around town.

Indiranagar
Jayanagar, Bengaluru, Bangalore Urban District, Karnataka, India

Jayanagar

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

You might enjoy the restaurants on your visit to Jayanagar. Visitors recommend a visit to Bannerghatta Road, and you can get around town on the metro at Rashtreeya Vidyalaya Road Station.

Jayanagar
Yelahanka, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Yelahanka

3/5(5 area reviews)

You might want to check out the restaurants while you're in Yelahanka, and Kirloskar Business Park is a top sight to visit in the nearby area.

Yelahanka

Top hotels in Bengaluru

Hyatt Centric MG Road Bangalore
Hyatt Centric MG Road Bangalore
5 out of 5
1/1 Swami Vivekananda Road, Ulsoor, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs3,998 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

Located in Ulsoor, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Ulsoor Lake and M.G. Road. Commercial Street and Cubbon Park are also within 2 miles (3 km). ...

4/5Very Good! (196 reviews)
A very nice hotel

"Great hotel with excellent amenities. However, I was surprised that even in Ulsoor, many people, including some auto-rickshaws and taxis didn't know where the hotel was located."…"

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020

Hyatt Centric MG Road Bangalore
Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru
Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru
5 out of 5
No 56-6B Palace Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
The price is Rs5,950 per night from 16 Oct to 17 Oct

This family-friendly Bengaluru hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Bangalore Palace and Vidhana Soudha. M. Chinnaswamy Stadium and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (176 reviews)

"Overall the stay at Shangri-La was a pleasant experience"…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru
ITC Gardenia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bengaluru
ITC Gardenia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bengaluru
5 out of 5
No.1, Residency Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs6,200 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

This family-friendly Bengaluru hotel is located in the business district, within a 5-minute walk of UB City and Cubbon Park. Government Museum and Sree Kanteerava ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (245 reviews)

"fabulous experience true luxury from room to dining to spa .... enjoyed"…"

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2019

ITC Gardenia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bengaluru
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Bengaluru

Oakwood Premier Prestige Bangalore
Oakwood Premier Prestige Bangalore
5 out of 5
Vittal Mallya Road, UB City, Bengaluru, Karnataka
The price is Rs6,000 per night from 5 Oct to 6 Oct

Located in Bangalore City Center, this luxury aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of ISKCON Temple, Indian Institute of Science and Eco Space Business Park. Embassy ...

4.1/5Very Good! (68 reviews)

"The hotel is near great places to eat and very central in the city. The staff are extremely helpful and genuinely interested in you having a pleasant stay."…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020

Oakwood Premier Prestige Bangalore
Tranquil Serviced Apartments
Tranquil Serviced Apartments
3 out of 5
No. 73 Devarachikkanahalli Main Road, Muneswara Layout, Bommanahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka
The price is Rs999 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

Situated in Bengaluru, this apartment building is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Christ University ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)

"Hospitality of the owner is really good and we had an extremely good stay."…"

Reviewed on 20 May 2019

Tranquil Serviced Apartments
Transit Living Bangalore Airport
Transit Living Bangalore Airport
3 out of 5
Kempegowda Int'l Airport Rd, Bengaluru, KA
The price is Rs1,800 per night from 5 Oct to 6 Oct

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Aster CMI Hospital, Kirloskar Business Park and Bangalore Baptist Hospital. Bangalore ...

3.5/5Good! (2 reviews)

"1) Had to wait for more 30 min (even though the arrival time was commat the airport for the pickup offered by the hotel 1) The road to the hotel (from the airport) is a little bumpy, especially the last stretch."…"

Reviewed on 20 Dec 2019

Transit Living Bangalore Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Bengaluru

ISKCON Temple
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ISKCON Temple

4/5(12 reviews)

Visit this large and lavishly decorated temple complex dedicated to a Hindu god. Marvel at golden shrines, murals and hundreds of statues.

M.G. Road
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M.G. Road

4/5(40 reviews)

When you visit M.G. Road, a popular shopping spot in Bengaluru, you can browse for souvenirs. Wander around the gardens or enjoy the area's restaurants.

Bangalore Palace
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Bangalore Palace

4/5(19 reviews)

Stroll through crafted gardens and admire resplendent interiors in a stunning palace that seamlessly blends Indian and Tudor styles.

Lalbagh Botanical Gardens
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Lalbagh Botanical Gardens

4/5(16 reviews)

These exotic gardens are home to century-old trees, rare flowers from around the globe and Bengaluru's version of London's Crystal Palace glass house.

Cubbon Park
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Cubbon Park

4.5/5(29 reviews)

Take a break from the city in this garden paradise, where natural landscaping and diverse plant displays complement its historic buildings.

Old Airport Road
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Old Airport Road

You can learn about the local history of Bengaluru when you visit a well-known site such as Old Airport Road. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.