BengaluruIndia

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Visit Bengaluru

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!(59 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
Electronics City, India

Electronics City

3.5/5Good!(10 area reviews)

You might want to check out the restaurants while you're in Electronics City, and Wind Flower is a top sight to visit in the nearby area.

Electronics City
Koramangala, Bengaluru, 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
Whitefield, Bengaluru, India

Whitefield

4/5Very Good!(36 area reviews)

Whitefield is noteworthy for its spas, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Phoenix Marketcity and Ascendas Park Square.

Whitefield
Indiranagar, Bengaluru, India

Indiranagar

4/5Very Good!(7 area reviews)

Restaurants and shopping are highlights of Indiranagar. Make a stop by Old Airport Road or 100 Feet Rd while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Indiranagar Station to get around town.

Indiranagar
HSR Layout, Bengaluru, India

HSR Layout

4/5Very Good!(7 area reviews)

Travellers like the restaurants in HSR Layout, and Laser Republic is a top attraction you might want to visit.

HSR Layout

Top hotels in Bengaluru

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Taj Bangalore
Taj Bangalore
5 out of 5
Near Kempegowda International Airport, Devanahalli, Karnataka
Rs8,800
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 8.8 mi (14.1 km) from Devanahalli Fort and within 20 miles (32 km) of Kirloskar Business Park and Bangalore Baptist ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (320 reviews)

"Luxurious hotel steps from the airport arrivals exit, just follow the well-placed signs. Extremely convenient for travelers who are either coming in off a long haul or preparing to leave. Perfect place for rest and rejuvenation! Already planning on staying again."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2020

Taj Bangalore
Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru
Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru
5 out of 5
No 56-6B Palace Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Rs8,075
per night
Feb 21 - Feb 22

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! (156 reviews)

"Centrally located & Good Property But got a better price directly with the hotel"…"

Reviewed on 8 Dec 2019

Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru
The Leela Palace Bangalore
The Leela Palace Bangalore
5 out of 5
23 Old Airport Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Rs11,500
per night
Jan 25 - Jan 26

This family-friendly Bengaluru hotel is located in the business district, 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from M.G. Road, and within 6 mi (10 km) of UB City and Cubbon Park. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (191 reviews)

"Great hotel, will certainly come back.. fantastic pool. Very comfy rooms"…"

Reviewed on 5 Jan 2020

The Leela Palace Bangalore

Popular things to do in Bengaluru

Bangalore Palace
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Bangalore Palace

4/5(17 reviews)

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

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.

Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace
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Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace

4.5/5(6 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Bengaluru when you stop by Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Vidhana Soudha
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Vidhana Soudha

4/5(9 reviews)

After visiting Vidhana Soudha, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Bengaluru. While in this culturally rich area, find time to visit its shops.

M.G. Road
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M.G. Road

4/5(37 reviews)

When you visit M.G. Road, a favourite shopping spot in Bengaluru, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home. Wander around the gardens or enjoy the area's restaurants.

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.

Reviews of Bengaluru

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
46
5 - Excellent 29.11392405063291%
4 - Good
66
4 - Good 41.77215189873418%
3 - Okay
41
3 - Okay 25.949367088607595%
2 - Disappointing
2
2 - Disappointing 1.2658227848101267%
1 - Terrible
3
1 - Terrible 1.8987341772151898%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 22, 2020

Shame it takes for ever to get around. What happened to the garden city I loved

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Dec 31, 2019

Traffic congestion makes you stay in hotel than going out

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Dec 12, 2019

Too much traffic, all the roads were dug up

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 28, 2019

Chaotic city at its best 

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 10, 2019

Bangalore roads were bumpy, heavy traffic, many roads were blocked (some repairing works were going on) and increased pollution.

3/5 - Okay

Arun.Sachdev

Nov 6, 2019

Bengaluru is ok. Bengaluru is just like mumbai city full of crowd and traffic. Mysore and ooty is very good for leisure.

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