Bengaluru

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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

ITC Gardenia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bengaluru
ITC Gardenia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bengaluru
5 out of 5
No.1, Residency Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
The price is Rs7,150 per night from 31 Oct to 31 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 ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (264 reviews)
"Room was pretty spacious , clean . Overall comfortable stay with a balcony in the room"

Reviewed on 3 Oct 2021

ITC Gardenia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bengaluru
Taj Bangalore
Taj Bangalore
5 out of 5
Near Kempegowda International Airport, Devanahalli, Karnataka
The price is Rs8,500 per night from 29 Oct to 29 Oct
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 8.6 mi (13.9 km) from Devanahalli Fort and within 20 miles (32 km) of Aster CMI Hospital and Kirloskar Business ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (418 reviews)
"The room are clean and very comfortable. The staff is extremely friendly. I stayed at the hotel due to the proximity to the airport and the availability of an airport shuttle."

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2021

Taj Bangalore
The Leela Palace Bangalore
The Leela Palace Bangalore
5 out of 5
23 Old Airport Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
The price is Rs9,450 per night from 27 Oct to 27 Oct
This family-friendly Bengaluru hotel is located in the business district, 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from M.G. Road, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cubbon Park and UB City. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (217 reviews)
"It’s like being on an abode in the middle of a nuzzling city. Staff is outstanding and it’s service and attentiveness unmatched."

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2021

The Leela Palace Bangalore
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.
Oakwood Premier Prestige Bangalore
Oakwood Premier Prestige Bangalore
5 out of 5
Vittal Mallya Road, UB City, Bengaluru, Karnataka
The price is Rs5,600 per night from 31 Oct to 31 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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (70 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
Prestige Golfshire Club
Prestige Golfshire Club
5 out of 5
Kundana Hobli, Devanahalli Taluk, Devanahalli, Karnataka
Situated near the airport, this luxury villa is 5.5 mi (8.8 km) from Devanahalli Fort and 11.6 mi (18.6 km) from Tippu's Drop. Aster CMI Hospital and Kirloskar ...
Prestige Golfshire Club
Jade 735
Jade 735
5 out of 5
Jade Garden Phase II, Sadahalli Post Op, Devanahalli, Karnataka
Situated in Devanahalli, this luxury villa is within 12 miles (20 km) of Devanahalli Fort, Chokkanahalli Forest and Kirloskar Business Park. Bangalore Baptist ...
Jade 735
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.

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