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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

Bangalore City Center
Cubbon Park featuring a park as well as a small group of people

Bangalore City Center

Known for Temples, Spas, Culture

4/5(57 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.

Electronics City
Electronics City, India
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Electronics City

Known for Skyscrapers, Recreation, Budget

3.5/5(8 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.

Koramangala
Koramangala, Bengaluru, India
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Koramangala

Known for Theatres, Nature, Luxury

3.5/5(11 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.

Whitefield
Whitefield, Bengaluru, India
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Whitefield

Known for Skyscrapers, Cafés, Fashion

3.5/5(34 reviews)

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

Indiranagar
Indiranagar, Bengaluru, India
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Indiranagar

Known for Budget, Bars, Skyscrapers

4/5(7 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.

HSR Layout
HSR Layout, Bengaluru, India
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HSR Layout

Known for Skyscrapers, Excursions, Friendly People

4/5(7 reviews)

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

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
Rs9,999
per night
14 Dec-15 Dec

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 8.6 mi (13.9 km) from Devanahalli Fort and within 20 miles (32 km) of Kirloskar Business Park and Bangalore Baptist ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (305 reviews)

"This is a beautiful hotel, 5 star quality, is located on the grounds of the Bangalore International Airport. It measures favorably to any hotel in the world for beauty and service. The staff was EXTREMELY friendly and helpful. The Assistant Manager Front Office, Mr. Abhishek Sharma, was present at ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2019

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
21 Dec-22 Dec

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! (152 reviews)

"Shangri-La Bengaluru is always beautiful. The staff and service are impeccable, the breakfast should get a special mention as should the spacious and comfortable rooms."…"

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2019

Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru
ibis Bengaluru City Centre - An AccorHotels Brand
ibis Bengaluru City Centre - An AccorHotels Brand
4 out of 5
Opp. Kanteerava Stadium/Mallya Hospital, Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Rs3,509
per night
14 Dec-15 Dec

Located in Bangalore City Center, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of UB City, M.G. Road and Vidhana Soudha. Bangalore Palace and World Trade Centre are also ...

3.9/5Very Good! (148 reviews)
Nice stay

"Staff was fabulous!! Charging plugs are not in good functioning condition"…"

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2019

ibis Bengaluru City Centre - An AccorHotels Brand

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(11 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)

Learn more about the local history when you visit Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, a well-known historical site in Bengaluru. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Vidhana Soudha
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Vidhana Soudha

4/5(8 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(15 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

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Nov 2019

Chaotic city at its best 

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

10 Nov 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

6 Nov 2019

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

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

6 Oct 2019

Metro was fabulous. They pavements are terrible and dirty. Quite expensive too. They don't add the tax and give you a false price.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Sep 2019

Loved the greenery and fresh air!!! A rarity in Delhi

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Sep 2019

Bad traffic

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