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Verified traveller28 Nov 2019
Chaotic city at its best
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.
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.
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.
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 is noteworthy for its spas, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Phoenix Marketcity and Ascendas Park Square.
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.
Travellers like the restaurants in HSR Layout, and Laser Republic is a top attraction you might want to visit.
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Stroll through crafted gardens and admire resplendent interiors in a stunning palace that seamlessly blends Indian and Tudor styles.
Visit this large and lavishly decorated temple complex dedicated to a Hindu god. Marvel at golden shrines, murals and hundreds of statues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Verified traveller2 Sep 2019