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 kilometres) from the city centre.

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 organised chaos of Gandhi Bazaar, with spices, jewellery, 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

The Oberoi, Bengaluru
The Oberoi, Bengaluru
5 out of 5
37-39 Mahatma Gandhi Road, MG Road - Residency Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka, 560 001
The price is Rs10,500 per night from 2 Jul to 3 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Bengaluru. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (345 reviews)
"Excellent grounds. Staff was very friendly and helpful"

Reviewed on 9 Jun 2022

The Oberoi, 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, 560001
The price is Rs12,350 per night from 2 Jul to 3 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Bengaluru. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 5 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (284 reviews)
"Exceptional service, immaculate property, excellent dining & best of all was their commitment to employing otherwise-abled people! Proud to see that India has come a long way!"

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

ITC Gardenia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bengaluru
Taj Bangalore
Taj Bangalore
5 out of 5
Near Kempegowda International Airport, Devanahalli, Karnataka, 560300
The price is Rs11,750 per night from 9 Jul to 10 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Devanahalli. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (460 reviews)
"Overall excellent"

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2022

Taj 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, 56000
The price is Rs11,000 per night from 1 Aug to 2 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Bengaluru. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the spacious rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (76 reviews)
"quiet and non intrusive service"

Reviewed on 23 May 2022

Oakwood Premier Prestige Bangalore
Prestige Golfshire Club
Prestige Golfshire Club
5 out of 5
Kundana Hobli, Devanahalli Taluk, Devanahalli, Karnataka, 562110
Stay at this 5-star luxury villa in Devanahalli. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Tippu's Drop and Devanahalli Fort are ...
Prestige Golfshire Club
White Nirvana
White Nirvana
4 out of 5
Chikkaballapura Road, Jangamakote, Chikkaballapur, India, 562101
The price is Rs25,000 per night from 2 Jul to 3 Jul
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly villa in Chikkaballapur. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and private pools. Popular attractions Shri Shiva Temple and Tippu's ...
White Nirvana
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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