BengaluruIndia

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!(67 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
Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka, 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, Karnataka, India

Whitefield

3.5/5Good!(38 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
Electronics City, Karnataka, India

Electronics City

4/5Very Good!(13 area reviews)

Well-reviewed for its restaurants, you'll find that there's more to explore nearby. A stop by Wind Flower might round out your time in the larger area.

Electronics City
Indiranagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Indiranagar

4/5Very Good!(7 area reviews)

Restaurants and shopping are some noteworthy features of Indiranagar. Make a stop by 100 Feet Rd while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Indiranagar Station to get around town.

Indiranagar
HSR Layout, Bengaluru, Karnataka, 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 Yeshwantpur, Bengaluru
Taj Yeshwantpur, Bengaluru
5 out of 5
2275 Tumkur Road, Yeshwantpur, Bengaluru, Karnataka
The price is Rs6,401 per night

This family-friendly Bengaluru hotel is located in the business district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Columbia Asia Referral Hospital and World Trade Centre. ISKCON ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (250 reviews)

"Great hotel, loved the rooms and the service. Great food as well."…"

Reviewed on 1 Apr 2020

Taj Yeshwantpur, 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
The price is Rs2,779 per night

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! (165 reviews)

"The Employees were great help, especially the Reception."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2020

ibis Bengaluru City Centre - An AccorHotels Brand
Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru
Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru
5 out of 5
No 56-6B Palace Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
The price is Rs6,375 per night

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! (176 reviews)

"Overall the stay at Shangri-La was a pleasant experience"…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru

Popular places to visit in Bengaluru

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.

M.G. Road
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M.G. Road

4/5(40 reviews)

When you visit M.G. Road, a popular shopping spot in Bengaluru, you can browse for souvenirs. Wander around the gardens or enjoy the area's restaurants.

Bangalore Palace
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Bangalore Palace

4/5(19 reviews)

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

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.

Cubbon Park
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Cubbon Park

4.5/5(29 reviews)

Take a break from the city in this garden paradise, where natural landscaping and diverse plant displays complement its historic buildings.

Old Airport Road
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Old Airport Road

You can learn about the local history of Bengaluru when you visit a well-known site such as Old Airport Road. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Reviews of Bengaluru

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Apr 2020

It was good experience

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

Great restaurants and shopping

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Jan 2020

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

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

31 Dec 2019

Traffic congestion makes you stay in hotel than going out

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

12 Dec 2019

Too much traffic, all the roads were dug up

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Nov 2019

Chaotic city at its best 

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