Bengaluru awaits: its temples, cafes, monuments and more!

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.

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Shopping, Skyscrapers and Cafés

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Where to stay in Bengaluru

Bangalore City Center
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Bangalore City Center

Temples, Spas, Culture

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.

Rajajinagar
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Rajajinagar

Skyscrapers, Recreation, Dining

Rajajinagar is a destination travellers like for its restaurants, and you might hop aboard the metro at Kuvempu Road Station or Rajajinagar Station to explore sights like ISKCON Temple.

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Top hotels in Bengaluru

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Taj Bangalore
5 out of 5
Near Kempegowda International Airport, Devanahalli, Karnataka
Rs9,250/night
31 Aug-1 Sep
4.8/5Exceptional! (284 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 8.6 mi (13.9 km) from Devanahalli Fort and within 20 miles (32 km) of Bangalore Palace and Aster CMI Hospital. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (284 reviews)

"Very close to airport, walking distance. Quiet place"…"

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2019

Taj Bangalore
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Taj MG Road, Bengaluru
5 out of 5
41/3 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Rs7,000/night
30 Aug-31 Aug
4.3/5Excellent! (297 reviews)

This family-friendly Bengaluru hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of M.G. Road and Garuda Mall. Vidhana Soudha is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) ...

4.3/5Excellent! (297 reviews)

"Superbly comfortable bed. Squeaky clean linen. Well stocked mini bar. The separate and individually lockable bathroom units like shower, W C , etc ard great. Food is okay, not Taj level."…"

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2019

Taj MG Road, Bengaluru
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Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru
5 out of 5
No 56-6B Palace Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Rs7,650/night
20 Sep-21 Sep
4.7/5Exceptional! (139 reviews)

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! (139 reviews)

"Very friendly staff, luxury hotel in good location."…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2019

Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru

Popular things to do in Bengaluru

Bangalore Palace
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Bangalore Palace

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

Visit this large and lavishly decorated temple complex dedicated to a Hindu god. Marvel at golden shrines, murals and hundreds of statues.

Vidhana Soudha
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Vidhana Soudha

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.

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