BengaluruIndia

4/5Top Destination

Bengaluru awaits: its temples, cafes, spas 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.

Known for

Shopping, Skyscrapers and Cafés

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Where to stay in Bengaluru

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

4/5(8 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.

Bangalore City Center
Cubbon Park showing a garden

Bangalore City Center

Known for Temples, Spas, Culture

4/5(51 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.

Whitefield
Whitefield, Bengaluru, India
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Whitefield

Known for Skyscrapers, Cafés, Fashion

4/5(31 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.

Yelahanka
Yelahanka, Bengaluru, India
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Yelahanka

Known for Friendly People, Dining

3.5/5(4 reviews)

Take some time to discover the restaurants in Yelahanka, and consider a visit to Kirloskar Business Park if you'd like to see some nearby sights.

Top hotels in Bengaluru

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
ITC Gardenia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bengaluru
ITC Gardenia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bengaluru
5 out of 5
No.1, Residency Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Rs9,600
per night
25 Oct-26 Oct

This family-friendly Bengaluru hotel is located in the business district, within a 5-minute walk of UB City and Cubbon Park. Government Museum and Sree Kanteerava ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (228 reviews)
Fantastic

"One of the best ITC hotels"…"

Reviewed on 3 Jul 2019

ITC Gardenia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bengaluru
Taj Bangalore
Taj Bangalore
5 out of 5
Near Kempegowda International Airport, Devanahalli, Karnataka
Rs8,999
per night
1 Nov-2 Nov

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! (295 reviews)

"Convenient to airport of Bangalore but Taj hotel standards shone through. Smart clean and bright property with good leisure and spa plenty of food and restaurant choice."…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2019

Taj Bangalore
Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru
Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru
5 out of 5
No 56-6B Palace Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Rs8,713
per night
8 Nov-9 Nov

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! (147 reviews)

"Excellent staff, great rooms, plenty of restaurants to choose from with really good dishes"…"

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2019

Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru

Popular things to do in Bengaluru

Bangalore Palace
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Bangalore Palace

4/5(15 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(10 reviews)

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

3.5/5(5 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.

Reviews of Bengaluru

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3 - Okay 22.463768115942027%
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

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 traveler

10 Sep 2019

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

2 Sep 2019

Bad traffic

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

26 Aug 2019

Roads and traffic are getting extremely bad. The city severely lacks cleanliness in some parts. It's very dusty and polluted.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

26 Jul 2019

excellent climate.

3/5 - Okay

Shan

18 Jul 2019

Traffics are hectic

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