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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 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

ITC Windsor, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Bengaluru
ITC Windsor, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Bengaluru
5 out of 5
Windsor Square,25, Golf Course Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
The price is Rs3,400 per night from 25 Jul to 25 Jul
This family-friendly Bengaluru hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Bangalore Golf Course and Vidhana Soudha. UB City and ISKCON ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (228 reviews)
charming hotel
"Very charming hotel , clean with well educated and professional staff, authentic rooms and decoration, prefect location, calm, I love it"

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2021

ITC Windsor, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Bengaluru
The Leela Palace Bangalore
The Leela Palace Bangalore
5 out of 5
23 Old Airport Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Fully refundable
The price is Rs7,500 per night from 25 Jul to 25 Jul
This family-friendly Bengaluru hotel is located in the business district, 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from M.G. Road, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cubbon Park and UB City. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (211 reviews)
"Easy access to many places. Good restaurants."

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2021

The Leela Palace Bangalore
Taj MG Road, Bengaluru
Taj MG Road, Bengaluru
5 out of 5
41/3 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
The price is Rs5,000 per night from 25 Jul to 25 Jul
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! (361 reviews)
"This is my first stay in Taj MG Road. Right from reception desk, room service, dinning hall, in all places I could feel at home. People are so friendly and helpful. Cleanliness and facilities in the property and in the room were beyond expectations and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.Looking to visit ..."

Reviewed on 11 Apr 2021

Taj MG Road, Bengaluru
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.
Prestige Golfshire Club
Prestige Golfshire Club
5 out of 5
Kundana Hobli, Devanahalli Taluk, Devanahalli, Karnataka
Situated near the airport, this luxury villa is 5.5 mi (8.8 km) from Devanahalli Fort and 11.8 mi (19 km) from Shri Shiva Temple. Aster CMI Hospital and Bangalore ...
Prestige Golfshire Club
Jade 735
Jade 735
5 out of 5
Jade Garden Phase II, Sadahalli Post Op, Devanahalli, Karnataka
Situated in Devanahalli, this luxury villa is 7.6 mi (12.2 km) from Devanahalli Fort and 12.2 mi (19.7 km) from Kirloskar Business Park. Bangalore Baptist Hospital ...
Jade 735
White Nirvana
White Nirvana
4 out of 5
Chikkaballapura Road, Jangamakote, \N, Chikkaballapur, India
Situated in Chikkaballapur, this villa is 5.9 mi (9.5 km) from Tippu's Drop and within 12 miles (20 km) of Shri Shiva Temple and Devanahalli Fort. Bangalore ...
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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