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 Cafes

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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 neighborhood that welcomes all visitors. The neighborhood has many appealing features, among them its festivals and rich culture.

Electronics City
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Electronics City

Skyscrapers, Recreation, Budget

A welcoming neighborhood, Electronics City offers a variety of options for restaurants.

Whitefield
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Whitefield

Skyscrapers, Cafes, Fashion

Whitefield is a welcoming neighborhood.

Koramangala
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Koramangala

Theaters, Nature, Luxury

Koramangala is a welcoming neighborhood. Part of the neighborhood's charm is its natural features.

Indiranagar
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Indiranagar

Budget, Bars, Skyscrapers

A welcoming neighborhood, Indiranagar offers a variety of options for restaurants. Broaden your horizons with the local shopping.

Jayanagar
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Jayanagar

Skyscrapers, Friendly People, Family-Friendly

A welcoming neighborhood, Jayanagar offers a variety of options for restaurants.

Top Hotels in Bengaluru

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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ibis Bengaluru Hosur Road - An AccorHotels Brand
4 out of 5
26/1 Near Central Silk Board, Bengaluru
¥4,361/night
Jul 26 - Jul 27
3.7/5Good! (124 reviews)

"I like very much the cleanliness and pleasing services of your staffs. Provision of staircase /steps to walk up and down at least up to the lobby from the rooms is good for minimum physical exercise. All the best."…"

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

ibis Bengaluru Hosur Road - An AccorHotels Brand
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Taj Bangalore
5 out of 5
Near Kempegowda International Airport, Devanahalli
¥14,804/night
Aug 2 - Aug 3
4.8/5Exceptional! (269 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2019

Taj Bangalore
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bengaluru Racecourse
3.5 out of 5
#16/1, Sheshadri Road, Gandhinagar, Bengaluru
¥4,643/night
Aug 3 - Aug 4
4.2/5Very Good! (36 reviews)

"Nice hotel near Race Course and Bengaluru central business district. Near to Railway and Bus Station (2 to 3 KM). Evnthough rooms are compact but neat and clean and also functional."…"

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2019

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bengaluru Racecourse

Popular things to do in Bengaluru

Bangalore Palace
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Bangalore Palace

Bangalore Palace is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Bengaluru. While in this culturally-rich area, find time to visit its shops.

ISKCON Temple
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ISKCON Temple

ISKCON Temple is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Bengaluru. While in the area, you can find time to visit its spas.

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.

Top activities in Bengaluru

Bannerghatta National Park with Tiger Safari from Bangalore
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Bannerghatta National Park with Tiger Safari from Bangalore

¥16,619

Your tour starts with a pick up from the hotel. You will be driven towards the Bannerghatta Biological Park, which was founded in 2002as a biological reserve. It is one of the most sought after destinations and wildlife attractions near Bangalore.

Kabini Nagarhole national park from Bangalore
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Kabini Nagarhole national park from Bangalore

¥35,258

Day 01: Pickup from Bangalore airport / hotels and drive to Nagarhole kabini (240 kilometers away)- In the noon, arrive at your hotel Day 02: In the morning, enjoy a jungle safari in forest vehicle for animal viewing.

5 Days Bangalore Mysore Ooty Tour
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5 Days Bangalore Mysore Ooty Tour

¥63,670

DAY 01 BANGALORE On arrival to Bangalore pick up from Bangalore Airport or Railway Station and transfer to Hotel for fresh-up.

Private Cultural Tour of Bangalore with Guide & Transport
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Private Cultural Tour of Bangalore with Guide & Transport

¥4,317

Discover the vibrant traditional heart of Bangalore that still beats inside the heart of the city, which at present is a thriving, modern, cosmopolitan capital of the state. This tour will unfold the ancient glory of the city, and let you learn fascinating stories of the past and understand the city like a true Bangalorean.

Nandi Hills from Bangalore (Pickup from Hotel)
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Nandi Hills from Bangalore (Pickup from Hotel)

¥7,870

Explore the villages, hills and grape vines on Nandi hills day tour in the rural Karnataka far away from Bangalore 100 percent guaranteed Pickup by Navigers rep from city center hotel.

Excursion Tour of Belur, Halebeedu & Shravanabelagola
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Excursion Tour of Belur, Halebeedu & Shravanabelagola

¥24,820

Early morning around 6.30 am, the chauffeur and guide will pick you up from your hotel for the tour. During this trip you will visit the Hoysala period temples of Belur, Halebeedu and witness Asia’s tallest monolithic stone statue of Gomateshwara at Shravanabelagola, which is a prominent Jain pilgrimage center.

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