BengaluruIndia

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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

Cubbon Park which includes a park

Bangalore City Center

4/5Very Good!(89 area reviews)

You might enjoy the spas while in Bangalore City Center. M.G. Road is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Mahatma Gandhi Road Station or Trinity Station to see more of the city.

Bangalore City Center
Structural beauty..
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Electronics City

2.5/5(4 area reviews)

Electronics City is well-liked for its restaurants, and while you're getting to know the area, Wind Flower is a worthy spot to check out.

Electronics City
Loved by Christ Students of Bangalore, the cafe, erstwhile Ice and Spice is the go to place for immediate cravings. Love their Red Sauce Pasta too. #sweetspot
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Koramangala

4/5Very Good!(10 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
#Art
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Whitefield

3.5/5Good!(19 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
Umm. while the pizza spread is too good, the desert scene is a let down. They sure look pretty but too sweet and mar your appetite after 2/3 bites.
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Indiranagar

3.5/5Good!(2 area 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.

Indiranagar
In Pondicherry, the french colony houses some really interesting and quaint cafes. One of them is Cafe des arts - a french bistro that displays great books and vintage things like this old school ring-ring phone. 

#red #pondicherry #vintage
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HSR Layout

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

Travelers 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 Bangalore
Taj Bangalore
5 out of 5
Near Kempegowda International Airport, Devanahalli, Karnataka
¥13,864
per night
Feb 20 - Feb 21

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 8.8 mi (14.1 km) from Devanahalli Fort and within 20 mi (32 km) of Kirloskar Business Park and Bangalore Baptist ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (337 reviews)

"Attention to my condition of laryngitis, Mr Abhisek was very considerate and sent me a hot tea with herbal remedies etc after my check in. Staff were all very helpful, my sister and I were very pleased."…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

Taj Bangalore
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
¥4,844
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

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! (155 reviews)

"Friendly approach of staff. Location. General maintenance and cleanliness. Only negative point from my point of view was in the name of IBIS - Formula 1 room structure existed."…"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 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
¥12,420
per night
Mar 6 - Mar 7

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! (158 reviews)

"Centrally located & Good Property But got a better price directly with the hotel"…"

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2019

Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru

Popular things to do in Bengaluru

M.G. Road
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M.G. Road

4/5(55 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(26 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

4.5/5(23 reviews)

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

Lalbagh Botanical Gardens
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Lalbagh Botanical Gardens

4/5(24 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(25 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

3.5/5(13 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Bengaluru with a stop at Old Airport Road. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Top activities in Bengaluru

Private tour of Mysore and Srirangapatna from Bangalore
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Private tour of Mysore and Srirangapatna from Bangalore

¥13,767

Discover the history of Srirangapatna and the majesty of Mysore during a private full-day excursion from Bengaluru (Bangalore). Travel in your own private vehicle to see highlights including Daria Daulat Bagh, Ranganathaswamy Temple, and Mysore Palace.

Same Day Taj Mahal Tour From Bangalore with return flights.
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Same Day Taj Mahal Tour From Bangalore with return flights.

¥19,394

Making dream into reality, Yes same day trip to Taj Mahal an amazing monument of Love & Art is possible from Bangalore. Board on a flight at 7:10 am from Bangalore airport on Arrival at Delhi Airport you will be picked up by driver standing with your Name on a placard.

Customizable Bali Tour with 12-Seater Mini Bus and Driver
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Customizable Bali Tour with 12-Seater Mini Bus and Driver

¥22,569

Mini Bus Rental with English speaking driver. The highest level of Quality and Safety. Reliable & Professional. Create your own tour itinerary. Visit temples, beaches, sightseeing spots, botanic gardens. There are lots to discover in Bali.

Bangalore Food Crawl
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Bangalore Food Crawl

¥1,860

Bangalore is a foodies destination and for centuries it is known for its rich and yummy food culture, we are fortunate today that this rich food culture is preserved in the form of small food joints by some thoughtful people for generations.

Day Trip To Nandi Hills From Bangalore
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Day Trip To Nandi Hills From Bangalore

¥2,324

Nandi Hills is at a distance of 65-70 KM from Bangalore slightly off the Bangalore-Hyderabad National highway. This place has quite a historical importance and also is said to be the origin place for Arkavati River.

Experience the Adventure of Bangalore
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Experience the Adventure of Bangalore

¥19,824

Thing to do with us, trekking, Camping, Corporate Team Outing, Cycling,Water Activities, Night treks, Hill Station treks, Himalayan Treks, Summer camp, day outing, cycling tour, and Many thing in India , our company found in 2015, and we are one of t

Reviews of Bengaluru

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
40
5 - Excellent 27.586206896551722%
4 - Good
62
4 - Good 42.758620689655174%
3 - Okay
34
3 - Okay 23.448275862068964%
2 - Disappointing
6
2 - Disappointing 4.137931034482759%
1 - Terrible
3
1 - Terrible 2.0689655172413794%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 16, 2020

I was just passing through.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 11, 2020

Cleaner tier 1 city than Delhi or Mumbai. It’s still a city in India though. There are some areas of the city I feel like I could actually live & survive in. Other areas are scary, but that is any big city. Ola, uber & rapido are great here.

4/5 - Good

RK

Feb 9, 2020

The roads are over crowded. Commute takes a long time. Plan accordingly

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 4, 2020

They try to rip you off on the cabs. So the best thing to do is to download the apps Ola or Uber; real affordable prices.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

Good city , weather etc( expect traific that is unmanageable in peak time ).

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 3, 2019

Recommend the national reserve!

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