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

Bangalore City Center
Cubbon Park showing a garden as well as a small group of people

Bangalore City Center

Known for Temples, Spas, Culture

4/5(71 reviews)

Bangalore City Center is a destination travelers 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.

Koramangala
Icecream cake
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Koramangala

Known for Theaters, Nature, Luxury

4/5(7 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.

Whitefield
#Art
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Whitefield

Known for Skyscrapers, Cafes, Fashion

3.5/5(17 reviews)

Whitefield is noteworthy for its spas, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Phoenix Marketcity and Ascendas Park Square.

Indiranagar
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

Known for Budget, Bars, Skyscrapers

3.5/5(2 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.

Jayanagar
Crunchy onion rings from burger king.. 😊
#food #outdoor #photography #art
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Jayanagar

Known for Skyscrapers, Friendly People, Family-Friendly

4/5(5 reviews)

You might enjoy the restaurants on your visit to Jayanagar. Visitors recommend a visit to Bannerghatta Road, and you can get around town on the metro at Rashtreeya Vidyalaya Road Station.

Electronics City
Structural beauty..
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Electronics City

Known for Skyscrapers, Recreation, Budget

2.5/5(4 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.

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
¥13,235
per night
Dec 21 - Dec 22

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

4.8/5Exceptional! (301 reviews)

"Outstanding service, helpful staff, quiet and clean rooms that beautiful and functional, breakfast food quality was amazingly delicious."…"

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2019

Taj Bangalore
Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru
Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru
5 out of 5
No 56-6B Palace Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
¥12,214
per night
Dec 6 - Dec 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! (150 reviews)

"Shangri-La Bengaluru is always beautiful. The staff and service are impeccable, the breakfast should get a special mention as should the spacious and comfortable rooms."…"

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru
ITC Gardenia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bengaluru
ITC Gardenia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bengaluru
5 out of 5
No.1, Residency Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
¥15,731
per night
Nov 22 - Nov 23

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! (231 reviews)
Good stay

"Good stay. Breakfast is good"…"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2019

ITC Gardenia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bengaluru

Popular things to do in Bengaluru

Bangalore Palace
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Bangalore Palace

4.5/5(23 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(22 reviews)

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

Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace
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Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace

4/5(5 reviews)

Learn more about the local history when you visit Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, a well-known historical site in Bengaluru. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Vidhana Soudha
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Vidhana Soudha

4.5/5(9 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.

M.G. Road
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M.G. Road

4/5(49 reviews)

When you visit M.G. Road, a favorite shopping spot in Bengaluru, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home. Wander around the gardens or enjoy the area's restaurants.

Lalbagh Botanical Gardens
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Lalbagh Botanical Gardens

4/5(22 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.

Top activities in Bengaluru

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

¥13,634

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.

¥13,708

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

¥21,812

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.

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

¥16,797

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.

Madhugiri Fort Trek
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Madhugiri Fort Trek

¥1,636

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Madhugiri India Trek up the second largest monolith of Asia & explore the ruins of a centuries old fort. Duration: 7 hours

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

¥64,352

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

Reviews of Bengaluru

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
33
5 - Excellent 28.205128205128204%
4 - Good
49
4 - Good 41.88034188034188%
3 - Okay
27
3 - Okay 23.076923076923077%
2 - Disappointing
5
2 - Disappointing 4.273504273504273%
1 - Terrible
3
1 - Terrible 2.5641025641025643%

1/5 - Terrible

SC

Nov 9, 2019

Terrible traffic

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 3, 2019

Developing and construction going on

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 1, 2019

Have been there too short but everyone says it’s a great city to life besides the traffic.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 9, 2019

The city must get rid off the street beggars and give them shelter and food . 900 crore for chandrayan nd this cost very less than that...

5/5 - Excellent

Abdul

Aug 23, 2019

Whrn I was there earlier the city was much cleaner.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 19, 2019

This is a working city where people are getting things done. Not always tourist friendly... but, that is what makes it interesting.

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