Bangalore is an enthralling Indian metropolis, home to Victorian-era architecture, picturesque inner-city parks, national art galleries and revered palaces and temples. Indulge in the city’s creature comforts, from chic bars to fine-dining restaurants, before embracing the rustic street markets and food vendors.
Things to do in Bengaluru
Bangalore’s gardens are world-renowned, and is the reason this city is nicknamed the “Garden City of India”. Explore Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, which boasts India’s largest tropical plant collections, a tranquil lake, rare bird species and an aquarium. Afterwards, take a scenic stroll around Cubbon Park, where paved trails wind past playgrounds and shady picnic areas.
Are you fascinated in Indian royalty? Take a guided tour through the contemporary Bangalore Palace, which offers an immersive entertainment experience with its amusement park and outdoor concerts. Venture further back in time at Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, built in the 18th century, and admire its Indo-Islamic architecture and summery gardens. There’s a small on-site museum with photographs and artefacts from Mysorean ruler Tipu Sultan’s life.
Animal lovers will enjoy a visit to Bannerghatta National Park, about a one-hour drive from the city. Here you can visit ancient temples, trek immersive hiking trails and visit a snake house and rural villages. The safari park area reveals an array of exotic animals, from barking deer and Asiatic lions to jackals and elephants.
Discover the city’s vibrant art scene at Venkatappa Art Gallery, where contemporary Indian artists are showcased in a calendar of art events and touring exhibitions. If you’ve got time, snap a photo at Dodda Alada Mara, a 400-year-old banyan tree that covers over one hectare.
Getting around Bengaluru
Kempegowda International Airport, about 50 minutes’ drive from Bangalore, has daily international and domestic arrivals. Bangalore’s metro system is the best way to get around, but you can also use the local bus network, auto-rickshaws and taxis.