Flights to Bengaluru (BLR)

Flights to Bengaluru should be top of your to-do list if you’re keen to taste the future of India.
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India

What to do in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

Chill out in Cubbon Park

Cubbon Park (officially known as Sri Chamarajendra Park), located near government and judicial buildings, is a shining example of what a difference a large park can make to a bustling city. It’s perfect for exercise, family days out or simply unwinding.

Kasturba Road
Sampangi Rama Nagar
560001

Visit Bangalore Palace

This palace, which is similar to a Tudor castle, has recently undergone an impressive renovation to restore its former grandeur. The original construction began in the late 1800s and now the building offers a fantastic insight into colonial India. The tours are intriguing, the expansive grounds often host events and concerts, and there’s also a small theme park.

Palace Road
Vasanth Nagar
560052
+91 80 2336 0818

Watch racing at Bangalore Turf Club

Join the raucous crowds at the Bangalore Turf Club for some world-class horse racing. With various viewing options and plenty of greenery, it’s a chance to escape the bustle of the city and take in some great sporting entertainment.

Racecourse Road
Gandhi Nagar
560001
+91 80 2226 2391
bangaloreraces.com

Explore the city with Bangalore Walks

Choose a customised tour from Bangalore Walks depending on how much time you have and experts will divulge the secrets of this cosmopolitan city. For somewhere so busy, it certainly helps to have a guiding hand. Each walk has a different starting point, such as the Double Road gate of Lalbagh Botanical Garden.

Lalbagh Botanical Garden
560004
+91 98 4506 8416
bangalorewalks.com

See silk farming around Devanahalli

Silk has long been an important factor in India’s incredible history of trading and the villages around Devanahalli, to the north of Bengaluru, boast numerous silk farms. Look out for villages with boards bearing pictures of silkworms, or arrange a trip through Silver Oak Farm.

Silver Oak Farm
Sultanpet Village
Nandi Hills
Chikkaballapur District
562103
+91 98 4565 2267
silveroakfarm.com

Shop on Commercial Street

Just off Mahatma Gandhi Road (also known as MG Road), Commercial Street is the place to buy clothing at bargain prices. It’s cheap, but the sheer range of options entices fashionistas of all budgets. Visit the nearby Russell Market to choose ingredients to make the perfect curry.

Tasker Town
560001

Where to eat in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

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The Black Pearl (International)

One of Bengaluru’s first themed restaurants, this pirate-inspired eatery is fantastic for those who enjoy a bit of adventure with their meal. A la carte, buffet and grill options ensure there’s something for all tastes. The food is delivered by staff clad in pirate costumes, and there is also live music to enjoy.

2nd and 3rd Floor
105 1st A Cross Road
5th Block Koramangala
560095
+91 80 2552 0808

Jamavar (Indian)

With a wide selection of Indian cuisine and a personalised service, it’s easy to see why Jamavar is considered one of the best high-end restaurants in the city. Great for those who have special dietary requirements, the chefs can conjure up your heart’s desire.

The Leela Palace
23 Old Airport Road
Kodihalli
560008
+91 80 3057 1315 
theleela.com

Fava (Mediterranean)

With a great setting in The Collection arcade, you feel as though you could be in Europe in this popular and lively eatery. The chefs are exceptional and know their way around Mediterranean cuisine. The mezze is superb and vegetarians are also taken care of. Try the truffled tenderloin carpaccio for a refreshing but decadent choice on a sunny day.

2nd Floor, The Collection
UB City
24 Vittal Mallya Road
Ashok Nagar
560001
+91 80 2211 7444
fava.in

Smoke House Deli (American)

With restaurants in New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, the reasons for Smoke House Deli’s popularity are clear. Hand-drawn sketches line the walls, adding to the relaxed atmosphere where diners indulge in hearty American cuisine. The devilled beef bites are a highlight, but the menu is so extensive everyone in Bengaluru seems to have a different favourite dish.

1209, 100 Feet Road
Indiranagar
560038
+91 80 2520 0898
smokehousedeli.in

Karavalli (Seafood)

Embracing seafood and traditional coastal Indian cooking, this restaurant has gained an international reputation for its exceptional dishes. The setting is traditional while the cooking techniques are thoroughly modern. The emphasis is on seafood, but there are good options for vegetarians and vegans too.

The Gateway Hotel
Residency Road
Shanthala Nagar
Ashok Nagar
560025
+91 80 6660 4545
thegatewayhotels.com/residency-road-bangalore/restaurants

Alto Vino (Italian)

Chef Alfonso Montefusco heads up this leading Italian restaurant. It’s been a huge hit with European diners looking for an authentic taste of Italian cooking in the city. Attentive staff and a great atmosphere complement the food. Try the burrata cheese, which is handmade by the chef.

Bengaluru Marriott Hotel
8th Road
EPIP Area
Whitefield
560066
+91 80 4943 5000
marriott.com/hotels

Places to stay in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

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The Ritz-Carlton Bangalore

Modern and elegant, this hotel is a wonderful addition to Bengaluru’s hotel scene. This is a perfect place for a business trip or as a base from which to do some exploring. Head to Bang, the luxury rooftop lounge, for panoramic views of the city.

99 Residency Road
Ashok Nagar
560025
+91 80 4914 8000
ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/india/bangalore

Escape Hotel & Spa

This boutique hotel in Bengaluru is popular with everyone from families and couples to business travellers, and it makes a great base for exploring the nearby shops. When you want to relax, a rooftop patio provides a great vantage point from which to enjoy breakfast and there’s a pool too.

770, 100 Feet Road
Indiranagar
560038
+91 80 4241 5555
escapehotels.in

The Taj West End

Set in 20 acres of gardens and located opposite the Bangalore Turf Club, the Taj West End combines luxury with heritage – it’s been welcoming guests since 1887. Plenty of famous faces have checked in over the years, from Winston Churchill to Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. Look out for the art corridor as well as the incredible trees that fill the garden.

25 Racecourse Road
Sampangi Rama Nagar
560001
+91 80 6660 5660
tajhotels.com/luxury/city-hotels/the-taj-west-end-bangalore

Vivanta by Taj

Ideal for business travellers, Vivanta by Taj boasts a banqueting hall, conference rooms and meeting facilities. The colour-changing facade is a real showstopper, and the nearby shopping and entertainment options keep visitors coming back time and again. Ask for a room on one of the upper floors for a view, and a non-road facing room for a quieter stay.

41/3 Mahatma Gandhi Road
560001
+91 80 6660 4444
vivantabytaj.com/mgroad-bangalore

Mass Residency

Clean, quiet and safe are just some of the qualities that you look for in a hostel, but Mass Residency goes further thanks to the brilliant team running the property. Full of useful information and insider tips, they can unlock the city for travellers, particularly newcomers.

11A Cross Road
3rd Phase, JP Nagar
+91 99 4509 1735
facebook.com/pages/Mass-Residency-Feel-At-Home-Guest-House

The Oberoi

When only the best will do, The Oberoi has to be at the top of the list. Renowned for providing some of the most impeccable hospitality in the world, it has lush gardens and an exceptional spa. The gardens are especially desirable when you consider the hotel’s location in the heart of the city.

37-39 Mahatma Gandhi Road
560001
+91 80 2558 5858
oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-bengaluru