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What to see in Bengaluru

Bengaluru Attractions

Bengaluru is not a city packed with traditional tourist attractions, and is often used simply as a base for tourists to explore the charms of southern India. However, that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to see in the city itself. Aside from some attractive buildings and lush parks, what is on show here is the modern face of India: confident, brash and progressive, connected to the world at large and evolving all the time. It's a fascinating and energising glimpse into the future of this developing superpower. Having said that, the city is clean, well organised and friendly, with a relaxed atmosphere that is almost surprising in India's most modern city.

Apart from the great shopping that Bengaluru has to offer, there are also a number of interesting attractions dotted around the city. Worthwhile and popular attractions include Bugle Hill, the Bull Temple, and Vidhana Soudha. Bengaluru is still affectionately known as the 'Garden City' and two of the best gardens to visit are the enormous Cubbon Park (Bengaluru's equivalent of New York's Central Park) and Lal Bagh, a splendid botanical garden.

Those who have time for an excursion out of the city should visit the nearby town of Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts some awe-inspiring natural landscapes as well as 14th-century ruins.

Cubbon Park

Cubbon Park is Bengaluru's equivalent of Central Park: a place of relaxation, open space and some worthwhile attractions. In and around the park are the State Central Library, two municipal museums,…

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The small, relaxed town of Hampi not only boasts one of the weirdest, most awe-inspiring landscapes in the whole of India, but is also a fascinating historical site. The capital of the once-great Vijayanagar…

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Lal Bagh

This splendid botanical garden, laid out by Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan as a private royal garden in 1760, contains more than 1,000 species of rare flora in its enormous grounds. Lal Bagh is…

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