The southern Indian city of Bangalore is not only a popular business destination, it can make for fascinating holidays too. This metropolis, which is among India's largest settlements, was rebranded as Bengaluru in November 2006 and it is home to a selection of interesting sights and green spaces. The beneficiary of an IT boom, it also has a real energy and youthfulness. Locals speak a number of languages, including Hindi and English, and the currency used is the rupee. If you do treat yourself to some cheap flights to Bangalore, you can shop, dine and drink with abandon. To book flights to the city, or to other Indian destinations, simply use our search tool.
Arguably the best time to go to Bangalore is between late October and mid-March, after the monsoon season. April and May can become uncomfortably hot. If you are keen to avoid the highest prices and biggest crowds, you may want to avoid travelling to India over the festival of Diwali, which occurs between mid-October and mid-November.
Direct flights from the UK to Bangalore take just over 10 hours and these services touch down at the Bengaluru International Airport, also known as the Hindustan Airport. This is around an hour's drive from the city centre and the journey can be made by taxi or hire car from the airport. There is also a shuttle bus. Once in the city, you can take advantage of a local bus network, although this can be crowded and you should store your valuables safely. For added convenience and peace of mind, cars can be rented complete with drivers.
The Bengaluru Palace is a popular tourist attraction, and it's not hard to see why. This impressive building, which was designed to resemble Windsor Castle, provides an insight into bygone times. You can check out the lavish interior complete with its galleries. The palace grounds also serve as a concert venue and have hosted the likes of the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith. Covering 96 acres, the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens are also worth a look. One of the city's most well-known green areas, they boasts centuries-old trees and a collection of plants from across the globe. Meanwhile, for a spot of retail therapy, the towering UB City Mall complex located in the city centre is full of inspiration.
Lalbagh Park is a popular spot by day and by night
There are plenty of beautiful flowers and gardens
Take a day trip to nearby Mysore and see the Amba Vilas Palace
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