Introducing Bengaluru (Bangalore)
Rebranded Bengaluru in November 2006, the city more commonly known as Bangalore is not an obvious charmer. The crazy traffic, associated pollution and creaking infrastructure of this IT boom town will fast drive you demented. However, even though locals rarely sing Bengaluru’s praises as a tourist destination, it’s not a dead loss. There are a handful of interesting sights, the climate is benevolent, the city’s reputation for green spaces is well deserved, and the youthful energy and imagination (not to mention disposable income) of the ITocracy fuels a progressive dining, drinking and shopping scene – one of the best in India, in fact.
Best places to stay in Bengaluru (Bangalore)
Lonely Planet's Best in Travel: top 10 cities for 2012
After globe-trotting research and fierce debate, Lonely Planet has come to a decision on its favourite cities for 2012. As always, our shortlist has some known gems and a few to raise a quizzical eyebrow, but each one is poised for greatness in 2012.
Bengaluru (Bangalore) destination guides
5 great ways to join the crowds in India
Lonely Planet editorial intern Soumya Rao hails from Hyderabad, India. So we asked her to write an article about how travellers can get to the heart of the country. As she explains, the best way to get to know India is to meet its people - en masse. You can never get too far from the madding crowd in India.
South India Cycle
Bike, hike and kayak through the diverse landscapes of Southern India
Private Tour: Mysore Palace and Srirangapatna Day Trip from Bangalore
Discover the old-world charm of Mysore on a private day trip from Bangalore! Stop along the way in Srirangapatna, an ancient city of great religious and cultural importance, and visit Tipu Sultan's Dariya Daulat Palace. You’ll learn about the heritage and history of Karnataka's palace-strewn cities as you explore palace art and architecture with your knowledgeable guide.
What are your least favourite cities?
We have started publishing your favourite places each week, but what about your least favourites? Which cities never get a look in? These are some of the most heavily populated or even capital cities around the world - and yet they are the least likely to be saved as favourites (look for the "save" button in the green bar nex.