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The first settlements at Bengaluru (also known as Bangalore) date back to the Stone Age, but today this thriving Indian city is fast-forwarding into the future. Dubbed ‘the Silicon Valley of India’, Bengaluru is home to big-hitter IT companies, tech-savvy hipsters and state-of-the-art research centres. Business may be booming, but the capital city of Karnataka still proudly shows off its ancient history: visit the 16th-century Nandi Temple in Bugle Rock Park and stroll around the flower-filled gardens; or take a trip to the arch-adorned, Indo-Islamic-style Tipu Sultan’s summer palace. Water babies should hop in a taxi and ride to the Thottikallu falls.
When to go
You might want to avoid visiting between June and September as it’s monsoon season (although the waterfall does look particularly good).
PlanesBritish Airways operates direct flights from London Heathrow to Bengaluru International.
TrainsBengaluru has several train stations; the largest is Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna. From here, there are frequent trains to most Indian cities, including Chennai and Salem.
AutomobilesDriving in India is notoriously honk-heavy, but if you think you can handle it, hire a car from one of the booths at the airport.