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Bengaluru, India

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.

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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).

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Getting there

  • Planes

    British Airways operates direct flights from London Heathrow to Bengaluru International.
  • Trains

    Bengaluru has several train stations; the largest is Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna. From here, there are frequent trains to most Indian cities, including Chennai and Salem.
  • Automobiles

    Driving 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.