Visit One Of India's Most Modern Cities For A Cheap Vacation That Feels Luxurious

Bangalore, India is a beautiful, vibrant city that's nicknamed "India's Silicon Valley" and the "Garden City." You'll find all the latest technology as well as luscious green spaces when you visit this bustling city of 12.7 million people. Unlike Silicon Valley in California, the city is relatively affordable — making it an ideal location to indulge in some luxury on a budget with a bit of pre-planning.

In addition to saving cash, you can also take advantage of the myriad of things to do that range from watching live performances and visiting museums to trying delicious food and experiencing deep relaxation spas. You can wander about historic sites and take in the unique beauty of the city's architecture — including the majestic Vidhana Soudha and the Seshadri Memorial Library. Whatever you decide to do, you're sure to have an incredibly affordable, delightful time in this modern and lovely capital city of Karnataka.

Accommodations and things to do

You'll probably want to take the first step of booking your hotel for your trip. You can choose from luxurious spots like the Leela Bhartiya City Bengaluru, which sprawls out over 125 acres and offers restaurants, spas, and more. Their deluxe suits, the smallest rooms available, start at just over $160 for members and just over $180 for non-members. The Taj West End is another fantastic stay that offers luxury at a great price, with rooms starting at just over $130. They're located in a historic building and offer multiple swimming pools, a wellness center, a bar, a restaurant, and more.

You can spend your days exploring elegant art in one of the many art museums, a popular tourist activity. Check out the National Gallery of Modern Art, which houses a plethora of artwork ranging from paintings and sculptures to photographs and mixed mediums. The museum is closed on Mondays, but open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every other day of the week. The entrance fee is just about 25 cents for Indian citizens and residents and about $6 for everyone else. For those interested in audio art, then you'll want to check out the Indian Music Experience Museum. You'll find an interactive museum filled with exhibits that showcase and celebrate music from across the centuries around the entire country. Admissions is just over $1 for children and seniors and just a few cents more for adults.

Sites to see and where to unwind

In addition to the numerous art museums, you can also check out other historical sites and the most amazing temples with beautiful Hindu architecture. Some popular spots to do so include the Bull Temple, also called the Nandi Temple, which happens to be one of the oldest in the city. It was built way back in 1537 as a place to worship and honor Nandi, the sacred bull of the Hindu god Shiva. The ethereal Kote Venkataramana Temple is another lovely spot to visit. It was built in the 17th century and dedicated to the Hindu god Venkataramana.

After a day exploring under the hot sun, you may want to treat yourself and relax. Take advantage of the many spas at hand. SPA.ce offers a wide variety of rejuvenating packages at a number of locations throughout the city. Choose to unwind with a massage as an individual or a couple, or aromatherapy, or some of their other offerings. Treat yourself to luxurious accommodation and activities while you're in Bangalore.