Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is often referred to as the ‘Garden City’ because of the numerous parks and gardens that dot the localities of the city. It is also considered as a major information technology (IT) hub of the country and thus called the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. Kempe Gowda, a feudal ruler affiliated to the Vijayanagara kingdom, first established a mud fort, which turned out to be the foundation of the present day city. The city passed through a myriad of rulers ranging from the Marathas, Mughals and Mysore rulers before becoming a part of independent India.
Budget Hotels in Bangalore
There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Suntrupthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 950), Citizen Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 850), The Royal Nest (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vijaya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of Bangalore is Kannada. Hindi, English, Telugu and Tamil are also understood and widely spoken.
Events in Bangalore
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Karaga in April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places to See in Bangalore
Some of the places worth trying out in Bangalore are Bangalore Palace, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta National Park,Vidhana Soudha, Seshadari Iyer Memorial, Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Bull Temple, ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Meenakshi Sundaram Temple, Holy Trinity Church and St. Mary’s Basilica. Wonderla Amusement Park at a distance of 28 km is popular with youngsters and children looking for a break on weekends.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport at a distance of 36 km.
Bangalore City Junction Railway Station is the major railway station in the city.
There is bus service running from almost everywhere in south India to Bangalore city. State transport buses as well as private operators ply their buses to and fro the city. SRS Travels, Kallada Travels and SRM, Travels are some of the major operators in the city as well as the region. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.
Bhalki is a historically significant town in the Bidar district of Karnataka and is part of the Bhalki Taluka. The city nearest to Bhalki is Bidar (45 km), which is the district headquarters. Bhalki got its name from the Lord Shiva temple Bhalkeshwar situated inside town limits. Bhalki was first mentioned in the 12th century Sharana Vachanas as “Bhallunke”. Bhalki has a cultural and religious diversity in its population that is reflected in its way of life.
Places to Stay
Bhalki has no hotels here, however nearby Bidar offers a few budget hotel options. These include Shiva International (Tariff – Rs 1000) and Hotel Sapna International (Tariff – Rs 1000).
Kannada is the official language of Bhalki. Marathi and Urdu are also spoken here.
Dussehra, Deepavali, Shri Krishna Janmashthami, Maha Shivratri, Id-ul-Fitr, and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Places of Interest
Bhalki Fort in old Bhalki town has the Kumbeshwar Ganesh Temple or ‘Bhalki Gadi’. The Balaji Ram Temple- built in 1945 by Sant Mahant Shri Premdas Baba, and the Bhalkeshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, are two religious attractions. One can also visit old Bhalki town and Bhatambra fort (12 km) which was built in 12th
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Bikkavolu is Madhurapudi (35 km). The nearest international airport is Hyderabad (487 km).
Samalkot Railway Junction (15 km) and Anarpathi (10 km) are the nearby junctions.
There are daily bus services to Bangalore and other places in Karnataka. The best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are Pooja Travels, Sai Anjana Travels and others. Online booking of bus tickets have made ticket booking very convenient.