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.
Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Orissa, is also called the temple city because of the many houses of worship that dot the town. The most popular one is the 'Shri Durga Maa Mandir' that attracts devotees from across the country. Its nearby must-visit tourist spots are Paika Nagar, Cuttack and Khordha.
Budget Hotels in Bhubaneswar
There are good budget hotels in Bhubaneshwar. Some of them are Hotel Grand Central (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Sun Green Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Deepali International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Richi Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Bhubaneshwaris Oriya. Other languages spoken are Hindi, Bagheli and English.
Events in Bhubaneswar
The important festivals of Bhubaneshwar are Holi (March), Ganesh Chaturthi (August), Durga Puja (October) and Diwali (November).
Places to See in Bhubaneswar
Some of the tourist attractions in Bhubaneshwar are Nandan Kanan National Park (13 km), and Cuttack (23 km).
How to Get There
Bhubaneswar Airport is just 4 km away from the city.
Bhubaneswar Railway Station is also about 4 km away.
Bhubaneshwar is directly linked to Cuttack (23 km) by road. Bhubaneshwar Bus Station is the closest bus stand, situated 2 km away from the city. Commuters can choose between local or private buses run via Orissa Roadways to travel from Bhubaneshwar to nearby places. You can now get bus tickets from several bus booking portals like Ticketgoose.com