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.
A panchayat town and taluka in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka,Bilagi (Bilgi) is an agricultural place. The townsfolk thrive on sugarcane cultivation. While the town is only about 19kms from Bagalkote , the district headquarters, the distance by road will be about 30kms. Bilagi is well-known in the region for the ‘Arettina Bavi’ (a Six-bullock well) that is located here. The well is believed to have been built in 1708 CE.
Places to Stay
Bilagihas a good number of hotels located within a kilometre from the bus stand. Hotel Hanuman and Hotel Sai Sangam offer rooms from Rs.400 onwards.
Moharam is celebrated in a big way in this town.
Kannada is the local language spoken here.
Places to Visit
Being a small town the only place of interest is the ‘Arettina Bavi’ (2kms). The well is said to have a shrine inside it.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Sambre Airport, Belgaum (134kms).
The nearest railway station is at Bagalkot (23kms).
Bilagi Bus Stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like VRL travels and SRS Travelsthat offers travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Book a bus ticket online and travel hassle free without standing in serpentine queues