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.
Being the capital city, Delhi is a city of two diverse worlds —Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi was formerly the capital of Islamic India with narrow lanes, old magnificent havelis and mosques, while New Dehi which was earlier ruled by the British Raj is modern state with spacious garden avenues and plenty of government buildings. Delhi which was once ancient Indraprastha —the capital of the Pandavas during the Mahabharata , is now the largest commercial city and major political centre of India.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Delhi. Some of them are Hotel Delhi City Centre (Tariff – Rs.1000), Hotel Picasso (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Hotel Formule 1 (Tariff – Rs.1000) Hotel Golf View (Tariff – Rs.2500).
The official language Delhi is Hindi The other languages spoken include English, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalm.
The Important Festivals of Delhi is Mahavir Jayanti ( March), Guru Nanak's Birthday (November), Durga Puja October , Holi( March) Krishna Janmastami (August), Maha Shivratri (March) and Eid ul-Fitr (July).
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist interest in Delhi . Some of the places include Akshardham Temple ( 4kms from busstand), Jama Masjid ( 3 km from bus stand) , Qutab Minar ( 19 kms from Delhi station), Safdarjang Tomb (2.4 kms from bus stand), India Gate, Jantar Mantar ( 3kms from bus stand) ( 10 kms from bus stand), Birla Mandir ( 5kms from bus stand), Red Fort ( 20 kms from North of Delhi) and Parliment House (3 kms from bus stand)
How to Get There
Indira Gandhi International Airport, is located at the southwest of Delhi.
There are five railway junctions in Delhi. They are New Delhi railway station, Old Delhi, Nizamuddin Railway Station, Anand Vihar Railway Terminal and Sarai Rohilla.
The state owned Delhi transport is most popular means of transport for the public. There are many buses that connect to various cities . Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include RS Yadav Travels, City Land Travels and Rishabh Travels. Volvo bus ticket booking has become very popular amongst travellers in India.