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.
Humpi is a small village situated close to Hospet (12 km) in the Bellary district of Karnataka. Other cities nearby are Bellary (60 km), Sandur, and Bangalore (337 km). Humpi is situated on the banks of the river Tungabhadra. It is renowned for manufacturing steel and iron.
Places to Stay
Humpi has no good hotels; however one can find many hotels in nearby Hospet. Some options are Hotel Sarvesh (Tariff-Rs. 550), Hotel Karthik (Tariff-Rs. 900), Kishkinda Heritage Resort (Tariff-Rs. 2,000), Royal Orchid Central Kireeti (Tariff- Rs. 2,800), and Hotel Malligi (Tariff- Rs. 3,500).
Languages spoken in Humpi are Kannada, Telugu, Dakhni, Hindi, and English.
Festivals celebrated in Humpi are Diwali, Humpi Utsav (November), Vijayanagar Festival, and Purandaradasa Aradhna.
Places of Interest
The best tourist attractions in Humpi are Chitradurga, Virupaksha Temple, Lotus Mahal, Harihara, Hazara Rama Temples, Matanga Hill, Vittala Temple, Virupapura, Elephant Stables, and Queen’s Bath.
How to Get There
Nearest airport to Humpi is the Bellary Airport (75 km) and is well connected to Bangalore, New Delhi, and Hyderabad.
The Bellary railway station (58 km) is a major railway station that connects to all the important cities like Hubli, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and New Delhi.
There are several private bus services such as SLV Travels, Paulo Travels provides (Bangalore to Humpi) with the ticket price of Rs. 400 for Non AC Seater and Sleeper, for the cities like Humpi, Goa, Hyderabad. Some other bus provides Volvo, AC, Non AC bus services. Booking a bus ticket online is easy and convenient through Ticketgoose.com.