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.
Situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, Hospet lies in the Bellary district of Karnataka. The name of the city was derived from the Kannada word, hosa pete which means the new city. Do not forget to explore the popular tourist destination, Hampi, which is 13 km away from here. Tungabhadra Dam (13 km) is also worth a visit. The capital city of Bangalore is about 366 km away from here. Hampi Festival held in November attracts a lot of tourists to this town.
Budget Hotels in Hospet
Hampi International, Shanbagh Hotel, Malligi Hotel are some of the hotels which provides good cuisine and ambience at moderate prices.
Kannada is commonly spoken in this area.
Events in Hospet
Hampi Festival in November is the most important festival of this city. Ugadi (April), Ganesh Chaturthi (August) and Diwali (November) are other significant festivals of this region.
Places to See in Hospet
Vithala temple, An annual festival is held with great grandeur during the month of January-February.Chitradurga Fort, HampiQueen’s Bath, Lotus Mahal are some of the tourist attractions in Hospet.
How to Get There
Bellary airport is one of the nearest airports to the city which is located about 75 km
Hospet railway station connects this place to cities like Bangalore and Vijapur.
Tourists who wish to get to Gagad by bus can get ac and Volvo buses through Online Bus Booking websites like TicketGoose.com. Volvo bus service is available to any popular tourist destinations across India