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.
Jalgaon is situated in Maharashtra and is known for Ajanta Caves situated nearby. The city of Jalgaon has all the facilities of a modern city with industrial areas, shopping malls, educational institutions, hospitals and entertainment centres. It is also known as ‘Banana City’ for its banana production and ‘Gold City’ because of its trustworthy gold market. Jalgaon happens to be one of the world's largest centres for pulse milling. It also has the largest number of pharmacies. Rail, road and air services provide good connectivity to Jalgaon.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Jalgaon. Some of them are Hotel Atithi (Tariff – upto Rs. 1000), Hotel Ramniwas (Tariff – upto Rs. 1000) and Hotel Tirupati (Tariff – upto Rs. 1000).
The official language of Jalgaon is Marathi. The other languages spoken here are Hindi and English.
The important event of Jalgaon is Shrirama Rathotsava Fair held between October and November every year.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Jalgaon. Some of the places include Mehrun Lake (5.5 km), Gandhi Teerth (10 km), Avchit Hanuman Temple (15 km), Manudevi Temple (30 km), Padmalaya Temple Reservoir (34 km) and Yaval Wildlife Sanctuary (32 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport is Aurangabad Airport which is approximately 150 km away.
Jalgaon railway station is located on the main railway line.
There are bus services to Jalgaon from Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Nasik, Indore and other major cities. Some of the bus operators that offer good services to passengers include Padmalaya Travels, and Shri Swaminarayan Travels. It is easy to get online bus tickets due to the increase in the number of travel websites.