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 in the Pratapgarh District, Kunda is an upcoming commercial area in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The city is a newly founded one. It was founded during the British Raj.
Places to Stay
Pratapgarh has some budget hotel options. Some of the options are Hotel Vaishnavi (Tariff – Rs. 500), Hotel Jashan (Tariff – Rs. 500), Hotel Goyal Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1000).
Hindi is the official language of Kunda.
Chandika Mahotsav is an annual fair during Navratri in the month of October.
Places of Interest
Haudeshwar Naath, located about 12 kms away, is famous for the natural shivling found there. Ambedkar Bird Sanctuary in the nearby Benti village about 14 kms away is also popular in the area. Mangarh Dham and the Bhakti Mandir situated 5 kms north of Kunda are also much visited for the beauty of their architecture.
How to Get There
The airport closest to Kunda is Bamrauli Airport at Allahabad, located at a distance of 60 kms.
Kunda Harnamganj Railway Station, situated in the village centre, connects the village to the Pratapgarh Railway Station and the Lucknow Railway Station. Major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Howrah and others can be reached via Pratapgarh and Lucknow.
The nearest bus stand to Kunda is the one in the nearby Saini village. Located about 24 kms away, Saini Bus Stand has regular services operated by the UPSRTC (Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation) to Pratapgarh, Lucknow and Allahabad along with other major cities. You can book your tickets online through Ticketgoose.com, a good bus booking site.