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.
Kutiyana is a city located in the state of Gujarat and comes under the Porbandar district. Kutiyana is located only 40 km from the district headquarters-Porbandar. It is located on a major national highway which ensures it is well connected by road to important cities in the state. This makes it a hub for nearby villages for their lifestyle and entertainment needs.
Places to Stay
Nearby Porbandar has a number of budget hotel options. Hotel Kaveri International (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Moon Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Harmony Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Silver Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500) are some of them.
Gujarati and Hindi are the official languages of Kutiyana. English is also widely spoken.
Navratri and Gandhi Jayanthi both celebrated in October. Porbandar Mela is organised in August-September annually.
Places of Interest
Porbandar is the nearest tourist destination to Kutiyana. Here, the Porbandar Bird Sanctuary and Chowpati beach are popular natural getaways. Other must visits include Kirti Mandir-the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi, Rokadia Hanuman Temple, Sudama Mandir as well as the Nehru Planetarium.
How to Get There
The nearest domestic airport is the Porbandar Airport, situated 38 km away.
Sakhpur Railway Station is the nearest station to Kutiyana with daily services to important cities in the state. However to reach other cities like Delhi, Jaipur, and Kolkata one must catch a train from the Rajkot Railway Station which is about 130 km away.
Private operators like Mahasagar Travels, Eagle Travels, and Ramkrupa Travels are all reliable and provide regular bus services. Several bus booking portals provide online bus booking offers to lure their customers.