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.
Mahesana is the municipality of the district by the same name in Gujarat. The city was initially part of the Bombay state after independence but was integrated into Gujarat once Maharashtra and Gujarat were separated. Mahesana is inhabited with 2,027,727 people and boasts 84.26% literacy rate, which is higher than the national mean. Mahesana is famous for Botter Kothani Vav, a step wall in north Gujarat, where the Rajputs hid their jewellery when passing through during the time of Mughals.
Places to Stay
There are many lodging options in Mahesana. Some of them are Hotel janpath (Tariff – Rs.500 onwards), Hotel Sahara Bridge (Tariff – Rs.500 onwards) and Hotel Toran (Tariff – Rs.500).
The official language of Mahesanais Gujarati. Hindi is the other language spoken here.
The Garba festival is celebrated during the period of Navratri in October each year. Over a period of nine days, dancers in traditional attire perform the Garba dance.
Places of Interest
There are several places to see in and around Mahesana. Some of them are Himatnagar (35 km), Swaminarayan Temple (1.4 km), and Modhera Sun Temple (25.4 km).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Mahesana is the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad (75 km).
There are daily trains to and from Mahesana to Delhi and Mumbai. There are also weekly and bi-weekly trains connecting southern states.
Mahesana is well connected by state highways to Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Patan, and Palanpur. The Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation provides excellent service within the state and to Maharashtra as well. Bus booking online facility enables travellers to get to popular destinations without any hassle.