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.
A hill station nestled in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, Manali in the Beas River Valley it is situated about (270kms) north of Shimla. Other than being a hill station that attracts millions of tourists, Manali is also an adventour junkie’s paradise as it provide incredible options to experience adventure sports like Rock Climbing, Ice Skating, white water river rafting, river crossing, trekking and much more.
Places to Stay
Travellers can find very good and affordable accommodation in Manali. Some places to stay near the bus depot are Sarthak Resorts (Tariff-Rs.1104 onwards), White Mist (Tariff Rs.1883 onwards) and Heritage Village Resort (Tariff-Rs.1323).
The annual Hadimba Devi fair, Doongri Forest festival, Winter Carnival and Spring Festival are celebrated with great zest.
Hindi is the Local Language here. Himachali and English are also spoken here.
Places to Visit
The Hadimba Devi Temple (1km), Manu Temple (2kms), Vashisth (3kms) and Rahalla falls (16kms) are some places of interest near the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Bhuntar town (50kms)
The nearest broad gauge railheads are at Chandigarh (275 kms)
The Manali Bus Stand runs regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. Private bus operators like Kalpana Travels, Royal Travels , Mangalam Holidays & Travels and Laxmi Holidays run regular buses to and from the town.Book a bus ticket online and travel hassle free without standing in serpentine queues.