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.
Mandva is a seaside village in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is about 100 km from Mumbai. Mandva was popularised by the iconic Bollywood film Agneepath. Mandva has a clean and beautiful beach which is relatively quiet and peaceful. The closest town is Alibag (20 km from Mandva). The Mandva village is filled with coconut palm groves.
Places to Stay
Mandva does not have many options for tourists to stay; however, the Shaant Beach Resort (tariff – Rs. 3000) in Alibag is a good option.
The official language of Mandva is Marathi.
One of the most popular festivals in this village is Krishna Janmashtami which is celebrated either in August or in September each year.
Places of Interest
There are several places that are popular with tourists in Mandva. These include the Mandva and Kihim beachs, local authorities have provided tents on the Kihim beach for travellers to rest in. Another tourist destination is the Kulaba Fort near Alibag, within which is a Siddhi Vinayak temple.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Mandva is 136 km away at Mumbai.
Mandva is not connected by train. The nearest station is Panvel in Navi Mumbai (85 km from Mandva.)
There are daily bus services that ply from Mumbai to Alibag. For online bus booking, log on to Ticketgoose.com and get your tickets.