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.
Maski is a village in Karnataka. The Maski River which runs by the village is an offshoot of Tungabhadra. It is an archaeological and historical site situated in the Raichur district. The river named after this village. The town became prominent after the discovery of a minor rock edict of Emperor Ashoka which is now etched on a rock face of Durgada-gudda.
Places to Stay
It is difficult to find accommodation in Maski. It is usually more useful to have accommodations in Illkal (70km) away. Darshan Lodge (Rs.400), Triveni Lodge (Rs.400), Shree Sai Residency (Rs. 500) and Savita Lodge (Rs. 450) are few options.
Diwali, Eid, Ganesh Chaturthi and Holi are the major events across the year.
Kannada is the local language spoken in Maski.
Places to Visit
The archaeological site is the only place one can see in Maski. Visitors could travel to Hampi, Illkal, Raichur or Mudgal for tourist attractions.
How to Get There
Belgaum airport is the nearest airport located 188km away from Maski. Domestic flights to other metro cities can be accessed from this airport.
Raichur Railway station is 85km away and offers wider connectivity to South India and the rest of the country.
Maski lies on the main Bangalore-Gulbarga road, hence making it easily accessible by road transport. Raichur bus stand is 80km away and Sindhanur is 22km away, both these bus stands will offer better connectivity to bigger cities. Booking bus tickets through Ticketgoose is the easiest mode to buy your tickets.