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.
The third-largest city in the state of Karnataka, Mysore is located at the base of the Chamundi Hills. The city is noted for its palaces, style of painting, the sweet dish Mysore Pak, the Mysore Peta (a traditional silk turban) and the Mysore silk saree. Considered the cultural capital of the state, Mysore is also known as the called the City of Palaces.
Places to Stay
There are a good number of hotels in Mysore. Tourists visiting the place can stay at Aishwarya Residency (Tariff-Rs. 858), Hotel Adhi Manor(Tariff-Rs. 1017) and The Gallery View Hotel (Tariff-Rs. 921)
While Ugadi, Sankranthi,Ramzan andChristmas is celebrated here, the city receives a large number of tourists during the 10-day Dussehra festival
Kannada is the local language here.
Places to visit
Srirangapatnam (19kms), RanganathaSwamy Temple (15kms), Gumbaz (15kms), St.Philomena's Church (3kms), Chamundi Hills (5kms), Maharaja's Palace (3kms), Zoo (3kms) and the Illuminated Brindavan Gardens (20kms)
How to Get There
Mysorenhas its own airport
Mysorehas its own railway station
Ramanuja Road Bus Stand, Sri Shivaratheshwara Bus Stand, Agrahara Bus Stand, J L B Road Bus Stand, DrRajkumar Bus Stand, Suburban KSRTC Bus Station and KumbaraKoppal Last Bus Stoprun regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators STC Tourism, Safe Wheels Tours and Travels and AnandSai Tours and Travels that offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Ticketgoose.com provides a number of online bus ticket booking offers from time to time.