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 last capital city of the Keladi rulers called “Bidnaur” during the 16th century and now known as "Nagara". Nagara is a village known for its history and is located in the Shimoga District of the state of Karnataka, India. Nagara is a city known for its variety of lush green thick forests.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels like Ashok Deluxe Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Mayura (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Abirami Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Navrathna Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500) and M. G. Palace Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Nagara is Kannada. The other languages spoken are Tamil and English.
The important festivals of Nagara are Dasara celebrated in the month of September and Marikamba festival celebrated in the month of February which lasts 5 days.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in and around Nagara. Some of the places include Kollur Mookambika Temple (40 kms from Nagara), Gudde Venkataramana Swamy Temple (20 kms from Shimoga), Neelakenteshwara Temple (20 kms from Nagara) and Shivappa Nayappa Palace (1 km from Nagara, 2 kms from Shimoga).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Nagara is Mangalore Interntional Airport . It is located about 270 kms away from the town.
Nagara is well connected with Hosanagara and Shimoga. It does not have a railway station of its own. The nearest station is Shimoga which is connected to major cities of Karnataka. One can reach Nagara by taxi or bus, it is about 84 kms away from Shimoga.
Nagara is well connected to Shimoga through road. To reach Nagara from Shimoga, one can take a bus through the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KRSTC) or use a private travel services agent. Cheap bus tickets are available on several travel portals like Ticketgoose.com.