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.
Nagur is a town which is located in the Koppal district of Karnataka. The tiny village is located 79.5 km away from the city of Raichur and 121 km away from Gangavathi. From the state capital of Bangalore, the town is located 435 km away. Nagur used to fall under the principality of the Hyderabad Nizams.
Places to Stay
There are no hotels in Nagur. Nearby Raichur (79.5 km) and Gangavathi (121 km) offers some good hotels such as Hotel Nrupatunga (Tariff-Rs. 500), Hotel Priya (Tariff-Rs. 600), and Hotel Iyengar (Tariff-Rs. 700).
The official language spoken here is Kannada. Besides this Hindi and English are also spoken here.
The important festivals celebrated in Nagur are Dasarai in October, Ganesha festival in September, Deepavali in November, Ramzan in August and Muharram in November are celebrated with equal fervour here.
Places of Interest
There are many places of interest that can be visited in and around Nagur. Some of them are: The Fort of Raichur (85 km) which is one of the most disputed forts in the history of Karnataka, besides that there is another historical place nearby called Hampi (100 km). Hampi is well known for its architectural and historical structures and is a UNESCO world heritage site.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Nagur is the Hubli Airport which is located at a distance of 140 km.
There are express trains from the cities of Gangavathi, Raichur, Adoni, and Bangalore
Daily buses ply from Adoni, Hubli, Bangalore, Riachur, and Ganagavathi. Some of the bus providers are: Ganesh tourists, SRS travels and VRL travels. Online bus booking site like Ticketgoose.com provides tickets with best deals.