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.
Navi Mumbai is a city in Navi Mumbai Tehsil, located in Raigad District of Maharashtra. It comes under the Konkan region. District headquarters Alibag is 51 km away. Navi Mumbai is the largest planned township developed in 1972 in Mumbai. It is surrounded by Panvel Taluka, Mumbai Taluka, Uran Taluka and Thane Taluka. The stunning views make this a major tourist destination.
Places to Stay
There are so many hotels and accommodations nearby Navi Mumbai. Some of them include Apex Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Hotel Sarveshwar (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Swastik (Tariff – Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000), Hotel Ashoka (Tariff – Rs. 1000).
Marathi is the local language here. However Hindi and English are also known here by locals.
Navaratri is the major festival celebrated for nine nights on late September and early October every year.
Places of Interest
Nearby attractions are D Y Patil Stadium, Kharghar Hills (4 km from Navi Mumbai), Wonder Park, Tikuji-ni- Wadi (28 km), Millennium Business Park, Belapur Fort, Karnala (24 km), Palm Beach Marg, Durshet (30 km), Matheran (31 km), Panvel (12 km), Uran (19 km)
How to Get There
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the nearest airport located 17 km from Navi Mumbai.
Nerul Railway Station (1 km) and Jui Nagar Rail Way Station (3 km) are the nearest.
Navi Mumbai has well connected road network to other major cities of the country. The NH4 passes through Kalamboli and Navi Mumbai. Some of the best private travels who run buses to Navi Mumbai are Khanna Travels, RK Tours & Travels, Akbar Travels, Sumeet Travels. Booking a bus ticket has never been easier as you can book through your mobile as well.