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.
Panaji or Panjim is the capital city of Goa in India. It is known as “the land that never floods”. The word Panaji is believed to be derived from Sanskrit words Khali and Panjani, which means a small creek and a boat respectively.
Places to Stay
Panaji is known as a sought after travel destination in India. There is plenty of accommodation available from budget to star hotels. However is difficult to find accommodation during season. Some of the hotels are Pousada Guest House (Tariff – Rs.600), Panjim Inn (Tariff – Rs.1600), Panjim Inn (Tariff –Rs.880).
English is widely spoken along with Konkani and Marathi by the people of Goa.
The people of Panjim enjoy a host of festivals such as Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Easter, Christmas and Id with equal enthusiasm. The New Year too is celebrated with much fanfare. A huge conglomeration of people from different countries gathers to celebrate the festivities in December.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Panaji. Casino Royale, the largest floating casino in Goa, has a gaming floor dedicated to all table games, slots and a poker room. Kala Academy which is located on DB Bandodkar Road, next to the Children's park in Campal is also popular.
How to Get There
The Dabolim is the nearest airport which is around 30 km away.
Margoan is the nearest major railway station, located around 33 km away from Panaji. The Karmali station is about 10 km to the east of the town.
There are plenty of buses plying from other parts of the state to Panaji. There are also many luxury buses plying from different other states to Panaji – Sea Bird Travels and Paulo Travels are popular options. Travel websites provide several bus booking offer that will help you save money.