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 (known as Panjim in English) is the capital of the state of Goa. Goa's largest city, Panaji is situated on the banks of the Mandovi river in Tiswadi taluka. Panjim is a favorite among tourists for its old world charm, pretty villas, cobbled streets and interesting buildings that give it a Portuguese ambience.
Places to Stay
Panjim has a lot of accommodation options to offer. Some of the budget options are Sea Shore Beach Resort (Tariff- Rs. 850) Summerville Beach Resort (Tariff- Rs. 900) and Goan Clove Apartment Hotel (Tariff- Rs. 950).
Konkani is the official language. English and Hindi is also spoken here.
Shigmo the colorful spring festival is Goa's version of Holi is held during the full-moon period in March. The annual Goan Carnival is also marked by great revelry and celebrations. The largest film festival in India, International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is held in Goa every year.
Places to Visit
Some of the places to visit in Panaji are Adilshahi Palace, the Mahalaxmi Temple, the Jama Masjid mosque, the Chapel of St. Sebastian, 18th June Road , Mala area, Miramar beach and the Kala Academy, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is Dabolim Airport (30kms).
The Vasco Da Gama railway station has many regular trains that connect the city with the important cities of the country. The Panaji railway station is also another station in the city.
Panjim has many bus stands such as the Interstate Private Bus Stand, Miramar Bus Stand, Secretariat Bus Stand, People's HS Bus Stand, Mala Bus Stand, Patto Footbridge Bus Stand and the Four Pillar Bus Stand. Many private bus operators such as Fernandes Tours & Travels, Neeta Tours and Travels and RMS Travels & Tourism run regular buses to and from the city. Book your tickets through Ticketgoose.com and make use of its bus ticket offer