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.
Pune which was earlier referred to as Poona is the second most famous city in Maharashtra. The city is famous for its ancient forts since this was home to the legendary Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The place is called the "Oxford of East" for its good old universities and its numerous colleges. Pune is known to have a pleasant climate and is also considered to be the greenest urban areas of Maharashtra.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Pune. Some of them are Celebrations Inn, (Tariff – Rs.1576), Ginger-Pimpri (Tariff – Rs.1,429), Hotel Basera (Tariff – Rs.942) and Hotel Kamlesh, (Tariff – Rs.936).
The official language of Pune is Marathi. The other languages spoken include Hindi and English.
Some famous festivals and events of Pune include Pune Festival, Pune International Film Festival, and Chaturshringi Jatra
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Pune. Some of the places include Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum (7kms from Railway station ), Shaniwar Wada ( 3kms from bus stand), Mulshi Lake and Dam Pune (7km from bus stand) and Pataleshwar Cave Temple (2Km from bus stand)
How to Get There
Pune Airport is positioned within 10 kms north-east of Pune. The airport provides travelers with Domestic and international flights on a daily basis.
All the trains from Pune railway station are being maintained by Indian Railway. This station handles freight transport.
Pune Bus Stand is said to be an important bus station of the city. Pune station bus stand connects Mumbai and Pune and several government and private buses pass through the city. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Snapstar Tours and Travels, Saiyog Tours & Travels and Ayaan Tours and Travels. Ticketgoose.com provides bus tickets at minimum rates to all its travelers.