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.
A town and a Municipality in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, Rayachoti is the third biggest town in the district. A good number of reputed educational institutions are situated in this town. Many state highways pass through this town, connecting it to major cities like to Bangalore, Tirupati, Chittor, Kadiri and Kadapa. The town is well-known for the Lord Veerabhadra Swamy Temple built in the 12th century.
Budget Hotels in Rayachoti
There are many hotels in Rayachoti. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Savitramma Hotel, Aslam Lodge and Hotel Ruchi that offers rooms from Rs.500 onwards.
Telugu is the Local Language here.
Events in Rayachoti
All annual festivals like Sankranthi, Ugadi, Dussehra, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here. Rayachoti is most famous for thirunalas (Jatharas) in Rayalaseema region.
Places to See in Rayachoti
Sri Veerabadra swami Temple, SaiBaba Temple, Jamiya Masjid, Rahmaniya Masjid and Bethlaham Church are located within a kilometre from the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cuddapah Airport
The nearest railway station is at Kadapa
Rayachoti bus stand runs regular bus services. Private bus operators like Murali Krishna Travels, Kesineni Tours Travels, Jai Bharat Travels, Jagan Travels and Diwakar Travels run regular buses to and from the city. Online bus booking is the easiest way to get your tickets.