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.
Ron is a town in the Gadag district of northern Karnataka. Once called Dronapur, it has a significant historical importance. There are many temples is this village which date back to ancient times. The ancient architect and warrior-priest Dronacharya is believed to have been responsible for the construction of most of these temples. The town is also home to many other historical monuments.
Places to Stay
There are several nice places to stay in Ron. The popular hotels are Rajsangam International Hotel (Tariff – Rs1200), Basaveshwara Hotel (Tariff - Rs2500), and Badami Court Hotel (Tariff- Rs1000).
The official language of Ron is Kannada. Since it is a small town, Hindi and English are not very popular amongst the locals.
The harvest festival Pongal, in January, and Ugadi- Kanadiga New Year in the month of March or April, are the most important festivals of the year.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Ron like the Itagi Bhimambika Temple, Sudi- a small town full of rare stone carvings, Kalla Gudi-a stone temple, and Lokanatha temple.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Ron is Bangalore International airport (360 km) with daily flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Mumbai, and Hyderabad.
The nearest railway station to Ron is in Badami railway station (17 km); it is well connected to the other destinations in Karnataka.
Ron Bus Stand is the main bus stand here. KSRTC buses connect Ron to major cities in Karnataka on a daily biases. SRS Travels and VRL travels are the most popular private service tour operators. Online bus ticket reservation is an easy and convenient way to get your tickets.