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.
Sangareddy is the headquarters of Medak district in Andhra Pradesh. It is believed to be one of the biggest towns of the Medak district. Sangareddy is known for Pathancheruvu which is one of the biggest industrial corridors of Asia. It is known as the industrial capital of Andhra Pradesh. Sangereddy is also known for its delicious eateries and bustling market places.
Places to Stay
Sangareddy has a few places to stay. Some of the best options are Sri Chandra Farms & Resorts (Tariff-Rs. 1000 and above) and New Grand Hotel and Lodge (Tariff-Rs. 300.)
The official language of Sangareddy is Telugu. English is also spoken here.
The people of Sangareddy enjoy events such as Navaratri, Krishna Ashtami, Dusshera and Deepavali.
Places of Interest
Sangareddy is known the famous Ramalingeswara temple. It is situated in Nandi Kandi which is 15 km from the city. The temple is praised for its architecture. It was built by Kalyana of the Chalukya dynasty. There are also various other shrines that are dedicated to deities such as Saraswathi, Mahishasura Mardini and Gaja Lakshmi.
How to Get There
The airport nearest to Sangareddy is the Shamshabad International Airport which is at a distance of 75 km from it.
The nearest major station is the Hyderabad railway station which connects Sangareddy to all the major cities of India.
Sangareddy has a bus station of its own which has buses that connects the city to Hyderabad and other major cities of Andhra Pradesh. Most of the travellers these days opt for online bus ticket reservation.