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.
The ‘City of Lakes’, Udaipur in Rajasthan is the capital of the kingdom of Mewar. It has several beautiful lakes that are a great source of attraction for national and international tourists. Udaipur is famous for its palaces from the Rajput era. Most of the palaces have been converted into luxury hotels. Udaipur is well known for its handicraft items such as terracotta, paintings, marble articles and silver arts. Local transport as well as rail and air services are well established in Udaipur.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Udaipur. Some of them are Hotel Udai Palace (Tariff – Rs. 950), Saheli Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900 to Rs. 1500), Jag Niwas Guest House & Restaurant (Tariff – Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000).
The official language of Udaipur is Mewari. The other languages spoken here are Hindi and English.
The important events of Udaipur are the Mewar Festival held in March and Shilpgram Crafts Fair held in December.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Udaipur. Some of the places include Maharana Pratap Memorial (4 km), Neemach Mata Temple (7 km), Baghdada Crocodile Park (12 km), Jaisamand Lake (13.4 km), and Ekling Ji temple (22 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport to Udaipur is Dabok Airport (also called Maharana Pratap Airport) which is only 20 km away.
Udaipur Railway Station is at the heart of Udaipur city, which connects it to nearby cities.
Travellers can reach Udaipur from many cities, including Bikaner, Delhi, Ajmer, Mount Abu and Surat for instance. Shreenath Travellers and Neeta Tours and Travels are just some of the operators on these routes. You can opt for Volvo bus ticket booking service provided by several online bus booking websites.