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.
Vita, in Maharashtra’s Sangli district, has two state highways crisscrossing from the heart of the town. A part of the Pune division, it is surrounded by the Sahyadri mountains. This place is a perfect weekend getaway, as it is far from the madding crowd. Vita has a number of beautiful temples worth visiting. Its nearby cities are Karad and Sangli.
Places to Stay
Vita has a couple of budget hotels that you can opt for. Some of them are Hotel Vaibhab (Tariff – within Rs. 1,000), Durga Prasad Hotel (Tariff – within Rs.1,000) and Hotel Sangam (Tariff – within Rs. 1,000).
Marathi is the local language of Vita. Hindi, Kannada and English are also spoken in the area.
Ganesh Chaturthi in September and Diwali in October-November are celebrated in a huge way in Vita.
Places of Interest
Vita might be a small town, but it has a lot of places that are worth visiting. Lord Revansiddha Temple (8 km), Mahankaleshwar Temple (9 km) and Mayani Migratory Bird Sanctuary (20 km) are some of the must-visit places in the town.
How to Get There
About 87 km away from Vita is Kolhapur airport, which is the closest to the village. Sholapur airport (151 km) is yet another option.
The village has no rail head. People have to travel about 19 km to get to the nearest railway station in Karad.
There are regular buses from Karad, Mangalore, Udipi, Bangalore and Sangli. One of the top operators on this route is VRL Travels.