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.
Karnataka, a state filled with Hindu mythologies and folklore has a panchayat town called Yelburga in the Koppal district. The town dates back all the way to the 11thpast that one can see and one gets encapsulated in time in a place like this.
Places to Stay
Yelburga is a small town and there may not be hotels there but one can find lodges and dharamshalas. There are hotels nearby like the Malligi Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 750 onward) which is around 70 km away. 60 km away is Shri Laxmi Vilas Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 400 onward) and Harsha International (Tariff – Rs. 600 to 1,300).
Kannada is the official language of the region.
Shivratri is a popular festival amongst locals and Gowri Hubba, celebrated a day before Ganesh Chaturthi is given a lot of significance in the region.
Places of Interest
There are many places to visit in and around Yelburga; 26 km or 40 minutes away is a 12th Mahadev Temple. 17 km or a 20 minute drive from Yelburga is Kuknur which houses the Navlinga Temple. At an elevation of 1,984m, one comes across picturesque drives to and fro from this high altitude city.
How to Get There
Hubli airport is 105 km away.
Koppal railway station is closest to Yelburga at a distance of 21 km. One can always check IRCTC for the same.
State transport like KSRTC and many private companies provide services for passengers and pilgrims. Online bus reservation through Ticketgoose.com is one of the safest and convenient ways to get your tickets.