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.
Ahmedpuris a town in the Birbhum district of West Bengal and is located not very far from Jharkhand. The town has gained repute for its sugar mill and an end of the vintage narrow gauge railway. The town is well balanced along religious lines with a harmonious co-existence. Rice and fish curry is a delicacy of Bengal and is a definite must-try for visitors. Ahmedpur experiences a fairly hot summer with a long monsoon.
Places to Stay
The best place for staying while on a visit to Ahmedpur is Bardhaman, a city around 61 km away. Some of the best budget hotel options of Bardhaman are Maithan Tourist Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 600), Hotel Sarada (Tariff – Rs. 500), Shardhanjali Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500) and Parbati International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900).
The official language of Ahmedpur is Bengali. Being in close proximity to Jharkhand, Hindi is also widely spoken and understood.
The main festivals of the region are Durga Puja, Diwali and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
The town does not have places of great tourist attraction. The nearby city of Bardhaman, however, has places worth visiting among which Sarvamangala shrine, Curzon Gate, Konkaleswari Kali Mandir and Sher Afghan’s Tomb should feature in a traveller’s list.
How to Get There
The closest major airport to Ahmedpur is the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata at a distance of 211 km.
Rail connectivity is relatively fine in the town with the Ahmedpur Junction being well connected to other railway stations both in the state as well as outside the state.
Bus connectivity to major towns of West Bengal as well as those in Jharkhand are relatively fair with mostly state-run transport buses plying on the roads. Book your bus ticket online through Ticketgoose.com.