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.
Alandi, also known as Devachi Alandi-a God's place, is a city and a municipal council in Pune district of Maharashtra. It is a famous place of pilgrimage. It is located on the bank of Indrayani River. It is famous for its historic collection of Shivling and Samadhi of the saint poet Dnyaneshwar. Although it celebrates two major festivals every year, many pilgrims visit Alandi frequently from all over Maharashtra all the year.
Places to Stay
Many budget hotels nearby Alandi are Bhakta Niwas (Tariff - Rs. 100), Pratik Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 200), Hotel Monika (Tariff - Rs. 500), and Akshay Hotel & Lodge (Tariff - Rs. 500).
The official language spoken here is Marathi. Other languages include Hindi and English.
Alandi celebrates festivals every year on Kartika Vadya Ekadashi. Palakhi festival is held on Ashadh on Ekadashi.
Places to Visit
Many religious temples and attractions in Alandi are Vitthala-Rakhumai Temple, Siddhabet, Sant Jalaram Temple, Sant Tukaram Samadhi, Sambhaji Raje Bhosle Samadhi (6 km), Laxmi Narayan Mandir, Znyaneshwari Mandir, and Vitthal-Rakhumai temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Alandi is the Pune Airport, which is about 10 km from Alandi.
Nearest railways station to Alandi is in Pune (10 km), which connects to all major station across India.
Alandi has good road network connecting to all other major cities in India. There are luxury coach buses to Pune from Goa and Maharashtra. Regular buses ply from Swargate and Pune Station to Alandi. Priyanka Tours & Travels, Dattakrupa Tours & Travels, and Sairam Travels are few of the private bus operators providing the best service. You can get discounts on bus tickets through TicketGoose.com, one of the popular bus booking websites.