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.
A small district in Gujarat, Anand is also referred as the Milk Capital of India since it the place became famous for the Amul dairy and its milk revolution. This place is the centre for being the largest milk producer. Anand is well known for being India’s largest diary manufacturer Amul and also for its agriculture activities. Anand is 100 kms away from the capital city Gandhinagar.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Anand. Some of them are Hotel Surabhi Regency (Tariff – Rs.1600), Hotel Relax (Tariff – Rs.1000), Hotel Kavita (Tariff – Rs.600) and Savshanti Club Resort (Tariff – Rs.670)
The official language Anandis Gujarati. The other languages spoken include Hindi.
The Important Festivals of Anand is Navrati (October).
Places of Interest
Some of the interesting places in Gangotri include river Bhagirathi ( 4kms from the town) Gangotri National Park ( 8 kms from Gangotri) , Gangotri Glacier (19 kms from Gangotri) Gangotri Temple (5kms Gangotri), Vishwanath Temple(9 kms from Gangotri) and Maneri ( 13 kms from Gangotri).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Anand is the Ahmedabad Airport. It is located about 83 kms away from the town.
The nearest railway station is the Anand railway station. It is well connected to all the major cities and districts in the country.
There are regular buses available to cities like Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Indore, Mumbai, Pune and Bhopal. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include RaoTravels, Gangotri Travels and Diwakar Travels. Online bus ticket reservation is an easy and convenient way to get your tickets