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.
The “Engine of Bengal”, Asansol is the second largest city of West Bengal. The city derives its name from two different words - Asan (signifies a type of tree that is found near the River Damodar) and Sol (signifies a land rich in minerals). Asansol has emerged as the 42nd Indian city in the list of 100 fastest growing cities in the world. Home to industrial commerce and trade, Asansol is noted for its parks, picnic spots, dams and religious sites besides its heavy duty power and steel plants.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Asansol. Some of them are Hotel Parbati International (Tariff – Rs. 800 onwards), Ispat International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700 onwards), and Hotel Regal International (Tariff – Rs. 600 onwards).
The official language of Asansol is Bengali. The other languages spoken here are Hindi, English and Urdu.
The important event of Asansol is Charak Puja held in April.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Asansol. Some of the places include Churulia (17 km), Kalyaneshwari Temple (20 km), Panchet Dam (28.5 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport to this place is the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport at Dum Dum which is approximately 208 km away.
The nearest Railway Station is at Asansol Junction which is about 950 km away.
Travellers will find bus services connecting Asansol to cities such as Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Siliguri, Patna and Ranchi to name a few. Some of the bus operators offering good services include Prithvi Tours & Travels, Jai Dada Travels, Purnima Paribahan. Bus ticket booking has become very convenient with online bus reservation facility