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 city in Belgaum district of Karnataka, Bailhongalis an important place of pilgrimage. The city is also historically significant as many freedom fighters like Rani Chennammaand SangolliRayannahad lived here. The brave queen of Kittur, RaniChennammawho was held prisoner in Bailhongal was buried in the cityand her tomb is one of the main tourist attractions in Bailhongal.
Places to Stay
Bailhongalhas hotels located within a kilometre from the bus stand. Travellers visiting the city can find affordable accommodation at hotels like Hotel Deepa and Hotel Harsha that offer rooms from Rs.700 onwards.
Tthe annual religious festivals like Sankranthi, Diwali, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Kannada is the official language here.
Places to Visit
BhartinandSwamiji MathInchal, SogalSomeshwarDevastana, Hafiz Bari Dargah, a Jamia Masjid, MurgodShriDuradundeshwara Mutt, MaradiBasaveswar Temple, KarimaniMallaya temple, Rani ChennammaMemorial, Bailhongal Fort, MaddiBhavi(Well) and Ramallinga Temple are all located within 1-2kms from the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Belgaum
The nearest railway station is at Belgaum
Bailhongalbus stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like VRLTravels and SRS Travels that offers travellers regular bus services to and from the city. Bus booking portals like Ticketgoose.com facilitates cheap bus ticket booking because of which online bus booking has become popular amongst travellers.