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.
Batala is a town in the Western Indian state of Punjab. Located in Gurdaspur district, it is a holy place for Sikhs and Hindus alike. Batala is also an industrial centre with many cotton ginning, rice milling and weaving business being quite popular here.
Places to Stay
Sunny Hotel and Restaurant (Tariff – Rs. 500) is a good budget option. In nearby Gurdaspur 30km away is the RK Regency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500) which also makes for a comfortable stay.
The official language of Batala is Punjabi.
Baisakhi, the harvest festival is celebrated annually in the month of April. Lohri (January) and Holi (March) are other popular festivals.
Places of Interest
Jal Mahal, a palace that’s close to 200 years old, is a popular park in the town. Achleshwar Dham and Kali Dwara Dham are both revered holy spots that see throngs of devotees through the year.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Batala is the Amritsar airport, located only 40 km away.
Batala Railway Station is located in the heart of town, but Amritsar Junction Railway Station is the nearest major railway station and is 38 km away. This station connects Batala to major cities in the state and across the region like Batinda, Chandigarh, Delhi, Lucknow and Howrah.
Punjab Roadways and private operators like Sahni Bus Services and Satguru Travels offer reliable services from Batala and Gurdaspur. Utilise the discounts and offers when you are booking a bus ticket online.