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.
Dubbed as the "Crown City of Karnataka", Bidar got its name from the word, Bidiru which means bamboo. Bidar is famous for its fort by the same name, which is inspired by Persian architecture. Besides the fort, this ancient city is also home to several other historical monuments and architecture dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries. Some of the major attractions it boasts of are Solah Khamba Mosque, Gagan Mahal, Rangin Mahal and Zenana Palace.
Budget Hotels in Bidar
There are good budget hotels in Bidar. Some of them are Sai palace lodge (Tariff – Rs.1000), Sana Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Shivanand Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500) and Sangemeshwar Hotel (Tariff –1000).
The official language Bidar is Kannada. The other languages spoken includeTelugu and Hindi.
Events in Bidar
The Important Festivals of Bidar is Panguni Chithirai (March) and Navarathri (October).
Places to See in Bidar
There are several places of tourist attraction in Bidar. Some of the places include Prasanna Vinayagar Temple ( 10 kms from Bidar) , Narasimha Jhira Cave Temple 7 kms from Bidar), Maniknagar ( 6 km from Bidar) Bidar Fort ( 9 kms from Bidar) Kaadambaarai dam ( (16 kms from Udumalpet).
How to Get There
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad which is about 151 km from Bidar is the nearest airport to this city.
Bidar is wll connected with all the major districts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka by its railway station.
There are regular buses available from Bidar to other major destinations of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are Pavit Travels, VRL Travels, SRM Transports India Private Limited. Discounted bus tickets are available on a number of travel websites like TicketGoose.com.