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.
Challakere is a town based in the Chitradurga district of Karnataka. It is also called the ‘oil city of Karnataka’ and is the second largest supplier and producer of edible oil only to be trumped by Mumbai city. Challakere is known to have more than 60 oil industries. The kambal (blankets) of Challakere are also very popular. These blankets are made by Kurba people and are sold across different cities in India.
Places to Stay
There are good budget friendly hotels in Challakere. Some of them include Hotel Kutti (Tariff –Rs. 500) and Hotel Raghavendra (Tariff – Rs. 800), and Hotel Sahara (Tariff – Rs.800).
The official spoken language of Challakere is Kannada. Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi are also spoken here.
The temple festival or Jatra begins in Challakere in the month of March. This lasts for 8 days. The other festivals in Challakere include Ugadi, Onam, Vinayaka Chaturthi, and Diwali.
Places of Interest
Challakere has many temples that attract several tourists every year. Some of the temples include Dutta Temple, Lord Veerbhadra Swamy Temple, Challakere Temple, and Ajjan Guddi.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Challakere is the Bangalore International Airport. It is approximately 179 km away from Challakere.
Challakere has its own railway station. Regular trains to different cities run from this junction.
Challakere is well connected with other Indian cities through buses. There are daily buses to Bangalore, Mysore, Hyderabad and other cities of India. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include SRE Travels and Tirupati Travels. Volvo bus service is available to any popular tourist destinations across India