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.
Gajendragadh is a taluka in the district of Gadag in Karnataka. It is located 643 ft. above the sea level. It has a great historic importance with references to the great Tipu Sultan. A big Vedanta scholar, Raghavendra Acharya has his roots from this place. It has a population close to 30,000 with almost equal number of males and females. Close to 14% of its population is less than 6 years of age.
Places to Stay
The closest place to find accommodation is Gadag (54 km). Hotels like Hotel Shanbag (Tariff-Rs. 500), Hotel Shivani Inn (Tariff-Rs. 700), and Hotel Vishwa (Tariff-Rs. 1000) provide the visitors with accommodation.
Kannada is the major language spoken here. Besides this, few areas also speak Tulu, English as well as Konkani.
Festivals like Mahashivratri, Holi, and Diwali get celebrated here with great delight.
Places of Interest
The fort of Gajendragadh is one with significant historical importance. It was here that Tipu Sultan was engaged in a battle with the Nizam and the Marathas. Other places of interest include the Kalakaleshwara temple, the temple of Bhimambika (13 km), and the Kudalasangama where the Krishna and Ghataprabha rivers merge.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Gajendragadh is the Hubli Airport (103.4 km). The closest international airport is the Bangalore International Airport (354 km).
The closest railway station to Gajendragadh is the Badami Railway station (17.6 km).
Gajendragadh is well connected by bus. Operators like VRL Travels and SRS Travels operate in this area. These buses also ply to Bangalore and Hubli. Online bus booking sites have made it possible for travellers to get their bus tickets with ease.