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 town in the Ratnagiri District of Maharashtra, Ganpatipule is located 375 kms away from south Mumbai and 25 kms from Ratnagiri along the Konkan coast. The origin of the name Ganpatipule is attributed to the belief that Hindu God Ganapati resided in a place called Pule, near the town.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Ganapatipule. Some options are Atharava Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1240), and Shree Sagar (Tariff – Rs. 1000).
The most spoken language in Ganapatipule is Marathi. The other languages spoken are English and Hindi.
The significant festivals of Ganapatipule are Gauri Ganapati and Magh Chaturthi (Birthday of God Ganapati) which falls either in the month of January or February every year. Other festivals celebrated are Holi in March and Gudi Padva and Diwali in November.
Places of Interest
Ganpatipule has some well-known and attractive tourist spots. The Swayambhu Temple in Ganpatipule (20 kms from the town of Ratnagiri), where God Ganapati’s idol is said to be self-originated from soil, is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site. Besides this, the Jaigad Fort (15 kms from Ganapatipule), Thibaw Palace (23 kms from Ratnagiri), Gaywadi Beach (2.5 kms from Ganapatipule) and Prachin Konkan (0.5 kms from Ganapatipule) are also a must visit.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Ganapatipule is the Kolhapur Airport. It is situated 114 kms away from the town.
Ganapatipule is connected to Ratnagiri with the Konkan Railway line. Ratnagiri Railway Station is 18 kms away from Ganapatipule.
There are private bus and state bus services to Ganapatipule from Mumbai, Pune and Kolhapur. Bus ticket booking discount coupons are available online on several bus booking portals. Make use of them while booking your tickets.