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 small village in Nelamangala Taluk in Karnataka, Gulapura comes under the Bangalore division. Being close to Bangalore the place is accessible by road, rail and by air. While there are not many places of interest in Gulapura, travellers visiting this place can stay nearby at Nelamangala or Banagalore and visit Shivagange (23kms), Savandurga (26kms), Nandi Hills (47kms) and Lepakshi (91kms).
Places to Stay
Gulapura has not many options to offer. However, places like Mangalore CM Hotel and Holiday Palms Hotel in Nelamangala offer rooms from Rs.1000 onwards.
All festivals are celebrated in Gulapura.
Kannade is the official language here. Even Konkani, Tulu, Telugu, English and Kodava spoken here.
Places to Visit
Many tourist places and places of worship are found in the neighbouring towns and villages of Gulapura, which includes Shivaganga (23kms), Savandurga (26kms), Bangalore (28kms) and Nandi Hills (47kms).
How to Get There
Bangalore Airport is the nearest to Gulapura.
Nelamangala Railway Station and Golhalli Railway Station are close by abd so is Bangalore Cy Jn Railway Station.
Gulapura is well-connected to neighbouring cities. Private bus operators like Seabird Tourists and AGN Transports run regular buses to and from the village. Avail of online bus ticket booking offers whenever you book your tickets through Ticketgoose.com.