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 taluk in the northern district of Bagalkot in Karnataka, Hunagunda or Hungund is an agricultural town. Hunagunda and neighbouring Ilkal have some of the most famous educational institutions in the region. The town is well-known in the neighbouring region as the place where social reformist Basavanna had attained moksha (salvation). A number of schools in the town where established during the British rule.
Places to Stay
There are a good number of hotels available to stay in Hungund. Tourists visiting the place can stay at Milan Hotelnear the bus stand that offers rooms starting from Rs.500 onwards
The annual festivals like Sankranthi, Ramzan and Christmas are celebrated here.
Kannada is the main language spoken in this town.
Places to Visit
Sangameshwar temple Hungund , Neelganga Devi Temple and the Vijya Mahantesh Mutt are located within a kilometre from the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Hubli (145 kms)
The nearest railway station is at Kudala Sangam (36kms)
Hungund Bus Stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like SRS Travels, VRL Travels and Seabird Tourists that offers travellers regular bus services to and from the town. If you don’t have the time to go to a counter, book bus tickets online with just the click of a mouse.