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.
In the Bijapur district of Karnataka, Indi is a town located 53 km from Bijapur and 584 km from Bengaluru. Indi shares its border with Maharastra. This town was named ‘Indi’ by a Persian historian, who upon visiting found this place full of different types of flowers. So he called this place ‘Indi’ which means bunch of flowers in Persian.
Places to Stay
Hotel Krishna (Tariff – Rs. 500), Hotel Royal Residency (Tariff – Rs. 500) and Hotel Megharaj (Tariff – Rs. 500) are some good budget hotels available near Indi.
Kannada is the local language of Indi. Other spoken languages include English.
The Ugadi festival in March - April is celebrated all over the state as the Kannada New Year.
Places of Interest
Shanteshwara temple, Venkateshwara temple, Sri Ambabhavani temple and Hire-Indi (3 km from Indi) are some places of interest near Indi.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is Sholapur Airport, located 56 km from the Indi.
Indi has its own railway station 5 km from the town. Basava express connects Indi to Bangalore & Bijapur. Fast Passenger connects it to Mumbai.
Indi is well connected to Bijapur, Solapur and Mangalvedhe by road. Shubham Travels, Shivraj Travel Needs and Dhaneshwari Roadlines & Auto Cosultant are some of the best private bus operators that ply on this route. Online bus booking facility enables you to get your tickets from the confines of your home.