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.
Jaisinghpur, a small town lying on the banks of River Beas, is a great weekend getaway. This town is located in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district. There are a lot of attractions in this vicinity that has made this town a sought-after area in the Himachal Pradesh region. This town lies on the border of Kangra and Hamirpur. The best time to visit this town is in March when Holi is celebrated. Visitors can munch on tantalizing hot Jalebis and watch wrestling matches held in the dargah during this festive season.
Places to Stay
For budget hotels, one has to travel to Palampur, which is 46 km away. A few of the hotels here are Hotel Thamsar (Tariff-Rs.955), Hotel Pops (Tariff-Rs.772) and Hotel Holiday Home (Tariff-Rs.745).
The languages spoken in Jaisinghpur are Hindi and Kangri.
The most celebrated festivals in Jaisinghpur are Lohri in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Holi in March, Baisakhi in April, Jagra in September and Diwali in November.
Places of Interest
There are many tourist attractions in Jaisinghpur. These attractions are Janki Nath Temple (500 m), Sandhol (10 km), Jangal Beri (18 km), Nichala Balh Land (20 km) and Lower Lamba Graon, 5 km away from this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is based in Bhuntar, which is 188 km away and connects the town to other states.
There is no railway station in Jaisinghpur. The closest railway station is the Majhairan Himachal Railway Station, which is 63 km away from Jaisinghpur.
Jaisinghpur has frequent state-run and private buses that connect its bus station to other cities and states. There are private bus operators such as Shree Khurana Travels and Saini Travels that run comfortable A/C buses to Jaisinghpur from Nagpur. Several travel websites lure their customers by giving them discount on bus ticket booking.