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.
Khed is a city in the state of Maharashtra. It comes under the Ratnagiri District. Khed is surrounded by Mandangad Taluka and Poladpur Taluka towards north, Dapoli Taluka in the west and Chipalun Taluka down south. Some of the nearby cities are Chiplun, Mahabaleswar, Mahad and Wai. It is at a distance of 210 km from the state capital, Mumbai.
Places to Stay
Khed doesn’t have its own lodging facility available. The nearest place to avail this facility is Chiplun, 28 km away. Some of the best budget hotels are Pagoda retreat (Tariff-Rs. 1000 onwards), Shalom International Hotel (Tariff-Rs. 900), Oasis Hotel (Tariff-Rs. 500) and Hotel Shiv Sagar (Tariff-Rs. 600).
The official language of the city is Marathi. The natives can also understand and speak Hindi.
The natives celebrate Navaratri, Deepawali and Ganesh Chaturthi with great fervour and passion.
Places of Interest
Khed is situated close to many tourist destinations such as Anjanvel (28 km), Harnai (32 km), Guhagar (37 km), Mahabaleshwar (40 km) and Velneshwar (47 km) away.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Khed is the Lohegaon airport 124 km away.
Khed has its own railway station which connects it to the major cities of the country. It is a broad gauge line that comes under Konkan railways. The other nearby railway stations is of Anjani (12 km), Diwan Khavati (17 km) and Chiplun (27 km) away. The closest major station to Khed is of Ratnagiri, 89 km away.
Khed has its own bus station which connects it to major cities such as Mumbai and Pune. The tour operators of the area are Naik tours and travels, Laxmi Travels, Manish travels, Dolphin travels and Darshan Holidays. The buses available are on a regular basis in both Volvo and non A.C format. Online bus ticket booking facility can save you a lot of time and energy.