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.
The capital town of the Kullu District, in Himachal Pradesh, Kullu was once known as Kulanthpitha - `the end of the habitable world`. Located on the banks of the Beas River, which is believed to nestle the fabled `Silver Valley`, Kullu is a broad open valley between Manali and Largi. Sandwiched between the Pir Panjal, Lower Himalayan and Great Himalayan range, Kullu is famous for the breathtaking beauty of its majestic hills covered with Pine and Deodar Forest and sprawling Apple Orchards.
Places to Stay
There are great many hotels in Kullu that offer good quality accommodation at a reasonable price. Some of them are the Derpoyn Guest House (Tariff-Rs. 1,082), Hotel Shivalik & Restaurant (Tariff-Rs. 1,991), Hotel Aroma Classic (Tariff-Rs. 721)
The prominent annual events and festivities in Kullu include the Dussehra, Pipal Jatra, Shamshi Virshu, Mela Bhuntar, Sainj Fair, Luhri Lavi, Anni Fair, Dalash Fair, Ganter Fair, Ghatasani Fair, Dhoongri Fair, Bhadoli Fair, Buddhi Diwali, Phagli Fair, Birshu Fair and the Sharhi Jatra.
The Language spoken in the valley is Kullu, a Western Pahari language spoken in many parts of Himachal Pradesh.
Places to Visit
Some of the tourist attractions in the place include Raison, Shoja (69kms), Kasol, Naggar (26kms), Kaisdhar (15kms) and the Chandrakhani Pass.
How to Get There
The Kullu-Manali airport is at Bhuntar town, situated on NH21; while the Chandigarh airport is the nearest large airport.
Being a hill-station Kullu is not approachable by rail. The nearest major railway station is at Chandigarh (235 km) away; while Joginder Nagar which is at a distance of 100 kms is a small railways station.
The Kullu bus stand is in the center of town and there are many great bus operators like Leo Travel Heights, Kanak Holidays, Himachal Volvo Bus and Mangalam Holidays and Travels. If you are booking bus tickets online check out for discount codes at Ticketgoose.com.