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.
Lanja is a census town in Ratnagiri district in state of Maharashtra. It's a taluka head in Ratnagiri district. Lanja is located on Mumbai Goa highway, 350 kms from Panvel, 200 kms from Panjim, 651 kms from Mumbai and 42kms away from Ratnagiri. Lanja Taluka is bounded by Rajapur taluka towards south, Ratnagiri taluka towards west, Sangmeshwar taluka towards north, Shahuwadi taluka towardseast.
Places to Stay
Accommodation is available in the nearest city of Ratnagiri. Some of the good budget hotels are Vihar Deluxe Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Landmark Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Prabha Hotel and (Tariff – Rs. 500).
Marathi is the local language here. Some people also speak Daldi.
During the Magha month (Jan-Feb), on the full moon, a festival is attended by people of different communities from various villages around Lanja. This festival is held in honor of a local Muhammadan saint, Syed Chand Ali Bukhari Faqir, at his grave.
Places to Visit
A few near by tourist destinations include Ratnagiri (42 kms from bus stand) Vijaydurg (80 kms from bus stand), Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary (102 kms from bus stand), Panhala (88kms from bus stand) and Kunkeshwar (91kms from bus stand).
How to Get There
The airport nearest to Lanja is the Ratnagiri Airport (29 km). The Pune airport (approx.200 km) is the closest international airport.
The Adavali Railway station on Konkan railway (15 kms) is the nearest railway station to Lanja.
Rajapur and Ratnagiri are the neighbouring towns that are connected to Lanja by road. Some of the best bus operators that offer a good experience for passengers traveling to Lanja include Neeta Travels, Atmaram Travels, Konkan Tours & Travels, and Kalbhairav Travels. There are several bus booking portals that provide bus booking online offers from time to time.