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.
Madgaon is a vibrant city in Goa, often called its cultural capital. Located in the South Goa district, Madgaon is also called Margao. The city is famous for its several beautiful churches and pristine beaches that regularly feature in the international tourist’s must-visit list.
Places to Stay
Madgaon has many budget options available to choose from. La Ben Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Surya Palace (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Hotel Miramar (Tariff – Rs. 1000) are some of them.
The official language of Madgaon is Konkani. Portuguese is also widely spoken here.
The Goa Carnival which occurs during February-March every year is an internationally popular event. Christmas is also celebrated with great fervour here.
Places of Interest
The Closed Market and Madgaon Municipal Garden are both located in the heart of the city, within 2 km of the bus stand. There are also many beautiful churches that are worth visiting in Madgaon. Some of them are Grace Church, Holy Spirit Church, and Monte Hill Chapel.
How to Get There
The Dabolim Airport in Goa, which is located 21 km away, is the nearest airport.
Madgaon Railway Station connects the city to many important cities in the country - Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Mangalore, and Bangalore amongst others.
Private operators like VRL Travels, Paulo Travels, Seabird Tourist, and Kadamba Travels are some of the reliable bus services that offer daily services to Madgaon bus stand from most major cities in the region. Make use of a Volvo bus service when you are travelling anywhere in India and travel in comfort.