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.
A town in southern Maharashtra, Miraj is believed to have been founded in the early 10th century. An important junction, Miraj was ruled by the Pathwardhan family until the Independence. A secular town, Miraj is well-known for the Hindustani classical music performance held here. In the 19th century, Miraj gained prominence for it Vaidyas, practitioners of traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Within India, Miraj has the highest number of hospitals and the town has two medical colleges.
Places to Stay
Hotel New Purva, Sukh Niwas Hotel, Hotel Season 4 and Hotel Kiran near the bus stand offer affordable accommodation from Rs.500 onwards.
The annual music festival at the Khvaja Samsuddin Mira Saheb dargah and ‘Juloos’ a music festival held at Khaja Meersaheb dargah built in the 1300s is a grand event.
Marathi is the local language; however Kannada is also widely understood.
Places to Visit
Shahi Idgah, The Rosary Church, Shree Sant Venaswami Math and Swetambar Jain Mandir are great places to visit within 1-5kms of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Kolhapur (22.2kms).
Miraj Junction railways station is an important railhead.
Miraj Bus Stand has regular bus service that connects the town to neighbouring regions. Private bus operators like Shree Khurana Travels, Dolphin Travels, Chintamani Travels and SBRS Travels run regular buses to and from the city. To get discounted bus tickets you will have to book your tickets in advance.