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 second largest city in Maharashtra, Nagpur is popularly called the orange city as oranges being main trade in this region. This city is also referred as Tiger Capital of India as it connects to many reserves in the county. The city is surrounded by lush land, hills, winding rivers, many wildlife sanctuaries, forts, temples and geological sites.
Budget Hotels in Nagpur
There are good budget hotels in Nagpur. Some of them are Hotel Meghdoot (Tariff – Rs.1000), The Legend Inn Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Ojas Holidays (Tariff – Rs.1000) and Hotel Mansarovar (Tariff – Rs. Hotel Garuda 1000).
The official language Nagpuris Marathi . The other languages spoken include Hindi.
Events in Nagpur
The Important Festivals of Nagpur is Vijayadashami (Oct), Eid E Milad (August), Mahavir Jayanti (April), Durga puja (September) and Ganesh Chaturthi (September).
Places to See in Nagpur
There are several places of tourist attraction in Nagpur . Some of the places include Ambazari Lake and garden ( 3.5 kms from Nagpur) , Gandhi Baug (2 kms from Nagpur), Maharaj Baug and Zoo ( 0.6km from Nagpur), Government Museum ( 2.5 km from Vellore) Sri Poddareshwar Ram Temple ( 0.3 kms from Nagpur).
How to Get There
Nagpur airport is considered to be the busiest airport in the country.
There are daily express trains from major destinations halt and depart Nagpur Railway station.
The city is well connected with the major destinations in the country . Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Diwakar Travels, Muskaan Tours & Travels and Oscar Travels. Online bus booking in India is one of the most preferred ways of getting bus tickets to various popular places in India.