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.
Nandurbar is a picturesque district which is located within the Kandesh region of Maharashtra. Nandurbar is divided into two separate districts i.e. Dhule and Nandurbar. Nandurbar is surrounded by one of the most beautiful rivers of India, the Narmada River.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Nandurbar. Some of them are Hotel Jain Plaza (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Bhushan Residency Park (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel DSK Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Hotel Heera Executive (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Nandurbar is Marathi. Other languages that are spoken here include Ahirani, Bhili and Hindi.
The important festivals of Nandurbar are the Nandurbar Ganesh Festival (celebrated in the month of September) and the Asthamba which is held during the same month as Diwali.
Places of Interest
There are several places that are appealing to tourists in Nandurbar such as Toranmal (40 km from Nandurbar), the Unapdev Hot Water Spring (25 km from Shahada), the Yashwant lake (25 km from Nandurbar) and Ashvasthama (70 km from Nandurbar).
How to Get There
The nearest airports are at Ahmedabad and Mumbai from where frequent flights to other cities are available. The distance from Nandurbar to the airports is approximately 250 km.
The Nandurbar railway station has several trains that connect to many important cities in India. It is one of the important stations on the central railway line. Trains are easily available.
One can easily reach Nandurbar through private bus services. Bus ticket booking has become very convenient with online bus reservation facility.