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.
Naragund is a city in the state of Karnataka. It comes under the Belgaum division and belongs to Gadag district. It is the head quarters of the Naragund taluk. 4 small cities – Nargund , Navalgund , Ramdurg , Saundatti-Yellamma surround it. Capital of the state, Bangalore lies 465km away from Naragund.
Places to Stay
It is best recommended that visitors stay in Coimbatore which is 56km away. Hotel Mangala International (Rs.1500), Shri Krishna Vilas (Rs. 900), Hotel Vishnu Priya (Rs. 1500) and Hotel City Tower (Rs. 1500) are suitable for budget travellers.
Diwali, Eid, Ganesh Chaturthi and Holi are the major events across the year.
Kannada is the local language spoken in Naragund.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit around are Badami Cave Temples, Mahakuta Group of Temples, Dharwad Fort and Pattadakal monuments within 15-50km.
How to Get There
Hubli Airport is the closest airport near Naragund. It is located about 52km away from the city. This airport undertakes domestic operations.
Hubli Railway Station is the only major railway station close to Naragund. It is 55km away.
Naragund Bus station is the local bus stand which has local government buses connecting you to Hubli. The KSRTC bus operators offer quality service along with other private bus operators such as Seabird Tourists and SRS Travels. Most of the travellers these days opt for online bus ticket reservation.