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 sixth most populous city of Andhra Pradesh, Nellore happens to be one of the fastest developing cities too. It is here that one will find a rich landscape of temples, handmade gold jewellery, mica and agro products such as rice and lemon. The word Nellore finds its roots in a combination of words, ‘Nelli’ meaning Paddy and ‘Ooru’ meaning Village. Nellore is very popular for snacks, beaches and movies. It has schools, colleges and a full-fledged University, Vikrama Simhapuri University.
Budget Hotels in Nellore
There are good budget hotels in Nellore. Some of them are Hotel Kamakshi (Tariff – upto Rs. 1000), Hotel Anurag (Tariff – upto Rs. 1000), and Hotel Swathi (Tariff – upto Rs. 1000).
The official language of Nellore is Telugu. The other languages spoken here are Urdu and Tamil.
Events in Nellore
The important events of Nellore are Pongal held in mid-January and Ganesh Chaturthi held in August/September every year.
Places to See in Nellore
There are several places of tourist attraction in Nellore. Some of the places include Barashahid Dargah (5 km), Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Kamakshi Tai Temple (12 km), Narasimha Konda (15 km), Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary (20 km) and Lord Siva.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Nellore is in Tirupati which is approximately 130 km away.
Nellore Railway Station is approximately 4 km away from the city.
Travellers can reach Nellore from cities such as Hyderabad, Bangalore, Visakhapatnam, Rajahamundry amongst others. Kesineni Travels and Meghana Travels are good examples of bus operators providing links to Nellore. Bus ticket booking has become very convenient with online bus reservation facility.