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 city municipality in the Raichur district of Karnataka, Raichur is located between Krishna and Tungabhadra rivers. Thriving mainly on agriculture, the city has many Rice and Cotton processing industries. Raichurhas its own Thermal Power Station in Shakthinagar, which is one of the most visited places in the city. Raichur is well connected by road and rail to all the major cities in the south of India.
Budget Hotels in Raichur
There are many hotels in Raichur. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Hotel Nrupatunga, Priya Hotel, Abid Hotel and Hotel Asian that offers rooms from Rs.500 onwards.
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Events in Raichur
Annual festivals like Sankranthi, Ugadi, Dussehra, Ramzan, Christmas and Diwali are celebrated here.
Places to See in Raichur
Places of interest within 2kms of the bus stand includes the Raichur Fort, AamTalab, Jami Masjid,EkMinar Ki Masjid, PirSailani Shah Tomb and EkMinar Masjid.
How to Get There
Raichurhas its own airport
Raichurhas its railway station
Raichur bus stand provides regular bus services. Private bus operators like SRS Travels and VRL Travelsruns regular buses to and from the town. Make use of a Volvo bus service when you are travelling anywhere in India and travel in comfort.