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.
Rajapur is a city in Maharashtra. It is situated in the district of Ratnagiri and is at a distance of 50 km from the district headquarters. Between the 14th and 16th centuries Rajapur was an important maritime trade centre that became a gateway to the Deccan region for traders from the Arab nations.
Places to Stay
The closest place to find good accommodation is in Ratnagiri which is close to Rajapur. Some of them are Hotel Sea Fans (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Vivek Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Vihar Deluxe Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Prabha Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500) and Hotel Deepak Deluxe (Tariff – Rs. 500.)
The official language of Rajapur is Marathi. Hindi is also spoken here.
Ganesh Chaturti is a popular festival here. It is celebrated every year in October.
Places of Interest
The Rajapurchi Ganga and the Unhala Hot Springs are natural wonders that are worth visiting. The Dhoot Papeshwar temple, the Mahakali temple and the Kankaditya sun temple are all prominent destinations in these parts. Ratnagiri has many caves in Khed, Chiplun and Vade Padel that are interesting. The Velas beach is very popular as it is a nesting site for Olive Ridley turtles.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kolhapur airport and it is located 95 km away.
The Ratnagiri railway station is the closest major railway station and is located only 54 km away.
Navnath Travels, Sai Ratna Travels, Indian Travels and Mihir Travels are some of the private bus operators who run daily services to the Rajapur bus stand. If you are booking bus tickets for your journey, book online and travel without any tension.