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 fourth largest city in Gujarat after Ahmedabad, Surat, and Vadodara, Rajkotis located on the banks of the Aji and Nyari Rivers. The people in Rajkot are predominantly vegetarians. Rajkot is a major regional centre for the performing arts. The city is famous for its gold purity and jewellery market, which is the largest in the country. Rajkot silk embroidery and watch parts are also well-known.Rajkot houses a large number of textile printing units, which produces cotton and pure silk garments.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Rajkot. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Hotel Rajdoot(Tariff-Rs.1,602), Hotel Jayson (Tariff-Rs.1,765), Hotel Everstar(Tariff-Rs.1,150), Hotel Europa Inn (Tariff-Rs.1,549) and Hotel Aditya(Tariff-Rs.894).
Annual festivals likeDussehra, Ramzan, Christmas and Diwali are celebrated here. Garbais performed during the Navratri festival; the JanmastamiMela, Dhuletithe colour festival, Mahashivratri and Uttarayan (MakarSankranti) on 14 January are popular in this city.
Gujarati is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Places of interest within 2kms of the bus stand include Jubilee Garden, The Rotary Dolls Museum, GebanshahPirDargah,HashanshahPirDargah and Ishwariya Temple and Garden.
How to Get There
Rajkothas its own airport
Rajkothas its own railway station
Rajkot bus stand provides regular bus services. Private bus operators like SRS Travels, Royal Express, Sagar Travels and Neeta Tours and Travels runs regular buses to and from the town. If you book your tickets online, look out for bus ticket booking coupons and save a lot of money.