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 historical town in Maharashtra’s Sholapur district, Sangola or Sangole, as it is referred to by the locals, is a part of Pune division. Located close to the borders of Satara, Sholapur district and Sangli district, it lies at the junction of state highways (SH) 161, 3, and 71. It is believed that six Ingoles, Babaji Lakhmoji Ingole and his five sons, formed this town around the 14th or 15th century. They built a fort in the town, thus it got the name Sangole, meaning six (Saha) Ingoles. Sangola is also renowned for its pomegranates.
Places to Stay
Sangola has very few options when it comes to accommodation. But you will find good budget hotels in Pandharpur, which is 33 km away. Some of them are Shri Rawool Maharaj Bhakt Niwas (Tariff –Rs.500), Hotel Aishwarya (Tariff –Rs.800) and Vitthal Inn (Tariff –Rs.1,100).
The official language of Sangola is Marathi. Hindi is also spoken here.
The animal market held every Sunday is one of the major events here. Other festivals celebrated in Sangola are Mahashivaratri in February, Holi in March-April, Ganesh Chaturthi in September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Sangola has a fort, which is a major tourist attraction. Other places of interest here include Ambika Devi Temple (1.6 km), Nazare (20 km), Balwadi (20 km), Shri Mhasoba Mandir (23 km), Sant Chokhamela Samadhi (30 km) and Pandharpur (33 km).
How to Get There
Sholapur Airport, which is 91 km away, is the nearest one from the town.
Sangola Railway station is just a kilometer away from the town centre. But the major railhead connecting this town to other cities is Sholapur railway Station, which is 84 km away.
Buses are available from Mumbai, Sholapur, Pandharpur, Sangli and Satara. Samat Tours and Travels is one of the top operators catering to passengers on this route. Making use of bus ticket discounts while booking your tickets can help you save money.