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 town located in Hukkeri taluk in Belgaum district of Karnataka, Sankeshwar lies close to the National Highway 4. Located 50kms north of Belagavi, Sankeshwar is on the banks of Hiranyakeshi River. The city has a great number of reputed educational institutions. Sankeshwar is well-known for its historic temples that date back centuries.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Sankeshwar. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Kakade Hotel, Hotel Meenaxi, Rajdhani Hotel and Hotel Shrikrishna that offers rooms from Rs.600 onwards
All annual festivals like Sankranthi, Ugadi, Diwali, Christmas, Ramzan and Dussehra are celebrated here.
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Shri Ganesh temple and Shri Vitthal temple are located close to the bus stand. Hiranyakeshi River, Shankarling temple, Banshanksri temple, Jain Basadi, Kolal-Gutti Gudda and Hargapurgad are located within a 3km radius of the city
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Belgaum
The nearest railway station is at Parkanhatti
Sankeshwar bus stand runs regular bus services. Private bus operators like Mahesh Motors and SRS Travels run regular buses to and from the town. Opt for booking your tickets in advance and get cheap bus tickets from several travel portals.