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 located in the Satara District of Maharashtra, Satara is located near the confluence of the river Krishna and its tributary river Venna. Believed to have been established in the 16thcentury, Satarais one of the historical cities in Maharashtra. The name of the city was derived from the seven hills surrounding it. Satara is well known for its sweet,kandipedhe. The city has a unique statue of Shivaji standing near a canon at Powai Naka, which is distinctive since most statues ofShivaji depict him riding on a horse. The well-known Kas plateau located near here is now a World Natural Heritage site.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Satara. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay atHotel Lake View (Tariff Rs. 1,470), Hotel Pooja Residency (Tariff Rs.600), and The Ambassador (Tariff Rs. 1,412)
Annual festivals likeDussehra, Ramzan, Christmas and Diwali are celebrated here.
Marathi is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
ShriChhatrapatiShivaji Museum (1km), Ajinkyatara Fort (5kms), Char BhintiHutatmaSmarak (1km), NatrajMandir (1km), SangamMahuli (5kms) and Kanher Dam (9kms)are places of interest near this city
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Kolhapur
Satarahas its own railway station
Satara bus stand provides regular bus services. Private bus operators like Shree Krishna Varun Travels, Gogte Travels, Neeta Tours and Travels and Amrutyog Travelsrun regular buses to and from the city. Booking bus tickets through ticketgoose.com is a hassle-free experience.