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.
In the state of Karnataka, Sedam is a town and taluka in the Gulbarga district. The town is peppered with ancient temples and a fort. Needless to say that a visit to Sedam takes a tourist back in time and one gets a glimpse of the India of yore.
Places to Stay
Sedam is a small town and there may not be hotels there but one can find lodges and dharamshalas. Their rates would be as per industry standards.
Kannada is the official language of the region.
Gowri Hubba is a festival celebrated a day before Ganesh Chaturthi is very popular amongst locals and Navratri is given a lot of significance in the region.
Places of Interest
There are many places to visit in and around Sedam; 55 km away is an ancient fort in Gulbarga built in 1347. 81 km or an hour and a half drives away is Jevargi, a sacred Jain pilgrimage site on the banks of River Bhima. Close to an hour or 55 km away is the Sharana Basaveshwara Temple.
How to Get There
Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is around 130 km away.
Sedam has its own railway station and one can always check IRCTC for the same.
Sedam Bus Stand Chris is around 0.4 km from Sedam. Karnataka state transport buses and private tourist buses regularly provide bus services like Pavit Tours and Travels for tourists and pilgrims. Avail of online bus ticket booking offers whenever you book your tickets through Ticketgoose.com.