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.
Shani Shingnapur is a village in Maharashtra. It is part of the Ahmednagar district and is named after the temple of Shani (God of Saturn.) The people of Shani Shingnapur believe that Shani will destroy anyone who attempts to steal and so none of the houses here have doors. Thousands of devotees visit this shrine every year to seek blessing from the God of Saturn.
Places to Stay
There are quite a few budget hotels in Shani Shingnapur. Some of them are the Shraddha Inn (Tariff – Rs 1700), Marigold Residency (Tariff – Rs 1200) and Hotel Ashoka Executive (Tariff – Rs 2000.)
The official language of Shani Shingnapur is Marathi. Hindi is also understood by a majority of the people.
The important events in Shani Shingnapur are the Chatt Pooja (in January) and Gudi Padva (in March or April.) Ganesh Chaturthi is also celebrated with great enthusiasm.
Places of Interest
There are several tourist attractions in Shani Shingnapur such as the Shrine of Shani within the city and Shirdi which is only 70km from here.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Aurangabad airport which is located about 96 km away from the town. The closest major airport is in Pune.
The closest railway station is in Srirampur, 65km away. There are daily trains from Srirampur to Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad and to other parts of Maharashtra.
There are daily bus services to Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad, and Shirdi from the Shani Shingnapur Bus Stand. Heera Travels is one of the best bus operators in this area, Neeta Travels and Sai Travels are also popular choices. There are quite a few online bus booking sites from where you can book your tickets to anywhere in India.