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 and taluk in Dhule district of Nashik Division in Maharashtra, Shirpur is located on National Highway 3, which connects it to Mumbai. The city, which is located 50kms from Dhule, has two rivers, River Arunavati and River Tapi, flowing through it. Agriculture is the main source of income in this city. Shirpur is famous for its gold refinery, which is incidentally is the largest in Asia and the fist refinery in India.
Places to Stay
There are not many hotels in Shaktinagar. Tourists’ visiting the place can stay at Hotel Sudarshan and Kuber Residency that offers rooms from Rs.900 onwards.
All annual festivals like Diwali, Dussehra, Ramzan and Christmas are celebrated here. The annual Fair held in February at the festival at the Shri Khanderao ji temple is quite popular in the region.
Marathi is the Local Language
Places to Visit
The Shri Khanderao ji temple and two Tirupati Balaji temples that replicate the Tirupati temple are located here. The man-made lake at the city’s park located near the bus stand is also one of the tourist attractions.
How to Get There
Shirpur has its own airport
The nearest Railway Station is at Bhusaval
Shaktinagar has regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. There are a great number of private bus operators like Sai Travels, Deccan Tours And Travels, Deccan Tours & Travels and Hans Travels that run regular buses to and from the town. You can book your tickets online through Ticketgoose.com, a good bus booking site.