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.
Shirur is a small city located along the banks of River Kukadi. Situated in Maharashtra’s Pune district, this area had witnessed the battle between the Marathas and the British. Shirur lies on the Pune-Ahmedabad Highway. Pune is 69 km away and Mumbai is 201 km away from this city. Areas that surround this city are Daund, Shrigonda, Parner, and Khed.
Places to Stay
As Shirur is a small locality, people stay in Daund 58.3 km away from Shirur. Some of the hotels located here are Hotel Maharaja Inn (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Hotel Anuradha Palace (Tariff – Rs.860), and New Firangai Lodging (Tariff – Rs.715).
The languages spoken in Shirur are Marathi, Hindi, Marwari, and Kannada.
The important festivals celebrated in Shirur are Makar Sankranti in January, Holi celebrated in March, Jiviti Puja held during July-August, Ganesha Chaturthi in August, and Diwali celebrated during October-November.
Places of Interest
There are many places of tourist attraction around Shirur. People prefer visiting Pune, as this is where most of the historical monuments are located; some of the interesting places are Aga Khan Palace (7 km), Shaniwar Wada (400 m), Sinhagad Fort (30 km), and Katraj Snake Park (9 km) from Pune.
How to Get There
Lohegaon Airport is 55 km away from Shirur.
Shirur does not have any railway station. The nearest railway station is in Visapur, 33 km away from the city.
There are regular state-run and private buses from Pune, Daund, and Shrigonda to Shirur, which connect the city to other cities and towns. Bus ticket booking discount coupons from travel portals can help you save money when you are travelling.