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.
Shorapur, formerly known as Surpur is a town located at a distance of 53 km from the Yadgir district of Karnataka. The town is located at a distance of 95 km from the nearest cities of Raichur and 53 km from the district headquarters of Yadgir. The town is famous for the Venugopal Swamy Temple that attracts many pilgrims every year. A number of historical places are also located here that serves as major attractions.
Places to Stay
One can find a number of budget-friendly hotels in the nearest city of Raichur. Some of them which are worth trying are Nrupatunga Hotel (Tariff – Rs.700), SLV Tourist lodge (Tariff – Rs. 600), Siddharth Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Vinay Residency (Tariff – Rs. 990), Hotel Prabhu (Tariff – Rs. 900) and many more.
The official language of the region is Kannada.
The major festivals celebrated with great enthusiasm are the Dussehra in October, Makar Sankranti in January, Ugadi in March-April, Ganesh Chaturthi in September and many more.
Places of Interest
There are many religious as well as historic places of tourist interest. A few of the must-see places of visit is the famous historic temple of Shree Venugopal Swamy. The other major attractions are the Vanadurga Fort, Taylor Manzil, Jain Temple and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad at a distance of 250 km from the town.
The nearest railway station is the Yadgir Railway Station at a distance of 50 km from the region.
The major bus transport services that travels between the places is the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). There are also many private bus operators such as Shakuntala Travels and others plying between many places. Online bus ticket booking is one of the easiest ways of booking your tickets