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.
Tirupati, a world famous temple city, well known for its Balaji Darshan all over the world is situated in Chitoor district, Andhra Pradesh. It is famous for its Venkateswara Swamy Temple, which is 20 km on Tirumala hills. This temple is one of the richest in the world. Neighbouring cities are Renigunta and Puttur.
Budget Hotels in Tirupathi
Some good budget hotels in Tirupati are 7 Hills Inn (Tariff – Rs.496), Annapurna Residency (Tariff – Rs.516), and Hotel Bhimas Paradise (Tariff – Rs.975).
Telugu is widely spoken in Tirupati.
Events in Tirupathi
As Tirupati is a central pilgrimage destination, there are many events and festivals held regularly. Millions of people throng to get blessings of Lord Venkateswara. Rathasapthami is celebrated in February, Vasanthotsavam in March-April and Brahmotsavam is held in September.
Places to See in Tirupathi
Tirupati itself is world famous for its temples. The other places of interest around Tirupati are Tirupati Balaji Temple, Sri Govindrajaswamy Temple (situated within Tirupati Balaji Temple), Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple (12 km), and Chandragiri (11 km).
How to Get There
The airport is situated 16 km away from Tirupati.
The railway station is centrally located and connects Tirupati to different areas. There are also special services offered to devotees to visit Tirupati from all over India.
Many state-run and private buses offer special package trips to Tirupati from all over India throughout the year. Numerous bus booking websites provide bus ticket booking offers, especially during the festive season.