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.
Udgir is a town in Maharashtra’s Latur district, located very close to the Karnataka border. Udgir has a rich history, and is well known for its fort – the Udgir Fort. The town is also known as a centre for quality education, with many of its students featuring in the Maharashtra State merit list.
Places to Stay
For a comfortable stay, it is recommended that you stay at Latur, an hour’s drive (approximately 65 km) from Udgir. A few options in Latur include Carnival Resort (Tariff – Rs. 2000), Embassy International (Tariff – Rs. 1200), Hotel Relax (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Manas Lodge Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Udgir is Marathi.
As is the case with most parts of Maharashtra, the Ganesh Chathurthi festival that occurs every year between August and September, is celebrated with much fervour.
Places of Interest
While at Udgir, pay a visit to the Udgir fort, which was built in the pre-Bahamani age in the 12 century. Ausa (20 km from Latur) is also recommended for its fort, although it now lies in ruins. Chakur, which is about 35 km from Latur, is also a popular tourist destination, both for its amusement park and the Lord Shiva Temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Udgir is at Latur (65 km away).
Direct trains are available from Hyderabad, Pune, Bangalore, Latur, and Nanded.
Maharashtra State bus services operate out of Udgir and provide easy overnight journeys to almost every major city in Maharashtra. Udgir is a seven-hour drive from Aurangabad, eight hours from Pune, and four from Hyderabad. Ticketgoose.com enables you to book bus tickets without any hassle.