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.
Una is a city and a municipal council that falls in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It shares its border with Kangra, Hamirpur, and Bilaspur districts and is known as ‘the Gateway to Himalayas’. According to local folklore, Una was named by Shri Guru Arjan Dev ji who was the fifth Guru of Sikhs. There is another school of thought too. ‘Una’ means ‘Unnati’ which means progress. Hence, ‘Una’ was coined keeping with the growth and progress of the town.
Places to Stay
Una has many budget hotels and local home stays. Hotel Suvidha Palace (Tariff – Rs. 469) is one of the popular ones that offer convenient stay and pocket-friendly rates.
Devanagari is the official language of Una. Hindi and Punjabi are the alternate languages spoken here.
Two of the most famous festivals here are Prakash Utsav (birthday of Baba Sahib Singh Ji) celebrated between 26-28 March and Baisakhi Festival celebrated on 13 April.
Places of Interest
Nearest tourist attractions nearby Una are Bangana (26 km) and Dera Baba Bharbag Singh (40 km).
How to Get There
There are no direct flights to Una. The nearest airport is in Chandigarh which is 120 km away.
Una is well connected on all the major railway junctions.
Una is well connected by busses to Shimla, Chandigarh, and Pathankot. Once the road widening project on Mehatpur-Una-Amb finishes by 2014, the travel time will be considerably reduced. There are many private bus operators who ply frequent busses to Una. Online bus reservation through Ticketgoose.com is one of the safest and convenient ways to get your tickets.