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.
Yavatmal is a city in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, near the border with Telangana. It is popular as the ‘Cotton City’. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Nagpur at a distance of 148 km to the north east. Those interested to take a look at the traditional Marathi way of life in smaller villages can come here.
Places to Stay
Good budget hotels are available in plenty in Yavatmal. Some of the lodges which are worth considering are Revati Pride Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Hotel Dwarka Deluxe (Tariff – Rs. 600), Gyanson Deluxe Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 400) and Hotel Chintamani Deluxe (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Arni is Marathi. Hindi is also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Dusshera in September-October and Diwali in November and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
The Kambalposh Baba Shrine and Darga Mandir is situated on the bank of Arunavati river (in Arni, 44 km south-west) is a major attraction for devotees. Some of the places which are worth visiting in Yavatmal are mostly the famous Hindu fairs such as Maroti and Gajanan Maharaj Mela in Ghatanji as well as the Shri Chintamani Mela at Kalamb.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in Nagpur at a distance of 140 km.
The city has its own railway station in the form of Yavatmal Railway Station.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect Yavatmal to different cities in the region. Buses to the area are readily available from Nagpur. Bus ticket booking offer can help you save money when you go on your vacations.