Bharuch is a major city in the westernmost state of Gujarat. It is the district headquarters of the district by the same name. The city has been a strategic sea port and ship building centre since ancient times. The city now hosts textile mills, multinational companies such as Videocon, chemical plants and dairy products among other industries.
Places to Stay
Being an important city in a strategically important state, Bharuch does not run out of lodging options. Some of the good hotels which are worth a try are Kohinoor Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,500), Hotel Corona (Tariff – Rs. 1,200) and Hotel Sethna Plaza Annexe (Tariff – Rs. 1,900).
The official language of Bharuch is Gujarati. Hindi is also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Hanuman Jayanti and Dusshera in September-October and Diwali in November.
Places of Interest
The best places of interest in the city are the Bhrigu Rishi Mandir, Nav Nathas (nine Shivlingams located in different parts of the old city), the Dashashwamedh Ghat on the banks of the Narmada river, and numerous temples on the banks of the river Narmada among others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Surat Airport in Surat city at a distance of 85 km.
The Bharuch Railway Station is indigenous to the city and is located right in the heart of the city.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses ply in the region. Shree Hari travels is one of the private operators in the region. Online bus booking site like Ticketgoose.com provides tickets with best deals.
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.