Varanasi is considered the holiest of India’s seven holy cities. It is the capital of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest ion India. Varanasi is referred by many sobriquets including, “the city of light” and “the city of learning”. Gautama Buddha is believed to have delivered his first sermon in Varanasi. It is sometimes called Benaras or Kashi.
Places to Stay
Many hotels in Varanasi are suitable for budget travellers which include the City Inn (Rs 900), Hotel River Place (Rs 700) and Hotel Padmini International (Rs 1200)
Dhrupad Mela, celebrated every year in February-March is one of the major events in Varanasi. Mahashivrathri held in February is one of the major festivals celebrated here.
Hindi is the local language spoken in Varanasi. English and Urdu are commonly used languages.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit in Varanasi are Ramnagar Dashashwamedh Ghat, Annapurna Temple all located within 15 kms.
How to Get There
Varanasi is served by Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, which is approximately 26 km from the city centre in Babatpur. Domestic flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and other cities are available here.
Varanasi Junction, commonly known as Varanasi Cantt Railway Station, is the city's largest train station. It is one of the busiest train stations with over 200 hundred passing through each day.
NH2, NH7 and NH56 run through Varanasi connecting it to major centers such Delhi, Kanpur, Kolkata and Agra as well as Lucknow. The best bus operators that offer quality service include UPSTRC, Online bus ticket booking facility can save you a lot of time and energy.
Ranebennuru is the largest city and only city Municipal Corporation in Haveri district in Karnataka. It is situated 300 kms northwest of Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. Popularly known as the "Gateway to North Karnataka", the city's name is derived from the term Rani-bennuru, literally meaning queen's resting place.One of Karnataka's most important rivers, the Tungabhadra flows along the southern border of Ranebennur taluk. Ranebennur is home to a rich commodity market.
Places to Stay
Hotel Suraj (Tariff Rs 500 to Rs.1000), Hotel Sri Ananta (Tariff Rs 500 to Rs.1000), Rammanna Kuteer Hotel (Tariff Rs 500 to Rs.1000) and Hotel Udipi (Tariff Rs 500 to Rs.1000) are some of the good budget hotels in Ranebennur.
Kanada is the official language in Ranebennur.
Place to Visit
Ranebennur Wildlife Sanctuary (8 kms), Ranibennur Blackbuck Sanctuary 12kms), Hazarat Jamalshawali dargah at Durga circle, Sayed Sadatsha Wali dargah, and Aduvi Hanumappa temple (5 kms).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Hubli, 108 kms from Ranebennur. The nearest international airport is 300 kms away, in Bengaluru.
Hubli Junction railway station is nearest major railway station (107 kms) to Ranebennur.
Being on National Highway NH4, the city enjoys good bus service. Most buses traveling between North Karnataka and South Karnataka go via Ranebennur. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers traveling to Ranebennur include VRL Travels, SRS Travels and Raj Tour and Travel-Wrdha Express. Get discount on bus ticket booking by logging on to TicketGoose.com.