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.
Tumkur is a beautiful industrial town located in the administrative district of Karnataka state. It lies along NH 206 at a distance of 70 km northwest of Bangalore. Tumkur traverses great number of river valleys and fascinating hills with 4000 feet more spreading along the landscape. You can see forested slopes of Devarayanadurga hills with its unique wild life species. The best season to visit Tumkur is during October to March.
Places to Stay
There are several budget hotels to stay in Tumkur. Few of them are Naveen Regency hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1200), Woodlands Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Sri Krishna Residency (Tariff – Rs. 500), Dwaraka Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 300)
The most common and local language in the city is Kannada. English is the alternate language.
Pongal is held annually in the month of mid January.
Places of Interest
Pavagada Fort, Aralaguppe, Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Goravanahalli Mahalakshmi Temple and Sree Siddaganga Mutt are the famous Hindu religious places of Tumkur. Some of the places nearby Tumkur are Chikballapur (76 km from Tumkur), Shivagange (26 km from Tumkur), Savandurga (57 km from Tumkur), Nandi Hills (69 km from Tumkur), Lepakshi (84km from Tumkur).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is Bengaluru International Airport. It is located at a distance of 80 km from Tumkur.
Tumkur Railway Station, located in the centre of the city and Heggere Halt Rail Way Station (6 km from the town) are the nearest.
Tumkur city is well-connected along NH4 and NH206 to Bangalore, Gubbi, Koratagere, Kunigal and other major cities in the state by both Government and private buses. National Travels, SRS Travels, VRL Travels, Asha Travels are the best travel operators on this route. To get discounted bus tickets you will have to book your tickets in advance.