Vijay Nagar is a city located in the Bellary district of north Karnataka. Its residents are very religious judging by the number of temples and holy sites one can find here. It is close to Hampi, a historical place famous for its temples. The term Vijay means ‘Victory’, and Nagar means ‘City’.
Places to Stay
Vijay Nagar offers several good budget hotels. Abhimaani Vasathi (Tariff – Rs. 2000), Roxel Inn Moonstone (Tariff-Rs. 1000), and Hotel Vande Mahtaram (Tariff- Rs. 1000) are some good budget hotels here.
The official language here is Kannada. Locals also understand English.
As this is a holy city, one can witness religious events happening here round the year. Every temple in this place organizes prayers to their deity every month. Dussehra is a big event here and is celebrated with much grandeur.
Places to Visit
Lotus Mahal, The Royal centre (2 km), Vittala temple, Hemakuta temple, the Sacred Center, Elephant Stables, and Ramachandra temple- these are just a few places to visit in Vijay Nagar.
How to Get There
Bangalore International Airport is the to Vijay Nagar city.
Vijay Nagar has well connected railway lines to major cities and towns.
There are numerous buses to and fro to Bangalore and other cities. Bus number 61 is direct from city of Vijay Nagar. When you book your bus ticket online you don’t need to go to ticket counters and stand in long queues.
Pratapgarh is a small city in Uttar Pradesh and serves as the district headquarters. Raja Ajit Pratap Singh built a fort in this city and named it after himself. Soon, the areas surrounding the fort came to be known as Pratapgarh. There are two rivers flowing through this city, the Sai and the river Ganges. It is famous for the temple of Bela Bhawani on the banks of the river Sai.
Places to Stay
There are many good budget hotels in Pratapgarh like Sneh Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1200), Kishori Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1500) and Pratapgarh Haveli (Tariff – Rs. 3000).
The official language of Pratapgarh is Hindi. No other languages are spoken in this area.
The important festivals here are Holi in the month of March, Diwali and Hanuman Jayanti in August. Vijayadasami is celebrated in October. Doondhotsava is celebrated on Holi with much enthusiasm.
Places of Interest
There are many places of touristic interest in Pratapgarh and most of them are temples. Bela Devi Mandir, only 10 km from town is famous. Bhakti Dham Temple in Kunda and Paliyan Nath temple are also worth a visit.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Pratapgarh is the Bamrauli Airport in Allahabad, 59 km away. This airport has daily flights to and from all the metros in India.
The Pratapgarh Junction Railway Station lies on the Northern Railway line between Lucknow and Allahabad. Many major trains heading north pass through this station.
Pratapgarh Bus Stand is the main bus station in the city. Many interstate buses are available from this station to Allahabad, Lucknow, Kanpur and Varanasi. The popular service operators are Banswara Travels and Krishan Travels. Ticketgoose.com’s bus booking online service is the best way to buy your bus tickets