Hyderabad city of pearls

Hyderabad city of pearls

Travel Guide

Hyderabad city of pearls, is the capital of newly formed state of Telangana and is the fifth largest city in India, being the former seat of one of the world’s richest monarch dynasty known as the Nizams. It is a major center of Islamic culture and is a harmonious amalgam of the South and the North India.

Hyderabad became famous when the fourth Qutb Shahi ruler, Quli Qutb Shah created this new capital and named it after his Begum- Hyder Mahal. Before the founding of Hyderabad, the Qutb Shahi kings ruled from the fortress of Golconda – 11 kms to the west. Today, the extensive ruins of the fort, with Qutb Shahi’s tomb, have become principal attractions for tourists.

The city of smiles, of lights, of a thousand faces, endearingly called the Pearl City, current day Hyderabad offers a variety of tourist attractions ranging from Heritage monuments, Lakes and Parks, Gardens and Resorts, Museums to delectable cuisine and a delightful shopping experience. To the traveler, Hyderabad offers a fascinating panorama of the past, with a richly mixed cultural and historical tradition spanning 400 colorful years.

 

 

Charminar

Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of Hyderabad, built Charminar in 1591 at the center of the original city. It is believed that Charminar was constructed as a charm to ward off a deadly epidemic raging during that time. Four graceful minarets soar to a height of 48.7 m above the ground. Charminar has 45 prayer spaces and a mosque in it. Charminar is open to the tourists to view the architectural splendor in and around the monument. The Charminar is also considered as the signature of Hyderabad just as the Taj Mahal is of Agra.

Mecca Masjid

Mecca masjid is situated 200 mtrs. to the southwest of Charminar, the bricks to build the central arch were brought from Mecca thus giving this splendid monument the name. The mosque was completed by Aurangzeb in 1694

Laad Baazar

This is famous, colourful shopping centre of the old city, tucked away in one of the streets leading off from Charminar. The market is famous for Bridal wear, Pearls and the traditional Hyderabadi glass and stone studded bangles are sold here.

Golconda Fort

Golconda is one of the famous forts of India. The name originates from the Telugu words “Golla Konda” meaning “Shepherd’s Hill”. The origins of the fort can be traced back to the Yadava dynasty of Deogiri and the Kakatiyas of Warangal. Golconda was originally a mud fort, which passed to the Bahmani dynasty and later to the Qutb Shahis, who held it from 1518 to 1687 A.D. The fort is famous for its acoustics, palaces, ingenious water supply system and the famous Fateh Rahben gun, one of the cannons used in the last siege of Golconda by Aurangzeb, to whom the fort ultimately fell.

Light and Sound show

The glorious past of Golconda Fort is narrated effectively with matchless Sound and Light effects. The unique Sound & Light Show takes you right back in time, when Golconda was full of life, glory and grandeur.

Qutb Shahi Tombs

The tombs of the legendary Qutb Shahi kings lie about a kilometre away from Banjara Darwaza of the Golconda Fort. These tombs were Planned and built by the Qutb Shahis themselves, and are considered to be the oldest historical monuments in Hyderabad. The tombs are built in Persian, Pathan and Hindu architectural styles using grey granite, with stucco ornamentation, the only one of its kind in the world where an entire dynasty has been buried at one place.

Ramoji Film City

Spread across a sprawling 2000 acres Ramoji Film City, set up by Ramoji Group in 1996, is a dreamy celluloid journey. a magical realm filled with excitement and wonderful surprises at every turn. As the world’s largest integrated film city and india’s only thematic holiday destination with magic of cinema.

Birla Mandir

This white marble temple of Lord Venkateshwara floats on the city skyline, on Kala Pahad. The idol in the temple is a replica of the one at Tirumala Tirupati. It is also a perfect place to look  and admire the beauty of the Hussain sagar and its surrounding necklace road.

Birla Planetarium

Birla Planetarium is India’s most modern planetarium and first of its kind in the country. It is equipped with advanced technology from Japan and is built on Naubat Pahad adjacent to Kala Pahad. It is one of the perfect places for the star gazers in Hyderabad.

Salar Jung Museum

This museum houses one of the biggest one-man collections of antiques of the world by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, Salar Jung III. The objects, art and artifacts include Persian carpets, Moughal miniatures, Chinese porcelain, Japanese lacquerware, famous statues including the Veiled Rebecca and Marguerite and Mephistopheles, a superb collection of jade, daggers belonging to Queen Noor Jahan and the Emperors Jahangir and Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb’s sword and many other fabulous items.

Nehru Zoological Park

Spanning across an area of 300 lush green acres, the Nehru Zoological Park is a must for nature lovers. It has over 250 species of animals and birds, most of which are kept in conditions as close to their natural habitats as possible. This is the first zoo to create moated enclosures for animals. The Lion Safari Park, Natural History Museum and Children’s Train are the added attractions

Shilparamam

This is a must visit place in Hyderabad for those who love handicrafts. It is build across an area of 30 acres in the Hi-tech city showcasing arts and crafts from around the country. India is an ocean of various arts and crafts and to give the artisans a platform to showcase their products this craft village was built. The crafts village hosts annual bazaars, where artists and artisans from all over the country exhibit their talent.

Hussainsagar Lake

Excavated in 1562 A.D. by Hussain Shah Wali during the time of Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah, the lake has a promenade that is a busy thoroughfare today. Boating and water sports are a regular feature in the Hussainsagar. One of the World’s tallest monolithic statues of the Buddha stands on the ‘Rock of Gibraltar’, in the middle of the lake.

Nizam's Silver Jubilee Museum

Purani Haveli, the palace acquired around 1750 by the second Nizam, is now converted into a museum with a fascinating collection. The museum exhibits the gifts and mementos presented to the last Nizam on the occasion of the silver jubilee celebrations in 1937. A 1930 Rolls Royce, Packard and a Mark V Jaguar are among the vintage cars displayed.

Chow mohalla Palace

Built in several phases by the Nizams between 1857-1869, this is now one of the heritage buildings. The complex comprises four palaces in Moghal and European styles, of which the main palace is double storeyed with the others being single-storeyed blocks.

Chilkur Balaji Temple

The Balaji Temple is located at Chilkur in the Hyderabad district. It is 33 Kms away from Mehdipatnam. Generally temple gets heavy rush on Saturdays and Sundays. Set in sylvan surroundings, the temple attracts thousands of pilgrims every year and is an ideal place for sequestered retreat and meditation.

KBR National Park

One of the largest parks within the city KBR National Park is a Southern tropical deciduous forest and the last vestigial representative of the endemic flora of Hyderabad region, with over 100 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles and 15 species of butterflies.

Mrugavani National Park

Located at Chilkur, 25 km. from Hyderabad, the park contains the endemic flora of Hyderabad and is an urban refuge for small mammals like Deers, wildboar, jungle cat etc.

 

  • Air: The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport located at a distance of 35km. from Hi-tech city is connected to all the major destinations in India as well as abroad.
  • Train: Nampally & Secundrabad railway stations are connected with all major cities in India. These stations also connect Hyderabad to many short & long distance routes to small cities as well.
  • Road: Hyderabad is connected with Major National and State highways and the road conditions are pretty good to give the travelers a smooth and comfortable ride.

 

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  • State: Telangana
  • District: Hyderabad
  • Famous for/as: Heritage, Technology
  • Languages: Telugu, English
  • Best time to visit: October to March
  • Weather: Summers 20 to 45°C, Winter 14 to 32°C
  • Pincode: 500xxx
  • STD code: 040
  • State Govt. tourism website: http://www.telanganatourism.gov.in/

 

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Papikondalu, Nature at its best

Papikondalu, Nature at its best

Travel Guide

Papi Kondalu is a hill range in Andhra Pradesh. Papi hills are distributed between Khammam, East Godavari and West Godavari districts. The entrance of Papikondalu can be seen from Koruturu (West Godavari District).

This place makes for a perfect weekend getaway with friends or colleagues. Pack your bags and set out for an outing to the Papi hills. Boats from Rajahmundary will take you to Papikondalu making you a witness to the most beautiful scenery of river Godavari flowing between the hills on both sides.

On the way you can pay a visit to the GandiPochamma Temple which is on the bank of river Godavari. Once you reach Papikondalu, you see vast expanse of sand and huts at the base and on top of a hill. Spend a night in the Kolluru huts and capture the sunset and sunrise which make your photography experience an altogether different one.

Papikondalu is an ideal camping location with your team. Playing games on the sand, trekking along the Godavari, singing songs around the bon-fire and capturing all these moments shall add to sweet memories.

Boat Ride to Papikondalu : Boat ride to papikondalu is an extremely over whelming experience as the boat swishes into the waters of the river with picturesque hills on both sides. If the weather is cool you will fall in love with this place. Papikondalu is a photographer’s paradise.

Stay in the Kolluru Huts : These are huts built on sand in Papikondalu and on top of a hill. These huts have no fans so it is advised to go here after the rainy season when the weather is cool. Stay in these huts gives the ultimate feel of camping alongside the river. The only drawback is the common washrooms which becomes troublesome in the peak season.

Playing games on the sand bed : The evenings in Papikondalu are full of rejoicings. Play games on the sand on the river bank with beautiful hills around you. My team played a neck to neck Kabaddi match which set a momentum for bonding with each other. It is advisable to carry your own sports equipments.

Morning Trek along the river Godavari : Next morning get up early and trek along the river Godavari from the backside of the huts to reach your own Ghat where you can jump into the river and enjoy. This can be one of the most fun filled mornings. Be careful, the water flows at a good enough speed to wash you away. The rocks are slippery but alligned in such a way that you get the most awesome body massage with the water flowing between the rocks.

All meals are provided in the huts itself which comprise rice mostly. So if you are not a rice fan like me, carry Maggi with you 😉 Also you must carry refreshments along with you as there are no shops here.

After playing around in the river rush to the huts and have lunch. The boats reach Papikondalu post lunch to take you back.

Boat : The most popular route to reach Papi kondalu is through Bhadrachalam of Khammam district or Rajahmundry of East Godavari District by boat. There is also a twisted Ghat road of 35 km to reach Papi kondalu though Polavaram of West Godavari district, via Shinganna Palli and Vadapalli.

Train : Nearest Railway station is Rajahmundry at a distance of 61 km. From Rajahmundry various boat packages are available to reach Papikondalu. Since its in the middle of Papi Hills gorge in the Godavari, it can be reached only by boat.

Srisailam, Bhramarambha Mallikharjuna Swami Devasthanam

The shrine of Lord Mallikarjuna picturesquely situated on a flat top of Nallamalai Hills, Srisailam is reputed to be one of the most ancient kshetras (area) in India. It is on the right side of the River Krishna in Kurnool Andhra Pradesh.

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Chirala, An Unexplored Beach

If you are planning a weekend getaway to a peaceful beach, then Chirala is the place to be. It is a relatively unexplored beach in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh (Telangana).

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Chirala, An Unexplored Beach

Chirala, An Unexplored Beach

Travel Guide

Looking for a weekend getaway in Andhra Pradesh? Pack your bags and head to Chirala. This is a small town in the Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh, 58 km south of Guntur. Resorts near the beach and an absolutely secluded beach gives you a perfect setting for a peaceful vacation with family or a thunderous vacation with friends.

The beach is very clean and non- crowded. You cant resist taking a dip in the clear waters of the Bay of Bengal, a long walk along the beach while watching the sun set and a post dinner walk along the beach watching the stars twinkling above :D.

If in a group, this place offers you a setup for beach volleyball, loud music in the resort and a pool side party with your friends with a panoramic view of the Bay of Bengal. Playing with sand and water at the beach shall add to blissful memories.

Ramapuram Beach : This beach is one of the most serene beaches in the country. This is a perfect weekend getaway when you are tired with your routine and need a change. Take a dip in the water, watch the sun set and relax. The resorts are very close to the beach so you can go back and take a shower.

Boat ride in the Bay of Bengal : Take a boat ride in the Bay of Bengal. You can negotiate with the boat men who are the local inhabitants of the place. They take you far from the shore in the restive waters of the Bay of Bengal and stop the engine for a while before returning. All you can feel at that point of time is your boat swaying with the waves and water all around, a thrilling experience for sure.

Beach volleyball : Playing volleyball on the sand is a rejuvenating experience. Post the match beat the heat by jumping in the cool water.

Star gaze: After dinner take a walk along the beach watching the stars above, hear the sound of waves hitting the shore and play with the turtles that come on the shore. Watch out for scorpions which come out in the night 😉 This place is an abode of peace and tranquility.

 

  • Air: There is no airport in Chirala. Vijaywada Airport would be the nearest airport at a distance of 85 km from Chirala.
  • Train: Chirala Railway Station (CLX) has a good connectivity by trains to other parts of the country. There are 16 direct trains to Chirala from Hyderabad.
  • Road: Driving to Chirala makes up for a perfect travel option as the distance from Vijaywada is just 85 km and from Hyderabad is 307 km.

Srisailam, Bhramarambha Mallikharjuna Swami Devasthanam

The shrine of Lord Mallikarjuna picturesquely situated on a flat top of Nallamalai Hills, Srisailam is reputed to be one of the most ancient kshetras (area) in India. It is on the right side of the River Krishna in Kurnool Andhra Pradesh.

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Papikondalu, Nature at its best

Looking for a weekend getaway in Andhra Pradesh? Papikondalu offers you the ideal camping location with a view of Papi hills, a scenic gorge on the Godavari.

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  • State: Andhra Pradesh (Now Telangana)
  • District: Prakasam
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • Languages: Telugu, Hindi
  • Best time to visit: October to March
  • Weather: Temperatures remain between 25- 30°C throughout the year except for the hot summer months
  • Pincode: 523155
  • STD code: 08594
  • State Govt. tourism website: Unexplored

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