Andhra Pradesh Tourism
Andhra, a fascinating blend of antiquity and modernity is a beautiful panorama of magnificent monuments, great ancient shrines, splendid natural beauty, exotic wildlife and modern temples of progress like Nagarjunasagar and Hitch City of Hyderabad. This land of Krishna and Godavari also noted for its rich cultural heritage of literature, art, music, dance and drama, caters to the demand of every visitor.
The antiquity of Andhra Desa, dates back to 236BC the year of Mauryan emperor Ashoka’s death. During the following centuries, Satvahanas, Sakas, Ikshvakus, Chalukyas, Kakatiyas held sway over the region. It also came under the ruled of Vijayanagr Empire and Qutub Shahis followed by the Nizams. 17th century onwards, the British annexed the territories of the Nizam and constituted the province of Madras. The charms of Andhra are rich and varied. Besides the famous archaeological, historical, pilgrim and leisure centres, the State is also studded with numerous attractive off-beat tourist centres. The coastal Andhra extends for over 960km making it the State with longest maritime boundary in the country. It is dotted with some of the most fascinating virgin beaches which have a potential of making Andhra one of the most exciting sea-side destinations of the world. The northern areas are mountainous and have some beautiful hill and health resorts. The State also known for its excellent communication network and hospitality is rapidly emerging as the tourist destination of the new millennium.
Capital of Andhra Pradesh and the fifth largest city of India, being the former seat of one of the world's richest monarches, namely the Nizams. The twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad are separated by the Hussain sagar lake.
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Situated in the heart of the old walled city, this edifice is the best-known landmark with bustling bazaars all round. Built in 1591 AD by Quali Shah, as the name suggests Charminar has four minarets rising 49mts high.
Close to Charminar, it is the largest mosque, completed by Aurangazeb in 1687 AD. The columnade and doors are of granite.
Golconda Fort: 11km from Hyderabad, the Kakatiya rulers of Warangal originally built this fort in the 12th century. Designed with a wonderful acoustical system, that a clapping sound at the entrance agate is echoed in the Durbar hall of the Citadel at the very top of the hill.
The Salar Jung Museum
Located on the banks of the river Musa, this museum is acclaimed as one of the finest one-man collections in the world. This museum is named after Mir. Yusuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III. The Prime Minister of the Nizam. It houses 35,000 exhibits collected from all corners of the world. The exhibits include illuminated manuscripts, bejeweled armories, woodcarvings, exquisite cut glass collections, sculptures in marble, oil paintings, watches and clocks, rich Persian silks and wall hangings, floor coverings and Chinese tapesty.
Government Archaeological Museum
This museum has a small collection of archaeological finds, such as ancient coins, arms, an Egyptain mummy and copes of Ajanta Frescos.
This temple built in pure marble is dedicated to Lord Balaji and is a popular attraction.
Nehru Zoological Park
This is one of the largest park in India. Spread over 120 hectres of landscaped gardens and houses about 250 species of animals.
Nagarjunakonda and Nagarjuna sagar
Nagarjuna sagar is located 149km from Hyderabad, lies the ruins of the lost city in the shadow of the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam. Some outstanding remains of Stupas, marble carvings, sculptures are excavated and preserved in a museum in the nearby island which can be reached by a boat.
NagarjunaSagar: Nagarjuna Sagar an artificial lake created by a dam across the river Krishna. This dam is one of the largest masonry dam in the world with a height of 124 mts.
Hyderabad, the city of traditions and technology was funded in 1591, by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth Qutub Shahi Sultan of Golconda. This magnificent city of minarets on the banks of the river Musi retains the medieval flavour and charm. More>>
Tirupati Tirumala Tourism
Tirupati, literally the ‘Lord of Lakshmi’ is the town and transport hub set in the foot hills of Tirumala. The sacred Tirumala hill in the Eastern Ghats has seven peaks, representing the seven headed serpent Adisesha, on whose coil Lord Vishnu sleeps. More >>
Nagarjunasagar is important historical and archaeological site is set amidst one of the most picturesque surroundings. The region is endowed with a rich and vibrant past. The highest and largest masonry dam in the world is built . More >>
Vijayawada, the ‘City of Victory’ is set amidst scenic surroundings on the banks of river Krishna and is picturesquely ringed by beautiful hills. More >>
Warangal is the historic town earlier known as Orugallu was the glorious capital of the great Kakatiyas during 13th century AD. More >>
Puttaparti, the sacred abode of Sri Satya Sai Baba is a world famous pilgrim centre. Millions of devotees from all over the world visit Sai Baba’s ashram called as Prashanti Nilayam, meaning the ‘abode of highest peace’ over here to seek spiritual solace. More >>
Visakhapatnam, the ‘jewel’ of th east coast of India is a harmonious blend of the magical past and bustling present. This breathtaking city of golden beaches, lush fields, verdant valleys and splendid monuments is named after ‘Visakha’, the god of Valour. More >>
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