Andhra Pradesh

Capital
Hyderabad - Secunderabad
Population
76 million
Area
276 755 km²
Languages
Telugu & Urdu

Best time to visit
October - March
Climate (°C)
April - June: warm
November - February: colder
Map Location
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About

Andhra Pradesh is a state rich in natural resources and cultural heritage. It has 34 rivers running through its countryside and a 1000 km coastline. Andhra is located in the southof India and is the third largest state in India.

How to get here

Air
The capital is well connected by air, rail and road to all major cities of India.

Rail
Trains go to all the big cities - Bangalore, Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi.

Bus
There are 3 main bus stations in addition to privately run companies. They run both interstate and out of state.

Places to visit

Hyderabad - Amaravati - Charminar - Golconda - Hussain Sagar Chandavaram - Guntupalli - Nagarjunakonda - Salarjung Museum

.: Hyderabad
The fifth largest city in India. It has a Hindu-Muslim culture with a number of monuments of historical importance. Some of them are Charminar, Golconda, Salarjung Museum, Mecca Maszid, Osman Sagar and Osmania University. The capital is actually the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad linked together by the Hussain Sagar Lake.

.: Amaravati
An important Buddhist site located near the ancient Satavahana capital, Dhanyakataka. Amaravati is famous for a Buddhist stupa and antiquities of the 2nd century B.C. The Stupa here is the biggest with its dome measuring 49 metres and it rises to a height of 29 metres.

The picturesque lakes of Hyderabad have contributed to its immense beauty and tourist attraction.

.: Charminar
Constructed in 1591. It is worth seeing for its magnificent architectural beauty. The minarets are 48.77 metres high. Mecca Maszid is to the south of Charminar.

.: Golconda Fort
Is located about 8 km from the city. The capital of the Qutb Shahis in the 16th century, is rich in historical monuments. Some of them include the famous Golconda Fort. Golconda was known the world over as a rich mine of diamonds in medieval times.

.: Hussain Sagar
The picturesque lakes of Hyderabad have contributed to its boundless beauty and tourist attraction. The lakes offer a fantastic time for tourists. Its beauty lies in the fact that it connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. It is an artificial lake that holds water continuously.

.: Chandavaram
Is located in Prakasam District 50 km north of Vijayawada. It an important Buddhist site, nearby the river Gundlakamma. It has a unique double terraced stupa at the top of a hill, known as Sinarakonda or beautiful hill. Diggings have exposed more than 30 beautifully carved limestone panels once decorated over the dome of the stupa. The monastic complex and several smaller stupas are situated nearby.

.: Guntupalli
Located 85km from Vijayawada, is said to be the most beautiful Buddhist site in the Eastern Deccan.

.: Nagarjunakonda
This is one of India's richest Buddhist sites, known in the ancient times as Sri Parvata. It now lies almost entirely under the Nagarjunasagar Dam. The monasteries and chaityas were reconstructed on top of a hill called Nagarjunakonda (konda means hill in Telugu), which rises from the middle of the lake. The island takes its name from the Buddhist monk, Nagarjuna, who lived here around the turn of the 2nd century AD. The site was discovered in 1926. Consecutive diggings, in the '50s and '60s, have exposed the remains of stupas, viharas, chaityas and mandapams.

.: Salarjung Museum
Salarjung Museum was constructed by the Prime Minister Salarjung III of the erstwhile Nizams, but was in 1968 shifted to the new building constructed on the southern bank of the river Musi. The museum consists of a vast and varied art mass collected from several countries in the world.



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