Not only a prominent landmark of the city, but also a monument whose name is brightly mentioned in the history of Hyderabad. The name 'Charminar' is made up of two very distinct words- Char and Minar means four towers. Each part of the monument has a plaza like opening overlooked by a tower. The oldest mosque, Mecca Masjid of Hyderabad is also a part of the Char Minar. This was built by the 5th Sultan named Quli Qutb Shahi on the banks of the Musi River. It is right in the heart of the city and was taken for diving the city into four parts for government purposes in the earlier times. Some say that this monument was built as a symbol of love for his queen Bhagyavathi and some say it was built to mark the end of a fatal plague that had affected the city. There is also known to be a decret tunnel beneath the floors of the Charminar, which connects it to the Golconda Fort staright. This was the Escape route for the royals during an emergency.
This was the capital of the Qutub Shahi dynasty and is also known as the Golla Konda Fort. It is a few kilometers from the Hussain Sagar Lake and is a huge and mighty fort till date to have been built on a hilltop. Originally known as Mankal, this was a palace built in the 12th Century in place of what was earlier a mud palace built by the king of Warangal. This was later fortified in the 14th and 17th centuries and the credit for this goes to the Bahmani Sultanate. One of the architectural marvels of Hyderabad, there are a numkber of gates out of which the most famous is the Fateh Darwaza which could be crossed by Aurangzeb once. This fort is on top of a granite hill and is itself also made of granite.
Hussain Sagar Lake
This is one of the very few man- made lakes of the country and is one of the most beautiful too. The statue of Lord Buddha made in granite stands in the middle of the sparkling lake and it looks nothing less than a dream. The lake connects Hyderabad and Secunderabad and was built by Sultan Nawab Shah Wahi in the 17th century to provide the people with adequate water supply. To one part of the lake is the Lumbini Park and in the middle is this place which has a royal entrance with two lions guarding it just like many other ancient temples. on the banks of this lake are the Birla Temples all in white marble. The view of the lake becomes even better after evening with the white lights put up which make it look like a diamond necklace. You get the best views from the Tank Bund Road as well as the Neklace Road. You can cruise around here and enjoy a romantic lunch date on board only.
The official residence of the Nizams while they were the authority of the state, this ws a prominent seat of the famous Asaf Jahi Dyansty. The palace in the local language is called as the Chowmallattuu Palace. The construction began in the year 1750 by Nizam Salabhat Jung and was finally completed in the year 1864- 69 by Nizam Afzar- Ud Dawla Bahadur. Stretching from the Laad Bazar to the Aspan Chowk, the palace is a replica of the Shah's Palace in Teheran of Italy. The palace in spite of being so old has held on nicely to its former beauty and glory and is ageing with absolute grace. The detailing of the architecture and designs is fantastic. Apart from the beautoful lawns and and gardens the Tehniyat Mahal, Afzal, Mehtab and Aftab Mahals are very popular attractions in here.
Belum cave is the second longest cave system in India and is situated in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. It has a length of 3229M. The deepest point, 120M from the entrance is situated at the Patalaganga. The caves are known for their unique formations such as stalactite and stalagmite formations.Timings: 10 AM – 5 PMEntrance fees: INR 50 for Indians and INR 300 for foreign nationals.It is impossible to reach the caves without the GPS. There were times when we were not sure whether or not to trust the GPS, as there were mud roads and herds of goats grazing ( typical village surroundings) But we followed it anyway and were greeted by the sign “Belum Caves” inscribed on the hill.
Salar Jung Museum
Situated on the south western banks of the Musi River and in the Afzalgunj Region, this is the 3rd largest museum of the country. This is also the largest museum with one man collections. There are 38 galleries with over 500000 exhibits here which were earlier housed in a private museum which was then inaugrated by the Prime Minister Jawaharlak Nehru. The present Museum we see was opened in the year 1968. Mir Yousuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III was the able Prime Minister of the 7th Sultan of Hyderabad and is known to have spent almost all his income and 35 years of his life in collectiong the unique pieces which are still conserved here from all over the world. He was extremely passionate about his hobby and the museum is also named after him. The collections remained in the Deodi Palace even after his death before these were showed to the public. The most prized possessions are the statue of Veiled Rebecca and Marguerite and Mephistopheles.
This is one of the most beautiful beaches of the country and is in the Yarada Village of Andhra Pradesh. The beach is never really crowded mainly beacause it is quite a distance from the nearest city of Vizag. As you drive till the beach you will be able to enjoy the beauty of nature in the form of lush green sights and the beauty of the Bay of Bengal. As you reach the beach you will be welcomed with very clean crystal waters and golden sands. It is not advisable to swim in this area as the sea here is foerce and the slope of the beach is quite steep too. You can instead enjoy a picnic here or simply spend some quiet time and refresh yourself.
Nagalapuram Water Falls
We had visited this place this May 1st 2017. The place is dry this time. Some small natural pools are still visible. The more you trek in the forest the more it portrays it's lacquer. We did not reach to the final magic pool because of a lot of eve teasers. They had started bothering us. On the way back two of them molested one of us after blocking our way where the forest is secluded and we hit them for our defense and had to run. The molesters again followed us to take revenge on us because we had hit them. This time we had found two people to whom we approached for help. But without helping us they ran for their life. We had fought against one molester. Another molester had already parted this one and disappeared into the forest. This time one of us tried to click a photo of the molester when he hit one of us on head and was continuously hitting until another of us hit him to save the other. Then the molester slit the hand of one of us but this time the molester became powerless as we had also hit him for our defence. Then we collected the wounded, blooded ourselves and ran for our life. We had not crossed the half of the way to reach the main trekking parking, again we saw the molester running towards us but he was way behind us. Finally as we reached almost 1km towards the main trekking parking some eve-teasers started bothering us. This time we ignored them and reach the main parking. As we were bleeding we had taken help from the couple who do maintain the trekking parking. But this time we did not tell them any molester was following us because last time when we asked for help from two other persons they did not help us. We had told them we fall down so we were bleeding. They had done some very basic first aid. We asked them if we can get an auto to nagalapuram village and they helped us to reach nagalapuram village. And finally we reached our home wounded but alive.
Rama Krishna Beach
In short known as the RK Beach of Vizag, this beach is located in the center of the city and is usually very crowded with lots of people ans stalls. A walk along this buzzing beach is always fun and you can also relax here after a busy day of shopping in the malls around this place. There are also a number of good restaurants around.
Warangal fort - This places is in ruins form but maintained well by Archaeological survey of India (ASI). Fort was commissioned by king Ganpathi Deva. It has beautifully carved arches and pillars that surprised us. Also, has four main ornamental gates to welcome. One can find a Shiva temple with statue of Nandi and many more idols of Hindu Gods like lord Ganesh, Vishnu, Shiva. The extensive rock carvings on the pillars and arches will leave you mesmerized.
Very close to the remarkable monuments of the Charminar, Mecca Masjid as well as the Chowmahalla Palace, this is also known as the Choodi Market. This is because it is the main bangle market of the city and that laad means the laquer which is used in the making of bangles. These bangles are afterwards studded with artificial and sometimes semi- precious stones as well. The main other things sold here are zari sarees, silver ware, kalamkari items, wedding items, nirmal, bidriware, borcade, velvet and other gold and silver embroidered fabrics. The scenario here is just of old wooden buildings and burkha clad women haggling and bargaining. The shops are small and some have clean, soft cotton mattresses for customers to feel comfortable inside.
Taj Falaknuma Palace
The Taj Falaknuma is a palace which has been converted into a hotel property by the Taj Group. Amazing hotel with the best views of the city, it lies at a distance from the city. Worth a visit if you have an extra day and are willing to spoil yourself in luxury. There are entry fees for entering the hotel property.
I was planning for a bike ride to Anantagiri hills from a long time, but always something important comes up and it postponed.Finally ride was set on 10th December with Climbon group, we were around 30 people and 20 bikes. Anantagiri Hills is 80Km from Hyderabad. Our group started bike ride at 6.30AM, man what chilling weather it is, I was almost shivering while driving because of cool breeze but has to say, it's one of the best experiences. Rising sun, 20 bikes in single line and a perfect road.We stopped for breakfast in Chevella, 35km from Hyderabad. First thing we did once we got off the bikes was looking for tea, because everyone was literally shivering. After breakfast, we had a formal introduction with all people in group. Started our ride to Anantagiri. Now it's almost set, warm sun rays, filled tummys and cool wind. Listening to old songs in headset, as a part of bike chain, driving is much more fun than normal.
A completely marble made Mandir, Birla Mandir in Jaipur is not only famous but one that gives a feeling of peace and calmness to the visitors. Though, there are a number of Birlan Mandirs around the nation, the one in this city is quite hugs. The cleanliness, the maintenance and the well-planned structure and system is bound to take you off your feet. Apart from that, the architecture of the entire monument is worth a heavy sigh. The temple is a dedication to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. It is also known as the LaxmiNarayan Temple for these reasons. There are quite a number of foreign tourists visiting this place all throughout the year.
A leading manufacturer and seller of desserts, baked sweets and pattiseries in Hyderabad, it is like a legacy which is successfully running for more than 6 decades. Known mainly for the variety of biscuits, cookies and chocolate related items, their specialties are their Karachi desserts, Osmania cookies, double chocolate cookies and also the fruit based bakery products. Their quality is assured and the products they sell are all freshly baked.
Surya Lanka Beach
Earlier, I have been to Suryalanka beach which is few kilometers on the north from chirala where we have harita resort which is good. However, I liked chirala beach better than suryalanka beach as it neater with less crowd and peaceful where you can enjoy the pleasant breeze and the soothing sound of the waves. After some snacks we could not wait anymore to enjoy. We all went to beach and while walking on the sand saw tiny little baby crabs were all around the place and were too fast. I was scared thinking what if I stamp cute little tiny crabs and what if they bite me. It was an amazing experience all over enjoying in the clean water and clean beach and awful sunset. When it was little dark we headed back to resort as there is less crowd and few local people try to booze lighting up bonfire. Had enough fun for that day.
Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi Temple
As one of the most distinctive part of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal located amidst the busy streets is something that cannot be missed. The grandeur of the place surely catches the attention of each one passing by. The structure is made from pink sandstone and has a honey-comb like shape that makes it all the more interesting. There are 5 storey in the monument and surely looks extraordinary. The place was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799 to help the ladies watch all the happenings on the streets including the processions that took place from time to time. From the extreme top of the Mahal, you can have a spectacular view of the Jantar Mantar as well as City Palace. For those interested in exhibits, the good news comes in the form of a small museum within the mahal that has great paintings, ceremonial armours as well as rich relics. For the entry, move to the backside of the complex.
This is a dazzling island in the midst of the mighty Krishna River. This is a tpurist hotspot due to the wonderful views and the luxurious holiday resorts such as the Haritha and the one which is supervised by the APTDC. You can drive till the banks and then reach the island via boats. Boating is a favorite activity you can do here and enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings slowly while you boat around the river. The lights of the resorts and buildings on this small island makes it look like a piece of celebration from far off.
This beautiful waterfall is in the Venkateshwara National Park in the Tirupathi Region. The waterfall is surrounded bhy lush greenery, dense forests and rich flora which makes each part of this place look immensely beautiful. The waters of the fall are said to be filled with therapeutic values due to the goodness of of medicinal plants and herbsinfused in the waters. This place has also been declared as a Bio Reserve in the year 1990 due to the presence of the herbal plants here. As you drive up this place you will come across many tall and shady trees with exoyic birds and monkeys too. Canopy walks are a major activity that you can enjoy out here. Lord siddheshwara Swamy temple is a beautiful temple that attracts many vosotors annually.
Araku valley and Borra Caves
Known as the "Food Bowl of south India", the Araku Valley is one of the most prominent tourist destinations of Andhra Pradesh. The Borra Caves are the major attraction over here. The pristine sceneries and the marvellous views make this place a hot favorite of nature lovers and photography buffs. The coffee plantations are a sight to behold as well. the other attractions in this beautiful valley are the Padmapuran Botanical Gardens, Tyda Village and Park, Dumbriguda Fall, Sangda and Katiki Waterfalls, Matsyagundam village and Bheemunipatnam Beach. The Araku Tribal Museum is a place where you get detailed information about ancient tribes, their culture and lifestyles in a very organized manner.
Shilparamam Cultural Society
A part of the South India Shopping Mall, this is a restaurant which is famous for its Hyderabadi Biryani and kebabs. Paradise has now become like a brand name and people refre it to Paradise biryani rather than biryani from Paradise Restaurant. The quality and quantity are both more than awesome and the taste of the juicy kebabs are simply to die for. It is a little down from the mark during the peak hours but then this happens when you have to manage such a huge place. Dine in and take away are both available.
Sub Marine Museum
Our next stop was the Submarine Museum housed inside a real submarine and located on the RK beach -- a must visit for anyone who goes to Vizag.After that we made our way towards the fishing harbour where a boat ride is offered but we passed on it as it doesn’t provide much kick.
Lepakshi Temple RdLepakshi
Get whisked away on a spiritual sojourn at the Lepakshi TempleEvery painting here, every fresco, expertly encapsulates the art and culture of Andhra Pradesh as it progressed through the centuries. The amazing fact about India that the symbols of its rich cultural heritage can be spotted even at the most distant of villages. This temple at Mandal village in the Anantapur District is one such example.
The Brindavan Gardens, a celebrated beauty spot in this part of India is famous for its symmetric design. The creation of this garden is the achievement of Sir Mirza Ismail, then the Dewan of the princely State of Mysore. Garden is enriched with fountains, lush green lawns, flower beds, shrubs and trees. The Brindavan Gardens is famous for its ethereal beauty, grandeur, and illumination,musical fountain.
Tyada Railway Station
Tyada is a sleepy hamlet in Araku Valley, near Vizag. East Coast Railways makes it a wonderful journey to reach this place thorough 58 tunnels and 84 bridges through the Anantagiri Forests that cover Araku Valley. It can also be reached by bus, which will give you an experience with the numerous hir-pin bends on the road. It is a 45 minutes long bus ride from Borra Caves.
Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary
Coringa Wildlife SanctuaryAround 500 Km from Hyderabad, Coringa is an ideal place for nature lovers. Named after a tiny village in East Godavari District, this sanctuary is unique as it has the only surviving mangrove forest. On the backwaters of river Godavari, Coringa offers an ideal natural habitat for different animals and birds. The tourism department has made efforts to provide all necessary amenities to tourists to make their trip memorable. Preferred mode of travel: Bus or CarTravel Tip: Book yourself a suit at the forest rest house as it offers excellent accommodation and services.
ISKCON is the International Society for Krishna Conciousness and the temple in Bangalore is dedicated to Lord Krishna of course. The temple is situated on a hillock also known as the Hare Krishna Hill. The temple is built in a neo- classical style with typical South Indian temple Gopurams in it. There are 4 gopurams inside the temple which are joined by a glass canopy which looks spectacular. This temple was built to mark the birth anniversary of Sri Prabhupada, the founder of the whole community. The peaceful atmosphere and the continuous chanting of "Hare Rama, Hare Krishna" is extremely soothing. There is also a separate prayer hall, vedic theatre, vedic museum and lecture hall in the temple. There is an average footfall of around 8000- 10000 people everyday and this goes up to 15000 or even more on weekends. The main festival celebrated here is the Krishna Janmashtami.
Known as the Gateway to Rayalaseema, this is a city in the Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh. There are total four railway stations in this city out of which Kurnool is the main one. The other stations are the Adoni, nandyal and Dhone Junctions. This is declared as the 5th most populous city of Andhra Pradesh and since there are junctions here, the traffic in terms of passengers is quite high.
This is lammasinghi a valley just 250kms from the city of visakhapatnam where the temperature drops down to 0degrees during winters. And finally we decided to drive up to the location and hopefully find a nice hill to climb. We started of at 4am so that we could reach the the top before sunrise. Driving on the beautiful NH5 and minimal traffic, it took us no time to the foot of the hill. And as the sun rose up the horizon even we boys started climbing the ghats of lammasinghi. We decided to lower down the window shades of the car after a while I couldn't feel my face as the cold wind was continuously hitting my face. And finally we reached lammasinghi parked the car a little ahead of the village and started hiking don't know where but just kept walking through the farmlands. We didn't expect the temperature to be so low. The smoke coming out of our mouth was as if we were smoking hookah. Then we decided to go back to the village and have some breakfast. And trust me the taste of the puri and aloo curry was out of this world. After having a kings breakfast we continued driving ahead the densely foggy road.We reached a place where many timber logs were stacked up, we thought this was a great place to take a few pictures. We even tried to light up a campfire up failed as everything there was very moist. Driving a little more ahead we found a small waterfall a very tiny one. Now we started to look for a nice hill to climb and as the time passed it started getting very hot. And we did find one and parked the car walked through the field for about a km and began climbing the hill. And I can't wait at different spots and click pictures like my other friends did and and started running towards the top and just sat and enjoyed the view. But while walking down the hill as it was just a random hill in the village there were no specific paths to walk, must have fallen at least 20 times on my ass and not to mention the thorns all over my body especially the legs as I was wearing shorts. Once I came down the hill the temperature was like it was in visakhapatnam city (hot and humid) washed my bruises with water and drove back to visakhapatnam via the araku road. I would highly recommend to visit the place just to experience the Natures mystery of such low temperature at such low altitude.