Beed is a city in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a part of the district by the same name. It is speculated that the city was founded by the Yadava rulers of Devagiri who ruled the region from 1173-1317. Later, it became a part of the Hyderabadi Nizams – the Asaf Jahis. After Hyderabad’s annexation, Beed was made to be a part of Maharashtra on May 1, 1960 as the city had a Marathi majority.
Places to Stay
Beed as a city has a few good lodging facilities. Not all are very budget-friendly, however. Two of the most affordable hotels which are worth trying out in the city are Anvita Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800) and Hotel Sagar (Tariff – Rs. 1,500).
The official language of the region is Marathi. Urdu and Hindi are also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
Beed has an endless list of tourist attractions from Maratha to Mughal structures. Some of the places which are worth a visit are Kankaleshwar Temple, Jama Masjid, Shahinshah Wali tomb, Mansur Shah tomb, Khazana Well (6 km south of the city), Khandoba Temple among others.
How to Get There
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai is the nearest airport at a distance of 387 km.
The nearest railway station is the Aurangabad Railway Station at a distance of 129 km.
Both state-transport as well as private buses have services to the city. Dolphin Travel House is one such private operator. Ticketgoose.com has several operators on its site that enables bus booking in India.
Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is famous for its rich history and tradition. Its culture and historical tradition dates back to 400 years Known as the Pearl City that retains its ancient culture, today Hyderabad has grown in leaps and bounds in the field of technology. Hyderabad offers a variety of attractions for tourists, such as the minars, khao galis and bangle markets. The city has various influences of the Nizam culture.
Budget Hotels in Hyderabad
There are great many hotels in Hyderabad that are suitable for budget travelers which include the Ashoka Klaasic (Tariff – Rs 1,025) Taj Mahal Hotel (Tariff –Rs. 2,016) and The City Park (Tariff – Rs.1,844)
Telugu is the local language spoken in Hyderabad. Hyderabad has a large population of Muslims since the region was earlier ruled by Moguls and Nizams, hence people here are also fluent in Hindi and Urdu.
Events in Hyderabad
Batkamma Panduga held in July and Bonalu in September are some of the important local festivals of Hyderabad. Other common festivals like Ugadi (April), Ganesh Chaturthi (September), Ramzan (July) and Bakri-id (October) are also celebrated with great enthusiasm in this city.
Places to See in Hyderabad
There is a gamut of interesting places to visit in Hyderabad like Charminar (16kms from bus stand), Nizam's Museum ( 2kms from Charminar), Golconda Fort (18 kms), Salar Jung Museum (19kms), Laad Bazaar 13 kms), Birla Mandir (4.63) and Hussein Sagar Lake (4kms).
How to Get There
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is an international airport near Shamshabad. It is located about 22 kms away from the city. This international airport also undertakes domestic operations.
Hyderabad’s Deccan Railway Station situated at Nampally is the busiest railway station that has connecting trains to all major destinations in India. This major railway station serve the two cities – Secunderabad and Hyderabad; while Kachiguda is a small station located at Begumpet.
Hyderabad has a number of government and private buses. Currently there are two bus stations —Afzal Gunj Stand and Jubilee Bus Stand. The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transportation Corporation (APSRTC) provides standard buses, deluxe coaches and air conditioned coaches. The best bus operators that offer quality service include Kesineni Travels, Sindu Travels and VRL Travels. There are several bus operators that have made booking bus tickets easier through their websites.