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.
Annavarppadu, a small hamlet in the West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, is situated about 45 km from Rajahmundry, across the Godavari river. The village does not have any tourist attraction. However, Rajahmundry (45 minutes away) has a couple of good options which will interest both locals as well as foreigners. The climatic conditions are mostly hot and humid.
Places to Stay
One is forced to venture into Rajahmundry in order to put up for the night. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Vaishnavi Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Akshay Residency (Tariff – Rs. 600), Sangam Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500) and Sai Priya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 500) among others.
The official language of Annavarppadu is Telugu.
The important festivals celebrated are Ugadi in March-April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The village in itself does not have great places of interest unlike Rajahmundry. Some of the places worth visiting in Rajahmundry are Gowthami Ghat, Godavari Bund, Venkateshwara Swamy Temple, Sir Arthur Cotton Museum, a boat ride on the river Godavari and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airports are the Rajahmundry and Vijayawada airports at distances of 45 and 115 km respectively.
Rajahmundry Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 29 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect the village to different cities in the region. Online bus tickets are available on a number of bus booking websites which has made it easy for travellers to confirm their tickets.