A historical town, Nalgonda, has traces of Paleolithic and Neolithic age stones. This town was earlier called as Nilagiri. The name Nalgonda comes from Nalla meaning (black) and Konda (hill). This is a major town in Andhra Pradesh and one of the oldest places with the Ashoka Pillar. Nalgonda is also home to the emerald Someswara Temple, Chaya Someswara Temple and Venkateswara temple. There is a major bypass to this town along the National Highway 9.
Places to Stay
There are budget hotels in Nalgonda. Some of these hotels are Annapurna Lodging (Tariff – Rs.218), Punnami Lodge (Tariff – Rs.263) and Bhavya Lodge (Tariff – Rs.307).
The official language spoken in Nalgonda is Telugu.
The important festivals celebrated in Nalgonda are Sankranti in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Ugadi in March, Varalakshmi Vratam in August, Dussehra and Diwali during October-November.
Places of Interest
There are many places of tourist attraction in and around Nalgonda. These places are Musi Reservoir (39 km), Yarasani Gudem Cheruvu (13 km), Panagal Reservoir (19 km), Munipampula Lake (28 km) and Valigonda situated 31 km away from this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, is 99 km away from Nalgonda.
Nalgonda Railway Station is 19 km away from the village. This railway station connects the town to other states.
There are many state-run and private bus operators that ply on this route. Booking bus tickets online is very convenient as you can book from the confines of your home.
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.