Chintaparthi is a small village in the Rayalseema region of the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The village is located on the southern bank of the Marri Kunta Lake. The nearest major urban agglomeration close by is the temple town of Tirupati at a distance of 85 km east of the village (an hour and a half away).
Places to Stay
The best place for putting up in the region is Tirupati. Some of the budget hotels which are worth trying are KVP Residency (Tariff – Rs. 750), ASR Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 950), Hairtha Srinivasam Complex (Tariff – Rs. 500) and VIP Residency (Tariff – Rs. 700) among others.
The official language of Chintaparthi 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 best place in the region to see around is the city of Tirupati. Some of the sites worth a visit are Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, Yogimallavaram Shiva Temple, Govindaraja Swamy Temple, Chandragiri Fort and the Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park (the second largest zoo park in the continent).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore at a distance of 148 km. The smaller Tirupati Airport is 101 km away from the village.
The Tirupati Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 85 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses pass through the village en-route to different cities in the region. National Travels and SRS Travels are among the popular private bus operators. Online bus ticket booking has caught up with travelers across 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.