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.
Jammalamadugu is a town situated in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh. It lies on the banks of the river Penneru and is famous for its export of fruits-especially citrus fruits, agricultural and dairy products. It is also famous for its export of sarees manufactured here and in nearby towns. It is the only town in the taluk and is therefore a very important hub for commerce.
Places to Stay
Few good budget hotels in Jammalamadugu are: Shiva Sai Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs 1000), Ganesh Hotel (Tariff – Rs500), Mayura Hotel (Tariff – Rs 1500) and Hotel Navayuga (Tariff – Rs1800).
The official language spoken in Jammalamadugu is Telugu. Hindi is also well understood.
Dusshera in October is a very important festival in this area. Other festivals celebrated are Tirunala, Sankranti, Diwali and Ugadi.
Places of Interest
Gandikota, or the George fort (9.5 km), Mylavaram (5 km)- a reservoir and museum, and Danuvulapadu- a famous Jain pilgrimage site, are few of the major attractions here. Venkateshwara temple, located in the centre of town, is one of the oldest temples in this region, is another place to visit.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Jammalamadugu is in Tirupathi (210 km).
The closest railway station to Jammalamadugu is in Yerraguntla(34 km). Muddanur railway station (20km) also has trains connecting to Chennai and Bombay.
APSRTC connects Jammalamadugu to major cities in Andhra Pradesh such as Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Kadapa, Neloore, Kurnool and Madanapalli. Jammalamadugu bus depot is the main bus stand. The most popular private bus operators are Kesineni, Sri Krishna Travels and VRL. Booking bus tickets is very easy these days through various bus booking websites like Ticketgoose.com.