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.
Macherla is a major town in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. The name Macherla comes from ‘Mahadevi Cherla’. The cities nearest to Macherla are Guntur (129 km) and Hyderabad (135 km). Macherla has an august history that goes back nearly a thousand years. Macherla is a prosperous town with Nagarjuna Sagar Township and KCP cements- which is one of the largest manufacturers of cement in India, being situated here.
Places to Stay
There are a number of good budget hotels in Macherla. Two of them are: the Greenland Tourist Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Nagarjuna Resort (Tariff Rs. 1000).
The official language of Macherla is Telugu. No other languages are spoken here.
The important festivals celebrated in Macherla are Vinayaka Chaviti, Sri Rama Navami, Deepwali, Dussehra, and the Macherla Chennakesava Tirunalla in April.
Places of Interest
Nearby Ethipothala Falls is a stream that forms a lagoon and eventually ends up joining with the river Krishna. The Nagarjuna Sagar dam (24 km) is the third largest man-made lake in the world and is a prominent Buddhist site here. The Nilampati Sri Lakshmi Ammavau Temple and Sri Lakshmi Chennakesava Swamy Temple are some famous religious attraction here.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Macherla is the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (135 km).
Macherla is a major railway station with frequent trains to Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guntur and other places in Andhra Pradesh.
There are daily bus services to Hyderabad and other places in Andhra Pradesh. The best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are Morning Star Travels and Diamond Travels. Several discounts on bus tickets are available online which you can avail of while booking your tickets.