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.
Palvancha, also called Paloncha, is a city in the newly formed Telangana’s Khamman district. This industrial town has a dam called Kinnerasani Dam, which is worth visiting. Blessed with lush green forests and beautiful lakes, Palvancha makes a good weekend getaway. Some of its nearby cities include Kothagudem (13 km), Bhadrachalam (28 km) and Manuguru (47 km).
Places to Stay
Hotels are very basic in Palvancha. Tourists can opt to stay in Siddipet, which is 57 km away. Some of the budget hotels include Sri Sudharsana Residency (Tariff – Rs.900), Padmashali Satram (Tariff – Rs.900) and Haritha Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,000).
Telugu is mostly spoken in Palvancha.
Mahashivaratri in February, Holi in March-April and Diwali in October-November are some of the major festivals celebrated here.
Places of Interest
Apart from the Kinnerasani Dam (11 km), there is the Old Paloncha Lake, which is worth a visit. Other places of interest lie in Kothagudem and Bhadrachalam.
How to Get There
The airport in Vijayawada, which is 177 km away, is the closest to the town.
Kothagudem Railway Station, which is located 13 km away, is the major railhead connecting this place to other cities.
Buses are available from Kothagudem and Vijayawada. State-run bases cater to passengers travelling on this route. There are several bus operators that have made booking bus tickets easier through their websites.