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.
Racherla happens to be a tehsil and mandal located in Prakasam district in Andhra Pradesh. The tehsil has about 31 villages and the population of Racherla is a meager 3200. Inspite of the low population, Racherla has a fairly average total literacy rate. It also has a good number of religious tourist spots such as temples that attract many devotees. There are many schools and colleges in the vicinity of Racherla.
Places to Stay
Being a small city, Racherla does not have many hotels nearby. Local home stays are available. However, budget hotels such as Sri Anupama Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900) are situated quite a distance away.
The official language of Racherla is Telugu. The alternative language spoken here is Urdu.
Some of the annual festivals celebrated in Racherla are Makar Sankranti (January), Pongal (January), Ugadi (March) and Navarathri (October).
Places of Interest
The Siva temple and Trivikrama Swamy temple are some of the good tourist spots situated close by.
How to Get There
Since Racherla is a small tehsil, it has no airport facility. The nearest airport is at Vijayawada which is 155 km away.
Ongole railway station (2 km away) and Karavadi railway station (10 km away) are the nearest railway stations to Racherla.
Regular buses ply from the nearby administrative headquarters, Ongole to places such as Bangalore, Hyderabad, Rajahmundry, Coimbatore, Erode and Salem. Some bus operators that run good frequency buses from Racherla are Raja Travels and Meghana Travels. Several discounts on bus tickets are available online which you can avail of while booking your tickets.