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.
Tirupati, a world famous temple city, well known for its Balaji Darshan all over the world is situated in Chitoor district, Andhra Pradesh. It is famous for its Venkateswara Swamy Temple, which is 20 km on Tirumala hills. This temple is one of the richest in the world. Neighbouring cities are Renigunta and Puttur.
Budget Hotels in Tirupathi
Some good budget hotels in Tirupati are 7 Hills Inn (Tariff – Rs.496), Annapurna Residency (Tariff – Rs.516), and Hotel Bhimas Paradise (Tariff – Rs.975).
Telugu is widely spoken in Tirupati.
Events in Tirupathi
As Tirupati is a central pilgrimage destination, there are many events and festivals held regularly. Millions of people throng to get blessings of Lord Venkateswara. Rathasapthami is celebrated in February, Vasanthotsavam in March-April and Brahmotsavam is held in September.
Places to See in Tirupathi
Tirupati itself is world famous for its temples. The other places of interest around Tirupati are Tirupati Balaji Temple, Sri Govindrajaswamy Temple (situated within Tirupati Balaji Temple), Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple (12 km), and Chandragiri (11 km).
How to Get There
The airport is situated 16 km away from Tirupati.
The railway station is centrally located and connects Tirupati to different areas. There are also special services offered to devotees to visit Tirupati from all over India.
Many state-run and private buses offer special package trips to Tirupati from all over India throughout the year. Numerous bus booking websites provide bus ticket booking offers, especially during the festive season.