PRADESH TOUR GUIDE...........
Pradesh is a symbol of the true spirit of Indian secularism where people of
all faiths -Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu form a symphony of religions.
Once among the poorest states of the Indian Union, it's transformation to
one of the most industialized states has been slow but steady. The state
stands on the high Deccan plateau, sloping down to the low-lying coastal
regions in the the east where the Godavri and Krishna meet the Bay of
Bengal. The capital Hyderabad, was built by the Qutb Shahi Kings in
1590. Once here visit the Char Minar literally meaning the
Four Quartets was built in 1591 to commemorate the end of a plague in
Hyderabad. At the Safdar Gunj Museum are on display art ,
artifacts and trinkets of a wide variety.Also worth visiting are the
Golconda Forts and the Qutb Shahi Tombs and the
Mecca Masjd Mosque.
Hyderabad's answer to Victoria and Albert Museum is the Salar Jung
Museum ,built by Mir Yusaf Ali. It has more than 35,000 exhibits
including works of sculpture, wooddrawing, religious objects , armoury and
weaponry. The Nehru Zoological Park is on an area of
more than 1.2 square k.m and is home to many exotic ,rare species.
The Hussain Sagar Lake separates Hyderabad from its twin
city of Secunderabad. Vishakapatnam is one of the fastest growing port
cities in India Its best known sight is the Dolphin's Nose
which is a rocky promontory jutting out into the harbor. At
Nagarjunasagar is Nagarjunakonda where Buddhist ruins have
been found from the waters of the dam and re-sited from the island.
Tirupati, the holiest of holy places
of 'Indian worship is situated at the base of the Tirumala hills.It holds
the temple of Lord Venkatweshwara where innumerable
faithful line upto to have an audience(darshan) with their lord. It is one
of the few holy places where access is permitted to even a Non-Hindu.
Called the Abode of Highest Peace the Prasantha Nilayam Ashram
of Lord Sri Sathya Sai Baba at Puttaparthi has many followers to its faith.
It offers excellent food and accomodation to its visitors/devotees. The
best time to visit is between October and February.
Char Minar - This
magnificent monument built by Quli Qutub Shah, is synonymous with Hyderabad.
It was built in 1591 by Quli Qutb Shah. to mark the end of the plague that
had ravaged the city. Four graceful minarets from which 'Char Minar' derives
its name, literally meaning 'Four Minars' soar to a height of 48.7 m above
the ground. All around the Char Minar is the bustling Laad bazaar selling
pearl, antiques, perfume and ittar.
- This massive fort of perimeter 11 km has the history of medieval Deccan
written in its ruins. The fort was the capital of Qutb Shahi kings
throughout their rule. Once famous for its diamond market, the 'Kohinoor',
the largest diamond in the world, was quarried here.
Jung museum - A one-man collection of antiques, the artifacts on
display are unique and range through varied periods of time and places in
the world. The collection at this unique museum was put together by Nawab
Mir Yusaf Ali Khan (Salar Jung III), the Prime Minister of the Nizam. It
contains about 43,000 art exhibits and 50,000 books from all over the world.
Tirupati - is one of the most revered Hindu pilgrimage
centers of India. It is an unique example of the Dravidian architecture. The
temple has an exquisitely carved Gopuram facing the east. The Vimana is
completely covered with the gold plate, known as Ananda Nilayam. The annual
festival, held in September every year, attracts thousands of pilgrims from
all over the country.
Medak - The famous
landmark of Medak is the Church. It is known for its pointed stained-glass
windows, that depict the story of the Bible, in blazing coloured pictures.
Borra caves - Borra is a village in the Ananthagiri
hills in the south-east corner of Srungavarapukota Taluk, about 29 kms from
Araku Valley and 90 kms from Visakhapatnam. The caves at this place,
popularly known as the Borra Caves are of historical importance and
religious value. Dating back to a million years, they present a breathtaking
display of naturally sculpted splendour, in superb stalagamite formations.
Nagarjuna Sagar - Nagarjuna Sagar in an
important Buddhist site located 150 km from Hyderabad. Today, Nagarjuna
Sagar is known for the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam - the world's tallest masonry dam
that supplies water to over 10 lakh acres of land. It was while the dam was
being built that the ruins of an ancient Buddhist civilisation were
excavated. Some of the relics unearthed have been preserved on a picturesque
island called Nagarjuna Konda, located in the centre of a man-made lake.
Temple - The famous thousand-pillar temple, built in 1163 AD, by
king Rudra Deva is a significant monument situated near the
Hanamkonda-Warangal highway. One thousand richly carved pillars and a
magnificent black basalt Nandi are unique to this temple which is dediated
to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Surya.
was built during the 13th century by the Kakatiya king Ganapati Deva and his
daughter Rudramma. Some of the remains that stand here to this day include
four huge stone gateways and several exquisite pieces of sculpture.