Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh, fondly being hailed as Kohinoor of India, is replete with beauty. Golden beaches at Vishakhapatnam, one-million-year-old limestone caves at Borra, picturesque Araku Valley, Belum Caves, Horsley Hills resorts, river Godavari racing through a narrow gorge at Papi Kondalu, waterfalls at Ettipotala, and rich bio-diversity at Talakona are some of the natural attractions of the state.
The Godavari, Krishna and Penner river deltas enrich the coastal plains of Andhra Pradesh. It experiences a hot tropical summer (March to June), rainy season (July to September) and a moderate winter. October and November lash the coastal region with cyclonic rain storms.
This state has a good network of roads and railways, connecting all the towns and villages and the state transport has a Guinness record holding fleet of buses. The capital city of Hyderabad has an award winning International Airport to its credit and the state is connected by air through airports at Vishakhapatnam (recently made international), Vijayawada, Rajahmundry and Tirupati.
Local language is Telugu. Urdu and Hindi are also widely spoken.
Food lovers would relish many items from the spicy Andhra cuisine like the Hyderabadi Biryani and many pickles and chutneys unique to this region.
Andhra Pradesh abounds in Hindu pilgrimage sites of which Tirupati and Srisailam are the most popular. In and around the capital city of Hyderabad are many heritage sites and museums of art, cultural and historical interest. For the fun loving tourists, there are excellent picnic spots near Hussainsagar and Osmansagar lakes, gardens and wildlife reserves.

WILDLIFE, TECH INNOVATION, SPIRITUAL, HERITAGE – All in one Hyderabad Combo

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Before coming to Hyderabad I had done my homework on Hyderabad all thanks to Google. If you go through APTDC website it shows you around 63 sight seeing points at Hyderabad. So I was very much confused but sure on two points first was Golconda and second was Ramoji film city. We had taken help of our cousin to choose spots for us to visit in these 2 days. . Thus Friday’s point were Nehru Zoological park, Sudha Car Museum , Birla Temple, Hussain Sagar Lake and Golconda Fort. We started our visit at 1200 hrs and hired a cab as it was convenient as well as will help us in covering our planned points.

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WELCOME TO DREAM WORLD (RANGEEN SAPNON KI DUNIYA) – RAMOJI FILM CITY

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So after we had finished viewing our shows it was almost 1600 hrs and we had only 1.5 hour left with us to see the Gardens. So we quickly went to Bus stop to catch the bus. Again the guide in a bus was so good, so friendly with everyone, knows all three languages (English, Hindi and Telugu). But 1600 hrs bus timing is the last bus timings and you are not allowed to get down and see the gardens and the sets. There are approximately 120 gardens, so many beautiful fountains and so many readily available film sets like railway station ,airport , Foreign country , village, Hospital , Jail , Highway , streets , Raj darbaar etc.The guide was explaining us about all the gardens, sets, which all movie shot at RFC

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SRISAILAM – ABODE OF LORD MALLIKARJUN SWAMI AND BHRAMARAMBA DEVI: Part 1

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During this gap of six months, despite I did remain a Ghumakkar, at least some 15 times visiting New Delhi, 7-8 times – Lucknow, 3-4 times – Trivandrum, 2 times to Mumbai and further once upto Shirdi & Triambakeshwar and once upto Bhimashanker and also once to Goa (Personal & Official tours all inclusive), I could not share those here not for want of time or I was very much busy.

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Araku valley

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Araku is a picturesque tribal settlement in the Eastern Ghats, about 120 km to the north of the port city of Visakhapatnam a.k.a. Vizag, which also happens to be my hometown. For me, the drive is an end in itself, a mind-blowing experience as one navigates through umpteen hair-pin bends on a steep mountain road which snakes its way up the Eastern Ghats to an altitude of some 1200 metres above sea level. This is one of those road trips on which one does not feel like driving fast but prefer to gently cruise along the serpentine path, inhaling the pristine air and feasting on the visual candy being proffered so generously by Mother Nature.

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The Land of the Thunder Dragon (BHUTAN) – Day 15 and 16

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The FIAT Linea 1.3 MJD proved what a fantastic car it was by giving us once in a life time experience of long distance drive from Coimbatore to Bhutan & back and brought us back safe. The car was extremely good and proved that it really was a long-distance runner. Brand new car, no breakdown, no puncture, no fatigue only pure pleasure of driving it long distance and excellent build.Its suspension was so good that there was no body pain to any one of us through out the journey and my 2 small kids went to school the next day morning & I was back in Office to work. That speaks it all.

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