Telangana has a variety of tourist attractions including historical places, monuments, forts, water falls, forests and temples. Hyderabad, the state capital ranked second best place in the world that one should see in 2015 which is published in the annual guide of ‘Traveler’ magazine of National Geographic. Hyderabad and Warangal are the largest cities with many tourist places.
Charminar: The Charminar, built in 1591 CE, is a monument and mosque located in Hyderabad, Telangana, India.The landmark has become a global icon of Hyderabad, listed among the most recognized structures of India.The Charminar is situated on the east bank of Musi river.To the west lies the Laad Bazaar, and to the southwest lies the richly ornamented granite Makkah Masjid.The English name is a translation and combination of the Urdu words Chār and Minar, translating to “Four Towers”; the eponymous towers are ornate minarets attached and supported by four grand arches.Charminar lies in all its splendour in the middle of Lad-Bazaar – Hyderabad’s famous bangle destination. The monument is illuminated in the evenings.
Golconda Fort: The Golconda fort was first built by Kakatiya as part of their western defenses. It was built in 945 CE-970 CE on the lines of the Kondapalli fort. The city and fortress are built on a granite hill that is 120 meters (400 ft) high and is surrounded by massive crenelated ramparts. The fort was rebuilt and strengthened by Pratapa Rudra of Kakatiya dynasty. The fort was further strengthened by Musunuri Nayaks who overthrew the Tughlak army occupying Warangal. The fort was ceded by the Musunuri chief, Kapaya Nayaka to the Bahmanis as part of the treaty in 1364 AD. The fort became the capital of a major province in the Sultanate and after its collapse the capital of the Qutb Shahi kings. The fort finally fell into ruins after a siege and its fall to Mughal emperor Aurangazeb in 1687 AD. After the collapse of the Bahmani Sultanat, Golkonda rose to prominence as the seat of the Qutb Shahi dynasty around 1507. Over a period of 62 years the mud fort was expanded by the first three Qutb Shahi kings into a massive fort of granite, extending around 5 km in circumference.
Medak Church: The church was built under the stewardship of the Methodist Christian, the Reverend Charles Walker Posnett, who was driven by the motto My best for my Lord. Charles Posnett had arrived in Secunderabad in 1895, and after first ministering among British soldiers at Trimullghery, had launched into the villages and had reached Medak village in 1896. In those days there was no railway to Medak (the journey of 60 miles (97 km) from Hyderabad had to be done on horseback – and Posnett could do it in a day) and in the whole Medak area there were hardly two hundred Christians, who were using a small tiled house as their place of worship. As the number of Christians increased, Charles Posnett raised a moderate structure in the Mission Compound in the shape of a church, but thought it unworthy, and early in 1914 laid the foundations of the present cathedral church, on 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) of land in Ghusnabad area. When the people of Medak district were suffering from famine between 1919 and 1921, Charles Posnett helped them by employing them in the construction of the church instead of running a free kitchen. Construction went on for 10 years. Charles Posnett consecrated the church in 1924, thanking God for mitigating the sufferings of the people.
TEMPLE-CUM-HILL STATION TOUR(2 days) Ananthagiri – Vikarabad Every Sat. Mrugavani National Park, Chilkur Balaji temple, Ananthagiri hills (n/h), Padmanabha Swamy temple, Medak Church. Dep.8 am; Arr. 9pm Coach: Adult: Non A/c: Rs. 2100; A/c Rs. 2900(with Accommodation & Food).
Chowmahalla Palace: Chowmahalla Palace or Chowmahallat (4 Palaces), is a palace of the Nizams of Hyderabad state. It was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty and was the official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad while they ruled their state. The palace remains the property of Barkat Ali Khan Mukarram Jah, heir of the Nizams. All ceremonial functions including the accession of the Nizams and receptions for the Governor-General were held at this palace. The prestigious UNESCO Asia Pacific Merit award for cultural heritage conservation was presented to Chowmahalla Palace on March 15, 2010. UNESCO representative Takahiko Makino formally handed over the plaque and certificate to Princess Esra, former wife and GPA holder of Prince Mukarram Jah Bahadur
DAILY CITY SIGHT SEEING TOUR: Birla Mandir, Salarjung Museum,Nizam Jubilee Pavilion, Chowmohalla palace, charminar & Qutub shahi Tombs(Drive through),Golconda Fort, shilparamam, state Art Gallery, Lumbini Park -(Terminating point) Dep.7.30 am Arr.7.30pm(Museums closed on Friday)(extra charge for foreigners) Non A/c Adult Rs.430/-Child Rs.350/-A/c Adult Rs.550/- Child Rs.440/- VOLVO Adult Rs.600/- Child Rs.480/- (with entry tickets)
Warangal Fort: Warangal Fort, in the present-day Indian state of Telangana, appears to have existed since at least the 13th century CE. Although precise dating of its construction and subsequent enhancements are uncertain, historians and archaeologists generally accept that an earlier brick-walled structure was replaced with stone by Ganapatideva, who died in 1262, and that his successors – Rudramadevi and Prataparudra – added to its height and added gateways, square bastions and additional circular earthern walls prior to the latter’s death in 1323. This places the construction towards the end of the Kakatiya period. There were later modifications between the 15th and 17th centuries, comprising principally the addition of barbicans to the four gates in the stone wall and the creation of gates in the outer earthern wall. Remnants of the structure can be seen today near to the town of Warangal, which was the Kakatiya capital. The Archaeological Survey of India has listed the remains as a Monument of National Importance.
KAKATIYA HERITAGE TOUR: (2 days) Every Sat. Yadagiri Gutta, Jain Temple, Pembarti (craft), Warangal (n/h), Fort, Bhadrakali & 1000 Pillar Temples, Eturunagaram Wild Life Sanctuary, Laknavaram Lake, Ramappa & Ghanpur Group of Temples. Dep.8 am Arr. 9pm Coach: Non A/c Adult: Rs. 2500; Child: Rs. 2100; A/c Adult: Rs. 3000; Child: Rs. 2400 with Accommodation & Food (Daily Tour also available).
Laknavaram Lake: Laknavaram Lake is around 80 km from Warangal; 11 km from Govindaraopet and 8 km from Chalvai and 10 km from Machapur. Tourists coming from Warangal direction has to take the NH 202 road towards Mulugu. After crossing mulugu, drive 15 km you willget Machapur and before chalvai please take right direction or hire a tata magic for easy access into the thick forest to reach this place. The green hills of Govindaraopet agency mandal lie side by side to form a massive bowl like structure which holds the spacious, beautiful and pristine lake popular known as ‘Laknavaram Cheruvu’. The lake was the discovery of ancient Kakatiya rulers. They spotted this excellent place amidst trees and green hills lined up around to hold the rainwater. The King Ganapathi devudu only built a small sluice gate turning the place into a spacious lake which now feeds thousands of acres of agricultural land every year. A sweet-water lake spread over 10,000 acres in the midst of green lush hills surrounded by thick forests
WEEK-END DAYS (Friday – Sunday)TARIFF FOR LAKNAVARAM HARITHA LAKE VIEW RESORTRs.1574/- for AC Room (Tariff: Rs.1400/- + Luxury Tax: Rs.70/- + Service Tax: Rs.104/-)
Taramati Baradari: The Baradari was constructed on the banks of the Musi river. Today, the region comes under the city limits of Hyderabad, India. The tourism department attributes the name to the reign of the Seventh Sultan of Golconda, Abdullah Qutb Shah who as an ode to his favorite courtesan, Taramati, is said to have named the sarai Taramati Baradari. Taramati Baradari pavilion has 12 doorways and was constructed to allow cross ventilation and is one of the most indigenous techniques to have been used at that time. The open pavilion includes other facilities like an air-cooled theatre with capacity of 500 people, open-air auditorium with capacity of 1600 people, Banquet Hall with capacity of 250, and multi-cuisine restaurant
HYDERABADI HERITAGE FLAVOUR WEEKEND PACKAGEThe tour details are as follows: Hyderabad by Night (Evening Tour). Tours covered :: Golconda Fort Sound & Light show, and Taramati Baradari Cultural Complex including dinner. Tour will be operated Every Saturday and Sunday. Tour starts from Tourism Plaza, Begumpet, at 5.00 p.m. with pickup points at Durgam Cheruvu(Inorbit Mall side) at 5.45 p.m., & Shilparamam(main entrance side) at 6.00 p.m. and returns at 10.30 p.m. at Tourism Plaza, duly providing drop facilities at the above pickup points. Tariff Adult = Rs.750/- & Child = Rs.600/-(for non veg. meals). Tariff Adult = Rs.650/- & Child = Rs.520/-(For veg.meals). Tariff includes A/c Transportation, Entry Tickets, Tour Escort services and Meals
Nagarjuna Sagar Dam: Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is the world’s largest masonry dam. It was built on the Krishna River at Nagarjuna Sagar in between Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh state and Nalgonda district of Telangana state, India. The construction duration of the dam was between the years of 1955 and 1967. The dam created a water reservoir whose capacity is 11,472,000,000 cubic meters (4.051×1011 cu ft). The dam is 490 feet (150 m) tall and 0.99 miles (1.6 km) long with 26 gates which are 42 feet (13 m) wide and 45 feet (14 m) tall. Nagarjuna Sagar was the earliest in the series of large infrastructure projects initiated for the Green Revolution in India; it also is one of the earliest multi-purpose irrigation and hydro-electric projects in India. The dam provides irrigation water to the Nalgonda Khammam districts of Telangana, Prakasam, Krishna and Guntur districts of Andhra Pradesh along with electric power to the national grid. It holds second largest reservoir in India after Indira Sagar in Madhya Pradesh followed by Bhakra dam. It is the largest dam in India in terms of Length,1,550 meters.
NAGARJUNASAGAR TOUR: Every Sat & Sun Non A/c Coach –Dam, Nagarjuna Konda Museum, Ethipothala Water Falls. Dep.7.30am Arr.10pm (1day) Adult Rs.550/- Child Rs.440/-(Only Transport).
Falaknuma Palace: Falaknuma Palace is one of the finest palaces in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It belonged to Paigah Hyderabad State, and it was later owned by the Nizams. It is on a 32-acre (13 ha) area in Falaknuma, 5 km from Charminar. It was built by Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra, prime minister of Hyderabad and the uncle and brother-in-law of the Nizam VI, Nawab Mir Mahboob Ali Khan Bahadur. Falak-numa means “Like the Sky” or “Mirror of the Sky” in Urdu.
FALAKNUMA PALACE TOURThe tariff of the package tour per head is Rs.2,000/- for Adult and Child is Rs.1850/- which includes a/c transportation with tour escort services, entry tickets for Falaknuma Palace, Chowmahallah Palace & Golconda Fort Sound and Light show ONLY ENTRY TICKETS INLCUDED. The tour will be operated on Saturdays and Sundays.
Bhadrachalam: The temple at Bhadrachalam has the Archa Murthys of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana and are considered to be Swayambhu (self-manifested ones). Lord Sri Rama appeared in a dream to a woman called Pokala Dammakka and informed her about the existence of vigrahas on Bhadragiri hills. To her surprise she found the “Vigraha’s” and put up a modest structure. Dhammakka, cleared jungle and offered puja to the deities. On 17 Nov 1959 the Bhadrachalam Revenue Division, consisting of Bhadrachalam and Nuguru Venkatapuram Taluks of East Godavari district were merged into the Khammam district through GO No 553. for geographical contiguity and administrative viability.
DAILY BHADRACHALAMNon A/c Coach Dep 8.30 pm Arr.6.00am, One Way Adult Rs.450/- Child Rs.360/-, A/c Adult Rs.500/- Child Rs.400/-, VOLVO Adult Rs.650/- Child Rs.520/-.
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