Andhra Pradesh Information
The largest of the four southern States, Andhra Pradesh. comprising erstwhile princely State of Hyderahad and Telugu speaking parts of the former State of Madras, was created in October 1953 on linguistic basis. Andhra Pradesh’s population is nearly 7,57,27,541 and area around 2,75,069 sq.km. The language predominantly spoken is Telugu and it is a hot land with temperature shooting up to 45°C with humidity in the peak months of summers. The best season to visit is between Nov. and March. Andhra Pradesh may not compare with scenic splendor of Kerala or architectural beauty of the monuments in Tamil Nadu and Karnatak but it has some very interesting places from tourist’s point of view. Some of them have been described below:
Andhra Pradesh Information
The Capital of the State and the sixty largest city of Indian Union. is a beautiful city with its mosques, palaces, forts, museums, lakes and house-lined busy bazars. This citadel of Nizanis, who became independent when the Mughal Power declined, was founded by Sultan Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah of Golconda in l591, on the river Musi. His successors, the Nizams remained in power until its integration in Indian Union following the country’s Independence in 1947. The places worth visiting are the following:
Built by the founder of the city, it was erected in 1591 as an expression of joy and gratitude at the termination of the plague in the city. Its four minarets at the corner rise to a height of 56 meters, and from its top the view of the city is superb.
Salar Jung Museum
Believed to be the best in Asia, it is a unique collection of art objects. This fabulous treasure house was given the present shape by Mir Yusuf Ali Khan, popularly known as Salar Jung III, himself a great connoisseur of art. It contains wonderful art objects, statue by master Italian sculptor and rare Persian miniatures, Illuminated Koran and the like which provide a joy to the beholder.
About 8 km. west of Hyderahad are the massive Golconda Fort and Qutub Shahi Tomb. The fort has massive spiked gates, 87 bastions, palaces, Durbar Hall, stabes, harem, grain, silos, barracks, etc. The fort is also famous for its excellent acoustic system. A clap made in the Grand Portico can be heard in the Durbar Hall. Golconda was also once famous of its fabulous diamonds and the renowned Diamond Kohinoor was unearthed from this region only.
Hyderabad is well linked with Delhi, Calcutta, Bombay and Chennai and has excellent rail connections with these cities also. There are many hotels here suiting to every visitor’s convenience and budget.
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