Telangana has become the 29th state of the country and Hyderabad will serve as the joint capital of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for ten year period. The president of Telangana Rashtra Samiti, who has been struggling for the formation of Telangana state for years, Chandrasekhar Rao became the first Chief Minister of this new state.
The name Telangana is derived from the word Telugu Angana which means the place where Telugu is spoken. The Nizam (1724–1948) used the term Telangana to distinguish it from Marathi speaking areas in his state. The state has a rich historic and cultural heritage with the majority of historic monuments and temples as it was under the reign of various dynasties in the past.
Telangana is home to many popular attractions and tourists arrive from all over the country to explore its forests, forts, heritage, and culture. Telangana has many Buddhist and Jain pilgrimage centers. Hyderabad is home to a number of Islamic architecture specimens that can rival those in the middle east.
Travel to Hyderabad, the fifth largest metropolis in India. Being the state capital of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the city is famous for its monuments, temples, and mosques representing the culture and heritage of the region. The palaces and buildings, houses and tenements, gardens and streets have a history and an architectural individuality of their own, which makes Hyderabad, a city of enchantment.
The city is well known as the ‘city of Nawabs‘. In Hyderabad, you can visit several old monuments, which are popular among the tourists. Charminar forms the main attraction of the place nearby is the massive and sacred structure of the Mecca Masjid. A tour to Hyderabad would take you to the Jami Masjid and the Toli Masjid mosques, which are worth visiting.
Fast Facts :
1. Area: 1,14,840 Sq Km
2. Population: 3,51,93,978
3. Religion: Hindus (85.1%), Muslims (12.7%), Christians (1.3%) and others (0.9%).
4. Capital: Hyderabad
5. Languages: Telugu, Urdu, Hindi, English
6. Major Cities: Hyderabad, Mahbubnagar, Adilabad, Khammam, Nalgonda, Warangal, and Karimnagar.
7. State Emblem: Emblem of Telangana
8. State Song: Jaya Jaya He Telangana (Victory to Mother Telangana!)
9. State Animal: Spotted deer (Axis axis)
10. State Bird: Indian roller (Coracias benghalensis benghalensis)
11. State Tree: Jammi Chettu (Prosopis cineraria)
12. State Flower: Tangidi Puvvu (Senna auriculata)
13. State fruit: Mango (Mangifera indica)
14. State River: Godavari, Krishna River, Manjira River, and Musi River
15. State Fish: Korameenu (Channa striata)
The main tourist places are Charminar, Qutb Shahi Tombs, Paigah Tombs, Falaknuma Palace, Chowmahalla Palace, Warangal Fort, Kakatiya Kala Thoranam, Thousand Pillar Temple and the Bhongir Fort.
Char Minar – One of the most visited destinations in Telangana. Charminar is one of the major historical and cultural buildings of India, which is also a major attraction of India and is also important in terms of tourism in Hyderabad. Hyderabad has its own distinct identity from Charminar. Charminar situated on the banks of the Musi river in Hyderabad has been given the status of 10 major historical monuments of India.
Often called “The Arc de Triomphe of the East”, Charminar was built by Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah, the erstwhile Qutub Shahi Sultan of Golconda, in 1591. It was the center of attraction of the magnificent capital city of Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah.
Golconda Fort – Standing atop an isolation hill on the outskirts of the city, the fort is known for its acoustic effects inbuilt in the architectural design. The original fort was built by the Kakatiyas of Warangal, some eight hundred years ago. The Qutb Shahi rulers of Hyderabad adopted for the fort and converted the mud structure into solid battlements and palaces with stone.
Hussain Sagar Lake – One of the beautiful national heritage is the beauty of Hussain Sagar Lake, spread over an area of 24 square kilometers in the middle of Hyderabad City, is such that you can be fascinated by a look. Seeing this lake especially in the evening gives such an experience that you can compare it to a natural lake. This is the reason that this lake built by humans has been declared by the government as one of the most beautiful national heritage of the country. The statue of Lord Buddha, situated in the middle of the lake, has become a special identity of this lake in a way.
Qutb Shahi Tombs – They are a hallmark of Telangana’s architectural heritage and are the most scenic place in Hyderabad after Charminar. The tombs are the most magnificent with interior walls and arches have excellent craftsmanship. It is an epitome of the architectural heritage of Telangana.
Other tourist places in Hyderabad are Makkah Masjid, Salarjung Museum, Hussain Sagar Lake, Birla Mandir, Falaknuma Palace, Chowmahalla Palace
The city was once the heartland of Telugu culture. The Fort of Warangal is a different type of attraction in itself, which tourists can enjoy. It is considered the best example of South Indian architecture. The capital of the Kakatiya rulers, Warangal today contains some of the best forms of architecture, especially in temples. The 1000-pillar temple and the Ramappa temple in the district are glowing examples of the exquisite architecture patronized by the Kakatiyas.
Some of the popular destinations of Warangal is Warangal fort, Thousand pillar temple, Pakhal lake, Kakatiya Kala Thoranam, and Thousand Pillar Temple.
Nizamabad is a beautiful district located in the north-western region of the state of Telangana, India. The city of Nizamabad was also known as Indrapuri and Indur during ancient times. Known as the “City of Nizams“, the city is known for its attractive monuments and beautiful tourist spots. The major attractions of Nizamabad include many beautiful lakes, dams, rivers and religious places, which attract tourists easily.
The most visited places in Nizamabad are Nizamabad fort, Alisagar Reservoir, Pochampad Wildlife Sanctuary, Pochampad Dam and Archeological and Heritage museum.
Karimnagar is the fourth largest city in Telangana. Situated on the banks of Manair River, Karimnagar is one of the best Telangana places to visit. Karimnagar offers many venues to keep you engaged throughout your vacation with its picturesque beauty.
Karimnagar has several important tourist attractions like Elgandal Fort, Jagtial fort, Manthani Temples, Vemulawada, Kondagattu, Nagunur Fort, Dharmapuri, Kaleshwaram, etc.
Khammam’s name is derived from Stambadri, a hill on which an ancient Narasimha temple which was called Kambam Mettu. This place is famous for its natural beauty. Located on the banks on River Manneru, Khammam is the city that is a land of rich history. The land was ruled by various dynasties which gave its diverse culture.
Top places to visit in Khammam are Khammam fort, Kinnerasani Wildlife sanctuary, Lakaram Lake, Sri Sitaramachandra Swamy Temple
Adilabad is the land of waterfalls and one of the most scenic regions in Telangana with dense forest, beautiful valleys and several rivers. It offers a holistic experience with its historical temples, monuments, and waterfalls.
Popular tourist destinations in Adilabad are Kuntala Waterfalls, Kawal Wildlife sanctuary, Pochera Waterfalls, Gayatri Falls, Kanakai Falls, Kadam Dam, Basara Saraswathi Temple, Nirmal, etc.
Mahabubnagar is the largest district in Telangana State in terms of area covered. Mahabubnagar district is the abode of the many famed temples and is a significant historical and religious importance place.
The major attraction for thousands of tourists and pilgrims visiting the holy town are Jogulanba Temple, Anjaneyaswamy Temple, Farahabad Gadwal, Jurala Dam, Koilsagar Dam, Loddi Mallaiah Temple, Mallela Theertam
Medak played an important role in the history of Telangana, especially during Kakatiya’s rule of Telugu land. Medak district has several tourist attractions like Medak Fort, Medak Cathedral, Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary, Wargal Saraswathi Temple, Singur Dam, Edupayala Temple, Nelakondapalli, etc.
Nalgonda played an important role in the struggle against Nizam of Hyderabad it has several tourist attractions like Panagal (Chaya Someswara Temple), Nagarjunasagar, Kolanupaka (Kulpak), Bhongir Fort, Devarakonda Fort, Rachakonda Fort, etc.
Rangareddy is known for serene lakes, miraculous temples, beautiful hills and interesting places to visit. Rangareddy is also counted among the major attractions of South India. This place proves to be of interest to nature lovers. Famous places to visit in Rangareddy are Ananthagiri Hills, Maheshwaram, Osman Sagar Lake.