Andhra Pradesh holds the distinction of having the longest coastlines of all the states of India and has Hyderabad as its capital. Division of the state is looming large on the horizon with Telangana a new state set to carved out soon. Hyderabad like Delhi is a good blend of the old and new with the mix of traditional Hindu culture and the rich Muslim relics of the Nizams. Spend a few days here to sample some of the finest cuisine, architecture, river deltas and culture.
The twin brother of Hyderabad, but they have both their own culture and history. Founded in early 18th centurey as British cantonment. Geographically Hussain Sagar Lake ( Man made lake) seperates the city from Hyderabad.
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Enjoy the mingling of North and South Indian linguistic and cultural traits and the coexistence of Hindu and Muslim traditions in Hyderabad. A distinct style of Indo-Islamic architecture enriched with regional influences is reflected in the city's buildings. For the very famous Hyderabadi biryani visit Paradise Hotel, MG Road, Secunderabad.
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India's answer to the opulance of Versailles, the Falaknuma Palace is now a Taj luxury hotel opening doors to the Nizam's days of glory. Find the best of Europe at the turn of the century here and make no mistake this is a time capsule etched in luxury.
Wealth and money is the main offering at the temple in Thirupati, which is a major pilgrimage and cultural city of South India. Watch devotees offer money, gold and other valuables to appease the deity.
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