I'm travelling with friends from Nagpur to Vijayawada in June for a wedding that will occur in both places 10 days apart from each other. I'm looking for nice things to visit and see on the road (probably through Hyderabad). Any advices ?
Thank you ;)
recommended Tirumala & TirupatiTirupati is the service town for the hilltop temple city of Tirumala, and for millions of Hindus, Tirumala is the service town to God. Home to the Sri Venkateshwara Temple, this town in southern ... read moreAndhra Pradesh sees as many pilgrims as Mecca or Jerusalem, who come to make a wish before its wish-fulfilling idol. The day-long wait in metal cages can be truncated with a special ticket to just a few hours, but a visit to the temple is still an intense and sometimes difficult experience. However, if you want to see a genuine show of passionate Hindu spirituality that has not been cultivated in any way for the benefit of the western visitor, Tirumala is the place to go. It's a one-day visit only, to be sure, but also one of the hidden highlights of South India.Matthew Crompton
Also, it's a significant detour south, but if you have time, this temple provides one of India's most fascinating authentic Hindu religious experiences.
- Birla MandirHyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, Indiarecommended Birla MandirFor the best views over the city of Hyderabad, this free temple built of white Rajasthani marble is the place to go. As a bonus, it's totally free (you have to check your shoes) and absolutely ... read morebeautiful to behold.Matthew Crompton
Great views, gorgeous temple. Can get absolutely mobbed at peak times.
- Tombs of the Qutb Shahi KingsTolichowki, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, Indiarecommended Tombs of the Qutb Shahi KingsAn autumnal necropolis near the Golconda Fort on the outskirts of Hyderabad, this rambling park filled with the spectacular domed tombs of the medieval Qutb Shahi sultans and their various wives is ... read moreone of the most interesting (and undervisited!) sights in central India. The architecture is amazing, and it's a fabulous example of the rich and varied historical heritage that makes India such an enchanting place to visit.Matthew Crompton
Less well known than Golconda, but still fantastic.
- Golconda FortGolconda Fort, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, Indiarecommended Golconda FortA hilltop fortress built by the Qutb Shahi sultans of the Deccan Plateau of central India, the ruins of the medieval Golcanda Fort are one of the most satisfying day excursions from Hyderabad, 11km ... read moreaway. Affording good views (well, on a smogless day!) of Hyderabad and its twin Secunderabad, it's a fascinating place to wander through for a morning, and affords plenty of opportunity for interesting photographs. Keep in mind that the sun gets mighty hot here at mid-day, and that you will be pestered by a great many 'guides' of questionable expertise.Matthew Crompton
Astonishing, with great views (well, assuming there's no smog).
recommended HyderabadPart hyper-modern IT metropolis, and part medieval city, Hyderabad has some of the nicest people in India, and less of the hassle found in the subcontinent's bigger tourist sites. Excellent food ... read more(biryani & haleem, mmmm!) and lovely ruins at the medieval Golconda fort and the Tombs of the Qutb Shahi Kings, the city gets fewer visitors that its sights, food, bazaars, and people actually merit.Matthew Crompton
Hyderabad is maybe the most underrated big city in India, with great food, fantastic sights, and genuinely friendly people.