Know more about Andhra Pradesh

Charminar, Hyderabad
About the State : Andhra Pradesh, the largest state in South India is the major link between North India and South India. It is bounded by Maharashtra, Chattisgarh and Orissa in the  north, the Bay of Bengal in the east, Tamil Nadu in the south and Karnataka in the west. 
The state is dotted with hill ranges from the north to the south, running erratically down the middle of the country dividing it into western and eastern or coastal Andhra. Two major rivers, the Godavari and the Krsihna run across the state. 
The Hitech city Hyderabad is the capital. The state offers everything from beautiful beaches to serene lakes, dense forests, forts, the famous biriyani and rich sea food. Telugu is the state language.
Major cities
Must See Places : 
Hyderabad: Birla Mandir, Hussain Sagar Lake, Indiara Park, Charminar, Mecca Masjid, Osmania University, Qutub Shahi Tombs & Golconda Fort, Taramati Baradari,  Nehru- Zoological Park, Public Gardens, Race Course, State Central Library, Tank Bund, Asmongarh, Khajana Museum, Planetarium, State Archaeological Museum, Salar Jung Museum, Shilparamam, Hitech City, Nizam’s Silver Jubilee Museum, KBR National Park, Botanical Garden. 

Vijaywada : Akkana & Madanna Caves, Gandhi Hill, Hazrathbal Mosque, Kanakadurga temple, Mary’s Temple, Milk Powder Factory, Mogalrajapuram Caves, Prakasam Barrage, Victoria Jubilee Regional Museum, Amravati, Manginapudi Beach, Mogalarajapuram Caves, Kondapalli Fort. 

Warangal : Thousand Pillar Temple, Warangal Fort, Bhadrakali Temple, Planetarium.

Vishakhapatnam : Andhra University Building, Dolphin’s Nose, Sri Venkateswara, Konda, Hindusthan Shipyard, Simachalam Temple, The Three Hillocks, Indira Gandhi Zoological Gardens, Port, Visakha refinery. 

Tirupati : Lord Venkateswaram Temple, Govindarajaswamy Temple, Kapilathiraham, Kodandaraswamy Temple, Padmavati Temple 

Nagarjunsagar : Left Canal (Lal Bahadur Canal), Model Dam, Pylon, Right Bank Tunnel (Jawahar Tunnel), View Point. Archaeological Museum, Mahastupa, Bodhisri Chaitya, Simhala Vihara, Mahisaka Vihara, Brahusutiya, Vihara, Ashwamedha and Royal Bath. 

Srisailam : Damsite, Hatekeswaram, Pathalaganga, Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, Sakshi Ganapathi Sikharam

Eating Joints : Best places to enjoy Andhra cuisine
 For Biriyani & Non-VegThe Jewel of Nizam Hotel Golkonda Masab Tank Paradise Food Court ,Paradise Circle, SD Road Gufaa, Ohri’s Cuisine Court, Basheerbagh Ohris Banjara Hills Mehfill Hotel Baseraa, S D Road Hyderabad House ,Opp JNTU Masab Tank Spicey Venue, Jubilee Hills OthersPakwaan Restaurant Ethnic Gateway Finjaan : For Exotic Teas Famous Ice Creams : For Natural, Handmade Ice creams Seregatti Hyderabad House Eat Street Restaurant, Necklace Road, Hyderabad Quality Inn Residency, Public garden road Nampally. Windows of the World (WoW), Cyber tower,high tech city. Chilly’s near paradise circle. Santosh Dhaba near Kacheguda.
Veg & Non Veg RestaurantsChutney’s Veg- Restaurant, Banjara Hills Kuchipudi- Telugu Speciality Restaurant, Raj Bhawan Road, Somajiguda Chinese Pavilion Malgudi  Angithee, Banjara hills. Dhola ri Dhani–best for rajasthani food. Shikarr, for Mexican food jubliee hills. Indijo, city center mall. Shahib Singh sultan, City center mall. Green Park hotel Ameerpet. Taj mahal Hotel, Abids. One place at Kukatpally. Tabla, Kukatpally. Haveli at Begumpet and Kondapur. Waterfront Hunters Roost
What to buy where : Visit to Andhra is incomplete without picking up some precious Hyderabad Pearls. Its called the city of Pearls!
 So find the best shops to buy those precious pearls for your loved ones. Almost every other jewellery shop in Hyderabad is likely to shelf pearls, but the area near Charminar—Pathergatti and Laad Bazaar—has the best bets. Some popular shops are: Mangatrai Pearls and Jewellers (Punjagutta, Patharghatti, Basheerbagh), Meena Jewellers (Ameerpet, Basheerbagh), Bhagwati’s Pearls and Jewellers (Patharghatti), Krishna Pearls and Jewellers (Taj Krishna, ITC Kakatiya Sheraton, Taj Banjara ), Sri Jagdamba Pearls and Gold (Secunderabad), Vithaldas & Co Jewellers (Charminar, Somajiguda).
The main shopping areas in Hyderabad are Abids, Basheerbagh, Nampally and Sultan Bazar, and MG Road and Rashtrapati Road in Secunderbad. The markets around Charminar are favoured for bangles and pearls.
The Cottage Industries Exposition (CIE) at Begumpet, is a good place for handicrafts, carpets, furniture, linen and miniature paintings. Worth visiting if you are looking for pottery, fabrics, jewellery. Zedd’s, Regal and Curves are shoe and leather goods shops in the newly developed sections of Road 1, Banjara Hills.
For first quality Kashmiri goods and carpets, visit Kashmir Carpets, also on Road 1, Banjara Hills.

Check out these also:
Contemporary Arts and Crafts, Hyderabad Deccan Achar for Spicy pickles. Laad Bazaar, Charminar Hyderabad Central and Lepakshi Emporium

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