Andhra Pradesh occupies a great strip of eastern
India, is situated in the south of the Vindhya range and it stretches
for more than 1200km along the coast from Orissa to Tamil Nadu.
It even reaches far inland from the fertile deltas of the Godavari
and Krishna rivers to the semi-arid Deccan Plateau. But it does
not receive many tourists; Infact most foreign travellers pass through
en route to its more attractive cities, for sightseeing. Andhra
Pradesh has a nearly 1000 km-coastline with eight of its 23 districts
having direct access to the sea.
Hyderabad is the state's capital that is an atmospheric
city dating from the late 16th century. It now thrives as a major
hi-tech hub, and its endless bazaars eclectic Salar Jung museum
and the mighty Golconda Fort nearby make it an enticing place to
spend a few days. Then is the city of Warangal,
150km northeast of Hyderabad, which has both Muslim and Hindu remains
from the 12th and 13th centuries. Places like Amaravati, the ancient
Satavahana capital and Nagarjunakonda have preserved the region's
Buddhist legacy - particularly its superb sculpture in museums.
In the east, Vijayawada makes a convenient access
point for Amaravati. However, the famous Sri Venkateswara temple
town of Tirupati in the far southeast is one of India's great Hindu
phenomena, a fascinating and impossibly crowded pilgrimage site
that is said to attract more pilgrims than Mecca or the Vatican.
Tirupati is, therefore, the trump card for the
state's tourism industry drawing people from all over the country
and worldwide. Donations from Tirupati alone, have led to the establishment
of a university, several hospitals & schools.
Thus, this state is a symbol of the true spirit of Indian secularism
where people of all religions (Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu) form
a symphony of religions.
Friendly and warm, the Andhras are an ancient people, who can trace
their roots and history to the Mauryan period, an interest in arts,
crafts and dance. Andhra Pradesh is also a rich mosaic of cultures.
History has forged, and left behind vital links with the state,
as is evident from the many edifices, monuments and architectural
ruins, the legacy of dynasties as old as 300 B.C. Traces of the
diverse and variegated facets of the culture of the Mauryas, Pallavas,
Cholas, Satavahanas, Chalukyas and Vijayanagar, offer imposing vistas,
that continue to fascinate the observer.
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