Telangana Tourism offers a splendid experience of various theme tours and one can cherish the 'experience' of visiting places of interest appealing to individuals of different ages and walks of life. Right from pilgrimage towns, wild life sanctuaries to modern convention centres and dams, Telangana has it all!
Telangana region and in particular, Hyderabad are known for their unique cuisines. The city, which was once the capital for Marathis, Kannadigas, Muslims and Telugus as well, represents a unique blend of cuisines, beverages and eating habits. Dum Ka Biryani, Qubani Ka Meetha, Hyderabadi special biryani, Irani Chai, Sakinaalu, Sarva Pindi are among those specialities that others savor in Hyderabad. The hinterlands of Telangana offer a much more cuisine experience with the local flavors and spices going into the making of these dishes. The cuisine of Hyderabad is famous from a small tea stall to grand banquets in five star hotels. Hyderabadi Haleem is not just savored in the region but is also exported by some of the leading brands in the city. Made exclusively during the Ramzan season to break the fast held for more than 12 hours, people from all religions vie for this lip smacking non-vegetarian delight. These days, even vegetarian haleem is available widely. Haleem has also earned a GI ( Geographical Indicator) tag. The people of Telangana are known for mixing a variety of spices for making dishes out of jiggery, rice flour, wheat flour, maida, chillies, dal and other condiments. Brand Hyderabad towers proudly when it comes to the one-of-its-kind food items. Mughlai cuisine easily blends with Nawabi cuisine and inturn with the delicious Telangana pappu and other Andhra delicacies brought by the migrants. Truly, the capital city represents a coming together of various food habits.
Ganga Jamuna Tehzeeb, this is how one can describe a melting pot of cultures called Hyderabad. The predominantly Muslim dominated old city, the new city inhabited by Hindus, the Secunderabad and its cantonment populated by Christians, the Parsis of Boggulkunta, the Sikhs, Sindhis, Marwaris, Marathis, Andhras, Tamilians, Kannadigas- everyone makes Hyderabad, as it looks today. Teeming with cultural and religious diversity, the city was considered a cosmopolitan hub even during the time of Nizam's. It is one place where one community blends into another with mutual respect and honor.
Bonalu, Bathukamma, Vinayaka Chavithi and other festivals are celebrated with fervor side-by-side where the common man enjoys the festivities without any religious discrimination. The entire city lights up not just during Diwali but also Christmas. In short, Hyderabad, located almost towards the Central part of India, on the Deccan plateau represents the culmination of Urdu dialect with Telugu. The language spoken in Hyderabad is different from rest of Telangana, which is infact again categorized into various dialects for every 100-150 km. Unity in diversity, Hyderabad is a testimony to this philosophy of brotherhood and peace between various religious and cultural groups. In short, Hyderabad is a beacon of multi-religious, multi ethnic, multi cultural and multi linguistic society at peace with itself. The food, dressing habits, life style and every other aspect varies in the city which has now acquired the tag of a global city in an increasingly globalized world, where it has seamlessly blended with new ideas and people with various nationalities!
Divine experiences constitute an important part of life for aged people in our society who look forward to spend much of their time in a completely blissful environment, replete with spiritual and divine chants. The state of Telangana is known for its range of temples. Each and every district of Telangana comprise of famous temples that draw pilgrims from all regions. Alampur Jogulamba Temple, Mallela Theertham, Umamaheshwaram are some of the destinations in Mahabubnagar while Balkampet Yellama Temple, Birla Mandir, Peddamma temple and other temples are famous in Hyderabad. Yadagirigutta, Kondagattu, Bhadrachalam, Chilkur Balaji, Sai baba temple & Surendrapuri, Edupayala Bhavani temple, Kaleswaram, Dharmapuri, Basara, Keesaragutta, Jainath are some of the temples that are popular with senior citizens. Hyderabad city and other places like Warangal and Karimnagar have parks that are frequented by senior citizens. Places like Ramakrishna Math, Iskcon temple and other spiritual centres which dot Hyderabad's landscape are quite popular with the elderly. There are other places of solace in Hyderabad where senior citizens can relax and spend their time.
For youngsters, many places in Hyderabad offer new vistas for a nice sojourn and entertainment. They can choose pristine Ananthagiri hills near Vikarabad, numerous waterfalls and wildlife sanctuaries in Adilabad, Nizamabad and Khammam districts. Various malls, shopping complex, technology based industries and some of the river adventure activities, trekking at Bhongir are few activities, which attract youth. Durgam Cheruvu and other trekking destinations close to Hyderabad is thronged by youngsters.
Hyderabad is one of the premier R&D destinations in India in the field of agriculture, biotechnology, information technology, Pharma, medicine, defense industries etc. Tech savvy students and individuals consider Hyderabad a treat to gain more knowledge and exposure to world-class research institutions and internationally recognized institutions. The presence of IIIT, Indian School of Business and other key institutes of national and international repute have contributed for making Hyderabad as a hub of education for youngsters.
The numerous sports academies, overseas consultancies, spiritual centers, fitness clubs, film-training institutes, culture and theater groups all make Hyderabad, a place to live and cherish the value of life. The luxury resorts, farm houses and the close by rural hinterlands are increasingly being chosen by young people to de-stress and have fun during weekends.
Corporates can choose a host of resorts, natural water bodies, convention centre s like Shilparamam in Hyderabad, Launch on Hussain Sagar lake and many parks in Hyderabad and rest of Telangana for balancing work 'n' fun.
The salubrious climate of Hyderabad has attracted national and international professionals in the city. Many surveys have pointed out the highest living standards coupled with affordable costs in Hyderabad. The proposed ITIR region, the popular IT district of Madhapur and Business district of Gachibowli are today the workhorses of global information technology industry. The numerous educational and research institutes in and around Hyderabad and the adjacent Ranga Reddy district contributes for immense talent pool that are readily absorbed by the hi-end industries and multinational companies. As a cosmopolitan city, Hyderabad has people from diverse ethnicities and cultures. It is also a home for a multi religious, multi cultural and multi lingual society. Apart from diverse knowledge pool, this also contributes for a peaceful and varied society. Hyderabad continues to be a favorite destination for corporates. Firms of international reputation such as Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Facebook and scores of other companies have their key R&D set-ups in the city. The city is home to exuberant and healthy corporate life style and this has a positive effect on the city by contributing more revenues and ushering a metropolitan experience for tourists and residents of the city.
Telangana has endless destinations for those seeking adventure. Enjoy boating in Krishna, Tungabhadra Rivers at Mahabubnagar, Nagarjuna Sagar dam, Ahsok Sagar in Nizamabad, speedboat in Hussain Sagar Lake, Shivram wildlife sanctuary and many waterfall spots in Adilabad district. There are many rock climbing clubs in and around Hyderabad that offers you an exciting fun and thrilling experience with boulders and natural settings in city offering spectacular activities. Hussain Sagar Lake is home to sailing clubs. The annual regatta here is very popular with tourists and people of this city. A trek into Kawal Wild life sanctuary takes one into a core tiger reserve of India. Kunthala and Pochera are some of the stunning adventure hot spots in Telangana state. The ruins of Sangameshwara temple in the backwaters of Srisailam dam in Mahabubnagar district is a treat as the temple surfaces only during summer and in flood season, it gets submerged in the waters of the dam. The flora and fauna around Hyderabad is a potential gold mine for biology researchers since the Deccan plateau is quite popular for its unique natural beauty.
For young children, Hyderabad offers numerous places like Salarjung Museum, Nehru zoological park, Golconda, Lumbini Park, NTR gardens and host of other places where kids can spend quality time. Nehru Zoological Park is one place which many school children from the Telangana region visit right from their school days. This not only gives them the right exposure towards animal conservation from an early age but it is also an experience that can cherish in their life where fun combines with excitement.. Lumbini Park, Hussain Sagar Lake and Birla Mandir form one unique hub for children where they experience divinity from a young age. For kids in the city, a weekend is never complete without a visit to Lumbini Park where the musical foundation and the various game avenues for children are the prime attractions. The dams, wild life sanctuaries, waterfalls, historic monuments, palaces and temples of Telangana create the much-needed positive impact and imprint on children. The places of spiritual solace in Hyderabad such as Rama Krishna Mutt have played in important role in shaping the destinies of younger generation. Personality development sessions and other intellectual development activities at the place have helped in molding the minds of kids. Many gamin centers in the city have become a leisure hub for children during weekends. Hyderabad and other regions of the state is home to dance and music experts where children get training from a budding stage. To describe in few words, Telangana is a place of rich cultural leanings.