The youngest state of India, Telangana, was granted a separate statehood on June the 2nd 2014. Though the state is newly carved, its shared history with Andhra Pradesh is incredibly rich. The name "Telangana" refers to the word Trilinga Desa (Land of three lingas), earned due to the presence of three ancient Shiva Temples at Kaleshwaram, Srisailam, and Draksharamam. The state is endowed with many great marvels of historical architecture owing to the grand dynasties that have ruled the land. The state has something for everyone’s taste; historical places for history enthusiasts, naturally picturesque places for the nature lovers, and a beautiful culture for people looking to experience vibrancy.
Dream Destinations: Telangana, in its 114,840 square kilometres of geographical area, hoards a multitude of places which are astonishingly beautiful in every sense of the word. From naturally serene to culturally rich and from architecturally abundant to adventure worthy, Telangana has everything on its platter.
Hyderabad- This shared capital city of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh is the largest city in the state. Hyderabad is a city with a unique charm; with the old rustic culture, beautiful pearls, and the sweet accent of the natives, the city generates awe in the hearts of the beholders. It is also home to the ‘Telugu Film Industry ‘or ‘Tollywood’. Hyderabadi Biryani is an inseparable part of Hyderabad, the land of Nizams. Charminar, Golconda Fort, Salarjung Museum, and Qutub Shahi Tombs let you take a walk in history. Other tourist attractions here are, Jagannath Temple, Mecca Masjid, Lumbini Park, and Nehru Zoological Park.
Warangal- Warangal is one of the most important and beautiful places in Telangana. It was known as Oruguallu due to the existence of a huge hillock which seemed to have been carved out entirely off one stone. Warangal is steeped in history and is blessed to be a scenic beauty with the Parkhal Lake and wildlife sanctuaries in the region. The food here is a must try is your taste buds relish spicy because the food here is characterised by spice. On the architectural front Warangal Fort, Thousand Pillar Temple (dedicated to lord Shiva), and Ramappa Temple attract numerous tourists, and on the natural front it has Pakhal Lake, Eturunagaram Sanctuary, and Ramappa Lake.
Rangareddy- The Rangareddy district of Telangana is the most populous in the state and has a variety of experiences to offer to its visitors. The main attraction in the city is the Ramoji Film City, where numerous films have been shot. The film city extends a “one of its kinds” experience. The Ananthagiri hills provide immense peace to the tourists and the natural green of the untamed surroundings inspires awe. The Osman Sagar Lake is a surreally beautiful place and has an unspoiled charm to it. Vikarabad appeals to the young blood because of the trekking, rappelling, and rock climbing experiences it provides. And the Mrugavani National Park is bliss for the fauna lovers.
Adilabad- With several mighty waterfalls falling on the land with all their force, Adilabad makes for a great tourist destination in Telangana. It offers tourists a holistic experience with its historical temples, monuments and breath-taking waterfalls. With numerous temples, historic buildings, and wildlife sanctuaries, Adilabad proves to be a breath of fresh air to the people visiting. The city is also famous for its varied range of handicrafts, the Nirmal Arts. Basar Saraswathi Temple, situated on the banks of Godavari River, is dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi. The Nirmal Fort is the reminder of the French as they built this magnificent fort. Other tourist attractions here are, Kawal and Pranahita wildlife sanctuaries and Kuntala and Pochera waterfalls.
Flavoursome Food: Telangana is renowned for its mouth-watering desserts and spicy cuisine. The localities of Telangana offer a varied cuisine experience with the local flavors and spices. Some of the dishes which don’t deserve to be missed are, Sarva Pindi, Mamsam Pulusu, Gajirelu, Sakinalu, jeedilu, and salla charu.
Hyderabadi Biryani- A trip to Telangana will always remain incomplete if the tourist doesn’t savour the Hyderabadi biryani, which has the authentic flavours of the land. The dish is prepared with the traditional method of dum pukht (slow heating).
Polelu- Polelus, also known as bhakshalu, are stuffed rotis; the stuffing is sweet. These rotis are thin and are cooked without any oil
Mirchi ka Salan- It is a special traditional Hyderabadi dish for special occasions and weddings. The chillies are cooked in spices and peanut adds a grainy texture to this dish; the dish is served with rice or roti.
Double ka meetha- This is a special delicious desert of Hyderabad. It is a bread pudding made of fried bread slices soaked in hot milk with spices, including saffron and cardamom. It is particularly prepared during the festive month of Ramadan and on Eid.
Shopping Splurge: Tourists don’t just bring back memories when they travel, they also get souvenirs to remember the place by and Telangana has a vast opportunity to indulge in a shopping spree.
Pearls- Pearls are a speciality of Hyderabad and nobody goes shopping in Hyderabad and return without them. Buying these perfectly white pearls can make for great souvenirs.
Dokra Metal Crafts- Popular in the tribal regions of Telangana, the Dokra metal crafts make great decorative pieces. They are made in brass and are unique in that the pieces do not have any joints.
Bidri craft- It is a unique art of silver engraved on metal, they were brought by the Iran migrants in the country.
Banjara Needle Crafts- They are some of the traditional handmade fabrics made by Banjaras (Gypsies) in Telangana. They use vibrant colours, and embellish them with cowries, tiny mirrors, beads and shells.