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State of india - Andhra Pradesh
 
QUICK FACTS Climate (Degree C.): Summer - Max: 41, Min: 20. Winter - Max: 32, Min: 13 Best Season:October - February | Languages Spoken: Telugu and Urdu |Capital: Hyderabad

Overview:

Lose yourself in the wonder that is Andhra Pradesh; and experience a heady cocktail of history, pilgrimage, beaches and mountains. The land of history and Nawabs, Andhra Pradesh is an ideal destination for studying different Indian culture and religion where every religion meets to form one. Its people are achievers who display a rare hospitality and courtesy. The State is today on the top internationally in regards to information technology and its capital Hyderabad has metamorphosed into one of the best cities in the country.


Geography of Andhra Pradesh:
The fifth largest state of India, Andhra Pradesh has an area of 2, 76,754 sq. kms. It is located between 12° 41' and 22° East longitude and 77° and 84° 40' North latitude and forms a major link between the north and south of India. It shares it's boundaries with Madhya Pradesh and Orissa to the north, the Bay of Bengal to the east, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to the south and Maharashtra to the west.


History of Andhra Pradesh:
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.


Tourist Places of Andhra Pradesh:
Different areas of Andhra Pradesh are famous for different reasons. Krishna Godavari (the land of Krishna and Godavari) delta is famous for its rich fertile lands with lashing greenery with breath taking views. Vijayawada city located by the side of Krishna River is famous for its trade and commerce. Visakhapatnam is costal city is popular for its natural beaches and tourist places. Some of the incredible sights of Andhra Pradesh are the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, the world's tallest masonry dam, million year old caves, South Asia's first lion safari and Tirupati, the richest temple in the world.


Fairs and Festivals of Andhra Pradesh:
The fairs and festivals of Andhra Pradesh symbolizes it's diversity of religions, people, languages. Most of these festivals are religious and few of them as also organized by the government of Andhra Pradesh. Nevertheless each of them is celebrated with the same amount of vigor and enthusiasm. The festivals organized by the tourism department include the Utsav (January), Deccan Festival (February), Rayalaseema Food and Dance Festival (October) and the Lumbini Festival (December). Amongst the religious festivals the most popular are Pongal, Sivaratri, Ugadi, Vinayaka, Diwali and Moharrum.


Cuisine in Andhra Pradesh:
Also known as the 'Rice Bowl of India', the rich heritage and culture of Andhra Pradesh is reflected in the culinary skills of its people. The mere mention of Andhra and Hyderabadi cuisine brings before the mind's eye a wholesome meal accompanied by hot tasty pickles or 'Biryani' accompanied by an appetizing aroma. No visit to Andhra Pradesh is complete without tasting this famous delicacy.


Shopping in Andhra Pradesh:
In terms of shopping, Lacquer toys, Anakapalli articles, Ikat weaving, Pembarthi Sheet Metal Ware, Nirmal pottery, Bidriwork as well as Gadhwal, Pochampalli and Dharmavaram silk saris are some of the amazing handlooms and handicrafts Andhra Pradesh is renowned for. Durgi, Allagadda and Tirupati are three of the major centers of stone art. Telengana is particularly well known for its folk paintings. Banjara needle craft, Kalamkari, the pen-painted fabrics of Machilipatnam and Kalahasti; Silver Filigree of Karimnagar and Budithi handicraft of Srikakulam are other handicraft specimens.