Andhra Pradesh, the symbol of true spirit of Indian secularism where people of all faiths -Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu form a symphony of religions.
Exquisite crafts, glorious remnants of the past, vibrant festivities, irresistible delicacies coupled with the charming features of the people, and the sonorant mother tongue Telugu leave behind indelible impressions.
Some of the incredible sights of Andhra Pradesh are the world's tallest masonry dam, million year old caves, South Asia's first lion safari and the world's richest temple.
TIRUPATHI OR TIRUMALAI TEMPLE
Known as the richest temple in the world, the tirupathi temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwar an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Lord Venkateswara or Balaji is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu himself. It is believed that he came to reside on the southern bank of Swami Pushkarni, a tank which passes by Tirumala. The seven hills around Tirumala-Tirupati are also known as Sapthagiri after the seven hoods of Sheshnag – the cosmic serpent. The temple of Sri Venkateswara is located on the seventh peak, Venkatadri.
Atleast 50000 pilgrims visite the shrine daily and the annual income of the shrine is more than 6 billion rupees.
THE SUBAMRINE MUSEUM
The interesting part of the museum is the submarine itslf which houses the museum. The Kurusara subamarine was the first one to fight for India, and has been now turned into a mueseum. This Russian made vessel was transformed into a submarine museum for the public to view the technicalities of a submarine. Situated in Vishakhapatnam, this is one of its kind and only one in Asia.
One of the finest one man collections in the world, the Salarjung Museum has over 40,000 objects on display. It was the personal collection of the Prime Minister to the Nizam, Mir Yusuf Ali Khan, also known as Salrjung III, which has the best collection today. Mir had a passion for collecting things and he spent most of his money and his entire life towards collecting the art objects, rare manuscripts and paintings from all over the world. There are various galleries dedicated to particular objects from all over the world, but the most famous of all is the clock gallery which has clocks chiming and gonging and some interesting, most of which are in perfect condition.
THE RAMOJI FILM CITY
One of the most comprehensive and planned film city in the world, the Ramoji film city is conviniently located in the outskirts of Hyderabad at a distance of 2 hours. This well planned city has a everything that making of a movie can need, from waterfalls to lakes and form hospitals to schools. There are skyscrapers and bungalows and buses and also interior of a huge jumbo jet. A temple a church, a mosque, with well laid gardens and artficially costructed villages, the film city is a created paradise. Spread over an area of 1000 acres of land, the film city is owned by enterpreneur and film producer Ramoji Rao. Shootings of various films and advertisements take place here.