Telangana: A land of rich heritage
Interview with Mr B.P. Acharya, IAS, Principal Secretary, Tourism and Culture, Government of Telangana State
What are the main destinations you would like visitors to your state—the 29th state of India formed in 2014—to explore?
Telangana has become the 29th state of India and city of Hyderabad is its capital. Hyderabad, known for its heritage with modernity like “Ganga Jamuna Tahjeeb” has several tourist attractions like the Charminar, Mecca Masjid, Golconda Fort, Hussainsagar Lake, Birla Mandir, Chowmahalla Palace, Salar Jung Museum., Birla Temple etc. Hyderabad also has a rare distinction of being ranked as the 2nd best place in the world to visit in year 2015 by the National Geographic Traveler magazine December 2014 issue.
Other important tourist places in Telangana include, Warangal from where the Kakatiyas ruled has tourist attractions such as Warangal Fort, Thousand Pillar Temple, Kakatiya Kalathoranam, Ramappa Temple, Laknavaram Lake etc. Bhongir Fort, Nagarjunsagar Dam and Yadagirigutta Temple located in Nalgonda District also attract many tourists. Adilabad District known for its pristine nature also has Gnana Saraswati Temple at Basar, Kuntala Waterfall and Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary. (Now Tiger Reserve) Other famous temples Vemulawada Temple, Kondagattu are located in Karimnagar District which also has Lower Maner dam (boating). Sri Sita Ramachandra Swamy Temple at Bhadrachalam, Medak Church Pillala Marri (Largest Banyan Tree) at Mahabubnagar are some other places a tourist can visit Alampur Jogulamba Temple in Mahbubnagar Dist. Which is 5th shaktipeetas of 18 well known shaktipeetahs in India.