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India - an ancient sub -continent, a land that attracted many from far and near for knowledge and trade. A land sheltered by the mighty Himalayas , fed by great rivers, with a coastline of fine beaches, a land of many colours - mountains and deserts, plains and plateaus, populated by numerous ethnic groups speaking dialects and languages, believing in philosophies and practicing religions. A land of stories and myths that can be untiringly explored with enthusiasm time and time again.

Today 28 states form the Republic of India. Choose any part of India - east , west, north, south or central - there is much that can be seen in just a part of each 

Over five millenniums faiths and beliefs of various people who lived together for most of the time in great tolerance and harmony, held the land together with art and architecture. Invaders and traders carved Empires for themselves and added to the flavor of the land with their religion and art.



This 400-year-old metropolis, represents a perfect blend of old world charm and modernity. The City was established in 1591 by the Qutub Shahi Dynasty, on the banks of River Musi. Hyderabad is famous for its minarets and pearl bazar.Built in 1591 by Quli Qutub Shah, Charminar is a majestic edifice and a proud sentinel in the heart of the Old City. Charminar, is a bustling bazar of pearls and jewellery shops, perfume and attar vendors. Laad bazar,famous for its glass bangles is close by.


Lepakshi has become a major tourist attraction because of the architecture and paintings found in the temples here. Unlike most of the South Indian temples, the temple does not have a prominent Vimana on the sanctum, but it has many Vimana-like structures on top of the temple, indicating several cells of Gods housed in the temple.


Upstream of the Krishna river is Nagarjunakonda associated with the famous Buddhist scholar of 2nd century, Nagarjuna. It was an important Buddhist monastic institution and has stupas with sculptures depicting scenes from the life of Buddha. Indian archaeologists have salvaged the precious ruins from their ancient site, lifting them atop a hill and setting them up in a Vihara style museum. Nagarjunakonda is the site of ongoing excavations.


One of the ancient pilgrimage centres, Tirumala Tirupati, the richest shrine
in India, is world famous and attracts a steady flow of pilgrims, eager to have a glimpse of Lord Venkateshwara in his bejewelled glory. Sri Venkateswara temple, the abode of Lord Venkateshwara, also known as Balaji in the North and Srinivasa in southern parts of India, is located at Tirumala, 18 km from Tirupati at a height of 874 metres, above sea level


A small village in Ananthapur district of Andhra Pradesh, Puttaparthi is today on the world map. And the person responsible for it is "Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba" cousidered as a living God by moillions. Prasanthi Nilayam (Abode of Peace) is an imposing edifice at Puttaparthi built by the devotees in reverence to the living God at his irth place. Peoople seeking peace of mind and solace make a beeline to this village from all over the world


Once the capital of the great Kakatiya Kingdom, Warangal carved a niche for itself in Marco Polo's travel diaries. The place is bestowed with beautiful lakes, magnificent temples and rich flora and fauna. Tourism apart, Warangal has always been an important industrial and cultural centre.The marvellous thousand pillared temple built by king Rudra Deva in the 12th century, is located here.


At Amravati, ancient Dhanyakataka, the remains of the Buddhist influence in the Satvahana period include majestic carvings, chaityas, viharas, murals and panels. Much of the vast archaeological findings from the site - magnificent sculpted friezes, medallions and railings - are now exhibited in the British Museum, London, and the National Museum, Delhi. There is a Great Stupa, the foundation of which was laid by an emissary of Emperor Ashoka, who went on to propagate Buddhism in the region. There is also a small Archaeological Museum on the site containing some of the finds from the area. Some of the exhibits are from other sites in the Krishna valley region.


Located 150 km from Hyderabad, Nagarjunasagar is an important Buddhist site. The historic location takes its name from the Buddhist saint and scholar Acharya Nagarjuna, who is said to have set up a centre of learning here. The world's tallest masonry dam, irrigating over 10 lakh acres of land is situated here.It was during the building of the dam that the ruins of an ancient Buddhist civilisation were excavated here.

This fascinating island set in the middle of a man-made lake, Nagarjuna Konda, houses the excavated remains of the 2nd and 3rd century Buddhist civilisation found at Nagarjunasagar. To reach Nagarjuna Konda, visitors have to take a boat ride near Vijayapuri township.