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Andaman and Nicobar Islands


Capital: Port Blair
Location: Bay of Bengal
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Travel GuideArea:
Andaman District : 6,408 Sq. Kms.
Nicobar District : 1,841 Sq. Kms. Total Area: 8,249 Sq. Kms.
Altitude: Varies from sea level to 732 meters
Highest Peak : Saddle Peak - 732 metros
Forest Cover: 92 %, Forest area 86%
Distances: 1190 Kms. from Chennai, 1200 Kms. from Visakhapatnam, 1255 Kms. from Calcutta
Climate: Tropical throughout the year with mean minimum temperature at 23 deg. C and maximum at 31 deg. C. Humidity is relatively high - 70 to 90% with a gentle breeze blowing all the time. The weather is generally pleasant with average annual rainfall at 3,000 mm at Port Blair (May to mid-Sept. & Nov. to Jan.)
Clothing: Cottons throughout the year
Best Season: October to May


Brief History
Tribe at Andaman and Nicobar Islands Travel GuideThe Andaman & Nicobar Islands were known to be the abode of the aboriginal tribes Negritos and the Mongoloids respectively since centuries long. There exists no documentation on Andaman & Nicobar Islands before the survey by British in1777. Before that the islands remain secluded from the mainland. It was only at the end of 18 th Century when people from the outside world first visited here.

It surprises many during the Andaman & Nicobar Islands tourism package that the earliest possible reference about the Andaman and Nicobar Islands comes from Claudius Ptolemaeus, the great Greek astronomer, mathematician and geographer. The proximity to the Far East gives credence to trading activities with Japan in ancient times.

Later, Portuguese missionaries spread Christianity among the islanders, as the Nicobarese language uses many Portuguese words. The First War of Independence for India saw the islands being used as a prison by the British for political prisoners and freedom fighters condemned in the cells to rot and die. The other classification of prisoners included from East Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Army

Tourism in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

For the naturalists and proponents of Eco-tourism in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands find these islands are akin to Garden of Eden. The nature lovers appreciate the greenery, unpolluted fresh air, roads, as well as clean environment makes it a marvelous mix of nature's most previous delights. There are picnic spots, museums, monuments, mini zoo, Marine Park, waterfall, and gardens. The waters of Bay of Bengal and tropical rain forests of the Island give shelter to a vast collection of plant, animal and marine life. Interspersed with flat stretches of crescent shaped beaches of Andaman & Nicobar Islands are fringed with coconut palm and tropical jungle, while topography of the islands is hilly in places.

Jolly Buoy Island  at Andaman and Nicobar Islands Travel GuideFun activities in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

One can enjoy adventure tourism in the form of Island camping, snorkeling, trekking, SCUBA diving and other water sports. The Andaman & Nicobar Islands are a once in a lifetime holiday experience.

Worth Visting Places

Jolly Buoy Island Tourism, Clique Island Tourism, Red Skin Island Tourism, Havelock Island Tourism, Barren Island Tourism, Ross Island Tourism, Viper Island Tourism, and Chatham Island Tourism. The beautiful beaches include Radhanagar Beach Tourism, Vijaynagar Beach Tourism, picturesque Corbyn's Cove Tourism, Harminder Bay Beach Tourism, Karmatang Beach Tourism, Ramnagar Beach Tourism, etc.


How to Reach
By Air
Port Blair is connected with Chennai and Calcutta by air.

By
Sea
Regular passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Calcutta and Vishakhapatnam and back.


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Andhra Pradesh


Charminar Hyderabad Travel GuideState Capital : Hyderabad
Population ('000s in 1991) : 66,508
Area ('000 sq. km) : 275
Females per 1000 males (1991) : 972
Literacy rate (1991) : 44.1
Ratio of urban population (1991) : 26.9
Principal Language : Telugu and Urdu





Overview of Tourism in Andhra Pradesh
During your south India tours to Andhra Pradesh, you will come to know that the state was one of the poorest and least developed. It is a miracle of sorts that the diligent people and few able administrative thinking have made Andhra Pradesh a computer-friendly state. The recent visit of the President of the United States, Mr. George Bush, to the state capital Hyderabad amply proves the improved prospects.

Temple at Tirupati Travel GuideAndhra Pradesh is situated south of Vindhyas and shares a common history with its neighbours Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. If you are on a south India temple tour , you come to know that Andhra Pradesh has one of the most famous and richest temples in the world Sri Venkateswara temple at Tirupati. The other famous monuments and heritage sites include Charminar, Golconda Fort in Hyderabad, Salar Jung Museum, and Buddhism sites and viharas at Nagarjunasagar. One can also visit the wildlife National Parks and bird sanctuaries of Papikonda, Kolleru, Kawal and Manjira. Andhra has a nearly 1000 km-coastline with eight of its 23 districts having direct access to the sea. Famous beaches of Andhra Pradesh that enthrall are Visakhapatnam Beach Tourism, Kakinada Beach Tourism, Bheemunipatnam Beach Tourism, Kalingapatnam Beach Tourism, Mypad Beach Tourism, and Chirala Beach Tourism.

History of Andhra Pradesh
The epic era of Ramayana and Mahabharata encompasses the history of Andhra Pradesh. It is only since the year 236 BC that the documented history of Andhra Pradesh Tourism can be traced. However, centuries ago it was the sprawling kingdom of the Emperor Ashoka the Great. It was during his rule that the Buddhism flourished here of which traces can be seen in and around the state during specific Buddhism Tourism. There existed a unique combination; the men practiced Brahmanism while most ladies did the following of Buddhism. The post Ashoka period saw many dynasties like Ishvakus, Chalukyas, Pallavas, Kakatiyas, Vijayanagaram kings, Qutb Shahis, and Mughals that ruled the princely state called Hyderabad. Finally, a General of the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb, took over. His successors, who entitled themselves the Nizams, ruled the state till Independence.

Hyderabad Travel GuideCapital of Andhra Pradesh
Leaving its medieval history behind, in the Hyderabad Tourism one finds that it is the city of progressive modern metropolises today. It has brought about a revolution by recasting the values and refinement in etiquettes. The city of Hyderabad has adapted well with the modern ethos, and western haute couture is slowly and firmly replacing the traditions of the sherwani and burqa. The resultant change has produced a Miss World as well as budding celebrity tennis star. Fortunately, besides the Continental food , the gourmet delights of the Deccani cuisine, the Hyderabadi biryani in particular, is still a legend and current both. The other mouth water preparations include Sheermal ' (a local bread/ tandoori roti ), Haleem (boneless mutton), bagara baigan ', palak mutton ', methi chicken ', kheema methi ', mutton ambada , Curried prawns and fish with rice , Sheer Khorma ', Double-ka-meetha , Khubani-ka-meetha, and so on.

Society
Andhra people are one of the friendliest and warm of the Indian populace, with roots and history firmly entrenched into a blend of Mauryan era. Their fineness in artistry, dance and crafts in their mosaic cultures is well known. The harmonious and peaceful living of all religions like Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims is the hallmark.

Culture of Andhra Pradesh
One's appetite for cultural tourism in Andhra Pradesh is fully whetted as the state has a rich cultural heritage. A varied cuisine makes the mother tongue Telugu a sonorant treat. The blend of vibrant religious festivals, beautiful crafts, and famous classical dance form Kuchipudi with it's the blend music and abhinaya are some of the indelible impressions of this state. Tholubommalaata, a shadow puppetry theatre is a fascinating folk art while tribal dances contribute in equal measure to the artistic heritage of Andhra Pradesh.
Andhra Pradesh's Handicrafts
Andhra Pradesh's Handicrafts, Puppets
Silver Filigree of Karimnagar and Budithi handicraft of Srikakulam are very good specimens. Ikat weaving, Gadhwal, Pochampalli and Dharmavaram silk saris are some of the amazing handlooms and handicrafts Andhra Pradesh is renowned for. Nirmal pottery, Bidriwork as well as Durgi, Allagadda and Tirupati are three of the major centers of stone art. Lacquer toys, Anakapalli articles, Pembarthi Sheet Metal Ware, Telengana is particularly well known for its folk paintings. Banjara needle craft, Kalamkari, the pen-painted fabrics of Machilipatnam and Kalahasti also make their mark in handicraft bouquet from Andhra Pradesh.

Climate of Andhra Pradesh
The temperature varies from 41-20 degree centigrade in summer (March to May) to 32 -13 degree centigrade in winter (January to February). June to December is the monsoon months and the weather remains hot and sultry. October to February is the best season.

Festivals of Andhra Pradesh
The Deccan Festival is celebrated in February. The Andhra Pradesh and more so, the old city of Hyderabad celebrates Bakri-Id with ritualistic fervor. The Andhra Ugaadi festival heralds the New Year. The typical Indian festivals such as Holi, Mahavir Jayanti, Nag Panchami, Gandhi Jayanti, Diwali, and others.


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