"The state of Telangana came into being on June 2, 2014, when it broke away from its parent state Andhra Pradesh to become the 29th state of India. It was named Telangana to represent the Telugu speaking region, as distinguished from the Marathawada region of Andhra Pradesh.
The state is historically best known for the Nizams of Hyderabad who ruled in the 14th century making it a princely state. The state lies mainly in the Deccan plateau region and is drained by two major rivers Godavari and Krishna, besides some more minor rivers.
The state has a deep historical connect, a rich culture and a treasure trove of tourist attractions as monuments, forts, temples, waterfalls, sacred groves, national parks and sanctuaries. Some of the popular folk arts and dances of the state are Nirmal Art, Kalamkari and Deccani paintings; Burra Katha, Oggukatha, Perini Shivathandavam, Gobbi dance among others.
"Telangana state won the ‘Promising State of the Year Award 2015’ from CNBC - TV18. The Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation (TSTDC) is the state government agency and it has been actively working to promote the newly formed state of Telangana.
Telangana has a lot to offer the discerning traveller and is well-known for its hospitality and multicultural, pluralistic society. The state offers religious pilgrimages, heritage sites, nature tours, wildlife sighting and adventure options to tourists. Hyderabad its capital is a buzzing town that holds a rich promise to tourists, besides its renowned heritage monuments. Some other touristy destinations are Warangal, Nalgonda, Khammam and Nizamabad.
The state celebrates all Indian festivities with gusto and has some local festivals as Bathukamma and Bonalu which are celebrated with a lot of gaiety and fanfare.
Telangana lies in the South, and the best time to visit is from October to March, when the weather is pleasant and dry. Summers can be scorching and monsoons too wet.
"Telangana boasts a rich heritage, vibrant culture and unique cuisine that makes it a major tourist draw. It has many natural sites as waterfalls, national wildlife parks and sanctuaries, though its historical cities and towns are its main go-to places.
Hyderabad its capital is renowned for the singular Charminar, the amazing artifacts of Salarjung Museum, the imposing Golconda Fort and the charming Qutub Shahi tombs. Besides, the recently built Ramoji Film City - the largest integrated film city in the world, and the Buddha statue on Hussain Sagar lake - which is the world's tallest monolith of Buddha. Tourists are also enticed by its rich cuisine, bustling markets - most well-known for pearls, and its contemporary nightlife.
The city of Warangal is known for its striking Warangal fort and the intriguing Thousand Pillars Temple. Some other prominent attractions are the Bhadrakali Temple, Ramappa Temple, the Ramappa lake and Pakhal lake among others.
The towns of Karimnagar, Nizamabad and Khamman boast historical monuments as forts and temples, as well as wildlife sanctuaries. Nalgonda is best known for the world’s largest masonry dam - the Nagarjuna Sagar dam which is located here.
"Telangana is well-connected to all parts of India with an extensive rail network and national highways, as well as international and domestic flights.
By Air : Hyderabad boasts an international airport - Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, which was adjudged as one of the best international airports. It connects the state to innumerable national and international cities with hundreds of flights taking off and landing everyday. Hyderabad’s domestic airport is the Nadirgul airport. Domestic air travel is also available to two more cities namely Warangal and Ramagundam.
By Rail : Secunderabad - the twin city of Hyderabad, is the headquarters of South Central Railways. Warangal and Kazipet are also key railway junctions and connect the state to almost all important cities and regions of India.
By Road : Twelve national highways criss-cross the state of Telangana covering about 2616 kms.
"Telangana has an extensive network of smooth roads comprising national highways and state highways that are well-maintained. One can easily travel the length and breadth of the state in one’s own car, rented cars, private tourist buses or the Telangana tourism buses which are efficient and offer luxury travel too. The deep network of railways also enable smooth travel within the major cities.
Hyderabad is well networked with the MMTS (multi-modal transport system) - its suburban rail network that connects various part of Hyderabad, going till Secunderabad. The city is also connected with local buses, which provide quick and efficient service. Private cabs and cab operators as Ola and Uber make life convenient for tourists. Private city tour buses are also available, though generally need to be booked in advance.
Most of the cities and towns in Telangana have their own network of cabs, buses, autorickshaws and rickshaws, making travel easy.
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