INTRODUCTIONThe "city of lakes" is perhaps the most romantic and beautiful cities of India. In contrast to its neighborhood it stands out with an enchanting image of white marble palaces, placid blue lakes, gardens and temples surrounded by hills and mountains. It was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 A.D.on the shores of lake Pichola.
The most striking landmarks of the city are the City Palace and the Lake Palace.Udaipur is the most colorful city in Rajasthan. Festivals and celebration, music and dance punctuate its barrenness.Udaipur, not only the city is lovely and full of tourist places, city around also offers some of worth visiting places in vicinity.
ORIENTATIONVisakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh is located on the eastern shore of India, nestled among the hills of the Eastern Ghats and facing the Bay of Bengal to the east.
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Chandanotsavam or Chandana YatraThis festival falls in the month of March and is celebrated in Sri Varaha Lakshminarasimha temple. During this festival the deity of this temple is fully covered with fresh layer of sandalwood.
Visakha UtsavThis is a major utsav which is organized by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development in the month of January. The festival highlights the arts, crafts and cuisine of Vishakhapatnam.Various cultural programmes like exhibitions, fashion shows, food fairs are conducted in the Rama Krishna beach.
PLACES OF WORSHIP
SimhachalamOne of the most exquisitely sculpted shrines of Andhra Pradesh and is located at a distance of about 16kms from Vizag among thickly wooded hills. The beautifully carved 16-pillared natya mantapa and the 96 pillared kalyana mandapa bear testimony to the architectural briliance of the temple. A thick layer of sandalwood paste covers the image of the presiding deity's Lakshminarasimha Swamy.
Mother Mary's Church ( Rose Hill)Among the line of three hills, the central and the highest mount Ross Hill is named after Monsieur Ross. He has built a house on it in 1864 which was later converted into a Roman Catholic Chapel 'Mother Mary's Church'. The pathway to the church is lined with shrines of the stages of the cross. There were excellent views of the ship building yard from here.
Sri Venkateswara Swamy KondaThough this is a Hindu temple archeology excavations says that it was built by a European Captain Blackmoor in 1866.The main feature of this temple is the steep pyramidal gopura.It is built in such a way there is a clear view of the inner harbour from this temple.
Darga KondaDarga Konda, the north hillock of the line of three hills has a mosque and the mausoleum of the Muslim saint, Baba Ishaq Madina who was revered for his prophecies. It has been visited and venerated by Hindu and Muslim devotees alike.
PLACES OF INTEREST
RushikondaThis beach is just 8kms from Vizag and has goden sand and surf with sea and has hill cottages overlooking the grand ocean.
Dolphin's Nose and the PortThe captivating symbol of Vizag that charms the young and old alike is the headland Dolphin's nose. At 358 metres above sea level, with a lighthouse atop the hill, Dolphin's nose is aptly named.
BheemunipatnamThe 25km stretch of road literally hugging the coastline from Visakhapatnam to Bheemunipatnam has a view that is simply breathtaking.Bheemunipatnam known as Bhimli is the second oldest muncipality in the country.
Lawson's BayA beautiful beach that falls on the way to Kailasagiri hill, Lawson's bay is an ideal spot or sea bathing and surfing.
AppikondaAppikonda is a small village located 18-kms from Visakhapatnam which houses the Appikonda temple whose presiding deity is Lord Shiva. Records tells that it was in this place Kapila Maha Muni has installed the idol of Somalingeswara Swamy and thus the name - Kapilakonda which was over the ages changed to Apillakonda and further to Appikonda.
Legacy of The BuddhaVishakhapatnam is surrounded by ancient Buddhist sites, most of which have been excavated recently.
Submarine MuseumSubmarine Museum, 'Smritika' set up nearby the Vishakapatanam port, is located at the serene beach named the Rama Krishna Beach. The museum started functioning in 2001 was converted from INS Kusura, a Russian built submarine. Only one of these kinds in India and Asian continent, this Submarine Museum attracts many
Ramakrishna BeachJIt is Vizag's favourite evening sojourn. An aquarium, the Kali temple, Visakha museum, a rare submarine museum and roadside restaurants offering seafood are the other attractions.
Kailasagiri HillA charming hill on the northern side of the city, Kailasagiri offers a spectacular view of the long shoreline and the cityspace of Vizag.
VUDA ParkThis park is a place for leisure and amusement for the urban dwellers. A well equipped gym; pleasure rides on horses and camels, skating rink, boating, musical fountain are the enticing attractions of the park.
Indira Gandhi zoological parkSpread over 450 acres, the Indira Gandhi zoological park houses exotic species of birds and animals in natural habitat.
SHOPPINGThough Visakhapatnam is a big industrial area the list for shopping here is quite interesting. And for the tourists for come here it is very easy to shop for the shops are mostly concentrated in the same area.Visakhapatnam is also famous for jewelry, handicrafts, clothes and traditional South Indian metal utensils.Vizag is also known for its woodcarvings and sculptures. The shoppers list in Vizag includes spices, pickles, spices, soaps, perfumes, musical instruments, handmade paper and Indian tea. Some common area for shopping is
Lepakshi Emporium Eastern, Art Museum and Girijan Co-operative Society - handicrafts.
Dabagardens - sports gears, ranging from cricket sets to skates.
Kurupam Market - gold and silver jewelry.
Markets at Waltair
1.Fortune Inn Sree Kanya
47-10-34, & 35, Dwarkanagar, Dwaraka Nagar, Visakhapatnam
2.Trupthi Non Veg Parcels & Restaurants
4.Vandana House of North Indian Chats
10-1-11, Asilmetta Junction, Visakhapatnam-3
5.The Driven Dawat's Food Park
Siripuram Junction, Visakhapatnam-2
6.Yummy's Food Court
Vizag Towers, Asilmetta, Visakhapatnam-3
C/o Daspalla Executive Court, Waltair Main Road, Visakhapatnam - 530 002.
Jagadamba Centre, Visakhapatnam-20
Hotel Daspalla Premises Suryabagh, Visakhapatnam-530 020
10.Vandana House of North Indian Chats
10-1-11, Asilmetta Junction, Visakhapatnam-3
1.Green Park - Visakhapatnam
Waltair Main Road, Visakhapatnam
Andhra Pradesh INDIA. 530002
0891 - 661 51 51
Visakhapatnam, Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Dr. No. : 10-4-15, Ramnagar,
Visakhapatnam - 530 003,
Andhra Pradesh, India.
4.Welcomhotel Grand Bay
Beach Rd, Maharani Peta, Visakhapatnam, Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
5.Palm Beach Hotels Ltd
B Road, Waltair, Vishakhapatnam, Andhra pradesh 530023
6.Fortune Inn Sree Kanya
47-10-34, & 35, Dwarkanagar Dwaraka Nagar,
7.WelcomHotel Grand Bay,
8.10-50-1/C, Near Raghavendra Swamy Temple
Waltair Main Road, Vishakhapatnam
BEACH ROADVISHAKAPATNAMANDHRA PRADESHINDIA
10.Sai Priya Resorts
Rushikonda, Visakhapatnam, Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh