Crowned as the HITEC City, Hyderabad is also eminent for its rich traditions and edifying exposure. And the true colour of Hyderabad heritage and its cultural practices are best portrayed when a wide range of festivals are organised here with great enthusiasm. One such high-flying festival organised here is the Deccan Festival. Every year ample of tourists flock here to experience the charm of this cultural showcase, which is organised by APTDC (Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation). Let’s have glimpse about the Deccan Festival.
About the Festival:
In order to sustain the old tradition of Andhra Pradesh and keep the culture of Deccan area alive, every year Deccan Festival is celebrated in the month of February. This year the Deccan Festival is going to unveil its cultural appearance on February 25, and the melodious fiesta will be culminated on 1st March 2017.
In Andhra Pradesh, Deccan Festival is also popular as the Hyderabad Festival. An interesting fact about this popular festival is that it predominantly celebrates and reflects the rich culture of the Qutab Shahi dynasty; and thus this festival is organised in the tomb of Qutub Shahi.
Key Attractions of the Festival:
For artistic freaks, the Deccan Festival in Hyderabad encloses load of fun and excitement by bringing the actual spirit of HITEC City to life. This festival provides an excellent opportunity for various promising artists of the city by allowing them to showcase their talents along with many legendry artists on the same platform.
This is a five-day carnival featuring a blend of vivacious artworks and cultural performances exhibiting some breath-taking dance performances, poetry, mushairas, electrifying Qawalli and fascinating Ghazal nights. Thus during these five days, you can rejoice an excellent blend of art, literature and love when the whole state comes lively.
Apart from experiencing a cultural extravaganza of music, dance and innovative crafts, the festival also exhibits a great array of scrumptious Hyderabadi cuisines. For a shopaholic on the other hand, various stalls are also set in the fair exhibiting radiant jewelleries, local arts, gleaming pearls and colourful bangles.
Thus, the overall ambience of the festival amidst the musical nights and Nawabi cuisines of Hyderabad will plunge you to an incredible feat of delight.
Located nearly 12Kms away from the festival venue, one more prominent symbol of Qutub Shahi Dynasty is the Charminar. Visiting the Charminar after attending a powerhouse fiesta is truly an amazing experience for every tourist.
The square structure of Charminar was set up in 1591 CE, and this is one of the historic monuments and iconic mosque in Hyderabad. The name of this unique monument was derived from two words ‘Char’ and ‘Minar’ wherein the word ‘Char’ means four and the word ‘Minar’ indicates tower. Thus, the structure of Charminar has four majestic towers. The construction of this iconic monument was made of minced marbles, mortars, granite and sandstones. Tourists can visit here on all week days, and the best time to visit here is from 9.30AM to 5.30PM.
Proximate the stately centrepiece, a budding market area is also there. This market is popular as Laad Baazar, where you will find around 1400 shops showcasing dazzling ornaments, delicate bangles and lustrous pearls.
Moving ahead, numerous eateries are also there where you can relish some luscious eatables including fast foods, Biryani, Ice candies and dry fruits. In addition, having a sip of Irani Chai around the Charminar is quite refreshing.
How to Go:
Hyderabad is reckoned amongst the easily accessible cities in India, and the city is well-connected to various international destinations as well. Tourists who are planning to attend the Deccan Festival in Hyderabad can commute here via any of the following modes:
By Air: Hyderabad has its own international airport connecting all major cities across the globe. Situated around 22Kms away from the city in Begumpet area, the air connectivity between Rajiv Gandhi International Airport and other major cities is quite convenient. From airport premises tourist will get many prepaid taxis and cabs to travel further.
By Train: With existence of three important railway stations, the railway connectivity in Hyderabad is excellent. Three key stations here include Hyderabad Railway Station, Kachiguda Railway Station and Secunderabad Railway Station. You will find many regular trains to reach Hyderabad from the places like Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai. Some of the key trains to reach Hyderabad are Konark Express, Shatabdi Express, Konark Express, Andhra Pradesh Express, Charminar Express, Kacheguda Express, Hyderabad Express etc. From railway station you can hire a taxi or a cab to reach your destination.
By Road: Just like the comprehensive air and railway connectivity, the roadway network of Hyderabad is equally excellent. There are various regular buses for travellers that run under APSRTC (Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation). In addition, travellers can also make their choice from deluxe, Volvo, sleeper, super deluxe and air-conditioned buses. The bus terminal of Hyderabad conveniently connects various cities like Hampi (377Kms) Mumbai (705KMs), Tirupati (555Kms), Chennai (627Kms), Bangalore (570Kms) and Aurangabad (562Kms).
Places to Stay:
Being the commercial and IT hub, Hyderabad is frequently visited by numerous travellers from different parts of the country. Though, this is not the only reason for which the city is visited mostly. On the contrary, it is the rich cultural and Nawabi heritage that often pulls many tourists to visit Hyderabad. Considering this mounting footfall of tourists throughout the calendar, Andhra Pradesh Tourism has come out with various swanky and budgetary resorts, hotels and lodges in the city. Depending on the time, location and types of the accommodations you book, the charges may vary.
However, some of the reasonable staying options in Hyderabad ranging between INR 1000 and INR 5000 are listed for you as follows:
#Treebo Grand Plaza
No 5-9-88/A/1, Beside Haj House,
Opposite Public Gardens,
Nampally Hyderabad India 500001
#The Art Boutique Hotel
Plot Number 4 Jayabheri 4 Seasons,
Gowlidoddi, Gachibowli 50032
Hyderabad India 50032
#Katriya Hotel and Towers
8, Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda, Banjara Hills,
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Hyderabad India 500082
#Prestige Service Apartment
Harmony Elite Building, Prathika Nagar,
Street No.3, Madhapur-81 Near Maxcure Hospital
Hyderabad India 500081
#Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
#8-2-409 Rd No 6 Banjara Hills
Hyderabad India 500034
#The Park, Hyderabad
22, Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda
Hyderabad India 500082
So if you happen to be there in the last week of February, don’t forget to witness the charming five-days Deccan Festival in Hyderabad. This festival will offer you a great showcase of rich tradition and heritage of the city that you will cherish for long. Trying some luscious Nawabi cuisines followed by electrifying Qawalli and Ghazal performances will validate your expedition to a large extent.
|Event Name||Deccan Festival|
|Date||25th February to 1st March 2017 (total 5 days)|
|Venue||Qutub Shahi Tombs, Hyderabad|
|Organiser||Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation|