Visakhapatnam also known as Vizag is the largest city and the financial capital of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.The city is the administrative headquarters of Visakhapatnam district and the Eastern Naval Command of Indian Navy.Its geographical location is amidst Eastern Ghats mountain range and the coast of Bay of Bengal.It is the most populous city in the state with a population of 2,035,922 making it 14th largest city in the country. It is also the 9th most populous metropolitan area in India with a population of 5,340,000.With an output of $43.5 billion, Visakhapatnam is the ninth-largest contributor to India’s overall gross domestic product as of 2016.
The Visakhapatnam city is home to the oldest shipyard and the only natural harbour on the east coast of India.Visakhapatnam Portis the fifth-busiest cargo port in India, and the city is home to the headquarters of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Command. Visakhapatnam is a major tourist destination and is particularly known for its beaches.It is referred to by many nicknames such asThe City of Destiny and The Jewel of the East Coast.It has been selected as one of the Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under the Smart Cities Mission. As per the Swachhta Sarvekshan rankings of 2017, it is the third cleanest city in India.
Araku Valley is a Hill station in Visakhapatnam district in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. It is a valley in the Eastern Ghatsinhabited by different tribes.It is located in the Eastern Ghats about 114 kilometres (71 mi) from Visakhapatnam, close to the Odisha state border. The Anantagiri and Sunkarimetta Reserved Forest which are part of Araku Valley, are rich in biodiversity and is mined for bauxite.Galikonda hill rising to a height of 5,000 feet (1,500 m) is amongst the highest peaks in Andhra Pradesh. The average rainfall is 1,700 millimetres (67 in), bulk of which is received during June–October.The altitude is about 1300 m above the sea level. The valley spreads around 36 KM.
Hyderabad is the capital of the southern Indian state of Telanganaand de jure capital of Andhra Pradesh. Occupying 650 square kilometres (250 sq mi) along the banks of the Musi River, it has a population of about 6.7 million and a metropolitan population of about 7.75 million, making it the fourth most populous city and sixth most populous urban agglomeration in India. At an average altitude of 542 metres (1,778 ft), much of Hyderabad is situated on hilly terrain around artificial lakes, including Hussain Sagar—predating the city’s founding—north of the city centre.
Established in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, Hyderabad remained under the rule of the Qutb Shahi dynasty for nearly a century before the Mughals captured the region. In 1724, Mughal viceroy Asif Jah I declared his sovereignty and created his own dynasty, known as the Nizams of Hyderabad. The Nizam’s dominions became a princely state during the British Raj, and remained so for 150 years, with the city serving as its capital. The city continued as the capital of Hyderabad State after it was brought into the Indian Union in 1948, and became the capital of Andhra Pradesh after the States Reorganisation Act, 1956. Since 1956, Rashtrapati Nilayam in the city has been the winter office of the President of India. In 2014, the newly formed state of Telangana split from Andhra Pradesh and the city became the joint capital of the two states, a transitional arrangement scheduled to end by 2025.