The formation of Telangana in 2014 made headlines everywhere. Carved out of Andhra Pradesh, this area was once ruled by Hindu and Muslim monarchs, the evidence of which is still visible today. On a long journey in the state, I was keen to see and explore the diversity I’d heard so much about. Did you know that the region had emerged as the foremost centre of culture in the subcontinent during the rule of the Kakatiya, Qutb Shahi and Asaf Jahi dynasties?
On a trail through the ancient towns, the culture-rich city of Hyderabad, and tourist-friendly Warangal, exploring Telangana felt like a dream. I was stunned by the juxtaposition of the different cultures I came across; from architectural marvels to colourful festivals, delicious feasts to the warmth of local hospitality. I was particularly impressed by the massive forts and monolithic rock sculptures that bore exquisite and finely-carved details, made thousands of years ago. The elaborate minarets are now home to pigeons, always a highlight for photo-friendly tourists.