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Observed as the New Year’s Day of the Hindus of Andhra Pradesh, Ugadi is celebrated on the first day of the Hindu Luni-Solar Calendar in the month of Chaitra. As per the Gregorian calendar, it falls in the month of March or April. This Indian festival marks the onset of joy, happiness, hope and light.

Not just in Andhra Pradesh, but Ugadi is also celebrated with an undying spirit and fervour in many other parts of our country with different names. For instance, in Maharashtra, it is celebrated as Gudi Padwa whereas, in Karnataka, it is celebrated as Yugadi.

History of Ugadi 

This has always been an important historic festival of the Hindus. As per the historic records, many donations are made to the temples by the affluent and middle class, alike on this day. 

In its essence, the word Ugadi (also referred to as Yugadi) has been derived from Yuga which means age and adi which means the beginning of something new like the beginning of a new age.  

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This refers to the age after which Lord Krishna left the world. This beginning of a new age has been described by Maharishi Vedavyasa as Yesmin Krishno divamvyataha, Tasmat eeva pratipannam Kaliyugam. 

Geographical Significance

It is interesting to know that the festival of Ugadi marks the beginning of New Year for people who are particularly living between Kaveri and Vindhya rivers. Geographically speaking, it is majorly celebrated by the people who live in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra. 

Major Attractions of Ugadi Festival

This popular Indian festival gives various reasons to people for celebrating the upcoming year in various ways. With the onset of this festival, people wake up early, clean their houses, decorate them with flowers, and wear new clothes.

The Mango leaves festoons are tied to the doors. There is even a special sauce for this special occasion, known as chutney in the local language, which is called Ugadi Pachadi. This chutney is kept in front of the deity of the house while performing Puja rituals. After the Puja, people enjoy a hearty meal together. 

Celebrations 

On this day, the householders also draw beautiful rangolis and exchange gifts with each other. Apart from this, people also indulge in charity events and visit temples. People also prepare various dishes like Pachadi which is a festive food for the festival of Ugadi. 

Pachadi is a combination of almost all the flavours - like it is sweet, a bit sour, salty, bitter and spicy too. As per the local culture, it is a symbolic reminder that a person should expect every kind of flavour from life and make the most out of what life gives them.

How to Reach

Hyderabad is an amazing destination which is all about exploring the charm of Indian history as well as the magic of urban scenery. It is located at an approximate distance of 1,558, 712, 1,504, 569 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Here is how you can reach Hyderabad by the following means of transportation. 

By Air. The best option to reach here would be Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD). This airport was named after the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. 

Many airlines operate to and fro Hyderabad connecting many other Indian cities. 

  • Delhi - Board Air Asia, IndiGo, Spicejet, Vistara flights from Indira Gandhi International Airport. The airfares are starting from Rs.2,000
  • Bengaluru - Board Air Asia, IndiGo, Spicejet, Air India flights from Kempegowda International Airport. The airfares are starting from Rs.1,500
  • Kolkata - Board IndiGo, Spicejet, Air India, Vistara from  Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport. The airfares are starting from Rs.2,500
  • Surat - Board Spicejet, IndiGo, Air India flights from Surat International Airport. The airfares are starting from Rs.3,000
  • Indore - Board IndiGo, Air India, Vistara flights from Indore Airport. The airfares are starting from Rs.2,500

By Train. The city of Hyderabad has three main railway stations namely Hyderabad Railway Station, Secunderabad Railway Station, and Kachiguda Railway Station. All of these railway stations connect various Indian cities. 

Depending upon your location, you decide to deboard at one of these stations.

  • Delhi - Board Telangana Express or Dakshin Express from New Delhi and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station respectively and deboard at the Secunderabad Junction.
  • Mysuru - Board Jaipur Express from Mysuru Junction and deboard at the Kacheguda Junction
  • Bengaluru - Board Kacheguda Express from Bengaluru Cant and deboard at the Kacheguda Station
  • Mumbai - Board Konark Express from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and deboard at the Secunderabad Junction
  • Chennai - Board Hyderabad Express from MGR Chennai CTL and deboard at the Secunderabad Junction
  • Surat - Board RJT SC Express from Surat Junction and deboard at the Secunderabad Junction

By Road. Depending upon your particular geographical location, you can also consider travelling to Hyderabad via road as well. You can choose to travel in your own vehicle, cab or bus.

  • From Vijayawada, the bus fares start from Rs.350
  • From Bengaluru, the bus fares start from Rs.1,500
  • From Mysuru, the bus fares start from Rs.1,100
  • Delhi - 1,558 km via NH44 or NH46
  • Bengaluru - 576 km via NH48 
  • Mumbai - 826 km via NH65 or NH52
  • Surat - 940 km via NH65 or NH52
  • Madurai - 1,168 km via NH44
  • Vijayawada- 275 km via NH65
  • Pune - 695 km via NH65

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here


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