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"Buddhist Pilgrimage Site in South India"

Nagarjunakonda Tourism

A Buddhist town that flaunts age-old tools, Buddhist stupas, statues, monasteries and scriptures; Nagarjunakonda is one of the famous Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India. Located 150km from Hyderabad, near the Nagarjuna Sagar Reservoir, the town is believed to have been existed for almost 1800 years. Excavations have revealed ancient artefacts that are proof of Buddhist civilisation.

It is also said that the famous Buddhist monk Nagarjuna after whom this place is named, lived here and preached during the 2nd century AD. Owing to this, Nagarjunakonda was discovered around 1926 and is revered as an important historic site, for Buddhism scholars and followers this is a pilgrim spot. For regular tourists, this place happens to be a great weekend getaway.

Things to do in Nagarjunakonda

1. Nagarjunakonda Caves/ Museum

Nagarjunakonda Caves/ Museum
Situated at the top of the hill, these caves depict the life of the Buddhist Civilization that existed here centuries ago. From the beautifully carved sculptures, the inscriptions on the cave walls to (Read More) the life sized statues and relics of Buddha, this cave offers a visual treat for history enthusiasts.

2. Dhamma Nagajjuna

Dhamma Nagajjuna
The Chief abbot of Nalanda University, Acharya Nagarjuna established a University and meditation centre. Many people from far and near came to learn the Dhamma and helped in spreading it all over Sout (Read More)heast Asia.

3. Kaman Bazaar

Kaman Bazaar
This place is famous for clothes and accessory shopping.

4. Nagarjunasagar Dam/Waterfall

Nagarjunasagar Dam/Waterfall
Built between the years 1955-1967, it is the largest masonry dam in the world. It lies on the Krishna River and shares its banks with Guntur and Nalgonda districts.

5. Gandhi Chowk

Gandhi Chowk
This the main market for Jewellery trade.

How to Reach Nagarjunakonda

How to Reach Overview

Vijayawada is the nearest airport situated at a distance of around 65 km. It is well connected to the major cities via a proper network of roadways. Macherla is the closest train station only 20 km from Nagarajunakonda. 

How to reach Nagarjunakonda by flight

Vijayawada is the nearest airport situated at a distance of around 65 km. It receives frequent flights from all the major cities. Another nearby airport is the Hyderabad airport, which is around 165 km from Nagarajunakonda. From here, you can either hire a taxi or take a bus till Nagarajunakonda.

How to reach Nagarjunakonda by road

Nagarjunakonda has good road connectivity with buses plying regularly form Hyderabad, Guntur, and Vijayawada. There are state run buses as well as private buses. You can also hire a car or a taxi from these destinations up to Nagarajunakonda, and you can continue with the same taxi to explore the city. 

How to reach Nagarjunakonda by train

Nagarajunakonda doesn't have a railway station of its own. The nearest train station is the Macherla railway station, which is 20 km from Nagarajunakonda and is well connected via buses and taxis.

How to reach Nagarjunakonda by waterways

From Vijayapuri, there are launches that take you to the hills of Nagarjuna. The timings of these launches are 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM and the return in an hour.

Local transport in Nagarjunakonda

Local buses are the cheapest mode of transport here. However if you're time bound, hiring a cab or private vehicle for a day would be more feasible. You can also avail short fare taxis to commute to your planned destinations. To reach the ranges, boat is preferable and is also a more exciting route.

Nagarjunakonda Photos

Nagarjunakonda, Andhra Pradesh
Nagarjuna Sagar Dam - One of the Largest Reservoir in India
Statue of Buddha in Nagarjunasagar Cave
Ruins of the Historic Buddhist Site in Nagarjunakonda

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FAQs on Nagarjunakonda

What is famous about Nagarjunakonda?

Quaint Buddhist town. Archaeological site. Picturesque and beautiful.

What is not so good about Nagarjunakonda?

Can get sweltering during the summers. Can be crowded during the peak season.

Who should visit Nagarjunakonda?

It is an ideal spot to go back in time. It is a site of archaeological importance and has caves that will leave adults and kids equally mesmerised. It is the perfect spot to sit back and relax. It is also rich in flora and fauna. It is an ideal place for families, history enthusiasts, and also adventure lovers.

What is the best time to visit Nagarjunakonda?

It has a tropical climate, and hence it is very hot during the summers and receives moderate rainfall during the monsoon. The best season to visit Nagarajunakonda is the winter season. The temperature remains comfortable and is apt for sightseeing. The best months to visit are from October to March.

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What is the local food in Nagarjunakonda?

The local cuisine here is predominated by rich spices. Owing to it's history of Persian rulers and it's own traditions, the food found here is an efficient mix of different cultures. Telugu, Persian and Hyderabadi style of cooking all find a delicious blend in the local cuisine.
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What is the best way to reach Nagarjunakonda?

Vijayawada is the nearest airport situated at a distance of around 65 km. It is well connected to the major cities via a proper network of roadways. Macherla is the closest train station only 20 km from Nagarajunakonda. 
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How much does a package cost for Nagarjunakonda?

The packages for Nagarjunakonda start at INR 5000 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the places near Nagarjunakonda?

The top places near to Nagarjunakonda are Nagarjunsagar which is 10 km from Nagarjunakonda, Srisailam which is located 63 km from Nagarjunakonda, Hyderabad which is located 125 km from Nagarjunakonda, Nalgonda which is located 74 km from Nagarjunakonda, Kurnool which is located 149 km from Nagarjunakonda

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Kovid Kapoor

5 years ago
- Summers are extremely hot here so make sure you check the weather before you plan a trip.
- Be sure to make advanced bookings at the hotels especially if you're going for the weekend.
- Carry (Read More) torches, good shoes and a backpack to use while exploring the caves, they involve a bit of a climb.
- Even if you're not staying for the night, carry an extra change of clothes in case you get wet while exploring the dam and the waterfall.
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