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By Akash Shukla

Andhra Pradesh has always been the front-runner in attracting maximum visitors, inland, and foreign.

Not just naturally and culturally, but ecologically and religiously rich tourist destinations open doors to visitors in Andhra Pradesh. With treasures of visual treat in stock, the state allows multiple vents of delightful experiences for visitor gratification.

The state of Andhra Pradesh is a symbolic evidence of abundantly visible natural resources. With longest eastern coastline and a strong trail of Buddha’s glory, the state speaks volumes with pristine splendor, citadels, forts, and architectural masterpieces.

The late emperors built monuments, tombs, palaces and memorials. All of this reflects the craftsmanship and the architecture that found its inception on this land.
The tourism here opens up to hills, ridges and valleys. If that’s not all, it also offers meadows, beach waves, hill stations, virgin forests, and caves.

Venkateswara Temple, Tirumala

Tirumala templeThe temple is a Vaishnavite temple located in the hill town of Tirumala at Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India. The temple is dedicated to god Venkateswara, an incarnation of Vishnu.

It is believed that he appeared here to save mankind from trials and troubles of Kaliyuga, therefore, the spot is also known as Kaliyuga Vaikuntham and the deity here is alluded to as Kaliyuga Prathyaksha Daivam.

The temple is also known by many other names, namely, Tirumala temple, Tirupati Balaji temple and Tirupati temple.

Kanaka Durga Temple


The temple is a well-known Hindu holy space of Goddess Durga. It is situated in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. The temple is located on the Indrakeeladri hill, on the banks of river Krishna. Durgaa Sapthashati, Kaalika puraana, and other Vedic literature speak of goddess Kanaka Durga on the Indrakeelaadri and they have described the deity as Swayambhu, (self-manifested) in Triteeya kalpa.

In accordance with the legend, the now verdant Vijayawada was once upon a time a rocky-hilly region that obstructed the flow of River Krishna. Consequently, the land was rendered unfit for habitation or cultivation. Lord Shiva was invoked for divine intervention so that the passage for the river could be managed. With Shiva’s blessings, the river started flowing unimpeded with all its might, through the tunnels or ‘Bejjam’. This is how the place got its name Bezawada.

Simhachalam Temple

Simhachalam templeSimhadri or Simhachalam is a Hindu temple located in Visakhapatnam. It is dedicated to Narasimha (the man-lion god), a lord Vishnu incarnation. The architectural style of the central shrine is Kalinga.

In Odia, Simha means lion and Anchala means hill. The temple is situated at the top of a hill; hence the temple is called Simhachalam. Lion-man incarnation Sri Varahalakshmi Narasimha Swamy is the temple’s presiding deity. The temple is one of the 18 Narasimha Kshetras in India.


KailasagiriIt is a hilltop park in Visakhapatnam which was developed by Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) comprising of 380 acres of land. The area is covered with a lot of flora. At a height of 360 feet, it also witnesses beaches and forests. On an average, around three lakh Indian and foreign tourists visit this place annually.


Golconda FortAlso known as Golla konda (shepherd’s hill), it is a fort of Southern India and capital of the medieval sultanate of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. The site is located 11 km west of Hyderabad. The place is known for the mines that have produced some of the world’s most famous gems, including the Koh-i-Noor, the Hope Diamond and the Nassak Diamond.

In Incredible Andhra, temples and shrines are important destinations that draw tourist traffic and act as a big source of revenue flow.

With museums, archaeological treasures, weaponry and an array of objects that symbolize the culture and marvels of the territory, the city never turns a blind eye towards culture aficionados.

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Microsoft takes ‘Project Sangam’ to Middle East and Africa

"Project Sangam" was commenced from Andhra Pradesh

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In a bid to bridge the widening skill gap, Microsoft on Monday announced expansion of the capabilities of its Cloud-powered “Project Sangam” to the Middle East and Africa.

Launched in India by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella last year, “Project Sangam” is a Cloud-hosted platform that leverages Azure services and professional networking platform LinkedIn to support new entrants to the job market, enabling key stakeholders across the skilling ecosystem find the right talent.

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“Lack of skilled resources is one of the key issues that governments across the world are facing. There is an enormous scope for technology to come in to address the skill gap that exists in the workforce today,” Anil Bhansali, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise, said in a statement.

Nadella launched “Project Sangam” to help the Indian government not only train but also assist people get jobs via LinkedIn that was acquired by the company for $26.2 billion in an all-cash deal in 2016. “Project Sangam” was commenced from Andhra Pradesh.

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“‘Sangam’ is the first project that wields the combined strength of LinkedIn and Microsoft to tackle the challenge of how to provide every person the opportunity to skill themselves,” added Bhansali who is also Managing Director of Microsoft India (R&D) Private Limited. As part of the expansion, Microsoft South Africa and the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) have launched “Thint’iMillion”, an online mass learning system.

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The project was first launched in Andhra Pradesh. VOA

Part of the “Tshepo 1Million Digital Mass” learning programme, the “Thint’iMillion” programme will be deployed on “Project Sangam”, allowing young people to access content via an on-phone app (Android only), tablet mode (Windows and Android) as well as an interactive web portal. IANS