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Durga Puja & Diwali Special Train 2013 From Chennai

The List of Durga Puja and Diwali Special trains 2013 has been announced by the Indian Railway. The trains from Chennai to various other destination are as follows:

Train No.02507 – leave CHENNAI CENTRAL at 11:00 hrs. and reach KAMAKHYA(ASSAM)at 12:00 hrs.

Train No.06003 – leave CHENNAI CENTRAL at 21:00 hrs. and reach MANGALORE JN(Mangalore)at 12:45 hrs.

Train No.08042 – leave CHENNAI CENTRAL at 07:30 hrs. and reach SANTRAGACHI JN(West Bengal)at 11:00 hrs.

More train will be announced soon. Will update accordingly.



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The Gate way hotel

The City of Vijayawada

The city of Vijayawada is also called as “The Business Capital City

vijayawada city

Vijayawada city

Vijayawada  is the biggest city of the Krishna District and the third largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India, after Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam, with an area of 61.88 km2. The city has a population of 1,048,240 (2011 Census)  while the population of the metropolitan area is 1,491,202.[2] The name Vijayawada, meaning “Land of Victory”, is derived from the presiding deity, Kanaka Durga, also called Vijaya. The city is also popularly known by its historic name Bezawada, which is used by the Indian Railways in assigning its railway station code “BZA”.

The city has originated on the northern bank of the river Krishna. It was ruled by different dynasties from time to time, including the Gajapathis of Orissa, Eastern Chalukyas and the great ruler Krishna Deva Raya. By the time of construction of anicut over the river Krishna in 1885 AD, it took shape as small settlement on the eastern side of the Indrakiladri hills.

Today, the city is home to many of the most well-recognized educational institutions in Andhra Pradesh. It is well connected to other regions by road, air and rail, and has the second biggest railway junction in India.

Indrakaladri temple

Goddes kanakaDurga  temple


One of the many mythologies associated with this place is that Arjuna prayed to Lord Shiva on top of Indrakeela hill to win His blessings and the city derived its name “Vijayawada” after this victory. Another popular legend is about the triumph of goddess Kanakadurga over the demon King Mahishasura. It is said that the growing menace of demons became unbearable for the natives. Sage Indrakila practiced severe penance, and when the goddess appeared the sage pleaded Her to reside on his head and keep vigil on the wicked demons. As per his wishes of killing the demons, Goddess Durga made Indrakila Her permanent abode. Later, She also slayed the demon king Mahishasura freeing the people of Vijayawada from evil

At the Kanakadurga temple, the enchanting 4-foot-high (1.2 m) icon of the deity is bedecked in glittering ornaments and bright flowers. She is shown eight arms, each holding a powerful weapon, in a standing posture over the demon Mahishashura and piercing him with her trident. The goddess is the epitome of beauty.[citation needed]

Special pujas are performed during Dasara also called Navaratri. The most significant are Saraswati puja and Theppotsavam

The festival of Dasara for Goddess “Durga” is celebrated here every year. A large number of pilgrims attend the colourful celebrations and take a holy dip in the Krishna


Vijayawada is surrounded by the Krishna river on the east and west and the Budameru River on the north. The northern, northwestern, and southwestern parts of the city are covered by a low range of hills, while the central, southwestern and northwestern parts are covered by rich and fertile agriculture lands with three major irrigation canals. The topography of Vijayawada is flat, with a few small- to medium-sized hills. The Krishna River runs through the city. These hills are part of the Eastern Ghats cut through by the Krishna river. They have very low elevation compared to the average elevation of the ghats.

The climate is tropical, specifically a tropical wet and dry climate, with hot summers and moderate winters. The peak temperature reaches 47 °C (117 °F) in May–June, while the winter temperature is 20–27 C. The average humidity is 78% and the average annual rainfall is 103 cm.



The region around the city has fertile soil and irrigation is supported by the river Krishna and its canals. Major crops include sugarcane, rice and mango. Vijayawada is famous for automobile body building, garment, iron and hardware small scale industries. The Jawahar Lal Nehru Auto Nagar Industrial Estate in Vijayawada is one of the largest hubs of automobile industry of Asia. There are about 1500 automobile accessory units in the city and near about 100,000 workers are employed in these industries.Garments are mainly sold in Besant Road and Governor Pet, but most upmarket stores have shifted their shops to Bandar Road. The city has many wholesale businesses. They include garments, iron market, pulses, cereals, and other edible products, fancy markets, fertilizers, mango exports, pharmacy and metal.

The total urban market size of Vijayawada for 2008 was estimated at Rs 5526 crores


Vijayawada Loyola college

Vijayawada Loyola college


Vijayawada, also called “Vidyala wada” (Place of Education), occupies a large amount of the education infrastructure of Andhra Pradesh. The city was named “The Educational Sahara” by a foreign ambassador. Education in the city is implemented by the government and private institutions. Vijayawada Municipal Corporation takes care of the government educational institutions.

School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada, an autonomous institute under MHRD, Govt of India.

The first college built in Vijayawada was SRR & CVR Government College. Andhra Loyola College was established in 1953 with Rev. Francis Theo Mathias, SJ as its first principal. KBN College is another popular college in Vijayawada. The first private engineering college in Andhra Pradesh, V R Siddhartha Engineering College, is here. The branch of the premier centre of excellence under the central government, School of Planning and Architecture (SPA, V) has been allocated to Vijayawada and commenced its courses in 2008.

The NTR University of Health Sciences is the first medical university in India. citation needed  It is a public university in the city of Vijayawada. It started functioning  November 1986.


Prakasham Barrage: Built across the river Krishna connecting Guntur District, Prakasham Barrage has created a panoramic lake. Its three canals that run through the city give Vijayawada a Venetian look.

Prakasham Barrage

Prakasham Barrage


Gandhi Hill: The first Gandhi Memorial with seven stupas in the country was constructed on this hill at a height of 500 ft (150 m). The 52 ft (16 m) stupa was unveiled on 6 October 1968 by Dr. Zakir Hussain, the President of India. Gandhi Memorial Library, a Sound and Light Show on Mahatma Gandhi’s life and a planetarium are the other attractions.

Mogalarajapuram Caves: These caves are said to be excavated in 5th century A.D. The caves are reputed to be the first of their kind in South India. The idols of Lord Nataraja, Vinayaka & Arthanareeswara are carved here, but none of the statue are available here.

Victoria Museum: A place for archaeology lovers, Victoria Museum has a carefully preserved collection of ancient sculptures, paintings, idols, weapons, cutlery, and inscriptions.

Kondapalli toys

Kondapalli toys

Hazarat Bal Mosque: A holy relic of the Prophet Mohammed is kept here which is displayed once a year. A large number of non-Muslims too join the celebrations.

Rajiv Gandhi Park: Created by the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation with great     care, this park welcomes the tourists at the entrance of the city with its impressive horticultural network. A mini zoo and a musical water fountain are added to it.


Vijayawada Junction is the second biggest and second busiest railway junction in India and contributes the highest revenues in the South Central Railway region. Situated along the Chennai – Howrah and Chennai – Delhi rail route, Vijayawada Junction is the largest railway junction on the South Central Railway network.


Vijayawada Junction is the second biggest and second busiest railway junction in India and contributes the highest revenues in the South Central Railway region. Situated along the Chennai – Howrah and Chennai – Delhi rail route, Vijayawada Junction is the largest railway junction on the South Central Railway network.




Road Transport

Vijayawada is well connected to the rest of the country by National Highways: NH-5, NH-9 and NH-221. Transport by road from Vijayawada is available in the form of Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) buses. Private bus operators also provide transport services to parts of the country.

All major streets are connected with the Local Public Bus Transit (City Buses) operated by APSRTC. It is the first city in the south to introduce CNG buses in its fleet. Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) is planning to launch Bus Rapid Transit System.

Road Trandsport

Road Transport


Vijayawada is well connected by air. The domestic airport at Gannavaram, about 19 km from the city, connects Vijayawada to Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi. Vijayawada Airport is served by Jet Airways, spicejet and Air India. Annually, about 180,000 passengers use this airport.

vijayawada Gannavaram Airport

Vijayawada Gannavaram Airport


Cricket is the most popular sport, with national-level matches played at Indira Gandhi Stadium. A new international stadium is being built in a 20-acre (81,000 m2) site in Mangalagiri which will be the venue for international and Ranji matches. Only one international cricket match was played between India and West Indies on 24 November 2002 at Indira Gandhi stadium. It was won by West Indies. On 12 December 1997 Women’s Cricket Worldcup only a group match was played between England Women’s Cricket Team and Pakistan Women’s Cricket Team, and it was won by England.


Vijayawada in recent times has become one of the largest retail destinations in Andhra Pradesh. Vijayawada has plenty of jewelery and apparel retail stores. It is heard that Ripples mall and BVR mall are coming up in Vijayawada. Vijayawada has premium retailers viz. Shoppers Stop,



Lifestyle, H&A, Levis, Lee, UCB, Spar, Big Bazaar, Nmart Retails, Planet Fashion. H&A, from Alok Industries Limited, Largest apparel exporter in India, is opened recently in the heart of Besant road is considered to be the best family apparel stores who sell premium apparel at reasonable prices.



Shoppers Stop and Lifestyle have introduced various international brands under its roof. Shoppers Stop is premium retailer from Raheja Group in Mumbai. In this cut-throat competition many brands are not able to pay high rentals which recently increased in Vijayawada. So there is a need for property rental correction or else major brands are paying off their profits as rents.Vijayawada also has many number of famous jewellery showrooms like Joy allukas,Malabar Gold,Kalyan Jewellery,Mbs Jewellery,Tbz Jewellery,Bombay Jewellery etc.

Jewellery shop

Jewellery shop

There are also some star hotels in the city are Gateway Hotel,DV Manor,Fortune Murali Park etc.The city also have KFC Restaurants,Subway Restaurants,Pizza Hut,Pizza Corner,Domino’s Pizza.These all are situated in the MG Road which is the heart of the city.

The Gate way hotel

The Gate way hotel





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