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Hyderabad

Location Hyderabad district, Andhra Pradesh
Temperature Summer: Max 40°C and Min 22°C , Winter:Max 22°C and Min 13.8°C
Major Attractions Charminar, Golconda Fort, Falaknuma Palace, Chowmahalla
Best Time to Visit October to February
Languages Spoken Telgu, Urdu and English
Charminar - Hyderabad

The city of Nawabs, Hyderabad is a land basking in the glory of its rich cultural and architectural heritage. Popularly known as the 'City of Pearls', this cosmopolitan city is a hub of Information Technology and Biotechnology. Located on the Deccan Plateau and the Musi River, it is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. Be it culture or geography, this city shows a great deal of diversity. Hyderabad reflects a perfect combination of old-world charm and modernity. Attracting tourists from across the globe, this city is the most popular destination of Andhra Pradesh.


History
This magnificent city was founded around 500 years ago and since then it growing at a fast pace. Once it was one of the most wealthiest princely states of India. Several rulers such as Muhammad Quli Shah, the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and Asaf Jah I ruled over this place and left their impressions on its culture.


Major Attractions

Charminar
Truly an architectural marvel, Charminar is a must-visit attraction of Hyderabad. Its foundation was laid by Mohammad Quli Qutab Shah in 1591. Its Cazia style of architecture and exquisite carvings leave the onlookers spell bound. There is a nobleĀ  legend attached to it.


Golconda Fort
Its glorious history dates back to around 400 years ago. It is not only famous for its architectural brilliance but also for its acoustic effects.


Chowmahalla Palace
Luxurious to the hilt, this palace reflects the perfect combination of different architectural styles. Once the abode of the Nizam, this palace has many apartments, each having its own attractions to offer. Maintained flawlessly, the palace was built in 1750.


Falaknuma Palace
Built in 1884, Falaknuma Palace is beautifully modeled in the form of a Scorpio. Made entirely in Italian marble, the palace is famous all over the world for its rareĀ  Jade (an ornamental stone) collection. There are many attractions in the palace.


Shopping
The most famous shopping item in Hyderabad is pearl. Apart from the beautiful and shinning pearls and other precious stones, the city offers wonderful paintings, Kondapalli toys, bags, shoes, Bidri metal craft and Banjara mirror work. Another specialty of the city is 'Zardozi' embroidery work.

The best places for shopping in the city are Basheerbagh, Abids and Nampally. Laad bazaar and Begum bazaar are the two famous shopping spots in the city.


Cuisine
Hyderabadi cuisine is a combination of Mughalai cuisine and Persian cuisine. The most famous dish of this city is Hyderabadi Biryani. Some of the other famous culinary delights that the city offers are Qubani ka meetha, phirni, nahari kulche(non-vegetarian), kaddu ki kheer, sheer Qorma, mirchi ka saalan, til ki chutney and kheema aaloo.


Accommodation
Hyderabad is a famous tourist destination of India. It provides a variety of accommodation options starting from the five star hotels to the budget hotels. Depending on your budget you can choose a hotel from a variety of options.


How To Reach

By Air: The airport at Hyderabad connects it to the major cities of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Nagpur etc. The city also has an international airport.

By Rail: The railway network connects Hyderabad with the main places in the city and the major cities of India such as Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Bhubaneshwar.

By Road: Hyderabad is well connected to the main places in the country by National Highways- NH-7 and NH-9. Private buses and auto rickshaw are the major means of transport within the city.

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