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  • State: Telangana
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • Altitude: 542 m
  • Pincode: 500001
  • District: Rangareddi
  • Language: Telugu,Urdu
  • STD code: 040
  • Weather: Summer 21 to 39°C, Winter 14 to 20°C
Hyderabad is the capital city of the state of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh of South India. Located on the Deccan Plateau, Hyderabad is the fifth largest city of India.  The 400 year old city is located on the banks of the River Musi.

Hyderabad was founded by Muhammad Quli Qutab Shah, the fifth sovereign of the Qutab Shahi dynasty, in the year 1591. Initially, Golconda was the capital of the Qutab Shahi dynasty, who ruled over Deccan during the period 1512 – 1687.

The name Hyderabad literally means ‘city of Hyder’ since it was named after Queen Hyder Mahal, wife of King Qutab Shah. With the help of Iranian architects, Hyderabad was erected in a grid format. The city was modeled on the city of Isfahan of Iran. With the construction of Hyderabad city, it became the capital city of Qutb Shahi rulers.

The cultural facet of Hyderabad is distinctly different from the Telugu culture of the rest of Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad has a rich Hyderabadi culture of its own, a blend of Persian and Telugu cultures, which flourished under the reign of the Qutab Shahis.

Hyderabad is also known as the ‘City of Nizams’ since it was ruled for a long time by the Nizams. The Nizams of Hyderabad were famous as the wealthiest royals in the history of India.  

Today, Hyderabad is one of the leading centres of information technology. The emerging Biotech and IT industries have given the city a global platform. The thriving tourism and IT industries have brought Marriott, Novotel and Taj, the giants in the hospitality industry, to this metropolis.

Tourists who visit Hyderabad can witness the blend of ancestral heritage and modern technology. The deep rooted cultural history of Hyderabad is evident from its monuments, mosques, temples, varied art forms and crafts. The monuments, minarets and mosques of Hyderabad with its impressive architectural style attract visitors.   

Charminar, Jama Masjid, Golconda Fort, Salarjung Museum, Osmania University, Paigah Tombs, Qutub Shahi Tombs, Raymond Tomb, Birla Mandir, Hussain Sagar, Ramoji Film City, etc. are some of the popular attractions of the city of Hyderabad.

Hyderabad also celebrates the Deccan Festival is organised by the Department of Tourism, Andhra Pradesh, every year on 25th February. This five-day long festival reflects the culture and highlights Hyderabad's arts, crafts, culture and the famous Nawabi cuisine.

The pulsating nightlife of Hyderabad is also a major tourist attraction. The bylanes of the Charminar and the authentic Hyderabadi and Andhra cuisine has made Hyderabad a haven for shopaholics and foodies. The best time to visit Hyderabad is October to March.

Hyderabad can be reached from destinations around the country by air, rail and road. There are two International Airports in Hyderabad, Hyderabad International Airport; Rajiv Gandhi International Terminal and a domestic terminal; N T Rama Rao Domestic Terminal, connected with almost all major cities of India and the world. 

Secunderabad and Nampalli Railway stations are well connected to all major cities. 

The city is also well connected by buses run by the state government and other private operators to regions within the state as well as neighbouring states.

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Arunkumar kurapati

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  • Arunkumar kurapati
  • 1 Review
  •  137 readers

"Greater Hyderabad" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Hyderabad is the capital of Telangana. A wonderful city. In ancient days Hyd is called as Bhagyanagaram. The constructor of hyd is Mohammad Khulee Khutub Shah, constructed in 14th century. Bhudha statue situated in Hussain sagar is the beautiful and very peaceful place in whole Hyderabad. The places to visit in Hyderabad are Golkonda Fort, Birla mandir, NTR gardens, laser show in Lumbini Park and so many. The famous food item of hyd is Hyderabadi Dhamka Bryani, not only it's famous in hyd it is also famous all over the world. These are my few words to explain about Greater Hyderabad. Last but not least Hyderabad is going to become metropolitan city in a very few days.
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Viratreddy Bhoomireddy

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  • Viratreddy Bhoomireddy
  • Lives in Kadapa
  • 1 Review
  •  211 readers

"Hotel is very good for outside residents" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Hotel is very good for outside residents with good facilities and best services. Very near to roam all pilgrimage places and all visiting places in the Hyderabad, it is the center for all the places in the city with good facilities and good hygienic rooms and environment.
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Anita kannan

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  • Anita kannan
  • 2 Reviews
  •  426 readers

"Awesome place" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I didn't really plan my trip at Hyderabad and decided to take each day as it came. I simply decided to explore the 'famous places to visit' in Hyderabad and visited Charminar, Salar Jung museum, the ISB campus (not in the list of places to visit), Ramoji Film City, Birla Mandir, Hussain Sagar lake and Golconda fort in that order during my three day stay there.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Salar Jung museum, which has artifacts from Europe, Asia and Far East that were majorly collected by Salar Jung III, the former Nawab of Hyderabad. I was fascinated by his collection and didn't realise how quickly the time passed there. What caught my attention in the museum was the marble sculpture called Veiled Rebecca, sculpted by an Italian sculptor. The veil has been so delicately sculpted that the innocence and purity of Rebecca that the sculptor intended to portray is clearly visible even to an immature eye.

I also liked the ivory carvings in the museum. The detailing in every carving was beautiful and explicit. Considering that most of these objects belonged to the 17th - 20th century, I was in awe of the makers of these beautiful carvings.

An ivory carving with miniature elephants on them also caught my attention and I found this carving to be particularly ironic!

Another memorable trip was to the Golconda Fort. This fort, spread across seven kilometers, was occupied by seven generations of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, and the view of Hyderabad city from the Golconda Fort is stunning. The fort was full of mines and has also produced the Kohinoor diamond!

What I loved about the fort was its architecture. It was extremely thoughtful and the fort could not be invaded by the Mughals even after eight months of battle, till Aurangzeb finally bribed the guard and succeeded in destroying the fort, such was the level of protection around the fort! It took three generations of the Qutb Shahi kings to build the fort and another two generations to design the fort with intricate designs and paintings.

Some of the fascinating architectural details include Fateh Darwaza (a hand clap at a certain point in the domes could be heard almost a kilometer away, warning the royals in case of an attack), the water supply system (water in the tank could be stored for six months, considering that there was no other means to ensure continuous water supply to the fort), Deewaro ke bhi kaan hote hai (an area below the king's bedroom was where all the secret meetings without the king took place and the walls were such that the king could hear everything in his bedroom) and finally, the king's seat while meeting with the general public (it was designed to ensure that only the king's face was visible to the general public and if an enemy tried to **** the king from there from any angle, he could only hit the ceiling protecting the king, making it impossible to harm the king).

One of the kings at the fort had 360 wives (ie begums) and every begum had her own private room! Apparently that king was in his darbar for about an hour to fulfill his duties and spent the remaining 23 hours in his bedroom, understandably so!

The kings were known to be peace loving and had a special green plate that would change colour as soon as poisonous food touched the plate. Even when the king knew which of the wives plotted his death, he would never harm or **** her - he would simply forgive her! In the night, the king would summon the wife to his bedroom and never enter his wives' chambers to avoid any quarrel among the wives in his presence.

I also had a chance to explore the ISB campus when I went to meet a friend studying there. It is beautifully designed and the campus is serene and green! I saw a peacock as soon as I entered the campus and loved the walk to the school building. I would have loved to visit the campus again just for a calm run around the campus. I also liked the atrium and the circular library with thousands of books arranged beautifully across two floors.

What didn't particularly impress me was Ramoji Film City, probably because I had a lot of expectations from the place. Sadly, the place seemed to still be stuck in the 1990's and none of the various shows or film sites really impressed me.

I would come to Hyderabad in the future just to go to Salar Jung museum and Golconda fort and fall in love with these places all over again.
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Adarsh kejriwal

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  • Adarsh kejriwal
  • 2 Reviews
  •  467 readers

"Nice place" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Hyderabad is an upcoming city. There are few historic palaces to visit. Some are Birla Temple, Charminar, Museum, Golconda, Ramoji Film City, Palace. Etc. Two day stay is sufficient for Hyderabad tour. Weather is hot. One should visit in winters.
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Brett robb

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  • Brett robb
  • 2 Reviews
  •  445 readers

"Warm and welcoming city" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Knowing some of the challenges that India faces in advance - Hyderabad was warm and welcoming city on the move for sure. As the foreigners arrive I hope the city remembers to treat everyone equally instead of taking advantage of people. The food was excellent especially paradise biryani.
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Deep Aggarwal

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  • Deep Aggarwal
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 11 Reviews
  •  937 readers

"Lot of history but do keep weather in mind before planning a trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Hyderabad has always been a major city in the south but in the new age, it offers all the facilities and comforts you would want along with its rich history and heritage that makes Hyderabad special.

We stayed in a budget hotel that was centrally located and ended up visiting famous parks(Lumbini, NTR), laser show, Falaknuma and Birla Mandir that were all nearby.

I need to mention about the cookies we got from Karachi Bakery, a retail chain in Hyderabad. They are absolutely delicious and we ended up buying many packets for our family/friends.

Hyderabad was a delight and I would love to go there again and explore in detail. One suggestion here: It gets really hot (>40 C) in the months of April-June and I would not recommend visiting this place then if that is a factor for you.
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Vsk Manekantta

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  • Vsk Manekantta
  • 2 Reviews
  •  35 helpful votes
  •  7486 readers

"A good place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Hyderabad is the place of pride having all the religious persons and all the members were very good, very innocent and very good people and hotels and infrastructure are there in Hyderabad. There is falaknuma palace and all other excellent and romantic areas are there. Golconda is there having good fort architecture and all.
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Varun Kumar

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  • Varun Kumar
  • Lives in Suryapet
  • 1 Review
  •  1028 readers

"A very good and lovable city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We have many things to see here birla temple, zoo, salar jung museum and Golconda temple. We have many chilling parks and world's biggest film city ramoji film city and here the movies are great too see, people are most lovable and caring. I would like to come again to see Hyderabad again.
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Sandeep Reddy

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  • Sandeep Reddy
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  • 7 Reviews
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"Amazing place of Heritage, Food and Pearls"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This is one of the historic places in India with the many historic attractions.

The must visit places are Golconda, Charminar, Birla mandir, Necklace Road, Falaknuma Palace, Taramati Baradari, Ramoji Film City, Sanghi Temple, Planetarium, Salar Jung Museum, and the recent attraction is Wonderla.

Hyderabad is famous for its food, the Biryani that you get here has very typical flavour, which you would not find anywhere else. There are lot of shopping malls, among them are In-Orbit Mall, Forum Mall, Central Mall etc, and many resorts on the outskirts of the city.

Hyderabad is good place to buy pearls, you get various kinds of pearls based on the budget.

You can spend time in malls for movies and eating, a city that serves you food round the clock. This is not very expensive city too, which is a major advantage. You can get the very budget food/stay/entertainment to the luxurious of all the things. Overall it is a good place to visit, except a bit sunny.
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Chidambaram krishnan

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  • 3 Reviews
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"A well-develpoed city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Hyderabad is a well developed city with pretty good infrastructure facilities. I did not encounter any serious traffic jams as one sees in Bangalore or even Chennai. Traffic is fairly chaotic as in all major Indian cities but vehicles tend to move. Plenty of good food outlets and shopping malls. In terms of sightseeing, the main places recommended are the Salar Jung museum, Zoo, Golconda fort and Birla Mandir.

Weather was hot and dry at this time with temperatures around 42 degrees C.
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