Hyderabad is 3rd largest city in India and Capital City of Andhra Pradesh with a Modern International Airport rated as the best Airport in World with direct connectivity to many cities across U.S.A, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and South East Asian Countries.
It is a city with a Modern Outlook with cosmopolitan population. A major hub of Information Technology, Software, BPO (Business Process Outsourcing), & KPO (Knowledge Process Outsourcing) Business, it is also known as Hi-tech City and is a backbone of Indian Services Sector. It houses Back Offices Google, Facebook, Amazon, Oracle, Microsoft, Dell and more than 300 Multi-National Companies. It also has more than 50 world class Star Hotels.
Hyderabad – territory of the one of richest in world in his times, the Nizam, is also rich in history, arts, architecture and culture. Like the Kohinoor diamond which was mined here, the city is multi-faceted and a shining example of valued traditions. More than 400 years of history is preserved, it is also known as a City of Nizam’s, the erstwhile ruler of Hyderabad Province of India. Like the Kohinoor diamond which was mined here, the city is multi-faceted and a shining example of valued traditions. More than 400 years of history is preserved and exists along with the ultra-modern infrastructure and many Palaces worth watching. He had invaluable Jewelry which was valued in Thousands of Crores and part of it is still on display in the Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad. You can find the royalty and culture of Nizam’s Dynasty still visible in different monuments spread across the city. Hyderabad is also known as the “City of Pearls,” there is a wide variety of Pearls that are available in Hyderabad at moderate prices not available in other parts.
It has a sizeable expatriate population and is a modern city with a vibrant Night Life.
Hyderabad is less polluted unlike other Metro’s in India and offers a pollution free environment with less traffic and less hassles compared to other big cities in India. There are flights with frequency of one in couple of hours to cities like Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi which house Consulates of UK, Spain, Canada & Japan, it does not take more than 1 ½ hour to reach any of these cities. But more important than the reach to consulate is the quality of Treatment & Care you receive and the end result being your Child, a cleaner environment for your New-Born and less problems due to traffic congestion during intra city transit with your precious gift of God, your child with you.
To the modern tourist, Hyderabad offers unrivalled excitement and excellent entertainment that includes Heritage, Nature, Wildlife, Cultural and Shopping sites. A seamless 360 degrees of activity makes time fly yet the aura of timelessness lends tranquility to the ambience.
The hospitality at Hyderabad is unmatched and the laid-back “Nawabi” style of living is totally relaxing. The range of yummy foods, the availability of various types of accommodation, the plethora of places to visit, astounding and affordable shopping options offering pearls, gems, handicrafts, fabrics, garments, branded merchandise and the different colors of culture & festivities make Hyderabad one of the most memorable tourist destinations.
Points to be noted about Hyderabad
You will find people generally of two main religions Hindu and Islam.
- You may be able to find Beef, Steak and other meal options in Star Hotels only which are plenty in Hyderabad but most meal options at hotels or dining out will be Chicken or Lamb.
- You may find different Fast-Food chains like: Dominos, Pizza Hut, KFC, McDonalds, Subway etc prominent clubs, Lounges, Disc’s being Hard Rock, F-bar, Rain, Poison, Kismet, 10 Downing Street, T.G.I.F.
- It is a Safe City with good Policing Standards throughout 24 Hours.
- People are generally friendly towards Foreigners
Sight Seeing Options in Hyderabad
Charminar is as much the signature of Hyderabad as Taj Mahal is of Agra or Eiffel Tower is of Paris. Built in 1591 by Muhammed Quli Qutub Shah as a talisman to stop a deadly epidemic, the Charminar offers a panoramic view of the city from its four (char) minarets that are about 49 m high. This mascot of the city was built, in an Arabic style of architecture, with lime and mortar. Within the Charminar is a mosque. A temple is at the base of one of its minars.
Timings: 9.00 am – 5.30 pm (Open all days)
Golconda is one of the famous forts of India. The name originates from the Telugu words “Golla Konda” meaning “Shepherd’s Hill”. Originally a mud fort founded by the Kakatiya Kings of Warangal during the 13th century, Golconda attained glory under the Qutub Shahi dynasty (1518 to 1687). This is where the priceless Kohinoor diamond was found. The fort is famous for its acoustics, palaces, factories, ingenious water supply system and the famous Fateh Rahben Gun, one of the cannons used in the last siege of Golconda by Aurangzeb, to whom the fort ultimately fell. One of the famous forts of India, an added attraction here is an enchanting sound & light show in the evenings.
Timings: 09.00 am – 5.00 pm
Golconda is Located just 100 Meters away from Charminar, it owes its name to the presence of the bricks in the structure, which were brought from the holy city of Mecca. The second largest mosque in the country, it has within its periphery the graves of the families of Asaf Jahi kings. The stately architecture consists of single slab granite columns and five arches each on three sides. Construction started under the Qutub Shahi kings but was completed by Aurangazeb in 1694.
Timings: 8.00 am – 12.00 pm and 3.00 pm to 8.00 pm (Open all days)
Nowhere in history has an entire dynasty of rulers, been buried at a single site other than the Qutub Shahi Tombs. Just a km away from the Golconda Fort, the tombs were designed and commissioned by the Qutub Shahi rulers themselves.
Built in an Indo-Persian style, the structures have a square base with domes that have pointed arches. Timings: 9.30 am – 6.30 pm
THE NIZAM’S MUSEUM
A collection of the memorabilia, mementos and gifts presented to the last Nizam on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee Celebration are housed in the Nizam’s Museum. It’s located in the Purani Haveli, a 250 years old palace. The collection consists of the gold burnished throne used during the Silver Jubilee in 1937, gold model of the Jubilee Pavilion, a golden Tiffin box studded with precious stones and an excellent filigree of a mahout atop an elephant. Also on display are silver models of all the prominent buildings and 3 vintage cars, a 1930 Rolls Royce, a Packard, a Mark V Jaguar and various other antiques.Timings: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm (Closed on Friday)
CHOW MOHALLA PALACE
‘Chow’ means 4 in Urdu, signifying the number of palaces that are designed in Mogul and European styles of architecture. Built between 1857-1869 in several phases by the Nizams, these palaces offer a glimpse of the royal lifestyles. Three of these palaces are single storied whilst the main palace is a double storied structure.
If you are quiet enough and hold your breath, you can probably still hear the giggles of handmaidens, private conversations between the master and his aide-de-camp and footsteps that marked the approach of the Nizam and his trusted entourage.
Falaknuma Palace is also known as the ‘mirror of the sky’ because at 2000 feet, it was built in the clouds and reflects the ever-changing moods of the sky.
Built in 1894, it took ten years and four million rupees for its magnificent, physical evolution in the shape of a scorpion. Designed by British architect William Mard Marret, the Palace took a rumoured 22 years to perfect and has been owned in turn by Sir Vicar-Ul-Umra, PM of the State of Hyderabad, Nizam Mahboob Ali Pasha and Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur.
Bought over in 1895 and used as the residence of Nizam VI until 1911, Falaknuma Palace later went on to be used as a royal guesthouse for dignitaries, including free India’s first President Dr. Rajendra Prasad who availed of its famed, lavish hospitality in 1951. The echoes of visiting European monarchs, the Duke of Windsor, heads of state and distinguished governors can still be heard in this newly refurbished inner sanctum of Hyderabad. Since 1995, The Taj Group of Hotels has sensitively restored the palace not only to accommodate the privileged in 60 glamorous rooms and suites, but also to accommodate the extravagance of the ‘then’ with all the comfort of the ‘now’.
SALAR JUNG MUSEUM
The envy of global collectors, a treasure house of antiques and an amazing display of art – the Salar Jung Museum is the largest single man collection in the world. Compiled by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, the collection is mind boggling not only in number but also in the variety of items. Some of the unique items are, the Veiled Rebecca, Marguerite& Mephistopheles (a two sided sculpture), the Sword of Aurangazeeb, gem studded daggers of Emperors Jahangir & Shah Jahan and Queen Noor Jahan, etc.
Timings: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm (Closed on Fridays & Public Holidays)
RAMOJI FILM CITY
Welcome to the awe-inspiring world of celluloid fantasies that exposes you to different environments and sets used for film making. This is the world’s largest integrated film studio complex and one of Asia’s most popular tourism and recreation centers. Spread over 1666 acres, it has hotels, restaurants, and guest rooms to accommodate artistes, technicians and visitors. One can be a part of the well-organized package tours that take you all over the premises.
Referred to as the mini Tirumala, the Birla Mandir is a pure white marble temple, dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. Built on the Kala Pahad, overlooking the Hussainsagar Lake and visible from miles around, the temple seems to be a projection of heaven.
Timings: 7.00 am – 12.00 pm an 2.00 pm – 9.00 pm
HUSSAIN SAGAR LAKE
Set in-between the twin-cities, with one of the world’s tallest monolithic statues of Buddha in the middle, the Hussainsagar is a picturesque man-made lake.
Created by Hussain Shah Wali, during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah in 1562, the lake has facilities for speed boats, a huge 48 seated launch with starlit onboard dining and provision for private parties.
NEHRU ZOOLOGICAL PARK
Home for around 3000 animals, birds and reptiles, the Nehru Zoological Park is spread across 300 acres of verdant greenery, with 250 species living in conditions resembling their natural habitat. The biggest zoo in India, also the first to create moats around enclosures, the park has a Lion Safari, Natural History Museum, a children’s train, and APTDC maintained Haritha Restaurant.
Timings: 8.30 am – 5.30 pm (Closed on Monday)
Located about 320Kms from Hyderabad, these caves present a breathtaking view to the visitor. They are over 3Kms in length. For tourists, only about 2 km are accessible. What will catch your attention are the awe-inspiring stalactite and stalagmite formations that are there throughout the caves. There is a spacious chamber, fresh water galleries and siphons. What makes them beautiful is the soft illumination throughout the caves. Tourists can spend an hour or two visiting the caves.
The lanes around Charminar are a shopper’s paradise, both in terms of the wide range of wares and the wallet friendly price tags. Shop for the filigree, the delicate and intricately designed silver craft. Silver etched into fishes, chains and handmade mementos are worth a look. A special mention is required here, for the colourful lacquer bangles, available at Laad Bazaar, near the Charminar. The burst of colors is feast to the eyes.
Intricately designed gold and silver jewellery studded with gems and semi-precious stones, in contemporary to traditional designs, you will find a great range to choose from. Also, famous here is the rich Zardosi saris, embroidered salwaar suits & dress materials, and in accessories. You’ll be fascinated by the intricacy in Zardosi work here. While here, make sure you visit Shilparamam, an exclusive arts & crafts village, located at Madhapur just ahead of Jubilee Hills for its spectacular collection of handloom and handicrafts.
Nagarjunasagar is a fascinating holiday destination close to Hyderabad. Once a place where early river valley civilization took birth here, a great Buddhist hub of learning, today; Nagarjunasagar, boasts of the world’s tallest masonry dam. It is just a 3 hour drive from Hyderabad. When you reach the place, nature’s beautiful landscape, embellished by the march of civilization will greet you. You can cruise down the blue Krishna waters in a twin-deck luxury Cruiser ‘Shantisiri’ with all comforts. Learn at the Nagarjunakonda Island museum of how the Buddha’s bones were enshrined in a casket of bronze, silver, gold and rock crystal before being buried under the Mahastupa. Admire the amazing acoustics of Anupu, the ancient Buddhist vihara recreated to a great detail. And feel the enchantment of Ethipothala waterfalls that daringly froth over from 20 meters of sheet rock.
Nalgonda is a typically rural Andhra district. It has a great number of villages. The region formerly known as Neelgari, or the ‘blue mountains,’ is replete with tourist attractions. Nalgonda features tourist attractions in the form of popular religious and heritage sites. The popular religious sites in Nalgonda include Matampalli, Wadapally, Yadagirigutta, Kolanupaka, Pangal, Sunkishala, Gajulabanda, Yeleswaram, Phanigiri, and several more. The Sunkishala and Somalingeswaraswamy temples are notable sites, sacred to Hindus. There is a fascinating architectural feat associated with the latter: the temple has a number of pillars, one of which always casts a shadow on the shrine placed here. What is mysterious is, it has not been identified which pillar casts the shadow till date!
Star Hotels in Hyderabad
- Taj Falaknuma, Engine Bowli, Hyderabad
- Ista- Gachi Bowli, Hyderabad
- Taj Krishna- Banjara Hills, Hyderabad
- ITC Kakatiya, Begumpet, Hyderabad
- Novotel Samshabad, Besides Airport, Samshabad.
- Novotel Hi-Techcity, Hitex, Hyderabad
- Taj Deccan, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad
- Taj Vivanta, Begumpet, Hyderabad
- Westinn, Hitech City Hyderabad
- Coming Up: Grand Hayatt, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad