Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh, is the fifth largest city in India. Founded by Mohammad Quli Qutub Shahi, the Sultan of Golconda, in 1591, the city covers an area of 726.84 Sq Kms. Hyderabad is renowned for its rich history, art, jewellery, culture, poetry and architecture. Hyderabad is the place where Hindus and Muslims have beenco-existing for many centuries. One of the most developed cities in India, Hyderabad is the emerging IT and Biotech hub of India. Hyderabad has now acquired the status of a 'Cyber city'. The city is located in the centre of Andhra Pradesh falls in Telengana region. Telugu, Urdu, Hindi and English are the main languages spoken in the city. The ancient city of Hyderabd was founded on the banks of Musi river. The Charminar and Makkah Mosque are landmark of the old city. The old city lies on the Southern bank of theriver, but the city has grown on both the banks of the river over the centuries. Today, Hyderabad and its twin city Secunderabad are separated by Hussain Sagar, an artificial lake. Hyderabad has been the meeting place of different cultures and traditions of North and South India. Lungi, Sherwani, Pyjama and Kurta is the favourite dress of males, while women like Saree or Shalwar Qameez. Muslim women wear Burqa (veil) or the Hijab. Hyderabadi cuisine is a mixture of Mughal influences with elements of Teleangana cuisine. Hyderabadi Biryani, Chakna, Baghare Baygan, Khubani Ka Mitha, Double Ka Mitha, Halim, Rice, Idly and Dosa are some of the favourite dishesof the city.
Attractions in Hyderabad :
Situated amidst the crowded bazaars (markets), Charminar was built by Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutub Shahi, in 1591. The world famous monument is the landmark of the city and got its name from Char (four) Minar (towers). The galleries and arches of Charminar are major attraction for the tourists. Sultan built this monument, to commemorate theend of the dreaded epidemic plaque in the city. The 56 metre (185 feet) highstructure, has four minaret (towers), excellent balconies and a small mosque.
Golconda Fort -
The magnificent monument lies on the Western side of Hyderabad city. The impressive fort describes the 400 year of the rich cultural heritage of the city. In additon it also tells the story of royalty, passion and bravery. The massive fort built in granite, spreads over 5 Kms and it has 8 huge gateways and 15ft to 18 ft high walls. The fort houses the ruins of palaces, assembly halls, stables, barracks andarsenal. Golconda was a famous center for diamonds, the world famous Kohinoor diamond originally belonged to Golconda. The timing of visiting the fort is 7.00 am to 8.00 pm daily. Every evening the sound and light show take place in the fort.
Falaknuma Palace and Purani Haveli -
The palace and Purani Haveli are the major attractions for the lovers of antiques, precious artifacts and architecture. Falaknuma Palace was the home of the last Nizam and has the collection of the most valuable art objects, tapestries and carpets. In addition the palace has the largest collection of diamonds.
Mecca Masjid -
Situated close to Charminar, Mecca Masjid is one of the largest mosques in the world. The construction of the mosque was begun by Abdullah Qutub Shahi in 1617, but was completed by Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb in 1693. The grand mosque can accommodate nearly ten thousand men at prayer.
Hussain Sagar Lake -
The artificial lake lies between Hyderabad and its twin city Secundarabad. The lake offers the breath taking views of the surroundings and Naubat Pahar Hill, crowned by Birla temple. In the middle of the lake a massive statue of Buddha (17.5 metre high) stands. One can enjoy boating here by paying the reasonable price.
Birla Madir (Venkateswara Temple) -
The white marble - carved temple is built by Birla Foundation. One can visit the temple 7.00 am to 12.00 and from 3.00 pm to 9.00 pm daily.
Birla Planetarium -
The Planetarium is situated on top of Naubat Pahar Hill. The timings of the shows are 11.30 am, 4.00 pm, 6.00 pm from Monday to Saturday and 11.00 am, 3.45 pm and 6 pm on Sunday. The
Planetarium remain closed on the last Tuesday of the month. The Admission fee is around Rs.10.00.
Qutub Shahi Tombs -
Situated outside the Golconda Fort, these seven tombs contain the remains of the rulers of the Qutub Shahikingdom.
Nehru Zoological Park -
The zoo set in a scenic location, houses a large number of animals. The lion safari and a toy-train that goes around the zoo attracts the kids. Timings are 9.00 am to 5.00 pm daily except on Mondays.
NTR Gardens -
The Gardens situated near Hussain Sagar Lake is major attraction for tourist. A memorial of N T Rama Rao lies adjacent to the gardens.
Ramoji Film City -
Located at a distance of 35 Kms from Hyderabad City, It is one of the biggest film
production centre in the world. The film city spread over an area of more than 1000 acres.
Osman Sagar -
Osman sagar is situated 20 Kms away from the Hyderabad city centre. Popularly known as 'Gandipet', the place is a famous picnic spot , the well- maintained gardens add more charm to the place.
Located at a distance of 14 Kms from Hyderabad city centre, Shilparamam is a crafts village, at Madhapur. The village is situated amidst rocks, waterfalls and beautiful lawns.
As Hyderabad is one of the major cities in India so it is well connected with Air, Road and Rail link.
» Air -
Hyderabad is an important centre in the airtransport network of South India. The airport is well connected with domestic and international flights. The flights are available for Bangalore,Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Nagpur,Ahemdabad, Tirupati and Vishakhapatnam.
» Rail -
Hyderabad and Secunderabad are connected by rail with Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai andother cities in India. Hyderabad is also conneted by rail link with other imortant places within the state.
» Road -
Hyderabad is also well-connected by National Highways the National Highways 7 and 9 passes from the city. It isconnected by road to Amravati (314 Kms), Bidar (150 Kms), Bijapir (404 Kms), Golconda (11 Kms), Gulbarga (241 Kms), Kurnool (211 Kms), Nagarjunkonda (182Kms), Sholapur (305 Kms), Vijaywada (267 Kms), Warangal (140 Kms), Banglore(590 Kms), Visakhapatnam(667 Kms), Chennai(671 Kms), Goa (698 Kms) and Mumbai (713 Kms).
The city is dotted with several hotels ranging from 5 Star to business hotels. The hotels well- equipped with modern luxuries offer a pleasant stay to guests.
Best Time to Visit :
The climate of Hyderabad remains pleasant through out the year. In Summer the temperatures lies between 22 °C - 40 °C, while in winters it remains between 12 °C - 22 °C . The best season is between October- March.
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- Assisted transfers from airport to hotel and back
- Accommodation in Hotels (as per the category selected)
- Daily Breakfast Buffet
- City tour + Drives by private car
- An English / Language speaking well mannered guide during sightseeing trips
- All currently applicable taxes
- Any meal unless mentioned above, personal expenses like telephone /laundry bills etc.
- Entrance fees and still camera or video camera charges at various monuments and museums.
- Tips and gratuities to drivers, guides, and bellboys at hotels
- Departure taxes or Visa handling fees (A Visa is required to visit India)
- Any International Air fare, Airports tax and travel insurance etc. and other services not specified above.
- Anything not mentioned in inclusions.
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