Hyderabad is known for the influences of Hindu and Islamic traditions. Today it is a very busy place as shown by ancient lanes meeting vehicle-choked highways. Centuries-old Islamic monuments stand alongside modern buildings.
An important canter of Islamic culture, Hyderabad is central India’s counterpart to the Mughal splendor of the northern cities of Delhi, Agra and Fatehpur Sikri.
As Hyderabad embraces technology, a third city is emerging known as Hitec City. In some circles Hyderabad is now being referred to as Cyberabad.
The place popular worldwide for its two specialities:
Hyderabad Pearls: Hyderabad has always been referred to as the “city of pearls” even though it is far away from the sea. Some of the famous pearl shops in Hyderabad are: Mangatrai (Patthargatti and Basheerbagh), Kedarnathji Motiwale and Jagadamba (Charminar, Begumpet and M G Road).
Hyderabadi Biryani: The authentic Hyderabadi cuisine that is made of special Basmati Rice and Meat cooked in special spices and herbs. The Biryani is too good to miss and is a must-try thing for every visitor to the city.
Best Time to Visit: October to March
How to get there:
By Air: Hyderabad International Airport, Rajiv Gandhi International Terminal, is well connected to many important cities abroad. Domestic terminal, N T Rama Rao domestic Terminal, connects to all major cities in India. All private air travel providers operate services from Hyderabad. The both airport are located side by side and are located at Begumpet, about 20 km away from the heart of the city. Taxi services cost about Rs 350 from Airport to Hyderabad city.
On Tracks: Secunderabad, one of the twin cities with Hyderabad, is a major station with the head quarters of Southern Railway. Nampally railway station is well connected to all major railway stations in India.
By Bus: Andra Pradesh state owned buses connect Hyderabad city with all cities in the state and the neighboring states. Hyderabad is a hub of deluxe, super deluxe, A/C and Volvo tourist buses. Hyderabad is connected by these superb buses to many cities, including Bangalore, Chennai, Vishakapatnam and Vijayawada.