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Welcome to Hyderabad


Continent:  Asia
Country: India
Population: 6,809,970 (2011)
Dialing Code: +91-22
Time zone: IST (UTC+5:30)
Language: Telugu, Urdu





Hyderabad is the capital of southern India Telangana state located on the banks of the Musi River and on the Deccan Plateau. Hyderabad and Secunderbad are “twin cities” but have grown so big that now they have become one big metropolis.

It’s a city rich in history and tradition and serves as a major center for the technology industry. Google have their India headquarters here. Historically the city is known as a pearl and diamond trading center and it continues to be known as the city of Pearls.
Many of the city’s traditional bazaars, including Laad Bazaar, Begum bazaar and Sultan Bazaar have remained open for centuries although 20th century industrialization have encouraged companies from across India and around the world to set up operations here.

On the Musi River’s south bank, the Salar Jung Museum has an enormous, wide-ranging collection of global art covering several millennia. Chowmahalla Palace – built by the Nizams, Hyderabad’s princely rulers from the 18th to mid-20th centuries – is an opulent complex featuring courtyards and fountains. North of the river, the contemporary, white-marble Hindu temple Birla Mandir occupies a hilltop with views over Hussain Sagar Lake, known for its 18m Buddha statue. On the outskirts, Ramoji Film City is a sprawling movie-production centre featuring studio tours and a theme park.

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The city of smiles and a thousand faces offers a variety of tourist attractions ranging from Heritage monuments, Lakes and parks, Gardens and resorts, museums to delectable cuisine and a delightful shopping experience. To the traveler, Hyderabad offers a fascinating panorama of the past with a richly mixed cultural and historical tradition spanning 400 colorful years.

If you are travelling to Hyderabad on business, it is easy to miss the 400 year old Hyderabad. The city that immediately hit the eye is a sprawling metropolis of shopping malls and office building with glass facades.

Heritage walks organized by the TS tourism department is the best way to understand this beautiful city. For an insight into the contemporary cultural landscape of the city, do visit Lamakaan where various theater group perform in Telugu, English and Urdu/Hindi languages. This is also a good place to meet localities.


Like many Indian cities, Hyderabad has a tropical climate. The best time to visit the city from mid-November to mid-February.  July, August, September and October can be very quite warm and humid. 

Eating Out

Hyderabad offers a rich blend of unique cuisine. In recent times, there has been an explosion in the number of restaurants in Hyderabad, fueled by demand from young professionals with money to spend. The quality and variety of food however has not kept pace.

The older areas of Hyderabad are better places to find good and cheap food.

Getting Around

The best means of getting around in Hyderabad is by road. It has a good bus service and good autorickshaw service as well as developed radio taxi cab services.  Note that the Auto-Rickshaws can be overpriced, hence cabs can be cheaper.

App based services such as Uber & Ola are also available within the metropolis. There is also a local train service but it is grossly inadequate and unreliable.

Kids Attractions

Kid oriented attractions include: Ocean Park, Snow World, Great Hyderabad Adventure Club and many more.


Telugu (the state language of Andhra Pradesh and one of India's six living classical languages) and Urdu are widely spoken in Hyderabad, and most educated people speak Telugu, Urdu, Hindi and/or English.English signs are common.

The city is one of the main places where Urdu developed, and the dialect spoken primarily by the large Muslim population is known as “Deccani Urdu” or Dakhani Urdu” (which both translate to Urdu of the Deccan). Because of the influence of Urdu, a dialect of Hindi is also spoken in the city and your Hindi phrasebook may still be useful.


The official currency is the  Rupee (INR; symbol Rs) = 100 paise. Notes are in denominations of Rs1, 000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10

Visa and Master cards are widely accepted in the city shops. ATMs are widely available and many debit cards accepted as well. It’s a good idea to carry some cash to avoid charges to your debit or credit card.


Hyderabad has remained safe from terrorism of late. The usual tourist-oriented scams in India are not as bad in Hyderabad as they are in other places. However, foreigners will be hounded for money at tourist sites like the old city. Just ignore the beggars and they will go away.

Recently chain snatching incidents (where miscreants on motorcycles zoom past unsuspecting women wearing Gold jewellery and snatch the chain away) have become common in the city. One has to be watchful while going into crowded areas.

Night Life

There is plenty to do at night in Hyderabad, though local regulations have most places serving last drinks by 11PM. On weekdays, drinks in the some of the pubs have best offers, as most clubs are empty until Thursday or Friday nights, when the clubbers emerge. But the sheer number of nightlife spots makes it hard to choose which ones to list. As a general rule they tend to be clustered around Begumpet and Road No.1, Banjara Hills.

Alcohol is available easily from numerous Liquor Shops, known as wine shops in local parlance, spread across the twin cities, in restaurants with bars attached (includes most upscale ones) and in pubs.


Given the increase in the number of restaurants in Hyderabad, a large number of restaurants aspire to be called fine- dining restaurants but the food they serve is usually different. keep away from restaurants that call themselves "multi-cuisine" or if you see multiple cuisines on the menu, as the chances are that they are attempting to serve every kind of palate and will not satisfy any


True to form, Hyderabad is famous for its pearl traders. Jewellry, handcrafts and bazaars serve visiting tourists as well as locals.


Popular tourist attractions include:

The chairminar is as much the signature of Hyderabad as the Taj Mahal is of Agra. Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of Hyderabad, built Charminar in 1591 at the centre of the original city layout which was said to ward off a deadly epidemic raging at the time. 

The Birla Mandir is a white marble temple of Lord Venkateshwara floats on the city skyline, on Kala Pahad. The idol in the temple is a replica of the one at Tirumala Tirupati.
Other places of interest include: Salar Jung Museum, AP State Archaeological Museum, Shilparamam, Hitec City, Chow Mohalla Palace, Durgam Cheruvu, KBR National Park, Hyderabad Botanical Gardens and more

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