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Hyderabad

What to See

ABOUT THE CITY

Hyderabad, a Mughal city, gives the other Mughal cities of Delhi, Agra, and Fatehpur Sikri a run for their money as far as splendour and elegance is concerned. Muhammad Quli Qutab Shah, the 5th Sultan of Golconda, established Hyderabad in 1593 and it rapidly developed into a centre of Islamic culture and a key political hub in the Deccan. The city is known for its memorable architecture and its monuments, the most famous of them being the Charminar. Hyderabad is at the heart of India's pearl trade, and is famous for its wide variety of pearls.

GETTING THERE

By Air
All important domestic airlines like Indian Airlines, Sahara, and Jet Airways connect Hyderabad with the rest of the country. The city also receives international flights.

By Rail
The twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad are very well connected to Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Bhubhaneshwar, Kolkata, Chennai, Cochin, and Rajkot by the railways network. Of the two railway stations, the Secunderabad Railway Station, which is centrally located, is more commonly used.

By Road
Hyderabad lies at the crossroads of national highways 7 and 9, linking it to all centres in the region by buses of the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation.

GETTING AROUND

The most common modes of intra-city travel are auto-rickshaws and taxis. Autos are a lot cheaper than taxis.

WEATHER

Hyderabad is fairly warm throughout the year and does not receive much rainfall in the monsoons. Temperatures do, however, come down marginally in winters. December nights are cool. The maximum temperature is 38 degrees Celsius, minimum temperature 12 degrees Celsius, annual rainfall is less than 200 mm. Although the climate is suitable for visit anytime of the year, the best time to visit Hyderabad is between October and February. June to November are monsoon months, and are accompanied by lovely weather.

Find the best accommodation in Hyderabad

SHOPPING

The old spirit of Hyderabad lives on in the narrow, bustling bazaars around the Charminar. Here, you'll find parts of bazaars dedicated to a particular commodity. The Laad Bazaar, for instance, is the street of the bangle sellers. There are streets of silver beaters and flower sellers too! Traditional Hyderabadi cosmetics, bridal accessories, and attar (perfumes) are also available here.

Justifying Hyderabad's sobriquet of the "City of Pearls", you'll find them in all shapes and sizes at Sardar Patel Road, the main pearl market of the city. For handicrafts like Bidriware (black metal inlaid with silver filigree), Budithi (brassware), Pochampally silks, kalamkaris (textiles hand painted with vegetable dyes) and exquisite stone carvings, the state emporia, Lepakshi (Minerva Complex, Sarojini Devi Road), or Central Cottage Industries Emporium (also in Minerva Complex) are recommended. Another well-stocked shop is Kalanjali on Nampally High Road. The main shopping areas of Hyderabad are Abids, Basheerbagh, Nampally, and Sultan Bazaar.

Eating Out

NAME CUISINE ADDRESS
Alex's Chinese Restaurant Chinese Himayatnagar
Blue Diamond Deluxe Chinese Restaurant Chinese Basheerbagh
Copper Pot Ramada Hotel Manohar Indian Begumpet
Deewan Restaurant Mughlai Banjara Hills
Schezuan Garden Chinese Banjara Hills
The Jewel of Nizam Mughlai Masab Tank
Mainland China Chinese Banjara Hills
Southern Spice South Indian Banjara Hills
Narula's Kitchen American Habshiguda
Reshmi Dhaba Indian, Mughlai Parklane
Taj Mahal Multi-Cuisine Secunderabad
Food Express Multi-Cuisine Punjagutta

Book Shelf

NAME ADDRESS CODE PHONE
The Bookpoint Himayatnagar 91-40 232138
Gangarams S.D. Road 91-40 7805117
Walden Greenlands Road, Begumpet 91-40 3313434

ENTERTAINMENT

NAME ADDRESS CODE PHONE
Escape Greenlands 91-40 3757575
One Flight Down Nampally 91-40 3204060
Passport Begumpet 91-40 7819917
Spanish Fly M.G.Road 91-40 7842267
Outswinger Secunderabad 91-40 7703200

Bowling Alleys and Pool Parlours

NAME ADDRESS CODE PHONE
Six Pocket Parlour Indira Park 91-40 7605703
Spot Black Snooker Kachiguda 91-40 7562808
Shooter's Den Secunderabad 91-40 7845045
Pool Virus Secunderabad 91-40 7718690
Q'pid Banjara Hills 91-40 6576211
Thunder Bowl Himayatnagar 91-40 3221737
The Alleygator Secunderabad 91-40 6215000
The Alley Somajiguda 91-40 6504030
Family Entertainment Centre Ameerpet 91-40 3736158
Sun World Recreation Centre Secunderabad 91-40 7848025

FESTIVALS

Hyderabad has a rich cultural heritage, which encloses within itself an amalgam of various religious and cultural communities. While many are common with the rest of the country, some are celebrated with a distinct touch that carries the flavour of the city.

Til Sankranti (January) marks the entry of the sun into the northern hemisphere. The day, held auspicious by Hindus, is marked by worship of the Sun God and people to kite flying. Til Sankranti is also known as the harvest festival.

Ugadi (March/April) is the Telugu New Year. On this day, houses are cleaned, and painted and a 'toran' of mango leaves is strung in front of each house.

Muharram (June-July), the day of martyrdom of the grandsons of Prophet Muhammad, is celebrated with piety. The Muharram period lasts over a month and is observed by Muslims and Hindus with temperance.