Location : On The Deccan
Plateau and Musi River, Andhra Pradesh
Area : 260 Sq. Km.
Attractions : Charminar, Hyderabadi Cuisine and Pearl Bazaar
Ideal Time to Visit : Throughout the year
¤ Hyderabad, Pride of Deccan
Hyderabad is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh and is the fifth
largest city in India. This bustling city is located on the Deccan
plateau and the Musi river about 650 m above the sea level. The
landscape of Hyderabad is quite varied with imposing hills, tanks,
forests, and rock formations.
This cosmopolitan city boasts of a variety of rich cultures. There
are many attractions in and around the city, offered by the tourism
department of Hyderabad. Hyderabad tourism presents the majestic past
of this glorious city along with the new evolving city, the beautiful
old monuments, lakes, beaches and temples all add to the exuberant
culture of the Hyderabad.
¤ The History of Hyderabad
Hyderabad's history starts with emergence of the Qutub Shahi dynasty.
The city was won by Quli Qutub in 1512 and established the fortress
city of Golconda. But due to certain inadequacies he left it and
established the new city of Charminar as his capital. This beautiful
and colorful city attracted the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Thus, he
took over Golconda after a long struggle in 1687. But as his empire
fell, Hyderabad started loosing its charm. It disintegrated and the
viceroy, Asaf Jah-I declared himself the Nizam. He established the
Deccan region. The city later regained its glory, in the reign of
successive Nizams of the Asaf Jah dynasty. Finally, it became a part
of the Indian Union in 1948.
¤ Attractions In Hyderabad
Hyderabad is known as the city of Pearls, having a variety of tourist
attractions. There are heritage monuments, lakes, parks, gardens,
resorts, museums and scrumptious cuisine that lures tourists. Apart
from these, Hyderabad is also a major shopping destination.
The city of Hyderabad is almost 400 hundred years old and attracts
tourists with its blend of rich cultures. It is known for its
interesting diamond markets, glass embedded bangles and beautiful
¤ Monumental Attractions
There are many monuments of significance situated here. One of the
major historical sites worth visiting is the Charminar, a majestic
structure famous for its architectural excellence. It is situated in
the heart of the city and is an important landmark in Hyderabad
Tourism. Then, there is the Mecca Masjid, one of the largest mosques
in India accommodating upto 10,000 people. It is located just nearby
Another travel attraction here is the Golconda Fort , a 16th century
fortress. It is situated on the western outskirts of Hyderabad city.
This fort is known as the center for diamonds, where there are diamond
mines in the nearby areas. It is said that the famous Kohinoor
originally belonged to Golconda. Thus, it one of the must visit places
in Hyderabad. Then, there is the Hussain Sagar lake. It is a large
man-made lake, set amidst the city. It was constructed in 1562 AD and
is the connecting point of the twin cities of Hyderabad and
mesmerizing city of Hyderabad extends its charm to the nearby regions
also. There are many enthralling places in the vicinity to the capital
of Andhra Pradesh. They are worth discovering, with an array of travel
One of these excursion destinations is Warangal, located around 200
km from Hyderabad. This place was once the hub of Telugu culture as
the capital of Kakatiya rulers. It is famous for its architecture.
Another famous destination is the Nagarjunasagar which is located
150 km from Hyderabad. With world's tallest masonry dam across river
Krishna, Nagarjunasagar is a popular tourist destination of South
India. Apart from this, other worth visiting attractions are the
island museum of Nagarjunakonda and the beautiful waterfalls of
It is another popular destination, situated about 35 kms from
Hyderabad. It is a historic temple village and was once the capital of
the great Vishnukundin dynasty. Some of the famous temples of this
place are Ramalingeswara and Lakshminarasimha, attracting pilgrims
from around the country.
Then, there is Basar, located 240 km from Hyderabad. It is situated
on the banks of the mighty Godavari River, in Adilabad district. It is
famous for the only Saraswati temple in South India. Yet another
destination known as Pochampally is located in Nalgonda district,
situated about 35 km from Hyderabad. This lovely village is renowned
in the country for its gorgeous, hand-woven silk and cotton saris.
Shopping in Hyderabad can be exciting with shops of world famous
pearls and traditional arts & crafts. You can also buy textiles of
all the modern brands. Apart from these, one can also look forward to
buy some beautiful traditional saris famous all over the country.
Shopping in Hyderabad in not confined to a particular area, you can
find shops in almost every part of the city. But, the Charminar area
of Hyderabad is the hub of shops, it is surrounded by the famous Lad
Bazaar and the Pearl Bazaar.
Besides, there are other markets also like, Abid's, Nampally,
Basheerbagh and Sultan Bazaar.
Festivals are a major part of the city's age old culture and
traditions. Here many festivals are celebrated, some local and
religious and some state festivals. The local festivals Batkamma and
Batkamma Panduga are specially celebrated in the Telangana region.
Some of the religious festivals celebrated here are Diwali, Pongal,
Ugadi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Id and others. The state festivals organized
by the state tourism are also celebrated with great enthusiasm, some
of these are Lumbini festival and the famous Deccan festival.
¤ Reach Hyderabad
By Air : Hyderabad is a major air transport
center in the south of India. There are regular flights between
Hyderabad and Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Bhubaneswar,
Nagpur, and Vishakhapatnam. Hyderabad has two airports, the Rajiv
Gandhi Terminal is the international airport and the N. T. Rama Rao
Terminal is the domestic airport in city.
By Rail : Hyderabad has an extensive railway network
connected with Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai
and other cities in India. Hydrabad is well connected by rail with all
the important places within the state also. The city bus service
operates from the railway station.
By Road : Hyderabad is well connected by roadways having
national highways 7 and 9. The buses of Andhra Pradesh State Road
Transport Corporation offer services to all the vital centers in the
region. Private buses also operate here.
Local Transport : Local mode of transport in Hyderabad are
buses, run by State Transport Corporation, Taxis, and Auto rickshaws.