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Introduction

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Charminar Hyderabad

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Hyderabad, capital of the Indian province of Andhra Pradesh, is a bustling city which has sustained its traditional ways. The town is proud of its legacy of more than 400 years which has translated into an array of glorious monuments and evocative museums. Hyderabad, which has earned the epithet of the Istanbul of India, is a place of dualistic character, manifesting both Hindu and Muslim traditons.

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Sights and Activities

  • Golconda Fort - This is one of the most famously known monuments in Hyderabad. It is a majestic monument located on a granite hill 120 metres high. The fort has 8 gates which are called darwazas in local language. The fort was built by Qutub Shahi monarchs who built the fort during the 16th century. Within the fort, there are cannons, chambers and halls, temples, mosques, stables etc. A unique Sound and Light show is held at the fort in the evenings in English and regional languages. The show takes you back in time, when Golconda was all life, glory and buzzing with activity.
  • Char Minar - Char Minar, another well-known structure in Hyderabad, is an Islamic architectural splendor. Built in 1591, it is a wonderful monument with its four arches which are proportionally planned. The minarets of Char Minar are more than 55 metres high and have double balconies.
  • Paigah Tombs - These are the tombs of the several generations of the Paigah nobles of Hyderabad. These nobles had close relations with the Nizams, the rulers of Hyderabad, and enjoyed high social status. The tombs are specimen of extraordinary artistry. Geometrical patterns and designs of these tombs are unique.
  • Salarjung Museum - One of the oldest museums in India, Salarjung Museum holds great collection of rare antiques. The museum has collection of approximate 40,000 items, which have been brought in from every possible place in the world. Portraits of Salar Jung, the Nizam of Hyderabad, are in the Founder's Gallery. Specimen of Indian art are in the form of stone sculptures, wooden carvings, miniature paintings, modern art, ivory carvings, bronze images, painted textiles, jade carvings, metal-ware, manuscripts, arms and armor etc. Carpets, manuscripts, glass, metal-ware, lacquer etc are here as the representative of Middle East art.
  • Mecca Masjid - One of the largest mosques in India, Mecca Masjid has a capacity to accommodate about 10,000 worshippers. Sultan Muhammad Qutub Shah started the construction of this mosque and the work continued during the reigns of Abdullah Qutub Shah and Abul Hassan Tana Shah and was finally completed by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1694.
  • Hussain Sagar Lake - Constructed during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah in 1562, this huge lake in the centre of the city has become a tourist attraction. Boating facilities are available and dinner cruises are organised by the tourism authorities.
  • Birla Mandir - A modern temple on the shores of Hussain Sagar Lake, it provides an excellent view over the city from the summit. The magnificent marble structure stands atop a hill and it is believed that the marble used in its construction was brought all the way from Rajasthan.

Further afield

Ramoji film city is a perfect day long excursion from Hyderabad. It has been certified as the largest film studio complex in the world by the Guinness World Records. Shuttle bus services are available from the city centre to the complex and inside the film city complex guided tours are available for various events and shows.

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Weather

Hyderabad has a tropical climate with hot and humid conditions prevailing for most parts of the year. Fortunately though, there is a dry season from November to May when there is just around 10-25mm of rain a month, against 125-175mm of rain a month between June and September. During the dry season, temperatures are around 30 °C during the day, but rising to an average of 40 °C in May, just before the wet season starts. During the wet season, temperatures are mostly between 30 and 32 °C. Nights range from 15 °C in December and 27 °C in May. The best time to visit the city is from November to February, when the weather is dry and temperates are moderate (around 25 °C).

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max28.8 °C32 °C35.5 °C37.9 °C39 °C34.5 °C30.8 °C29.8 °C30.5 °C30.6 °C29.1 °C28.1 °C
Avg Min15.2 °C17.6 °C20.9 °C24.3 °C26.2 °C24 °C22.6 °C22.1 °C22 °C20.3 °C16.9 °C14.5 °C
Rainfall12.8 mm7.7 mm16.1 mm19.8 mm35.6 mm107.3 mm165.4 mm180.2 mm154.8 mm98 mm21.6 mm5.7 mm
Rain Days0.70.81.63.54.41215.315.5136.63.21.1

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Getting There

By Plane

Hyderabad International Airport, located around 25 kilometres from the city centre, handles both domestic and international flights. Domestic flights are available to all the major cities within the country, including Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Aizwal, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Tirupati, Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Raipur, Thiruvananthapuram, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Goa, Indore, Rajahmundry, Vadodara, Hubli, Nagpur, Tuticorin, Agartala and Coimbatore. International destinations include cities such as Dubai, Sharjah, New York, Dammam, Jeddah, Frankfurt, Riyadh, Singapore, London, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Kuala Lumpur, Doha, Bangkok and Chicago.
There is a non-stop air-conditioned shuttle bus service available from the airport to the city centre. These buses run at 30 minutes interval to/from several points in the city and the airport between 3:30am and 11:30pm hours, and at a 1 hour frequency between 11:30pm to 3:30am. Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSTRC) also provides non air-conditioned bus services between various points in the city and the airport at much lower fares. A dedicated train service is also being constructed, which is expected to be operational in a few years time.

By Train

Hyderabad is a major railway junction and is connected with train services to all the regions of the country. Hyderabad has three main railway stations: Hyderabad (Nampally), Secunderabad and Kachiguda. Tourists are advised to check the station name printed on the ticket to avoid any confusion. Train timings, fare and availability of berths can be checked at the official Indian Railways website.

By Car

Hyderabad can be easily reached from the nearby cities by taxi as the road condition is good. The roads on the Hyderabad-Chennai and Hyderabad-Bangalore are particularly in excellant shape.

By Bus

Hyderabad is well connected by buses with other cities of the state as well as important cities of the neighbouring states. Both luxury and normal buses connect the city to Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Goa and Mumbai. The government controlled APSRTC has a good network of buses operating in the state. These are safe, relaible and tickets on some routes can even be booked online. Private operators also have a range of services from the city.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Best Western Amrutha Castle5-9-16, Opp State Secretariat Saifabad, HyderabadHotel-
Falcons Nestplot no 49,sri venkateswara hills colony road no 3,banjara hillsGuesthouse-
Hotel Geetanjali4-1-938/26/A, New Marketing Complex, Abids, Tilak RoadHOTEL-
The Golkonda HyderabadBanjara Hills Masab Tank 10-1-124Hotel-
Hotel Mandakini Jaya International3/1 AND 3/2, HANUMAN TEKDI, ABIDSHotel99
Ankitha's Stay InnPlot#23, Jayabheri Enclave, Phase - II, GachibowliHOTEL-
Lemon Tree Premier, HITEC CityPlot No 2, Survey No 64, Hitec City MadhapurHOTEL-
At Home Apartment HotelSurvey#9, Whitefields KondapurApartment-
Mango Suites Helios2-4-77, MG Road,Near to KFC, SecunderabadHOTEL-
DaspallaRoad No 37 Jubilee HillsHOTEL-
Serene Nest Service ApartmentsSri Krishna, Plot no. 131P Jubilee GardensBehiGUESTHOUSE-
Star Comfort12 Vijaya Bank Road, Banjara Global Naila, Lane Adj. Banjara Hills, Andhra PradeshHostel-
New Hotel Imax International# 5-3-845, Mallakunta RoadHotel-
Falcons Nest Imperia SuitesPlot no 1299F,Road no 68 Jubilee HillsHOTEL-
Delight Inn# 1-60-30-5 / 134, Near Botanical Garden Adj to White Fiel Adj to White Field, Anjaiah NagaHOTEL-
Lakeview HomesKondapur Jubliee Garden LayoutAPARTMENT-

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Keep Connected

Internet

There's good coverage over most of India for Internet cafes. However, following the recent terror attacks in Mumbai and some other cities, all internet cafes have been instructed by the authorities to maintain a register and note down the identification details of all persons using internet. Sify iWay is a reliable and cheap cafe with over 1,600 cafes over India. iWay also allows you to open a pre-paid account that you can use all over India. Whenever you have Internet access probably the best and cheapest way to call family and friends at home is software that allows users to make voice calls over the Internet such as Skype.

Wifi hotspots in India are, for most part, limited. The major airports and stations do offer paid wifi at around RS.60-100 an hour. Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai are the only cities with decent wifi coverage. At Mumbai airport, you get to use WiFi internet free, for an hour or so.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country code for India is 91. To dial outside the country from India, prefix the country code with 00.

The general emergency number is 100 (emergency response police & fire), while for ambulance you should dial 102 or 112, though some regions have 108 for this emergency. 108 is used in in the Indian states of Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Goa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha,Assam, Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. 108 can be called for medical, crime, fire, or any other emergency from any phone.

Local phone numbers can be anywhere from 5-8 digits long. But when the area code is included, all landline phone numbers in India are 10 digits long. Cellphone numbers usually start with '9', '8', or '7'. Toll-free numbers start with 1-800.

If staying longterm it is probably wise to think about investing in a mobile phone. You'll possibly need to provide a photocopy of your passport and itinerary, so come prepared. Make sure you arrange it upon arrival in a big city, as it can sometimes be difficult to organise with language barriers and such in more regional areas. You can buy a cheap nokia for about RS.1,200 with a pre-paid plan. Airtel is a good carrier to think about as they have great coverage, and constant offers for cheaper calling. To recharge, most shop vendors with phone carrier signs can do it via their own phone. You give them your mobile number, they put it in their phone and you'll both get messages as to whether or not the recharge has been successful. Also, if possible, buy the phone in the state where you do the most travelling as the charges are higher in the states where you did not originally buy the phone.

Over the entire country there are plenty of public phones, even in the middle of the countryside. Although most of the time these phones are not very well maintained and have horrible connections. Therefore remember when using one of these public phones one must be extremely patient.
For international calls from payphones, you'll have to visit a reputable internet cafe with a phone-booth. Mobile phones are usually a better and cheaper option.

Post

India Post is the national postal service of India, and on their website you find details about prices to send postcards, letters and parcels, both domestically and internationally. For most postcards to send internationally, it is better to visit the post office before writing on the card as you may need quite a few stamps. Parcels must be taken to a tailor, he will then sew it up in white linen. Make sure he seals it with red wax, otherwise the post office may refuse to send it or try to get you to pay them to do it. Sewing up a parcel should only cost RS.50 to 200. In general, post offices are open from 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm in most bigger towns and cities, though there are regional variations and some might keep longer hours or be open during (part of) the weekend as well. Ask around.

If you want to send bigger packages/parcels, it might be better, faster and sometimes even cheaper, to contact a private company like DHL, TNT or UPS.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 17.385044
  • Longitude: 78.486671

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