"The City of Nizams"
Hyderabad as a city represents the gentle amalgamation of the old and new. This city is the epitome of grandeur and royalty. It has managed to flourish and grow all the while retaining the old world charm it is famous for. Perhaps it is this contrast of eventful bazaars, old mosques and posh high rise buildings and malls that makes this city so intriguing. The historical significance of this in the Indian cannot be described in words. From the iconic landmarks to finger licking food, from exquisite architecture to beautiful lakes, this city is a travellers dream.
The land of Nizams has so many places to visit and truly it is one of the best places to visit in India. Charminar is the most famous landmark of the city. It is also the oldest mosque of Hyderabad and drives tourists from all over the globe. The lively bazaars of Hyderabad transport you to ancient India just as you enter them. From jewellery to food, from traditional wear to handicrafts, the ‘City of Pearls’ never fails to amaze the tourist. Hyderabad has a host of places waiting to be explored like the Golcomda Fort, Ramoji Film City, Hussain Sagar Lake to name a few. And who can forget the delicious and extremely famous Hyderabadi Biryani which has lovers flying from all over the world just to taste it. The authenticity that this city has to offer is what sets it apart from the rest of the country.
Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah established Hyderabad which is one of the largest princely states in 1591. Hyderabad has played a pivotal part in shaping the culture and values of the country. The city has seen many rulers since its inception. It was the rule of Asaf Jahi, Nizam of Hyderabad when Hyderabad developed and grew in every aspect. Nizams exercised their control as a part of Mughals for some time but soon they formed an independent kingdom. Hyderabad is steeped in a glorious past, Hyderabad has emerged as one of the most modernised and developed city of the nation.
How to reach
Since, Hyderabad is frequented by travellers from all across the world and is a commercial hub of the country, it is connected with the country and to the rest of world. There is well established system of transportation via air, rail and road. Daily flights international flights are also available.
How to Reach by Flight
The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport provides one of the best aviation facilities in the country. It is located 22 kms from the city and has direct flights flying to and fro from many countries. There are various airlines like Jet Airways, IndiGo, Air India, etc have daily flights being operated from here to all the major cities of India. Buses run from the airport to important tourists destinations. You can also hire metered air-conditioned radio cabs.
How to Reach by Train
Hyderabad is well connected by rail network to all parts of India. There are three major railway stations serving the city - Secunderabad, Hyderabad and Kachiguda railways stations. The trains bound for South and North India originate via Hyderabad and pass through Secunderabad.
How to Reach by Bus
The MGBS which operates in Hyderabad is the largest bus station in the world! Buses run from and arrive in the city from all the major cities. Travellers can choose from government and private bus services, luxury or ordinary buses. There are direct buses from Bangalore, Mumbai, and Chennai. The government and private buses operate luxury and ordinary services from all the neighbouring States. There are pickup and drop points from various parts of the city. The fare of the bus depends upon where you’re travelling from.
How to Reach by Road
Hyderabad has a well-built network of highways connecting it with the rest of the country. NH 44 connects the city to numerous cities and towns. The highways are a smooth run and are great if a person wants to travel by car.
How to travel within
Hyderabad has a very smooth transportation system. State transport buses are the most preferable and convenient medium of commuting from one place to another in Hyderabad. Also, there are some local trains which connect some localities of the city but they are generally preferred by working class people
Hyderabad is the capital of Telangana and is a city where the North and South, Hindus and Muslims blend into one. The multicultural society that it houses is modern but with their values intact. The strong Islamic influence that it has inherited is clearly visible in the architecture, food and lifestyle.
Being a multicultural and cosmopolitan city, every festival is celebrated with pomp and show be it Diwali, Eid or Christmas. On the 25th of February, the regional Deccan Festival takes places which very popular among the people of Hyderabad. The finger-licking Hyderabadi cuisine deserved a special mention in the history of this nation. Truly, Hyderabad is the home to a rich cultural legacy and is one of the best places to visit in the country.
Day 1: Arrive by morning/midday. Have the fabulously flavourful Hyderabadi biryani for lunch. Walk around the charming bylanes and streets of the older parts of the city. Visit the Charminar and the adjoining market. Don't forget to sample some of Hyderabad's lip-smacking chaat items!
Day 2: Have a good breakfast and check out the Birla Science Museum and Planetarium, Salar Jung Museum. Sample some of Hyderabad's famous delicacies like paaya and kheema for lunch. Visit the Husain Sagar lake. Don't miss out on sampling the scrumptious Irani chai in the evening. End the day with a trip to the Chowmahalla Palace.
Day 3: Visit the Indian Museum, after having a hearty breakfast. Make a trip to Ramoji Film City. In the evening take some time to have the amazing seekh and galouti kebabs on the streets of Hyderabad. Make sure you visit the Golkonda Fort and Mecca Masjid.