Destination Snapshot

  • Travel Style

  • First Timers
  • Culture Vultures
  • Family Fun
    • Language

      Telugu, English, Urdu and Hindi
    • Altitude

      542 metres
    • Time zone

      GMT + 05.30 hours
    • Theme

      Heritage

An opulent gem from the Mughal era, Hyderabad will treat you with its ancient monuments and temples, lakes and gardens, cultural heritage, Andhra cuisine and of course, pearls!

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  • Charminar

    Representing Hyderabad city on a global map, the Charminar is the most iconic monument and mosque of the city. Admire not just the tall monument but a panoramic view of the city as you stand atop one of the minarets of Charminar.

  • Hyderabadi Biryani

    There is something about the Hyderabadi Biryani that it has become a patent dish in restaurants across different cities. Rice flavoured with tangy spices, cooked along with meat and garnished with onion rings and coriander definitely makes for a mouth-watering and must-eat dish when in Hyderabad.

  • Pearls

    Ladies, get set to shop for some authentic pearls from the government recognised pearl shops in Hyderabad. Such is the popularity of the intricate designs and patterns available here that Hyderabad is often referred as the city of pearls.

Be prepared

  • Summers

    Hyderabad has a warm climate and during summers, it can be quite a task to visit the city bearing the afternoon heat.

  • Autos

    Most of the auto-rickshaw drivers will force you to visit few pearls shop as they get commission from the shopkeepers in exchange of getting tourists visit their shop. Be wary of such requests from the drivers.

Describing It

The princely capital of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad is situated near the Hussain Sagar Lake (which connects its suburban counterpart Secunderabad). What was once the reigning seat of Qutb Shahi has today transformed into an upcoming metropolitan city in India. Also known as Cyberabad, the city has a huge fleet of youngsters working at different corporates houses as the city is also one of India’s major IT hubs. Owing to the Muslim references in its historical past, the city is home to some of the most charming monuments, palaces, tombs and mosques, the architecture of which is worth applauding. So, whether it is the iconic Charminar, the magnificent Golconda Fort or the opulent Falaknuma Palace (which is now converted into a luxury hotel by Taj group); Hyderabad is full of admiration.

Also addressed as the Pearl city or the Biryani city, Hyderabad has plenty to offer you apart from just monuments. You can shop for some exclusive pearl jewels at the government recognised shops here or savour on the delectable biryani (Hyderabad’s signature dish) at any of the local restaurants that is indeed finger-licking good.

If you happen to visit the city in November, make sure you plan your visit around the Deccan Festival where you will listen to the most stirring and soothing ghazals and Mushairas by some of the most established musicians. Hyderabad can be best described as a cultural feast for your senses!