Hyderabad- The Lustrous City of Pearls

The joint capital of Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Hyderabad, was founded by Quli Qutb Shah and named after his beloved wife Hyder Mahal.  The empire was later ruled by Mir Quamaruddin, who started the Asaf Jahi dynasty and took the title of Nizam; thus starting the long-line of Nizams of Hyderabad.
The city, an exciting concoction of old & new, preserves its roots in the old city amidst the narrow lanes of Char Minar while the newer districts paint an urban picture of hi-tech cities and glitzy malls. Join us on a tour of this lustrous pearl-city as we take you through its heritage monuments, fine museums, colorful culture and delicious cuisine.

Major Attractions of Hyderabad

Golconda Fort

Built by Kakatiyas and fortified by the Qutb Shahis, this medieval fort was once home to the famous Koh-i-noor and Hope Diamonds.  As you enter through its massive gates, you are greeted by ruins of beautiful temples, elegant mosques, and a triple-tiered Durbar Hall. Do watch the well-designed light & sound show at the fort to learn about its glorious past.

Salar Jung Museum

The museum, built from the personal collection of Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, also known as Salar Jung III, is a goldmine of antiquities. Its 39 galleries showcase marvelous south Indian bronzes, wood and stone sculptures, Indian miniature paintings, European fine art, historic manuscripts, and stunning jade artifacts.

Char Minar

Built in 1591 by Quli Qutb Shah, Char Minar stands tall as an iconic symbol of Hyderabad’s rich legacy. The monument, located in the old city, derives its name from the four fluted minarets atop the arches. Visit this slice of Indian heritage and bask in the vibrant culture of Old Hyderabad.

Hussain Sagar Lake

This 16th century man-made lake, on a tributary of River Musa, is a popular spot for cultural & recreational activities in Hyderabad. Visit the colossal Buddha statue in the Lumbini Park by the lake, go for a boat ride and watch the evening laser show- its fun all the way.

Chowmahalla Palace

A splendid palace complex with it charming garden, Chowmahalla, depicts the opulent picture of the princely state of Hyderabad. Belgian crystal chandeliers, vintage cars, hand-written Qurans, royal carriages, wedding attires and photographs from Nizam’s era are showcased here.

Birla Mandir

Built in marble atop a hill, this beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara offers spiritual ambience and gorgeous views of the Hussain Sagar Lake.

Other Attractions of Hyderabad

  • Purani Haveli- Nizam’s Museum
  • Mecca Masjid
  • State Museum
  • Birla Science Centre
  • Ramoji Film City- Home to the Telugu film industry “Tollywood”

Fairs & Festivals of Hyderabad

  • Makar Sankranti- Harvest Festival
  • Ugadi- Telugu New Year
  • Dussehra- Celebrating victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana
  • Milad-un-Nabi- Birthday celebrations of Prophet Mohammad
  • Deccan Festival- Celebrating Hyderabad's arts, crafts, culture and cuisine
  • Lumbini Festival- Celebrating the Buddhist heritage of the region

Shopping in Hyderabad

Nicknamed the City of the Pearls, Hyderabad is a perfect place to buy pearls & pearl ornaments. Other Hyderabadi souvenirs include itar (local perfumes), lac bangles, Pochampally saris, and Bidriware artifacts.

Food in Hyderabad

Besides the world famous Hyderabadi Biryani, this flavorful city serves Haleem, Boti KebabasKeema Samosa and Mirchi ka Saalan, amongst many other delicacies. Do end your meal with desserts like Shahi Tukda & Double ka Meetha and steaming Cutting Chai (Irani tea).

Best Time to Visit Hyderabad

Hyderabad is best visited in winter months from November to February.

How to Reach Hyderabad

By Air- Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad connects the city with major cities across the globe.
By Rail- The three major railheads, namely, Hyderabad Railway Station, Secunderabad Railway Station and Kachiguda Railway Station, connect Hyderabad to all the major cities in the country.
By Road- Hyderabad is well-connected with major Indian cities by a network of roads and highways.
Join us on our Hyderabad Tour as we take you from the narrow alleys of the old town to the glitter of the urban city. Explore its palaces, forts, museums and bazaars to experience the Nizami sensibility of Hyderabad.

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