Hyderabad, also known as the City of Pearls, is an erstwhile seat of the powerful and wealthy Qutb Shahi and Asaf Jahi dynasties, the city has seen centuries of great prosperity and innovation. Today, the ‘Old City’ is full of centuries-old Islamic monuments and even older charms. In fact, the whole city is laced with architectural gems: ornate tombs, mosques, palaces and homes from the past – some weathered and enchanting, others recently restored and gleaming – are peppered across town.
The 1990s saw the rise of Hyderabad’s western side, ‘Cyberabad’ as it went on to become a hub of software companies. Along with Bengaluru (Bangalore) and Pune, Hyderabad too is an important centre of India’s mighty software industry and has created a culture of good food and posh lounges in the city. Secunderabad, north of the Hussain Sagar, is the former British cantonment, now useful to travellers mainly for its huge train station.
Telugu (the state language of Telangana and one of India’s six living classical languages) and Urdu are widely spoken in Hyderabad, and most educated people speak Telugu, Urdu, Hindi and/or English. English signs are common on the road.
Located 22 km south of downtown, Hyderabad-Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the sixth busiest airport in India. The airport is named after former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. It replaced the former international airport of the city, Begumpet Airport. The airport was newly constructed in 2008 and currently handles more than 7.6 million passengers annually.
RGIA, though new, already has a number of feathers in its cap. From being rated the No. 1 airport in the world (in the 5-15 million passenger category), to being ranked 5th worldwide (in the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) annual survey by the Airports Council International (ACI)), to being the first airport with the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design New Construction (LEED NC) silver-rated certification by the US Green Building Council, an A380-compatible runway, to name a few. The RGIA is the first in Asia and one of the only two airports in the world to have achieved green status so far.
Hyderabad, a potential transit hub of South Asia, is centrally located with well-connected national and international air carriers. One can reach Hyderabad from anywhere in the world with ease of time and convenience.
International flights that directly connect to Hyderabad arrive at International terminal where the delegates get a homely welcome while they go through necessary Immigration and Customs formalities. Hyderabad is also well connected to major metro cities throughout India by domestic airlines. Rail and Road Connectivity from Hyderabad to all major cities of India is also noteworthy. Trains leaving from Hyderabad and Kachiguda can also be boarded at Secunderabad Railway Station.
Hyderabad has direct international connectivity to Europe (London), Middle East and South East Asia. One can reach Hyderabad either with a direct connection from any of the major hubs connecting Hyderabad or via New Delhi, Mumbai or Kolkata. Delegates can also take a connecting flight to Hyderabad via New Delhi & Mumbai, as both the cities have direct connectivity to all major cities of the world and are within 2 hours flight time from Hyderabad.
Hyderabad is located in central part of the Indian state of Telangana and is spread over an area of 260 sq. km. The city lies in the Deccan Plateau and rises to an average height of 536 m above the sea level.
Hyderabad is blessed with a unique landscape – spectacular rock formations which are about 2,500 million years old; amongst the oldest and hardest rocks in the world. Rocky and hilly regions around the city are under obliteration for urbanization. Hyderabad falls in the seismic zone-I and is seismically least exposed to earthquakes. The highest point in the city is Banjara Hills.
Hyderabad has a unique combination of a tropical wet and dry climate that borders on a hot semi-arid climate. The climate of Hyderabad remains fairly warm through most parts of the year and the city receives moderate rainfall during the monsoon months – June to November. In the month of February, the maximum temperature ranges between 29 °C to 33 °C (84.2 ºF to 91.4 ºF) while the lowest temperature is normally pegged between 17 °C to 21 °C (62.6 ºF to 69.8 ºF).
For most parts of the year the weather and climate of Hyderabad remains fairly moderate and you can visit the Hyderabad city anytime in the year but the best season to visit Hyderabad is between October–February.
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Golconda Fort is one of the most wonderful monuments, located 11 km. from Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh & Telangana. The name of Golconda originates from the telgu words “Golla” and “Konda” which means ‘shepherd’s hill’. One of the most important features of this fort is that the sounds of hands clapped at the entry gate can be heard quite clearly at the top of the hill.
The 13th century Golconda Fort was built by the Kakatiya kings. The existing structure was later built by Qutub Shahi Kings into a massive fort with granite walls having eight gates and 87 bastions spread up to 7 Kms, in circumference over a span of 62 years. Golconda Fort, popularly known in Telgu as “Golla Konda”, which means “Shepherd’s Hill”, has an exotic story behind it. In 1143, on the rocky hill known as ‘Mangalavaram’, a shepherd boy came across an image and conveyed to the Kakatiya king, who was ruling at that time. The 10 km long road from Golconda to outer Hyderabad was a fantastic market selling jewelry, diamonds, pearls and other gems, popular in all over the world.
Hyderabad’s most popular landmark Charminar is located at the center of the old city and surround by lively bazaars. It was built by Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 in honor of his wife Bhagmati, shortly after he had shifted his capital from Golconda to what now is known as Hyderabad. It is popular as the Arc de Triomphe of the East and considered as the legendary masterpiece of Qutub Shahi’s.
Charming structure define as its name from four intricately carved minarets, the four graceful minarets which means ‘Four Minars’. Charminar is in square shape with four towers in the four corners of the square, each side is 20 meters long.
Charminar is surrounded by markets and many other structures which adds to its grace. It boasts Chow Mohalla palace, Shahali Banda, Laad Bazar, Kali Kaman and Patthar Gatti and Mecca Masjid. The structure of Charminar show both Indian and Mughal architectural styles. You can see good views of all over the old city from the top of the minarets.
The Qutub Shahi Tombs is situated 2 km. from the Golconda Fort, the most reliable evidence of the Qutub Shahi architectural traditions. These exquisite structures and every arch, dome minarets, columns and gallery surrounded by landscaped gardens. Amidst landscape gardens known as Ibrahim Bagh, there are seven tombs dedicated to the memory of the former king of Golconda popular as Qutub Shahi Tombs. All the Qutub Shahi kings except Abdul Hassan Tana Shah who died in captivity in Daulatabad are buried here. This is the only palace in the world where one can see so many tombs in one place.
The Qutub Shahi Tombs is a perfect amalgamation of Persian, Pathan and Hindu forms, constructed in grey granite embellished with stucco ornamentation. The tombs form a large collection and stand on a raised platform. The tombs are domed structures built on a square base surrounded by pointed arches, each tomb are quadrangular and rise from 9 to 15 meter above the terrace. The smaller tombs galleries are in single storied while the larger tombs are two storied. The domes were originally made with blue and green tiles, of which only a few pieces remain now.
Just 100 yards South West of Charminar is the Mecca Masjid, the largest mosque of South India.
The constructions of this mosque was started by Sultan Muhammad Qutub Shah in 1617, the work continued during the reign of Abdullah Qutub Shah and Abul Hassan Tana Shah and was completed in 1694 by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The mosque is one of the largest in the country and can accommodate ten thousand people at a time during the prayer.
The hall is 67 meters long, 54 meters wide and 23 meters high. The roof is supported by 15 arches, 5 on each of the three sides. The colonnades and entrance arches are made of a single slab of granite. It took about 8000 Masons and laborers and was completed in 77 years.
It is believed that when the foundation stone was being laid, Sultan Muhammad Qutub Shah invited all the devout religious elders of the city. It was announced that the king wanted the foundation stone to be laid by one who had never missed his prayers. None came forward, therefore Sultan Muhammad himself laid the foundation for he had never missed even his midnight prayer since the age of 12.
Hyderabad’s Salarjung Museum, the third largest museum in India is one of the largest one-man-collections in the world. The Prime Minister of India, Shri Jawaharlal Nehru had declared open the entire collection of Salar Jung to the public on December 16, 1951.The collection was shifted to its present building in 1968. This museum houses magnificent exhibits of European and Indian paintings and statuary.
Mir Yusuf Ali Khan, popularly known as Salar Jung III (1889-1949) served as Prime Minister to Nizam 1912, at the age of 23, but resigned two and a half years later. Thereafter he dedicated his whole life collecting antiques and art, which were the only passions of his lonely life. He spent considerable portion of his wealth for collecting them. It is believed that he spent a substantial amount of his income over thirty five years to make this priceless collection, his life’s passion. Though Salar Jung III is credited with these fantastic collections, it all started with his father and grandfather. This museum is well known throughout India for its prized collections. In the year 1961 it was declared to be an “Institution of National Importance” by an Act of Parliament, known as the Salar Jung Museum Act, 1961. It was originally housed in Diwan Devdi.