Hyderabad Travel Guide
Hyderabad Travel Guide
Hyderabad which is also known as the city of Nizams is located in the Southern Indian State of India named Andhra Pradesh. The city has its own historic significance which is the witness of its rich heritage, monuments and culture. Hyderabad is located on the banks of Musi River and on the Deccan Plateau. The District of Hyderabad is purely comes in the range of Ranga Reddy district of Telangana. Recently many of the suburbs of Hyderabad were merged into the city, which is now known as Greater Hyderabad. There are number of IT companies in Hyderabad which make this place home of IT industry. Flourishing with the fast life this city is perfectly blended with relax mood.
History of Hyderabad
According to the historians the city was established by Muhammad Quli Shah in 1591. According to the sources he had an affair with local Telugu Courtesan name Bhagmati. He named the city after her –‘Bhagyanagar’ and when she married to her and converted to Islam she took the name –‘Hyder Mahal’, Quil Shah then changed the name of the city after her to Hyderabad. The city was ruled by seven kings and that contribute this city develop in the field of literature and culture.
After Qutub Dynasty, came the Asaf Jahi Dynasty which drops in the hand of mighty Mughals. In 1724 the region freed from Mughal reign. At that time Hyderabad decaled it’s first Nizam. Later from 1769 the successor of Asif Jaha ruled the city formore than 200 years till 1948. In that year the city has got its official language as Urdu that prior was Persian.
During British Era Nizams were remained the princely states as they were faithful ally of the British. Post-independence the city was announced as the capital of Andhra Pradesh. In 2014 Telangana was formed and Hyderabad became its capital.
Culture – Traditions – Festivals and Cuisine of Hyderabad
The city of Nizams, Hyderabad is one of the few Indian cities which is well preserved in terms of culture and heritage. The city is holding and carrying its culture from the past of Persian, Mughal and Qutub Shahi Dynasty. Most of the Muslim women here still follow Salwarkameezburqa and hijab attires, while men wear kurtapayjama.
When you visit the city, you will be welcomed with timeworn a Mughal delicacies which is called Hyderabadi Biryani. Badamka jai, Mutton Korma, Haleem, Kebabs and Paan are other specialties of the place which are some of the best food of Hyderabad.
Hyderabad being one of the major Muslim occupied cities also does celebrate many festivals of other religions also. Ganesh Chaturthi, Bonalu, Eidul Fitr are some of the major festivals which are celebrated with all zeal and enthusiasm. Other festivals which are celebrated with equal zeal and pleasure are Diwalim Deccan festival and Lumbini Festival. Hyderabad Mango Festival is a 3 days festival celebrated every year. More than 300 varieties of mangoes and mango-based items attract hundreds of visitors from different cities.Hyderabad International Film Festival which was first launched in 2007 March. It provides a platform to varied works of Telugu cinema. From next year 2008 a short film festivals for children is being organized every year in the city.
Best Places to Visit Hyderabad
Popularly known as the city of Nizams and also Pearl City, Hyderabad has many tourist places which you can visit.
Some salient Hyderabad attractions are -
The city was named so, because the bricks by which it is built were brought from Mecca. The holy place was completed by Aurangzeb in 1694.
The most significant tourist place in Hyderabad. The monument was built by Quil Qutub Shah who was the founder of the city. According to historians the building was built to ward off a deadly epidemic raging at that time.
The famous and the colorful festival is nestled in the old city. The places if full of Bridal wear, pears and the traditional Hyderabadi Glass and stone works. Ramoji Film City is one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad.
Other prominent Hyderabad tourist attractions are -
1. Nizam Museum
2. City Museum
3. Birla Science Museum
4. Shamirpet Sagar lake
5. Mir Alam tank
All nature lovers, for you there are wildlife national parks which are included in Hyderabad sightseeing places.
Some famous national parks are -
1. Mrugavani National Park
2. Mahavirharinavanasthali National Park
3. Manjira Widlife Sanctuary
Tirupati is one of the major pilgrimage sites near Hyderabad.
Best Time to Visit Hyderabad
Hyderabad is nestled on sloping terrain of grey and pink granite which is dotted with small hills. Mostly the weather of the city is mostly tropical wet and dry. The city is fairly warm throughout the year and the best time to visit Hyderabad is winters between the months from October to March which is the pleasant time of the season.
How to Reach Hyderabad
Hyderabad is one of the most beautiful cities which is visited by thousands of visitors every year. This most visited city is having different forms of conveyance to reach in and to move out.
One can book flight ticket to Hyderabad to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport which connects with Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and many more. The domestic terminal connects the city with all other cities in India.
There are two major railway stations Secunderabad Railway Station and Hyderabad Deccan railway station.
The city has well cluster of roads to reach oin move out from the city. The city is centrally located from major south Indian and Deccan cities.
Hyderabad can be reached from Bangalore, Mumbai and Chennai which are 560km, 700km and 630 km away from the city. If you are in Hampi which is world heritage site by UNESCO, you can drive to Hyderabad within a span of 7 hours.
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