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Hyderabad, capital city of Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad, now the capital city of Telangana and also the de jure capital of Andhra Pradesh, was established by the Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 AD. It is the 5th largest urbanized city in India located on the bank of Musi River in the Deccan Plateau of southern India. The city covers an area of 625 sq km and about 6,809,970 people reside here according to the census report 2011 of India which make the city 4th most populous respect to Indian other cities.

Hyderabad and Secunderabad are twin cities divided by the Husain Sagar (a damp). This damp was created by Ibrahim Qutb Shah in 1562. Now the city is economically very strong due to the growth of IT industry. Tourism industry is another important source of the city revenue. Most of the people of Hyderabad spend a better life due to the opportunity of proper jobs and they easily can fulfill their daily necessities.

Golconda Fort located at Hyderabad City

(Golconda Fort, Hyderabad City)

Climate of Hyderabad

The climatic characteristic of Hyderabad is hot semi arid type. Usually, three major seasons are observed in the city namely summer, winter and monsoon.

Summer Season: Normally, the summer season of Hyderabad continues from April to July. During this season temperature ranges varies between 34°C and 43°C. Some time temperature reach up to 48°C in May.

Winter Season: Normally, the winter season of Hyderabad continues from mid-November to February. During this season temperature ranges varies between 13°C and 18°C. Some time temperature fall bellow 10°C in January.

Monsoon Season: Normally, the monsoon season continues from July to September. In this season, weather Hyderabad remains hot and humid. But the evenings and mornings are cooler due to the moderate elevation of the city. The average annual rainfall of the city is about 80 cm.

Hotels and Restaurants in Hyderabad

Grand Kakatia Hotel & Towers (5 Star)
Address: Begumpet, Hyderabad 500 016.
Tele-Phone: 040-23400132
Fax Number: 040-23401045.
Taj Krishna (5 Star)
Address: Banjara Hills, Hyderabad 500 034.
Tele-Phone: 040-23392323
Fax Number: 040-55661313
Taj Residency (5 Star)
Address: Banjara Hills, Hyderabad 500 034.
Tele-Phone: 040-23393939
Fax Number: 040-23392684
Ramada Hotel Manohar (5 Star)
Address: Airport Exit Road, Hyderabad 500 016.
Tele-Phone: 040-27903333/26318999
Fax Number: 040-27908989
Taj Banjara (5 Star)
Address: Banjara Hills, Hyderabad 500 034.
Tele-Phone: 040-23399999
Fax Number: 040-23392218
Hotel Viceroy (5 Star)
Address: Hussain Sagar Lake,
Tankbund Road, Hyderabad - 500 080...
Tele-Phone: 040-27538383
Fax Number: 040-27538797
Hotel Bhaskar Palace (4 Star)
Address: Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500 034.
Tele-Phone: 040-23301523
Fax Number: 040-23304036
Hotel Amrutha Castle (4 Star)
Address: Saifabad, Hyderabad - 560 063.
Tele-Phone: 040-55633888
Fax Number: 040-55828222
Hotel Green Park (4 Star)
Address: Greenlands, Hyderabad - 500 016.
Tele-Phone: 040-23757575/55515151
Fax Number: 040-23757677
Pearl Regency (3 Star)
Address: Red Hills, Hyderabad - 500 004.
Tele-Phone: 040-26666555
Fax Number: 040-23376005
Hotel Golkonda (3 Star)
Address: Masab Tank, Hyderabad - 500 028
Tele-Phone: 040-23320202/23320303
Fax Number: 040-23320404

Languages and religions in Hyderabad

There have mainly two religions in Hyderabad namely Hindus approximately 55.5% of the population and Islam 41.2%. Few Christian communities are found here with a little percent. The city, Hyderabad is Muslim predominant from the time around 400 years ago of Indian history. Gradually, Hindus migrated here and now they are also take some important roles in the city.

Telugu and Urdu are main dialects of Hyderabad. Subsequently, Hindi and English are also used in few areas. Telungana dialect is most common in Hyderabad which is mostly similar to Telugu dialect.

Tour spots in Hyderabad

Hyderabad is the most visited tourist destination in India with the visitor around 157 million in a year. Its economy highly depend on the tourism industry and it ranked 19th among the top 41 Places of the world by the New York Times, 2011. Tourism industry of Hyderabad produced the profit around US$23 in previous year, 2011. You will familiar with lots of historical sites of Muslim culture and monuments in Hyderabad. Some major of these are the Charminar, Chowmahalla Palace, Salar Jung and many more.

Major Tourist attractions in Hyderabad

Charminar, literally mean Four Towers (Char- Four and Minar- Tower), has become the global icon of Hyderabad and listed as one of most popular historical sites in India. It was built in 1591 by Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah and it located on the east bank of Musi River. Laad Bazaar and Mecca Masjid are very close to the monument of Charminar.

Gandipet Lake, called also Osmansagar Dam, is located Musi River about 19 km away from Hyderabad city centre. It was constructed by Nizam of Hyderabad Mir Osman Ali Khan during 1920 AD to protect the city from flood. Today, this lake becomes a major tourist attraction in Hyderabad city with its magnificent water park and several suitable Guest Houses.

Birla Mandir or temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Venkateshwara located on the hill of Naubath Pahad in Hyderabad. Its construction was completed in 1976 by Swami Ranganatha Nanda of Ramakrishna Mission.

Mecca Masjid is one of the oldest and largest mosques in Hyderabad, India. It is located close to the historic landmarks of Chowmahalla Palace and Laad Bazaar. Its construction was started by Muhammad Quli Qutb and it fully completed during Moghuls.

Salarjung Museum located Darushifa in Hyderabad is listed as one of three top most national museums in India. It displays around 35000 antiques and art objects collected by the Salar Jung family.

Qutub Shahi Tombs are located close to the Golkonda Fort oh Hyderabad. It was constructed during the Qutub Shahi family but the time when their dynasty ended, the tombs were neglected, till Sir Salar Jung III ordered their restoration in the early 19 th century.

Golconda Fort is a ruined town located at 11 km west of Hyderabad in south central India. It was the capital town of ancient Kingdom of Golkonda (364 to 1512). It was founded by the Kakatiya dynasty but it fully developed during the reign of Quli Qutub Shah Wali of the Qutub Shahi Dynasty.

Birla Planetarium is one of most modern planetariums in India including a Science Museum which located at Naubat Road. It was constructed in 1985 by N T Ramarao. This museum is opened except the last Thursday of every month and its show timing is between 10 am to 8.15 pm. Contact this Number to know details: Telephone: 040-23241067/040-23235081...

Public Garden, previously known as Bagh-e-Aam (Bagh mean Garden and Aam mean Public), was constructed during the region of Nawab Mir Mahaboob Ali Khan Asif Jah-VI. It is located in the middle point of the city of Hyderabad, India. The Falaknuma Palace was belonged to the dynasty of Paigah but later in captured by the Nizams. It is one of the finest palaces in Hyderabad as well as India, located just five km away from Charminar. It covers an area of 19400 sq meters.

Nehru Zoological Park or Hyderabad zoo was completed in 1959 by Andhra Pradesh Government. You will found here all types of natural habitat birds and animal species. It is one of the best zoos in India and it opened throughout the week except Mondays.

Asman Garh Palace was constructed by Sir Osman Jah of Paigah family. This palace is located on the Malakpet. Today, it is converted into a school, named St Joseph's Public School.

Mahaveer Harina Vanasthali National Park is located at Vanasthalipuram, about 20 km away from the city point of Hyderabad.

Beside of these you will found some more attractive tourist spots in Hyderabad, namely, Hussain Sagar, Jama Masjid, St. Joseph's Cathedral, St. Mary's Church, Paigah Tombs, Chote Hazrat Ki Dargah, Raymond's Tomb, Sanjeevaiah Park, Shilparamam and Indira Park.

How to Reach Hyderabad?

Travel by Roadway
Hyderabad city maintains a well-connected Road network with several National Highways namely NH No. 7, NH No. 9 and NH No. 202. The city is connected to every major cities of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh with regular bus services. Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) provides 22,183 regular buses to communicate within city and rest of India. Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station is located at center of Hyderabad city, is the main bus station of Telangana which carrying around 130 million passengers daily.

Private transport services of Hyderabad are also good. Many taxi and Auto-rickshaw transport operators are available here. Usually, private taxis and yellow colored auto rickshaws are operated with metered index paying system. Except these rest cars are operated with a fixed fare.

Travel by Airway
If you want reach Hyderabad then the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad is suitable for you. It is ranked 5th among the one of world's top international airports with the capacity of serving 5 to 15 million passengers in a year. This airport contained the Indian longest runway. A good roadway network is connected to this airport and you easily go to your destination from the irport.

Travel by Railway
The railway network of Hyderabad is very well with zonal (South Central Railway zone) headquarter of Secunderabad. It is the largest Railway Station of Telangana. Other major stations of the city are Deccan Railway Station, Kachiguda Railway Station and Begumpet Railway Station.

Road distance from Hyderabad to
Delhi - 1499 km
Mumbai - 711 km
Bangalore - 562 km
Chennai - 688 km
Kolkatta - 1516 km...

General Information Hyderabad

Country India
State Telangana
Area 625 sq km
Population 6,809,970 (census 2011)
Time Zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Region Telangana
Foundation Year 1591 AD
STD Code 040
Country code 0091 or +91
Best time to visit October to March.
Attractions at Hyderabad Major Tourist attractions in Hyderabad are Charminar, Birla Mandir, Mecca Masjid, Salarjung Museum, Qutub Shahi Tombs, Golconda Fort, Birla Planetarium, Public Garden, Hyderabad zoo, Asman Garh Palace, Mahaveer Harina Vanasthali National Park, Hussain Sagar, Jama Masjid, St. Joseph's Cathedral, St. Mary's Church, Paigah Tombs, Chote Hazrat Ki Dargah, Raymond's Tomb, Sanjeevaiah Park, Shilparamam and Indira Park.
Fooding Foodings of Hyderabad highly influence by Mughals. The major foods in city is the Hyderabadi Biryani and Haleem including some local foods like Nahari, Kulche, and Chakna, and in desserts are Qubani ka meetha, Double ka meetha and Kaddu Ki Kheer.
Language Urdu, Telugu, Hindi and English
climate Summer Season - vary from 35°C to 43°C
Winter Season - Minimum temperature 10°C, in January. Average temperature in winter is 16°C, in January.
Main Religion of Hyderabad Hindu and Muslim
Tourist Enquiry Telangana Tourism Department
“D” Block, 3rd Floor, Secretariat
Hyderabad - 500022
Telangana, India

Telangana Tourism Development Corporation
3-5-891, Tourism House
Himayatnagar, Hyderabad - 500 029
Telangana, India
Phone: +91-40-23262151, +91-40-23262152, +91-40-23262153, +91-40-23262154, +91-40-23262157
Fax: +91-40-23261801.