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Location : Andhra Pradesh
Known As : Capital of Andhra Pradesh
Attractions : Charminar, Makkah Masjid, Salar Jung Museum, Birla Temple, Birla Planetarium, Hussain Sagar, Golconda Fort etc.
Best Time To Visit : October to March

Introducing Hyderabad
CharMinar Popularly known as the 'City of Nizams,' Hyderabad is the capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Consisting of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, the city offers an interesting blend of old and new. Founded in 1590 AD by Mohammed Quli, the fourth of the Qutab Shahi kings, Hyderabad has remained an important centre of Islamic culture and boasts of a number of splendid forts and monuments. Most interesting area of the city, is located south of the river Musi, as it is home to Charminar, Salar Jung Museum and lively Bazaars. On the north of the river, the main shopping centres of the city is situated, that include Abids Circle, Sultan Bazaar etc. Besides, today the city is one of the leading hubs in India for information technology, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and the BPO industry. On the whole, a trip to Hyderabad is really a memorable experience as you get a close look of the centuries old Nizami culture and the modern technologies as well. So plan a trip to Hyderabad this vacation and experience a journey of lifetime.

How to Reach Hyderabad
By Air : Hyderabad has two airports namely Rajiv Gandhi Terminal (International) and N. T. Rama Rao Terminal (domestic). Hyderabad airport is 8 km north of the city at Begumpet, and is well-connected by both national and international carriers. Auto-rickshaws, taxis and buses are available from the airport to various parts of the city. You can get prepaid taxis and auto-rickshaws to and from the airport.
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By Train : Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad is the headquarters of the South Central Zone. Both Hyderabad and Secunderabad railway stations are well-connected to all the major cities of India with a number of express and mail trains.

By Bus : The city of Hyderabad has a big bus terminal which is well connected to other cities in the state by a number of government run and private buses. The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) buses and buses of neighbouring state roadways also ply from here. Several express and deluxe coaches are available for inter-city and inter-state services.

Local Tranport : For local transportation, taxis, auto-rickshaws and other small vehicles are available. Chauffeur driven private cars and taxis are available for long distance travel, operated by Andhra Pradesh Travel and Tourism Development Corporation and private operators. Within the Hyderabad city local buses services are very good.

Places Where You Can Stay
Hyderabad offers varied accommodation choices to its guests. In the city you will find a variety of hotels ranging from 5 star to budget hotels. Equipped with all the modern amenities the hotels of Hyderabad provide a comfortable stay.

Five Star Hotels : Taj Residency (Banjara Hills), Taj Banjara Hotel (Banjara Hills), Le Meridian Resort (Shamirpet), Hyderabad Marriott (Bund Roa), Kakatiya Sheraton and Towers (Begumpet), Taj Krishna (Banjara Hills) and Hotel Tulip Manohar (Begumpet).

Four Star Hotels : Hotel Aalankrita (Humkunta Village), Hotel Green Park (Begumpet) and Best Western Hotel Amrutha Castle (Saifabad).

Heritage Hotels : Hotel Taj Mahal (Abid Road)

Other Hotels : Aditya Park Inn (3 Star, Aditya Trade Centre), Comfort Inn City Park (3 Star, Chirag Ali, Abids), Hotel Pearl Regency (3 Star, Red Hills), Quality Inn Residency Hotel (3 Star, Public Garden Road)
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Tourist Attractions in Hyderabad
Charminar : Situated in the heart of the old city, Charminar is considered the landmark of Hyderabad. The huge triumphal arch was built by Mohammed Qutab Shah in the year 1591 to commemorate the end of the plaque in the city. Charminar is flanked on all sides by colourful bazaars and from the top of the monument you get a superb view. Of course, Charminar is equally impressive all the time, but in the flood-lights in the evening its beauty increases many times.

Birla Planetarium Makkah Masjid : Standing close to the Charminar, Makkah Masjid is one of the biggest mosques in the world and it can accommodate up to 10,000 worshippers. Construction of Makkah Masjid during the reign of Mohammed Quli Qutab Shah in 1614, but it was completed by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1687.

Salar Jung Museum : Set on the south bank of the Musi river, Salar Jung Museum is India's answer to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Salar Jung Museum houses part of the huge collection of Yusuf Ali Khan (Salar Jung III), one of the prime ministers of Nizam and his ancestors. Here you will find Indian jade, miniatures, furniture, lacquer work, Mughal opaque glassware, fabrics, bronzes, wood carvings, religious objects, Persian miniature paintings, illuminated manuscripts, armour and weaponry, swords, daggers and clothing of Mughal Emperors and Tipu Sultan.

Archaeological Museum : Archaeological Museum is situated in the public gardens and deserves a visit. The museum has a small, but interesting collection of archaeological finds, that include bronzes, prehistoric tools, copper inscription plates, household utensils, weapons and also an Egyptian mummy.

Birla Venkateshwara Temple : Perched atop the Kalabahad Hill, north of the Public Gardens, the Birla Temple is open to all, irrespective of caste and creed. The temple was constructed by the Birla trust in 1976, entirely out of Rajasthani white marble. Birla temple is very popular among the Hindus and it affords fine views of the Hussain Sagar lake and the nearby places.

Birla Planetarium : Close to the Birla Mandir is the Birla Planetarium, built by the same organization the Birla Trust. Show timinings are Monday - Saturday (11.30 am, 4 pm and 6 pm), Sundays and Holidays (11.30 am, 3.45 pm and 6 pm).

Hussain Sagar Lake : An artificial lake, Hussain Sagar is the large expanse of water - separating the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. In the centre of the lake stands a massive stone statue of the Lord Buddha. You can reach to the statue through the regular boats available from the Lumbinin Park, just off Secretariat Road.

Nehru Zoological Park : One of the largest parks in India, Nehru Zoological Park spread out over 120 hectares of landscaped gardens. Here the animals are kept in large open enclosures and have been provided with good facilities. The park is open from 9 am, till 6 pm daily except Mondays.

Tourist Attractions Around Hyderabad
Golconda FortGolconda Fort : Just 11 kms west of old Hyderabad, Golconda Fort is situated 122 m above the plain. Golconda was the capital of the Qutub Shahi Kings from 1518 to 1590, when the court was moved to the new city of Hyderabad. A well-preserved fort, Golconda Fort is considered one of the most impressive forts in India. Although, many of the structures inside the citadel have destroyed due to past sieges and the ravages of the time, but even today the ruins of the extensive fort are enough to give a good impression of what the fort must once look like. Buses are offered by the Hyderabad Tourist Office to the fort. Sound and Light is the major attraction of the fort which is organized in the evening and provide good information about the history of the fort.

Qutab Shahi Tombs : About a km north of the outer perimeter wall of Golconda lies the tombs of Qutab Shahi Kings. The tombs are fairly small but these are impressive structures, set in peaceful landscaped gardens. All together there are 82 tombs, a number of them display beautifully carved stonework. You can reach the tombs by road or by picking your way across the grassy verges and filed below the Golconda fort's battlements.

Ramoji Film City : One of world's largest integrated film studio complex, Ramoji Film City, is located 25 kms away from Hyderabad on Vijayawada National Highway. Spread over an area of 2,000 acres, Ramoji Film City is also considered one of Asia's most famous tourism and recreation centres.

Shopping in Hyderabad
Hyderabad is an ultimate, shopping paradise and any trip to the city is incomplete without some shopping. Shopping in the markets of Hyderabad will be a fascinating experience for you. While shopping in Hyderabad you can buy birdiware, banjar mirrors, lac bangles, kalamkari fabric, leather puppets, venkatigiri sarees, perfumes and the famour pearls. Most popular shopping centres of Hyderabad include Basheerbagh, Abids, Nampally, Begum Bazaar, Osmanganj, Charminar, Patthargatti, Laad Bazaar, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Narayanguda etc.

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