Known as the law capital of Andhra Pradesh, the city of Hyderabad is definitely a must-visit for its incredible tourist attractions. However, it was the year 2014 when this city was separated for the purpose of forming a completely new state of Telangana. Culturally and geographically speaking, Hyderabad has always been a significant city in the history of our nation.
Located on the hilly terrains, this beautiful city is situated on the banks of the Musi River and is also the most populous city in India. And not just that, it is also home to some of the most astounding artificial lakes like Hussain Sagar Lake, Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar. Since this city was established somewhere around 1591, it has been ruled by many different rulers, thus, it has got a wide variety of cultures to relish. Moreover, it is an amazing place to taste the flavours of Indian heritage. Golconda Fort, Charminar, Mecca Masjid are some of the popular examples of such tourist attractions. Hyderabad is also widely known for its pearls and diamonds and hence is also known as the City of Pearls.
It is quite intriguing to know that there have been findings of Iron Age sites in Hyderabad which dates back to the era of 500 BCE. Yes, the region of the modern-day Hyderabad was once ruled by the Chalukya dynasty from 624 CE to 1075 CE. And after the fall of the Chalukya empire into four parts, the city of Golconda had come under the rule of Kakatiya dynasty.
And later on, in history, the Kakatiya dynasty was also reduced to nothing but dust by the rise of an even stronger Khalji dynasty. This was the timeline of around 1310 when Sultan Alauddin Khalji had defeated them to take over the empirical throne. And it was during this time that Alauddin Khalji stole the Koh-i-Noor diamond too, which was said to have been extracted from the mines at Kollu, Golconda.
Then somewhere around 1325, Muhammad-bin-Tughluq succeeded the Delhi throne bringing the Tughlaq dynasty to a whole new plane of success and prosperity.
There are just too many exciting reasons for visiting the incredible city of Hyderabad. Yes, with time, the city of Hyderabad is getting more and more popular among travellers from all across the world. And there are many substantial reasons to back it up like the luxury stays, the delicious food of this city, such as Hyderabadi Biryani, the nightlife, the bangles, the laad bazaar, Charminar along with its phenomenal architecture. All of these reasons make this city to be a worthwhile travel getaway for tourists and travellers.
Charminar - Constructed in the year 1591, this historic monument is a peculiar example of Indian heritage. The populous markets surrounding this structure is just a delight to experience, making this spot worth your time and energy. (Read More)
Ramoji Film City - Since its establishment in 1991, the Ramoji Film City has been a phenomenal tourist attraction to explore in Hyderabad. Do you know that this place has the capacity to house 50 film units at a single time? This place is spread over 2,500 acres and is situated at a distance of about 30 km from Hyderabad. The brilliant architecture and technical facilities of Ramoji Film City make it very prominent for all kinds of film shootings. (Read More)
Visit Golconda Fort. This fort acts as a fortified citadel which was also the earliest capital city of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. The humongous structure of this fort is a must-watch. It was owing to the presence of the diamond mines that Golconda had flourished as one of the major trade centres for large diamonds which were also known as the Golconda diamonds. (Read More)
Visit Hussain Sagar Lake. Asia’s largest artificial lake, Hussain Sagar is an amusing destination for the locals and tourists alike. What makes this lake really special is its heart shape. Yes, from above this lake seems to be like an adorable heart pitched against Earth. This lake was built by Quli Qutb Shah in the year of 1563 and is spread across an area of 5.7 square kilometres. The major highlight of this lake is the giant monolithic statue of Gautama Buddha. (Read More)
Bonalu. The very origin of this festival dates back to the year 1869. It was a time when the city of Secunderabad and Hyderabad were plagued by an epidemic which had killed thousands of people. It was believed that the plague was the manifestation of the anger of the Gods. And a local man prayed that if he survived the plague, he would be building a temple in her honour. And that is how this festival came to be.
Ugadi. It is celebrated as the Telugu New Year and is held at the onset of spring. This festival marks the beginning of the Hindu Lunar Calendar and it is believed that on this occasion of this day, Lord Brahma had initiated the process of creating the universe. During this festival, people use mangoes, neem leaves, and fresh jaggery to make Ugadi Pachadi which is a scrumptious dish. And also this dish is a highlighting factor of this festival.
Summers can be really humid and the months August to October can witness heavy rainfall thus the winter season is the best time to visit and enjoy Hyderabad starting from the months of November to February.
By Air. The city of Hyderabad has its own airport which is the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. It has very good connectivity with all the other major cities of India. This airport welcomes direct flights from cities like Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune and Mumbai. Apart from that, it also has a good international connectivity. After getting off, you can take local transport to reach your hotel or destination as per your convenience.
By Road. Planning road trips along with your loved ones is always a great experience. To reach Hyderabad you can either use the state transport bus services or drive all the way, depending upon the distance from cities like Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune, Mumbai. It would take you around 28 hours, 9 hours, 10 hours and 9 hours on an approximate basis to reach Hyderabad. To travel via road you can take NH7, NH 44, NH65 and NH9 which are great options to travel to this city.
By Train. If you are planning to reach Hyderabad via train then you should know that this city has three major railheads which include Hyderabad Railway Station, Secunderabad Railway Station and Kachiguda Railway Station. After getting off the train you can easily get local transport such as an auto-rickshaw, bus or a cab to reach your destination.