Hyderabad

Hyderabad or the ‘City of Pearls’ is the capital of Andhra Pradesh.

It was founded in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah on the banks of Musi. There was an acute water shortage at its old capital at Golconda and hence, the decision to move. The city was ruled by the Qutb Shahi dynasty for many years before Mughal emperor Aurangzeb captured it in 1687. He appointed a governor to rule the city with a certain degree of autonomy. In 1724, Asaf Jah I, who had been granted the title Nizam-ul-Mulk or the Governor of the country by the Mughal Emperor, defeated a rival official to gain control over Hyderabad. The Asaf Jahi dynasty ruled Hyderabad right until a year after India's independence as the Nizams of Hyderabad.

Hyderabad is the financial and economic capital of the state. It is the largest contributor to the state's GDP, state tax and excise revenues. In terms of GDP per capita (PPP), Hyderabad ranks 4th in India. The Service industry is the major contributor, constituting 90% of the workforce. Hyderabad was ranked the 2nd best Indian city for doing business and 93rd on the List of richest cities in the world.

The city is also known for its pearls and is major trade centre for silverware, saris, paintings and artifacts, unique Bidri handcrafted items, lacquer bangles and handloom-based clothing materials. It is also an IT hub, home to Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and so on.

On your visit here, do sample the delectable Hyderabadi cuisine. It is a blend of Traditional South Indian Mughal and Persian cuisine. Hyderabadi Biryani is an iconic dish of the region. As for the lingua franca, Telugu and Urdu are commonly spoken. Due to the IT influx, English has emerged as another chief language.

The weather in Hyderabad witnesses extremes from season to season. During summer, temperatures touch 40 degree Celsius. The city receives rainfall between June to September. Humidity is very high during July to September. The best time to visit Hyderabad is between November and Februrary.

Major attractions:
Charminar – This is a major landmark of Hyderabad. Built by Muhammed Quli Qutb Shah as a memorial for plague victims, this is a unique Deccan monument. It has four towering minarets and four archways that leading to roads in all four directions.

Golconda Fort – This is one of the most magnificent forts of India. Seated on a hill on one side and a spiraling fort on the other, it was made to sustain even the most intense attacks. Its location and internal design made it one of the strongest forts in India. You can see the ruins of palaces and a big fountain in the central courtyard.

Qutb Shahi Tombs - Located at Shaikpet, near Golconda Fort, these are the tombs of the Qutb Shahi rulers. A fine example of Deccan architecture, they have large minarets and huge domes. The delicate marble designs and multiple inner passages make them an architectural wonder.

Chowmahalla Palace – This palace complex was the seat of Asaf Jahi dynasty. This was where the Nizams entertained their official guests and royal visitors. Commissioned in 1750 by Nizam Salabat Jung, it was designed along the lines of the Shah's palace in Isfahan. It has now been renovated and serves as the venue for conferences.

Top News

All Aboard the Chennai Xpress!

All Aboard the Chennai Xpress!

Get your rickshaws ready, because our next rally is coming up in just over a month! From Bollywood to Kollywood, the Chennai Xpress will race you from Mumbai to Chennai, crossing an epic 1300km across Southern India through the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Kicking off in Mumbai, one of India’s crazi...
30 Jul, 2014 by admin  0
South India – Two Perspectives

South India – Two Perspectives

Lea Beyeler and Yannick de Zordo share their trip in India: from Chennai to Mumbai, through amazing places in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Goa and Maharashtra. "We spent one month on a trip from Chennai to Mumbai passing beautiful spots in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra. Here are our two travel perspectives - ...
29 Jul, 2014 by admin  0
Things I LOVE About India

Things I LOVE About India

A video about the great things in India by comedian Jasmeet Singh, a.k.a Jus Reign. "I spent just over a month in India... here are some of the things that I loved about it, and that strongly resonated with me. Let me know if you agree, or want to punch me in the face for such a dumb list, or want to add anything else." ...
24 Jul, 2014 by admin  0
How To Travel In Mumbai

How To Travel In Mumbai

How to travel in Mumbai via auto rickshaw, train and bus. Great insight into traveling in Mumbai. The video is for people who have either recently shifted to Mumbai or have visited as a part of their travel plan. We give small yet very useful tips for people unaware of how Mumbai functions. Mumbai, a cosmopolitan metropo...
23 Jul, 2014 by admin  0
Space In Time India

Space In Time India

Fantastic footage of India by Alexey Kraev aka True Movie Daily Timelapse India ...
22 Jul, 2014 by admin  0
Tuk Tuk Travellers

Tuk Tuk Travellers

A gastro adventure TV-series where 2 circus artist ride a street kitchen tuned Tuk Tuk across Eurasia. "Tuk Tuk Travellers is Juho Sarno and Pyry Kääriä, on their way across Eurasia. On a street kitchen tuned Tuk tuk. Diving into street kitchen and outdoor cooking specialties on the road. Beware of flying pans and throwi...
16 Jul, 2014 by admin  0
Are all South Indians Madrassis?

Are all South Indians Madrassis?

South India has 4 different major states, but people in north, east and west end up calling all of them Madrassi. Here's a general explanation of who lives in South India, and what is peculiar about each of the major states, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. "South India is the area encompassing India’s st...
14 Jul, 2014 by admin  0
The Bajaj RE Auto Rickshaw

The Bajaj RE Auto Rickshaw

Here's the great Bajaj RE Auto Rickshaw in action. A quick look at the three wheeler. RE = MORE and MORE = RE " Bajaj RE is a name deeply inscribed in every Indian's heart. After all, it has been a tried and trusted companion since 50 years. By being world's largest manufacturer of 3 wheelers and the largest exporter of ...
11 Jul, 2014 by admin  0
Auto Rickshaw by TriBeCaStan

Auto Rickshaw by TriBeCaStan

Great Auto Rickshaw tune from TriBeCaStan album 'New Songs From The Old Country'. The video below contains footage of auto rickshaws roaming through urban India. " Radically multicultural and poly-stylistic, New York City’s TriBeCaStan is one of contemporary music’s most vibrantly eclectic ensembles, using diverse instr...
10 Jul, 2014 by admin  0
Budapest Tuk Tuk

Budapest Tuk Tuk

Catch a ride with the Budapest Tuk Tuk service, offering some spectacular tours in this great city. The Tuk Tuk serivce offers different types of unique sightseeing rides with the great beast, including castle district picnic tour, romantic tour:), fresh air and scenic view tour, 360 twister tour, and much more... Vehicle/T...
9 Jul, 2014 by admin  0
Page 3 of 8012345...102030...Last »

Facebook

Get the Facebook Likebox Slider Pro for WordPress