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History

Hyderabad is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh ,Andhra Pradesh is said to have been the home of the Pre- Dravidian dark coloured inhabitants. Andhra region witnessed the rule of Chandragupta Maurya during which it established itself as an independent kingdom. After Ashoka, the Mauryan empire declined giving opportunity to establish smaller kingdoms. In about the third century BC the Satavahanas ruled for about five centuries. The Satavahanas established a strong rule with their territories extending up to Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The Satavahanas were overpowered by the Ikshvakus by the third century AD. During this period Brahmanism is said to have been revived. This reduced the influence of the Buddhist which was fostered by the Satavahanas.

By the end of the third century AD the Pallavas of Kanchi put an end to the rule of the Ikshavakus. Art and Architecture advanced during their rule. By 4th century AD the Anandas established their rule which lasted till 6th century. During the 7th century the Eastern Chalukyas exercised their power for many centuries. Literature was advanced during this period with promotion of the Telugu script. The Kakatiyas who were the feudatory's of the Eastern Chalukyas became independent in about the 12th century. During the rule of Delhi Sultanate, Muslims repeatedly attempted to intrude into Andhra. In 1332 AD Ulugh Khan established the Reddi Kingdom of Kondavidu; the Velama kingdom. The Vijayanagar Kingdom also ruled independently. The rule of Muhammad Tughlaq witnessed the rise of the independent Muslim Power at Bijapur. This was under the Bahamani Sultanate. In 1518 the Sultan Qili Qutub Shah declared himself independent and founded the Qutub Shah dynasty which existed till 1687. During this period literature, art and architect advanced. The city of Hyderabad was laid in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah. The Mughals put an end to the Qutub Shahi rule in 1687. Then the Asafjahis called Nizams emerged. They influenced Andhra Pradesh during 18th century till it was ceded to the East India Company. Gradually the whole of Andhra Pradesh, except Hyderabad, was under the British till 1947. In 1956 Andhra Pradesh was declared as a state.

Hyderabad was spun into a city with the yarn of love. The tale runs in the land of fancy but is probably true. It is about a young Muslim prince and his love for a humble Hindu girl about a relationship that develops in spite of caste, class and religious divides. About a town that grew into a city called Bhagyanagar (named after the girl called Bhagamati, or the lucky one). The prince became King and shifted his capital to the town of his beloved (of course - there are more prosaic reasons, but we don't go into details!).

Its evident that this is a city that has been loved and cared for. The wide roads and public parks in the garrison town of Secunderabad, the leisurely pace of Hyderabadi people who still have the time and the gentility to offer 'adaab' (namaskar or salute) and to cook up a slow simmering storm in flavourful cauldrons do this special city real proud. The twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad are one of the major centres of Information Technology development, so much so that Microsoft has one of its two overseas offices here. A delightfully elegant disposition, a miracle of technological revolution or a city with quite some tradition - Hyderabad is really all of these and more.

Hyderabad is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh, known as the best tourist place in India. The “city of pearls” was founded in the year 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah and  historical facts associated made the city to have unique place in India history. Hyderabad is also known as the “City of Nizams”, as their regime continued for a long period. Rich heritage and culture of the city makes it to be more special from that of other cities in India, as people of different religious community celebrate festivals and live together in a society as one. The various touring options that it offers to tourists really brings in utmost satisfaction and creates long lasting memories of lifetime. With an array of best flight deals to India, coming here is definitely made easier! Visit Hyderabad, and be amazed with what this city can actually offer.

Apart from touring options, Hyderabad city remains as one of the base for Information Technology hub for India, wherein many corporate giants like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, CSC, Capgemini, ADP and others are carrying their operations from here, Indian based IT giants like TCS, Wipro, Infosys, Mahindra Satyam and others have their operations being done from the city for the outsourced and in-house projects. IT is not only the sector that is really doing good for city of Hyderabad, but also other sectors like Pharma, ITES, Insurance, Banking and Real Estate are also generating revenue for the state of Andhra Pradesh through the city.  The various IT hubs are located at “Hitec city”, Manikonda, Gachibowli, Shamirpet and Kothaguda.  Hitec city has different hubs named “Cyber Gateway”,” Cyber Pearl”, “TCS Building”,”Raheja IT Park and “VBIT”, many companies have their own buildings in and around it.

IT business has boosted the hotel industry in Hyderabad also, as they provide varied options of having business meets for delegates to finalize the venture or deals and at the same time, hotels also serve tourists with great hospitality providing with multiple amenities for their stay in the city along with sightseeing transport facilities.

Hotels in Hyderabad are categorized in to three types including 5 Star Hotels, 4 Star Hotels and 3 Star Hotels. Few of the top rated hotels are Hotel Park Hyatt, Taj Banjara, Taj Residency, Novotel Hyderabad, ITC Kakatiya, Taj Krishna, Taj Deccan, Hotel Greenpark, Katriya de Royal, The Golkonda Hotel, Ohri’s Banjara, Aditya Inn and Hotel Taj Tristar. 

Restaurants are other source for tourists to taste varied types of cuisines that include South Indian (Kerala cusinies, Karnataka cusinies, Andhra cusinies), Traditional, North Indian (Rajasthani cusinies, Maharastrian cusinies, Traditional cusinies of Jharkhand, Bihari cusinies), Hyderabadi style dishes, Mexican and Italian style food. Few of the top rated Restaurants in Hyderabad are Taj Deccan,Ohri’s Jiva,Chutneys,Nanking, Mainland China, Terrace Bay, Shangai Dice, Bowl O China, Shikar, Chinese Pavilion, 100 Degrees,Zodiac, Cocos Bar & Grill and Celebrations, Fusion 9, Strings, Noodle, Oriental Pavilion, Sanghai Dice, Kamat Hotel,Rayalaseema Ruchulu, The Spicy Venue and Kshetra Vegetarian,Barbeque Nation, Haveli, Zafraan, Aroma, Gufaa,Kritunga, Tandoor and Kebab Korner.

Most important of all, the sightseeing options makes the city of Hyderabad to be chosen as the right destination for tourists across globe and for people of India.

The sightseeing options include Holy Places, Monuments, Museums, Parks and Gardens, Lakes, Amusement parks, Wildlife sanctuaries

Important places in Hyderabad are Birla Mandir, Ashta lakshmi Temple, Chilkur Balaji Temple, Sanghi Temple,Peddamma Gudi, Iskcon Temple, Sri Ujjaini Temple,Katta Maisamma Temple,Jama Masjid, Mecca Masjid, Toli Masjid, Chote Hazrat Ki Dargah and St. Jospeh’s Cathedral. Monuments of Hyderabadinclude Charminar, Golconda, AsmanGarh Palace, Falaknuma Palace, Qutah Shahi Tombs, Raymond Tomb, Purani Haveli, Chowmahalla Palace and Bella Vista. Museums in Hyderabad include Salar Jung Museum, Health/Science Museum and Birla Planetarium. Parks and Gardens of Hyderabad include NTR Garden, Public Garden, Botanical Garden, Kidwai Garden, Indira Park, Lumbini Park and Sanjeevaiah Park. Famous Lakes of Hyderabad are Hussain Sagar Lake,Osman Sagar Lake, Himayat Sagar Lake, Durgam Cheruvu, Shamirpet Lake. Amusement Parks in Hyderabad include Ocean Park, Mount Opera, Snow World,Elies World, Runway 9, Krazy Chiks and Jalavihar Family Park. Wild Life Sanctuaries in Hyderabad include Nehru Zoological Park, Mrigavani National Park and Deer’s Park. Travell The best part of the city would its different sources of transportation, which is used to reach each of the above mentioned destinations. APSRTC buses run by state government enables you to reach nick and corner of the cities i.e. Hyderabad and Secunderabad and also are supported by Autoriskshaws and Cab facilities to make it more comfortable to reach. Hyderabad is also well connected to different parts of the Globe by air through major International Airlines operating their services to reach the largest International Airport in Asia named “Rajiv Gandhi International Airport”, apart from international services, domestic Airlines are well connected to the city from nick and corner of India.

Climate

Hyderabad is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh, the climate here remains normal through out the year and receives limited rainfall when compared to other metropolitan cities of India. The summer is extremely hot in the city and the season starts from March and ends in June, the city receives temperature of Min 22 C to Max 42º C during this season. The monsoon arrives mid of June and end in October, the city receive rainfall up to 89cm.

In winter season, the temperature gradually comes down starting from the month of November to February and reaches up to minimum of 12º C, the nights become quite cool and remains dry during day time. As weather and climatic conditions remain normal, Hyderabad remains the best tourist place to visit through out the year and the best part of the season would be from October to February.

Area: 625 km² (241 sq mi)
Altitude:536 meters
Std Code:040
Languages:Hindi,Telugu, English and Urdu
Tourist Locations/Spots:Charminar, Mecca Masjid, Birla Mandir, Hussian Sagar Lake and many more
StateAndhra Pradesh
Planning Agency:GHMC
Population:6.4 Million
ClimateMild and Dry Temperature
Region:Telangana
Time zone       IST (UTC+5:30)
Coordinates   17.22° N 78.26° E
Establishment            October 1, 1953
Districts            23

Hyderabad Culture

Hyderabad has got a mixed set of people forming a base from all regions of India. In fact Hyderabad is deemed to be a transit place for the North and South of the Whole of India, with a rare and yet distinct conglomeration of Sikhs, Gujaratis, Marathis, Bengalis, Rajasthanis and others.

While Muslim people are concentrated more towards the old city like Charminar, Secunderabad has got a more contemporary look with a concentration of Anglo-Indians.

In general, Hyderabadi people are knowing to be very friendly and hospitable. In fact hospitality is the other name of Hyderabadis. They take pride in talking in their local dialect that is typical and vibrant Hyderabadi language – an exceptional combination of Hindi, Urdu and Telugu.

Culture, Civilization and Society are enigmatic words which stand almost the same kind of meaning. While Culture is what we should be, civilization is what we are. Society is the virtual world of the same civilization.

An overview of various communities living in Hyderabad

The Sikh community
The Parsi community
Malayalees in Hyderabad
News from the Vysya Community
The Twin-cities Expatriates Association

An opportunity for expatriates and their families living in Hyderabad to meet and get to know each other socially.

An introspection into Hyderabadi society:

To the very name, Hyderabad emanates Muslim culture. To speak the truth it is not limited to just one religion, caste, creed or sect. Hyderabad is a mixture of diverse religions, castes and creeds. Considering the last twenty years, there hadn't been much of a human disturbing news so far in Hyderabad. That makes it the desirable place to live in India. You have excellent roads as well the worst. You have "Machchar Pahelwan's" as well decent people. But of course, Hyderabad is the place to be, if you want to break the rules of the road. Sometime, a decade ago European consultants came to Hyderabad to change its stature road wise. But they failed miserably. Where the Europeans failed, there our then beloved CM Mr Naidu flourished.

Hyderabad is blessed with a theater every 500 meters. Almost all the movies go running-full. Though with the advent of Cable Television, not many families are opting for theaters, there still are some people who would consider it a picnic. Every Sunday, theaters seem packed to capacity. With it, comes the usual flair of Hyderabadi language as "Kya Shot hai baap!" for a Van Damme kick. The reason why theaters go full is the pricing also. Hyderabad never over-dose in case of pricing economy. The maximum that you come across should not exceed Rs 40. Though the theaters are not a competition to Metropolis' theaters, they are a equipped lot when it comes to Sound effects. Most of the theaters are enabled with DTS facility.

It is so nice to know that someone likes you. Eves-Dropping (or "light marna") has never come down in Hyderabad. It has been constant. You go to any place and you find people staring at ladies (all types) all the time. It's "Potti Patana " time for teens of Hyderabad after college. Yesteryears' Hyderabad had teens whose full-time work used to be eves-dropping. Unlike what they show in movies, eves-dropping has never been harmful. City's crime branch keep an eye on the crooks all the time. Lately it had become "Adams-dropping" metaphorically speaking. But the thrill in participating and not getting involved is an unexplainable experience.

The Steward shouts "Ek Chai La Rey" and gets it himself(!) to serve to his customers. We are talking of Irani Hotels where some people build their lives around it. They sit for hours and hours and chat with friends, families and even strangers. Irani hotels are an excellent franchise( but of course no royalty, no ownership and no rules). They can only run one way and that is successful way. Every one likes the "Chota Samosa" made out of Onions that are special to any Irani Hotel. Fine Biscuit and the world famous Osmania biscuits were born from this concept called Irani Hotel. Have a "Irani chai" and you would love it.

The Hyderabadi Urdu is more like city's parlance of Hindi- a 'la Ebonics Language you see. It is in the world of its own. Like the Mumbayya 'tapori', Hyderabadi lingo too has its own distinct sound and flavour. And yes, it is more varied as it has its own dialects in different parts of the city. If the real Hyderabadi is laced with Urdu and typical to the old city, the new city has a fair mix of English and Telugu to it. In Secunderabad Cantonment area, there is a Tamil touch to it. Do not get confused, if some one says "Nakko", it means "Nahi Chahiye" or don't want. Then we come across tenses, "Abhi" never means "Now" and "Parson" never means "day before yesterday". "Parson" means to take you six months back. Hyderabad is the land of abuses. Ditch anybody with your vehicle and you have the choicest of the blessings from the person at the receiving end.

All through the metropolis' of India, you find two types of Hotels and Motels. Either expensive or cheap. Moderate has never been order of their business. But in Hyderabad, you have all the three and majority try to give you best service but fail miserably. Customers are not kings here. They never were hunters as it often happens in Bombay or Madras or any city outside India. They are always a hunted lot. Are you having a very low budget for your food? Worry not, there are tons of Hotels around that get you food even for as low as five bucks. Yes and there are also five star hotels for your world class service. All the three communities rich, poor and average classes are ubiquitous in any area.

The liquor case. Few years ago, Hyderabad was a part of Dry State (No-Liquor) . It looked as if this land had become a widow. Thanks again to our beloved CM, liquor can be found in shops which are more than three in number in every area. You have good light and strong beers. You have the best liquor like Scotch and Cognac and at the same time you have the cheap "Kerala" malt Whisky. A Baitak is a purely "Alcoholics" party. Meaning party purely for liquor consumption only. It is order of any day. Did you get fifty rupees in lottery, celebrate it by spending five hundred. Failed in exams? drink in distress. Pubs are not world class but definitely very good ones. Bars are again ranging from moderately costly to the costliest. Liquor brings smiles on the faces of many.

And finally, Information Technology. Show us a place where there is more hype of technology than this place? Hyderabad has this peculiar attitude of seeing the end of any new thing. Do you know that there are at least five computer based institutes in every street of Hyderabad! At every turn of a street you find an Internet parlor!!. You may find a person who does not speak foul Hyderabadi language but you are never far away from an Internet Browsing Center. A whopping 71% of the H1B visas to America constitute Hyderabadis. Hyderabadis try to jump ahead in any line they are in even if it means illegally. They do so even before US-Consulate in Chennai. Lines are not digestible to Hyderabadis. At the same time, Hyderabad has some of the world class companies in different fields. Concluding this topic, you have cyber towers in the Hi-Tec city. IT Pundits expect this place to be the next silicon valley after the original one in CA. In case you are interested in going to USA then there is only one place to be and that is Hyderabad.

A Hyderabad area is not a Montana (the most desirable place to live on earth) nor is it Jaffna (exact opposite of Montana), A Hyderabadi can be a friendly neighbor next door.