Located in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, the deeply conservative capital city of Hyderabad India has been called the meeting ground between North and South India. Located on the south bank of the Musi River, Hyderabad was built on a grid plan by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah after his capital city of Golconda began running low on water; he reportedly named his new capital after a local Telugu courtesan named Hyder Mahal. The beauty of Hyderabad travel once inspired Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Tavernier to compare the planned city with the French Loire Valley town of Orleans.
Hyderabad India was formerly twinned with the nearby city of Secunderabad, with Sardar Patel road dividing the two cities. However, the suburbs of both cities have grown together, creating a much larger greater Hyderabad. Most historical sites are located in the former center of old Hyderabad on the south bank of the Musi, and most of the tourism industry is concentrated in the old city as well. Here you will find the icon of Hyderabad, Charminar. Built on the spot where Quli Qutb Shah prayed against a plague epidemic, the name Charminar literally translates into Four Minarets. Many people on a vacation to Hyderabad climb to the top for a stunning panoramic view of the city.
A stroll around the old city reveals many of the gems of Hyderabad tourism, some of which are among the most popular things to do in India. Venture through the sixteenth century Qutb Shahi Golconda Fort. Taste Nizam opulence in Falaknuma Palace. Explore the 200 year-old lime and mortar Paigah Tombs. Wander through historic Chowmahalla Palace or Purani Haveli, once serving Nizam's Prime Minister. Like Charminar, the Birla Mandir Temple on top of Naubat Pahad offers a stunning view of the entire city of Hyderabad. The Chilkur Balaji Temple is a very important pilgrimage center in the city, but religious sites aren't limited to the Hindi faith; for instance, St. Joseph's Cathedral is an excellent example of nineteenth-century Hyderabad.
A vacation to Hyderabad also offers the chance to visit some excellent Indian museums as well. The B.M. Birla Planetarium and Science & Technological Museum contains a dinosaurium and a planetarium, and the AP State Museum boasts a stunning display of Indian artifacts dating back to the first century AD. Hyderabad travel also provides visitors their choice of visiting eight different art galleries.
The new city, located on the north bank of the Musi, is home to the state's administrative capital buildings and Hyderabad's blossoming technology industry. Situated around beautiful Hussain Sagar Lake, the newly developed Hi-Tec City is a mere five miles to the west in Madhapur. After chief minister Chandrababu Naidu encouraged worldwide business successes such as Microsoft and Google to establish their India headquarters in Hyderabad in 1995, the city now competes with Bangalore and Chennai as the leading city of India's information technology industry; for this reason, the city is nicknamed Cyberabad.
In deliberate contrast to this futuristic environment, the traditional village of Shilparamam is set up across the street from Hi-Tec City. It is an excellent place to purchase traditional local arts and crafts on your visit to the new city.
Hyderabad India is generally easy to navigate. Hyderabad tourism offers the new Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, one of the most impressive airports in the country. From there, travelers can take a 45-minute, air-conditioned bus ride to designated spots throughout the city. Hyderabad travel is easy within the city, as well. The city also offers good bus and taxis services, as well as plentiful auto-rickshaws, and as an added bonus, comfortable Hyderabad hotels are plentiful. When planning the itinerary for your trip to India, keep in mind that no vacation to Hyderabad is complete without exploring Bagh-e-aam public gardens and the many parks, temples, statues, and historical buildings that surround Hussain Sagar Lake, the former boundary between Hyderabad and Secunderabad.