Friday, May 2, 2008

Hyderabad

Location: Andhra Pradesh, India
Popular As: City of Nizams.
Climate: Summer Temperature : Max. 40°C, Min. 21°C, Winter Temperature : Max. 32°C, Min. 20°C.
Best Time to Visit:October to March.
Hyderabad - The Pearl City of India Hydeabad the capital city of Andhra Pradesh is a cosmopolitan city, boasts of the richness of a variety of cultures. The city presents an amazing blend of old world charm together with the today's growth and enterprise. The city known as the 'City of Nizams' is renowned for its rich history and architectural splendour. The 400 year old city is today one of the most developed cities of India and the emerging Information Technology and Biotech hub of India. The ancient city of Hyderabad was founded on the banks of Musi river, but the city has grown on both the banks of the river. Today Hyderabad and its twin city Secunderabad are separated by Hussain Sagar lake. Hyderabad the 'Pearl City of India' is known for its magnificent minarets and its pearl bazaar. Pearls from all over the world come to Hyderabad, because the city has artisans skilled in piercing and stringing pearls.

People of Hyderabad:

The city of Hyderabad is the mixture of different cultures and traditions of North and South India. Hyderbadi people are known for simple lifestyle and warm hospitality. The men like Lungi, Sherwani, Pyjama and Kurta, while women like Saree or Salwar Qameez. Muslim women wear Burqa (veil) or the Hijab.Cuisine of HyderabadThe cuisine of Hyderabad is a blend of Mughal and Teleangana cuisine. The favourite dishes are Biryani, Chakna, Baghare Baygan, Khubani Ka Mitha, Double Ka Mitha, Halim, Rice, Idly and Dosa.

What attract tourists:
Hyderabad has a 400-year-old history the city houses several ancient monuments, temples, mosques and tourist destinations. Apart from the palaces and forts of Nizams other tourist destinations also attract the tourists. Some of the famous tourist attractions are :
Snow World:
Reminiscing about the holidays spent at Swiss Alp’s! Memories are prized possession aren’t they, Unveiled snow destination in snow clad environment that will freeze you with fun and splendor. Snow world is situated with the historic heritage sites such as ‘Hussain Sagar’ tank bund and the ‘Indra Park’.
Believe it or not 17,000 square feet area that would bring to life all your snow fantasy, witness the chilling cold that would freeze you, if not protected by our winter gear before entering the polar climate in the snow play arena at Snow world enjoy the hot delicious soup that will set the snow appetite in you. Witness being in the snow fellowship with 300-degree mountain horizon with true snow created with mineral water safe as natural ready for your bite.
Rides that will fill the spirit of snow adventure in you choose your pick you have a lot up there for the offering slide yourself down at speeds to replicate mountain fall with ‘Snow Slide’ take your snow mobiles at speeds to feel the excitement of snow cruising with ‘Ice Bumper Car’. How about taking by lane down the past enjoy your time with all time favorite ‘Merry Go round’ that will set up your spirit for the day.
How about putting your carving abilities on the snow to give it a real shape give a shot to ‘Ice Carving’ set the artist inside you free, and for the ultimate adventure seekers ‘Snow Wars’ the fight that will settle the scores for the hour enjoy taking friendly hit at each other to have ultimate snow adventure in snow world
Visitor info:
Children below 2 feet height are strictly not allowed in the snow.
To combat extreme temperature wearing warm clothes is compulsory for entering snow arena.
Persons with history of heart problems and pregnant women must enter the snow area strictly on Doctor’s advice only.
Kindly do not keep valuables of any kind in the lockers.
The snow session duration is one hour only.
Visitors are requested to report at the venue half-an-hour before session time.
Entry tickets are priced at Rs 200 for persons between 2’ to 4.5’ height.
Entry tickets are priced at Rs 250 for persons above 4.5’ height.
Caution Note: The temperature in snow area is between –5 degrees to 0 degrees centigrade.

Charminar:
The world famous monument was built by Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutub Shahi, in 1591. The Sultan built the monument to commemorate the end of dreaded epidemic plaque in the city. The landmark of the city, Charminar got its name from Char (four) Minar (towers). The major attractions of this 56 metre high monument is its minaret (towers), galleries, arches and a small mosque.

Mecca Masjid:
The mosque located near Charminar, is one of the biggest mosques of the world. In the year 1617 Abdullah Qutub Shahi started the construction of mosque and Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb completed it in 1693. Around ten thousand men can offer prayer at a time in Mecca Masjid.

Falaknuma Palace:
Falaknuma Palace was the residence of the last Nizam. The palace attracts the lovers of antiques, precious artifacts and architecture. It has a huge collection of the most valuable art objects, tapestries, carpets and diamonds.

Hussain Sagar Lake:
The artificial lake was built by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali in 1562, during the rule of Imrahim Quli Qutb Shah Wali. It separates the twin cities of Hyderabad and its twin city Secunderabad. A massive statue of Buddha (17.5 metre) stands in the middle of the lake. One can enjoy boating along with the breathtaking views of the surroundings and Naubat Pahar Hill, crowned by Birla temple.

Venkateswara Temple (Birla Mandir):
The temple built by the Birla foundation is situated on the Naubat Pahar Hill. The white marble- carved temple is a major attraction. The temple is open 7.00 am to 12.00 and from 3.00 pm to 9.00 pm every day.

Excursions:
Golconda:
Situated 11 Kms west of Hyderabad, the place is famous for Golconda fort and Qutub Shahi tombs. The impressive Golconda fort speaks of the 400 year old rich cultural heritage of the city. The fort also narrates the tales of royalty, passion and bravery. Built in granite the magnificent fort spreads over 5 Kms, with 8 gateways and 15ft to18 ft high walls. The fort is open 7.00 am to 8.00 pm daily. The new attraction of the fort is the sound and light show take place every day. The Qutab Shahi tombs situated outside the Golconda Fort. These seven tombs contain the remains of the rulers of the Qutub Shahi kingdom.

Ramoji Film City:
The film city situated at a distance of 35 Kms from Hyderabad is must visit place. It is one of the biggest film production centres in the world.Entrance of around Rs250 per head

Osman Sagar
Located 20 Kms from the Hyderabad city, Osman Sagar is also known as Gandipet. The beautiful place along with its well- maintained gardens is a popular picnic spot.

How to Reach Hyderabad:
Hyderabad is one of the major cities of India and is well connected by air, road and rail link
Air : Hyderabad International airport is well connected with the major cities of India and abroad. The airlines operates flights for Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Nagpur, Ahemdabad, Tirupati and Vishakhapatnam.
Rail : Hyderabad and Secunderabad are the major railhead. Trains from all major cities are available for Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
Road : The National Highway No 7 and 9 crosses the city. The government and privated buses run within the city and other cities of Andhra Pradesh.

Where to Stay in Hyderabad
The hotels in Hyderbad provide good accommodation facilities to tourists. Among the famous hotels in the city include Kakatiya Sheraton and Towers (5 Star Deluxe), Hotel Taj Krishna (5 Star Deluxe), Tulip Manohar Hotel (5 Star), Taj Banjara Hotel (5 Star), Taj Residency (5 Star), Hotel Viceroy (5 Star), Hotel Green Park (5 Star), Hotel Amrutha Castle (5 Star) and Taj Mahal Hotel (Heritage Hotel).