Hyderabad is the capital of the newly formed state of Telangana, separated from Andhra Pradesh. A princely state once, it still holds the charm and majestic beauty of ancient India and is a luxurious destination for travellers all around the world. Hyderabad is one of the major centers for the technology industry in India and till date, it enriches the visitors with all that we’ve studied over the years in our History textbooks about Deccan. This city was established in 1591 by Muhammad QuliQutb Shah, and it remained under the QutbShahi dynasty for about a century until Mughals invaded it, and in the 18th century, a Mughal viceroy AsifJah formed his dynasty called the Nizams of Hyderabad. And hence, we often use the title ‘City of Nizams’ whenever we talk about Hyderabad.
Hyderabad is also known for its pearl and diamond trading and its from here that it gets yet another title of ‘City of Pearls.’
PLACES TO VISIT
If you truly want to cherish the beauty of this historical city, a short trip isn’t an option. Instead, contact any of the luxury tour operators in India and create a well-planned itinerary to fully explore Hyderabad in all its beauty and earthiness(especially old Hyderabad).
The most famous Charminar or the global icon of Hyderabad(as it’s popularly known), is a historical monument(also a mosque) located centrally in the city and it attracts the maximum number of tourists.
That’s not all. Other places that one must surely visit, when in Hyderabad are Golconda Fort, Salarjung Museum (highly recommend), Chowmohalla Palace, (again recommend), pearl and bangle markets of Laad Bazaar, Sultan Bazaar and Begum Bazaar(Shopping alert: Girls, you would want to carry some large handbags).
Also for all the film freaks out there, a visit to the largest film arena in Asia called the Ramoji Film City is going to be an enthralling experience.
Some divine attractions of the city include Mecca Masjid, Birla Temple, Buddha Statue -in the middle of HussainSagar and also, you are sure to find some tombs throughout the city belonging to the royal families.
CULTURE AND CUISINE
The first thing which will undoubtedly catch your attention is the Hindi dialect of the native Hyderabadis. It is so catchy that you would want to keep talking to them the whole day.
South Indian Dances like Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam can be caught at various events and auditoriums.
Coming to the best and my favorite part of a luxury destination in India’s travel saga is the food and hands down, Hyderabadi cuisine satisfies your appetite like nothing else. It ranges from a vast variety of rice and meat dishes with a perfect use of spices to the mouth watering ‘meet’ like Qubanika meet and Double ka meet(heavenly for those who have a sweet tooth). And of course, a special mention for the lip-smacking Hyderabadi Biryani and Haleem that carry a tinge of Turkish and Arabic influence. You just cannot resist the wonderful types and flavors of biryani found in every nook and corner of the city. After Charminar, the Hyderabadi biryani can be considered the USP of the city.
All in all, if one is planning to get a dose of royalty with a blend of earthiness and of course yummy food for the tummy, then Hyderabad is the go to luxury destination. So what are you waiting for, find a luxury tour operator and plan a trip to Hyderabad fasssstttt.
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