ABOUT

Hyderabad – A pearl that gets more precious with time

The city of Hyderabad is steeped in culture and a history that is around 400 years old. Situated on the banks of River Musi and home to a bustling multi-cultural ethos for generations, the city is a perfect blend of the old and new. Once called the city of Nizams, Hyderabad has stately historical monuments standing tall along with the contemporary glass and chrome of today. Hyderabad has a rich history in art, music, literature and is home to one of the most vibrant film industries in Asia.

While the famous poet Faiz referred to the city as the "Garden of Eden", former prime minister Pandit Nehru described Hyderabad as a "microcosm of Indian culture". Among the various things that give the city its distinction, is the cuisine. Rich, varied and flavourful curries, kebabs, and other vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes have made the city a de-facto standard for spicy and tangy food with the famous Hyderabadi Biryani, the flagship creation on the menu.

In the last decade, Hyderabad is the destination choice of some of the leading names in global Information Technology space and is also referred to as the next 'Hi-tech City'.


HIGHLIGHTS


CUSINE

One can experience the glorious Mughal legacy and heritage in every corner, through the city’s cuisine. Hyderabad offers a fine blend of Andhra and Mughal cuisine and the region’s signature dish, Hyderabadi Biryani, is among the best established and widely available delicacies. The city is also known for its sweets with some of the region’s leading names in sweets and savouries operating from there. Hyderabad also offers a distinct Irani chai or tea, unique to the city.

PLACES TO SEE

JRC Hyderabad

GOLCONDA FORT

A TIMELESS STRUCTURE WITH UNIQUE ACOUSTICS

A magnificent fortress, The Golconda Fort is located 11 km from Hyderabad. Considered an engineering marvel, this imposing structure is also known for its unique acoustics – a handclap at a certain point below the entrance dome can be heard at the highest point of the pavilion almost a kilometre away! It is said that this was used to warn the royals of an impending attack. The fort was once considered a safe haven for precious diamonds such as the Kohinoor and Hope diamond.

BIRLA MANDIR Hyderabad

BIRLA MANDIR

A LANDMARK TEMPLE WITH CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE

Located atop Kala Pahad, this architectural marvel reflects a blend of South Indian and Oriya architecture and built using Rajasthani white marble. The temple features elaborate and finely carved sculptures depicting scenes from the famous Indian epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana.

SALARJUNG MUSEUM Hyderabad

SALARJUNG MUSEUM

HOUSES ONE THE WORLD'S LARGEST PRIVATE COLLECTIONS OF ANTIQUITIES

This world famous museum consists of what was once the collection of Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, the Nizam's prime minister. Subsequently taken over by the government of India, the Salarjung Museum today is renowned the world over for its fascinating display of over 43,000 paintings, 47,000 books and 9,000 holographs, and around 300 clocks among other rare, vintage collectables from across the world.

CHARMINAR Hyderabad

CHARMINAR

LISTED AMONGST INDIA'S MOST RECOGNIZED STRUCTURES

Charminar is Hyderabad’s most distinct edifice and the one structure synonymous with the city. Charminar was constructed in 1591 by the city’s founder Qutb Shah. This was conceived as a central structure around which the city of Hyderabad was envisaged to grow, and the city has spread in all four quadrants, segregated according to established settlements.

SHILPARAMAM Hyderabad

SHILPARAMAM

AN ODE TO The CULTURAL HERITAGE OF INDIA

This is an arts, crafts, and cultural village showcasing the skills of artisans from all across India. Shilparamam has year-round festivals presenting ethnicity in the backdrop of emerald green gardens, cascading waterfalls, and natural rock formations.

RAMOJI FILM CITY Hyderabad

RAMOJI FILM CITY

CERTIFIED AS THE WORLD'S LARGEST FILM STUDIO COMPLEX

Spread across a sprawling 1666 acres, Ramoji Film City provides advanced facilities for filmmakers with lavish, elaborate sets, state-of-the-art equipment, technicians, post-production facilities and more… The centre has a theme-based amusement park and is a preferred destination for conferences, weddings, carnivals and events, besides attracting tourists who visit the facility throughout the year.

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IMAX THEATRE

THE WORLD'S LARGEST 3D IMAX SCREEN

The centre has a 5-screen multiplex, fast food outlets, food courts, a shopping mall and gaming zone. The first IMAX theatre in south India, it boasts of the world's largest 3D IMAX screen with a 12,000-watt digital surround sound system, a screen of 95-feet, and 635 seats. It also has the distinction of being India's first green theatre.

NEHRU ZOOLOGICAL PARK Hyderabad

NEHRU ZOOLOGICAL PARK

LION SAFARI AMIDST LUSH GREENERY

The Hyderabad Zoo or Nehru Zoological Park is spread over an area of 380 acres. The park consists of verdant, lush greenery, home to various animals and exotic bird species. A nature lover's delight, the park has successfully bred many animals like the Indian rhinoceros, Asiatic lions and tigers. Visitors can use an electric car facility to enjoy the experience.

SNOW WORLD Hyderabad

SNOW WORLD

THE ARCTIC EXPERIENCE WITH 200 TONNES OF ARTIFICIAL SNOW

Among the city’s favourite destinations, Snow World is spread over 2 acres and boasts of 200 tonnes of artificial snow, creating a veritable arctic experience. The sophisticated temperature regulation has a phase-wise acclimatization system which starts at 20 degrees Celsius and gradually falls to -5 degrees Celsius.

A magnificent fortress, The Golconda Fort is located 11 km from Hyderabad. Considered an engineering marvel, this imposing structure is also known for its unique acoustics – a handclap at a certain point below the entrance dome can be heard at the highest point of the pavilion almost a kilometre away! It is said that this was used to warn the royals of an impending attack. The fort was once considered a safe haven for precious diamonds such as the Kohinoor and Hope diamond.

Located atop Kala Pahad, this architectural marvel reflects a blend of South Indian and Oriya architecture and built using Rajasthani white marble. The temple features elaborate and finely carved sculptures depicting scenes from the famous Indian epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana.

This world famous museum consists of what was once the collection of Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, the Nizam's prime minister. Subsequently taken over by the government of India, the Salarjung Museum today is renowned the world over for its fascinating display of over 43,000 paintings, 47,000 books and 9,000 holographs, and around 300 clocks among other rare, vintage collectables from across the world.

Charminar is Hyderabad’s most distinct edifice and the one structure synonymous with the city. Charminar was constructed in 1591 by the city’s founder Qutb Shah. This was conceived as a central structure around which the city of Hyderabad was envisaged to grow, and the city has spread in all four quadrants, segregated according to established settlements.

This is an arts, crafts, and cultural village showcasing the skills of artisans from all across India. Shilparamam has year-round festivals presenting ethnicity in the backdrop of emerald green gardens, cascading waterfalls, and natural rock formations.

Spread across a sprawling 1666 acres, Ramoji Film City provides advanced facilities for filmmakers with lavish, elaborate sets, state-of-the-art equipment, technicians, post-production facilities and more… The centre has a theme-based amusement park and is a preferred destination for conferences, weddings, carnivals and events, besides attracting tourists who visit the facility throughout the year.

The centre has a 5-screen multiplex, fast food outlets, food courts, a shopping mall and gaming zone. The first IMAX theatre in south India, it boasts of the world's largest 3D IMAX screen with a 12,000-watt digital surround sound system, a screen of 95-feet, and 635 seats. It also has the distinction of being India's first green theatre.

The Hyderabad Zoo or Nehru Zoological Park is spread over an area of 380 acres. The park consists of verdant, lush greenery, home to various animals and exotic bird species. A nature lover's delight, the park has successfully bred many animals like the Indian rhinoceros, Asiatic lions and tigers. Visitors can use an electric car facility to enjoy the experience.

Among the city’s favourite destinations, Snow World is spread over 2 acres and boasts of 200 tonnes of artificial snow, creating a veritable arctic experience. The sophisticated temperature regulation has a phase-wise acclimatization system which starts at 20 degrees Celsius and gradually falls to -5 degrees Celsius.

SHOPPING

Hyderabad is a shopper’s paradise with bustling streets, unique artifacts, hand-printed textiles, lovely jewellery - bangles, chains and necklaces, pearls and shawls, available in small stores located amidst a labyrinth of lanes known only to a few, to the largely publicized malls. International brands or traditional artefacts, Hyderabad has it all !

The city is famous for Bidri-ware, metal handicrafts art dating back to the sixteenth century. Also popular is 'Kalamkari' fabric, a 3000-year-old hand-painted/block printed cotton textile art. The other big thing is Pochampally silk sarees, known for their intricate designs and colours.

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