A melting pot of Muslim and Hindu cultures, the capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh comprises the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Hyderabad owes its existence to a water shortage. The banks of the Musi River proved to be a preferable location for Mohammed Quli of the Qutb Shahi Dynasty, who founded Hyderabad in 1591. Meanwhile, separated from Hyderabad by the Hussain Sagar Lake is Secunderabad, the modern administrative city founded by the British.
Known for its rich history, culture and architecture representing its unique characteristic of a meeting point for North and South India, it is however Hyderabad, that visitors are drawn to. A cosmopolitan city steeped in Islamic, Hindu, Christian, Jain and Zoroastian belief and tradition; in turn the city’s architecture reflects this.
Sights of interest in the old city include the main landmark – the Charminar, or four towers built in 1591, which is surrounded by bustling bazaars housing Hyderabad’s pearl traders. Hyderabad is the centre of India’s pearl trade. Beyond here is the 16th century Mecca Masjid, the 6th largest mosque in India (the interior of which is closed to non-Muslims). The unmissable Salar Jung Museum houses a stunning array of items from the collection of a Salar Jung.
Views from the Birla Venkateshwara Temple built in 1976 are excellent, whilst the Golconda Fort and the tombs of the Qutb Shahi kings just west of Hyderabad are well preserved.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Hyderabad, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to India
Tailormade Holidays to Hyderabad
On the Go are expert at planning holidays in India — tailored to suit your individual requirements. Please have a look at some of the tailormade itineraries below that we have created for our clients which include Hyderabad.
The ITC Grand Kakatiya is a beautifully elegant hotel with state of the art facilities.
The Taj Banjara is spacious and comfortable hotel, overlooking a private lake. The hotel offers tranquil relaxation, spacious comfort and excellent amenities.
The Taj Krishna is a grand and luxurious hotel with marble pillars and ornate carvings. The rooms are sophisticated and comfortable and there are a range of restaurants to choose from.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
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