Hyderabad (pop. 6.8 million and therefore the fourth largest city in India) is the capital of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Truly a city where the old meets the new, Hyderabad on the one hand competes with places like Pune, Chennai and Bangalore for being the IT headquarters of the nation, but on the other hand is a city with a rich culture - being sort of a meeting ground between northern and southern Indian cultures - and history going back to the 15th century. We are going to guess that it's probably the latter you as a tourist are going to be interested in!
Most attractions in that area can be found in the Old City, which is mostly located on the southern banks of the Musi River. The Charminar is the main attraction and iconic structure of the city. This imposing 4 centuries old mosque with a minaret on every corner is nearly 50 meters high and can be climbed to the top by 140 stairs. The views over Hyderabad from the top are awesome, though the traffic around can be the opposite.
Mecca Masjid and Golconda Fort are the other absolute must-sees in Hyderabad. The former has some similarity to the Charminar and is the city's largest mosque. The latter lies on the outskirts of the city, is said to be one of the strongest fortresses in the country and has a history going back many centuries - serving as the Qutb Shahi kingdom's capital from 1518 to 1687.
Of course it's not all culture and history here. Another perfectly justifiable reason for coming to Hyderabad is food! The local cuisine is a distinct combination of Mughlai and Turkish/Arabic cooking, combined with other native Indian cooking styles. Most famous is the Hyderabadi biryani. [Review by travelindicator]
- Hyderabad is a city in India's region of Andhra Pradesh. It has a population of 6,809,970, is situated at an altitude of 1657ft and the best airport to fly into is HYD (Hyderabad Airport, Hyderabad)
- The currency used in India is the Indian rupee (INR)
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