Hyderabad, a city rich in history and tradition
Located on the Musi River, this Southern Indian city merges with Secunderabad to form one large metropolis. Modern, rapidly expanding Hyderabad has malls plus office and administration buildings. The 400 year old "old city" is the historic region with many attractions such as the Charminar and Mecca Masjid mosques, Falaknuma Palace, Golconda Fort and narrow streets with old shops and bazaars to stroll through.
The best time to see Hyderabad
This is a year round destination with a tropical wet and dry climate. From October to March, days are mild and sunny with temperatures ranging between 15 and 29 degrees C. Summer is from March until June and can be very hot. The Monsoon season is from July to October and brings heavy rain. There are many Muslim and Hindu festivals and holidays to experience and the dates vary. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in either August or September, the Festival of Lights, Diwali, happens in October and Bonalu, the worship of the Goddess Mahakali takes place in July or August. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and Eid al Adha, the Sacrifice Feast, also occur at varying dates.
Telugu is the state language, Urdu is also widely spoken and many people speak Hindi. Hindi and Urdu are often spoken in dialect. The cost of living in Hyderabad is cheaper than in many other parts of India. Food and accommodation are certainly less expensive than in New Delhi. A cheap Thali, a set menu meal, is only approximately Rs. 120, and a restaurant meal will be about Rs. 250.
On arrival and finding your way around
Hyderabad International Airport lies 22 kilometres south of the city centre. The Pushpak Shuttlebus Airport Liner makes the journey. It is air conditioned and costs between Rs. 100 - 250 one way. Radio Taxis can be found at the front of the Terminal. Fares to Hyderabad cost Rs. 40 per km. There is a surcharge of plus 25% at night between 11pm and 5am. Inexpensive accommodation costs approximately Rs. 1,000 per night. Average standard accommodation costs more or less Rs. 2,000 and a room in a luxury hotel is around Rs. 3,500. Taxi and auto fares are negotiable. The minimum rate is Rs. 20 for 2 km and Rs. 10 for every additional km. APSRTC provides bus transport. Prices range from Rs. 20 and buses can be crowded.