Flights from Kolkata to Hyderabad
For a mix of old and new, visit Hyderabad
Hyderabad is a city of two halves. There's the old city filled with magnificent palaces, winding lanes, wandering animals, market stalls, tombs and a fort. Then there's the new area of clubs, restaurants, shopping malls and multi-screen cinemas that has been evolving since the 1990s.
The seasons and festivals of Hyderabad
The best time to visit Hyderabad is between October and March when the days are sunny and the temperature stays between 15 and 29 degrees Celsius. The summer months are very hot, and during May and June the mercury regularly rises to 40 degrees. July to October is the monsoon season with August generally being the wettest month of all. There are four major religions practiced in Hyderabad - Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Buddhism, and many festivals are held throughout the year in the city. Ramadan occurs during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the end of the fasting is celebrated with Eid al-Fitr. In July or August the Hindu festival of Bonalu honours Goddess Mahakali and families feast together dressed in their fineries. Diwali, the festival of light, is celebrated by the Hindu population worldwide and marks the homecoming of Lord Rama and beginning of the new things.
A few things to know before travelling to Hyderabad
The official language of the region is Telugu but Urdu and Hindi are also spoken by many people in a local dialect. This city is growing fast and has had a large growth in IT facilities attracting a growing number of business travellers. The cost of living here is low, a restaurant meal costs roughly 250 rupees with street food much cheaper still.
Where to stay and how to get around Hyderabad
There is a choice of places to stay in the city, from budget hostels to high-end, luxury hotels. The cost for a night varies from around 1,000 Rupees at the bottom end to 3,500 Rupees at the top. Transport from the airport to the city centre can be done by shuttle bus, costing between 100 and 250 Rupees one way, or by taxi for 40 Rupees per kilometre with a surcharge after 11pm. Buses in the city centre cost from just 20 Rupees, but are usually very crowded. When travelling in a taxi or auto rickshaw, negotiate the price before setting off and be prepared to pay at least 20 Rupees per kilometre.