Hyderabad is the capital of Andhra Pradesh in Southern India, located on the banks of the Musi River and the Deccan Plateau. Hyderabad and Secunderabad are "twin cities" near Hussain Sagar Lake (also known as Tank Bund in local parlance) but both cities have grown so much that now they have become one big city. The city and district of Hyderabad are coterminus. Hyderabad district is entirely contained within the Rangareddi district of Andhra Pradesh. Many of the suburbs of the city are actually in Rangareddi.
A city rich with history and tradition, Hyderabad now competes with Bangalore for the crown of India's IT capital — Microsoft and Oracle have their India headquarters here.
If you are traveling to Hyderabad on business — as is increasingly the case now — it is easy to miss the 400-year-old Hyderabad. The city that immediately hits the eye is a sprawling metropolis of shopping malls and office buildings with glass facades. The whole of the city seems to be under construction or renovation and the roads are jammed because flyovers are being constructed.
The "old city" that was once the seat of the Nizam, the ruler of the largest and the most opulent "princely state", and the twin city of Secunderabad where the British maintained a cantonment to keep the army within striking distance of the Nizam can be seen only if you take the time out to see them.
Hyderabad's many epithets include the City of Pearls, the City of Nawabs, the Biryani City and, because of its high-tech draw, Cyberabad.
Hyderabad's history dates back to 1463, when Quli Qutb-ul-Mulk established the fortress of Golconda around 8 km to the west of the present day old city. He had quelled rebellion in the Telangana region and had was appointed the subedar, or administrator of the region as a result. By 1518, he had become independent from the Bahmani sultan and declared himself the Sultan, under the name of Quli Qutb Shah and established the Qutb Shahi dynasty. In 1589, Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, a grandson of Quli Qutb Shah, took the decision to move his capital from the Golconda fort to the present day location of Hyderabad to alleviate water shortages at the old location. In 1591, he ordered the construction of the Charminar, reportedly in gratitude to Allah for cutting short a plague epidemic before it could do too much damage.
The name "Hyderabad" reportedly had its origins in an affair between Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah and a local Telugu courtesan named Bhagmati. He named the city Bhagyanagar after her, and after she converted to Islam and took on the name of "Hyder Mahal", he named the city Hyderabad to keep pace. Hyderabad was built on a grid plan with help from Iranian architects. French traveller Jean-Baptiste Tavernier favorably compared Hyderabad to Orleans.
The Qutb Shahi dynasty lasted till 1687, when the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb defeated the sultanate and took over Hyderabad. He appointed his governor over the region and granted him the title of Nizam-ul-Mulk. Mughal rule was shortlived, however, as in 1724, the Nizam Asaf Jah I gained independence from a declining Mughal empire. Legend has it that while on a hunting expedition, he met a holy man who offered him some kulchas and asked him to eat as much as he could. Asaf Jah ate only seven, and the holy man prophesied that his dynasty would last for seven generations. Sure enough, the seventh ruler in the dynasty was the last. In honour of the legend, the flag of the Nizams featured a kulcha.
Around 1763 Asif Jah II, defeated by the Marathas and threatened by Tipu Sultan of Mysore, entered into a subsidiary alliance with a British. Hyderabad ended up as the capital of the largest princely state in British India, the Hyderabad state. This state was the richest in the country and in the 1930s Time magazine rated the Nizam the richest man in the world. In 1947, with India's independence, the seventh Nizam was reluctant to cede his prinicipality to the newly independent India, prefering Pakistan instead. India sent in its troops and the 200 year old prophesy was fulfilled. Hyderabad became the capital of the newly formed state of Andhra Pradesh in 1956 and steadily grew in size.
The next major events in Hyderabad's history took place when Chandrababu Naidu became the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh in 1995. Among his key policies was a major initiative to turn the city into an IT hub. He cleaned up the streets, laid out IT parks and did much to attract technology companies into the city. A major achievement for him was when Microsoft chose Hyderabad as its India headquarters over rival Bangalore. Today, as Bangalore chokes over its infrastructure, Hyderabad's well-laid out streets are proving to be a major attraction for software and IT-enabled companies. Hyderabad takes its brand as an IT destination very seriously. Cyberabad is not just a nickname. The technology enclave of Madhapur has actually been officially named Hi tec city, and Cyberabad too is commonly used in official documents.
The old city of Hyderabad lies on the south bank of the Musi river, which roughly flows from the West to East. Most of the historical attractions, including, the Charminar, considered the centre of old Hyderabad, lie on this bank. Secunderabad, which was once a separate city, lies some distance to the north of the old city. Between Secunderabad and the old city lies the new city of Hyderabad, the administrative capital of Andhra Pradesh, which was built on the north bank of the Musi river after independence. The dividing line between the two cities is the Sardar Patel road which also goes East-West. The most prominent landmark here is the Hussain Sagar lake and most administrative offices are located around it.
The newly developed "Hi-tec city" is 9 km to the west of the new city, in a place called Madhapur. This is where most technology and business process outsourcing (BPO) firms have their campuses.
Culture and attitudes
In many senses, Hyderabad is the meeting ground between North and South India. The city has a culture of its own, distinct from the rest of Andhra Pradesh, showing Islamic influences and also the courtly influence of being the capital of the Nizamate. This, however, is more true for the old city. The new city is, and looks like, just another provincial capital of a state of India. Secundarabad is more cosmopolitan, as the Contoment area is located in this part of the city.
In recent years, due to the influx of young men and women from various parts of the country, Hyderabad's culture and attitudes have taken a turn towards "modernity", but keep in mind that this is still a deeply conservative place. Actions that would not raise an eyebrow in the west, such as a man and woman kissing, will invite stares from everyone in the vicinity.
Hyderabad experiences extremes of hot and cold and is mostly dry. Temperatures in Hyderabad range from 15.2 to 39.2 (Celcius).
Summer March - June, Temperatures hit 40 degrees celsius. Sunstroke is common. Drink plenty of water and apply sunscreen.
Monsoon July- September. Usually it doesn't rain much, but occasionally you get thunderstorms.
Winter October - February, Average 8 degrees celsius. Sometimes bitingly cold, but mostly pleasant.
The best time to visit Hyderabad is from September to February, during the winter.
Hyderabad is one of the places where Urdu developed, and the dialect of Urdu spoken here, primarily by the large Muslim population, is called Dakhani Urdu (Urdu of the Deccan.) Because of the influence of Urdu, Hindi is widely spoken here. It will be in a dialect that will sound strange to a native Hindi speaker - but your Hindi phrasebook will still be useful. Telugu, the language of Andhra Pradesh, is widely spoken.
Hyderabad is well connected to all parts of the country by air, rail and road.
The airport  is located at Begumpet. The airport as such does not have a name and is simply called Hyderabad Airport, but it has two terminals. The international terminal is named after Rajiv Gandhi and the domestic terminal is named after N T Rama Rao. The airport looks like a sleepy provincial airport and though it is adequate to handle the current traffic, it will prove inadequate to handle future load. A new international airport is being constructed in the suburb of Shamshabad, scheduled to be operational by April 1, 2008. It will replace the old airport.
Direct international connectivity to the airport is available from nearby countries, from the Middle-east and from Southeast Asia. Flights from Europe and the Americas are fewer. It is best to arrive via Mumbai or Chennai. Domestic connectivity is very good.
The airport is at the heart of the city. Once you arrive, the best option is to take a prepaid taxi to your destination. There is one run by the traffic police, where you can buy the prepaid coupon for the city's standard taxis or autorickshaws. This is the cheapest and is adequate. There are others close by which offer better cars.
Sufficient parking is available at the airport, but the charges are high - Rs. 60 for four hours. Avoid the parking area that is closer to the airport - they are "premium" and they cost 120 rupees.
Indian Railways  runs its service to Hyderabad from all over India.
There are three major railway stations serving the twin cities: Secunderabad, Nampally (Hyderabad Deccan), and Kacheguda. Another station is planned to open soon at Begumpet.
If you don't mind a long drive, Hyderabad is at a drivable distance from Bangalore (via NH7 - 552 km). It is 752 km from Chennai (NH9 and NH5) and 753 km from Mumbai (NH9 till Pune and the expressway to Mumbai.) The Bangalore Hyderabad section is part of the North South corridor which is being updated, and is a four-lane divided highway.
Hyderabad is well-connected to all parts of the Andhra Pradesh and some parts of South India.
CBS / Imliban is the biggest station run by APSRTC (state-run) situated in Hyderabad and JBS / Jubilee Bus station is in Secunderabad. . Imliban is said to be the largest bus station in the world. APSRTC is in the guiness book of world records for having the highest number of buses in a particular state in the world.
There are many ways to get around in Hyderabad. It has good bus service, passable autorickshaw and taxi service and a grossly inadequate local train service.
Hyderabad has very good local bus connectivity and is run by APSRTC, a state-government owned corporation. Most buses start and terminate in Secunderabad Railway station, Nampally Railway station, Kothi, and Charminar.
Autorickshaws or an Auto in Hyderabad should be metered, though it can be difficult for non-locals to find an autorickshaw driver who agrees to a metered fare from the airport. But you should insist on metering a trip. Autos can carry a maximum of 3 passengers excluding the driver, but it is common to find them being overloaded to carry up to six passengers. . The minimum fare (flagfall) is Rs 10.00. There are also shared 8 seater Maxi Vans available in selected areas. Fares are mostly 2 rupees more than bus fares, but are far more comfortable and fast.
Metered taxis are also available, but they cannot be hailed off the street. One needs to call their centralised despatch centre and book the service. Service is very good. It is next to impossible to be able to get a cab without prior booking since demand far outstrips the supply. Minimum is Rs. 80 valid for the first two kilometres and subsequently it is Rs. 10 per kilometre. All cabs have digital meters that show the distance and fare. Outsiders arriving at Hyderabad Begumnpet Airport can book in advance and inform their flight details so that the Cab Company will send the taxi to pick one up on arrival. Do fine tune the modalities like exact pick up point, driver's mobile number, etc. while booking.
Companies offering metered taxis include
You can hire cars from Hertz ,
Orix , Hussain Travels , MM Travels , Travels and Rentals , etc.
MMTS Local Train
Local trains are also available, albeit for a few places in Hyderabad, called MMTS .
Hyderabad lacks an expressway system, leading to traffic jams during rush hours. However, an 160km Ring Road Expressway  is currently under construction, with an expected first phase completion in early 2008.
Driving discipline in Hyderabad is, if it can be possible, worse than in the rest of India. The drivers and the roads of Hyderabad are made for each other. There are long stretches of roads passing through thickly populated areas that have no median breaks, so vehicles, including motorbikes and cars, simply drive on the wrong side of the road. The accepted way to take a right turn is to go to the left edge of the road and turn right, in the face of multiple lanes of cars attempting to go straight. Red lights are broken in broad daylight.
Hyderabad, especially Old City, is good for walking. Going around Chudi Bazaar(Lad Bazaar) near Charminar is an experience, a visit to the famed Chowmahalla palace and Mecca Masjid is a good option. Places like Necklace Road, Sultan Bazar(Koti) and Abids are worth travelling on foot. But please note that walking can be hazardous. It is common for roads to not have pavements at all, and bikes will go to right up to the edge of the road and climb any barrier to gain an advantage over others on the road.
As may be expected, most of the historical attractions are situated in the old city.
Charminar, . Literally "Four minarets", this structure was built at the very spot at which Quli Qutb Shah prayed for the end to the plague epidemic. The Charminar has long been the icon of Hyderabad. The towers rise to a height of 48.7 m above the ground. There is a mosque with 45 prayer spaces located inside in the upper storeys. The structure actually stands in the middle of a busy road, but a pedestrianization project is under way. Atop the minarets, you get a panoramic view of Hyderabad city.
Golconda Fort. In the 16th century, Golconda was the capital of the Qutb Shahi kingdom. The city was the center of a flourishing diamond trade. Magnificent diamonds were taken from the mines in the hills surrounding Golconda, including Darya-e Nur (meaning "sea of light"), at 185 carats, the largest and finest diamond of the crown jewels of Iran. By the 1880s, "Golconda" was being used generically by English speakers to refer to any particularly rich mine, and later to any source of great wealth.
Falaknuma Palace. Built by Nawab Viqar al-Umra', a beautiful and stunning piece of architecture. The most opulent of the Nizams' many palaces, Falaknuma was built in 1872. A huge amount of money was lavished on the interior, which is particularly impressive and features the works of Florentine sculptors. And has a 100-seater Dining Table. The palace is currently being renovated, and the Taj Group is converting it into a luxury hotel.
Chowmahalla Palace, . Once the centre of Hyderabad , Situated near Charminar. It was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty where the Nizam entertained his official guests and royal visitors.
Qutb Shahi Tombs.
Paigah Tombs, Santoshnagar(Pisal Banda). These tombs belong to the 'Paigah' nobles (tied by blood and marriage to the Nizams) and are about 200 years old. These unique lime and mortar tombs are beautifully carved and have marble inlay work on them.
Public Gardens. It was known as the Bagh-e-aam (Garden for the commeners), it has well laid out gardens, and also houses the imposing State Legislative Assembly building, the Jubilee Hall, the Jawahar Bal Bhavan, the Health Museum and the State Archaeological Museum.
Planetarium at Naubat Pahad.
Numaish. An exhibition that runs in the months of January & February every year. It showcases various items made across India.
AP State Museum. Displays a stunning array of artifacts dating back to the 1st century to the 20th Century. Ranging from the Lotus Medallion of the 1st century to the Amazing Kalankari work that adorned the bed-spreads of the Nizams to a period room that displays the typical living room of the Nizam time to the Jain sculptures and Statues - this place has it all.
The High Court of Andhra Pradesh, Nayapul.
Osmania Arts College. Built during the period of the last Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan. The imposing facade of the building is a great sight.
The Kothi Residency (Womens College, Kothi).
The Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet. Formerly a Nizam's palace and the Jagirdar's College. This Institution was founded in 1923 and is currently one of the oldest and largest public schools in the country. The campus is also an internationally recognised heritage site.
Raymond Tomb. Michel Raymond, a French mercenary, was a military commander in the service of the second Nizam and also his close friend. His tomb is located at Saroornagar, and is made of black granite.
Salar Jung Museum, Naya Pul, Afzalgunj (Turn left once you reach the south bank of Musi using the Nayapul), ☎ +91 40 2452 3211. 10:00 AM - 5 PM Sa-Th. (Ticketing closes at 4:15 PM). This collection belonged to the Salar Jungs I, II and III, Prime Minsters of Hyderabad, but has been augmented since. It was the largest one-man collection in the world in its time. The museum has a variety of expensive Nizam jewellery which is displayed only on special occasions. Spread over two floors, the collection includes articles from medieval and modern times, from India, Europe and the East. As might be expected, there is a concentration of articles from the Islamic era. The more interesting objects are located in the Western wing on the second floor, which contains paintings, furniture and other objects that the Salar Jung got from the West. Make sure that you have sufficient time to study those. Skip anything labeled "Children's section"; they are boring, even for children. Free guided tours lasting two hours each are available at scheduled times, four times a day. Inquire at the entrance. Cameras, bags and liquids are not allowed. The security is strict and intrusive, but mobile cameras are winked at. Free lockers are available near the ticketing area. Rs. 10 for Indians, Rs. 150 for foreigners.
Archival Museum (A.P. State Archives and Research Institute), Tarnaka, Hyderabad-7, ☎ +91-40-27018371.
Hyderabad State Museum, Public Gardens, Public Garden Road,Hyderabad-1.
Purani Haveli Museum, Purani Haveli, Hyderabad.. Home to the world's longest wardrode, built in two levels with a hand-cranked wooden lift(elevator) in place. This occupies the entire length of one wing of the palace.
The Natural History Museum, Nehru Zoological park. Has some rare and interesting exhibits.
Ravindra Bharathi, Saifabad
Astrolger foretells a boy's future. Village scene at Shilparamam
Kala Bhavan, Ravindra Bharathi complex, Saifabad.
State Gallery Of Art (Chitramayee), Road No. 1, Kavuri Hills, Madhapur, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad 500033, ☎ 91 40 3091 3947, +91 40 3091 3922.
Kalahita Art Foundation, Lakshmi Towers, Nagarjuna Hills, ☎ +91 40 2335 0543.
Alankrita Art Gallery, Kavuri Hills, Madhapur, ☎ +91 40 2311 3709.
Pegasus Art Gallery, Road No.72 Jubilee Hills, ☎ +91 98486 66262.
Le Cafe De Art, Road No.1 Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 6550 6661.
Shilparamam, Hi tec city, Madhapur. Designed as a contrast to the futuristic Cyber tower that lies across the road, the crafts village of Shilparamam ("sculpture village") lies at the entrance to Hi tec city. The intent is to showcase and preserve the old. There is a bazaar where you can buy assorted handicrafts and art work. There is also an entire village (additional entrance fee of Rs. 2) where you can find realistic looking sculptures of villagers of yore carrying out their traditional crafts. You can also find a rock museum which contains natural rock formations that allegedly look life-like - skip this if you are short of time. There are swings for children to play and a food court where you can consume oily snacks. An open air auditorium hosts classical Carnatic performances. A night bazaar is under construction. Nearby is Shilpkala vedika , a venue for performing arts. Worth a visit, and make sure you carry cash to buy anything you like - credit cards are not accepted by any shop. Rs. 10.
The Qutubshahi mosques in Hyderabad are so named because they were built by the Qutubshahi dynasty. Most of them were built by Quli Qutb Shah, the founder.
Mecca Masjid. a 400 year old mosque
Toli Masjid, Karwan. 300 years old. Known for its splendid architechture.
Moula Ali Dargah. 400 stairs brings you to a place of worship built by the Asif Jahis. The Moula Ali Dargah was built in the memory of Hazrat Ali, the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad. Legend has it that Yakoob, a eunuch in the court of Ibrahim Quli, went to the hill after he saw Hazrat Ali seated on it. To his surprise, he saw the impression Ali's palm on a stone, which he had dreamt. He had the impression cut out and installed in a shrine. Ibrahim Shah later built a mosque beside the dargah. A Ashurkhana , a Baradari (pavilion) and an Nqqar khana (place for beating drums) were built during the Qutb Shahi period.
Hussain Shah Wali Dargah.
Shahi Masjid. Royal mosque in Public Gardens
Begumpet Mosque. Known for its Spanish Architecture
Shamirpet - 24 Kms away to the north of Secunderabad, Shamirpet has a beautiful lake & a deer park. Its peaceful environs make it a great picnic spot. AP Tourism offers comfortable cottages facilities for accommodation (under private management), while the forest lodge can be booked with the AP Forest Department office at Saifabad.
Necklace Road ( The Chaupati of Hyderabad)
Public Gardens (This was the old zoo and now is a beautiful place for both children and adults).
CIEFL ( Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages)
National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Hyderabad NIFT
Chaitanya Bharathi Institute Of Technology [CBIT,Hyderabad
International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad IIIT
Potti Sriramulu Telugu Viswavidyalayam
Pearls of Hyderabad (Abids and Somajiguda Jewelry shops) popular for their Quality And Lustre. Choose from 3 varieties in Pearls Viz. Natural, Cultured, and Imitation.
Ornaments & jewelry (Punjagutta,Abids and Somajiguda)
Imitation Jewelery From Charminar.
The Golden Mile of Hyderabad for shopping, consisting of shopping plazas, Malls, Designer Boutiques and upmarket shops - Starting from Lifestyle near the Begumpet Flyover and extending all the way till Road No.1 Banjara Hills.
Vishwakarmarts gallery Esteemhouse Opposite to model house Punjagutta Dwarakarapuri colony PH: 040 66615039
Laad Bazaar exotic lacquer and glass bangles market
General Bazaar (Budget clothes Shopping)
Monda Market (Vegetable Market)
Feel Khana Khadim
Hyderabad Central (Punjagutta)
Shoppers stop (Begumpet)
City Centre (Road No.1,Banjara Hills)
Maheshwari Plaza (Abids)
Big Bazaar (Abids)
Brand Factory (Abids)
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Hyderabadi cuisine that developed as an attempt to satisfy the palate of the Nizam, his court and his army. While heavily influenced by traditional Telangana cuisine, it is distinct from it.
The most famous Hyderabadi dish is the Hyderabadi Dum Biryani. Dum refers to the baking process where Basmati rice and meat or vegetables are mixed in a pot and heated for a long time. During the Nizam's time, the Biryani was made with lamb's meat carefully cooked with rice. Culinary delicacies of Hyderabad include Gosht, which is made from a buck/billy/young goat, and is associated with the Hyderabadi cuisine.Hyderabadis prize the meat of a male goat.Kachchi gosht ki biriyani of Hyderabad, where raw meat is stir fried with spices(masala) for couple of minutes and then covered with rice and put on dum. Today, Biryani is also made using vegetables, chicken, seafood and beef. The beef Biryani is known as Kalyani Biryani, available at many small eateries in the city. Although any Irani cafe might serve this delectable dish, there are a few places better known for tasteful food than their hygiene.
Hyderabadi Haleem is another dish which is available only in the month of Ramadaan(Ramzan).
Mirchi ka salan — spicy chilly gravy, is another dish that serves as a tasty accompaniment to any rice item.
Khubani ka meetha is Hyderabad's preferred dessert sweet. It is made from apricots boiled in sugar syrup till they achieve a thick consistency. It looks similar to, but tastes different from gajar ka halwa. It is topped by an ice-cream or cream.
Double Ka Meetha is made from bread, milk, dry fruits etc.. This is also one of the desserts of Hyderabad.
In these Hotels one can get the Hyderbadi dishes, it's an experience to have a meal in these restaurants.
4 Seasons(Toli Chowki,Mehdipatnam)Ph: (+91)- (040) -2356 7439 , 6557 8671 - by awarded The Best Biryani by Times of India in 2006.
Alpha (Secunderabad Station), famous for its Beja Fry available only in the morning, served for breakfast.
Bahaar (BasheerBagh, Ph: (+91)-(040)-2323 1295
Baawarchi (RTC X Roads), Ph:(+91)-(040)-2763 4494/2760 5308
Deccan Palace (Red Hills, Ph: (+91)-(040)-566-0786
Kholani's Kitchen, Boggula Kunta, Ph:(+91)-(040)-2475 3444, 2475 7657 - try Malai Kebabs (chicken), Apollo Fish
Pista House (Shalibunda,Charminar)
Our PlaceRoad No 10, Banjara Hills,Ph: (+91)-(040)-2335 3422
Hyderabad also offers a midnight feast of Biryani along with a lavish spread of other dishes. The Midnight Biryani Buffet normally opens at 2330 hrs and remains open into the wee hours of the day.
If Biryani is not your choice of meal or you have had your fair share of it, do not fret. Hyderabad offers a wide variety of food on its platter, and many of the luxurious hotels offer authentic cuisine even from places such as Afghanistan - Dum Pukt in Grand Kakatiya is a case in point. Besides, there is unending array of thematic food festivals to soothe your appetite.
Universal Bakers (Paradise, Himaythnagar & Masab Tank), King & Cardinal(Himayathnagar)
5th Avenue Bakery (Sainikpuri)
There is plenty to do at night in Hyderabad, though local regulations have most places serving last drinks by 11 pm. On weekdays, drinks in the some of the pubs have best offers, as most clubs are empty until Thursday or Friday nights, when the clubbers emerge. But the sheer number of nightlife spots makes it hard to choose which ones to list. As a general rule they tend to be clustered around Begumpet, Road No.1 Banjara Hills.
Alcohol is available easily from numerous Liqour Shops, known as Wines' in local parlance, spread across the twin cities, in Restaurants who have taken licence for serving alcohol (includes most upscale ones) and also in Pubs like
The best drink in the summer months is Lassi and Faluda(Paradise serves the best Faluda in Hyderabad), Or Coconut Water and many people here also drink the famous sugarcane juice. But the most famous & favorite drink all over the year irrespective of the season is the the Irani chai ( hyderabadi tea) which is available all over the city.
Hyderabad has a tremendous range of accommodation, from low-rent budget hotels to five-star.
Hyderabad Youth Hostel, Boat Club near Hussain Sagar Dam. Rs.30to Rs.60
Aahwaanam, J. N. Road, Abids. Rs.295 to Rs.650+5%
Hotel Asrani International, Paradise Tel: 91-040-27846901 Fax: 91-040-27845583
Hotel Ashoka, Lakdikapul Phone:+91-40-55510222,+91-40-23230105. Rs.450098 to Rs.84089
Hotel Deccan International, Secunderabad, Tel : +91-040-27840981/27819173/55260269, Fax: +91-040-27840980
Hotel Dwaraka Heritage, 116 Chenoy Trade Centre, Park Lane, Secunderabad-3 Ph:+91-40-27845020. Rs.500to Rs.950
India Post, a govt-owned ent.,has its headquarters at Abids known as GPO. And its second biggest centre is located in Secunderabad.
The dialing code for Hyderabad is 040. When calling from overseas, dial +91 40 XXXX XXXX. If you have a non-working phone number with only 7 digits try to add "2" in front of it.
There are public call booths everywhere.
One of the cheapest tariffs in the world, one can get a mobile with a calling rate of 49 paise/minute for a local call. It is very easy to get a Prepaid mobile, which is very cheap to get and for calls. One needs to give a Photo ID proof and a photograph for prepaid as well as postpaid connection as per the Govt. regulations.
Cell One- GSM 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz.(Tri-Band)
Internet cafes are spread around town and most easily found in the city and residential areas. Charges vary between Rs.15-20 an hour.
Reliance WebWorld provides Broadband internet centres, but there are very few of them in the city.
For a long stay and if you have a laptop, it's better to get a Data plan either from Tata Indicom or Reliance Mobile, which are around Rs.1000 a month.
Hyderabad has the best safety record in India. It has, consistently, been voted The Safest City. Venturing out in the nights is not a problem at all, even for Women. Please do carry some sort of identification as sometimes the police may stop you especially in the night to make sure no antisocial elements are running around. Always keep your well wishers informed about where you are going and by what time you will be back.
Ambulance: 108 & 102
Child Line Facility 1098
Just Dial (for city tel no's) +91-40-24444444
CITI Bank - (Green Lands Road, Begumpet), (Kundanbagh,Begumpet)(next to Food World), Kukatpally),Malakpet, Abids, Road No.1, Banjara Hills, Road No.2 Banjara hills,Street No.6 Habsiguda,(Opposite Musheerabad Telephone Exchange,RTC Cross Roads),(Opp: Foodworld,Vikrampuri),(Dharam Karan Road,Ameerpet),(Rethi Bowli, Mehdipatnam),(Dr A S Rao Nagar, ECIL Post),(Next to Laxmi Hyundai Showroom,Himayat Nagar Main Road),(Opposite to Ashok Bhupal Chambers,SP Road)
ABN Amro - Banjara Hills Rd No 1, Begumpet Rd Opp Lifestyle
HSBC - Somajiguda
ICICI Bank -Santosh Nagar, Nalgonda 'X' Roads, Dilsukhnagar, Nayapul
HDFC Bank -
UTI Bank - Pulla Reddy Complex Begumpet Rd, Opp NMDC Masab Tank, Mehdipatnam X Road, Nampally
Many hotels will change money for you at the front desk. However, they may not offer the best rates.
It is best to change money at the city based money changers than the ones located at the airports. The ones at the airport offer much less, hence it is better to exchange at Saifabad where heaps of moneychangers are located. And some of them offer door-step service, call them up and get a rate before deciding.
The Deccan Chronicle is Hyderabad's oldest newspaper, a good source to know about the city and, indespensible, if you need to look up classifieds, for, say renting a house. The Times of India with its new office in Hyderabad has good local content and is increasingly widely read.
Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences Punjagutta Ph: +91-40-2339 6561, 2332 0332
Osmania General Hospital Afzal Gunj Ph: +91-40-2460 0122
Niloufer Hospital Ph: +91-40-2339 1652
Gandhi HospitalSec'bad Ph: +91-40-2770 2222
Govt. Chest Hospital Ph: +91-40-2381 4421 / 22
Govt. ENT Hospital 2474 0245 / 2474 2329
Heritage Medical CentrePh: +91-40-2373 0202 / 2373 6650
Bhanji Kheraj Blood Bank Ph: +91-40-2474 5243
CDR Blood Bank 2322 1221 Ext. 4558
Kamineni Blood Bank Ph: +91-40-2402 2272 / 76
Insstitute of Transfusion Medicine and Research Ph:+91-40-2331 9491
Matadin Goel Blood Bank Ph:+91-40-2322 6624
Medwin Blood Bank Ph: +91-40-2320 2902 / 4616
Modern Blood Bank Ph: +91-40-2473 1976 / 2460 6106
The term for Pharmacy/chemist is Medical Hall or "Medical Stores".
MOR Medical Hall - Basheer Bagh
Mukesh Medical Hall - Opp NIMS
Sonee Medical Hall - Sarojini Hospital Rd, Mehdipatnam
The City Central Library (Afzalgunj) for many important archives. The British Library (Secratariat).The Walden (Jubilee Hills & Somajiguda), The Odyssey (Punjagutta & Hyderabad Central), AA Hussain (Abids)Tel: +91-40-2320 2724, The Book Point (Himayath Nagar), Koti Shops (For Academic Books),Rajkamal,NeelKamal and Universal bookstores Koti(For all tech books) & Sunday Flea Market at Abids (around GPO)
CINEMA PARADISO, Banjara Hills is the place if you are a movie enthusiast.
It is located just before Chutney's ,next to Nagarjuna Circle, on the road leading to KBR Park.
If there is a film you have been wanting to watch and did not find in any of the 'pop' movie parlours you will find it in this little paradiso for sure. The classification system for storing titles is as innovative and unique as the whole idea behind this establishment. You can find titles listed by your favourite directors, themes, and even international award show entries and winners.
Most titles can be borrowed for 3 nights with rarer titles available only for 1 night. Life Membership is the only way to access this panoramic collection and it costs Rs. 3000. You can deenlist yourself anytime with a refund of Rs. 2000.
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