A multitude of influences, has shaped the character of Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh. Its palaces and buildings, gardens and streets, all steeped in History, with an architectural individuality, makes Hyderabad an enchanting city’s.
From Nawabs and pearls, to the worlds hi-tech happening point, the city’s journey, is as fascinating, as it is rich and diverse. Established by Muhamad Quli Qutab Shah in 1593, Hyderabad developed as one of the main centers of Islamic culture. It left its indomitable stamp with the beautification of the Golconda Fort, from where the world-famous Kohinoor diamond was discovered. The splendor of this city, matched the elegance of the Mughal cities of Delhi, Agra or Fatehpur Sikri. The rulers built many memorable monuments, which include the world-famous Charminar. But it was under the royal line of Asaf Jahi kings, better known as the legendary Nizams of Hyderabad that the state reached its zenith, in terms of size and power.
Hyderabad has an ancient civilisation and culture. Like all great cities, Hyderabad faces an avalanche of industrialization. A revolution in etiquette is under way, recasting values. The yuppie ethos, has invaded the city and western haute couture is slowly being preferred, over the sherwani and burqa. This is the city that has even been the home of a Miss world. Fortunately, gourmets have not let the Deccani cuisine, the Hyderabadi biryani in particular, pass into legend.
Climate & Geographical Location
Hyderabad is fairly warm throughout the year. Temperatures do, however, marginally come down in winter. December nights are cool. The city of Hyderabad is spread around Hussain Saagar, the largest of the lakes.