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Hyderabad is a treasure trove of architectural beauty from its historic Muslim quarter to its mosques and palaces. With around six million inhabitants, Hyderabad is the fourth largest city in India, although the laidback local attitude is actually reminiscent of a smaller town. Known historically as the City of Pearls and more recently as Cyberabad, the city is now a thriving software industry hub bringing in a wave of international business. Islamic influences set the city apart from other urban sprawls in India and it offers up a range of visual treats. Don't worry if you don't understand Telugu or Udu, many of the locals speak good English making it easier to find out what you need to know.
The region's tropical climate makes November to February the best time to visit when the weather is sunny but not unbearably hot. Only the brave venture to Hyderabad between March and June when temperatures reach their highest, while rain and high humidity levels are prevalent in late summer through until autumn.
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD) is one of the most modern, organised airports in India. Its location 14 miles from the city makes for an easy trip and an elevated expressway means that the journey takes just 20 minutes by road. Air-conditioned minibuses and taxis make for a painless trip to the centre.
Direct flights from the UK take around 10 hours but cheap flights to Hyderabad include a layover. Regular connections to other Indian locations make Hyderabad a good place to begin an Indian travel odyssey. Why not check out onward flights to Delhi, Mumbai or Goa using the dealchecker search tool today?
The Old City is Hyderabad's historic district and it is the place to hang out if you've come to see the sights. Palaces, tombs, mosques and museums are scattered around Charminar, or 'Four Minarets, the city's architectural icon. Begin your exploration by looking out over the cityscape from a minaret.
Don't miss the Chowmahalla Palace, constructed in the 18th century, where antique fabrics, furniture and curiosities with a variety of cultural influences decorate the grand rooms. Another highlight of Hyderabad is the Paigah Tombs, where intricate geometric patterns decorate marble mausoleums.
For something completely different, take a trip to Ramoji Film City for an insight into the quirky, colourful world of the region's thriving movie industry.