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Hyderabad is the capital of the southern Indian state of Telangana and de jure capital of Andhra Pradesh.
It has a population of about 6.7 million making it the fourth most populous city in India.
Hyderabad was historically known as a pearl and diamond trading center, and it continues to be known as the City of Pearls.
Hyderabad and Secunderabad are "twin cities" near Hussain Sagar Lake but both cities have grown so much that now they have become one big metropolis.
With an output of US$74 billion, Hyderabad is the fifth-largest contributor to India's overall gross domestic product.
Telugu and Urdu are both official languages of the city, and most Hyderabadis are bilingual. The Telugu dialect spoken in Hyderabad is called Telangana Mandalika, and the Urdu spoken is called Dakhini. English is also used. A significant minority speak other languages, including Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Oriya and Bengali.
In 1589 after the establishment of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, a grandson of Quli Qutb Shah, moved his capital from the Golconda fort to the present day location of Hyderabad due to water shortages at the old location.
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.
The Qutb Shahi dynasty lasted till 1687 when the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb defeated the sultanate and took over Hyderabad. He appointed a governor to rule the region and granted him the title of Nizam-ul-Mulk. However, Mughal rule was short-lived and in 1724, the Nizam Asaf Jah I gained independence from a declining Mughal empire.
Around 1763, Asif Jah II, defeated by the Marathas and threatened by Tipu Sultan of Mysore, entered into a subsidiary alliance with the British. Hyderabad state became a "princely state", protected by, and under the overlordship of the British.
In 1947, with India's independence, the seventh Nizam was reluctant to cede his principality to the newly independent India.
India sent in its troops and on 17 September 1948, Hyderabad was merged into India.
There is really no shortage of things to do in a new city. Hyderabad is no exception.
For variety and historic interest, try the museums in the city. Some of the best museums in Hyderabad are Salar Jung Museum, Sudha Cars Museum, Nizam Museum and AP State Museum.
If you wish to explore the natural beauty, visit Hussain Sagar Lake, Gandipet Lake, Limbini Park or Indira Park.
When in Hyderabad, do visit Charminar, Golkonda Fort, Ramoji Film City and the Chowmahalla Palace.
Looking for places to go shopping in Hyderabad? You can head to Hyderabad central, South India Shopping Mall – Kothapet or Kukatpally, Elahe or The Chennai Shopping Mall.
If you’re looking for places to go street shopping, you can visit Laad Bazar, Perfume Market, Abids Street, Mozzam Jahi Market, Koti Sultan Bazar, Antique Market, Begum Bazar or Nampally.
You can buy furniture online from online stores like Pepperfry or Urban Ladder. If you wish to rent furniture you can check out grabonrent or rentmojo.
If you prefer to buy furniture offline, you can go to HomeTown at Inorbit Mall, LEPAKSHI furniture and Interiors at Nampally Station road or Elevate at Jubilee Hills.
If you’re moving out of the city, you may want to dispose of your old stuff - furniture, appliances, and knick-knacks that you have collected over time. You can sell furniture online on OLX or QuikrBazaar.
One of the issues with moving is that you land up in a new city and have to ask others for solutions to the small irritants at home.
For e.g., how to hire an electrician, get your house painted, repair your leaky tap, choose furnishings for the new home, find a doctor near you, call an ambulance during an emergency, get a driver, hire a mason, clean your carpets, and more.
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For affordable eating, try King and Cardinal Bakery, Ram ki Bandi, Wich Please or Gokul Chaat.
If you are looking for fancy restaurants to celebrate a special occasion, find one near you on Zomato.
If you are seeking a pre/play school for your toddler, you might want to send them to Chirec International School, Kangaroo Kids, Glove Toters or KinderKare.
For older children some of the best schools in Hyderabad are International School of Hyderabad, Oakridge International School, CHIREC International School or The Hyderabad Public School.
Some of the best colleges and universities in Hyderabad are University of Hyderabad, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, BITS Hyderabad and Indian School of Business.
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You can also try attending MeetUps in Hyderabad to relieve your boredom.
Or if it’s fun that you seek, head to 10 Downing Street, The Sky Lounge, Over the Moon, Air Café or Bottles & Chimney.
No city is without its woes.
Hyderabad too suffers from all the ills of rapidly growing modern cities.
It suffers from rain water woes, water crisis, parking woes, traffic congestion and more.
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Like many Indian cities, Hyderabad has a tropical climate. The best time to visit the city is from mid-November to mid-February. Temperatures are mild with abundant sunshine during this time and average temperatures range from a low of 15°C (59°F) to a high of 29°C (85°F).
It is hot and dry from March to June with occasional thunderstorms. Highs can reach 45°C (113°F) or more and lack of air-conditioning can make it feel very uncomfortable. July, August, September and October can be quite warm and humid and low-pressure systems from the Bay of Bengal during the monsoon season can cause heavy rain for days.
Hyderabad is well-connected.
You can get into Hyderabad by bus, train, or air from any major Indian City. It is well-connected by flights from Delhi, Mumbai and many other important cities of the country as well as from international cities. The international airport is 22 km from the city.
There are three major railway stations serving the twin cities: Hyderabad Station [HYB] (Deccan or Nampally), Secunderabad Station [SC] (Junction), and Kachiguda and a minor station at Begumpet. Trains are available on regular basis from all these railway stations.
Buses also ply from important cities to Hyderabad.
Within the city, there is a variety of transport available to you from rickshaws, buses to hired cars.
Local trains called MMTS are available, albeit for only a few places in Hyderabad. The frequency ranges from 10 minutes to around 2 per hour. There are fewer trains during the daytime and on Sundays. Hyderabad has good local bus connectivity and is run by TSRTC, a state-government owned corporation.
Auto rickshaws in Hyderabad should be metered, though it can be difficult for non-locals and locals alike to find an auto rickshaw driver who ever agrees to a metered fare. However, Traffic police are very helpful and will help engage an Auto with metered fare.
Metered taxis are available, but they cannot be hailed off the street. One needs to call their centralized call centre and book the service. Service is very good, especially if you are booking for longer distances.
You can also hire cars for outstation travels or for moving within the city. For the more curious, Wiki Voyage is a great place to start learning about the city of Hyderabad.