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The city of smiles, of lights, of a thousand faces, endearingly called the Pearl City, Hyderabad offers a variety of tourist attractions ranging from Heritage monuments, Lakes and Parks, Gardens and Resorts, Museums to delectable cuisine and a delightful shopping experience.

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Hyderabad is a juxtaposition of old and new unlike any other city in India. While Microsoft, Google and other technology giants have offices in the glass and steel structures in the district known as Cyberabad, the history of this more than 400-year-old city is just as alluring as destinations like Jaipur and Agra, with sites like the 13th-century Golconda Fort, once home to the famous Kohinoor diamond, and the iconic Charminar monument in Hyderabad’s teeming Old City. In the past, Hyderabad was often overlooked as a tourism destination. But in recent years, sleek hotels, restaurants and night spots that cater to the 20- and 30-somethings working in the information technology industry have been attracting jet-setters from around the world who come to discover the past and experience the rapidly evolving present.

 

 

Climate

 

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 temperature range from a low of 15°C (59°F) to a high of 29°C (85°F). March to June is hot and dry 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.

 

 

Culture and attitudes

 

In many senses, Hyderabad is the meeting ground between North and South India. The city has a culture that is distinct from the rest of Andhra Pradesh, showing Islamic influences and a courtly presence imparted from its period as the capital of the Nizamate. This is more evident in the old city. The new city resembles many provincial state capitals in India. Secunderabad is more cosmopolitan, as the Cantonment area is located in this part of the city.

 

Due to a recent influx of young men and women from various parts of the country, Hyderabad's culture and attitudes have taken a turn towards "modernity". However, it is good to keep in mind that the city is still a deeply conservative place and to dress appropriately, especially in the old city.

 

 

Map of Old City, Hyderabad

 

Secunderabad lies to the north-east of Hussain Sagar lake. This has historically been a military cantonment, which means that the roads are better maintained and broader. It has nice parks, open spaces and some excellent restaurants.

 

The New city, which contains the administrative offices of Andhra Pradesh lies on the north bank of the Musi, to the east and south-east of Hussain Sagar.

 

Punjagutta to Gachibowli is a vast region to the west and north-west of Hussain Sagar, on the north bank of the Musi. This has developed in the past twenty years. Areas of interest here are Punjagutta and Ameerpet, which are enormous shopping areas. Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills is where Hyderabad's swish set lives, and contain some good parks and restaurants. The newly developed "Hi tec city" and Gachibowli are 9 km to the west of the new city. This is where most technology and business process outsourcing (BPO) firms have their campuses.

 

 

Cuisine

 

The cuisine emphasizes the use of ingredients that are carefully chosen and cooked to the right degree and time. Utmost attention is given to picking the right kind of spices, meat, rice, etc. Therefore, an addition of a certain herb, spice, condiment, or combination of all these add a distinct taste and aroma. The key flavours are of coconut, tamarind, peanuts and sesame seeds which are extensively used in many dishes. The key difference from the North Indian cuisine is the presence of dry coconut and tamarind in its cuisine.

 

Traditional utensils made of copper, brass, and earthen pots are used for cooking. All types of cooking involve the direct use of fire. There is a saying in Hyderabad, cooking patiently so is the key; slow-cooking is the hallmark of Hyderabadi cuisine. The Slow-cooking method has its influence from the Dum Pukht method used in Awadhi cuisine.

 

For other traditional food you should pay a visit to Chennai, this wonderful place has the best Indian food their i's, and besides the lovely food, Chennai is also a wonderful place to go out. the nightlife in Chennai is very nice and for meeting girls you should definitely go there!

 

 

Desserts

 

Qubani ka meetha(Khubani-ka-Meetha) - Apricot Pudding, Toppings with almond and cream. The original recipe is a translucent liquid.

Double ka meetha - Bread Pudding topped with dry fruits, a derivative of mughlai dessert Shahi tukre.

Gil e firdaus - Kheer made from kaddu.

Sheer korma - Vermicelli Pudding - Sheer means Milk and Korma is a dry date fruit, is a celebration special dessert, specially made on the Ramzan day.

 

 

Snacks

 

Lukhmi - A typical Hyderabadi starter and the snack's original and authentic preparation is stuffed with mutton-mince (kheema). "Kheemey ki Lukhmi" is still served as a starter in the authentic Hyderabadi course of meal at weddings, parties, etc.

Dil khush - A triangular pie, which is bread stuffed with cake leftovers

Chota Samosa - A crispy, onion-filled small samosa.

Osmania Biscuit - A nice, soft tea biscuit, gets its name after last ruler of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan.

 

 

Things to do and see

 

Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, India (Sultan Baza)

Birla Mandir, Adarsh Nagar Colony, Naubath Pahad | Kala Pahad, Nr. Hussainsagar Lake, Hyderabad 500063, India

Golkonda Fort, Hyderabad, India (Sultan Bazar)

Salar Jung Museum, Salar Jung Road, Hyderabad 500024, India

Howmahalla Palace, Khilwat, 20-4-236 | Motigalli, Hyderabad 500 002, India

St. Mary's Church, S.D Road | Secunderabad, Hyderabad, India

Shilparamam Cultural Society, Madhapur Road, Hyderabad, India

Hyderabad International Convention Center, Novotel and Hicc Complex | Near Hitech City, Po Bag, Hyderabad 1101, India (Sultan Bazar)

Charminar, Hyderabad, India (Sultan Bazar)

Nehru Zoological Park, Rajendra Nagar, Hyderabad 500030 , India

Keesaragutta, Ranga Reddy District, Hyderabad, India

Jagannath Temple, Hyderabad, India

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