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Once one of India's richest princely states, Hyderabad is renowned as the source of the magnificent Koh-i-Noor diamond as well as its notoriously pleasure-loving nizams.

Char Minar

The Char Minar, a monumental gateway, straddled the crossroads of the great trade routes it controlled, and pearls and precious stones filled its markets.


In the early 20th century, British architects added a number of public buildings and one of these, the former British Residency, was the inspiration for William Dalrymple's White Mughals.

Old and new city life

These days you will find the city a blend of old and new with burkha clad women scouring the markets for traditional lac bangles and rubbing shoulders with men in suits from the rapidly expanding IT industry.

Visiting Hyderabad

Hyderabad is well served by international and domestic flights as well as rail, making it an excellent gateway to the Deccan plateau.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Hyderabad

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Hyderabad, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Hyderabad at its best.

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      Palaces and regal stays in India

      Palaces and regal stays in India

      Private butlers, priceless chandeliers, and gilded furniture: life as an Indian royal was the epitome of opulence. With many royal residences now palatial hotels, you can taste life as a maharaja or maharani. We’ve chosen the best regal experiences from Rajasthan to Varanasi.

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    Accommodation choices for Hyderabad

    We've selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Hyderabad. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.