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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.

History

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 Moghuls.

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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    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.

    • Games room at Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

      Taj Falaknuma Palace

      Deluxe

      The Taj Falaknuma Palace is a wonderfully restored heritage property which offers not only a unique experience in luxurious surroundings but an insight into the Nizam lifestyle that no longer exists today.