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.
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.
Hyderabad is well served by international and domestic flights as well as rail, making it an excellent gateway to the Deccan plateau.
Map of Hyderabad
Places & hotels on the map
Photos of Hyderabad
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.
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.