Structures of erstwhile royal magnificence enjoy a symbiotic relationship with modern day high rise buildings with state of the art technologies. Growing as an important destination for information technology and multinational investment, Hyderabad stands apart as a place of unquenchable interest.
Hyderabad Airport (Airport Code: HYD
, Begumpet ) is centrally located on the main road between Begumpet and Parade grounds, being within easy reach of both Hyderabad and Secunderabad and is about 16 km from the city. International Terminal is the Rajiv Gandhi Terminal and Domestic Terminal is N. T. Rama Rao Terminal. Regular flights connect Hyderabad with most major metros in the country.
Changing Money/ Currency Exchange
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In India, the unit of currency is the Rupee (INR). Change money with Authorized Currency Exchange places like the airport, most banks and hotels and insist on a receipt, as it will help you reconvert unused rupees into the original foreign currency at the time of departure. Avoid any people on the street who offer to change your money at a temptingly high rate of exchange ( Generally you end up with fake currencies, or its a scam where the street dealer bolts with your money. )
Taxi Bookings/Hotel Pickup/Motor Bike Rental
It is advisable to do all bookings of taxis (Pre-Paid
) and hotels via the airport. If you can arrange to be picked up via your hotel it would be very beneficial.
Hyderabad is fairly warm throughout the year and very hot during summers and does not receive much rainfall in the monsoon. Temperatures do, however, marginally come down in winter and Dec nights are quite cool over here. The best season is between Oct and Feb. Jun to Nov are monsoon months and these months are loaded with rains and are accompanied by lovely weather. The temperature is 42 C during summers and in winters it may fall to a minimum of 12 C.
From March through June, however, the weather turns very dry and hot, with temperatures climbing to the upper 40s. Sightseeing then becomes an unpleasant and tiring business.
Airlines having flights to Hyderabad (via Mumbai or Delhi with code share)
- Air Canada
- Air France
- Air India
- British Airways
- Air Canada
- Cathay Pacific
- Delta Airlines
- Ethiopian Airlines
- Gulf Air
- KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines)
- Kuwait Airways
- Singapore Airlines
There are several international airlines that fly directly to Hyderabad. Please check with your travel agent. Hyderabad is well connected by air to all other major cities. Chennai-Hyderabad route is a hour long flight, and Mumbai-Hyderabad is a 90 minute flight. From the US east coast and the midwest, one could reach Mumbai with a single stopover in Europe. From the US west coast, one could reach Chennai or Hyderabad via Singapore, with an additional stopover in Tokyo, Honolulu,
We recommend that you avoid flights via New Delhi if you are on a tight schedule as winter fogs in Dec often delays flights at New Delhi airport. Some Mumbai bound flights stopover in New Delhi please check with your travel agent.
Attractions / Places to See in Hyderabad
A beautiful tourist destination, Hyderabad has a host of tourist attractions such as Char Minar (16th century Rectangular
Four Arched Monumental Gate, often described as 'The Arch of Triumph of the East'), Mecca Masjid, Salar Jung Museum (priceless manuscripts, ancient weapons, costumes and curios), Golconda Fort, Falaknuma Palace, Sri Venkateswara Temple, Birla Planetarium, Hussain Sagar, Nehru Zoological Park and the Qutub Shahi Tombs.
Tirupati is usually taken to be the name of a temple.... one of the richest in Southern India, and supposedly the world's busiest holy site. Actually, it is a town, best known for the shrine on the 'Seven Hills' of Tirumala which attract millions of pilgrims from all over India. Picturesquely situated amidst sacred waterfalls and tanks, the shrine is a fine example of
early Dravidian art. In front of it is the 'Hall of Pillars' from where an attractive stepped way leads to the temple.
At Amravati, ancient Dhanyakataka, the remains of the Buddhist influence in the Satvahana period include majestic carvings, chaityas, viharas, murals and panels. Much of the vast archaeological findings from the site including magnificent sculpted friezes, medallions and railings are now exhibited in the British Museum, London, and the National Museum, Delhi.