Hyderabad is the capital of south-central India’s Telangana state. It is largest and most-populous city in the region and is the major urban center for the technology industry for all south-central interior India. Do not get discouraged to explore the two sides of the city by truly appalling traffic conditions. First side is steeped in history, filled with people and revel with commerce – the Old City of Hyderabad with one of India’s most provocative ancient quarters. Although, most of the old city impressive Islamic architecture is under repair, staying here or just wandering through its chai shops, spice markets, cookie shops or busy streets will give you quite clear impression on the customs of locals. The other side includes districts such as Hi-Tech City or like others call it “Cyberabad”, Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills situated in the western part of the center. Here you will find places like glittering malls, clubs, pubs and many restaurants – a very different part of the city.
Most visitors concentrate their time on the Old City of Hyderabad and spend a lot of time near locations like Charminar, a 16th century mosque whose 4 arches support towering minarets. Even though it is the old city landmark situated near Laad Bazaar, we believe that Golconda Fort should not be missed either. It is a historic site which was a former diamond trading center that was once the Qutb Shahi dynastic capital. The territory it occupied previously is just insane. Nowadays, most of it belongs to the military and they are guarding the premises, when on top of the Golconda Fort you can clearly see which areas are controlled by military – we were told that wherever you see the cluster of green trees around the city, there is the military territory and they do not allow constructions which is inevitable in always expanding city.
When here be sure to try the most famous Biryani in the world. Apparently, Biryani dish is originated from Hyderabad. We got to know from our host that Hyderabad’s Biryani is famous all over the world and they even export Biryani made here to other countries through planes on special occasions – just insane!
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