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Being the epicenter of two distinct cultural streams of North and South India, Telangana is a melting pot of rich heritage reminiscing ancient glory and ethos. Charminar, one of the most photographed monument in India is synonymous with the history of Hyderabad is also considered as “Arc de Triomphe” of the east. A visit to Salarjung museum is highly recommended which has the world’s largest one man collection of antiques by the Nizam. Mecca Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India is also found in this city. Among the beautiful palaces is Falaknuma, which has been restored and is now run as a luxury hotel and Chowmohalla palace. A night view of Hussian Sagar Lake with the gigantic statue of Buddha in the center is a must-have experience. Golconda fort along with the Qutub Shahi kings tombs are not far from Hyderabad. Incidentally Koh-I-Noor diamond, now with the British crown jewels was found here. Also not far from Hyderabad are the thousand pillar temple and the fort at Warangal.


Visit to Hyderabad can never be complete without a shopping spree and visit to these historical markets are on the bucket list. Laad Bazaar, located close to Charminar, is famous for bangles, semi precious stones, pearls, jewellery, silverware, bidriware, and embroidered fabrics. Some of the other markets are Mozzham Jahi for its beautiful architecture, Begum Bazaar, Sultan Bazaar for garments, Koti Bazaar for books, perfume market, Abids for saree and Antiques market. 


Two distinct cuisines can be found here, Hyderabadi, which is the amalgamation of Persian, Mughalai, Turkish, South Indian styles and the other is Telugu. The one that is not to be missed and their signature dish is the Hyderabadi Biryani and the other popular ones are Hyderabadi Haleem (thick stew made of meat, lentils and wheat) and Kebabs. While in Hyderabad do visit the local eateries around Charminar serving authentic Hyderabadi cuisine which is a non vegetarian’s delight and the Irani cafes for their special tea, snacks and biscuits taking you back to the bygone era of the rule of Nizam’s.