The main portal to get to Hyderabad is through Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), which is also known as Hyderabad International Airport. Hyderabad International Airport is an international airport that serves the metropolis of Hyderabad, located at Shamshabad, which is about 22km south of Hyderabad.
Rajiv Ghandi International Airport is named after the former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. The international airport at Begumpet used to be the international airport before it was replaced by Hyderabad International Airport. In the year 2008, commercial flight operations began in the airport and it replaced the former international airport in Begumpet. Among Indian airports, Hyderabad International Airport was one of the featured top airports in the year 2013 by Skytrax. It also serves as a hub for airlines such as SpiceJet, Lufthansa Cargo, and Blue Dart Aviation and as a focus city for Air India, Jet Airways, and JetLite.
Hyderabad is known as the capital city of the Indian state of Telangana in South India. It is known as a pearl and diamond trading centre throughout history, and with this, it continues to be recognised as the City of Pearls. Other than being the capital city of the Indian state of Telangana, it is also the capital city for Andhra Pradesh, because of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act of 2014. Under this act, it is arranged that Hyderabad will be Andhra Pradesh's capital for a maximum of ten years. Hyderabad is located along the banks of the Musi River and has a population of around 6.8 million and around 7.75 million for its metropolitan population. Because of this data, Hyderabad is the fourth most populous city and sixth most populous urban agglomeration in India.
Golconda Fort - this 16th-century fortress dates from the time of the Qutb Shah kings. Its origins even before being a fortress were traced to the earlier reigns of the Yadavas and Kakatiyas as a mud fort. Travellers will look forward to the Naya Qila where it is home to a magnificent 400-year-old baobab tree. The tree attraction was said to have been brought from Abyssinia by Arab traders. Travellers may also check the crumbling rampart where it features a magnificent view of the fort and tombs.
Charminar - this principal landmark was built by Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 to commemorate the founding of the city of Hyderabad as well as the end of epidemics that were caused by Golconda’s water shortage. The Charminar's second floor houses Hyderabad’s oldest mosque. Unfortunately upper columns are not open to the public. However, travellers can enjoy the Charminar at night since it is illuminated in the evening at around 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Charminar neighbourhood is a great place for travellers to explore as the sidewalks are filled with goodies like perfume and coconuts. Travellers should find the Laad Bazaar, which is located west of the monument, where wedding saris, jewels and bangles can be found. Since Hyderabad is known as the pearl centre, this place is also the centre of India’s pearl trade, where travellers can get great deals on pearl products.
Moula Ali Dargah - Travellers who are looking for a great view of the cityscape of Hyderabad should check the top of Moula Ali Hill. It also features a dargah with an ornate interior that is intricately covered tiny mirrors. Those who will check the dargah should also know that it is believed to be full of healing blessings. The history of it dates back one night in 1578, when an ill member of the Qutb Shahi court had a dream that Ali, the son-in-law of the Prophet Mohammed, visited the Moula Ali Hill. The member was healed the next day and was found that Ali's handprints were there. Upon that discovery, the sultan immediately built a dargah over the prints and a mosque. The hill is now a pilgrimage site to those who are sick and it is also one of the city's most dramatic sights.
How to get around within Hyderabad
In Hyderabad, the most commonly used forms of transport are light railways and APSRTC buses that are government owned. Another form of transport in Hyderabad is the privately operated auto rickshaws. For travellers who are going on short distances, there are accessible cycle rickshaws around the area. Apart from railways and rickshaws, APSRTC bus services operate from the Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station in the city centre of Hyderabad. Ferries are also an alternative transport and over 130 million passengers daily across its entire network. There is also a light rail transportation system in Hyderabad which is called that Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS). It is a three line suburban rail service that serves over 150,000 passengers in a day. Apart from railways, buses, and rickshaws, there are intercity rail services that operate from Hyderabad. The largest main station is the Secunderabad Railway Station. It serves as Indian Railways South Central Railway zone headquarters, as well as a hub for APSRTC buses and MMTS light rail services that connects Secunderabad and Hyderabad. Apart from the Secunderabad Railway Station, other major railway stations in Hyderabad are Hyderabad Deccan Station, Kachiguda Railway Station and Begumpet Railway Station.
How to get there
In order to get to Hyderabad, travellers will have to go to the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport or also known as the Hyderabad International Airport. There are many airlines that operate from Hyderabad International Airport and will bring those who wish to experience Hyderabad to the city. Airlines that fly to Hyderabad include Air Arabia, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Silkair, and Tigerair.
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