Hyderabad, affectionately dubbed the "Pearl City" for its importance as the centre of the pearl trade in India, is the capital of Telangana state and an absolute pleasure to explore. An abundance of temples and heritage monuments, colourful and vivid bazaars, and lots of open green spaces and lakes make for some beautiful sightseeing experiences.
The Old City on the southern bank of the Musi River is enough to keep you busy for days. Historical highlights include the Charminar, the Quth Shahi tombs, Birla Mandir, Chowmahalla Palace, and the magnificent Golconda fort on the northern side of the river. The glorious Charminar was built in the sixteenth century and continues to floor visitors with its sweeping arches and towering columns. The massive Golconda citadel is perched on a mighty green hill, its surrounding ruins a treat for history buffs. Newer parts of Hyderabad are fuelled by IT innovation, sporting luxury hotels, fine dining establishments, bars, and chic boutiques.