Cheap Flights to Hyderabad
On the banks of the wide Musi River sprawls the city of Hyderabad, framed by the low Banjara Hills. Incorporating its 400-year-old history into an increasingly modern way of life, the city is a pleasing blend of old and new. The historic center in addition to the city's modern theme parks, museums and sports venues draw the fascination of visitors who make flights to Hyderabad. The brand-new Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD) is connected to the city via an efficient route just 14 miles outside of Hyderabad.
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
Hyderabad's importance as a center for business travel played a key role in the construction of the new Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD), a modern, one-terminal facility connected to the city by an expressway that ensures travel time between the city and the airport is around 20 minutes. Air India handles most domestic flights to Hyderabad, and international carriers such as British Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways, Emirates and Saudi Arabian Airlines also serve the airport. There are duty-free shops, restaurants, VIP lounges, ATMs and a bank. The city maintains an efficient bus system with air-conditioned coaches that will ferry visitors to the center of town for about $2. Visitors can also take a taxi into Hyderabad for around $10 or rental cars are also available.
Attractions in Hyderabad
Hyderabad's Old City features wonderfully picturesque architecture that will prove irresistible for dedicated photography buffs. The Chowmahalla Palace, home to the Asaf Jahi dynasty, is open to visitors and allows pictures. The glistening white onion domes of the Qutb Shahi Tombs create a distinctive silhouette against the sky and include beautiful gardens. The Birla Mandir is a marble temple dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, whose 11-foot-tall statue forms the centerpiece of this exquisite building.
The modern Birla Planetarium and Science Museum is fun for a visit, including regular star shows and the excavated skeleton of a dinosaur native to India. Another fascinating site to visit is the Shilparamam, a recreated Indian village where historic crafts and life-sized dioramas of Indian village life are on display.
Visitors looking for a place to stay might find a convenient option near the airport or in neighborhoods such as Ameerpet or Srinagar Colony. Luxury hotels can be found in Banjara Hills.
Hints and Tips for Visiting Hyderabad
Hyderabad's tropical climate ensures the city is usually quite warm, with temperatures in the high 80s year-round. The heat peaks just before Hyderabad's monsoon season, which begins in June and lasts until September. In general, Indian food is a riot of delicious flavors highlighted by a blend of spices and hot chilies. In Hyderabad, local specialties include their own version of the biryani, which includes garnishes of mint, boiled egg and onion. Dishes are also prepared in a slow-cooked style with basmati rice, cuts of meat including goat or chicken, vegetables and a distinctive blend of spices and chilies. Two people can eat a delicious, hand-prepared meal for around $12. The Hindu festival of Vinayakachaturthy is a monthly celebration that involves submerging a statue of Ganesh into Saroornagar lake. The date is linked to the lunar calendar, so visitors should check local listings to find if their visit coincides with the festival.