The city of pearls, rich in history and culture, and the birthplace of the world-famous lip-smacking Hyderabadi biryani – Hyderabad is a city like none other. Though over four centuries old it is one of the fast-growing, world-class metropolitan cities in India.
The Quality of Living Ranking of 2019 survey conducted by Mercer, a global consulting firm, has named Hyderabad as the best city in India for the fifth year in a row. For hundreds of years, the city was the trading and commercial capital of the region under the Nizams. But, the recent popularity and development of Hyderabad cannot be attributed to just its rich and intricate history, but also the enormous growth of IT and medical infrastructure.
Today, the city is home to global MNCs, world-class hospitals, and prestigious higher education institutes. Whether you are planning to shift base to Hyderabad or visiting the city as a tourist, here are a few things that you should know about the city of pearls.
- India’s City of Lakes
Hyderabad is home to several natural and man-made lakes. Located on the Deccan plateau, these lakes have been used as reservoirs to store water to meet the city’s increasing water demands. Today, these lakes not only provide water to the millions of residents but also serve as cool picnic spots, for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Hussain Sagar Lake, Shamirpet Lake, Durgam Cheruvu, Osman Sagar Lake are some of the famous lakes in the city.
- Foodie Paradise
Every city in India has a unique cuisine, and Hyderabad is no different. The cuisine of the city though it resembles the Mughlai cuisine; it has evolved over the years and brings in flavours from Turkish, Persian, and Arabic cuisines.
The Hyderabadi Biryani is the most famous dish in the city, and you cannot walk a few blocks without stumbling across a restaurant selling piping-hot biryani. Though it’s available with chicken, the rich biryani tastes the best with mutton.
The other must-try dishes in the city include – Irani Chai, Osmani biscuit, and Lukhmi.
- Rich Heritage
The City of Pearls dates back several centuries and has been existing under the rule of the Qutab Shahi rulers, Mughals, Nizams, and the British. As a result, the city today has monuments and historical structures from different times in history. You can find minarets, tombs, fortresses, monuments and Victorian-era buildings all over the city.
To get a true understanding of the city’s long history, join a heritage walk conducted by the tourism department that takes you the city’s most famous heritage buildings like the iconic Charminar, Chowmahalla Palace, Golconda Fort, Qutb Shahi tombs and vibrant bazaars.
- Friendly People
Apart from the Moniker City of Pearls, Hyderabad is known by other names like – the city of a thousand faces and the city of happiness. Due to its long history under various rulers, Hyderabad has evolved as truly multi-cultural city.
People belonging to different religions, cultures, and nationalities live side by side without any communal tensions. You can hear several different languages spoken on the streets like Telugu, Hindi, UrduParsisi and of course English.
Most people speak a version of known as Hyderabadi Hindi that is a mix of Hindi, Urdu and Telugu. If you are new to the city, you may have a difficult time understanding the local autowallahs as they converse in Hyderabadi Hindi.
- Incredibly Low Cost of Living compared to Other Metros
Hyderabad for the last few decades has emerged as a beautiful, well-planned city. The traffic, congestion, sky-rocketing real estate prices, water scarcity, and other urban troubles that plague other metros are non-existent in the city.
Though home to millions of people, the city has adequate infrastructure, public transport, and other amenities to meet the needs of all its residents. The cost of living is comparatively low when considered with the cost of living in the other major metros of India.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and visit Hyderabad. Whether you are coming here for a short touristy visit or moving here, the city will not disappoint.