The City

Hyderabad known as the “City of Pearls“ is Telangana's largest and most-populous city and is the major urban centre for all of south-central interior India. It is the capital of Andhra Pradesh. The city of Hyderabad was founded by the Qutb Shahi sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 CE. It was built around the Charminar, which formed the centrepiece of the city. Hyderabad became an important trading centre for diamonds and pearls, and a centre for culture.The city is twinned with Secunderabad which is separated by Hussain Sagar Lake. is well known for pearls , due to its booming pearl processing and trading industry that has been supplying the finest pearl jewellery to India and the rest of the world for more than 400 years. The city is noted for its monuments which include the masterpiece of Charminar and the fort of Golconda. There are a multitude of masjids, temples, churches and bazaars in the city. Many of the city's historical and traditional bazaars remain open. The city has more than 20 lakes which are a favourite among both locals and tourists. Some of the ones you can visit are – Hussain Sagar, Osman Sagar, Shamirpet Lake and Himayat Sagar. Hyderabad was ranked the best city to live in India for the fifth consecutive year in Mercer's Quality of Living (India) Rankings-2019. It is a hub of leading international IT giants, pharmaceutical companies, research institutes, and laboratories. Hyderabad is a modern city with the presence of many IT firms.

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Reaching IIIT Hyderabad

Hyderabad city is well-connected by buses, metros, trains , cabs , auto rickshaws that take you to different parts of the city.

Reaching Hyderabad by a train and getting down at the Hyderabad (Nampally) station would be the easiest way to reach us. The institute is 16km from Nampally railway station. From the railway station one can take an auto or APSRTC bus (Nos: 216 & 217) to reach IIIT-H.

If one is coming from Secunderabad station which is around 23km from IIIT-H. One can take an APSRTC bus to Mehdipatnam (Nos:5 & 49M), and another bus from Mehdipatnam to IIIT-H (Nos: 216, 217).

Some trains, especially those coming from Bombay, stop at Begumpet Railway Station which is about 16km from IIIT-H. If you plan to come by bus, take bus No.49M from there to reach Mehdipatnam and then another bus (Nos: 216 & 217) to reach IIIT-H.

Some trains from Mumbai also stop at Lingampally, which is just 7 kms from IIIT-H. Autorickshaws and shared mini-taxis (tempos) are available.

If one is reaching Hyderabad by bus and getting down at Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station, then one can reach the campus by APSRTC bus numbered 216 or 217 (Note: Bus numbers 216K and 216L do not go via the institute campus).

Directions from Hyderabad Airport

From Rajiv Gandhi Airport it is highly advisable to take a government approved pre-paid or metered radio cab to IIIT-H Hyderabad. OLA , Uber , Meru Cabs are also available from the airport which costs around Rs. 700 - Rs 950 .

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For Food Enthusiasts

The Hyderabadi cuisine is an amalgamation of South Asian, Mughalai, Turkic, and Arabic along with the influence of local Telangana and Marathwada cuisines. Hyderabadi cuisine comprises a broad repertoire of rice, wheat and meat dishes and the skilled use of various spices, herbs and natural edibles. It is also popular for vegetarian delicacies that are just as good. Wide varieties of street food is also a must try.

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Tourists Destination

From historical monuments to natural getaways to mouth-watering world famous cuisine to appealing shopping places and thrilling entertainment parks, this city has it all to keep you glued. There are many tourist places to visit in Hyderabad, from families, young groups of friends, children to senior citizens, everyone will find something of their interest in Hyderabad.

This city is a place worth visiting at least once in a lifetime. In fact, it is impossible for anyone to soak in the multifarious charms which the city has to offer in a limited time span.

Hyderabad can be divided into the historic city established by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah on the southern side of the Musi River that forms the Old City, while the New City encompasses the urbanised area on the northern banks.

The Old City is composed of a maze of disorienting alleyways that expand outward from the Charminar. Most of the historical attractions are situated in the old city. Here is a list of a few of the most popular tourist spots in Hyderabad; the ones which you mustn’t not miss.

  • Charminar
  • Statue of Equality
  • Golconda Fort
  • Birla Mandir
  • Ramoji Film City
  • NTR Gardens
  • Hussain Sagar Lake
  • Taj Falaknuma Palace
  • Chowmahalla Palace
  • Salar Jung Museum
  • Lumbini Parks and more

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Covid Travels

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