Hyderabad is the capital of southern India's Telangana state. A major center for the technology industry, it's home to many upscale restaurants and shops. Its historic sites include Golconda Fort, a former diamond-trading center that was once the Qutb Shahi dynastic capital. The Charminar, a 16th-century mosque whose 4 arches support towering minarets, is an old city landmark near the long-standing Laad Bazaar.
On the Musi River’s south bank, the Salar Jung Museum has an enormous, wide-ranging collection of global art covering several millennia. Chowmahalla Palace – built by the Nizams, Hyderabad’s princely rulers from the 18th to mid-20th centuries – is an opulent complex featuring courtyards and fountains. North of the river, the contemporary, white-marble Hindu temple Birla Mandir occupies a hilltop with views over Hussain Sagar Lake, known for its 18m Buddha statue. On the outskirts, Ramoji Film City is a sprawling movie-production centre featuring studio tours and a theme park.
Hyderabad has a tropical climate. Mar–Jun is very hot, before the Jul–Sep peak monsoon rains. Nov–Feb is dry, with warm days and mild evenings. Dec–Jan and May are popular travel months. Key events include the Deccan Festival (Feb/Mar), focusing on traditional dance, music and cuisine. There are Hindu celebrations like Diwali (Oct–Nov), the festival of lights, with candles, firecrackers and fireworks. Muslim festivals include Eid al-Fitr (dates vary), the breaking of the fast after the holy month of Ramadan.
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