Begums, biryanis high-tech businesses, palaces, forts and numerous historic buildings, Hyderabad is a fascinating city in all its many aspects.

Situated in the southern state of Telangana, Hyderabad is a juxtaposition of old and new almost unlike any other city. While technology giants have offices in the sleek modern steel and glass high rises in the business district known as Cyberabad, the history of this more than 400-year-old city is just as alluring as the popular Mughal destinations of the north, with sites like the 13th-century Golconda Fort, once home to the famous Kohinoor diamond, and of course the iconic Charminar monument.

The Old City of Hyderabad is everything you might hope it to be – narrow lanes chocked with market stalls, chai shops, meandering animals, autorickshaws, a cacophony of splendid noise and color, framed by stately architecture gently falling into disrepair.

Hyderabad’s other face is far younger – its Hi-Tech City, or ‘Cyberabad’, out west, which since the 1990s has propelled the city into the modern world.

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