Fly To Hyderabad, India
First impressions of Hyderabad tend to be overwhelmed by the sprawling metropolis’ high-rise office blocks, gleaming glass malls and masses of construction. The modern face of Hyderabad is certainly high tech, and for good reason – this city is one of the IT capitals of India, and houses headquarters for both Google and Microsoft.
If you venture a little deeper, however, you’ll be rewarded with fascinating glimpses of the Hyderabad of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries; proof that this city has a lot more than just silicone coursing through its veins.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Hyderabad, India. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and remember to check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Consulate to Hyderabad is the South African Consulate-General in Mumbai. Gandhi Mansion, 20 Altamount Road, Mumbai, 400 026. Phone: + 91 22 2351 3725 / + 91 22 2352 3726.
See and do
Hyderabad has two distinct sides to her personality and the differences are clear when you look at the Old City compared to the New City.
The Old City is rich in Persian and Indo-Islamic architecture, historical Bazaars, ancient tombs and towering mosques. It celebrates the history and culture of India and Hyderabad, and holds some of the most important historic monuments in the country. If you’re visiting the Old City, make sure you see the Golconda Fort ruins, Charminar, Mecca Masjid, and the Charkaman and Qutb Shahi Tombs. The Chowmahalla and Falaknuma Palaces are also particularly impressive, and certainly worth paying a visit.
The New City, on the other hand, pays homage not just to the past, but also the future, with institutions such as the B.M. Birla Planetarium and Science & Technological Museum. New City encompasses urbanised Hyderabad, with banks, hospitals and business areas.
If you’re looking for souvenirs, the Laad Bazaar next to Charminar has some wonderful lacquer and glass bangles. Alternatively, browse the Golden Mile, where you’ll find shopping plazas, malls and designer boutiques aplenty.
Travelling in and around Hyderabad will most likely require public transport, the best of which is the bus system. While overcrowding on buses is common, they’re still far more reliable than the trains and auto-rickshaws, and easier to navigate as well. If you can’t face the bus, you’ll probably be more comfortable with metered taxis, which need to be booked at a central call centre. If you’re brave enough to try driving a rental car, be aware that like most of India, Hyderabad’s roads are a jumble of nightmarish chaos. Nerves of steel are the only way to make it from A to B in one piece.
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport – HYD
Food and beverage: Karachi Bakery, The Coffee Club, and Barista Lavazza.
Currency Exchange: Weizmann Forex Ltd has a desk in the Check-in area of the Domestic Terminal.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal the Lost and Found desk, who are also available on +91 040 6660 6064.
Airport Hotels: The Airport Lodge offers rooms for short layovers (6 hours or more). Choose from dormitory or non-dormitory rooms, with or without air-conditioning. For a more traditional hotel experience try Vivanta by Taj Begumpet, Country Club Kool, Celebrity Club, Humsika Inn, or the Fortune Select Manohar Hotel, all within 1km of the airport.
Car Hire: Carzonrent and Akbar Travels.
Airport Hub: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (code HYD) is a hub for Blue Dart Aviation, Lufthansa Cargo and SpiceJet.