Nicknamed the City of Pearls and, more recently, Tollywood due to its film industry, Hyderabad is a 400-year-old city located on the Deccan Plateau in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The Four Points by Sheraton Hyderabad is conveniently positioned near the Hyderabad International Convention Centre in HITEC City, a new commercial and IT hub. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD) can be reached by car in under an hour.
Heavily influenced by its Muslim and Hindu culture, Hyderabad is filled with forts, havelis, and tombs. Explore some of the city’s top attractions, including Hyderabad’s major landmark, Charminar. Built in 1591 by city founder Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, it is deemed the Arc de Triomphe of the East. Its four minarets soar to a height of more than 48 metres, creating a grand entrance to its 45 prayer spaces and mosque. Also noteworthy are the stately Chowmahalla Palace, built by a Qutb Shahi sultan, and the imposing stone mosque Mecca Masjid. Known for its acoustics, palaces, and innovative water-supply system, the 13th-century Golconda Fort is also home to the famed Fateh Rahben Cannon. More history can be found at the Persian-style Taramati Baradari.
See one of the world’s largest antique collections at the Salar Jung Museum, including Persian carpets, Moghul miniatures, Chinese porcelain, royal daggers, swords, and its famous statue, Veiled Rebecca. The Nizam’s Silver Jubilee Museum, filled with magnificent gifts and mementos given to the last nizam of Hyderabad, is also interesting. Shoppers can hunt for bangles, jewellery, and pearls at the Laad Bazaar.
For a taste of something modern, Ramoji Film City (RFC) is the largest integrated film studio complex in the world. It has many attractions, including games, rides, and shows. Close to the hotel, golfers can play a round on the 18-hole international course at the Boulder Hills Golf and Country Club. And don’t forget to try some of Hyderabad’s delicious Biryani.