Hyderabad comes in 3rd place in the Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2012 – Top 10 Cities. First is San Francisco with Amsterdam holding 2nd place.
Lonely Planet says:
Hyderabad was once the capital of a filthy-rich princely state. After India’s independence, the palaces and pleasure gardens were sold off, built over and looted, and you had to be really sharp to see the city’s beauty. But several palaces in Hyderabad’s Old City have recently been refurbished, including Falaknuma Palace, a seven-star hotel that was skilfully restored by the Taj Group and is now an exceedingly plush time capsule. Other monuments and buildings are being fixed up, but the city, and many of its architectural gems, are still off the radar – which keeps the masses at bay. Elegant and blossoming, but also weathered and undiscovered, Hyderabad’s Old City is ripe for exploration.
Well, I do love the city of Hyderabad where I spent about 15 years of my life. And Lonely Planet is right, it has great food at a great price, many interesting places for the tourist and a lovely, welcoming people.
Do go and visit…