Remarkably so, with a population of 7m making it India's 4th largest city behind Bengaluru, New Delhi, and Mumbai, Hyderabad does not have a railway station; at least served by Indian Railways. If you didn't know, when wanting to travel by train to Hyderabad you'd not think to book your train to Secunderabad (Junction), a village of 220,000 north of Hyderabad, the capital of India's youngest state.
Telangana was formed June 2, 2014, after breaking from Andhra Pradesh to become India's 11th largest state. Telangana has actually been around under various dynasties since 320 BCE so its formation was not the result of a gentlemen's handshake agreement after too much Old Monk celebrating Shikhar Dhawan's 187 against Australia at Hyderabad in 2013. That makes Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium 3.5 years older than the state itself.
Replacing Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, where Australia played an ODI on the 1986 'tied test' series, the new stadium opened its inning on Nov. 12, 2010, and became a favourite to watch an Australian Test Cricket Tour of India. Not for the venue where in 2013 mobile phones were not allowed so near every person was turned away at the gate, but visiting Hyderabad, indulging its famous biryani, and living large at our lush hotel!
Of course, if flying in our driver will collect you at any time from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, 40km in the deep south. You will be whisked to our grand hotel in the city's north for 8 nights with 'executive lounge' access. If glamming it in the private lounge becomes too much, we are just around the corner from all-night greasy spoons along lake-side drive, close to our much-admired, Snow World.
One of Hyderabad's original 5-star wonders, its location is perfect for two reasons. 1; it is only 2km south of Secunderabad Junction, so when we arrive or depart on Indian Railways, we only have a 10mins commute. And 2; it is the only hotel of repute on this side of Hussain Sagar (lake), just one left turn and two right turns from the stadium. Unlike most other Indian cities where you travel to/from the game under your own steam, we include match-day transfers in Hyderabad.
The hotel is in a quiet neighbourhood without great numbers of auto-rickshaws & taxis, which makes it hard when 120+ want to leave for the game at the same time. So we will get you there and back to our grand hotel on the heart-shaped lake around which the aptly named Necklace Road runs for 8.5km. 2.2km from the hotel you'll find Sanjeevaiah Park at the top of the lake where you have the Rose Garden, Rock Garden, Butterfly Park, and Flag Monument.
Smelling roses and looking at rocks is not what most want to do when the game is done (unless you are in Chandigarh) so when in Hyderabad, you must visit Golconda Fort and Qutb Shahi Tombs. Our two favourite places to see in Hyderabad are just 1km apart so easy to reach on a single adventure.
Famous Charminar in the old city is Hyderabad's unofficial symbol and best reached by rickshaw if you really want to see it. In 2013 we'd a horrendous time battling old town traffic in a big bus. This was part of our included day trip that bore memories that taught us not to include this again. No matter how often we visit the same cities, we always learn for the next tour, which makes it better for you when you join us in Hyderabad in 2022 at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, cricket's 101st Test Venue!