India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world.
Capital: New Delhi
Dialing code: 91
Official language: Hindi Language, English Language
Population: 1,241,491,960 (2011)
Government: Parliamentary system, Federal republic, Constitutional republic
GDP: 1.848 trillion USD (2011)
India is so vast that climatic conditions in the far north have little relation to those of the extreme south. Generally speaking, the country has a three-season year – the hot, the wet and the cool. You should keep in mind that climatic conditions in the far north are distinctly different to those of the extreme south. Generally speaking, India’s climate is defined by three seasons – the hot, the wet (monsoon) and the cool, each of which can vary in duration from north to south. The most pleasant time to visit most of the country is during the cooler period of November to around mid-February, although there are marked regional variations
Hyderabad is the capital of Andhra Pradesh (AP) and the fifth largest city of India. While AP is known as the most IT savvy state in India, Hyderabad is emerging as a major center for IT exports. It’s share in Indian IT exports is about 12%. The city is galloping towards its dream of becoming the Silicon Valley of India. Today, it is home to many international companies and global IT majors including Microsoft, CA, Oracle, IBM, Dell, Infosys, Wipro, TCS, Satyam and others. Apart from IT, Hyderabad is also emerging as a leader in the pharma, insurance and tourism sectors. In addition, it also houses the state ministries, defense undertakings and research and development organizations.
The city has become a constant fixture of the itinerary of global leaders and business delegates, and has played host to distinguished personalities such as George W Bush, Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, and Tony Blair.
The city's cosmopolitan way of life that envelops in its wake, the ancient and the contemporary, upcoming and thriving discothèques, pubs, theme villages, snow park and Go-Karting is sure to leave everyone charmed.
Hyderabad has an international airport with direct flights from major international carriers to many destinations around the globe. During the early part of July the average daytime temperature is approximately 35 degrees Centigrade, with frequent monsoon showers.
The weather in Hyderabad varies from season to season. Summer temperatures in Hyderabad vary between a mean maximum of 40 deg Celsius to a mean minimum of 30 deg Celsius. As opposed to this, winter temperatures vary between 22 deg Celsius to 14 deg Celsius The rains occur between June to December. After the monsoon withdraws, the maximum temperature rises slightly due to increased insulation. Hyderabad is very pleasant between November to February.
The summer months are uncomfortable owing to the heat. The months between July and September are warm, humid and uncomfortable. The city receives more than 75 per cent of its rainfall from the south-west monsoon between from June to September. Humidity is quite high during July to September.
Hyderabad has a well established Public and Private transport system through road and rail, which can be utilized by the students round the clock.
Medical services are accessible to all from the Government and Private hospitals and nursing homes. There are more than 100 hospitals offering specialized services to the patients. As mentioned above the Osmania University offers OP facilities through its Health Centre.
Hyderabad is a centre of Arts, culture and entertainment. There are number of cultural centres, cinema theatres/halls and tourist spots. The Osmania University has a separate officer designated as the Youth Welfare Officer who takes care of the Cultural Affairs of the students from time to time.
The temple, built on a hillock called Kala Pahad, one of the Naubat Pahad twins, lords over its equally celebrated surroundings comprising the imposing Secretariat buildings, the azure-blue waters of Hussain Sagar, the serene and halcyon Lumbini Park, the luxurious Public Gardens dominated by the Asafjahi-style Legislative Assembly complex and the Reserve Bank of India. From the highest level of the temple, the spectacle around is breath-taking.
Charminar is always on the top of the mind of any tourist visiting Hyderabad. To say that Charminar is a major landmark in the city is to state the obvious, to repeat a cliché. Built by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah in 1591, shortly after he had shifted his capital from Golkonda to what now is known as Hyderabad, this beautiful colossus in granite, lime, mortar and, some say, pulverised marble, was at one time the heart of the city.
Built in several phases by the Nizams between 1857-1869, this is now one of the heritage buildings. The complex comprises four palaces in Moghal and European styles, of which the main palace is double storeyed with the others being single-storeyed blocks. Located near Charminar - Himmatpura.
Golconda is one of the famous forts of India. The name originates from the Telugu words “Golla Konda” meaning “Shepherd’s Hill”. The origins of the fort can be traced back to the Yadava dynasty of Deogiri and the Kakatiyas of Warangal. Golconda was originally a mud fort, which passed to the Bahmani dynasty and later to the Qutb Shahis, who held it from 1518 to 1687 A.D. The first three Qutb Shahi kings rebuilt Golconda, over a span of 62 years.
These stately domes form an umbrella over the tombs underneath which rest the majestic kings of the Qutub Shahi dynasty in peace. The tombs, which have been silent spectators to the many developments in Hyderabad over four centuries, are open to visitors on all days except Fridays.
One of the modern monuments of trade and technology, it embodies the newfound attitude of Hyderabad and today finds a place of pride. Situated on the outskirts of the city, it is the nucleus of Cyberabad, the IT destination in this part of the world. Cyber Towers is the main building here.