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Best time to visit Hyderabad

Discussion in 'South India' started by Leena, Nov 29, 2016.

  1. Leena

    Leena New Member

    I need to go to Hyderabad and would like to know when the best time to visit would be. I am not sure what the weather is like there, but as it is in the South of India I am assuming that it would be very hot there. I can not really tolerate a lot fo heat especially if I am not in my home town, so please suggest a time when the weather is pleasant.
     


  2. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hello, @Leena, welcome to the forum!

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    Overview

    The land of the Nizams, Hyderabad, is a flourishing metro city in the country of India. With its mixture of modern and traditional sights, the city has done well in balancing its attractions. Its primary landmark, the Char Minar, stands tall representing a bygone era that once dominated Hyderabad. Along with that, tall skyscrapers can be found in the city. Its best modern attraction? None other than the Prasad's IMAX Theatre, the biggest 3D screen in the country. But to truly explore Hyderabad, you need to know when is the best time to visit the place. Having a semi-arid climate, the temperatures in Hyderabad are usually hot and humid. Below, we would highlight the seasons in Hyderabad and which is the best one for exploring the famed City of Pearls.

    Best Time to Visit Hyderabad

    Generally, we can divide the different seasons of Hyderabad into three, namely: winter, summer and monsoon. Unlike other cities that experience extremes when it comes to their different seasons, Hyderabad experiences less of this extreme variations when it comes to its seasons. Let's go to the main descriptions for the different seasons in Hyderabad.

    1. Winter Season (October to February)

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    The winter season extends from October to February. This is considered as the best season to visit Hyderabad primarily because temperatures are lower and the overall climate is pleasant. October is just after the monsoon season so the skies might still be a bit cloudy during this month. Temperatures range between 26°C to 30°C during this month. Sightseeing is possible but the possibility of rains in the city is still medium to high. By the end of October, the Diwali Festival is celebrated with such fervour in the city. As the city skies lit up due to the fireworks, this signifies the triumph of good over evil.

    November is officially the start of the winter season. By this month, temperatures can go as low as 23°C but can also reach the low marks in the 30°C. Tourists begin flocking to the region but still the rush isn't as heavy as compared to the other winter months. Sightseeing is a must during this time as the skies are clear and you can enjoy the attractions around Hyderabad. Even open places such as the Golconda Fort and Char Minar can be explored without any worry if the rains can dampen your trip.

    December is the start of the peak tourist season. Temperatures can go as low as 15°C during this month so it is pleasantly cold. Hotels might be fully booked from this month until the next. A boat ride amidst the Hussain Sagar Lake can be very enjoyable during this time though as the temperatures can allow for you to enjoy the crisp, cool air around you.

    January is one of the coldest months and temperatures can go as low as 14°C. Again, part of the peak tourist season, it's best to book your hotel well in advance if visiting Hyderabad during this time. If you're travelling with children, you can explore the premises of the Nehru Zoological Park quite comfortable during this month. Even the open air museum of mythological characters, the Surendrapuri, is worth exploring during this month. This is also the month when the Hyderabad Literary Festival is held. This festival started out in 2010 and continually celebrates the literary creativity, specifically focusing on the Indian language.

    February is the last month for this season and by this time, temperatures begin to climb, reaching between 20°C to 31°C. The rush of people during this time begins to slow down and you can try visiting the religious attractions around Hyderabad. The best religious sites in the city are the Birla Mandir, Chilkur Balaji Temple and Shri Jagannath Temple. February is also the month for the celebration of the Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav Festival which only begun being celebrated in Hyderabad in the year 2012. In this festival, guest pay tribute and respect to the Indian classical music forms. Originally though, the festival's roots can be traced back to Pune.

    2. Summer Season (March to June)

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    The summer season extends from March to June. Generally, temperatures during this season are on the higher side and not that suitable for sightseeing. March is the beginning of the summer season and temperatures range between 35°C to 39°C. Night times can be a bit more comfy, with temperatures reaching between 28°C to 33°C. Since it isn't too hot yet, you can explore the amusement parks around Hyderabad like Wonderla and Ocean Park. Do hydrate yourself and wear light clothing to be comfortable.

    April is one of the hottest months, with temperatures ranging between 36°C to 43°C. If you cannot avoid visiting Hyderabad during this month, opt for indoor attractions like the Salar Jung Museum and the Sudha Cars Museum. If indulging in shopping opt for air-conditioned places like Inorbit Mall and GVK One Mall. Avoid open air areas as the heat can be tiring and drag you down.

    May is the hottest month, with temperatures reaching 45°C at the most. While it's not recommended to visit Hyderabad during this time, you can enjoy hefty discounts in hotels because it's off-peak season. One recommendation is to explore the royal Taj Falaknuma Palace or even stay here if you have the money for it. This royal hotel has been renovated to keep up with modern times and is one of the prime attractions of Hyderabad.

    Finally, we have June, the last month of the summer season. Usually though, only the early part of June has sunny days with temperatures reaching 40°C and above. A visit to the indoor heritage sites of the city like the Chowmahalla Palace and the lesser known British Residency can be done during this month.

    3. Monsoon Season (July to September)

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    The monsoon season extends from July to September. But usually, by the end of June, rainfalls begin to lash out in the different areas of Hyderabad. July is officially the beginning of the monsoon season with temperatures ranging between 27°C to 34°C. Rainfall is also quite medium to heavy during this month. The lakes around Hyderabad, Hussain Sagar, Osman Sagar and Gandipet Lake, become fuller during this month and look quite picturesque. Rates for hotels are also lower although the sudden rains might put a lot of delays in your itinerary.

    August is the wettest month, receiving the most rainfall in a year. Temperatures remain roughly the same though, around 26°C to 31°C. While it can be hard to do some sightseeing, you can opt for indoor attractions instead like temples, palaces and museums. By early August, the Bonalu Festival is also celebrated in the city. This festival is dedicated to Goddess Mahakali, wherein special rituals are done to show gratitude for the deity's fulfilment of her devotees' wishes.

    The last month for this season is September. Rainfalls are comparatively less during this month and temperatures barely exceed 30°C. Lush greenery can be found in the numerous parks around Hyderabad. Lumbini Park, KBR National Park, Indira Park and Hyderabad Botanical Gardens are just some of these parks that are teeming with greenery during this month.

    Summary of Seasons in Hyderabad

    SeasonMonthsBest ForType
    WinterOctober to FebruarySightseeing & FestivitiesPeak Season
    SummerMarch to JuneSightseeing (Indoor) & Avoiding CrowdsOff-Peak Season
    MonsoonJuly to SeptemberSightseeing (Lakes/Parks) & Low Budget TravellersOff-Peak Season
    The table above highlights the summary of the different seasons in Hyderabad. If you would like to explore most of the city, the best time for that is the winter season. You can avoid the crowds by going either in the months of October to November or in February. The months of December and January see the highest flocks of tourists in the city. Summer is considered as off-peak season and best for those who want to avoid the crowds. You can still do some sightseeing but it's best to visit indoor attractions like temples, palaces and museums. If you must visit outside attractions, or open air ones, it's best to do that early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Finally, the monsoon season is another off-peak season but lakes and parks become more beautiful during this time. Make sure you have a flexible schedule as sudden rains can cause some delays or postponements in your itinerary.

    Conclusion

    Much like any other tourist destination, each season offers something different for travellers in Hyderabad. However, we can consider the winter season, from October to February, as the best time to visit the city. With the pleasant climates, sightseeing around the city won't be an issue at all. So if you want to explore most of Hyderabad, consider visiting it during the winter season.
     
  3. Ankit Singh

    Ankit Singh New Member

    Hi
    Yes Hyderabad is best place . Its historic sites include Golconda Fort, a former diamond-trading center that was once the Qutb Shahi dynastic capital. The Charminar, a 16th-century mosque whose 4 arches support towering minarets, is an old city landmark near the long-standing Laad Bazaar
     

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