India is amazing. That’s the easiest way to put it. Unlike in the U.S., visitors will find that many states in India are completely different from their neighbors. Language, food and even attire can change as you cross from one state to another. And while the Indian cities of Calcutta, Mumbai and New Delhi may be the most recognized, Hyderabad is not to be missed.
Here are our top 4 reasons to plan your study abroad experience in Hyderabad, India.
1) Fly Under the Radar in the HI-TECH City
Hyderabad is the fifth largest city and the considered the “cyber capital” of India. You’ll often hear the city referred to as Cyberabad as the technology industry is largely centered there. The draw and charm of Hyderabad, and the state of Andhra Pradesh in general, is that it has kept much of its historic charm, despite the large influence of technology, making it a great place for students wishing to have a truly immersed and uniquely integrated Indian experience.
2) Old City
The Old City in Hyderabad has the Indian charm that all students hope to experience. The city’s wide, unpaved streets are filled with people in vibrant colors, an abundance of food stands and architecture that captures the eye. One of the most famous and notable monuments in this part of the city is the truly stunning Charminar. Also not to be missed is the cuisine in the Old City. Here visitors will find authentic Hyderabadi dishes such as Biryani and Haleem made with local spices and herbs.
Here you can find the typical amenities found in western culture: shopping malls, multinational companies such as IBM, and even a Chili’s restaurant. Although, there’s more than enough for students to see and do in the old city, this modern part of the city is a great place to venture when you’re looking for something a little more familiar.
4) It’s not touristy
While Hyderabad does attract a fair amount of travelers, our students never feel as though they are part of a herd that’s there to just look and take pictures. This makes Hyderabad a great place to study for students looking to branch out. Student blogs, photos, and stories speak of the new and enduring friendships, endless adventure and discoveries available.
A city such as Hyderabad, which is changing and developing incredibly fast, is an exciting place to be for students wanting to experience traditional Indian culture yet also get a look into the future. Hyderabad is close to incredible beaches, forests and cities and with inexpensive transportation, you won’t want to miss out on this study abroad experience!
For more information about ISA programs in Hyderabad, contact Cori Cummings, Site Specialist for India.