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Deccan Festival in Hyderabad

The entire city of Hyderabad awakens to celebrations and programmes celebrating the Qutab Shahi era. Qutub Shahi rulers were great patrons of art and culture and also loved poetry and literature. Well, you can make out how much Hyderabadis love art and literature just by visiting the Deccan festival. The festival also reveals about culture, traditions and flavours of cuisine prevalent in Hyderabad.


Duration of Deccan Festival

This festival is celebrated for five days at a stretch! Yes, the whole city reverberates with celebrations and performances of ghazals, qawwalis, mushairas, dance performances, recitation of poetry, exhibiting the rich culture of this capital city. Deccan festival also engulfs the much awaited fair of bangles and pearls which the city is famous for! This is not all. There is also a 'Food Fair' which show cases cuisine from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The Deccan festival is celebrated in Hyderabad every year on 25th February.

The Deccan festival is also known as 'Hyderabad festival' and is organized by State Tourism Development Corporation. Famous singers, dancers and other artists throng the city during this time. Visitors and tourists get an opportunity to witness the 'nawabi' cuisine in the back drop of a beautifully decorated city.


Why is Deccan Festival Celebrated in Hyderabad

The festival is an occasion to exhibit art, craft and culture of the place to tourists all over the world. Also, it also helps to keep alive some very old traditions in music, dance and cuisine. It gives residents and visitors an opportunity to come out and just enjoy. It also gives local artisans an opportunity to come out and sell their excellent art and craft items and local professional artists can show their talent to  the world.

The Deccan festival is organized at the Qutub Shahi tombs located in Hyderabad - a much prominent festival indeed! It is called the 'Deccan' festival as it refers to the position of Hyderabad which is in the Southern (Dakshin) region of India.

Deccan festival

How to reach Hyderabad

There are two airports in Hyderabad - Rajiv Gandhi Terminal which is an international airport and N.T. Rama Rao Terminal which is a domestic airport. Hyderabad Railway station too is well connected with all major cities and towns. Secunderabad is a twin city of Hyderabad and a headquarter of Southern Railways. You can also reach Hyderabad by taking State Transport buses or buses operated by private agencies.

If you love pearls and bangles, this is the time to visit Hyderabad and indulge in buying to your heart's content. The city looks vibrant and there are colourful artefacts all around - food stalls, art and craft shops which you will cherish! After you finish shopping, you can sit back and enjoy rich sufi music, witness a traditional dance performance by a renowned artist or just focus on some delectable Nawabi delicacies.

Well, Deccan festival in Hyderabad gives you immense choice for exploring the culture of this region as well as satisfying your inner urge for music, literature and art! If you visit Hyderabad in the month of February, don't miss the Deccan Festival.

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