A densely populated metropolitan city with people bustling in and out of cafes, offices, temples and even nowhere, Hyderabad is fast turning into the New York city of South India.
Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh, is fast becoming the IT hub. Most tourism here is business tourism. The city's boundaries have been extending far beyond the original city - now called the Old City - to include Secunderabad and new developments in adjacent municipalities. The city has its fair share of history and culture which now seems to be overtaken by the metro image with the sprawling cafes, malls and corporate buildings. Hyderabad also provides for a great gastronomical experience for spicy food lovers.
The area around Hussain Sagar Lake, Begumpet, Punjagutta, Somajiguda, Banjara Hills and Lakdi-ka-Pul are close to both tourist attractions of the old city and the business areas of the new city. Here, you can find hotels in accordance to your budget and requirements.
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The city is a beautiful amalgamation of tradition and modernity. The food is fantastic and affordable. The locals are conversant in Hindi, Telugu and English.
Not so developed public transport compared to metros. Limited options for shopping.
This is one of the best places to visit if you want to experience a complete package of amazing food, history and architecture on a shoestring budget. Perfect for school excursions and backpackers.
Day 1: Arrive by morning/midday. Have the fabulously flavourful Hyderabadi biryani for lunch. Walk around the charming bylanes and streets of the older parts of the city. Visit the Charminar and the adjoining market. Don't forget to sample some of Hyderabad's lip-smacking chaat items!
Day 2: Have a good breakfast and check out the Birla Science Museum and Planetarium. Sample some of Hyderabad's famous delicacies like paaya and kheema for lunch. Visit the Husain Sagar lake. Don't miss out on sampling the scrumptious Irani chai in the evening. End the day with a trip to the Chowmahalla Palace.
Day 3: Visit the Falaknuma Palace after having a hearty breakfast. Make a trip to the Ramoji Film City. In the evening take some time to have the amazing sheekh and galouti kebabs on the streets of Hyderabad. Do take out some time to visit the NTR Gardens and Lotus Pond.
With jewellery that pleases the eye, handicrafts that woo the artistic you and spices to make your food even more luscious, Hyderabad promises to be a shopping fiesta at for everyone. Shopping in Hyderabad is a wonderful and memorable experience and one that won't leave you disappointed. Most of the famous markets are clustered near the Charminar and each of these markets has a unique charm of its own. Some of the markets worth visiting are Laad Bazar for the bangles, Moazzam Jahi for the food products, The perfume market, and Sultan Bazar for the accessories. There is also the Begum Bazar which is a wholesale market famous for the gold, silver, dry fruits and household items. If you are looking for some saree shopping, do visit Abids. When in the "City of Pearls" you would have an obvious question - Where to buy pearls in Hyderabad? Some of the most prestigious shops for your jewellery escapade are Mangatrai Pearls and Jewellers, Jagdamba Pearls and Kedarnathji Motiwale. If you are looking for high-end branded shopping there is no dearth of shopping malls in the city. Also, when in Hyderabad, do not forget to buy some famous Karachi Bakery biscuits. The Karachi Bakery has plenty of outlets in the city, almost in every area, including the airport.
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Hyderabad has an energetic nightlife with plenty of pubs and bars remaining open till the wee hours. The city is capable of delivering you energy so that you can party all night. Like all the major cities in India, Hyderabad offers a hugely diverse collection of clubs and bars. The popular nightspots in Hyderabad are 10 Downing Street, Aqua, MOB, Altitude Lounge Bar, Cuba Libre, The Sky Lounge, Mix - The Westin.and Kismet. Hyderabad does not have many microbreweries as of now, though the craze is catching up in the city. Some of the breweries are Prost Brew Pub, HyLife Brewing Company, Zero40 Brewing, and Over The Moon.
The land of the Nizams has a glorious history laced intrigue. The gorgeous Falaknuma Palace, the Charminar, the Golconda fort are majestic structures from this period of time that certainly merit a visit. The delicious Hyderabadi biriyani came into existence around this time. The Chowmahalla Palace is another stunning heritage structure of this era.
The wave of modernization that accompanied the IT boom lent a truly cosmopolitan touch to the city. The splendid Ramoji Film City, the breathtaking Birla Planetarium and Science Museum are attractions that are not to be missed. The stunning Husain Sagar Lake is a fantastic example of a combination of nature's beauty and man's ingenuity.
Hyderabad is known for the grandeur, richness and flavours of the Mughal and Nawabi cuisines fund here. The city also fosters traditional and staple South-Indian preparations. The Hyderabadi Biryani is the highlight and the centre of the cuisine here with rich, colourful garnishing and an elaborate method of preparation. The cuisine of the city, though houses much more, is almost synonymous to this dish.
Other than these the other local specialities include Pathar ka Ghosht, Nahari, Haleem, Double ka Meetha, Kheer, Mirchi ka Salan, Falooda, Irani Chai and more. Equally sparkling is the street food culture here with the lip-smacking Kachori, Samosa, Aloo Mirchi, Dahi Puri, Pani Puri and Sev Puri.
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- Drunken driving is not tolerated and police enforce the rule strictly. After 11PM almost all the roads have police patrols and check drunk driving. If caught you may end up paying fines, apart from vehicle being seized and couple of rounds to police station in worst case scenarios.
- Old city was historically a community sensitive zone and is best to avoid late night visits to this area.
- Hyderabad is a relatively safe metro with rare muggings or thefts. It is still advisable to avoid staying out late at night, especially for women.
By Pallavi Siddhanta
Tell me something about the Hyderabadi Biryani. Is it highly overrated?