The Old City of Hyderabad is a very historically significant locality in Telangana. Encapsulating the vibrancy of the Mughal Empire and the Nizams, the Old City of Hyderabad is a must-visit for heritage buffs. Qutb Shahi Sultan built it in 1591 AD as a walled city of Hyderabad across the banks of the Musi River.
The area also boasts the iconic symbol of Telangana state, the Charminar. Make sure you plan a whole day to explore the Old City starting from the massive Salar Jung Museum, sipping on the famous Irani Chai and exploring the bangle markets of Laad Bazaar that surround the Charminar.
The Old City also offers the best and most authentic Hyderabadi cuisine. Devourer delicious Mughal biryanis at the iconic Shadab Restaurant, enjoy spicy Paya - Telangana’s favourite mutton soup made with stewed goat legs and end your food tour with Double Ka Meetha for dessert at any of the tiny sweet shops along the way (they are all amazing!). Don't go expecting fantastic ambience, music and drinks here. It is far from that kind of a place. Expect simple restaurants, dingy decor and a whole lot of charm.
While the Old City of Hyderabad is visually stunning, it is advised to tread with caution. It is a religiously sensitive area because of the significant Muslim pilgrimage site, The Mecca Masjid and numerous Hindu temples surrounding it. Tourists should also beware of pickpocketers and shopkeepers trying to scam for money.
The Old City of Hyderabad is well connected with auto rickshaws, local TSRTC buses and taxis. The Shamshabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is also about 6 to 8 kilometres from the Old City making it a very accessible neighbourhood.