Hyderabad, the capital city of the current day Telangana state in India has a variety of things to offer in its kitty for its tourists. This famous “Pearl city” was established in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. Recently I had a chance to visit Hyderabad for a short period of three days, and here is a quick guide to Hyderabad based on my experience.
1. Be dazzled by the sights of Charminar
This is literally the first thing google search result shows and has a historical significance, so I’m sure you would not want to miss this. Entry to the top of this monument closes by 5.30pm, so be there before that.
I was late and missed it :(. On a brighter side, I got to explore the night market around it.
2. Explore the ruins of Golconda Fort
I would highly recommend visiting this fort in order to experience the architecture and history of Hyderabad.
Hiring a state government appointed guide will give a better background of the fort.
If you prefer not to hire a guide, watching the light & sound show will be another option. Mosquito repellent is a MUST. I experienced some man vs mosquito moments.
I would also recommend wearing comfortable footwear as there is quite some walking around.
Cap, sunglasses, sunscreen lotions would make the experience pleasant.
3. Spend a day in Ramoji Film city
You will need a min of 6 hours to explore entire film city, after all its world’s largest film city.
Entrance ticket is Rs.1250/head for adults and Rs.1050/head for kids below 4 feet in height.
I would suggest you take the guided bus tour first and explore “Eureka” (mostly gaming zone) at the end.
My personal favorite was the bird park and Japanese theme park.
Of course, Bahubhali set is a major tourist attraction, however, I enjoyed it better on screen.
Entire film city is lite up at dusk to create a magical effect, oh boy! don’t miss it.
4. Hussain Sagar
Its a beautiful water body with a Buddha statue in the middle of the lake.
Evenings would be a perfect time to take a stroll around the lake.
5. Birla Mandir
You can pay a quick visit to this temple if you have some extra time in hand.
I had a major time crunch and missed it.
6. Chilkur Balaji Temple
Located at about 30kms away from downtown Hyderabad, its one of the oldest temples the city has. This temple is also known as “Visa Balaji temple”.
I would say this is more of a pilgrimage place as opposed to tourist attraction.
So you take a call as to visit it or skip it.
7. Spanish mosque in Begumpet
You don’t get to see a mosque that looks like church everyday right?
So why miss it when you have the opportunity?
I would recommend it purely for its facade. It’s simply beautiful and worth taking a selfie 😛 (Though I’m not a selfie person)
If you still have time, you might also want to check out Qutab Shahi tombs, Chowamahalla palace, Salarjung museum.
Where to eat?
When you are in a city known for Biryani, how can you not try it?
Well, I never got to taste it. 🙁 Problem being, I’m a pure vegetarian and according to my friends there is nothing called veg biryani, it is just pulav.
However, I did get to taste a few other amazing delicacies.
The steam dose is their patented dish I suppose. Being a south Indian, dose is never my first preference at hotels. This place made me change my opinion.
As the name of the restaurant suggests, they are also known for chutneys which are finger licking good.
2. Almond House
I’m in love with there almond biscuits. Do try it. Almond house
3. Karachi Bakery
A must visit for some amazing cookies and pastries. Karachi Bakery
4. Farah Shah
Do you want to try something local? Try onion samosas and Irani Chai at Farah Shah near Charminar.
For all you Biryani lovers you would want to visit the world famous Paradise Biryani.
Have heard Flavours of Taj and Shah Ghouse are equally good.
I would love to know if you have explored any of the above food joints?
Where and What to shop in Hyderabad?
- Pearls at Mangatarai.
- Bangles at Chudi bazar (Near Charminar).
- Dress materials and handloom sarees at Shilparamam.
- Kalanjali for Pochampalli sarees.
- Bags, slippers, dolls etc at night market near Charminar.
- And of course Ikea (India’s first outlet) for all your home improvement stuff.
Like I mentioned earlier, I had only 3 days in Hyderabad so on,
Day 1: After driving from Bengaluru all day, I visited Charminar, and
On Day 2: Chilakur Balaji temple and Ramoji film city, and then
Finally on Day 3: Ikea & Golconda fort. I squeezed in some time to do all other shopping as well.
Have you ever been to Hyderabad before?
If yes, let me know your favorite attraction.
If not, let me know if this blog post was useful.