09 Aug Hyderabad Diaries!
Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, once the land of Nawabs is famous for its monuments, biriyani, pearls, and IT revolution. There are plenty of places to visit and a number of activities to try in Hyderabad.
Most of the travelers visit this city for a weekend but I got to spend around 10 days with my colleagues here as we all had work-related training. My mom family was living in Andhra Pradesh and my father used to work in Hyderabad previously, so I used to come here often. As you all know, people speak Telugu in Hyderabad. We booked flights from Chennai to Hyderabad and Vice Versa. Our stay was at the training center itself (Begumpet & Banjara Hills).
Hyderabad is one amongst the buzzing cities of India and this city really has it all.
Ask any person about food in Hyderabad, and the first thing they will suggest is ‘Paradise Biriyani’. We went with the herd and landed at the famous Paradise Restaurant and tried out their Biriyani. It was less spicy and more smokey I would say. It was yummy but not the best as per my opinion.
Hussain Sagar Lake: Hussain Sagar is a necklace-shaped lake in Hyderabad nearby banks of River Musi. A large statue of the Gautama Buddha is erected in the center. You can go for boating here in the evenings or watch disco fountains in the Lumbini Park close by.
Snow World: It is a snow theme park. The snow is made of mineral water and free from pollutants. The place is really enjoyable for adults in groups and children alike with various fun activities. The temperature was chilly.
Ramoji Film City: Ramoji is one of the largest film cities in India, located 25 km from Hyderabad towards the Vijaywada route.
It was a full day trip, from 8 am to 9 pm. The experience was amazing. We saw sets of many famous movies like Munnabhai MBBS, Chandramukhi, Baahubali, etc. The lighting and shows were excellent in the evening. Movie buffs will love this place. There is even an airport set there.
We enjoyed bus rides in the film city, strolling through gardens, soothing fountains and fusion shows. Tickets can be booked online. Food was ok and not too good.
Golconda Fort: The fort was built during the Kakatiya Dynasty era and made of solid rock. Entry tickets are available near the gate. You have to walk through the beautiful gardens to enter into the fort. We could see the ruins and remains of broken rocks and fallen structures. There is an assembly/Darbar hall of the fort at the top. The Palaces are built on the mountain ranges. There are 9 entrances to this fort.
There is a Kali temple too. The fort and its features really mesmerized us.
Charminar: Situated right in the heart of the old city of Hyderabad, the Charminar (Four Towers) is a perfect example of Islamic/Persian Architecture. The streets are crowded with many shopkeepers and tourists.
Post-visit to Charminar in the evening we were searching for Dinner Spots and came across “Hotel Shadab”. Hyderabadi Biryani is at it’s best here. Food is very affordable here but doesn’t expect a great ambiance. The waiter suggested us to taste a
a special sweet dish named ‘Qubani Ka Meetha’ dessert made out of dried apricots, which was absolutely mouthwatering!
Birla Mandir: This is a popular temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. The temple is made out of white marble.
Salarjung Museum: A trip to Hyderabad is never complete without a visit to one of its museums. Salarjung houses around 40000+ artifacts and 50000+ books. The museum really blew me away.
We ended our Hyderabad trip with an Imax Movie Experience at Prasads Multiplex.
There are so many malls and streets markets in Hyderabad if you want to go for shopping. We visited Inorbit Mall and GVK One Mall. We also visited the Koti Bazaar.
Shilparamam: It is a traditional crafts village near Madhapur, Hyderabad. Shilparamam not only displays various traditional handicrafts but also consists of a Museum, Art Gallery, Library,
Auditorium and Boating: This place is ideal for long walks too as it is surrounded by water and lush greenery. It is a house for performing artists. One can buy handmade goods varying from jewelry, hand-woven saris, shawls, dresses, bedsheets, etc; to wooden and metal wares. There are street food stalls too.
For transport, we mainly used Uber/Ola. Beware of local scammers mainly a few auto drivers.
I also went to the famous IKEA Furniture showroom. Ikea is a Scandinavian brand offering ready-to-assemble furniture, plus housewares. Omg, what a huge space and a huge variety of items on sale!! I purchased their stationery organizer and coffee mug.
We purchased fruits biscuits from Karachi Bakery. We also saw many IT parks near Hitec City.
Hyderabad has a lot of pubs too and there are many spots to hangout/chillout.
Don’t forget to try Irani Chai when you are in Hyderabad. Hyderabad has become my favorite city. There is a Wonderland Amusement Park too at Hyderabad.