Hyderabad is a charming city that is definitely one the best places to go to in Southern India. It does not only introduce you to the recurring growth of modernity and technology of India but also lets you see the undeniably magnificent culture that has amazingly been preserved until now.
It is approximately an hour and a half away by plane from Mumbai and around 2 hours from Delhi. Most of the people I know have only traveled there for business and have not really engaged in any extracurricular activities other than meeting people for work. I went there for the very same work-related reasons but the adventurer in me did not let me leave the city without discovering what Hyderabad has to offer. And let me tell you – sneaking that itinerary in my tight schedule was one of the best decisions I have ever made!
So, if you are an expatriate who is in town for work or a tourist whose main goal is simply to walk about and wander around Hyderabad, this list of things to see and do is absolutely for you!
1. Visit the Old City
The Old City is located in the south of Hyderabad which can be ventured through many forms of transportation. Since I was there on a business trip, I ended up staying in one of the hotels in the west that fortunately offers a serviced taxi for a reasonably good price.
Most of the historical sites are found in the Old City especially the famous icon of Hyderabad, the Charminar. It is also home to tombs, museums, palaces and forts so if you are a history buff, you will definitely love going around this place!
2. Visit the New City
If you are looking to see the best view of the city, this is the place to go. The marble temple of Birla Mandir which is located in this part of Hyderabad has stunning views of the city that I am sure anyone would be awed to experience.
Historical museums are also found here with arrays of artifacts. If you want a nature trip that includes seeing lions and tigers, you can head on to the Nehru Zoological Park which is also in the New City.
3. Evening Tour
I heard about this tour from my taxi driver and decided to purchase one since it sounded so fun. And it was! The best part for me was the boat ride along the Husain Sagar Lake and the laser show at the Lumbini Park. There were also other tourists with me on the tour and I met some pretty interesting people, too.
There are many bazaars scattered in Hyderabad that offers a wide range of things to bring home to your friends. The Laad Bazaar, which is located just next to the Charminar, is widely known for lacquer bangles. Wholesale and budget clothes can also be bought from Sultan, Begum and Madina Market Bazaar.
5. Eat and drink!
Getting a taste of the local cuisine is probably the best thing about traveling for me. And Hyderabad’s food action did not disappoint. Visit some of the street food joint and tea shops that serve the local tea, Irani Chai. But it is best to go with a local since not all of them have good hygiene. There are also budget restaurants that serve delicious Samosas and Hyderabad’s famous Haleem.
So, what do you think of this list, did I miss out on any of the best spots in the city, let me know in the comment section below and I will for sure make it a point to cover that part of the city as well when I tour Hyderabad the next time.
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