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Traveller Tales from Hyderabad

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Zain Azam

06 September 2016

Fantastic Experience!

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Prema Mahajan

14 January 2016

This is a great fun activity that you can go for with your friends. We were a group of 8 and decided to try this one weekend. Its something different and loads of fun. Its great to see that we have som...

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Bhramar Patil

22 December 2015

The greenery and natural beauty of this place is what makes it so appealing. The serene location surrounded by beautiful natural surroundings give you a very relaxing feel. After a long tiring week we ...

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Gandharv Jain

16 October 2015

The first thing that comes to your mind when you enter this resort is the fact that it is absolutely beautiful! The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The resort has many different areas where you can...

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Sandeep Kishan

16 September 2015

Charminar is in Old Hyderabad and its a wonderful monument in India which is 400+ years old and its gorgeous architecture is worth seeing. Its a happy tour for us and also you can go inside the Charmin...

What You Should Know More About Hyderabad

  • Q. About the Destination

    The old city of Hyderabad is just about everything that you might expect from an old Indian town. With its narrow lanes cramped with chai shops, auto rickshaws, markets, a whirl of noise, wandering animals, religion, color and language along with imperial old architecture in alternating states of repair. Two implausibly affluent Muslim royal houses, Asaf Jahs and the Qutb Shahs, came and went from this city of diamonds and pearls, leaving behind a legacy of palatial tombs, palaces and mosques along with a major population in poverty.  

    The other pole of the city is far younger and is proudly called as the Cyberabad or the Hi-Tech City, laid out towards the west ever since the early 1990s. This has actuated the city into the modern world accredited to its accoutrements of pubs, multiplexes, sleek restaurants, glittery malls and clubs that lies in stark contrast to the traditional tea houses and the authentic biryani joints.  

    Amidst the old and the new lie, both in geographical terms, substance and material, the dense inner city areas such as Abids which lies north of the Old City and the leafy middle class areas such as Jubilee Hills and Banjara Hills. Towards the north east there lies the site of one of the three main stations of Hyderabad i.e. Secunderabad which is today referred to as the Hyderabad’s twin city (though the two are one now).  

    One appaling thing about Hyderabad is its traffic. Luckily for the locals, a new Metro Rail rapid transit system might ease this problem. Majority of the Urdu speaking population of Hyderabad (Muslims) flocks around the Old City as well as the nearby areas that lie north of the Musi River. On the whole, a major chunk of Hyderabad’s population comprises of Telugu-speaking Hindus. There is also a growing number of migrants from other parts of India who are attracted towards Hyderabad courtesy its IT boom.

  • Q. Travel Advice

    • Hyderabad is a blend of different religions and cultures. It is thus important to ensure that you do not offend anyone with your clothing. Wherever you go just make sure that you are decently dressed, especially if you are a woman. In certain part of the city (especially Old Hyderabad), the manner you dress sends out a message on the type of person you might be. In general, you can wear tops, suits, T shirts and jeans. Strictly avoid mini skirts or shorts.

    • Bring mosquito repellants, you’ll need it here.

    • If you see signs of ‘No Photography’, don’t take pictures there.

    • Beware of buying branded shoes, clothing or accessory from the street shops. They are 99% fake.

    • Once you are in the old city, beware of the pick pockets and the dogs especially during the night hours.

    • Travel with an escort when going around during night hours.

    • Avoid eating at wayside eateries. The food here can be really spicy which might not go well with people who have a delicate system.

    • Monkeys here get really wild sometimes. Do not flash food around the monkeys.

    • Don’t buy, sell or use narcotics.

    • Carry a photo copy of your important documents like passport, license, ID proof, etc.

    • Don’t flash valuables in public.

    • Some areas are considered unsafe for foreigners here. Avoid going there!

    • Bring some essential medicines from home.

    • Avoid eating in an empty restaurant.

  • Q. Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking in Hyderabad is 21 years. It may be possible that you may have to show an ID card before buying alcohol.


  • Q. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Golconda Fort
    It is an archaic fort towering the Hyderabad city. Built on a 400 feet hill in mud, it is one of the top historical sites to visit in Hyderabad. The fort ruins here have seen the reign of several dynasties. It is situated approximately 11 km from the commercial and urbanized Hyderabad.  

    Char Minar
    Char Minar is the signature attraction of the Hyderabad city. Located centrally, it is indeed a breathtaking site. Surrounded by the Mecca masjid, Char Minar is built using the same bricks from Laad Bazaar and Mecca. It was constructed in the year 1591 so as to celebrate the birth of Hyderabad and also with a hope to be able to ward off the epidemic that had surfaced in the Golconda region of Hyderabad. Built by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah, Char Minar has a mosque and 45 different prayer spaces. 

    Qutub Shahi Tombs
    One of the most beautiful places of Hyderabad is Qutub Shahi Tombs. It is nestled against the backdrop of the breathtaking Ibrahim Bagh. This also represents the last resting ground of the rulers of the first dynasty of the city. 

    Mecca Masjid
    Mecca Masjid or Makka Masjid holds a distinct position in India. It is not just the oldest mosque of the city but is also one of the biggest mosque of the country. The mosque was built using the soil that was imported from Mecca. This is how it derives its name.  

    Shri Jagannath Temple
    It is a modern day temple that is built by the Oriya community residing in Hyderabad. The temple houses statues of Jagannath and his siblings Devi Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra. It is a replica of the original temple in Puri yet attracts devotees from across the country.  

    Birla Mandir
    Birla Mandir has an architectural style inspired from South India and Odisha. It is embellished with some of the epic scenes from Holy Mahabharata and Ramayana that are articulately sculpted in white marble.  

  • Q. What you will like there?

    Ramoji Film City
    People here love its Tollywood so much that it owns one of the biggest filming studios in the world. Spread across an area of 2000 acres, it is indeed worth a tour. 

    Hitech City
    Hyderabad basically is the place that employees all the IT geeks. It is known to be the second best Silicon Valley in the country. Offices of companies like Google, Microsoft and Facebook can be found here.  

    Historical
    Hyderabad is simply not ready to let go off its history? This can be well seen in the styles and architecture of the monuments and the houses. Hyderabad is one of the only few cities that has kept its roots intact regardless of the immense growth. 

    Wide Roads
    Hyderabad may have a lot of dust but you cannot complain about the roads. The roads are wide and make driving slightly comfortable. 

    Foodies Paradise
    Irani, Chai, Hyderabadi Biryani and Haleen are just few of the many things that can entice your taste buds in Hyderabad. You can find just about every type of cuisine right from fine dining to fast dining in Hyderabad.  

    Traditions and Events
    Hyderabad’s necklace road is the key witness to some of the most significant events and festivities here. Ganesh Chaturthi is way better than Diwali here. The best part is, all major and minor festivals are made grand here. 

    Shoppers Stop
    Both street and high end shopping is easy accessible in Hyderabad. You simply cannot escape the Charminaar bazaar for the pearls. 

    Quirky Language
    Hyderabadi language needs no introduction. Hindi speaking community may not have a problem here. Just add a wackier dialect to Hindi and you are sorted. 

    Pub Hopping
    Nightlife in Hyderabad is absolutely thrilling. People here work hard and party harder!

    Lakes
    If you feel that beaches are outdated, try out the lakes in Hyderabad. They are great for a romantic evening and a family picnic. 

  • Q. Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)

    Book :
    Hyderabad in Five Colors
    Hyderabad Forum

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