Visiting places in Hyderabad

Hyderabad is fondly referred to as the city of Nawabs and sometimes also as the city of Pearls as till the 20th century it probably was the only global center for large diamonds. Hyderabad is also famous as the birthplace of Tollywood besides hosting a thriving IT industry. But probably the most distinctive aspect of this historical city is that it is the only city in South India with a distinctly North Indian culture. This makes Hyderabad a veritable treasure house of amazing buildings and great food – and me like a kid in a candy store.

"Mecca Masjid Hyderabad"
Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad India

While the casual traveller to Hyderabad will be proffered a host of options, my must visit list starts from the old city of Hyderabad. Hop on a rickshaw to Charminar and visit the Mecca Masjid next door to listen to the morning azaan. If you love Hyderabad as much as I do, you will not miss sitting on the stone slab near the Mecca Masjid: it is believed that anyone who sits there once does end up visiting Hyderabad again.

The best known landmark of Hyderabad: Charminar opens up at 9 AM sharp and that is when you should be climbing up the stairs of this wondrous monument originally built in the year 1591 to commemorate the end of plague in Hyderabad. From the Charminar we can view a large part of the old city of Hyderabad and spot the monuments of Mecca Masjid, Osmania Hospital and the Chowmohalla palace which also happens to be our next destination. Next up, take a short walk through the gems and pearl laden Laad Bazar, asking directions for Chowmohalla Palace. You can buy jewels: particularly pearls from here. I would also recommend buying ittar or perfume bottles from here.

Charminar
Charminar: landmark monument in Hyderabad

The Chowmohalla Palace provides the most comprehensive information about the history of the twin cities of Secunderabad and Hyderabad, chronicling the lives of its rulers. A relatively new palace turned museum, Chowmohalla provides a peek into the lives of the Nizams of Hyderabad and apart from the Falaknuma is probably your best bet to check out a royal Nizam’s palace in Hyderabad.

"Visiting places in Hyderabad"
Magnificent Chowmahalla Palace, palace to the Nizams of Hyderabad

The quick history tour would have rumpled your tummy by now and what better than the famous Hyderabadi Biryani to satisfy that hunger. North Indian spices mixed up with South Indian rice, cooked in a fusion of styles to create a combination that will leave you asking for more. While there are many other contenders to the crown, I would suggest the Shadaab Biryani as the best place for the biryani is it is closest to the Chowmohalla Palace.

"Hyderabadi Biryani"
Hyderabadi Biryani, meat and rice dish. Source: Wikimedia Commons

By now, it’s probably afternoon and the best way to escape the Hyderabad heat is to go inside the cool environs of the Salarjung museum. The Salarjung museum houses one of the largest collections of art collected by one person. And a visit to the place for about two hours will give you just an overview of its vast collection. And we probably can’t spend more time here as the ubiquitous (in most Indian cities) Birla temple is awaiting.

Located atop a hill overlooking the Hussain Sagar lake, the beautiful Birla temple is as well constructed as it is located with various engravings of the Mahabharata on its white marbled walls and pillars. The enticing Hussainsagar lake that you can view while doing the darshan is perfect for a long evening walk and may be with a little help from a rickshaw you can end up at Eat Street. And have dinner at some of the beautiful lakeside joints at Eat Street, watching the colossal Buddha statue in Hussain Sagar.

7 Wonders of India: Hussain Sagar Lake, Lumbini Park

Hyderabad has a lot to offer for the casual traveller and a one day trip can be well spent in probably any of these beautiful places.

Janit Vora is a Business Analyst by profession and a weekend blogger by passion. He blogs about Hyderabad, one of his favorite cities, as also his life in and travels to the different cities of the world at Urban Indian.

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44 thoughts on “Visiting places in Hyderabad

    • Hyderabad is such a great place. This is what I understand from Shalu Sharmas article. But I wonder a year back there were problems of Telungana Desam issues and roits all over. All these issues will destroy the beauty of Hyderabad.

  1. Hi Shalu,

    Hyderabad seems to be a great place!

    It took real strength for me to get my eyes away from the image of the rice and meat meal. :)Sure looks mouth watering…

    This post is bookmarked. Will be coming back here soon!
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  2. Good post about Hyderabad, it is a popular city in south India for local and global tourists, there is some thing unique and popular Charminar, Mecca Masjid, Chowmohalla palace and other more popular things. you can see a large part of the old city of Hyderabad from Charminar.

  3. I have been to Hyderabad several years ago and still remember the beautiful places there. it is one of the historically rich cities of India. This is a great guide to those willing to visit the city.

  4. Dear Shalu,

    I would like to add to your post.I have been living in Hyderabad for the past 30 years. I know what it was like in those days and how it is today with its globalized transformation. There are other places of historical significance (ancient temples) like Lord Hanuman Temple at Karman Ghat, Chilukuru Balaji Temple, Temple of Sun God at Trimulgherry, Lord Narasimha Swamy Temple at Yadagirigutta,away from Hyd. and Lord Shiva Temple at Keesaragutta. Many more places to visit in Hydreabad.

    Regards,
    Sanjib Saha
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  5. Hey Shalu,
    I personally adore the city of Hyderabad. I had a gala time reading this post which highlights the various raving aspects about the city. Hyderabadi biryani is indeed awesome. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.

  6. Hello Shalu!

    I have always wanted to visit India! It’s such a charming and interesting place filled with so much heritage and culture! After reading about Hyderabad, I am sold on packing my bags next year to see this place! Looking forward to a great experience! Thanks for posting this, I feel I have already experienced this beautiful place!

  7. Hi Shalu 🙂 I appreciate this online tour but I can’t wait to explore your country further. The thought alone excites me! Hyderabad looks stunning, I’ve never heard of it before but I’m sure that it’s going to turn out to be a great destination. Thanks!

  8. Looooooove your blog. Especially the mouth-watering pics! I lived in Hyderabad a few years back, when my husband was posted there. While i do not really have many fond memories of the period, i must admit that thanks to the efforts of the then CM, the city was beautiful indeed. I hope the current politics does not harm its beauty.

  9. Shalu, this is a lovely and comprehensive post about Hyderabad. Very well written by Janit. I will be visiting Hyderabad next month and will be staying there for at least 3 to 4 months. Hoping to explore the city a lot during my stay. Thanks for this post
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  10. Hyderabad the historical vertex of incredible India known for its royal culture, delicious dishes which has now become a point of attraction for foreign visitors due to its golden past glorious heritage of contemporary India.

  11. I never visited Hyderabad but its on my wish list. I mom always talks about her visit to charminar after her marriage. I want to actually eat the ral Hyderabad Biryani!

  12. Being one of the oldest cultures in the world, Hyderabad India is rich in culture and heritage. This fact is visible in tons of monuments, their ruins, buildings, temples, forts, palaces, tombs and caves all across India.This also makes India an irresistible historic travel destination.Want to know more about Hyderabad, List of Tourist Attractions in Hyderabad,Travel Tips,Travel Guides Visit >>>> www. greatnessofhyderabad.blogspot.com/

  13. Hyderabad is indeed a very unique place in India, with its fusion culture of Hindus and Muslim both combined with North and South flavors. Indeed a must visit for anybody coming to India for its culture and food.
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  15. When I visit any place, what I want to discover in that place the most is its cuisine. Meat and rice dish looks delicious. I really wanna try it. Thanks for sharing.

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