Hyderabad: A City like Never Before!

If you are too lazy to travel long distances on your vacation, Hyderabad is a perfect place for you. With all the important attractions close to each other, this city delivers tourism on a large scale. India has very few cities or states which promote tourism. Hyderabad is one of them! Till 2013, Hyderabad was the part of Andhra Pradesh state. But after the formation of Telangana, Hyderabad became the new capital of an infant state. The city has an influence of the Nizams as they ruled the princely state before independence. In 2017, the city has emerged but the roots are still in a soil of Nizams.
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After a sudden plan to visit Hyderabad with my Travel buddy – Swapnil, I caught the night bus from Mumbai. The very next morning I reached Lakdi-ka-pool. I wondered why this place is called Lakdi ka pool as there wasn’t any a wooden bridge. Lakdi ka pool is basically a Bus terminal and a railway station where local trains of Hyderabad halts. I met Swapnil there and we checked in at our hotel. The best place to stay in Hyderabad is at Abids as all the attractions are close by. After freshen up the feet walked to explore Hyderabad.

1. Charminar – Charminar is an ancient monument which was built by the fifth ruler of ‘Qutub shahi dynasty – Sultan Mohammad Quli Qutub Shab’ in 1591. He was the same person who built Qutub Minar in Delhi. Charminar is the finest example of Islamic architect. The four pillars around the square monument known as Charminar. Muslim brothers offered Friday prayers at Charminar at a previous time. During Ramadan, the whole street around Charminar illuminates and night food street dazzles. It is a UNESCO world heritage site. The queue is overflowing to enter Charminar. It takes around 30 minutes to get an entry inside the Charminar. Climb the round-around shaped stairs and reach the top. The view is tremendous from the top. One can witness Mecca masjid and Bazar of Hyderabad. Entry ticket for Charminar is INR 5.

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After visiting the Charminar, we moved towards Nizam Museum. The distance is approx. 3-4 km from Charminar.

2. Nizam Museum – ‘Osman Ali Khan’, the last ruler of Nizam was one of the wealthiest kings in the world. In 1937, Osman was on the front cover of TIMES magazine. He had world’s largest wardrobe which has 2 levels and an elevator in it. All the presents, gifts and collections are kept intact here in Nizam museum. Entry fee is INR 65.

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3. Snow World – India’s first snow park started in Hyderabad. With the temperature less than -4°C, spend 45 minutes inside a large area fully covered with artificial snow. Play volleyball, click pictures with Igloo, enjoy hot coffee or slide through a long slide, these all are the various activities Snow World Hyderabad offers. If you want more fun at SNbow world, then do buy Snow World Combo which includes Mirror maze, Scary house and Rainforest. Entry ticket to Snow world is INR 450 and the combo is INR 550. DSRL are allowed inside the park with charges of INR 20. No mobiles are permitted inside.

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After full day activity, it was time to chill at Hussain Sagar lake. A Lake which is spread over 10 km. We visited the Lumbini garden in the evening.

4. Lumbini Park – A small park with a mini train, boating and some small activities in it. From Lumbini Park, you can take a ferry ride till the ‘Statue of Gautam Buddha’ which is in the middle of the lake. This statue is a tallest monolithic stone statue in the world. Lumbini Park hosts magnificent laser show in the evening. This show is truly inspiring and a must watch. In 2007, a terrorist attacked held at the park which killed around 40 people. Entry ticket to the park is INR 10, a Boat ride is INR 80 and Lazer show ticket is INR 50.

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After a wonderful day in Hyderabad, Swap and I decided to grab a bite of Hyderabad Biryani. If Mumbai is famous for Pav Bhaji, Hyderabad is popular for its biryani. The difference in Hyderabad is, it has an egg in it. ‘Hotel Alpha’ (Near Secunderabad railway station) and ‘Hotel Grand’ (Abids) are one of the popular restaurants to try Hyderabad Biryani.

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The next morning and day 2 in Hyderabad, This day we planned to visit the most versatile zoo – Hyderabad Zoo. Read more about Hyderabad Zoo here.

5. NTR Gardens – A great place to hangout in Hyderabad. This garden is so huge and it has various activities for everyone. The major attraction and my most favourite is Tree Water Slide. A general wait of 1 hour to get a chance is a worth! A water ride made on an artificial Banyan tree goes through a tunnel and finishes within 20 seconds. It’s thrilling, adventurous and exciting! Everyone must ride this! NTR gardens are near to Hussain Lake and Prasad IMAX. NTR Gardens ticket is approx. INR 30.

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It was 2nd June and the 2nd anniversary of Telangana formation day. The whole Hussain Sagar lake was lit with lightings, speakers, music and decorations. The celebration started with laser and firework show. Telangana CM ‘K Chandrashankara Rao’ hosted India’s largest flag at Sanjeevaiah Park which is close to Jalvihar Water Park. One-hour long firework display vaunted. It was so pleasing to see that show.

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The third day in Hyderabad began by visiting Golconda fort which is 9 km from the lake.

6. Golconda Fort – A place where Diamonds unearthed the first time in India. The source of world’s largest diamond – Kohinoor. Golconda fort is such a scenic fort which holds a history and it’s rich architect. It takes around 3 hours to explore the fort fully. I would suggest you hire a guide for a better experience. Entry fee is INR 15.

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After visiting the historical site, it was a time to witness the craziest museum – Sudha Car Museum.

7. Sudha Car Museum – As the name reads, we recall the vintage cars and the luxury cars, but this museum is not a real car museum. This is world’s wackiest and different car museum. You will find Toilet car, Cake car, Lipstick car, and even a Condom car here. All the cars are in function and are designed by ‘Mr Sudhakar Yadav’. Photography is permitted so do not forget to take a visit here. Entry fees are INR 50. DSLR Cameras needs to pay a nominal amount.

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4th Day in Hyderabad started by visiting one of the largest Museum of India – Salar Jung Museum followed by Chowmahalla Palace.

8. Salar Jung Museum – If there is any museum in India which takes 2-3 days to explore, it is Salar Jung Museum. Byfurgetted in different zones, this museum holds the antiques not only from India by from around the world. From Japanese dolls to Egyptian crafts and from renewed paintings to ancient stones and sculptures. If you are in hurry then hire an audio tour guide which assists in understanding the museum personally. Entry ticket is INR 20. Rent an audio guide at INR 60.

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9. Chowmahalla Palace – Nizam’s palace where was also a guest house for those who attended King Mir Osman Ali Khan’s Golden Jubilee celebration. This Palace has vintage cars and huge palace.

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The last day in Hyderabad and many places left to visit. The day spent at BM Birla Science Centre followed by Birla temple. Entry ticket is 50.

10. BM Birla Science Centre – There are about 7 Science cities around India which celebrate science and technology. However, BM Birla Science Centre and planetarium is not a worth visit. This is in poor condition. All the experiments are damaged and not useful. Also, the Galaxy show at Planetarium is outdated. It made me sleepy. One can skip this attraction. Combo pack costs INR 150.

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11. Birla Temple – Perceive the unimaginable views of Hyderabad city from Birla temple during evening time. Located near Hussain Sagar, on a higher elevation, this temple is scenic, peaceful and gives you magnificent views of the city. The lake looks stunning from the top of the temple.

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After all activities in Hyderabad, it was a Showtime at Prasad Big Screens!

12. Prasad Big Screens – India’s largest Movie theatre Prasad’s is really bigger than others. The screen size is 72 feet which are amazing to watch any movie. We saw three movies and the experience of each movie was unique. This is the best theatre in India. Seating capacity of 643 seats with 12000 watt sound is something mind-blowing. I suggest everyone book any movie here.

13. The dialogue in the Dark – The most unique concept, the most different attraction ever. This is beyond the imagination and it’s a completely a different world. The dialogue in the dark located inside Inorbit Mall at Cyberabad. Witness the world of blind people. You will be taken in a dark room where you can not see anything. Just hear, feel and sense. Same as the way a blind person do. A group of 6 people assisted by a blind guide who takes you into a dark room where you will play cricket, walk from a water bridge, also operate a computer and enjoy some snacks in the dark. The 45 minutes tour will awaken you all senses. This is HIGHLY recommended!

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14. Sanjeevaiah Park – A normal park in Hyderabad situated on Hussain Sagar lake at Neckless road. The park has inaugurated Butterfly park. This park is free.

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15. Jalvihar Water Park – The cheapest and the best Waterpark is here. It’s Jalvihar Water Park. I couldn’t believe the price would be so cheap. The water is clean, the rides are amazing and the crowd is decent. This water park is one to add to your list. Entry ticket – INR 200.

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16. Ramoji Film City -World’s biggest film studio is located in Hyderabad. Ramoji Film city is a theme park, a movie set and a perfect family destination. With amazing rides, shows and live entertainment, this Film city attracts million of visitors. The movies like Bahubali, The Dirty Picture, Chennai Express and others have been shot here. It is not just a movie set, it has bird park, cave, bus tour, magic shows and a horror house. It is recommended to visit Ramoji Film city. The ticket is INR 1000.

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Hyderabad is literally a decent place with many popular attractions. It has food, it has tourism, it has life and it has IT industry! That is the reason, Hyderabad has declared to be the best city in India to live.

Share your views on Hyderabad, let’s see what experience it gave you!

Keep travelling,

Sameer.

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