Hyderabad travel plan and Indian travelling basics.

January 18, 2019

by Juanita

I’m born and brought up in a city called Hyderabad. This is in the state of Telangana, a southern state of India, an Asian country. A country rich of culture’s and traditions that might surprise you or shock you. But you will fall in love if you visit this country with a good amount of information before you step into this country. For example the right clothes based on the temperature and the right month to visit a specific state. That way, India can go into the peak of its weather in certain months of the year. The Best time to Visit India is mainly between January to March or August to October. Do not wear clothes that are flashy or attract attention. Any tourist will normally receive attention, but in India, we’re a bit more hospitable that could literally annoy you for being nosy ? So wear traditional clothes like a Kurta-Pyjamas or T-shirt/Shirt with trousers/Jeans for men and Salwar-Kameez or T-shirt-Trousers/Jeans for women. Its always advised to ask for guidance by being biased to your gender. So a woman-speaks to-woman and man-speaks to a-man. Now this might not be necessary in the entire country. In the metros, the public are not as biased as mentioned. But most of the non-metro towns and city, this gender approach is appropriate.

Welcome!

So now that you’ve got some basics here, I’ll introduce you to my city, Hyderabad, the capital of the State of Telangana. A city of pearls, jewels and lots of food. We hyderabadi’s love food and people. Take pride in our history and love the changes that happens in the city.

 

 

So, if you are travelling by rail, you are pretty much in the city with lots of other modes of transport right outside the station for you to be transported to your accommodation. However, its best advised to use the “Ola”, “uber” apps on your phone which is more reliable. These apps even have the “auto” or “tuk-tuk’s” as most tourists refer it to, but please try preferring the cabs and always keep loose currency handy.

And if you’re using the airlines, which is in the sub-urbs of the city, you will need to travel atleast for 30 minutes to enter the city limits with a safe and decent accommodation.

TIP: DO NOT FLASH chunks of currency in front of anyone. You are inviting trouble for yourself.

There is a wide range of accommodations available in this city. From shared dormitory’s(not recommended) to 3 star and 5 star hotels. Thanks to travel websites, select a lodging that has decent amount of good reviews keeping in mind your safety and the safety of your belongings. I personally recommend to live in the city and not the suburbs as you have the freedom to choose wide range of food or transport. And can have the liberty to travel on foot.

Places to Visit:

There are huge number of places to visit in the city. But always begin with the one’s that explains the History of the City. Visit the Golkonda Fort(minumum-2 hours spent here), Charminar and Choodi(Bangle) bazar( 1 hour) , Mecca Mosque(1 hour), Salarjung Museum(2-3 hours), Chowmahalla Palace(1 hour), Qutub Shahi Tombs(2 hours), Koti Palace and Osmania University. Yes, these are all the history the city has to offer. The light and sound show is breathtaking. Please remember, the historical places are NOT OPEN all the days of the week.

 

 

(I have included only those images that has been captured by me: 1: Charminar 2: Mecca Masjid 3: Golkonda fort)

 

There are other places that should not be missed:

Ramoji Film City(Located in the suburbs, takes a whole day), St. Mary’s Basilica(30 Mins), Birla Mandir(a Hill-top Temple made of white marble-1 hour), The Buddha Statue on the Hussain Sagar Lake(1 hour), Lumbini Park(30 minutes), NTR Gardens(1 Hour), drive around the Hitech City(for a view of the concrete jungle) and last but not the least, The Taj Falaknama Palace(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner to be treated like Royalty).

Do note, the Falaknama palace is best visited on the same day as the historical places since in the same vicinity.

Plan your Trip

Arriving in the Morning:

Day 1: Golkonda Fort, Qutub Shahi Tombs, Charminar, Mecca Masjid and Falaknama Palace for Dinner ?

Day 2: Birla Mandir, Salarjung Museum, Chowmahalla Palace(beautiful throne room) and drive around the old city roads that under the Nizam Kingdom. The old structures still exist which you may not have noticed going to Charminar

Day 3: Ramoji Film City

Day 4: Hussain Sagar for Buddha Statue, Lumbini Park and NTR gardens(They’re adjacent to each other) and the drive around the Secunderabad area. Mainly around parade grounds and Park lane.

Day 5: Hyderabad also has a lot of churches and the most popular is the St. Mary’s Basilica and indulge in your food ?

Arriving Afternoon:

Day 1: Hussain Sagar for Buddha Statue, Lumbini Park and NTR gardens(They’re adjacent to each other) and the drive around the Secunderabad area. Mainly around parade grounds and Park lane.

Day 2: Golkonda Fort, Qutub Shahi Tombs, Charminar, Mecca Masjid and Falaknama Palace for Dinner ?

Day 3: Birla Mandir, Salarjung Museum, Chowmahalla Palace(beautiful throne room) and drive around the old city roads that under the Nizam Kingdom. The old structures still exist which you may not have noticed going to Charminar

Day 4: Ramoji Film City

Day 5: Hyderabad also has a lot of churches and the most popular is the St. Mary’s Basilica and indulge in your food ?

Arriving Evening:

If you are in the heart of the city, then a quick drive around the Buddha Statue, or also known as the Necklace Road is a sight to behold.

Very Short Trip:

If you have planned for a 2 or 3 day trip, then its best to cover in the following way

Day 1: Golkonda Fort, Salarjung Museum, Charminar and Falaknama Palace. You will also get the glimpse for other heritage building’s around the museum. The Niloufer Hospital and High Court.

Day 2: Birla Mandir, Chowmahalla Palace, Buddha Statue, Lumbini Park and NTR Gardens. A quick drive around the Hitech city and Madhapur

Day 3:(optional) Ramoji Film City

Do not miss :

Eating Hyderabadi Biryani, Drinking Irani Chai(Tea) and snacking on Osmania biscuits and yummy kheema puffs or famously called Lukkmi. If you’re lucky, you get to indulge in Haleem, a Ramadan specialty of this city.

The best time to visit Hyderabad is between September to February. The weather is pleasant and allows you to travel on foot if preferred. It usually takes 5 days to fully experience what the city has to offer. Take a quick tour on a vehicle from abids to Nizam grounds, one of the oldest localities of the city.

Invest in some good amount of Bangles and Pearls. Carry with you some yummy fruit biscuits from Karachi Bakery or Osmania Biscuits from Shuban Bakery. These are the oldest bakery’s in the city with a vast menu of dry snacks that can last for weeks together, a great gift you can give your loved one’s in another city or when you return home.

I Hope this article builds the interest in you to visit this city to personally experience the hospitality and heritage of the city.

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