Spending 48 hours in Hyderabad
The city of pearls has a range of experiences to offer. From tasting the delicious biryani to visiting the iconic Charminar; from Irani Chai to the chaats by mall. There is something for everyone in this town of Nizam. But, it could get difficult if you are on a schedule. So here are some of our share of recommendations when you are low on time budget.
Place of Stay
First things first! Before you go for any site seeing around the city, make sure you have a comfortable place to come back. Find homestays, it will indeed make the experience authentic, and you’ll get to know more about the culture, location and the people. Then you could find hostels sprawling across the city if you’re a solo traveller and looking to meet like-minded people. Hotels and resorts are available to make your trip comfortable and convenient.
Hyderabad is a melting pot of cultures; whether you are a foodie or not, you are sure to find a great variety with the Mughlai twist in the South Indian tale. You can find a variety of food like the famous Hyderabadi Biryani, Chinese cuisine, North Indian, South Indian, pizza places, chat bhandars, street food, etc. Usually, these places are not very far off, so they shouldn’t take much time.
Some of the must-try from our list are:
– Dahi Vadas in the old city local shops
– Halem at the Pista House
– Double ka Meetha
– Irani Chai and Osmania Biscuits at Nimrah Bakery
– Khubani ka Meetha
– Hyderabadi Dum Biryani
– Karachi Bakery for their famous fresh baked fruit and nut cookies – to take away for friends and family
These are just a few; there are plenty when you explore, meet with the locals, engage in discussions at the chai houses – one place will lead to another, trust the natural course of your trip, and start somewhere!
Places to Visit
From sites of historical importance to shopping, Hyderabad is filled with all of these. We have listed some must go to places:
Of course, a trip to Hyderabad is incomplete without visiting Charminar (and tasting the true Hyderabadi Biryani). Built in the city of Golconda originally, and then a part of Hyderabad, the purpose of this monument is conflicted. However, it gives an interesting peek into the time it was built, sprawling out with markets around it – the lad bazaar for jewellery, Pathar Gatti for pearls. Back in the day, the place was surrounded with 14000 stores!
It’s one of the of the largest mosques in India, you surely wouldn’t want to miss the grandeur.
The Kakatiya dynasty first built the fort in 1143 CE and later rose to prominence under the Qutub Shahi Dynasty. Whether you’re a history buff or not, the forts and the city within the fort, will not fail to charm.
Another historical place to visit is the Buddha statue at the heart of Hussain Sagar. It is the world'’s most prominent Monolithic Buddha statue. To get to the Buddha statue, you will have to go through Lumbini Park. And then take a boat ride from the park to the statue at the centre of the lake. It is genuinely an internally evocative experience.
A crafts village, Shilparamam was created to bring the town into the city. It showcases real huts with replicas showing the daily chores of village life. Handcrafted wood and clay artefacts for display and sale for shoppers. If you happen to be in the city at the right time, you might even catch one of the frequently held exhibitions, celebrations, or dance performances.
6)Ramoji Film City:
For all the movie buffs, you can find true solace here with people from around the South Indian film industry. With cast and crews preparing for shoots, and if you’re lucky enough you’ll be able to witness a cinematographic shoot during your visit.
– Pearls from Abid Road will seize your attention
– Bidri Crafts from Basheer Bagh
– Pochampally sarees from local shops around the old city
– Bangles from Laad Bazaar
– Dry fruits, dates, and samiya from Wazir Khan
– Attar from shops around Charminar
Hyderabad is a well-connected city. You could easily take a bus, auto, cab, or a metro. We would recommend experiencing the metro since it’s fast, well connected and makes you place without a significant carbon footprint or excessive transit costs. No matter if you are here as a tourist, to have a business trip or just by chance, the city will not fail to give you a flavour of rich, yet delicate Indian culture.