How to reach
Often referred to as the ‘pearl capital’ of India, Hyderabad is quite well connected by air to almost all the major parts of the country. The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport’s domestic section, which is called the NTR terminal, has direct flights coming in from over 33 cities such as Bengaluru, New Delhi and Mumbai. Interestingly, the airport is located barely 20 km from the main city and is well connected to it by taxi.
Those residing in smaller towns too can reach Hyderabad with ease. Boasting of three well-maintained railway stations located in Namapally, Kacheguda and Secunderabad, the city enjoys top-notch connectivity almost all parts of the country. Some of the popular trains running from Hyderabad are ‘Hyderabad Express’, ‘Konark Express’ and ‘Charminar Express’.
To make things even simpler Hyderabad also has a buzzing bus terminal which makes travelling to nearby towns like Aurangabad and Panaji seem like an absolute cakewalk. Depending on your budget and schedule you can combine these means of transport, making your trip even more adventurous.
Where to stay
Generally regarded as one of the most hospitable cities in India, Hyderabad boasts of some luxurious five-star hotels. ‘Taj Falaknuma’, ‘Taj Krishna’ and ‘Taj Banjara’ are just a few names that come to mind. Located in some of the posh areas of the city these hotels offer top-notch services and are equipped with well-furnished rooms.
Alternatively, you can also opt for relatively less expensive yet equally comfortable options and save a few bucks. Central Court Hotel, Quality Inn Residency and Hotel Minerva are some of the popular hotels that come under this category.
Places to visit
Salar Jung Museum
Bearing testimony to India’s storied past; the Salar Jung Museum is located on the southern bank of the Musi river. It is home to some rare collections of paintings, textiles, manuscripts and ceramics. Interestingly, a significant of this valuable collection can be traced back to the royal Salar Jung family which ruled Hyderabad for over two centuries.
Located merely 11 Km west of Hyderabad, this historical monument was constructed in the 1600’s. It was once considered to be home to a vault containing the ‘Hope’ and ‘Kohinoor’ diamonds. Interestingly, the Golconda fort is mentioned in a popular Russian ballad titled ‘La Dayadere’.
Nehru Zoological Garden
Established in 1959, this well maintained zoo houses well over 100 rare species of birds, reptiles and animals. Indian Rhino, Bengal Tiger and Python are some of the attractions that make the place unforgettable. Moreover, it also boasts of some other interesting features such as a beautiful aquarium and dino park.
A must visit place for anyone who wants to treat his eyes to an architectural masterpiece, the ‘Charminar’ is shrouded by myths regarding the purpose behind its construction. Interestingly, a replica of this revered monument was erected in Pakistan nearly five years ago. Moreover, the area surrounding it too is quite famous, thanks to the presence of thriving jewellery market.
You can add a spiritual/religious flavour to your trip by visiting the ‘Jagannath Temple’ which is located in the Banjara Hills. A replica of the original temple in Puri, this sacred monument serves as a fitting tribute to the Oriya community in the city.
Ramoji Film City
The brainchild of noted film producer Ramoji Rao, this celebrated facility was certified the world’s largest film studio complex in the world by the Guinness book of world records nearly two decades ago. A host of films has been shot here. A popular tourist attraction, it boasts some impressive features such as a full-fledged amusement park.
Built by noted Sufi saint, Hazrat Syed Hussain Shah Wali in 1526, this lake is located across an area of 5.7 sq.Km. It receives its water supply from the Musi River. Boasting of some exotic surroundings, Hussain Sagar serves as the ideal location for a tranquilising evening with loved ones.
Regarded as one of the most sacred and oldest mosques in the city, Mecca Masjid is listed as a heritage site. According to a belief, those who sit on the benches located there will be forced to return very soon, so if want to try your luck this is a must visit location.
Maintained by the Buddha Purnima Project Authority as per the directives issued by the Telangana government is urban park was constructed in 1994. It is a dream come true for those willing to enjoy the scenic beauty and that right in the heart of Hyderabad.
Equipped with a lavish reception room and a library which has a roof carved from Walnut, the Falaknuma was once private property of the Nizam’s royal family. On the architectural front, it a blend of the Italian and Tudor styles. Interestingly, its last significant guest was Rajendra Prasad who visited the palace in the 1950’s.