Hyderabad is a beautiful demonstration of the modern and traditional living side-by-side in sweet harmony; this Hyderabad Tourism Guide will take you through all you need to know for a trip to the city.
Hyderabad is the capital of Telangana, also known as the Pearl City of India owing to its reputation of once being the hub the diamond and pearl trading in India. It is the location of the mines that have produced some of the world’s most amazing diamonds, including the Nassak Diamond, Koh-i-Noor and the famously cursed Hope Diamond. Its reputation has developed since then and it is now known as one of the most important Information Technology hubs in India; HITEC City or Cyderabad is Hyderabad’s centre of modernity. There are glittering malls, sophisticated restaurants and desirable clubs located in this area that are definitely worth visiting on your trip.
The Old City is the origin of two rich Muslim Royal Houses: Qutb Shahs and Asaf Jahs whose legacy can be felt all around you as you visit Hyderabad. This area is equally as beautiful as its modern counterpart, but in a more rustic way; there are so many signs of the past, including its markets, auto rickshaws, vibrant colours, religious structures, palaces, tombs and the occasional goat wandering around.
There is a lot to do in Hyderabad, so we’ve brought to you our useful Hyderabad Tourism Guide to guide you through the must-dos and sees of this city. Our guide is an introduction, it is up to you to break off and find out more about this amazing city and share back with us so we can make sure no-one misses out on any of these scintillating experiences.
“At first glance, Hyderabad can seem like a modern, bustling metropolis, but scratch the surface and you’ll find a charming 400-year-old walled city – an ode to its bygone royal era. Feel the pulse of Hyderabad in its grand mosques, ornate palaces and soulful tombs, almost as though you are time traveling.”
By Shivya Nath, Founder of The Shooting Star Blog
- Interestingly, Hyderabadi hindi is significantly different from North Indian Hindi. The language combines Urdu and Telugu vocabulary.
- The Ramoji film city is the largest integrated film city in the world and is over 1600 acres.
- Hyderabad is also the home to Chitragupta Temple which is a temple dedicated to the god of death, Yama. It’s believed Yama keeps a record of each individual’s good and bad deeds to determine their afterlife.
- You’ll find many beautiful artificial lakes in Hyderabad such as Hussain Sagar, Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar.
- With many roadside stalls and markets, be careful to thoroughly check what you buy as some items may be counterfeit.
- Many scared Temples are located in Hyderabad and require shoes to be taken off before entering as a sign of respect.
- Pickpocketing monkeys are prominent in Hyderabad. Always keep a firm hold of your belongings and avoid traveling with valuables.
- Elderly travellers may find some trekking activities to be challenging.
Getting Around Hyderbad
p/>As with any Indian city Hyderabad suffers with issues of congestion, however there are many methods of transport available to you to help alleviate this problem.
One of the most classic and easy methods of transport used across India is the auto rickshaw. These nifty vehicles are fairly cheap and usually able to manipulate traffic a lot better than most cars. Officially fares start at ₹20 for the first 1.6km, then ₹11 for each kilometre after that. There is sometimes a surcharge between 11pm and 5am, usually around 50%. But as with anywhere most drivers are unlikely to switch on their meters, so make sure you explicitly negotiate a price, you can usually haggle it to around ₹20 for each kilometre.
By far taking a bus around Hyderabad is the cheapest method of transport. There are over 4,000 buses running very frequently within Hyderabad connecting multiple points within the city. The company that run the buses are called APSRTC and you can book tickets or find out more about the routes online.
Private Car Hire
If you are more comfortable in a car and aren’t too fussed about the traffic, then there are many places to hire a car from. Enquire with your hotel or do some exploring online; the current average price per day, for an economy car with a driver (8hours) is ₹1200.
If you are thinking of visiting Hyderabad in 2017, then you will fortunate enough to arrive at a time where the Hyderabad Metro Rail has been finalised. This transit system will have three lines and 66 stations connecting the city via rapid transit, making the roads less congested and your life a lot simpler.
“Hyderabad is a city steeped with the Mughal history of India. Faluknama palace once a historic place is now a Taj hotel property and can afford you a peek into the the lives of royalty. The food is delectable and in particular Hyderabadi Biryani is a must eat affair. A bustling chaotic Indian city that is so rich in culture and heritage melded into modernity.”
By Renuka, Founder of Road Tripper