Hyderabad - The City Of Nizams

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Hyderabad - The City Of Nizams

09 Apr 2019 079 Views Krishna Poddar

Popularly known as the city of Nizams, Hyderabad, as we all say, is an abode of charming spots and captivates the minds of all those who visit as they stroll across the city. It’s An alluring place having a blend of both the old and the new culture. Tucked away in the historical past of the nation, you will find a plentitude of mosques and old bazaars, mystifying official plots and lavish malls to enthrall your experience. A veritable fusion of old culture voicing the history of India and the new city enrapturing a brighter future is what grabs the attention of visitors and propels one to see Hyderabad in all its glory. 

When you are here to support your IPL team, The Sunrisers Hyderabad, the city reflects vibrant shades of enthusiasm and is full of high spirit. There is plenty of the city to explore whilst taking in a match.

Places To Visit In Hyderabad

Telangana's capital city is decked up with a plentitude of places to visit and you will be sure to have one of the most beautiful experiences while exploring Hyderabad.

Ramoji Film City

Ramoji Film City Hyderabad 

One of the most iconic places to visit while you are in Hyderabad is the Ramoji Film City. The palace was set up by Ramoji Rao and is one of the most beautiful escapes from the urban life of Hyderabad. Owing to its impeccable beauty and distinct appearance, it provides cinematic views of the city capturing beautiful moments in time.  

Timings: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Cost:  Adult: INR 900  |  Children (3-12 years): INR 800

Ramoji Star Experience (with Food) - Adult: INR 1900  |  Child (3-12 years): INR 1600

Charminar

Charminar Hyderabad

Visiting Hyderabad and not witnessing charming Charminar would be like smelling the aroma of your favourite dish but not having it. As one of the oldest and elegant landmarks, the monument has four pillars hence the name Charminar. The sight of the monument dazzling in white light after dawn will captivate your minds and leave you stunned. Places in and around the minar, radiate the true feel of Hyderabad with the atmosphere, the markets, the sumptuous Irani chai and the tasty biryani. An instance of unmapped beauty, the monument stands as a marvel in terms of all historical monuments.

Entry Fee:  INR 5 per Person for Indians  |   INR 100 per Person for Foreign Nationals

Chowmalla Palace

Chowmahalla Palace Hyderabad

Located on the bed of Asaf Jahi dynasty, the history of this splendid palace dates back to the time of Nizam of Hyderabad. The palace was once a thriving place and its edifice served as the auditorium where the Nizama would indulge in extravagant events to please those who visited allure others. Elegantly designed and exquisitely crafted, the palace's design emanates the true aura of Hyderabadi Nizams. A sight to behold, the palace's architecture and the painted facade truly outshines with the regal work of arches, domes and fastidious artwork. As you stroll across the complex, you can’t help but stare at the fountains, lush green gardens, Council hall, and a huge clock tower that watches over the estate. A delight to all who enter, Chowmalla Palace is a must visit while in Hyderabad.

Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Friday Closed)

Cost: Indians: INR 50  |  Foreigners: INR 200  |  Children: INR 10

Photography: INR 50  |  Videography: INR 100

Hussain Sagar Lake

Hussain Sagar Lake Hyderabad 

A popular picnic spot, Hussain Sagar Lake is elegance with added serenity on top. Also known as the largest man-made lake, Hussain Sagar Lake is an abode for recreational activities. A statue of Lord Buddha hails from right at the centre of the lake and some refer to it as the Tank Bund. The lake offers a plentitude of attractions, ranging from a 3 km wide dam that connects Hyderabad to Secunderabad, to activities like boat rides, water sports, fish culture and a lot more. Owing to its impeccable shape, the lake has been given the name: Heart of the World’!

Timings: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Cost: Free

Golconda Fort

Golconda Fort Hyderabad 

A group of ruins blissfully addressing to the past with it's glorious and extremely rich heritage, Golconda fort is merely a 9km drive from Hussain Sagar Lake. Spanning an area 3km wide and around 4.8km in length, the sight of the Golconda fort is no less than a treat to the eye. A mystifying fact about the fort is that if a person is standing in the middle of the fort and claps their hands, the sound resonates all the way to the hilltop. Intrigued? You should be, after all the distance between the two is one km. As well as music halls and mounted cannons, Golconda Fort is also a popular picnic spot. Be entertained by the alluring light and sound show held after dawn, painting the history of the fort.

Timings: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Entry fee: For Indians- INR 5 per person  |  For foreign nationals - INR 100 per person                  

For Light & Sound Show: INR 130 per person

Photography: Allowed, INR 25 per camera for videography

Famous street food locations

Street Food Locations in Hyderabad

Well, the city is practically known as the food hub of the country. So it would not be fair that you make a visit to Hyderabad and not try its world famous street food. The street near Charminar circle is called Pather Ghatti Street, and the famous thing of the street is the cutting chai with biscuits and the buttery nankahtais and kharies. If you want to savour the taste of original street food in Hyderabad, then you must visit the food area near Golkonda Fort. Other famous lip-smacking dishes include sardarji chaat, Lakshman ki bandi, Palamuru Grill and not forgetting the famous ice cream that can be found at Mozamjahi Market, which is served in various forms.

Wonderla

Wonderla Hyderabad 

As mentioned before, Hyderabad is a city that has something for all. From lakes to monuments, Forts to museums. While you might be having an excellent time taking in the rich culture, for a truly fun time you cannot beat Wonderla theme park. An extremely ambient environment, electrifying rides, and mind capturing activities, Wonderla has is all, from rides to the swimming pools and is perfect for adults and children alike.

Timings: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Cost: INR 770 for adults  |  INR 620 for Child/ Defence/Senior Citizens  |  INR 150 for kids.

 Jala Vihar

Jalavihar Hyderabad 

Another ideal place to spend your day is the Jala Vihar. Covering an area of 12.5 acres, this is no doubt the largest amusement park of Hyderabad with a plentitude of slides and rides. Whether you are with your friends or family you will be in for a memorable experience. Visit the park to indulge in the bounty of water activities, sports or dance away by the pool and enjoy.

Timings: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Cost: Water Park:  Above 3 feet - INR 350  |  Below 3 feet - INR 250

Bungee Jumping - INR 50

Scary House - INR 30

Cricket - INR 30

Bouncy Castle - INR 30

Water garbing - INR 50

Bull Ride - INR 50

Bumper Car - INR 50

Chilkur Balaji Temple

Chilkur Balaji Temple Hyderabad 

In the list of places to visit in Hyderabad, one of the favourite pilgrim spots is the Chilkur Balaji Temple, which is located at a distance of the 30 kilometres from the main city. The temple is situated on the river bank near the Vikarabad Road. It is one of the oldest temples in Telangana. The temple is quite famous and has witnessed a footfall of almost 1 lakh people including many a famous face.

Visiting time

Visiting time for doing Darshan is between the morning at 5:00 AM to evening

Mecca Masjid

Mecca Masjid Hyderabad

One of the oldest mosques is the Mecca Masjid, which is also one of the largest mosques in India. The sight of the masjid is one of the most humbling sights to capture. Along with being the masjid, the place is also known for housing the tombs of some prominent Muslim rulers. A visit to the Mecca Mosque is one of the most serene experiences. The mosque is located near Charminar bus stand so people can hop on the bus and can directly come to visit the divine shrine. Apart from its divine aura, the architect of the mosque has done a remarkable job, which is reflected in the intricate and detailed design. There is a vast pond nearby, and the belief is that if anyone sits on the bench nearby once, he/she will visit this beautiful place again in their lifetime

Visiting time

The mosque can be visited between 4:00 AM to 9:30 PM

So here for a match? 

Why stay cooped up in the hotel room when you have so much to explore and experience. Deemed as one of the vibrant cities of the nation, Hyderabad has a diverse culture, an urbanized city life, a sprinkling of old remains, it's rich religious festivities and an excellent cuisine one must definitely try, from the famous Hyderabadi biryani to its wonderful sweet treats. Hyderabad is ace and awaits your visit!

Krishna Poddar

Bharat Army Travel Writer

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