Hyderabad is the capital of Telangana, a newly formed state in India. It is the city, most popular among IT professionals after Bangalore and a land of paradise for non-veg lovers. If you are planning to visit any place to relieve yourself , Hyderabad City is second to none. Not only you’ll experience the amusing architectural monuments, but also satiate your tummy with delectable cuisines. The most heartfelt thing you will admire while visiting Hyderabad City is the welcoming nature and hospitality of the locals. Let’s take a look at why Hyderabad has become one of the most lovable places for tourists coming from all over the world.
When it comes to landmarks, almost everyone has heard about the prominent Hyderabadi monument “Charminar”, built in 1591 by the fifth monarch of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. It is an incredible example of Islamic architecture during the 16th Century in India. With its four towering minarets and stunning carvings, you can enjoy the lovely view of the city from the top of the monument. The place where it is situated is also named Charminar. In the surroundings, you will see the Makkah Masjid (Mosque), made using bricks from the soil brought from Mecca, the holiest place of Muslims. Hence, the name is Makkah Masjid. Most significantly, don’t skip visiting the Laad Bazaar from the Charminar area. It is famous for its jewellery, especially bangles, textiles, and other ornamental objects. After all, these souvenirs are what make you remember the good old days in the future.
If you are an admirer of architectural memorials, exploring the Golconda Fort will give you chills inside your mind even if you visit the fort under the scorching heat of summer. The origin of this fort can be traced back to the 11th century. It was a small mud fort in the beginning, constructed under the rule of Prataparudra of the Kakatiya Empire. Later it was remodelled into a fortified citadel under the rule of Sultan Quli of the Qutb Shahi Empire.
This famous historical fort is located on a hilltop and lets you picturise the mesmerising view of the city of Hyderabad. As a visitor, you can explore the ruins of the fortress with lots of exceptional underground bunkers, lovely gardens, amazing water supply systems, and many more. Climb to the top to capture moments of joy with your camera. This fortress has a small mosque and a temple as well.
Hyderabad also doesn’t let art lovers go into despair with its beautiful Museums. One of the special mentions is the Salar Jung Museum, filled with a breathtaking collection of paintings, crockery, furniture, swords, elegant sculptures, and numerous artisanal objects from different parts of the world. Other popular museums are the Nizam’s Museum, B.M. Birla Science Museum, and Telangana State Archaeology Museum.
What more beautiful could it be when you feel the touch of nature? Hyderabad lets its visitors roam around the animal safari (Lion and Tiger) in the Nehru Zoological Park for a nominal fee. This park also includes a Toy Train facility for your little ones, Fish Aquarium, and a Nocturnal Animal House. Some other mentions you would like to visit are – Lumbini Park, NTR Gardens, and Indira Park.
Who doesn’t love food? And, if it’s Hyderabadi Biryani, it will be the cherry on the cake. Hyderabad is famous for its rich and spicy Biryani, Kebabs, chicken and mutton. Some famous restaurants where you could try biriyani are Paradise, Bawarchi, Mehfil, and Shah Ghouse. Also, who can forget the special mouthwatering Haleem? It’s a must-try for everyone who is visiting Hyderabad during Ramadan. Don’t forget to taste these two desserts – Double ka meetha and Kaddu ki kheer.
For breakfast – you could try out locally made luscious dishes, such as Nahari Paaye, Barkas Harees, Masala dosa, Idli, Bonda ! Mirchi Bajji and Onion Samosa (also referred to as pocket samosa) are special mentions for evening snacks.
Locals generally talk in Urdu with Hyderabadi slang and Telugu. Most people can understand Hindi. But there is a saying “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart”. So, even if you don’t understand a single word of Telugu, you can communicate in Hindi or English. Memorise two Telugu words by heart – Anna (referring to elder brother) and Akka (referring to elder sister).
So when you want to inquire about something to the locals, address them with these words, and you will see the impact in their tone. Last but not least, Ramoji Film City, a theme-based amusement park spread over 1,666 acres, will be the best option to explore during your visit to Hyderabad if you are a cinema lover. Book your trip now and let yourself explore the historical landmarks, and try delicious foods.
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