As soon as you enter Hyderabad, you get a whiff of fresh Nawabi air, a place where you can experience both the ancient history of Hyderabad and also the chic street style. But it’s impossible to do everything in a day, so plan some special places where you can carry your memories along with wherever you go. So do a little wandering, some shopping and lot of eating, because, now you are in Hyderabad, so you should know the BEST Things To Do in Hyderabad !!
SHOPPING IN CHARMINAR
There is nothing uncommon about the crowded streets of Charminar. You see shops filled with baubles, clothes, accessories that will make you a little uncertain in the beginning at what to purchase. But do go for a shop or two for more variety and you can get an array of gotta pattis at a great price. Traditional Nizam look alike artificial jewellery is also available here. Great, if you have a wedding coming on and what to look a little royal yourself.
PEARL AND BANGLE SHOPPING
Never seen before, you see the kind of variety (of pearls and bangles) that you haven’t seen before. Mother of pearls, rice pearls is something to pick up here. You do get genuine stuff here, only be sure to go to a jewellers shop rather than picking it off the street.
Bangles in Hyderabad will never let you down. You have plain glass that will tinkle in your ears, lack kangan- a more heavier version, and plastic ones with stone studded in it. If you are willing to bargain then you will buy more than you were supposed to.
Black metal is something to purchase from here since its exclusively manufactured here.
A little off from the humdrum of Old city, Shilparamam, is in the very posh hitech city. You have to wear a pair of good walking shoes here for you will just not stop anywhere to sit here. It’s a handicraft mela that’s on for 35 days a year. You can find kashmiri work, Brass from Kerala, Gujurati Jewellery, blue poetry from Khurja, Jaipur’s leheriyas, Silk suits, Silver jewellery and much more.
You have a huge Tiffin centre that serves excellent south Indian Food. Also they have some or the other programmes happening here so keep a check on their events calendar, who knows you, might meet a celebrity here performing a play.
Where: Shilparamam, Hitech City, Hyderabad
Art, culture and history- if you love all of them, step into the wide premises of Hyderabad’s biggest museum. It has restored all the beautiful artifacts that the kings were given once upon a time by the rulers of other countries. You see an era of opulence, tradition and wealth. So much so, that you cannot hold back a sigh of envy, wishing you were born in those times where you could wear those clothes threaded in gold, silver and diamonds. The museum collection is supposed to belong to the Salar Jung Family.
The Clock and the Statue of Veiled Rebecca is one of national importance because of their make is absolutely astounding, knowing that they had been made when resources where so little. The canteen is not a big one but you can catch a bite or two if the long array of rooms tires you out.
Where: Salar Jung Rd, Darulshifa, Hyderabad
If you are not much into climbing those unstable steps of Golconda but have a keen ear to know about the history then slip into this wonderful show, available in Telugu, English and Hindi, where Amitabh Bachan and other prominent actors give voice to this silent fort. You see many images speaking to you, reminding you of the bygone years.
The seats are wonderful everywhere, so just sit back and relax and don’t forget to soak in the history.
Where: Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad
While spending a day at Necklace Road, you get to take the city lights riding in Bhaageerathi- a ferry that takes you around the Hussain saagar. It has a rooftop restaurant and a wide space for seats and also a dance podium if you feel like shaking a leg or two. The best part about it, that you don’t have to make any effort to enjoy, you will just go in a trance observing the beauty of the statue of Buddha and the quietness despite the noise.
Where: Hussain Sagar Lake, NTR Marg, Hussain Sagar, Hyderabad
ADVENTURE IN HYDERABAD
If you like the adventure and nature, then the great Hyderabad Adventure Club provides you with ample opportunities. They go for rock climbing, trekking and camping, usually joining forces with nature for a day or two. Also you will get to know the locals, exchange ideas about the city and make some really good memories.
Call: 077299 88784
HORSES AND RACES
So you in for some gambling and watch magnificent horses run? If you know someone, you can actually go and pet some of them.
Hyderabad Race Club keeps organizing races every now and then where you can sit back, wear those shades and become the belle of the ball. You can the information on their website, if you want to attend one of these.
Where: Malakpet, Hyderabad
A non-for-profit, Lamkaan, encourages young artists to show case their talent and promote events that could be anything related to arts, culture, literature, theatre and film making. You come some interesting people and will come to know that Hyderabad supports and loves art in their own way.
Where: Off Road No. 1, Banjara Hills, Opposite GVK One, Hyderabad
RAMOJI FILM CITY
Ramoji film city is where you can visualize where the movies are made. It’s a popular hub for all filmmakers from North or South. If you are lucky you will come across a shooting too. You can see elaborate movie sets and even the popular set of “Chutki jo tune kaarti hai” from the movie Dirty Picture here. Also fun rides are available if you like things to get a little jittery.
There are beautiful restaurants here and you can pick and choose the cuisine you are in the mood to taste.
WHERE: Ramoji Film City Main Road, Anaspur Village, Hayathnagar Mandal, Hyderabad
SUNDAY EVENTS AT NECKLACE ROAD
This is a great way to support something and Hyderabad cooperate events where Cycling, jogging or walking marathon is organized on Sundays early morning. Mornings are beautiful at the Necklace road, so you just have to sign in and do it just for the cause. Gives you a feel-good dose in the morning.
Hyderabad is all about exploring because it never ends here. You can find your own thing to do when you get tired of lists. The important thing is you being happy in the end.