Hyderabad is the capital of Andhra Pradesh in Southern India, located on the banks of the Musi River and on the Deccan Plateau. Hyderabad and Secunderabad are "twin cities" near Hussain Sagar Lake (also known as Tank Bund in local parlance) but both cities have grown so much that now they have become one big metropolis. The city and district of Hyderabad are coterminous. Hyderabad district is entirely contained within the Ranga Reddy district of Andhra Pradesh. Many of the suburbs of Hyderabad were recently merged into the city, now called Greater Hyderabad.
A city rich with history and tradition, Hyderabad now competes with Bangalore, Chennai for the crown of India's IT capital; Microsoft, Google and Oracle have their India headquarters here.
If you are traveling to Hyderabad on business — as is increasingly the case now — it is easy to miss the 400-year-old Hyderabad. The city that immediately hits the eye is a sprawling metropolis of shopping malls and office buildings with glass facades. The whole of the city seems to be under construction or renovation and the roads are jammed because flyovers are being constructed.
The "old city" that was once the seat of the Nizam, the ruler of the largest and the most opulent "princely state", and the twin city of Secunderabad where the British maintained a cantonment to keep the army within striking distance of the Nizam can be seen only if you take the time out to see them.
Hyderabad's many epithets include the City of Pearls, the City of Nawabs, the Biryani City and, because of its high-tech draw, Cyberabad.
In 1463 Quli Qutb-ul-Mulk established the fortress of Golconda about 8 km to the west of Hyderabad’s present day old city. He had quelled rebellion in the Telangana region and was appointed the subedar, or administrator of the region as a result. By 1518, he had become independent from the Bahmani sultan, declared himself the Sultan under the name of Quli Qutb Shah and established the Qutb Shahi dynasty. In 1589, Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, a grandson of Quli Qutb Shah, made the decision to move his capital from the Golconda fort to the present day location of Hyderabad due to water shortages at the old location. In 1591, he ordered the construction of the Charminar, reportedly in gratitude to Allah for cutting short a plague epidemic before it could do too much damage.
The name "Hyderabad" reportedly had its origins in an affair between Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah and a local Telugu courtesan named Bhagmati. He named the city Bhagyanagar after her, and after she converted to Islam and took on the name of "Hyder Mahal", he named the city Hyderabad. Hyderabad was built on a grid plan with help from Iranian architects. French traveler Jean-Baptiste Tavernier favorably compared Hyderabad to Orleans.
The Qutb Shahi dynasty lasted till 1687, when the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb defeated the sultanate and took over Hyderabad. He appointed his governor as ruler of the region and granted him the title of Nizam-ul-Mulk. However, Mughal rule was short-lived and in 1724, the Nizam Asaf Jah I gained independence from a declining Mughal empire. Legend has it that while on a hunting expedition, he met a holy man who offered him some kulchas and asked him to eat as much as he could. Asaf Jah ate only seven, and the holy man prophesied that his dynasty would last for seven generations. Sure enough, the seventh ruler in the dynasty was the last. In honour of the legend, the flag of the Nizams featured a kulcha.
Around 1763, Asif Jah II, defeated by the Marathas and threatened by Tipu Sultan of Mysore, entered into a subsidiary alliance with a British. Hyderabad state became a "princely state", protected by, and under the overlordship of the British. The British maintained their army in nearby Secunderabad to protect the Nizam and to ensure that he did not do any mischief. Hyderabad state was the richest in the country and in the 1930s Time magazine rated the Nizam the richest man in the world. In 1947, with India's independence, the seventh Nizam was reluctant to cede his principality to the newly independent India, preferring Pakistan instead. India sent in its troops and the 200 year old prophesy was fulfilled. Hyderabad became the capital of the newly formed state of Andhra Pradesh in 1956. The new capital's administrative buildings were located around Hussain Sagar Lake, approximately between Secunderabad and the "old city", as the Nizam's city came to be called.
In 1995, Chandrababu Naidu became chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. Among his key policies was a major initiative to turn the city into an IT hub. He cleaned up the streets, laid out IT parks and did much to attract technology companies into the city. Today, as Bangalore’s infrastructure is choked by the city’s rapid growth, Hyderabad's well-laid out streets are proving to be a major attraction for software and IT-enabled companies. The technology enclave of Madhapur has actually been officially named Hi tec city, and "Cyberabad" is commonly used as an alternative name to Hyderabad.
In 2007, the suburbs of Hyderabad were merged with the city to form Greater Hyderabad. In 2009, the longstanding demand to have Telangana created as a separate state came to boil, with low intensity agitations and disturbances shaking up Hyderabad. While the traveller need not worry much (see the "Stay safe" section for more) it does call into question Hyderabad's future status, as Telangana includes Hyderabad city.
The city of Hyderabad
The best way to orient yourself to Hyderabad is to think with reference to two water bodies - the Musi river and the Hussain Sagar Lake. The Musi river flows from the west to the east, a few kilometers south of Hussain Sagar Lake.
The Old city lies mostly on the south bank of the Musi, though this guide will treat Golkonda, which lies on the north bank, as part of the old city. Most historical attractions, including the Charminar lie on this bank.
Secunderabad lies to the north-east of Hussain Sagar lake. This has historically been a military cantonment, which means that the roads are better maintained and broader. It has nice parks, open spaces and some excellent restaurants.
The New city, which contains the administrative offices of Andhra Pradesh lies on the north bank of the Musi, to the east and south-east of Hussain Sagar.
Punjagutta to Gachibowli is a vast region to the west and north-west of Hussain Sagar, on the north bank of the Musi. This has developed in the past twenty years. Areas of interest here are Punjagutta and Ameerpet, which are enormous shopping areas. Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills is where Hyderabad's swish set lives, and contain some good parks and restaurants. The newly developed "Hi tec city" and Gachibowli are 9 km to the west of the new city. This is where most technology and business process outsourcing (BPO) firms have their campuses.
Culture and attitudes
In many senses, Hyderabad is the meeting ground between North and South India. The city has a culture that is distinct from the rest of Andhra Pradesh, showing Islamic influences and a courtly presence imparted from its period as the capital of the Nizamate. This is more evident in the old city. The new city resembles many provincial state capitals in India. Secunderabad is more cosmopolitan, as the Cantonment area is located in this part of the city.
Due to a recent influx of young men and women from various parts of the country, Hyderabad's culture and attitudes have taken a turn towards "modernity". However, it is good to keep in mind that the city is still a deeply conservative place and to dress appropriately, especially in the old city.
Note that people have a very indifferent attitude towards time and a very laid back attitude.
Like many Indian cities Hyderabad has a tropical climate. The best time to visit the city is from mid-November to mid-February.Temperatures are mild with abundant sunshine during this time and average temperature range from a low of 15°C (59°F) to a high of 29°C (85°F).
March to June is hot and dry with occasional thunderstorms. Highs can reach 45°C (113°F) or more and lack of air-conditioning can make it feel very uncomfortable. July, August, September and October can be quite warm and humid and low pressure systems from the Bay of Bengal during the monsoon season can cause heavy rain for days.
Along with Telugu, Urdu are widely spoken in Hyderabad and Telugu (the state language of Andhra Pradesh and one of India's three living classical languages), and most educated people speak Telugu, Urdu, Hindi and/or English. English signage is widespread.
The city is one of the main places where Urdu developed, and the dialect spoken primarily by the large Muslim population is known as “Deccani Urdu” or Dakhani Urdu” (which both translate to Urdu of the Deccan). Because of the influence of Urdu, a dialect of Hindi is also spoken in the city and your Hindi phrasebook may still be useful.
Hyderabad is well connected to all parts of the country by air, rail and road.
Hyderabad's new Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (IATA: HYD)  is located 22 km from the city. Note that the old airport at Begumpet is now closed. The sleek and well-organized airport is one of the best aviation facilities in India. The elevated expressway  to the airport is now open and takes 20 minutes. Direct international connectivity from Hyderabad is available for many countries. International carriers operating from Hyderabad are AirAsia, Air India, British Airways, Emirates, Gulf Air, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines,Ethiad airways and Thai Airways.
Domestic connectivity is excellent with Indian airlines operating from here including Air India, Air India Express, Indian Airlines, Indigo Airlines, Jet Airways, JetLite, Kingfisher Airlines, Paramount Airlines and SpiceJet.
Once you arrive at Hyderabad airport, one option is to take the air-conditioned buses run by the airport (Aero Express)  to three designated points in the city (1) Begumpet (Paryatak Bhavan) (2) Secunderabad (Keyes High School) (3) Hi-Tec City (Opposite Shilparamam) at a fixed price of Rs 150, and two designated points in the city (4) Charminar (City College) (5) Mehdipatnam (Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital) at Rs 120 (travel time runs from 45-100 min depending on time of day and traffic conditions). The buses have a frequency of a bus every 30 minutes between 3:30AM and 11PM and every hour at midnight, 1AM, 2AM and 3AM. You can reach the designated points and then take an auto or metered cab from there.
Alternatively, you can hire metered air-conditioned radio cabs starting from Rs 10 per km (see Get around section) Easy and Meru are approved by the Airport and are available just after exiting the terminal building. For the rest, you need to call and book with a lead time of 15 minutes to 1 hour. These cabs charge 25 % surcharge in the night (ie, Rs 18.75 per km). Beware of taxi soliciting touts at the airport greeting area; they will try to scam you into exorbitant rates.
Hired cars are also available from a booth just before walking outside of the airport. This gives you the advantage of paying in advance, thereby avoiding any disagreements over price.The airport can be contacted on their (toll free for BSNL/MTNL subscribers) number 1 800 419-2008 for all services and enquiries including arrivals / departure information, facilities, transport availability, etc.
Indian Railways  has service to Hyderabad from all over India.
There are three major railway stations serving the twin cities: Secunderabad, Hyderabad , and Kachiguda and a minor station at Begumpet.Most of the trains bound for South India and North India originate from Hyderabad,and leave via Secunderabad.
Hyderabad is well connected to other major Metros by road. Bangalore is connected by NH7 and is at a distance of 560 km. The city is 752 km from Chennai (using highways NH9 and NH5) and 800 km from Mumbai (NH9 till Pune and the expressway to Mumbai.) The Bangalore Hyderabad section is part of the North South corridor which is being upgraded to a four-lane divided highway.
Hyderabad is well-connected to all parts of the Andhra Pradesh and some parts of South India.
"MGBS" is the biggest station run by APSRTC (state-run) situated in Hyderabad and JBS / Jubilee Bus station is in Secunderabad.APSRTC runs direct A/C coaches to Mumbai,Bangaluru,Chennai,also A.P tourism runs A/C coaches to,Mumbai,Chennai and Bangaluru,you have to book the tickets in advance. There are many online bus ticketing portals to book bus tickets. Mybustickets is one such portal. Kesineni travels Introduced buses to Mangalore, Coimbatore, Nagpur and Surat
Imliban is said to be the largest bus station in the world. APSRTC has pickup and drop points from various points in the city. In addition, government-run bus services of neighbouring states also run buses to Hyderabad, as do various private companies such as Kesineni Travels ,ApnaBus.in
It may be difficult to find direct buses from North India.
There are many ways to get around in Hyderabad. It has good bus service, passable autorickshaw and taxi service and a grossly inadequate local train service.
Overall, the transportation in Hyderabad is Pathetic.
Hyderabad has good local bus connectivity and is run by APSRTC, a state-government owned corporation. Most buses start and at the Mahatma Gandhi Bus Terminus more commonly known as Imlibun. Apart from normal local buses, you have a choice of Metro Express and Metro Deluxe aka Veera. There have also been Air-conditioned buses all over the city (minimum fare Rs 15/-).
Local buses tend to get extremely overcrowded and travelling on the footboard of a bus is very common. Due to this, most buses tend to tilt towards the left when they get overcrowded, with people even hanging behind the bus. The normal buses are dirty and rickety with bad seats and most bus drivers drive recklessly stopping at each stop for just a fraction of a second leaving commuters running behind the bus, or worse, not stopping at the designated stop at all.
Autorickshaws in Hyderabad should be metered, though it can be difficult for non-locals to find an autorickshaw driver who agrees to a metered fare. (This is especially true when hailing an auto in front of a 5 star hotel and near Hi-Tech area.) However, Traffic police are very helpful and will help engage an Auto with metered fare. Autos can carry a maximum of 3 passengers excluding the driver, but it is common to find them being overloaded to carry up to six passengers. The minimum fare is Rs 14 which covers the first 1.6 km. Each additional km is another Rs 8. There are also shared 8 seater Maxi Vans available to and fro from the suburbs to a main location of the city in that direction. Fares are mostly 2 rupees more than bus fares, but are far more comfortable and fast for short distances upto 5 km.
Auto Drivers in Hyderabad are extremely (extremely means extremely) rude and demand a higher fare even though the fare has been increased from Rs 12 to Rs 14. Be careful and it is advised to keep extra change with you since most of the auto drivers will claim that they don't have change, even if they have.
The auto drivers spit while driving. There are chances of the spit falling on you due to wind.
Reckless driving is very common in this city.
Metered taxis are available, but they cannot be hailed off the street. One needs to call their centralised call centre and book the service. Service is very good, especially if you are booking for longer distances. It can be next to impossible to be able to get a cab without prior booking since demand far outstrips the supply. All metered cabs have digital meters that show the distance and fare.
Operators offering metered taxis at Rs 10 per km (Most of them are now charging Rs 12 per km for an Indica, Rs 10 continues in case of Maruti Omni) with a minimum charge is Rs 80 in most cases. Many taxi services prefer not to book trips that are only a short distance.
Apple Cabs, ☎ +91 40 6599-2225/2226 minimum 4 km, Rs 90 later Rs 10/km
Call Taxi, ☎ +91 40 2790-1111/1122
Cel Cabs, ☎ +91 40 2324-2526 1 hour 10 km Rs 150 package for non-A/C car.
City Cab, ☎ +91 40 2776-0000/6631-6000/6631-6001. 1 hr 15 km Rs 200, others have much better cars
Delta Cab, ☎ +91 40 66048468. Minimum 1 hr package Rs 200 package later Rs 10/km and Rs 12/km in night for A/C Indica 4 seater car
Fast Track, ☎ +91 40 2888-9999/2760-2760. Minimum 15 km, Rs 150 later Rs 10/km
Green Cab, ☎ +91 40 2460-6060. Minimum 12 km, Rs 120 later Rs 10/km. Maruti 800 cars
Local trains called MMTS  are available, albeit for a few places in Hyderabad, The frequency ranges from 10 minutes to around 2 per hour, save the day time and Sundays when there are fewer trains. It is a fast way of travel to the few stations it covers, and the cheapest option as well. If you plan to travel through MMTS, do check out the schedule from the website  or . If you are foreign traveler it is advisable to take first class. Daily and monthly passes are also available at the MMTS stations.Hyderabad cabs call taxi 24hrs service contact no.040-2000-5000
Hyderabad lacks an expressway system, leading to traffic jams during rush hours. However, an 160 km Ring Road Expressway is currently under construction.
Driving is exciting in Hyderabad not unlike in the rest of India. You find Cycles,motor cycles, Rikshaws, Hand Carts, Autos, Share Autos,Mini Trucks, Buses, Vestibule Buses, Double deckers, Volvos jostling along. There are long stretches of roads passing through thickly populated areas that have no median breaks, so vehicles, including motorbikes and cars, simply drive on the wrong side of the road. Several modern flyovers now link the arterial roads.
Several car rental agencies are available at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport as well in the following locations.
Budget, Plot Number 902, Road Number 46, Jubilee Hills, ☎ +91 44 2355 8807 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +91 40 23558809), . 24 hours. Budget car rentals are also available at the Rajiv Ghandi International Airport and the Hampshire Plaza Hotel
Avis, Hotel Marriot Hyderabad,Tank Bund Road (Opposite Hussain Sagar Lake), ☎ +91-011-23890707 (email@example.com), . Open 24 hours.
Hyderabad's interesting districts are fairly spread out, but are enjoyable to explore by foot on their own. The Old City is composed of a maze of disorienting alleyways that expand outward from the Charminar. Getting lost in the markets (where you can buy anything from hand-sequined saris to freshly slaughtered goats) and alleyways in the Old City can make for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. The famous Chudi Bazaar (Lad Bazaar) across from the Charminar is a chaotic tumble of goods, people, animals and vehicles are navigated quickly on foot. The Chowmahalla palace and the Mecca Masjid are both easily accessed from the Charminar. Necklace Road, Sultan Bazar (Koti) and Abids are worth taking some time to wander around. Please note that walking can be hazardous in Hyderabad. It is common for roads to be missing pavement, or simply unpaved, and bikes and autorickshaws may go to right up to the edge of the road and climb any barrier to get ahead in traffic. Walking alongside and crossing the road can be very dangerous and it is important to stay alert for erratic driving. It is always advisable to use the foot-over bridge if there is one available.
Old city is the historical region of hyderabad. Most of the historical attractions are situated in the old city.
Charminar. 9AM-5PM Mo-Sa. Closed on Fridays between 1-2PM for prayers.. Literally "Four minarets", this structure was built at the very spot at which Quli Qutb Shah prayed for the end to the plague epidemic. The Charminar has long been the icon of Hyderabad. The towers rise to a height of 48.7 m above the ground. There is a mosque with 45 prayer spaces located inside in the upper storeys. The structure stands in the middle of a busy road with vehicular traffic, but a pedestrianization project is under way. Atop the minarets, you get a panoramic view of Hyderabad city. At the very bottom of one of the minar, there is a hindu temple, .Rs 5, Children below 11 free (for Indians) Rs 100 (for foreigners) Video cameras are charged Rs 25 extra.
Mecca Masjid, Southwest of the Char Minar. Mecca Masjid is one of the oldest mosques in the city and easily the biggest. Muhammed Quli Qutub Shah began building it in 1617 under the supervision of Mir Faizullah Baig and Rangiah Choudhary. Mughal emperor Aurangzeb completed the construction in 1694. The mosque is a granite giant with awe-inspiring innards. The main hall of the mosque is 75 feet high, 220 feet wide and 180 feet long, big enough to accommodate ten thousand worshippers at a time. The entrance arches are made of single slabs of granite. It is believed that Muhammed Quli commissioned bricks to be made from earth brought from Mecca and inducted them into the construction of the central arch of the mosque, which explains the name of the mosque.
Chowmahalla Palace, Khilwat, 20-4-236, Motigalli Hyderabad - 500 002, ☎ +91 40 2452-2032, . 10AM-5PM Sa-Th. Closed on National Holidays. Situated near Charminar, it was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty where the Nizam entertained his official guests and royal visitors.Rs 25 (for Indians) Rs 150 (for foreigners), camera permit Rs 50.
Falaknuma Palace. Built by Nawab Viqar al-Umra in 1872, Falaknuma is a stunning piece of architecture and the most opulent of the Nizam's palaces. The interior is particularly impressive and features the works of Florentine sculptors and a 100-seater Dining Table. The palace is currently being renovated and the Taj Group is converting it into a luxury hotel. Visitors are not allowed inside. Avoid this unless viewing the exterior will satisfy you.
Golconda Fort. 7AM-8PM. The Golconda Fort was the capital of the Qutb Shahi kingdom. In the 16th century, it was the centre of a flourishing diamond trade. The fort is a gigantic complex with an outer wall measuring 10 km. Set aside a minimum of 2 hours to do justice to your visit. Learning a little about the fort ahead of time is recommended as it is easy to get confused or lost in the massive space. If you accept one of the local guides - who hustle you at the entrance gate - try to pick one who actually knows his stuff, rather than someone who was actually just passing by, spotted you and will tell you bits he once read in a guidebook. The genuine old Muslim guide who gained his encyclopaedic knowledge of Golconda as an infant from his 118 year old grandmother knows the history of every inch of the place and will show you with expertise the echo/architecture system built into the fort that the ruler used as a communication/spying system. Worth every rupee. There is also a light and sound show (price for foreigners Rs 50/100 for normal/executive ticket) after sunset lasting ~1h that tells you the story of the fort and is worth seeing. The English show runs every day at 6:30pm November to February and 7pm March to October. Hindi and Telugu shows are run afterwards in certain days. Afterwards, have a wander through the tiny streets and shops surrounding the fort. The beautiful scruffy old shops and houses will sell you everything from naan bread to bangles, and the fading and gaudy old painted gates and houses are a delight, as are the friendly locals. In twenty years, these beautiful shabby old relics of the 50s that cater to real local needs will have been replaced by the tasteless concrete and plate glass malls selling identikit mass-produced copies of low-budget western clothes to people with more money than sense. Rs 120 for adults and Rs 100 for children.
Qutb Shahi Tombs (1 km north of Golconda fort, approached via Banjara Darwaza), . 9:30AM-5:30PM Sa-Th. The Qutubshahi mosques in Hyderabad are so named because they were built by the Qutubshahi dynasty. Most of them were built by Quli Qutb Shah, the founder. Sadly in May 2010 local newspapers revealed that shoddy 'restoration' work allegedly using unskilled labour with road drills (bought in by one government department that didn't bother to seek professional advice or inform the local archaeological or environment departments) has been damaging these beautiful buildings. Rs 10; camera Rs 20.
H.E.H The Nizam's Museum, Purani Haveli, Behind Princess Durru Shehvar Children's Hospital Hyderabad-2, ☎ +91 40 2452 1029. 10am-5pm Sa-Th. Home to the famous wardrobe of Mahbub Ali Pasha, who is said never to have worn the same thing twice. It is the world's longest wardrode, built in two levels with a hand-cranked wooden lift(elevator) in place. This occupies the entire length of one wing of the palace.Adults-Rs 50 Students & children-Rs 15.
Hussain Shah Wali Dargah.
Moula Ali Dargah. 400 stairs brings you to a place of worship built by the Asif Jahis. The Moula Ali Dargah was built in the memory of Hazrat Ali, the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad. Legend has it that Yakoob, a eunuch in the court of Ibrahim Quli, went to the hill after he saw Hazrat Ali seated on it. To his surprise, he saw the impression Ali's palm on a stone, which he had dreamt. He had the impression cut out and installed in a shrine. Ibrahim Shah later built a mosque beside the dargah. A Ashurkhana , a Baradari (pavilion) and an Nqqar khana (place for beating drums) were built during the Qutb Shahi period.
Osmania Arts College. Built during the period of the last Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan. The imposing facade of the building is a great sight.
Paigah Tombs, Santoshnagar (Pisal Banda). These tombs belong to the 'Paigah' nobles (tied by blood and marriage to the Nizams) and are about 200 years old. These unique lime and mortar tombs are beautifully carved and have marble inlay work on them.
Purani Haveli, Dewandevdi (Southeast of Afzalganj bridge). 10:30am-5pm Sa-Th. Originally, the palace of the Nizam's Prime Minister, later it was renovated and became the quarters of the Nizam's son. It is a U-shaped complex with a single-storeyed building in the European style.
Raymond Tomb, Dilsukh Nagar, Asmaan Gadh. Michel Raymond, a French mercenary, was a military commander in the service of the second Nizam and also his close friend. His tomb is located at Saroornagar, and is made of black granite with beautiful skyview of the area
Salar Jung Museum, Naya Pul, Afzalgunj (Turn left once you reach the south bank of Musi using the Nayapul), ☎ +91 40 2452 3211. 10AM - 5PM Sa-Th. (Ticketing closes at 4:15PM). This collection belonged to the Salar Jungs, Prime Minsters of Hyderabad, but has been augmented since. The collection includes articles mostly from medieval and modern times, with a concentration of articles from the Islamic era. The western wing on the second floor is interesting. It contains paintings, furniture and other objects that the Salar Jung got from the West. The collection of Nizam jewellery is displayed only on special occasions. Free guided tours lasting two hours each are available at scheduled times, four times a day. Inquire at the entrance. Cameras, bags and liquids are not allowed, but mobile cameras are winked at. Deposit your contraband at the free lockers available near the ticketing area. Rs 15 for Indians and Rs 150 for Foreigners.
Toli Masjid, Karwan. 300 years old. Known for its splendid architechture.
Archival Museum (A.P. State Archives and Research Institute), Tarnaka, Hyderabad-7, ☎ +91 40 27018371.
AP State Museum. Displays a stunning array of artifacts dating back to the 1st century to the 20th Century. Ranging from the Lotus Medallion of the 1st century to the Amazing Kalankari work that adorned the bed-spreads of the Nizams to a period room that displays the typical living room of the Nizam time to the Jain sculptures and Statues - this place has it all.
The Birla Mandir.
Birla Mandir, Adarsh nagar, Naubat Pahad (Two different routes depending on whether you want to drive right to the top or climb the stairs.). 10AM-12 noon, 2PM-8PM. The industrial house of the Birlas have the tradition of building magnificent marble temples in cities of India. This one is one of the best. Located on top of Naubat Pahad (mountain), this clean, sparkling white temple dedicated to Venkateshwara has viewing areas that afford a great view of the city. Sadly, cameras and camera mobiles are banned; your bags are checked at the entrance. There is a free cloakroom where you can deposit those. Free.
B.M. Birla Planetarium and Science & Technological Museum, Adarshnagar, Hyderabad -63 (Very close to Birla Temple, Naubat Pahad), ☎ +91 40 2324 1067. Museum: 10:30AM-8PM, Planetarium: English shows: 11:30AM, 4PM, 6PM, More shows in Telugu and one show in Hindi. Fr-We. The show at the planetarium lasts 35 minutes and is moderately interesting. The technological museum, on the other hand, is poorly maintained. The Dinosaurium at the upper level is interesting. It contains a complete skeleton of a dinosaur Kotasaurus yamanpalliensis discovered in the village of Yemanapalli in 1988. The lower level displays the personal collection of Nirmala Birla, also quite interestingMuseum: Rs 15, Planetarium: Rs 17, Combined admission: Rs 35. Parking Rs 20.
The High Court of Andhra Pradesh, Nayapul.
The Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet. Formerly a Nizam's palace and the Jagirdar's College. This Institution was founded in 1923 and is currently one of the oldest and largest public schools in the country. The campus is also an internationally recognised heritage site.
Kala Bhavan, Ravindra Bharathi complex, Saifabad, Lakdikapul. An art gallery
The Kothi Residency (Womens College, Kothi).
The Natural History Museum, Nehru Zoological park. Has some rare and interesting exhibits.
Exhibition. An exhibition that runs in the months of January & February every year. It showcases various items made across India. It runs every year starting Jan 1st till Feb 15th in Exhibition grounds, Nampally (Vanitha College)
Punjagutta to Gachibowli
Astrologer foretells a boy's future. Village scene at Shilparamam
Alankrita Art Gallery, Kavuri Hills, Madhapur, ☎ +91 40 2311 3709.
Kalahita Art Foundation, Lakshmi Towers, Nagarjuna Hills, ☎ +91 40 2335 0543.
Le Cafe De Art, Road No.1 Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 6550 6661.
Pegasus Art Gallery, Road No.72 Jubilee Hills, ☎ +91 40 23608883..
Shilparamam, Hi tec city, Madhapur. 11AM-8PM. Designed as a contrast to the futuristic Cyber tower that lies across the road, the crafts village of Shilparamam ("sculpture village") guards the entrance road to Hi tec city. The intent is to showcase and preserve the old. There is a bazaar where you can buy assorted handicrafts and art work. There is also an entire village where you can find realistic -looking sculptures of villagers carrying out their traditional crafts. You can also find a rock museum which contains natural rock formations that allegedly look life-like. A night bazaar is slated to open in December 2009. Make sure you carry cash to buy anything you like - credit cards are not accepted by most shops. Rs 25.
State Gallery Of Art (Chitramayee), Road No. 1, Kavuri Hills, Madhapur, Jubilee Hills, ☎ 91 40 23113308.
Vishwakarma arts gallery, Banjara Hills, Panjagutta,Dwarakapuri colony, Esteem House, Backside of Model House, ☎ +91 40 6661 5039 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 10.00 AM to 9.00 PM.
Birla Mandir, Chilkur. Birla Mandir on the Naubath Pahad is a magnificent Hindu temple of Lord Venkateshwara, entirely built in white marble located in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India . The Birla Foundation has constructed several similar temples in India, all of which are known as Birla Mandir. The temple manifests a blend of South Indian, Rajasthani and Utkala temple architectures. In its entirety, it is made of 2000 tons of pure Rajasthani white marble. The granite of the presiding deity is about 11 ft (3.4 m). tall and a carved lotus forms an umbrella on the roof. The consorts of Lord Venkateswara, Padmavati and Andal are housed in separate shrines. There is a brass flagstaff in the temple premises which rises to a height of 42 ft (13 m). Free. (17.34839,78.39883E)
Balaji Temple, Chilkur, . 6.00 to 21.00. Chilkur has come up as a very important pilgrim centre in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (India). The Lord here is Sri Venkateswara Swamy in a standing posture, beside whom is Goddess Sridevi and Goddess Bhudevi. It is said that the Lord bears an injury on his chest which is believed to have been made during digging out of the Idol!. The deity also is famously known as "Visa Venkat". Students applying for visa after enrolling in US universities, come here before the interview date, make a wish for visa acceptance. After receiving the visa approval, the students re-visit the temple and do 108 "pradakshinas" around the temple as their wish came true. Free. (17.34839,78.39883E)
Sanghi Temple, Hayat Nagar. Free. (17.34839,78.39883E)
St Joseph's Cathedral, Gun Foundry Area. Established in 1820, this is the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Hyderabad.
Hussain Sagar Lake.
Hussain Sagar Lake (Tank Bund), Necklace Road. 24 hrs. artificial lake is a historical landmark, built during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah in 1562 by damming the Musi. This forms the boundary between Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Surrounding the lake are various parks, temples, statues and historical buildings. This is one of the few walkable places in the city. At the centre of the lake stands a famous statue of the Buddha installed in 1992. Boat rides to Budha Statue are available from Eat Street and Lumbini Park and fares are low.Free.
Osman Sagar / Gandipet
Durgam Cheruvu (Secret Lake) - this is quite close to Hi-Tec City area and now hosts various parties and events. It used to be a real hidden gem in the busy city but it is still a nice lake to sit around.
Shamirpet - 24 km away to the north of Secunderabad, Shamirpet has a beautiful lake & a deer park. Its peaceful environs make it a great picnic spot. AP Tourism offers comfortable cottages facilities for accommodation (under private management), while the forest lodge can be booked with the AP Forest Department office at Saifabad.
Saroornagar - this lake is very famous as it has been lined by a solid strong wall on one side recently. A two lane undivided road is laid over this wall. The road is neat and exciting to drive. It has abundant lighting during nighttime and large pedastrian space provided. A problem is 'eutrophication' which is caused due to water hyacinth. A pleasant space for young couples to spend their evening. Smells sometimes, but that is the nature of any waterbody in a metropolis. Another important event that takes place is 'vinayakachaturthy',(a festival for Hindus in which Lord Vinayaka's statues are immersed (and thereby dissolved) in water). All roads lead to saroor nagar lake on the day of the Lord Ganesh's nimajjanam.
Public Gardens. Known as the Bagh-e-aam (Garden for the commoners), it has well laid out gardens and is surrounded by the imposing State Legislative Assembly building, the Jubilee Hall, the Jawahar Bal Bhavan, the Health Museum and the State Archaeological Museum.Free.
Necklace Road ( The Chaupati of Hyderabad)
Indira Park - A sprawling 76 acre park located near Tank Bund with a nice little pond and boating.
Public Gardens (This was the old zoo and now is a beautiful place for both children and adults).
Krishna Kanth Park
Lotus Pond (Jubilee Hills)
Botanical Garden (Madapur)
Nehru Zoological Park (almost natural habitat for a great collection of animals.drive in + Safari)
KBR National Park (Chiraan Palace)
Chilkur Wildlife Park
Jalavihar Family Water Park (Necklace Road)
Mahaveer Vanasthali Wildlife park
Lumbini Park - It also offers nice Laser Shows in the evening which is first in India.
(The wild life parks, botanical garden and zoo have several educational programs including lectures with live snakes)
Chacha Nehru Park (Masab Tank)for pleasant morning walks with kids
Heritage walk, Char Minar, . 7AM-9AM every Sunday and 2nd Saturday. They are organized by the AP tourism department and led by a knowledgeable guide and Tourist Police. There are two flavors of walks so far, one that ends at Chowmohalla palace, and the other that ends at Badshahi Ashoorkhana.Bonus - breakfast served too! It's probably better to call up at  beforehand and confirm which walk is on.Ticket price is Rs 50 per head and can be bought at char minar on the spot.
Fun & Frolic
Bungee Trampoline at NTR Park
NTR Gardens, NTR Marg (West of Hussain Sagar lake). 2 PM-8:30PM. Built by Chandrababu Naidu in memory of N T Rama Rao, his father in law and ex-Chief Minister, this is an amusement park which houses some nice attractions like a mini-train, a haunted house, a boat ride, etc. There is a cafe where the seating is in the shape of vintage cars. You can either spend money on the rides or generally stroll around and gape at the fountains and the giant insects. For rides, the Rs 45 combo you can buy at the entrance is a good deal.Rs 15 for entry, rides extra..
Lumbini Park, NTR Marg (West of Hussain Sagar lake). 9 AM-9 PM. See water cascades, go on guided car rides. Go on a boat ride and see the Buddha statue at the centre of the lake.Rs 5, rides extra.
Dhola ri Dhani.
HIGH VIEW Swimming Pool, Maula Ali, ☎ +91-939-111-5019
Runway 9 Ph+95-8418-232 752/232 753/232 633, 09885333160(Mobile). This park offers archery, air rifle (BB gun) target practice, and go-cart racing on a track with tight corners.
Treasure Island, Gandipet
Ramoji Film City holds the record for the world's largest film studio, though most of the shooting takes place outdoors. Many Telugu and Hindi films are produced here. Tourists can tour the studios and there are two hotels. It's a 1-2 hour drive east of the city.
Ocean Park , Gandipet, ☎ +91 40 2322 5660/2322 3824 - A water-theme park
Snow World - Asia's largest Snow Theme Park. Entry Ticket - Rs 250/- for all individual above 4' ( Four Feet ), Children charged Rs 200/-. Telephonic Reservations : * Diginet Digital Experience Zone (AP's Best Gamecenter. Wifi hotspot, coffee shop, shopping) ☎ +91 40 5558 0009
Friends of Snakes Society (For reptile conservation work and field trips) ☎ +91 40 27112719.
Great Hyderabad Adventure Club (GHAC), Masabtank, ☎ +91 9885039230 (email@example.com), . A non profit Hyderabad based community adventure club. Here you can meet local adventurers and participate in adventure activities in and around Hyderabad.
EmaarMGF Boulder Hills Golf and Country Club, Manikonda Village, Gachibowli,, Hyderabad 500032 Mobile: Mr. Sanjay Pan- 99494 30300/92480 30300 (Golf and Country Club), Email.: firstname.lastname@example.org
Park View Enclave Tennis Centre, Boinpally Secunderabad, ☎ +91 40 3296 0203.
Bodhi Sampanna, Tel: +91 98 663 24910, E-mail: email@example.com, . The center, whose name means 'an abode endowed with bodhi', is a center for the study and practice of Mahayana Buddhism following the lineage and example of Lord Buddha. Bodhi Sampanna was founded in 2009 and is a part of Dharma Megha Foundation
The Center offers courses in various Buddhist meditation techniques and teachings on different aspects of Buddhism. Teachings are offered free to the public and are conducted in English or in Tibetan (with translation in English).
Jagdamba Pearls, Gupta Estate, Basheer Bagh, ☎ 66566777, . Jagdamba Pearls, is one of the oldest and the largest pearl companies in India.
C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons-The Flagship Boutique, Taj Deccan, ☎ 040 3256 1869, . 8am to 11pm, on Sundays 11am to 8pm. An ideal, intimate setting to buy the finest of jewellery from the famous Bangalore based jewellery house.
Lilac Boutique, Liberty Road, Himayathnagar (Near TTD, Dadu Sweets), ☎ +91 92 4658 1851. Designer and made to order & customised Heavy Suits, Sarees and Fancy Blouses.
Pearls of Hyderabad (Abids and Somajiguda Jewelry shops) popular for their Quality And Lustre. Choose from 3 varieties in Pearls Viz. Natural, Cultured, and Imitation.
Ghanshyamdas Jewellers Opp Abids Police Station Very Geniune In Pearls
Ornaments & jewelry (Punjagutta,Abids and Somajiguda)
Imitation Jewelery From Charminar.
The Golden Mile of Hyderabad for shopping, consisting of shopping plazas, Malls, Designer Boutiques and upmarket shops - Starting from Lifestyle near the Begumpet Flyover and extending all the way till Road No.1 Banjara Hills.
Ladida-lingerie store (lingerie, ladies wear), #2,R,K.Plaza, Opp.Joyalukkas Jewelers, Greenlands Road, Panjagutta,, ☎ 040-40020267, . 11am-8.30pm. exclusive lingerie store where you can for shop lingerie, lounge wear and moreRs 300-2500.
Vishwakarmarts gallery Esteemhouse Opposite to model house Punjagutta Dwarakarapuri colony ☎ +91 40 6661 5039 
Shilparamam Which Is Also Known As Night Bazaaz is Situated in Madhapur. They Have exhibitions of handicrafts normally.
"United Designers-Store" Banjara Hills Rd#4 , have exciting designs by a new wave of young hyderabadi fashion designers (as mentioned in lonely planet south india book) they also have natural hand-made soaps for body and hair. Mon- Sat 10:30AM-8PM, ☎ +91 40 2335 5441 / +91 98 85404944.
Laad Bazaar exotic lacquer and glass bangles market. Next to Charminar
Begum Bazaar (Wholesale Market)
Sultan Bazaar (WholeSale Clothes Market)
General Bazaar (Budget clothes Shopping)
Monda Market (Vegetable Market)
Feel Khana Khadim
This guide uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Under Rs 250
Over Rs 750
Hyderabad is incomplete without talking about its food - a rich blend of royal Mughlai flavours, Nizams special, and spice-up culinary traditions of South India such as: Hyderabadi Biryani, Pathar-ka-Ghosht, Nahari, Haleem, Double-ka-Meetha, Khubani-ka-Meetha, Seviyon-ka-Meetha and Kheer.
A popular dish of Hyderabad is Hyderabadi Biryani. Ask anybody about their favorite dish of Hyderabad, and they will definitely tell you Hyderabadi Biryani. It is prepared with a blending of Mughal kitchen and the style of cooking practised by the Nizams. Hyderabadi Biryani has a distinct aroma. Beautifully garnished with pudina, fried onion & boiled eggs. Mostly it is served with dahi-ki-chutney and mirchi-ka-salan. Biryani has many variants like Mutton Biryani, Chicken Biryani, Biryani Khaam, Biryani Zard or Zafrani or the most exotic of all Joban Malti Biryani in which mutton, partridges and quails were cooked with rice.
Hyderabadi Dum Biryani is where Dum refers to the baking process and Basmati rice and meat or vegetables are mixed in a pot and heated for a long time. During the Nizam's time, the Biryani was made with lamb's meat carefully cooked with rice. Culinary delicacies of Hyderabad include
'Gosht, which is made from a buck/billy/young goat, and is associated with the Hyderabadi cuisine. Hyderabadis prize the meat of a male goat.
Kachchi gosht ki biriyani of Hyderabad, where raw meat is stir fried with spices (masala) for couple of minutes and then covered with rice and put on dum. Today, Biryani is also made using vegetables, chicken, seafood and beef. The beef Biryani is known as Kalyani Biryani, available at many small eateries in the city. Although any Irani cafe might serve this delectable dish, there are a few places better known for tasteful food than their hygiene.
Hyderabadi Haleem is another dish which is available only in the month of Ramadaan(Ramzan).
Mirchi ka salan — spicy chilly gravy, is another dish that serves as a tasty accompaniment to any rice item.
Khubani ka meetha is Hyderabad's preferred dessert sweet. It is made from apricots boiled in sugar syrup till they achieve a thick consistency. It looks similar to, but tastes different from gajar ka halwa. It is often topped with ice-cream or cream.
Double Ka Meetha is a dessert made from bread, milk and dry fruits.
Falooda is a favourite drink of Hyderabad.
Irani chai is the tea of Hyderabad, available everywhere in the old city.
Street food in Hyderabad is better than most other cities in India and it is cheap.
Hyderabad's famous haleem
In recent times, there has been an explosion in the number of restaurants in Hyderabad, fuelled by demand from young professionals with money to spend. Quality and variety of food, however, has not kept pace. There is a disproportionately large number of restaurants that aspire to be called "fine-dining" restaurants, but the food they serve is usually indifferent. In general, keep away from restaurants that call themselves "multi-cuisine" or if you see multiple cuisines on the menu, as the chances are that they are attempting to serve every kind of palate and will not satisfy any.
The older areas of Hyderabad are better places to find good and cheap food. Places close to Hi tec city, such as Madhapur and Kondapur, tend to have expensive and bad food, while in Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills you will find restaurants that are expensive, but which sometimes serve good food. Those misled by the fact that Hyderabad is in South Indian and expecting South Indian food may be disappointed. While there are excellent South Indian restaurants in some of the older areas like Koti and Abids, the average South Indian food served here is quite bad.
Two of the biggest names in Hyderabad's restaurant business are Ohri's and the BJN Group. It will seem as if every second restaurant in the city is run by either one or the other. BJN generally runs upscale restaurants, while Ohri's runs both upscale and mid-range restaurants. It also runs numerous fast food places all over the city, including at Prasad's Imax, Banjara Hills, Somajiguda, EatStreet, Hyderabad Central & Basheer Bagh.
Karachi Bakery, Mozamjahi Market and Road No. 1 Banjara Hills.
Alpha, Opposite Secunderabad Railway Station, Secunderabad, ☎ +91 40 2770-2291. famous for its Beja Fry available only in the morning, served for breakfast.
Bowl O'China, . This is a chain restaurant started by the same folk who run Hyderabad House. It is present in multiple locations all over the city. Average Indian Chinese food.Rs 200.
Chutneys, 1: 2: Nagarjuna Circle, Near Punjagutta flyover, ☎ +91 40 2335-0569, 2335-8484, 5557-8651. Vegetarian, and quite well-known in Hyderabad. It shines in South Indian dishes like dosas, idlis and uttappas. "North Indian" also available, but best avoided. Is extremely crowded on weekend nights, and there is awaiting time of upto 30 min. Does not serve alcohol. Rs 150.
Deli 9. 9:30AM-10:30PM. Bakery and Cafe. A hit with the young crowd for its cakes, pastries, quiches, and puffs. Present in two locationsRs 200.
Road No. 1 Banjara Hills, Opposite City Center Mall, ☎ +91 40 6550-6662.
Ground Floor, My Home Tycoon, Begumpet (Lifestyle Building), ☎ +91 40 6677-7727.
Hyderabad House, Multiple locations, . This is a chain of restaurants, serving Hyderabadi food located all over the city. There are also outlets that comprise just a takeout counter. Try the Lukhmi. Vegetarians will be served, but have few choices.Rs 200.
Kholani's Kitchen, 4-3-548/1, Shop No. 16 & 17, Needs Arcade, Tilak Road, Abids, ☎ +91 40 2475-3444, +91 40 2475-7657. 11AM-11PM. Try the Malai Kebabs (chicken) and Apollo FishRs 150.
New Astoria Restaurant, Address:1-8-563/2, Surya Mukhi Complex, RTC X Roads, Hyderabad - 20, ☎ +91 40 27667115, +91 40 66625520. Great Biryani
Minerva Coffee Shop. This is a bit of a local institution, serving tasty vegetarian South and North Indian snacks and food. It is present in four locations:Rs 150.
Paradise Restaurant, Paradise Circle, M G Road, Secunderabad. 11:30AM-11:30PM. This restaurant is one of the oldest places serving Biryani and of late has lost some of its sheen owing to explosion of business Also serves the best falooda in Hyderabad. It has both a sit-down restaurant and takeaway. They do not have branches, but imitators with similar names have sprung up all over the city. A new branch has recently opened up at Masab Tank crossroad & Hitec City near Shilpakala Vedhika.
Rayalseema Ruchulu, 1st Main Road, Shanti Nagar, In The Lane Behind JNTU, Masab Tank, ☎ +91 40 6510-0033, +91 40 6510-0044, +91-98856-50789. 12PM:3:30PM,7PM:11:PM. Mildly spiced food from Rayalaseema, rustic decor. Not for vegetarians.Rs 200.
Shadaab, Madina Building, ☎ +91 40 2313 4446. Famous for its Hyderabadi Mutton Biryani and Jabda Gosht available only in the morning, served for breakfast.
Sandarshini. Delicious South Indian dishes. Is present in over 5 locations
Parklane X Roads, S D Road, Secunderabad, ☎ +919885110007.
Masab Tank, Mehdipatnam, ☎ +91 40 2332-1152.
Shanbhag. 7:30AM-11:30PM. Another local institution for South Indian vegetarian food. Present in two locations:Rs 150.
Taj Mahal Restaurant, # 4-1-999 Abids, ☎ +91 40 2475-8250, +91 40 6551-1122. 11AM-11PM. One of the original "Udupi" style restaurants, this is strictly vegetarian and does not serve alcohol. It is part of the Taj Mahal Hotel, not to be confused with the nationally famous Taj chain of luxury hotels. The food in the restaurant is tasty and good, and like Udupi restaurants, serves South Indian, North Indian and "Chinese". You are advised to stick to South Indian. The ambience in the airconditioned section is old-school.Rs 200.
4 Seasons, Toli Chowki, Hyderabad. Serves multiple cuisines, but raved about for its Arabic and Lebanese food.
Angeethi, Unit 701-703, 7th floor, Reliance Classic, Road # 1 Banjara Hills, ☎ 91 - 40 - 6525-5550, . 12:30PM-3:30PM, 7:00PM-11:30PM. The ambience is of a Dhaba, complete with a pan shop, a well and a quack peddling herbal remedies for "marital problems". The food is excellent, with some interesting variations on traditional Punjabi dishes, but the dessert selection is meagre. The beverage menu has a quirky location at the end of the main menu.Rs 500.
Bombay Palace, # 6-1-79 & 80 Hampshire Plaza, Lakdi-Ka-Pul, ☎ +91 40 2333-5555. 7:30PM-11:30PM. Has a decor that reminds you of Mumbai. Menu specialities include ragda patties and other items popularized by Mumbai's streets in addition to Mughlai and Hyderabadi dishes. Live Ghazals every evening.Rs 300.
Celebrations, Plot No.66A, Road No.1, Jubilee Hills, ☎ +91 40 4010-0888, +91 40 2360-2888, . A complex of four restaurants and one bar.
Chinese Pavilion, Opposite JVR Park, Road Number 1, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 6678-5680. 11:30AM-3:30PM, 7:30PM-11:30PM. Has got good reviews, makes an attempt to move away from Indain Chinese.Rs 500.
Chung Hua. 11:30AM-3:30PM, 7PM-10:30PM. Try out the Thai varieties, nice, cosy place. Present at two locationsRs 300.
MoMo Cafe, 1-3-1024 Lower Tank Bund Road, Hyderabad, ☎ +91 40 2752 1222,, . 24 hours. Well-rated restaurant, serves Mughlai, Chinese and Hyderabadi dishes.Rs 300-Rs 500.
5-9-299, Mira Mansion, Plot Number 1, Basheerbagh, ☎ +91 40 2322-2295, +91 40 6682-2295.
1st Floor, 1-8-303/48/43, Minister Road, ☎ +91 40 6632-2551.
Ginger Court, H No 1-74/1, Guttala, Hitech City, Madhapur, ☎ +91 40 23113732, +91 40 2311-3733, +91 40 2311-3734. Close to Hi tech city, Mughlai and Indian Chinese.Rs 100,000.
Kabura. 12:PM-3:30PM, 7:00PM-11:30PM. Cuisine from the Northwest Frontier.Rs 500.
IndieJoe, 5th Floor, City Center Mall, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 6657-0000, +91 40 6668-3333. 12:30PM-3:30PM, 7:30PM-11:15PM. Serves global cuisine. Only buffet for lunch and only a la carte for dinner. Rs 500.
Malgudi, 6-3-1192/2/1-16, 1st Floor, My Home Tycoon, Begumpet (Lifestyle Building), ☎ +91 40 6662-8800, +91 40 6663-2277, +91 40 2383-9671. The name is inspired by the fictional South Indian town created by R K Narayan. It has an ambience that suits the name, with waiters clad in dhotis. On the menu, you will find foodstuff from the four southern states that are rare to find in other restaurants, like gutti vankai or kodi pulusu. Service is extremely fast. In Hyderabad, it has three branches:Rs 500.
Life style building 1st floor, Begumpet, ☎ +91 40 6663 2277, +91 40 66632272.
Ming's Court, Baseraa Inn Hotel, Opposite Old Gandhi Medical College, Basheerbagh, ☎ +91 40 2329-8811, +91 40 2329-8822, +91 40 2329-8855. 11:30AM-3:30PM, 7PM-11:30PM. Mostly Indian Chinese. Rs 500.
Nanking, 103 Parklane, Near Hussian Travels, S D Road, Secunderabad, ☎ +91 40 2772-9893, +91 40 2784-3634, +91 40 2784-8986, . 11:30AM-3:30PM, 6:30PM-11:00PM. Hyderabad's oldest Chinese restaurant.
Olive Garden, 1-98/90/1, Hi-Tech City, Madhapur, ☎ +91-402311-0900, +91 40 2310-0300. 11:30AM-3:30PM, 7:00PM-11:00PM. Do not be misled by the name and expect Italian. It serves passable Mughlai and Punjabi fare. Close to Hi tech city, so this is an option if you are looking for a quick place to eat.
Our Place, 8-2-602/E, Charan Pahadi, Road No. 10 Banjara Hills (look out for a small lane that goes upwards), ☎ +91 40 23353422. Has received great reviews for its kebabs and tandoori dishes. But avoid the Thai stuff, as it looks like a pale imitation. The ambience is great, the seating is outdoors amidst much greenery. Often, they have live gazal music for dinner. Rs 350.
Punjabi by Nature, ☎ +91 40 2331 7284,+91 40 2331 7285, . 12 noon-11:30PM. Kitschy decor, good food, but overpriced. As the name suggests, serves Punjabi and Mughlai food, but the menu is entirely mainstream. The drink menu has exotic stuff like Golgappa with Vodka, and Gulab jamun with brandy.Rs 500.
Serengeti, 8-2-682/3, Road No. 12, Banjara Hills (Ohri's Banjara), ☎ +91 40 2330-2200. 12 noon-3:30, 7PM-11:30PM. Cuisine is from the Northwest Frontier Province while the decor tries to create the ambience of an African Safari. The food is good, the wine list is extensive and quite good. For a change, the dessert menu does not suckRs 600.
Southern Spice, 8-2-350/3/2, Road Number 3, Plot Number 34, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 2335-3802, +91 40 2335-3803, +91 40 6682-2619. 12PM-3:30PM, 7PM-11:30PM. Highly rated for Andhra delicacies like Ragi Sangati and Gongura MamsamRs 300.
Mainland China, G. S. Plaza, Gr. Floor, S-2-672, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 2330-4500,+91 40 5521-4500, +91 40 2330-4700, . Excellent Chinese place, though it tends more towards Indian Chinese. Try the Dim sums and the Darsaan for dessert. Good ambience and excellent service.Rs 600.
Moksh, Necklace Road, ☎ +91 40 6620 0111, +91 40 6620 0112. 11AM-3:30PM, 7PM-midnight. The Rs 199 Non-Veg, Lunch-buffet is really tasty. Service, ambience and the lake-side location is awesome. 199.
Sahib Sindh Sultan, City Center, 5th Floor, Road no. 1 & 10, Banjara Hills, . 12 noon-3:30PM,7PM-11.30PM. The restaurant is themed on the eponymous 19th century train. Seating is available inside the "carriage" or on the "railway station". Waiters are dressed in turbans and railway announcements are interspersed with the music. The food is good, the pickles interesting and you have a good choice of drinks. Try the licchi ki taheri for dessert.Rs 350.
Terrace Bay, 501, 5th Floor, Babukhan Mall, Punjagutta, ☎ +91 40 2341-8545, +91 40 2341-8546. 11AM-11PM. A fairly successful attempt to recreate Mexican cuisine in Hyderabad. To be visited more for the food than for the ambience. Rs 600.
Tex Mex, Plot 217, Road No 2, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 2354-1493, +91 40 2354-2835. 12PM-3PM-7:30-10:30PM. Indian and World cuisine. Rs 500.
Tulips - The Coffee Shop, -1-26, Hotel Green Park, Greenlands Road, Begumpet, ☎ +91 40 2375-7575, +91 40 6651-5151. 24 hours. Famous for its midnight biryani and buffet.
Ullaasa, 7-1-59/1, Athithi Inn, 5th Floor, Dharam Karam Road, Ameerpet, ☎ +91 40 2373-9091, +91 40 2373-9097. 11:30AM-11AM. Nice ethnic ambience and the rooftop setting is amazing, and the food is excellent. Rs300.
Utsav, 221 Tivoli, Secunderabad, ☎ +91 40 2772-0638. 11AM-3:30PM, 7:30PM-11AM. Indian vegetarian cuisine, has got good reviews.Rs 400.
Villa No 1-8-46, P.G.Road,Sindhi Colony,Secunderabad (Next to Food world), ☎ +91 40 66481846. .
Wang's Kitchen. 12:30PM-3:30PM, 7PM-11:30PM. An upmarket Chinese restaurant, present at two locations: Rs 500.
1-99/64/30 , Rohini Layout Madhapur (Below HDFC Bank, Opp Cyber Tower).
Zafraan Exotica, Road No. 12, Banjara Hills, . 11AM-3:30PM, 7PM-Midnight. A rooftop restaurant with an exotic ambience. Serves Mughlai and Chinese.Rs 500.
Fusion 9, Number 4, First Avenue, Road Number 1, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 6657-7722, +91 40 6657-7755. 11:00AM-4:00PM, 7:00PM-11:30PM. Lounge bar and restaurant, with an astonishing range of cuisines from different parts of the world.
Hall Of Fame, Plot Number 1098, Road Number 36,Jubilee Hills, ☎ +91 40 64516969, +91 40 64526969. 11:00AM-11:30PM. Sports Grill. Serves best of American, Italian and Mexican Cuisines and the Best Sport Viewing Experience in town.
Golden Dragon, Taj Krishna, Road Number 1, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 6666-2323, +91 40 2339-2323, . 12:30PM-2:45PM, 7:30PM-11:45PM. Opulent Chinese restaurant.Rs 800.
Arena, Taj Deccan,Road Number 1, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 6666-3939, . 24 hours. The Coffee Shop serving the best and most sumptuous Sunday Brunch in the city, with the only, live, Sushi Bar in Hyderabad
Spice Junxion, Taj Deccan,Road Number 1, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 6666-3939, . 12:00PM-3:30PM, 7:00PM-11:30PM. South Indian cuisine with a trendy twist. For lunch, the Chef’s tasting menu is designed to give a taste of South India on a platter-it has10 starters, 8 main course items and four desserts served in a span of 40 min. Regular menu items are dosa with mutton curry and idly with chicken curry. The condiment trolley has 17 different types of chutneys, pickles, spicy powders, papads and vadiyalu from South India. Desserts such as paan ice cream, all-spice chocolates and traditional south Indian sweets are made in-house.
Kebab-e-Bahar, Taj Banjara, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 2339-9999, . 7:30PM-11:45PM. Kebabs from all over, including Hyderabad and Northwest Frontier.
Little Italy Bar and Restaurant, 275, Film Nagar, Opp. KBR Park, at Applo Crossing, ☎ +91 40 23558001/2/3, . 12 noon-3:30PM, 7PM-11:30PM. Italian fare, completely vegetarian.Rs 700.
Waterfront, Beside Eat Street, Necklace Road, ☎ +91 40 2330 8899, +91 40 +91 40 6527 8899. Has a nice view of Hussain Sagar lake, but the food, at its best, is passable.Rs 700 (Cover charge of Rs 300, Rs 500 on weekends).
Zafraan Laguna, 5th Floor, Lumbini Jewel Mall, Road No. 2, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 6451-1988, +91-99664-40408, . Su-Th: 11:AM-10PM Fr-Sa:11:00AM-10PM. The place to visit for Mediterranean food.Rs 800.
Bakeries, Cafes, Sweet shops and other Fast food
Hyderabad has a large number of outlets that are positioned as bakeries. These are primarily takeaway places, where one can buy sandwiches, burgers and puffs to go (called parcel in local parlance.) Usually, there are a few chairs and tables thrown in as an afterthought.
Many Western chains have set up shop in the posh areas of Hyderabad. Among these are Texas Chicken, McDonalds, KFC , Pizza Hut, Dominos and Subway. Most of these have multiple outlets and all of them have Indianized their fare to varying extents. The Indian pizza chain Pizza Corner also has many outlets. Barista, Cafe Coffee Day and Java Green outlets are good places to have coffee and conversations.
Pulla Reddy Sweets is an iconic chain of sweet shops. The outlets are found all over Hyderabad and are so popular that it has spawned imitators who copy the distinctive yellow signs and choose some variation of "Reddy" (a common last name in Andhra Pradesh) as the name.
Almond House, Shop No. 3-6-237, Lingapur Building Himayath Nagar, ☎ +91 40 2322-6068, . This is a must visit for the quality of Indian sweets and other titbits that you can only find in India
King & Cardinal, 3-5-907, Himayathnagar X Roads, Himayathnagar, ☎ +91 40 6661-5444. Pizzas and Burgers. Also serves Indian Chines snacks.Rs100.
My Cafe Latte, Plot No. 1100, Road No. 36 Jubilee Hills, ☎ +91 40 2355-3709. Coffee, mocktails and sandwiches, with Hollywood themed decor.
Ofen, Plot Number 49, Road Number 10, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 2337-2205, +91 40 2337-2235, . 8AM-11PM. Excellent place for breads and related foods - especially for health conscious. Includes breads like whole grain breads, ragi breads and sugar free cakes.Rs 150.
Pista House, 20-4-140/1-8, Shalibanda Road, Charminar, ☎ +91-93965-00786. 10AM-11PM. Famous bakery in Hyderabad world famous haleem only available in holy month of ramadan cost around 150 per person. once you have it, you can't wait for the next year.
Sarvi Bakers and Confectioners, Opposite Care Hospital, Road Number 1, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 6663-1113, +91 40 6663-1114. Place for sandwiches, burgers and puffs.Rs 50.
The Chocolate Room, Plot no:-268, Kavuri hills, Near Madhapur Police Station Crossing, Jubilee hills,, ☎ +91 40 6458-9595, . Wonderful drinking chocolates and crepes. Also a good place to hang out and have a conversation, though it does get crowded on weekends during the evening.Rs150.
Universal Bakers, 3-6-12, Himayatnagar, Himayathnagar Paradise, Himaythnagar & Masab Tank. 8AM-10PM. Great for baked biscuits, cakes and burgers. Has three outlets:
10-3-316/B, Near NMDC, Masab Tank, ☎ +91 40 6682-5060.
There is plenty to do at night in Hyderabad, though local regulations have most places serving last drinks by 11PM. On weekdays, drinks in the some of the pubs have best offers, as most clubs are empty until Thursday or Friday nights, when the clubbers emerge. But the sheer number of nightlife spots makes it hard to choose which ones to list. As a general rule they tend to be clustered around Begumpet and Road No.1, Banjara Hills.
Alcohol is available easily from numerous Liquor Shops, known as wine shops in local parlance, spread across the twin cities, in restaurants with bars attached (includes most upscale ones) and in pubs.
Some of the good pubs and bars are part of hotels, and they have been covered along with their hotel listing under Sleep.
10 Downing Street, #10, Ground Floor, My Home Tycoon Begumpet, ☎ +91 40 6662-9323, +91 40 6662-0015. 11AM-11PM. Expensive place, nice music, good crowd, but small dance floorRs 300-1,000.
Bottles and Chimney, 1-10/1, Prakash Nagar, Begumpet (Near old airport), ☎ +91 40 2776-6464, +91 40 2776-2368. 12PM-4PM, 7PM-12AM. Large spacious pub with plenty of room to dance. Plays an eclectic variety in music. Rs 100-Rs 700.
4 Seasons, Toli Chowki, Hyderabad.
Easy Rider, Lakeview Palace, Road no 1, Banjara Hills, Opposite Taj Banjara. ☎ +91 49 84903 2297. 11.30AM-11PM
Firangi paani, City Center Vth Floor, Road No. 1 & 10 Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 6668-3336, . 12PM-11:30PM.
Sparks, My home Tycoon, Building 6-3-1192/2/1-16 Begumpet, ☎ +91 40 6662-9977. 11AM-11:30PM. Redone pub, nice hip ambience, reasonable rates.
Torque (The pub), Hotel Green Park, Greenlands Begumpet, ☎ +91 40 2375-7575. 6PM-2:30AM. No cover charge, large screen TVs for sports fans, a separate smoking room, reasonable prices, good food, and nightly dance music mixed by resident and guest DJs Monday-Sunday; Saturday night is ladies night (ladies drink for free 8PM-10PM).
H20 Amrutha castle, Near lumbini garden. Rs 150 to 300.
Club8, Life style building Ameer pet, Cheap beer, usually have a (1+1) offer available before 7PM.
Cloud9, ICICI bank near old airport. Have dance floor but not a very good crowd.
Hard Rock Cafe, GVK 1 Mall road No 1 Banjara Hills. Part of world wide chain. Excellent ambiance, check their website for events.
Atrium Bar, Taj Deccan,Road No.1 Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 2339-2684, +91 40 6666-3939, . 11AM-11:30PM.
Liquids Again, 5th Floor, ABN Amro Bank Complex, Bhaskara Plaza, Road Number 1, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 6625-9907, +91-406625-9908. 11AM-11PM. Sleek, trendy lounge bar.Rs900.
Touch, 1st Floor, Trendset Towers, Road Number 2, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 2354-2433, +91 40 2354-2422, +91 40 6651-6666, +91 40 2354-0600. 11:30AM-11;30PM. Upscale,celebrity hang-out, great place but very expensive. Has a dress code - shoes mandatory.Rs500.
Fashion (FTV), Banjara Hills. Trendy lounge bar
Hydrate, # 6-1-79 & 80, Hampshire Plaza, Lakdi-Ka-Pul, ☎ +91 40 2333-5555, . The elegant bar at Hampshire Plaza
This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Under Rs 1,500
Over Rs 4,500
Accommodation in Hyderabad is unlikely to bust your budget, especially when compared to cities like Mumbai or Bangalore, and rooms are usually easily available. However, because the city sprawls so much, you need to be careful about the hotel location if you want to avoid a long commute and traffic bottlenecks.
Plentiful budget accommodation is to be found around the Nampally railway station and in Abids, Koti and other new city areas for a few hundred rupees a day, and tourist attractions aren't very far off. However the facilities tend to be basic, the towels aren't necessarily clean and air-conditioning tends to be extra. It might make sense to pay a little more and choose mid-range accommodation. The area around Hussain Sagar Lake, Begumpet, Punjagutta, Somajiguda, Banjara Hills and Lakdi-ka-Pul are close to both tourist attractions of the old city and the business areas of the new city. Hotels in Secunderabad might be slightly far for the tourist, but may still work for the business traveller.
Unfortunately, hotel rooms tend to be expensive and scarce closer to Hi tec city, and commuting from any of the above areas, except perhaps Banjara Hills, is not a good option because of the traffic. Areas around Hi tec city are Madhapur, Kondapur and Gachibowli. For longer term stays, you might want to consider serviced apartments (See below)
Ashoka, 6-1-70, Lakdi-ka-Pul, ☎ +91 40 2323-0105, +91 40 6651-0222, +91 40 3062-0222, +91 40 6651-0220. A/C and non A/C rooms. Busy and crowded lobby, but the rooms are better.Rs 600-1,500.
Dwaraka Heritage, 116, Chenoy Trade Centre, Parklane, Secunderabad, ☎ +91 40 27845020, +91 40 2789-5111. 50 rooms, basic facility, but does offer internetRs 600-1,100.
Hotel Geetanjali, 4-1-938/26/A, New Marketing Complex, Abids, Tilak Road, ☎ +91 40 66635500, . checkin: 24hr; checkout: 24hr. A/C and non A/C rooms. Budget hotel, offers room service and free wi-fi, online reservations, rated environmentally friendly, no restaurants.Rs 500-1,000.
Haridwar, 4-6-464, Esamiya Bazar, Koti, ☎ +91 40 24656711 00, +91 40 24732780, . checkin: 24hr; checkout: 24hr. Basic functional hotel with attached vegetarian restaurant. Caters mainly to visitors from North India.Rs 350-850.
Minerva, H. No. 3-6-199/1, Himayatnagar, ☎ +91 40 2322-0448. Close to the Birla temple and other attractions. Good budget choice in an area where there aren't many budget hotels.Rs 1,300-1,800.
Parklane, 115, Park Lane, S D Road, Secunderabad, ☎ +91 40 2784-0466, +91 40 2784-0399, +91 40 2784-0377. 30 years old and looks its age. Rooms are comfortable, with both A/C and non-A/C options. Breakfast is complimentary. The hotel caters mainly to senior government officials. Park Lane has a vegetarian restaurant Madhura. Rs 950-1,800.
Sitara Paradise, No. 6-3-788/34, Opp. Lane of Chandana Bros, Ameerpet, ☎ +91 40 2373-5222, +91 40 2373-5333, +91 40 6684-4449, . This is a small hotel, bang in the middle of the Ameerpet shopping district. Don't expect a quiet stay, but the rooms are spacious and elegant. This hotel is geared more towards weddings and celebrations, not for business travellers or tourists.Rs 1,100-1,500.
Hotel Mandakini Jaya International, 3/1 & 3/2 Reddy Hostel Lane, Hanuman Tekdi, Abids, ☎ +91 99 9945 5063, . Chic hotel located at the market area of Abids and well connected with city and other business centres. Good for both business and leisure traveler and is very close to the Hyderabad International Airport.Best rates on official website start at Rs 1,700.00.
Anmol International, Opp. Public Gardens, Chapel Road, Nampally (Nr Sujatha Public School), ☎ +91 40 2324-4041,+91 40 2324-4042,+91 40 2324-4043,+91 40 2324-4044,+91 40 2324-4045, . An adequate and comfortable hotel, located close to the Nampally railway station. The rooms are large, and there is a restaurant and fitness centre on the premises. Rs 2,500-3,500.
Asrani International, Plot Number 179, M G Road, Secunderabad, ☎ +91 40 2784-6901, +91 40 2784-2271, +91 40 2784-2267, +91 40 3911-0100. checkin: 24hr. Has most basic facilities you'd expect from a business hotel. Located in Secunderabad, which is far from Hi-tech city, but close to the main city. Hosts a popular pub Spanish Fly. Rs 2,500-3,500.
Athithi Inn, # 7-1-59/1, Dharam Karam Road Ameerpet, ☎ +91 40 2373-9091, . checkin: 12PM; checkout: 12 noon. Cozy hotel, slightly far from the city centre. Room service and laundry available. Has conference room facilities. Houses two restaurants, among which Ullasa is highly rated. Rs 2,000-4,000.
Best Western Amrutha Castle, #5-9-16, Opp. Secretariat, Saifabad, ☎ +91 40 66633888, . Designed after castles from medieval Bavarian Europe, Amrutha Castle features all-suite accommodations, meeting and event space, onsite restaurants, a fitness centre and swimming pool. Close to important attractions.
The Central Court, 6-1-71, Lakdi-ka-Pul, ☎ +91-98493-23232,+91 40 2323-2323,+91 40 2323-3262, . Centrally located and targeted at the business traveller who needs a place to sleep. Provides complimentary internet and most other business facilities. In addition, it has a couple of reasonable restaurants.
Baseraa, 1-9-167/168, Sarojini Devi Road, Secunderabad, ☎ +91 40 2770-3200, . checkin: 12PM; checkout: 12PM. If the location fits, this is an excellent choice for a good, reasonably priced hotel. It has been recently renovated, and the rooms are plush without being opulent. Baseraa provides free wi-fi and a complimentary breakfast. Dining is available at Mehfill a restaurant with live ghazal shows every evening. Pickles, the coffee shop is also a good choice, as is Outswinger, the cricket themed pub. Rs 2,500-6,500 (extra for foreigners paying in dollars).
Grand Solitaire, 1-240, 41 & 43, Parklane, Secunderabad, ☎ +91 40 4433-3999, . Clean and functional hotel, suitable for business travellers.Rs 3,200-4,500.
Harsha, 39,Public Garden Road, Nampally, ☎ +91 40 2320-2729, +91 40 2320-1188, +91 40 6663-1188, . checkin: 24hr; checkout: 24hr. Close to the railway station. Basic, but adequate facilities. Vegetarian dining available. As it is close to the main road, it is somewhat noisy.Rs 1,600-2,500 (higher rates for foreigners, payable in USD.
I K London Residency, 6-3-656, Kapadia Lane, Somajiguda, (In The Lane Diagonally Opposite NIMS), ☎ +91 40 6662-5555, +91 40 6675-9516, +91 40 6675-9517, +91 40 2330-6600, +91 40 2330-6622, +91 40 2330-6631, +91 40 2330-6632, +91 40 2330-6634,, . checkin: 24hr; checkout: 24hr. I K London caters to business travellers and has easy access to Punjagutta, Begumpet and the secretariat areas. Complimentary breakfast, wi-fi internet and most other facilities you'd expect from a business hotel are available.Rs 2,500-5,000.
Kamat Lingapur, 1-10-44/2, Chikoti Gardens, Begumpet, ☎ +91 40 2776-4242, . checkin: noon; checkout: noon. This used to be close to the airport before they moved the airport. Nonetheless, it is an adequate place to stay for the average traveller who isn't looking for frills. Has a pretty good restaurant Shrirang which offers vegetarian fare. The hotel offers complimentary breakfast, though the menu heavily favours South Indian vegetarian. Rs 2,500-3,500.
Karan, 1-2-261/1, S.D.Road,Secunderabad, ☎ +91 40 4022-3344, +91 40 2784-0191, . checkin: 24hr; checkout: 12PM. Good mid-range business hotel in Secunderabad. Wheelchair accessible. Rs 2,500-3,500.
Kasani GR, Hi-tec City Madhapur, ☎ +91 40 4040-9999,, . Rather adequate business hotel, the advantage being that it is in Madhapur, close to Hi tec city.Rs 4,500-7,000.
Leo Continental''', Number 2-4-77, M G Road, Secunderabad, ☎ +91 40 4040-0400, +91 40 +91 40 6633-3366, . Small rooms, but good facilities otherwise.Rs 2,500-6,000.
Minerva Grand. Minerva Grand sells itself as a "Boutique Business Hotel". Rooms are elegantly furnished and provide a cozy atmosphere without pampering you too much. It has a business centre, internet is available in all rooms, and both locations have branches of Blue Fox, a multi-cuisine restaurant. Present in two locations:
Minerva Grand Banjara, 8-2-616,Road No 11,Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 6612 7373, . This is the newer property and is closer to Hi tech city. It has Stir, an all-day coffee shop.Rs 3,000-6,000.
Minerva Grand S D Road, Sarojini Devi Road, Secunderabad, ☎ +91 40 6611-7373, . This is closer to the city centre. It has a lounge bar Enigma and Fiesta a 24 hr coffee shop.Rs 4,000-8,000.
Quality Inn Residency, 5-8-231/2,Public Garden Road, ☎ +91 40 3061-6161, +91 40 2320-4080,+91 40 5551-4060, . checkin: 24hr; checkout: 24hr. Quality Inn is a business hotel well worth the price. Internet is available, as are conference facilities. Venue, a vegetarian restaurant is part of the hotel, as is One Flight Down, a basement pub. The location is more suited for access to the main city rather than Hi tech city.Rs 3,300-11,000.
Rukmini Riviera, 6-1-1062, Behind Hotel Dwaraka Lakdi-ka-Pul, ☎ +91 40 6678-5566, +91-92465-91237, . checkin: 24hr; checkout: 24hr. Rukmini Riviera is a basic, functional and clean hotel. It has two restaurants, one is vegetarian and the other has a bar. It is located near the city centre, at a reasonable distance from both tourist attractions and office complexes, though it is not suitable if you need access to Hi tech city. With two banquet halls, the hotel is geared more towards weddings and other celebrations than towards the business traveller or the tourist.Rs 1,600-2,200.
Sai Prakash, 5-4-434, Station Road, Nampally, ☎ +91 40 2461-1726, . The hotel is close to the airport, strictly adequate.Rs 1,500.
Aditya Park, Aditya Trade Center, lane beside Huda Maitrivanam, Ameerpet, ☎ +91 40 6678-8888. Aditya Park is a highly rated hotel in Ameerpet, close to business areas, but far from tourist attractions or from Hi tech city. They provide free internet, and have a restaurant Promenade and a bar Harry's.Rs 4,500-6,000.
Fortune Select Manohar, Old Airport Exit Road, Begumpet, ☎ +91 40 6654-3456, . checkin: 12PM; checkout: 12PM. As the name suggests, this used to be the hotel closest to the old airport. Though it has lost that advantage now that the airport has moved, it hasn't lost the advantage of being located close to the busy commercial area of Begumpet. Complimentary breakfast is included with the tariff, and hi-speed internet is available, as is a well-equipped business centre. Has good, but not great dining options.Rs 10,000-18,000.
The Golkonda, 10-1-124, Masab Tank Crossroads (Opposite Polytechnic), ☎ +91 40 6611-0101, +91 40 2332-0202, +91 40 2332-0404, 1800-425-0202 (Toll Free), . This is one of the few 4-star hotels in this area. For the price, the facilities available are more than worth it. Complimentary breakfast and free internet is provided. Has a fitness centre and a swimming pool. Suitable both for business travellers and tourists.Rs 5,000-9,000 (extra for foreigners paying in dollars).
Green Park, Greenlands, Begumpet, ☎ +91 40 6651-5151,, . checkin: 12PM; checkout: 12PM. Green Park is located most conveniently close to the city's business areas. Rooms are well-furnished, and the tariff includes complimentary breakfast at Tulips, its coffee shop, internet and access to the minibar. Once upon a time is the speciality restaurant. The Mustang Bar and Torque - the pub - are drinking options.Rs 5,000-11,000.
Hampshire Plaza, 6-1-79 & 80, Diagonally Opposite To Amravathi Theater, Lakdi-ka-Pul, ☎ +91 40 2333 5555, . checkin: 12PM; checkout: 12PM. Well worth a stay if the location is right. Well-appointed rooms, with wi-fi internet connectivity and all amenities you would expect at the price. Rs 7,000-11,000.
Ista Hyderabad, Road No. 2, Nanakramguda, Gachi Bowli, Hyderabad, India, ☎ +91 40 4450-8888, . checkin: 12PM; checkout: 12PM. A landmark in its own right in the city of Hyderabad, this hotel is centrally located in the city’s new business district of Gachi Bowli. The hotel is built with 166 elegantly appointed rooms, suites, restaurants, meeting facilities, a spa and many other state of the art guest amenities. Rs 8,000-22,000.
ITC Kakatiya, 6-3-1187, Begumpet, ☎ +91 40 2333 5555, . If price is no object, this is the place to stay. Located bang in the centre of the business district, this hotel is opulence personified. It has three excellent full-service restaurants, of which Deccan Pavilion is open 24 hours, and serves up a great Sunday Brunch from 12:30PM-3PM. The South Indian restaurant Dakshin and the Irish-themed pub Dublin are also highly recommended.Rs 15,000-30,000.
Marriott. Marriott has two properties within walking distance of each other in the Tank Bund area near Hussain Sagar Lake, of which the Courtyard is set to open only in October 2009
Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre, Opposite Hussain Sagar Lake,Tank Bund Road, ☎ +91 40 2752-2999, . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12PM. The more expensive rooms have a delightful view of the Hussain Sagar Lake right across the street. Rooms are luxurious. Wireless as well as wired connectivity is available in all rooms, charged extra. There are three restaurants and a bar, including Bidri an Indian restaurant serving Hyderabadi cuisine. Rs 7,000-16,000.
Courtyard Hyderabad, 1-3-1024 Lower Tank Bund Road, ☎ +91 40 2752-1222, . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12PM. Opened in December 2009, this is a business hotel, and many rooms here also have a view of the lake.Rs 5,000-7,000.
Novotel, . Novotel has two properties in Hyderabad and is trying to cater to the newly emerging areas.
Novotel Accor, # Near Hitec City Izzatnagar Kondapur, ☎ +91 40 6682-4422, . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12PM. Novotel is one of few options for those who need to stay close to Hitec city. As a business hotel, it has opted for function over form, but has not skimped on what matters to the traveller. Has more than adequate facilities for conferences, trainings, etc. Provides many dining options, and its bar is known simply as The BarRs 7,000-9,000.
Novotel Hyderabad Airport, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport Hyderabad, ☎ +91 40 6625-0000, . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12PM. In the unlikely case that you actually need to stay close to the new airport, this is the place to stay. Rs 5,000-7,000.
Taj Hotels, . Taj, India's most famous hotel chain, has three iconic hotels in Hyderabad, all of them on the same street in Banjara Hills.
Taj Banjara, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 6666-2323, . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12 noon. Taj Banjara is located by the side of its own private lake. The lake is not very well-maintained or clean, but the rooms are. The hotel has great conference facilities and is a good inexpensive choice for business events. The open-air restaurant Kabab-e-bahar serves up great Indian barbeque. Also has Underdeck, a basement pub. Rs 5,000-16,000.
Taj Deccan, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 6666-3939, . checkin: 12PM; checkout: 12PM. This is the least expensive of the three Taj hotels in the Banjara Hills area, but is no slouch when it comes to luxury. A newly opened restaurant Spice Junxion serves up excellent fusion South Indian cuisine, with a wide variety of pickles being and various spiced martinis being a speciality of the restaurant. Rs 5,000-13,000.
Taj Krishna, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 6666-2323, . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12PM. This is the closest that Hyderabad has to a grand old hotel. Taj bought a failing property and turned it into one of the premier hotels in Hyderabad. The hotel interiors are over the top, but rooms are tastefully done, though the hotel's age shows in some places. The Golden Dragon Chinese restaurant and Ahala the pub, are great options. Conference facilities are top-notch. Rs 9,000-15,000.
For stays of a week or more, serviced apartments are a good bet. They are the accommodation of choice for those who are relocating and need a place to stay while they are looking for permanent accommodation. Typically, serviced apartments have tie-ups with corporates and give good rates to them, and companies may hire apartments on semi-permanent basis to house even their short term visitors. Like hotels, you reserve rooms by calling or writing to the property, you follow a check-in and check-out schedule, and you don't have to pay extra for services such as housekeeping, maintenance and utilities. Serviced apartments are usually 40% to 50% less expensive than hotels.
Park View Service Apartments, Road No 2, Banjara Hills & Jubilee hills (Next to LV Prasad and 5 mins walk to Cancer and 2 kms to Apollo hospitals), ☎ +91-98490-62708 (firstname.lastname@example.org). With air-conditioned bedrooms, wi-fi internet access, a gym.
Alcove Service Apartments Hyderabad, Road no 13A,Happy Valley, Off road no 13, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad 500034, ☎ +91 99 0057 8231 (email@example.com), . Single room, AC in each room, TV with cable connection,Independent 2 or 3 BHK Apartment, Refrigerator/ Microwave/ washing machine in each flat, complimentary Breakfast, free Wi Fi internet
Falcons Nest Service Apartments, Road No 3, Banjara Hills Road no 6, Jubilee Hills Road no 9, and Madhapur, ☎ +91 98 6614 1982,+91 40 2335-2263 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . With air-conditioned bedrooms, wi-fi internet access, a gym.
Homcourt Hyderabad Service Apartments, 1299 F, Road No. 68, Jubilee Hills, ☎ +91 40 23600060 (HHreservations@homcourt.com, fax: +91 40 23600804), . With air-conditioned bedrooms, wi-fi internet access, a gym.
Creative Service Apartments, ☎ +91-97014-42227 ,+91-97014-42226, . Rs 1,500.
Falcons Nest Service Apartments, Road No 3, Banjara Hills Road no 6, Jubilee Hills Road no 9, and Madhapur, ☎ +91-98661-41982,+91 40 2335-2263 (email@example.com), . With air-conditioned bedrooms, wi-fi internet access
Service Apartment Touchinn, Srinagar Colony Main Road, Near SatyaSai Nigamagamam (Conveniently located at Srinagar Colony surrounded by Banjara Hills, Jubliee Hills, Ameerpet, Panjagutta and easily accessible to Hi tec City and Secundrabad.), ☎ +91 98 4828 8481 (firstname.lastname@example.org), .
India Post, a govt-owned ent.,has its headquarters at Abids known as GPO. And its second biggest centre is located in Secunderabad.
The dialing code for Hyderabad is 040. When calling from overseas, dial +91 40 XXXX XXXX. If you have a non-working phone number with only 7 digits try to add "2" in front of it. There are public booths scattered around the city.
One can get a mobile with a calling rate of 49 paise/minute for a local call. It is very easy to get a Prepaid mobile, which is very cheap to get and for calls. One needs to give a Photo ID proof and a photograph for prepaid as well as postpaid connection as per the Govt. regulations.
Internet cafes are spread around town and most easily found in the city and residential areas. Charges vary between Rs 5-15 an hour.Reliance WebWorld provides Broadband internet centres.
For a longer stays with a laptop, it's better to get a Data plan either from Tata Indicom or Reliance Mobile, which are around Rs 1,000 a month or if you have WLAN(Wireless lan or Wi-Fi) enabled laptops. There are many wireless public Wi-fi networks available in Hyderabad for free access to high-speed internet.
In 2007 and 2008, Hyderabad has suffered from multiple terrorist outrages in the form of bombings. These blasts have taken place at Mecca Masjid, Lumbini park and at Kothi, places often frequented by travellers. Though the chance that you will be in danger is quite low, you should obviously make your own risk assessment. Rather than physical danger, it is likely that the intrusive security that will dampen your enjoyment of your Hyderabad vacation. Every shopping mall, theatre and palace has metal detectors and security guards patting you down.
The old city area was historically known as a communally sensitive zone and a venue for religious riots between Hindus and Muslims. It was common for the police to impose a curfew in that area while the rest of the city went about life without any problems. Old city continues to be at the heart of Hyderabad's crime wave and though many tourist attractions including Charminar are in this area, it is best to avoid late night visits.
Recently riots have been on the rise due to the "Telangana Issue" as there is a new movement to make Hyderabad and the surrounding areas their own separate state, independent of Andhra Pradesh. Many alerts have been sent to travelers from various embassies including the American, though the issue has died down.
Outside of these, Hyderabad is a rather safe metropolis. Muggings and violent crime are uncommon, most crime involves thefts. Avoid staying out late at night, especially if you are a woman.
The usual tourist-oriented scams in India are not as bad in Hyderabad as they are in other places. However, foreigners will be hounded for money at tourist sites like the old city. Just ignore the beggars and they will go away.
Toll Free Number for Medical, Police and Fire ☎ 108
Child Line Facility ☎ 1098
Many hotels will change money for you at the front desk. However, they may not offer the best rates.
It is best to change money at the city-based money changers than the ones located at the airports. You'll find many money-changing operations located in Saifabad, some with door-step service. It's also possible to call them and agree on a rate before the transaction.
Secure Forex Private Limited, Nasir Arcade (beside RBI Saifabad), ☎ +91 40 2321 2734, +91 40 2321 2759 (fax: +91 040 2721 2733). Offers the best rates. Contact Shaik Rahman for more details.
Thomas Cook, Nasir Arcade, Saifabad, ☎ +91 40 2323 1988.
The Deccan Chronicle is Hyderabad's oldest newspaper, and indispensible if you need to look up classifieds, for, say, renting a house. The Times of India with its new office in Hyderabad has good local content and is increasingly widely read. Eenadu is the most popular local language (Telugu) newspaper. For events, business listings and movie listings, fullhyderabad.com is popular.
Nagarjunasagar Dam. One of the earliest hydroelectric projects in India the dam impounds the Krishna river.
Srisailam Hydel Project, (Located about 245 km from Hyderabad). The dam is surrounded by beautiful natural flora.
Medak Church, (Located about 90 km from Hyderabad).
Yadagiri Gutta, (Located about 60 km east of Hyderabad). Home to the Narsimha Swamy Temple.
Bhongir. It is 50 km from city of Hyderabad on the outskirts moving towards warangal via Uppal and as we pass by the highway we can see a huge Rock fort on very smooth rock. At the foot of the hill there is bhongir bus stop. It is a marvelous experience to climb the fort and needs great skill and balance at few places. Totally an awesome place for trekkers and rock climbers.
Basara (sri jnana saraswati temple)
Warangal (Bhadrakali Temple)
Mantralayam (Sri Raghavendra Matham)
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