If you are visiting India and find yourself with two days in Hyderabad, there are plenty of things to keep you occupied. Named in 2015 as the second best tourist destination by the National Geographic Travel Magazine, this city is steeped in history and a paradise for all food enthusiasts with its world-famous biryani. Nicknamed the ‘City of Charminar’, Hyderabad is the capital of Telangana, boasting impressive architecture and an enchanting Old City. Some of the destinations one must visit and experiences one can’t miss include:
If you need a 5-star hotel close to the airport to catch your flight then we’d recommend the Novotel Hyderabad Airport located close to the international airport, which is the only hotel in India with an airline kiosk for flight check-in. It boasts contemporary rooms, bars, restaurants and an outdoor pool if you wish to cool off from the heat. If you’re looking for luxury and wish to stay near the centre of the city, then you might want to try the Park Hyatt Hyderabad or the Taj Deccan.
The majestic Charminar
The Charminar is Hyderabad’s most famous attraction – a majestic monument that was built in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah Mu. The reason it was built is still not clear, with some saying it was to commemorate the end of the plague that had befallen the city while others say it was built to signify the beginning of the second Islamic millennium. It is open to the public and one can climb the tower steps to the top where the view of the city is absolutely gorgeous. There is also a bustling market where you can buy local handicrafts and jewellery.
Another architectural marvel in Hyderabad, this fort is believed to have been the capital of the Golconda kingdom after which it was acquired by the Qutb Shahs. It is built on a four-hundred-feet granite hill and it’s believed to have existed as early as the 12th century making it the most ancient fortress in Hyderabad. One of its biggest marvels is that a slight sound made at the entrance dome, even the sound of people talking can be heard echoing a kilometer away which was a mechanism of ensuring the king of impeding attacks.
Qutb Shahi Tombs
While at Hyderabad, one must visit the Qutb Shahi tombs which are located close to the Golconda Fort. There are 21 of them with as many mosques. They are the home to members of the Golconda royal family, including seven Qutb Shahi rulers as well as physicians, courtesans and other privileged members of the Golconda kingdom. The tombs have beautiful lime ornamentation with the most outstanding being that of Mohammed Quli, the founder of Hyderabad which is 42m tall.
Salar Jung Museum
This is one of the largest museums in the world and one of the only three National Museums of India. Its rich collection includes ceramics carpets, clocks and furniture from such places as Nepal, Egypt, North America, China, Europe and Persia. Paintings by the legendary Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma are housed here as are the daggers of emperors of the Mughal Empire such as Jehangir and Shan Jahan. The Salar Jung Museum is the world’s largest antique collection owned by one man, having been established by Nawab Mir Yusuf Khan Salar Jung III.
The delicious food
You haven’t had the full Hyderabad experience before you experience the extraordinary culinary pleasure that is the biryani. Hyderabad has indisputably the world’s best biryani which they have perfected over the years to give it a rich, spicy and authentic flavor that is not found anywhere else in the world. During the holy month of Ramadan, one can also get to enjoy Haleem which is also quite popular here.
A visit to Hyderabad is a must-do for everyone. From the prehistoric sites and monuments to the amazing people and the scrumptious food, a visit to Hyderabad is always magical.