A Regal Affair in The City of Nizams

Hyderabad is a city which evokes nostalgia and blasts from the past once you start exploring the city, the lanes dotted with the chai shops, spice merchants, ancient architecture and a straggly cityscape of corporate offices, glass facades, and shopping malls.  The name  ‘Hyderabad’ originated from the illustrious affair between Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah and a local Telegu courtesan named Bhagmati who later converted and took on the name ‘Hyder Mahal’. He later renamed the city as Hyderabad. The old city of Hyderabad continues its legacy with crowded narrow lanes along with a mix of spectacular architecture, vibrant culture and the lure of the aromatic food. In recent times,
Hyderabad has become a strong contender to be crowned as one of the jewels in the IT map of  India. Prestigious companies like Google and Microsoft have set up their Indian headquarters in Hyderabad.

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Therefore if you are planning a trip to the City of Nizams then you have to make sure that you don’t lose yourself in the charms of one particular part of the city. The city is split into north, west, east and south of the central district. There are three major railway stations namely Hyderabad, Secunderabad and Kachiguda from where you can get any North or South bound train. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is 22 km from the city and the domestic, as well as international connectivity, is excellent from here. Hyderabad is also well connected to other major metro cities by road.

Find your Abode
Finding an accommodation in Hyderabad won’t burn a hole in your pocket since there are plenty of options to chose from. However, be careful while looking for a hotel. The location is crucial since the city is sprawling and you don’t want to spend your vacation stuck in traffic
bottleneck. Find an accommodation near the Nampally Railway Station which is a safe and smart option for travelers. If you are looking for budget hotels then new age budget hotel chain like Treebo has plenty of options to offer. They offer 2-star or 3-star rated hotels and offer all
basic amenities that Treebo patrons enjoy! Now that you have the major concerns sorted put on your walking shoes and just explore the
city. For a 3-day trip to the City of Nizams, here is what you should keep on your list.

Places to Visit
Charminar- The iconic landmark of Hyderabad, Charminar is the first place that you should visit once you step in the city. The four minarets along with the prayer spaces located on the upper storey make it one of the most prominent places in Hyderabad. The panoramic view
from the top of the minarets will stay with you for a long time.

 

Chowmahalla Palace- This palace is located at a walk-able distance from Charminar and is converted into a museum. The opulence and grandeur of the Nizams still lurk at every corner of the palace. The sparkling chandeliers, the glimmering ball rooms, and the vintage furniture add to the regal charm of the palace. This is a fine example of the hospitality offered by Nizams since this was a guest entertainment quarter for them.

 

Purani Haveli- This used to be the palace of the Nizam’s prime minister. The primary attraction of this haveli is the two wings long walk-in closet.

Golconda Fort- This is one of the archaeological treasures of Hyderabad with its towering walls and labyrinthine compound will transport you to another era. This fort is also well known for its acoustic splendors. But try to get a guide for the tour of the fort since a lot of hidden treasures are tucked away beyond the reach of common view. There is also a regular light and sound show that will inform you about the glorious days of the Nizam rule.

 

Salar Jung Museum- This is one of the largest museums in India and a treasure trove of  antiques from medieval and modern times. Ramoji Film City- Set aside an entire day to experience the reel in real time. Located in the outskirts of Hyderabad, this themed amusement park is widely used for movie location and has gardens, amusement rides and more. This is just an Indian version of Disney World if you are wondering.

Eat, Eat and Repeat
A visit to Hyderabad will be incomplete without sampling its unique blend of Mughlai flavors along with Nizam touch and a hint of South Indian masala. Try out the glorious Hyderabadi dum biriyani, gosht, kachchi gosht ki biryani, mirchi ka salan, khubani ka meetha, falooda
are just a few dishes to start your gastronomical journey. Head to legendary eateries around the city like Hotel Shadab, Chutneys, Famous Ice Cream, Shah Ghouse Café, Subhan Bakery, Hotel Savera to get a taste of the amazing food that Hyderabad has to offer.

Shop Till you Drop
When it comes to shopping Hyderabad is a heaven for jewelry lovers. It is rightfully crowned as the City of Pearls, Laad Bazaar, Madina Market Bazaar, Gulzar House, Begum Bazaar, Sultan Bazaar, General Bazaar, Monda Market, Feel Khana Khadim, Mozzam Jahi Market
will give you an idea about the vibrant and bustling atmosphere of the old Hyderabadi markets from a past time.

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