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Hyderabad, the pearl city of India, 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. This city, also called Bhagyanagaram, was kept by Quli Qutb Shah, the 16th century ruler of Hyderabad, in the name of his lover Bhagmathi. A city rich with history and tradition, Hyderabad now competes with Bangalore, Chennai for the crown of India's IT capital; Microsoft and Google have their India headquarters here. (less...) (more...)
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Old city is the historical region of Hyderabad. Most of the historical attractions are situated in the old city.
- Charminar. Mon-Sat 09:00-17:00, closed on Fri 13:00-14:00 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. It has 140 steps. Graffitti on the walls have diminised the beauty of the Charminar. 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. The traffic is terrible. Plan an early morning trip around 9 am if shopping is not on the to do list. There is a separate entry way for foreigners. If taking trains, you can take an auto (₹ <25) or walk from Yakutpura (~25 minutes). ₹ 5, Children below 11 free (for Indians), ₹ 100 (for foreigners), Video cameras are charged ₹ 25 extra.
- Mecca Masjid (SW 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. It is believed that Muhammed Quli commissioned bricks to be made with the soil brought from Mecca and inducted them into the construction of the central arch of the mosque, which explains the name of the mosque. Women must mandatorily have dupatta / shawl to get entry into the premises.
- Chowmahalla Palace, Khilwat, 20-4-236, Motigalli, ☎ +91 40 2452-2032. Sat-Thur 10:00-17:00, 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. ₹ 25 (for Indians), ₹ 150 (for foreigners), camera permit ₹ 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 has been converted into a hotel run by the Taj group and is no longer accessible to general public.
- Golconda Fort. 7AM-8PM. The Golconda Fort was the capital of the Qutb Shahi kingdom. Set aside a minimum of 2 hr to do justice to your visit -- the outer wall measures 10 km. 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 (₹ 500 per tour and the guide would also ask you for tips in the end, however it is entirely up to you whether to give tips or not), 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. There is also a light and sound show - the story of Golkonda - for an hour, which could be a little boring,(price for foreigners ₹ 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 Nov-Feb 18:30 daily and Mar-Oct until 19:00 daily. 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. ₹ 100 all.
- Qutb Shahi Tombs (1 km north of Golconda fort, approached via Banjara Darwaza). Sa-Th 9:30AM-5:30PM. 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. ₹ 10, camera ₹ 20.
- Qutub Shahi Tombs Site Museum, Hyderabad-8, ☎ +91 40 2351 341. Sa-Th 9AM-4:30PM. ₹ 2.
- 22.002&lon=E78 28.975&zoom=17&layer=O&lang=en&name=Hyderabad H.E.H The Nizam's Museum, Purani Haveli, Hyderabad-2 (Behind Princess Durru Shehvar Children's Hospital), ☎ +91 40 2452 1029. Sa-Th 10AM-5PM. 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. Hard to find, take small road next to Princess Durru Shehwar Hospital, entrance gate. ₹ 50, students & children ₹ 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.
- 20.639&lon=E78 30.248&zoom=17&layer=O&lang=en&name=Hyderabad Paigah Tombs, Santoshnagar (Pisal Banda). daytime. 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. Relaxing environment with bird singing. seems free.
- Purani Haveli, Dewandevdi (SE of Afzalganj Bridge). Sa-Th 10:30AM-5PM. 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. Sat-Thur 10:00-17:00, ticket office closes at 16:15M. 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. ₹ 10 for Indians and ₹ 150 for foreigners.
- Toli Masjid, Karwan. 300 years old. Known for its splendid architecture.
- Archival Museum (A.P. State Archives and Research Institute), Tarnaka, Hyderabad-7, ☎ +91 40 2701 8371.
- 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.
- 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-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. Shoes are not allowed, so come early in the morning so the ground will not be too hot. There is a free cloakroom available for both electronics and shoes. Free.
- B.M. Birla Planetarium, Science & Technological Museum, and Modern Art Gallary, Adarshnagar, Hyderabad -63 (Very close to Birla Temple, Naubat Pahad), ☎ +91 40 2324 1067. Museum 10:30-20:00, Planetarium English shows 11:30, 16:00, 18:00, More shows in Telugu and one show in Hindi. Fri-WEd.. The show at the planetarium lasts 35 min 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. Modern Art museum is now located near the Dinosaurium (ignore the signboard near parking directing to lower level). It's the personal collection of Nirmala Birla; also quite interesting Museum ₹ 40, Planetarium ₹ 40, combined admission ₹ 70, Modern Art Gallary ₹ 40. Parking ₹ 20 for car, ₹ 10 for motorcycle.
- 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, Nampally (Vanitha College). An exhibition that runs in the months of January & February every year. It showcases various items made across India. It runs every year starting 1 Jan-15 Feb in the Exhibition grounds.
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- Alankrita Art Gallery, Kavuri Hills, Madhapur, ☎ +91 40 2311 3709.
- Gallery Space, Rd No.12, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 6554 1836.
- Kalahita Art Foundation, Lakshmi Towers, Nagarjuna Hills, ☎ +91 40 2335 0543.
- Le Cafe De Art, Rd 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. Make sure you carry cash as credit cards are not accepted by most shops. Also next to Shilpa Ramam is Shilpa Sandhya Vedika, a location for eating and shopping. ₹ 25.
- State Gallery Of Art (Chitramayee), Road No. 1, Kavuri Hills, Madhapur, Jubilee Hills, ☎ +91 40 2311 3308.
- Vishwakarma arts gallery, Banjara Hills, Panjagutta,Dwarakapuri colony, Esteem House, Backside of Model House, ☎ +91 40 6661 5039, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 10:00-21:00.
- Birla Mandir. 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. It is made of 2,000 tonnes of Rajasthani white marble. The granite of the presiding deity is about 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 13 m. Free.
- Balaji Temple (Visa Balaji), Chilkur. 5AM-8PM. Chilkur is an 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. People with wishes, take 11 rounds a round the core of the temple. Once their wish as been fulfilled they return to perform 108 more rounds. You will find people ticking away at the pieces of paper with the numbers to track the count. Free.
- Sanghi Temple, Hayat Nagar. Free.
- Karmanghat hanuman temple, karmanghat. Free.
- Iskon Temple, Abids. Free.
- Mahankali Temple, Laldarwaza. Site of the main annual Bonalu procession. Free.
- Ujjaini Mahankali Temple, Secunderabad. Free.
- Peddamma Temple, Jubilee Hills. Free.
- Ashtalaksmi temple, dilsukhnagar. Free.
Hyderabad has many historical mosques.
- Mecca Masjid.
- Charminar Masjid.
- Toli Masjid.
- Jama Masjid Darushafa.
- Badshai Masjid.
- Jama Masjid Mushirabad.
- St Joseph's Cathedral, Gun Foundry Area. Established in 1820, this is the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Hyderabad.
- St. George's Church, Abid Road. St. George's Church is one of the oldest churches in the city of Hyderabad, India. It was built in the year 1844 AD. The church was originally an Anglican church but is now under the auspices of the Church of South India.
- Hussain Sagar Lake (Tank Bund), Necklace Rd. 24 hrs. The 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 . Speed boats, however, do not stop at the Buddha statue. low.
- Osman Sagar Gandipet
- Himayat Sagar
- 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 and a deer park. The 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 in water). All roads lead to saroor nagar lake on the day of the Lord Ganesh's nimajjanam.
- Kapra Lake located close to A.S. Rao Nagar is famous for its idol immerssion events during the Ganesh Puja festival.
- 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. This was the old zoo and now is a beautiful place for both children and adults. Free.
- Necklace Road. The Chaupati of Hyderabad.
- Indira Park. A sprawling 76 acre park located near Tank Bund with a nice, but polluted, little pond and boating.
- Sanjeeviah Park (Good for bird watching)
- 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 Rd)
- Mahaveer Vanasthali Wildlife park
- Lumbini Park - It also offers nice Laser Shows in the evening which is first in India.
- Chacha Nehru Park (Masab Tank) for pleasant morning walks with kids
- Jalagam Vengal Rao Park (JVR Park, Banjara Hills)
- NTR (Nandamoori Taraka Ramarao) Gardens (Necklace Rd)
The wild life parks, botanical garden and zoo have several educational programmes including lectures with live snakes
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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. On September 17th 1948, it was merged in to India. Hyderabad become the capital city of Hyderabad state till nov 1st 1956. After forced merger of hyderabad state with Andhra state and formed new linguistic state Andhra Pradesh on Nov 1st 1956. Thus, Hyderabad became the capital of the newly formed state of Andhra Pradesh. 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.
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.
- Heritage walk, Char Minar. 07:00-09:00 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 ₹ 50 per head and can be bought at char minar on the spot.
- NTR Gardens, NTR Marg (West of Hussain Sagar lake). 14:00-20:30. 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 ₹ 45 combo you can buy at the entrance is a good deal. ₹ 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. ₹ 10, rides extra.
- Hatsclub Hyderabad Adventure & Trekker’s club (HAT’s), ☎ Dheeraj +91 7799096396, e-mail: email@example.com. Active and well organized trekker’s group organizing out of the Hyderabad area. It makes an effort to be as inclusive as possible by offering adventure treks at all levels, from bouldering and trekking to birdwatching and exploring wilderness.
- Dhola ri Dhani, Kompally, Medchal Rd (11 km from Secunderabad at Kompally on Medchal Highway). Ethnic Rajasthani village. A unit of Gupta's Hotel & Motels and is recognised by Andhra Pradesh Government as a theme restaurant and tourist attraction. In the evening, the whole village is lit up with 2,000 lanterns and a village fair is staged.
- High View Swimming Pool, ☎ +91 939 111 5019. Maula Ali.
- Runway 9. ☎ +91 98 8533 3160, +91 98 8533 3170. 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 is 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 hour drive east of the city.
- GoGoa Acquarium is an exhibition of rare Sea water animals including Star Fish and Quran Angel and showcase of the Goan Marine/Aquatic life. Entry is ₹ 100 for adults and ₹ 50 for children. This place is on the Vijayawada Highway, 3 km from Ramoji Film City.
- Ocean Park, ☎ +91 40 2322 5660-2322 3824. Gandipet. A water-theme park.
- Snow World, Asia's largest Snow Theme Park. Entry ticket ₹ 250, children ₹ 200 if under 4 ft tall. Telephonic reservations.
- Diginet Digital Experience Zone, ☎ +91 40 5558 0009. Gamecentre. WiFi hotspot, coffee shop, shopping.
- Friends of Snakes Society, ☎ +91 83 74233366-77-88. For reptile conservation work and field trips.
- EmaarMGF Boulder Hills Golf and Country Club, Manikonda Village, Gachibowli Mr. Sanjay Pan, ☎ +91 99 4943 0300, +91 92 4803 0300 (Golf and Country Club), (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Hyderabad Golf Club, ☎ +91 40 2356 7207. Satham Cheruvu, Beside Nadeem Colony, Golconda.
- ACS Golf Course 4, 214 KPHB Colony, Kukatpally. ☎ +91 40 2315 6433, 2305 0211, 2315 7241
- Army Golf Course Club, ☎ +91 40 2786 1943. Risala Bazar, Bolarum, Secunderbad.
- Bolarum Golf Club, ☎ +91 40 2786 1943. Risala Bazar, Bolarum.
- Park View Enclave Tennis Centre, ☎ +91 40 3296 0203. Boinpally Secunderabad.
- Ace Tennis Academy, ☎ +91 94404 22920. Begumpet.
No visit to Hyderabad would be complete without sampling its unique cuisine - 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 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 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 a 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, served with 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 (carrot 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 at any of the ubiquitous "Chai" shops. Although, not all of them have the best hygeine and it is best to go with a local. The crowd at the stalls is composed mainly of blue collared workers and college students so expect a noisy environment with conversational topics that range from movies to politics.
- Street food, in Hyderabad is better than most other cities in India and it is cheap.
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 India 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.
- Alpha (opposite Secunderabad Railway Station), ☎ +91 40 2770 2291. Popular for beja fry, available only in the morning and served for breakfast.
- Cafe Bahaar, Opp. Commissioner Office, Old MLA Quarters, Basheerbagh, ☎ +91 40 2324 3798, +91 40 2323 7605. Biryanis and meat curries, moderately priced.
- Baawarchi, Plot no. 66, RTC Cross Rd's, Chikkadpally Musheerabad (Opposite Sandya Theatre), ☎ +91 40 2760 5308, +91 40 2763 4490. 11:30AM-11PM. Biryanis ₹ 150.
- 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. ₹ 200.
- Chutneys, 1: 2: Nagarjuna Circle, Near Punjagutta flyover, ☎ +91 40 2335 0569, +91 40 2335 8484, +91 40 5557 8651. Vegetarian, and quite well-known in Hyderabad. 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. ₹ 150.
- Hyderabad House, Multiple locations. This is a chain of restaurants, serving Hyderabadi style food all over the city. There are also outlets that comprise just a takeout counter. Try the Lukhmi. Vegetarians will have few choices. ₹ 200.
- Kholani's Kitchen, 4-3-548/1, Shop No. 16 & 17, Needs Arcade, Tilak Rd, Abids, ☎ +91 40 2475 3444, +91 40 2475- 657. 11AM-11PM. Try the excellent malai kebabs (chicken) and apollo fish ₹ 200.
- 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 4 locations: ₹ 150.
- New Astoria Restaurant, 1-8-563/2, Surya Mukhi Complex, RTC X Rd's, ☎ +91 40 2766 7115, +91 40 6662 5520.
- Paradise Restaurant, Paradise Circle, M G Rd, 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 have branches, but confusingly 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 Rd, Shanti Nagar, In The Lane Behind JNTU, Masab Tank, ☎ +91 40 6510-0033, +91 40 6510-0044, +91 98 85650789. 12PM-3:30PM, then 7PM-11:PM. Mildly spiced food from Rayalaseema, rustic decor. Not for vegetarians. ₹ 200.
- Sanman Hotel, Tarnaka flyover (20 minute walk from Sitafalmandi railway station.). Cheap eats. For take away, ask at the parcel counter. ₹ 30 Masala Dosa. ₹ 35 Vegetarian Biryani..
- Sandarshini. Delicious South Indian dishes. Is present in over 5 locations
- Shadaab, Madina Building, ☎ +91 40 2313 4446. Famous for its Hyderabadi Mutton Biryani and Jabda Gosht available only in the morning, served for breakfast.
- Taj Mahal Restaurant, # 4-1-999 Abids (Part of Taj Mahal Hotel), ☎ +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 ambiance in the air-con section is old-school. ₹ 200.
- Barbecue Nation, Banjara Hills (opp. City Centre Mall). Enjoy unlimited starters on a barbecue grill right on your table. Desserts are just ok. In happy hours(before 8 pm) the price will be 525+taxes Otherwise. 575+taxes.
- 4 Seasons, 9-4-77/3/D/4/5/6, Yousuf Tekri, Tolichowki (opposite R.T.A Office), ☎ +91 40 65578671. Serves multiple cuisines, but raved about for its Arabic and Lebanese food. Lunch and dinner. Credit cards accepted. Around ₹ 800 for two.
- Aangan, 1-8-1/0/B, Yatri Nivas, Sardar Patel Rd, Secunderabad, ☎ +91 40 2781 6881, +91 40 2781 6882, +91 40 2784 0005. 10:30AM-11:30PM. Mughlai, Chinese and Hyderabadi dishes. ₹ 300.
- Angeethi, Unit 701-703, 7th floor, Reliance Classic, Rd # 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". 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. ₹ 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. ₹ 300.
- Celebrations, Plot No.66A, Rd No.1, Jubilee Hills, ☎ +91 40 4010 0888, +91 40 2360 2888. A complex of four restaurants and one bar.
- Chinese Pavilion, Road Number 1, Banjara Hills (opposite JVR Park), ☎ +91 40 6678-5680. 11:30AM-3:30PM, 7:30PM-11:30PM. Makes an attempt to move away from Indain Chinese. ₹ 500.
- Chung Hua. 11:30AM-3:30PM, 7PM-10:30PM. Try out the Thai varieties, nice, cosy place. Present at 2 locations ₹ 300.
- MoMo Cafe, 1-3-1024 Lower Tank Bund Rd, ☎ +91 40 2752 1222,. 24 hr. Mughlai, Chinese and Hyderabadi dishes. ₹ 300-500.
- 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.
- Kabura. 12:PM-3:30PM, 7:00PM-11:30PM. Cuisine from the Northwest Frontier. ₹ 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. ₹ 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 3 branches: ₹ 500.
- Ming's Court, Baseraa Inn Hotel, Basheerbagh (opposite Old Gandhi Medical College), ☎ +91 40 2329 8811, +91 40 2329 8822, +91 40 2329 8855. 11:30AM-3:30PM, 7PM-11:30PM. Mostly Indian Chinese. ₹ 500.
- Nanking, 103 Parklane, S D Rd, Secunderabad (near Hussian Travels), ☎ +91 40 2772-9893, +91 40 2784-3634, +91 40 2784-8986. 11:30AM-3:30PM, 6:30PM-11PM. Hyderabad's oldest Chinese restaurant.
- Olive Garden, 1-98/90/1, Hi-Tech City, Madhapur, ☎ +91 40 2311 0900, +91 40 2310 0300. 11:30AM-3:30PM, 7PM-11PM. 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, Rd 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. ₹ 350.
- Punjabi by Nature, MJ Towers, Rd No.12, Banjara Hills. (opp. SBI Banjara Hills Branch), ☎ +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. ₹ 500.
- Serengeti, 8-2-682/3, Rd 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 suck. ₹ 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 mamsam ₹ 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. 12:45PM-3:30PM,7:30P-11:30PM. Excellent Chinese place, though it tends more towards Indian Chinese. Try the dim sums and the darsaan for dessert. Good ambience and excellent service. ₹ 700.
- Moksh, Necklace Rd, ☎ +91 40 6620 0111, +91 40 6620 0112. 11AM-3:30PM, 7PM-midnight. The ₹ 199 Non-Veg, Lunch-buffet is really tasty. Service, ambience and the lake-side location is awesome. 199.
- Sahib Sindh Sultan, City Centre, 5th Floor, Road no. 1 & 10, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 66683337. 12 noon-3:30PM,7PM-11.30PM. 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. ₹ 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. ₹ 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. ₹ 500.
- Tulips - The Coffee Shop, 1-26, Hotel Green Park, Greenlands Rd, Begumpet, ☎ +91 40 2375-7575, +91 40 6651-5151. 24 hr. Famous for its midnight biryani and buffet.
- Ullaasa, 7-1, 59/1, Athithi Inn, 5th Floor, Dharam Karam Rd, 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. ₹300.
- Utsav, 221 Tivoli, Secunderabad, ☎ +91 40 2772-0638. 11AM-3:30PM, 7:30PM-11AM. Indian vegetarian cuisine, has got good reviews. ₹ 400.
- Villa No 1-8-46, P.G. Rd, 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: ₹ 500.
- Zafraan Exotica, Road No. 12, Banjara Hills. 11AM-3:30PM, 7PM-Midnight. A rooftop restaurant with an exotic ambience. Serves Mughlai and Chinese. ₹ 500.
- Grand Fuze, Road No. 1,Alcazar Plaza, Opposite City Center,Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40-64535350,7799434388. 11AM-11PM. The Restaurant serves Indo-Chinese fusion cuisine at reasonable prices . Two Can Eat for ₹ 500.
- Fusion 9, Number 4, First Avenue, Road Number 1, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 6657-7722, +91 40 6657-7755. 11AM-4PM, 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. 11AM-11:30PM. Sports Grill. American, Italian and Mexican food with sport viewing.
- 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. ₹ 800.
- Arena, Taj Deccan, Rd Number 1, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 6666-3939. 24 hr. Coffee shop serves Sunday brunch. Sushi Bar.
- Spice Junxion, Taj Deccan, Road Number 1, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 6666-3939. 12PM-3:30PM, 7PM-11:30PM. South Indian cuisine with a trendy twist. Lunchtime platters with 10 starters, 8 main course items and 4 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; 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 2355 8001. 12 noon-3:30PM, 7PM-11:30PM. Italian style, completely vegetarian. ₹ 700.
- Waterfront, Beside Eat Street, Necklace Rd, ☎ +91 40 2330 8899, +91 40 6527 8899. Has a nice view of Hussain Sagar lake, but the food, at its best, is passable. ₹ 700 (cover charge of ₹ 300, ₹ 500 on weekends).
- Zafraan Laguna, 5th Floor, Lumbini Jewel Mall, Road No. 2, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 6451-1988, +91 99 6644-0408. Su-Th: 11:AM-10PM Fr-Sa:11AM-10PM. The place to visit for Mediterranean food. ₹ 800.
Bakeries, cafes, sweet shops and 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 Indianised 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.
- Deli 9. 9:30AM-10:30PM. Bakery and cafe. Cakes, pastries, quiches, and puffs. 2 locations. ₹ 200.
- 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. Quality Indian sweets.
- Karachi Bakery, Mozamjahi Market and Road No.1 Banjara Hills.
- King & Cardinal, 3-5-907, Himayathnagar X Roads, Himayathnagar, ☎ +91 40 6661 5444. Pizzas and burgers. Also serves Indian Chinese snacks. ₹100.
- 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. ₹ 150.
- Pista House, 20-4-140/1-8, Shalibanda Rd, 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.
- Safeena Bakers, Charminar, Alijah kotla. 8AM-10PM. Baked biscuits, cakes and burgers. Has 3 outlets:
- 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. ₹ 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. ₹150.
- Universal Bakers, 3-6-12, Himayatnagar, Himayathnagar Paradise, Himaythnagar & Masab Tank. 8AM-10PM. Baked biscuits, cakes and burgers. It has 3 outlets.
Spencers can be found in multiple locations. They carry basic food and non-food items.
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.
WARNING: Drunken driving is not tolerated and police enforce the rule strictly. After 11PM almost all the roads have police patrols and check drunk driving. If caught you may end up paying fines, apart from vehicle being seized and couple of rounds to police station in worst scenarios.
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 floor. ₹ 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. ₹ 100-₹ 700.
- Easy Rider, ☎ +91 498 4903 2297. Lakeview Palace, Road no 1, Banjara Hills, (opposite Taj Banjara). 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).
- Passport, Ramada Hotel Manohar, (Old) Airport Exit Road Begumpet, ☎ +91 40 2790 3333, +91 40 5531-3333.
- H20 Amrutha castle, (near lumbini garden). ₹ 150-300.
- 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, 1 Mall road. GVK 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. ₹ 900.
- Touch, 1st Floor, Trendset Towers, Road Number 2, Banjara Hills, ☎ +91 40 2354 2433, +91 40 2354 2422, +91 40 6651 6666. 11:30AM-11;30PM. Upscale, celebrity hang-out, great place but very expensive. Has a dress code, shoes mandatory. ₹500.
- Fashion (FTV), Banjara Hills. Trendy lounge bar.
- Hydrate, # 6-1-79 & 80, Hampshire Plaza, Lakdi-Ka-Pul, ☎ +91 40 2333 5555. Elegant bar at Hampshire Plaza.
- Seventh Heaven, 6-3-883/5, Seventh Floor, Venkat Plaza, Punjagutta, ☎ +91 40 6666 8833, +91 40 6666-8822. 11AM-11:30PM. Nice rooftop bar and restaurant.
- Jagdamba Pearls, Gupta Estate, Basheer Bagh, ☎ +91 40 6656 6777. Jagdamba Pearls, is one of the oldest and the largest pearl companies in India.
- C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons-The Flagship Boutique, Taj Deccan, ☎ +91 40 3256 1869. -1PM, on Sun 11-8PM.
- Lilac Boutique, Liberty Rd, Himayathnagar (near TTD, opposite Dadu Sweets), ☎ +91 92 4658 1851. Designer and made to order & customised heavy suits, sarees and fancy blouses.
- Pearls of Hyderabad, (Abids and Somajiguda Jewellery shops). Choose from 3 varieties, natural pearls, cultured, and imitation.
- Mohal Jewells. On the Golden Mile Somajiguda for Pearls, Silver, Gold. phone=" +91 40 2341 9757"
- Ghanshyamdas Jewellers (opp Abids Police Station). Genuine pearls
- Ornaments ∓ jewellery (Punjagutta, Abids and Somajiguda)
- Imitation Jewellery. 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, nightwear), #2,R,K.Plaza, Opp.Joyalukkas Jewelers, Greenlands Rd, Panjagutta,, ☎ +91 40 40020267. 11AM-9PM. Exclusive lingerie store where you can for shop lingerie and lounge wear. ₹ 300-2,500.
- Lepakshi (Gunfoundry, Abids), ☎ +91 40 2766 8178.
- Kalanjali Margadarsi House, 5-10-195, Fathemaidan Raod, Opp: Ploice Control Room, Nampally, Hyderabad. ☎ +91 40 2323 1147, +91 40 2329 7196. (fax:+91 40 2323 3204)
- Bidri Crafts, (Gunfoundry, Abids) ☎ +91 40 2323 2657, +91 40 2323 3663.
- Vishwakarmarts gallery, ☎ +91 40 6661 5039. Esteemhouse opposite to model house in Punjagutta Dwarakarapuri colony.
- Shilparamam. (Also Known As Night Bazaar), Madhapur. Exhibitions of handicrafts.
- "United Designers, Banjara Hills Rd#4. Designs by a new wave of young Hyderabadi fashion designers, 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, (next to Charminar). Exotic lacquer and glass bangles market.
- Madina Market Bazaar. Wholesale market.
- Gulzar House. Retail market for ladies.
- Begum Bazaar. Wholesale market.
- Sultan Bazaar. Wholesale clothes market.
- General Bazaar. Budget clothes shopping.
- Monda Market. Vegetable market.
- Feel Khana Khadim
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