5 things to do in Hyderabad

Yes, the weather may be a bit extreme (well, not extreme as an arctic winter or an equatorial summer) but just enough to hassle you a little – which will hardly be a major concern once you start looking around and taking the city in. So I’ll try not to give you the regular, go visit the Golconda Fort, Charminaar, Eat the Hyderabadi Biryani, go to Ramoji Filmcity and buy pearls – because anyone can tell you that, and that’s usually what attracts all of the tourists.

What I will do instead, is give you 5 relatively off beat things to do there, so you can tell a different story than everyone else!

1. Get photographed (in costume) as royalty at the Chowmahalla Palace.

But that’s not the only reason to go there, the architecture will blow your mind a thousand times over, and you’ll find this place, utterly and completely instagram-able. #truestory. This little wonder is deceptively hidden in plain sight with cream-ish gates that merge seamlessly with the wall that their set up against, keep your eyes peeled for this palace on your way to, or from Laad Bazaar. (or you know, just ask someone to take you there. :p )


2. Check out the Taj Falaknuma Palace Library

Because not only will your eyes be in for a treat the minute you set foot in the premises, you’ll also see some of the ancient copies of the Quraan, and manuscripts from the time of the Nizam’s rule, you’ll probably also come across an old wooden cupboard which is lined entirely with satin from the inside; and that’s not because the Nizam had too much time and money at hand to deploy his men to such a task, the real reason is actually quite heartwarming. Rumors are the Nizam’s wife had at some point hurt her hand because a wooden splinter lodged itself there, and this pained the begum (aka the wife) enough (literally) to the point that she told him about it, and he had the entire cupboard lined with satin so that she’d never hurt herself again. –cue to minor aww moment- 

Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, India

3. Indulge your tastes for unique Ethnic pieces

The exquisite art of Bidri, or metal crafting makes for amazingly intricate work on vases, cups with lids, and overall good looking pieces that can be kept only for show, or to put stuff in them. Abids is a great place to go shopping for Bidriware. Shilparam is also a great place, a little haven away from the concrete jungle, for some chic handicrafts and handloom weaves.

Hyderabad India - Bangles for sale

4. Chill out at one of the most iconic Ice Cream parlours

Famous Ice Cream is more than 60 years old, and has some of the best ice cream flavours you could ask for in all of Hyderabad. Sure there are many other parlours around which offer the same or perhaps a wider selection of choices, some how they just don’t make the cut for me, and a lot of other people, because then even those said parlours would be as famous as Famous Ice Cream, yes? 😛

Famous Ice Cream @Mozzam Jahi Market, HYDERABAD


5. Get over your darkest fears at Dark Room

All puns aside, this is an experience you cannot miss. It will change your life in so many ways. Being led into a pitch dark place, with a visually impaired tour guide, needn’t be a scary thought; and this place will show you exactly how it’s done.

After all the touristy sight seeing, and instagramming of every possible thing, you’ll probably want to come home to a home, and have someone to share your stories with, rather than crashing on a hotel bed; for that you may want to take a look at this  it’s super comfy, super homely, and you’ll get the full Hyderabadi experience, first hand. 🙂


Until next time,

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