Hyderabad, also known as the city of pearls has rich history of its own. Here, the past and present seamlessly blend together.
Once ruled by the Royal Nizams this city is a living example of their love for arts and culture and every nook and corner bears witness of their rich heritage and is the legacy they left behind.
Old city was once the hub of cosmopolitan culture, with migrants from across India, this is evident from the architectural influences that are visible in old city, Rajasthani, Maharashtrian, and other architectural styles which bear testimony to Hyderabad’s century-old cosmopolitan culture.
Hyderabad’s tourist season is lean to moderate throughout the year, so anytime (save March, April, and May when temperatures skyrocket in the landlocked arid regions) is a good time.
The month of Ramzan is a special time to visit as the old city truly comes alive during this month. From late night bazaars to streets dotted with little carts and stalls selling the most delectable delicacies specially prepared for this month.
According to the Mercer Quality of Living Rating 2018, Hyderabad was named as the best city to live in - for the fourth time in a row! A must visit for anyone looking for an all-encompassing experience filled with history, culture and so much more.
The Museum houses an astonishing collection art and artifacts from the royal treasury of the Nizams. One of India’s three national museums, Salar Jung is also home to one of only four copies of “Veiled Rebecca,” sculpted by Giovanni Benzoni.
Located in the heart of Hyderabad. The scrubland vegetation and boulder outcroppings there will give you a sense of what the natural landscape looked like before the city was built. The Chiran Palace complex belonging to the erstwhile Nizams of Hyderabad is also located inside the park, but off limits to visitors.
The Charminar is one of the most recognized monuments of India, situated in the heart of the old city of Hyderabad. It is the architectural icon for the city of Hyderabad, equivalent to the likes of the Taj Mahal of Agra and is the most searched historical site of the city on Google. The imposing monument stands regally tall amidst the colourful bangle shops in the labyrinthine Laad Bazar of the old city and presents a beautiful glittering sight after nightfall (7pm-9pm).
Once the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty, the Chowmahalla Palace was built in Hyderabad between the years 1857 and 1869. In essence, Chowmahalla can be literally translated to mean 'Four Palaces'. The magnificent monument consists of two massive courtyards as well as a grand dining hall known as 'Khilawat'. This splendid monument that once served as the official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad. You must visit the Chowmahalla Palace, Why? Just because of its sheer elegance.
Hyderabadi haleem, a rich meat-and-lentil-based stew, becomes popular during this period and is sold in pop-up stalls all over the city. This classic makes its appearance only during the month of Ramzan and is seldom available at any other time of the year. The fervor associated with this dish is immense; it’s even exported to other cities and has even yielded a vegetarian spin-off.
Hyderabad, the city most popularly known for its pearls and the iconic Charminar also houses some legendary bakeries that have a rich history going back to several decades. We’ve listed five of the most iconic bakeries that should be on your must-visit list if you’re new to the city.
With a history of more than 70 years, Subhan Bakery has something to offer for everyone. They have a range of cookies, breads, rusks but their Osmania biscuits and Khara biscuits have been their mainstays for several decades and continue to enjoy a loyal patronage.
A name that has become synonymous with the city, goes back to 1952 when it was first established in the humble neighborhood of Mozamjahi market. Apart from their signature fruit biscuits that are exported across the country and the world, their entire range of cookies and cakes is a must try.
Their baked goods are best enjoyed with a signature cup of piping hot Irani chai set against the backdrop of Charminar. An absolute must visit if you wish to experience a slice of authentic Hyderabadi way of living.
Their burgers have been a large part of several childhood memories for those who grew up in the city. Their pastries and cakes are absolute must haves.
This bakery and sweet house has been around for over three decades and is one of the most loved cafes in the city. They also have a wide range of popular indian sweets and Irani chai.