My Short-lived Hyderabadi Experience

In the month of September, 2011 I got the chance to visit city of Hyderabad in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. This is a small effort from me to share my experience about city in general, some of famous places, food, Pearls etc.

It all started with an early morning (read too early!!!!!!) journey from my home to New Delhi domestic airport where I reached so quickly (thanks to no traffic time) that I had to wait for 1 hour before check-in began. After couple of minutes post boarding I felt really sleepy that I was imagining magazines like Outlook Money and Economist which were there in my front seat pocket as some course books.

During mid hour when I felt restless (read hungry) flight attendants bumped in with host of options out of which I chose to eat Paranthas (non-hot) which served their purpose well in the flight around 3000 ft above. Also was given the magazine (only offered to CORPORATE customers) which had study/results of ‘Great Places to work in India’ 2011 survey. I was still hooked up into my Economist and Outlook Money when announcement of landing the flight forced me to tighten my seat belt.

Couple of minutes and I was out of Hyderabad airport when I saw my name on one of placards in hand of one taxi driver. At the same one moment I received the SMS about my taxi and his details and thought what a coincidence. Well here is from where my 2 day short haul trip to so called ‘Cyberabad’ started. Amazing was experience when I zoomed out of check post and drove on 11.5 km long (read longest in India I think) fly over, passed two small towns, saw fish shaped restaurant. Hyderabad is surrounded by mountains and landscape of this hi-tech city can be seen from far away while driving. Boast of population of 8.5 million people and approximate 80 km2 in area it is one of those great cities citing the boom of economic development which IT outsourcing has brought to our nation.

After around 1 hour we reached our hotel Taj Deccan situated in Banjara hills area. With some initial formalities I checked in my room. For rest of the day I was busy in the conference for which I went there.

During evening I decided to take a glimpse of city starting with a visit to Hussain Sagar which has a uniqueness that its shape is of necklace. Around the periphery were eating outlets, swings etc. A boat ride from one end to other will also show you the Buddha status carved out of single stone. I chose to skip the same and sat from some quick refreshments and photo shoots. Here is one of the collages with the middle image showing the Buddha statue.

Hyderabad Views

As sun decided to say good bye for day 1 trip and when whole of city was lit we zoomed into one of those govt. approved fixed price (read with discounts) shops to buy (read more see less buy) what this great city is famous since ancient times. Yes you guess right ‘Pearls’. For next one hour or so started the great Indian experience of shopping with pearls being checked on their quality, color, purity, price, liking (read by spouses), professionalism, shining etc. Don`t worry I did not return empty handed but actually bought those and was really happy when left the shop.

My next stop was old city area of great historical monument Char Minar

The Charminar

where I tried to shoot really hard with my HTC desire but the crowd, traffic and light from passing by vehicles did not allowed me to have a single nice perfect shot. Here is one of collages for you to feel you are there.

The sights of Hyderabad

By the time my shooting drive was over the thoughts of ‘Hyderabad Biryani’ swamped my minds when I headed for one of the vegetarian hotels. In the way was Karachi bakery famous for cookies etc and were shocked with the people queuing up in payment lane even at 9:00 PM in the night. I had a great ‘Biryani’ after which I only remember my taxi entering hotel gate.

Next day I had a great ‘Taj’ style breakfast and rest of the day was busy in conference after which I collected my luggage from clock room to depart to airport. As usual I was too early and check-in had lot of time so I decided to have pizza (wow I found Pizza Hut there) and did some shopping. Post midnight I was back to my place.

Although I missed on some of the famous sites like Fort and Nawab`s museum but I am sure these things would give me enough reasons to visit ‘The City of Nawabs’ some time sooner.


  • Mahesh Semwal says:

    There are many places to hang out near by Hussain sagar , like Lumbani Park where you can enjoy light & sound show , eat street & Birla temple.

    Maca Mosque is very close to Charminar. Lad bazar , beside Charminar is famous for its lac Bangles.

    Karachi bakery’s fruit biscuit is amazing, you will not get that type of biscuit all over the India. Babarchi’s Biryani is all time favorite.

    Other than that there are some more worth visiting places like Golkunda fort & Ramoji film city which I have not visited inspite of Nos. of visit to Hyderabad.

  • Vibha says:

    Welcome to Ghumakkar, Gaurav!

    The historical city of Hyderabad is on my to-go list too. And of course to visit such a city, you have to set a lot of time aside.

    The legendary Hyderabadi Biryani, I have heard, should only be tasted in Hyderabad. Everywhere else, you get something that may be similar but not the same.

    Thanks for the short and sweet story. Would have preferred bigger pictures though!

  • Nandan says:

    Seems like a busy day. You should have explored the option of getting an additional day (on your own).

    During 1997-1999, I went to Hyd few times since we had a customer there (BHEL). Apart from the famous joint which you and Mahesh mentioned, there is another one called , Paradise. During my numerous visits, I had Biryani (the one with bones :-) ) multiple times at various road-side joints and I loved those.

    Also, I personally found that AuotWallahs in Hyd are better than what one finds in other big metros like Delhi. It was surprising when I was returned something like Rs 1 or Rs 2 when the bill is Rs 19 or Rs 38, I really respect those gestures. Wishing you more travel and hoping to read more of your stuff here.

    I noticed that your bio is empty so please send us some lines about yourself and also please sign for a gravatar via

    Happy Dussehra and best wishes.

  • Gaurav Jain says:

    Thanks for the comments.

  • kamlesh says:

    please vist this place in india mp one of the most tourist godess place .
    Omkareshwar temple to be found in Madhya Pradesh, ujjain india.
    This Hindu temple is situated on the bank of river Narmada.
    This holy holy place is one among the 12 enshrined Jyotirlinga shrines of the Lord Shiva

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