As soon as you hear of Hyderabad , the first thing that gets into your head is the delicious Hyderabadi Biryani and the magnificent Charminar. Hyderabad is a very authentic city and every street would give you an essence of the history which you would start reliving. Economically budget friendly and a city embedded with a lot of diversity . Though many backpackers traveling to Hyderabad would always prefer visiting places like Ramoji film city, Sarlajung museum , Birla mandir etc. The real beauty of this city lies on the streets of Sultan bazaar , Old city , The Moula Ali hills , Toli chowki and many more. These are the authentically built areas would mesmerize you with their Nizami feels on you.
The Sultan Bazaar is also known as Koti and is busy street filled tiny shops and sales ( if you are a street shopper , you should definitely be here) and crowd with hundreds of people bustling around almost whole of the year. Gokul chaat is a famous chaat point in this area and do not miss on it its amazing chaat.
Every nook and corner you look around this place , you would find a wonderful frame in your mind that you would want to photograph.
The Old city is the heart of this city and this is where the famous Charminar stands. Though the place is known to everyone , a lot of it is to be explored and you can get to taste the best Hyderabadi biryani on the streets on the Old city. Hundreds of shops selling pearls, beautiful cloths and a street full of the famous Hyderabad bangles which is known as the Laad bazaar or the chudi bazaar are crowded with tourists and customers from all around the world. This could be a paradise for beef lovers and the beef biryani you get here is a must if you really love beef. My personal favorites here in the Old city are Paya , Mutton and beef dum biryani , Faluda , double-ka-meetha and Kulfi .
The Moula Ali hills are a treat for trekking enthusiasts , although the trek is not so awesome, sitting on these hilltops was always my favorite time when I was in the city. Compilation of three hills , the Moula Ali hills are rocky structures with Durgahs located on the top. People wanting to go on the hilltop are suggested to refrain from creating chaos as the hills are very peaceful and would give you a very nice peaceful experience. The best time to go here is at 4.00 am when you can witness the sunrise and look at the city sleeping under the street lights which light up the city.
There is a regular city bus service in the city and majorly all the buses commute from Rethifile bus stand which lies just beside the Secunderabad Railway station. There is also a local train service. Auto-rickshaws can be easily spotted on the roads and of course a wide range of cab service ( Ola, Uber, Sky cabs, Yellow Cabs, Dot etc).
The best time to visit this city is from October to February when the weather is pleasant most of the time. And hotels are also available in a wide range of prices for accommodation.
The best part of this city for me is , I found it to be so fascinating that I had taken an year off after my school only to explore around the city and photograph these beautiful streets.
Rajiv Gandhi International airport, Shamshabad ( Buses ply from the airport to the city)
Secunderabad Railway Station ( A bus stand right across the station , auto rickshaw stands can also be spotted all around the station)
MGBS bus station to avail the government bus service