Hyderabad for the Business Traveler
Hyderabad has earned a name for itself in the technology space with many international companies setting shop here including Linkedin and Facebook. The city boasts of good infrastructure and there are very few who have not heard about its scrumptious biryani and beautiful pearls. Add to this, the mix of cultures, the air of the old world, the lingering influence of its Islamic rulers, and you have one interesting trip to look forward to. If you love getting an itinerary in place before you head to the city, you can do so with a mobile app like Trip38.
Charminar is one of the city’s most well-known attractions. As its name suggests, it has four minarets that rise over the crazy throng of traffic, stalls and more. It houses a mosque that is not open to the public. Even if you are on a brief trip, you mustn’t miss the light and sound show at the Golkonda Fort at the outskirts of the city. It is a 16th century citadel that sits atop a hill and known for its acoustics. There are well-tended gardens, the Jagadamba Mahakali Temple and the Taramati Mosque around here.
One of the Nizams’ old homes, Chowmahalla Palace exudes the splendor of the royals. One of its highlights is the chandeliers made of Belgian crystal in the durbar halls. It is surrounded by beautiful courtyards and is a quiet place. Like the capital city of India, thanks to the dynasties that ruled Hyderabad, there are many tombs that are still in evidence like the Qutb Shahi Tombs, 21 in all. The resting place of rulers, courtesans and others who were in the service of the royals, the tombs sit in a sprawling expanse of greenery, and are quite close to the Golconda Fort and are not to be missed.
The Hussain Sagar Lake is a good place to saunter around on cool days. It separates Hyderabad from its twin city, Secunderabad. There are boat rides and gardens here including NTR Gardens. There are numerous parks in the city, one of which is Lumbini Park that hosts laser shows, the first of its kind in India.
The city is a foodie’s dream come true, and you cannot leave the city without tasting its famous Hyderabadi dum biryani, Khubani ka meetha, falooda or Irani chai. Paradise is one of Hyderabad’s most well-known restaurant chains. If you want to try something a little more la-di-da, how about high tea at the Taj Falaknuma Palace; the tea includes masala scones. For more modern tastes, there is MOB, a Belgian beerhouse. Apart from its pearls, there are a lot of other shopping opportunities in Hyderabad; the massive InOrbit Mall is one place where you can spend the entire day. Antique hunters can head to Pathergatti Road near the Charminar.
No matter how short your trip is, you cannot escape the city’s beauty as its heritage has a way of finding you wherever you go.