Hyderabad IPL Special: 10 Things To Do Here In Just 48 Hours

Whether you're a history buff, a foodie, or someone who enjoys the vibrancy of a bustling city, Hyderabad has something for everyone
A 48-hour guide to the best experiences in Hyderabad. Credit: iStock

A 48-hour guide to the best experiences in Hyderabad. Credit: iStock

Before, or even after the thrilling IPL matches that will keep you on the edge of your seat, make time to extend your stay in the vibrant city of Hyderabad. Beyond the stadium cheers and cricket fever, there is so much that this Deccan city offers to an intrepid traveller. Its gastronomy is legendary and the historical sites here offer an insight into a culture that spans centuries.
Visit the Charminar in Hyderabad Credit Canva
Visit the Charminar in Hyderabad. Credit: Canva

Visit the Charminar

Begin your day at the iconic Charminar, a symbol of Hyderabad's historical grandeur. Built by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah (the 5th sultan of the Qutb Shahi dynasty), the monument stands a lone sentinel in the middle of bustling streets, identified by its four towering pillars (minars).

Shop At Laad Bazaar

Unleash your inner shopper at Laad Bazaar, which gets its name from laad or lacquer used to make bangles. Haggle for the best deals on pearls (Hyderabad is known as the City of Pearls!), beautiful bangles, shimmering fabrics, and unique Hyderabadi souvenirs like intricate metalwork and colourful handicrafts. Don't forget to try the local Irani chai and Osmania biscuits at the nearby tea stalls.
Laad Bazaar near Charminar Credit iStock
Laad Bazaar near Charminar. Credit: iStock

Golconda Fort Exploration

Head to the magnificent Golconda Fort for a trip back in time. Golla Konda translates to Shepherd’s Hill and legends say that a shepherd had found an idol on this hilltop, and conveyed this to the ruling Kakatiya king at that time. The king constructed a mud fort around this place and after 200 years, Bahamani rulers took possession of the place. The Qutub Shahi kings later made Golconda their capital and converted this mud fort into a granite structure which extended 5 km in circumference. Today, the fort's sprawling architecture and breathtaking views make it a must-visit. Engage in the acoustic wonders of the Fateh Darwaza and delve into the history of this formidable structure.
Golconda Fort in Hyderabad Credit Canva
Golconda Fort in Hyderabad. Credit: Canva

Visit Chowmahalla Palace

Step back in time at the Chowmahalla Palace, a sprawling complex that served as the official residence of the Nizams, the former rulers of Hyderabad. Explore the grand courtyards, admire the opulent jewellery collection showcasing the Nizams' extravagant lifestyle, and get a glimpse into the grandeur of a bygone era.

A Biryani Bonanza

A trip to Hyderabad is incomplete without savouring its world-famous Hyderabadi Biryani. Its fragrant rice and mouth-melting mutton makes everyone in the city scour the local joints for the perfect plate. Head to a local eatery such as Paradise or Shadab for an authentic culinary experience.
Street food vendor sell the food items in a busy road in Hyderabad Credit iStock
Street food vendor sell the food items in a busy road in Hyderabad. Credit: iStock

Boating at Hussain Sagar Lake

Spend a serene evening by Hussain Sagar Lake, which was excavated in 1562 A.D. by Hussain Shah Wali during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah. Today the promenade is a popular spot among locals and travellers alike. You can take a boat ride with a view of a large Buddha statue, installed in the middle of the lake. Close to Hussain Sagar Lake are other sites of interest like Lumbini Park, Birla Mandir, Snow World, NTR gardens and Planetarium.

Hit the Jubilee Hills

End your day trip in the city with a quick nightcap at one of many trendy bars and lounges that dot Jubilee Hills, an upscale posh locality in the city that boasts the best nightlife. If you head here early, you can also indulge in some retail therapy at designer showrooms and home decor stores.
Hussain Sagar Lake Credit Canva
Hussain Sagar Lake. Credit: Canva

Learn more about history at Salar Jung Museum

One of the largest museums in India, this treasure trove houses a diverse collection of art, artefacts, and antiques spanning centuries and continents. Explore intricate Mughal miniatures, admire European sculptures, and be amazed by the sheer variety of historical objects on display.

A Solemn Day at Qutub Shahi Tombs

Located one kilometre north of Golconda Fort's Banjara Darwaza, the Golconda Tombs stand as magnificent monuments erected in memory of the departed kings of Golconda. These imposing marvels of architectural excellence, built by the Qutub Shahis, are among Hyderabad's oldest historical landmarks, serving as reminders of the glory of the Golconda kings buried at the site.
Qutub Shahi Tombs Credit Canva
Qutub Shahi Tombs. Credit: Canva

Dine Like Royalty At Adaa

Ever since the Falaknuma palace was converted into a Taj property, it ensures every traveller can feel like a nizam amidst its opulent interiors coupled with delectable food. Adaa, the restaurant here, serves up authentic Hyderabadi cuisine, including the famous Haleem and chef’s special desserts. The cuisine here has been inspired by the state banquets from the days of yore and from heirloom recipes from the kitchens of the Nizam.
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