Hyderabad, the City of Nizams, is a happy blend of the old and the new. The grand city bathed in history and heritage can entice you with an eclectic mix of attractions and fun activities. So much so that if you are planning to spend the weekend in here, you will be spoilt for choice! From exploring the age-old monuments and soaking in the heritage of the city to going on a gastronomic tour through its streets and enjoying a shopping spree in local markets, there’s no dearth of things to do in Hyderabad. Want to know more? Read on to discover how you can enjoy your weekend in the City of Pearls and make the most of your trip.
- Head Out on a Heritage Tour
Dotted with medieval forts, historical monuments, lavish palaces, and landmark mosques, Hyderabad offers one of the most fascinating heritage trails in the country. Whether you are a history buff or not, you can explore several iconic structures which are known for their historical significance and architectural grandeur. These include the iconic Charminar, Golkonda Fort, Chowmahalla Palace, Purani Haveli, Qutub Shahi Tombs, Paigah Tombs, Spanish Mosque, Mecca Masjid, Koti Residency, and Moula Ali Dargah, to name a few. Do not miss out on the spectacular light and sound show at Golkonda Fort, which presents the glorious history of the city through the voice of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan.
- Stroke your Adventurous Side
Hyderabad might not seem like an ideal destination for adventurous souls, but trust us – the city has everything to stroke your adventurous side and keep your adrenaline levels high. If you are looking for fun-filled and adventure activities to do this weekend, don’t forget to include Sahas Adventure Park in your itinerary. Located within Ramoji Film City, the park offers an exciting range of adventure activities including zorbing, shooting and archery, paintball, ATVs, net courses, mountain biking, and human foosball, to name a few. Wildlife enthusiasts can go on a jungle safari at Nehru Zoological Park while nature lovers can have a great time at Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park or KBR National Park. Besides these, the city has places where you can indulge in bungee jumping, rock climbing, go-karting, shooting, paragliding, zip-lining, and more.
- Indulge in Pub-hopping
What’s a weekend without some cocktails, dance, and music? Pamper the party person in you by exploring the best clubs and dance pubs in the city. With great drinks, exotic food, and peppy music to keep you company, you will be set to have a blast and paint the town red. Listed below are some of the top party hotspots in the city:
- Komatose (Gachibowli)
- Karma Bristo and Lounge (Banjara Hills)
- Amnesia Lounge Bar (Jubilee Hills)
- Mustang Terrace Lounge (Gachibowli)
- Hard Rock Café (Banjara Hills)
- 10 Downing Street (Begumpet)
- Altitude Bar (Necklace Road)
We suggest you put on your favorite dancing shoes before going out on your pub-hopping spree in Hyderabad.
- Explore Cine-Magic at Ramoji Film City
Imagine visiting a place that brings different worlds together – a wonderland where you can stroll through a magnificent Indian palace, relax at a Japanese garden, soak in the opulence of the Mughal era, and explore the ‘London Street’. Welcome to the exciting world of Ramoji Film City where your cine dreams turn into reality! This lavish film studio complex, which is touted as the largest in the world, has a whole lot of exciting attractions including studio tours, adventure sports, movie magic park, kids’ park, Eureka (a treasure trove of cultural artifacts), film sets, birds park, live shows, butterfly park, and bonsai garden, among others. This magical world of natural and artificial attractions never fails to impress adults and kids alike.
- Embark on a Gastronomic Tour
Your visit to Hyderabad can never be deemed complete without digging into a loaded plate of Hyderabadi biryani. Agreed! However, if you thought biryani is the only thing that can give you foodgasm in this historic city, think again! Hyderabad can be called the mecca of lip-smacking food in India, thanks to a mind-blowing range of culinary delights and street foods. From refreshing cups of Irani chai and freshly baked Osmania biscuits to tempting kebabs, rolls, haleem, paya, nihari, and khichdi kheema, the list can go on and on and on. Then there’s a whole range of desserts waiting to pamper your sweet tooth, such as qubani ka meetha, kheer, falooda, phirni, etc. So, ahead and indulge your taste buds in some of the most iconic street food joints in Hyderabad such as Pista House, Shadab Hotel, Shah Ghouse, Pragati Tiffin Centre, Akbar Fast Food Corner, and Nimrah Café and Bakery, to name a few.
- Take a Trip Down the Lane of History at the City’s Museums
Museums are places that keep a city’s history alive and Hyderabad has no dearth of them. Take a break from the usual activities and step into the exciting world of history at these museums. You will be thrilled to discover many unknown facts about the city and its glorious past. At the same time, you will be able to witness fine collections of priceless artifacts, many of which have been acquired from around the world. While the Salar Jung Museum is considered to be the most famous museum of Hyderabad, others like the Nizam’s Museum at Purani Haveli, the Chowmahalla Palace, Telangana State Archaeology Museum, Sudha Car Museum, and B. M Birla Science Museum are no less fascinating.
- Shop Till You Drop
Last, but never the least, shopping! The bustling markets of Hyderabad are a shopaholic’s dream come true. You can expect to find an incredible range of items at these shopping hubs, that too at insanely low prices. Fabrics, fragrances, apparel, jewelry, pearls, shoes, electronics, Nizam-era decor items, you name them and you can find them all here. Markets like Begum Bazar, Koti Sultan Market, Nampally Market, Laad Bazaar, General Bazar, Mozzam Jahi Market, Pot Market, and Antique Market are among the places where you can shop till you drop.
Now that you know about all that you can do on a weekend trip to Hyderabad, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head straight for this amazing land of biryani, pearls, and architectural legacy.