Few Things to Know Before Visiting Hyderabad
Take Some Time Off to Try Local Delicacies
Hyderabad has loads of interesting places to visit and if you want to cover the best of them in 2 days you need proper planning. Don’t forget, however, to set aside some time to indulge in local delicacies in Hyderabad. This city is quite popular for its Mughlai and Nawabi cuisine and you would not want to miss on it at all. You can find a lot of non-veg delicacies in Hyderabad which are mouth-watering. Moreover, there are a lot of lip-smacking sweets to try, as well.
You Can Visit Secunderabad
Hyderabad and Secunderabad are literal twin cities which are quite similar in terms of area, architecture and history. This is why if you are visiting Hyderabad then you have the perfect opportunity to visit Secunderabad as well.
However, this would be only possible when you manage your time well or have more than 2 days to visit the city. However, Hyderabad itself has so many tourist places, so it may well be that you may not get enough time to go and visit Secunderabad in 2 days of the trip.
Day 1 at Hyderabad (Historic Places)
Starting this quick Hyderabad itinerary for 2 days with one of the most popular tourist destinations in Hyderabad which is Charminar. It was constructed in 1591 which is a monumental mosque which is stunning in its design and structural beauty.
This is one of the most recognized structures in India popular on a global level. Charminar is located on the banks of Musi River and considered quite an important monuments from architectural and archaeological wonders.
The fact that the mosque is established on four columns which are 56m high helped this structure find its name of Charminar. It is located in the main bazaar so you can visit it easily as it is quite like the heart of the city. If you want to see the proper architecture then morning time would be best to visit.
Salar Jung Museum
It barely takes 5 minutes to reach Salar Jung Museum from Charminar as it is located only 1.6km away from the site. This museum is also located on the bank of Musi River and it is also included in one of the three museums of India, too.
Inaugurated in 1951, this museum is quite historic and boasts of a collection of carvings, textiles, ceramics, manuscripts, sculptures, paintings and a lot of other things. This museum has marvellous pieces of not only India but of other countries too, like Japan, Europe, North America, Persia, and many others.
Counted amongst one of the largest museums in India, this is a must-visit place in Hyderabad. You can visit it after 10 am and there is an entry fee for this place, as well.
Thankfully, this is going to be another quick ride for you as Chowmahalla Palace is located only 10 min away from Salar Jung Museum. The meaning of Chowmahalla is four palaces and the place is exactly like that. This palace used to be the official residence of Nizams of Hyderabad and currently, it is open for public, too.
Despite being 200 years old, this palace remains in its prime because of the timely restoration work. The major highlight of this palace remains Grand Khilwat which is a huge Durbar Hall in this palace.
Currently, this palace is spread across an area of 12 acres and this huge property is a sight to behold for the tourists and visitors here. You need so much time to explore this palace which is divided into Northern and Southern Courtyard. It remains open from 10 am to 5 pm from Saturday to Thursday and there is an entry fee too.
Taj Falaknuma Palace
One of the best places to visit in Hyderabad in 2 days would be Taj Falaknuma Palace which is about 5km away from Chowmahalla Palace. It is not open for the general public and you would have to book a tour for it where you will be taken to this place in the evening to have some tea.
This is the time when you can visit this palace too. It used to be a grand palace privately owned by one of the Nizams but later on, it got restored and converted into a 5-star hotel by Taj Group of Hotels.
The entire architecture of this palace is simply stunning and covers an area of 1,011,500 square feet. It has so many different sections like Zenana Mahal, Gol Bangla, Harem Quarters, etc.
You simply can't visit every single popular place in Hyderabad in 2 days hence we have omitted some of the other popular tourist places here like Ramoji Film City, Qutub shahi tombs, and top sights of Secunderabad.
Day 2 at Hyderabad (Religious and other places)
For Day 2, start your journey with Golconda Fort. This is located a bit outside of Hyderabad and would take less than half an hour to reach. Very few people know that Golconda was the place which produced some of the greatest gems of all time like Kohinoor, Hope Diamond, Noor-ul-ain, etc..
So, the fort remains open for public from 8 am to 5.30pm and we would suggest you visit it first thing in the morning when the weather also remains pleasant and nice.
There is an entry fee for tourists here and you surely need a few hours to visit this fort completely and click some amazing pictures here. However, if you want to see the light and sound show here then you should visit Golconda Fort by evening.
The next place to visit in Hyderabad would be Mecca Masjid and for this, you would have to come back to the center of the city from Golconda Fort which is a journey of 11km. What draws people’s attention towards this Masjid is the fact that it is one of the largest mosques in India with a capacity of 20,000 people.
It was built between 16th and 17th century and has special importance for Muslim people in the country. This mosque remains open from 4 am to 9.30pm and there is no entry fee for it.
It took about 77 years to make this mosque which is seen in its architecture and carvings. This mosque has a 75 feet high hall which is quite huge and beautifully decorated. 15 arches support this hall which is also carved, beautifully. You are going to love clicking some amazing pictures here.
Birla Mandir is a very popular tourist spot in Hyderabad because of its location. It is located on a 280 feet high hillock called Naubath Pahad and the temple looks really picturesque. It took about 10 works for its construction and was finally opened for public in 1976.
This temple is constructed by Birla Foundation and you can find more such Birla Mandir across the country. What makes this temple special is its architectural designs reflects Utkala, Dravidian and Rajasthani form of architecture. Apart from the main temple of Lord Venkateshwara in the temple, there are different shrines allocated to different Hindu gods. There is no entry fee for this place and you can visit it from 7 am to 12 pm and then from 3 pm to 9pm.
Another one to be included amongst the places to visit in Hyderabad in 2 days is Taramati Baradari. This is not just another place in Hyderabad but a historical Sarai which used to be a popular place to relax by the travellers in the earlier times.
It is a part of Ibrahim Bagh which is a Persian style garden. The entire surrounding of this place is simply incredible and you will feel extremely relaxed here.
It won’t take you much time to visit this place unless you are taking a tour of the entire Ibrahim Bagh. There is no entry fee for this place and it remains open from 11 am to 6 pm every day. Do not forget to visit the music hall here located just by the Taramati Baradari.
And your final stop in the city of Hyderabad is Lumbini Park. When you will get all tied up visiting the entire city then you can visit this park in the evening to take some time off of everything else. It is a small urban park located adjacent to Hussain Sagar Lake.
This park is located at the center of the city and hence garners a lot of attention and visitors throughout the year.
This park remains open from 9 am to 9 pm and there are some charges for the entry here. If you are travelling to Hyderabad with kids then you should visit this park for some amusement and relaxation.
Tips for Planning Short Trips
Now, that you know about the best 2 days trip for Hyderabad, you should also know a few hacks on how to perfectly plan a quick trip. No matter whether you are travelling to Hyderabad or anywhere else, these tips are going to be quite useful for you to enjoy a happier travelling experience.
Stick to these words every single time you travel that you need to pack light. Carry as fewer clothes as possible and talking about the toiletries then transfer the products into smaller bottles. The lesser items you will pack, the easier it will be for you to move around easily. Also, always pack according to the weather as you would not want to fall ill because of improper packing.
Make a List of Places to Visit in Advance
You, seriously, need proper planning and plotting before arriving at your destination. For this, you can make a list in advance about the places and things to do in a particular city. You don’t have to be too strict about your schedule but this list will help you make an idea about how you can spend your days in that city. Trust us, this is a big time saver for you.
Keep Track of Money Being Spent
Always keep track of your money being spent as you would not want to go broke in a city that you have no idea about. Setting a budget in advance will always help you the most. Thankfully, you can use technology for that. There are various apps like Monefy, Spendee, Money Lover, etc. which are going to help you in keeping track of your expenses on your trip.
Don't Rush and Always Keep Some Free Time
While it is quite difficult to see all the places to visit in Hyderabad in 2 days so don’t try too hard for it. You would not want to rush from one place to another without even enjoying it fully. So, don’t rush and always keep some time handy with you to eat properly and to click hundreds of pictures out there. After all, you planned this trip for leisure and relaxation and not for some travel marathon.
Plan Your Photo Storage
The very first thing to keep in mind is to have enough memory storage space in your camera. The trick is to always carry a spare memory card with you as you would have the perfect opportunity to click so many stunning pictures here. You would not want to ditch any perfect shot just because you do not have enough space in your camera for it.
Don't Make Your Busy Life a Limitaiton, Enjoy the Time You Have
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