Hyderabad-Bhadrachalam-Simhachalam-Vizag

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Hello Mikers,

Myself along with three family members are planning for the above trip starting from Bengaluru during next month. We will be landing Hyderabad on one early morning by Kacheduda express train.

In Hyderabad we want to cover Ramoji Rao film city, Birla Mandir, Charminar & other important places for about two days. Advise seek on place of economical stay & how to go about in the Hydederabad city for touring.

Then we want to move on for Bhadrachalam (for 1 day), Simhachalam & Vizag (2-3 days).

Can someone please guide us where to stay & imp places not to miss in Hyderabad & also guidance sought on other places of our interest which we want to commute in train only.

Thanks all for the help in advance.

Jay
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Originally Posted by Jayanna.B View Post We will be landing Hyderabad on one early morning by Kacheduda express train.

In Hyderabad we want to cover Ramoji Rao film city, Birla Mandir, Charminar & other important places for about two days. Advise seek on place of economical stay & how to go about in the Hydederabad city for touring.

Jay
Hi Jayanna:

Kacheguda express typically arrives around 0530 hrs at Kacheguda railway station (Kacheguda is a mutation of the term Kach ka ghoda ie. Horse made of glass).

It may be a good idea to enjoy a cup of tea at one of the shops in the complex outside the railway station.

When you walk out of the station on the main road (and there is only one road since the station is at the dead end of the road), you can find many hotels along the road. You'll need to bargain !

However, if that doesnot work, then the best option is to take an autorickshaw to Lakdi-ka-pul area, there are plenty of budget hotels. We have stayed at some of them during our Hyderabad visits. 800 - 1400 is the ball park for non-ac double room.

Given the syncretic culture of Deccan Hyderabad, it may be a good idea to talk with local people for assistance in hindi, english, telugu mix and they'd be happy to oblige. A resident identifies himself as a Hyderabadi more than H,M,C,S etc.

The typical phrase 'kya hona ?' is a phrase for 'how can i help you ?'. So, interact and seek assistance from people if you need to. In many cases, people will switch even to your language, since 'apto Bangalore-wale' :-)

Seeing the City

The best way would be to sign up for APTDC daily tour or private tourist operator (forget his name). The guy had mid-size buses in the shape of bottle, train, shoe and it was fun to go around the city.

This will help you have a good view of the city attractions like:
  • Public Gardens
  • NTR Gardens
  • Necklace Road
  • Birla Temple
  • Golconda Fort
  • Salar Jung museum (not sure)
  • Sudhacar Museum
  • Charminar

The folks arrange the trip in such a way that they halt for toilet break and lunch break (typically at Kamath's) at the A.G. Office road (near Lakdi-ka-pul).

Some new attractions like 'Eat Street' along Necklace have many MNC outlets ready to fill you in with lots of 'white flour' (ie maida) and sugary stuff (ie. icecreams etc). Please carry water bottles with you, as they charge exorbitant rates

Since places like Ramoji Film City, Osman Sagar Lake are farther away from core Hyderabad, it may be a good idea to plan a day or atleast 3/4 of the day for them. It takes that long.

Other attractions in Hussain Sagar Lake like ferry ride, Buddha statue visit, Laser Show are best enjoyed in the evening 4pm onwards.

Hyderabad is also an awesome city when it comes to Food, there are plenty of options. If you are the kinds who eats a balanced diet, then given Ramadan, you can enjoy Haleem at Pista House and its outlets, Chicken Dum Biryani at Cafe Bahar and stuff like that and its an eye opener how the Hyderabadi's celebrate Eid cutting across community lines (Eid is thanks-giving). Traditional 'Pesarattu' (a type of dosa that is made with lentils) is a must have for breakfast.

If you want to dig in some 'world class' sweets, then Tiwari's at Khairatabad signal is a must visit. Moti choor, Kaju Katli are a delight. Raj bhog, Papri chaat are incredible. Cookies and Biscuits are best enjoyed at Karachi Bakery. Kala-kands are awesome at Agra Sweets (enroute Charminar road).

For Chats, Samosas, Kachodi please check out 'Gokul Chat' at Narayanguda. This place is very close to Kacheguda.

Somaji Guda enroute Raj Bhavan Road has many restaurants like Ohris, Jiva, Zafran, China Bowl etc. and the usual MNC stuff with caps and aprons, peddling 'white flour' (ie. Maida).

Travel for sight seeing is best done in a tourist bus. Short distance travel can be managed with Autorickshaw (need to bargain sometimes). Visits to Cyberadad section are best done in a booked taxi (you do have the option to take a MMTS - multimodal transport service) from Kacheguda station to HiTec City. Then switch to autorickshaw. With a car one can drive through Mehdipatnam, Gachibowli, HiTec city and then loop back through Cyber towers into Jubilee Hills, to Somaji Guda via Panjagutta. You'll see more, save time and stop wherever something catches your fancy.

If you have any specific queries, i'd be happy to help you.

Hope this helps.
with warm regards
Saifi Khan.
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Hi Saifi

Thank you very much for your swift feedback. Very much informative.

Keeping in view of all major tourist spots & train station reach out which is the best place to stay (Somewhat centre) so that tiredness would be minimum ?

BTB whatz your opinion staying in RFC for Ist day on arrival & cover up other places for second day. In that case where we can stay back for second day ? After second day visit we have plans to catch trains from Secunderabad for onward journey to Kothagudem.

Please give your feedback.

Thanks
Jay
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Originally Posted by Jayanna.B View Post Hi Saifi

Thank you very much for your swift feedback. Very much informative.

Keeping in view of all major tourist spots & train station reach out which is the best place to stay (Somewhat centre) so that tiredness would be minimum ?

BTB whatz your opinion staying in RFC for Ist day on arrival & cover up other places for second day. In that case where we can stay back for second day ? After second day visit we have plans to catch trains from Secunderabad for onward journey to Kothagudem.

Please give your feedback.

Thanks
Jay
Staying in RFC will cost you atleast 5,000 per day. + luxury taxes. If that fits your budget, then it is fine.

Lakdi-ka-Pul area is the best from the perpsective of connectivity and access. It *is* the centre !

For example, Birla temple, Public Gardens, Kamath's are walking distance from Lakdi-ka-Pul. (about 10 min. with moderate walk)

If you walk another 10 minutes you'll be at Hussain Sagar lake. Take a cut from the inner street and you will be at NTR park in less than 10 min.

One can reach Secunderabad railway station from Lakdi-ka-pul in about 30 minutes via Tank Bund Road.

Please see the url link to get a better idea.
http://is.gd/USqqmw

Have a nice evening !
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gm Saifi ;

You are very correct about 2nd day stay as I will be moving out of Hyderabad on 2nd night! Thanks for pointing out!

Staying @ RFC is ruled out considering the budget prospectus.

Can you name any good hotels to stay there in Lakdi-ka-pul area, by chance? And also if you have web-link to book the APTDC daily tour please send that. And from our staying point how far RFC will be ? What is the best mode to reach RFC ?

If you remember please name a good hotel where I can find Authentic Hyderabadi Biriyani surrounding Lakdi-ka-pul.

Thanks & have a nice day ahead!
Jay
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I agree with saifi,Lakdi ka pul is your best bet keeping in mind budget and connectivity.

And about your next step to bhadrachalam,have you booked tickets for the same?

there are three trains which leave for kothagudem(bhadrachalam road)
1-secunderabad-manuguru superfast express- 11 45pm from platform no.1
2-secunderabad-manuguru link express also known as sec-machilipatnam link express-10 45pm from platform no.10
3-kakatiya fast passenger-6 30pm(avoid this completely)

A good number of buses also leave for bhadrachalam from MG BusStation(MGBS),Hyderabad.The y are comfortable and efficient.

From kothagudem you need to take a bus to bhadrachalam.

Haritha hotel run by APTDC is a good place to stay in bhadrachalam.
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Originally Posted by Jayanna.B View Post gm Saifi ;

You are very correct about 2nd day stay as I will be moving out of Hyderabad on 2nd night! Thanks for pointing out!

Staying @ RFC is ruled out considering the budget prospectus.

Can you name any good hotels to stay there in Lakdi-ka-pul area, by chance? And also if you have web-link to book the APTDC daily tour please send that. And from our staying point how far RFC will be ? What is the best mode to reach RFC ?

Thanks & have a nice day ahead!
Jay
RFC or Ramoji Film city is located about 25km away from Hyderabad City.

The road route will be like

Lakdi-ka-pul -> Abids -> King Koti -> Dilsukh Nagar -> L.B. Nagar -> Ramoji Film City.

One can take an Autorickshaw or even a Cab. If there are three people or more, then a Cab/Taxi is preferrable. Cellcab is one cost effective option. I donot know if there is something like APSTDC cabs like KSTDC cabs we have in Bangalore/Bengaluru.

APSTDC office is located on Tank Bund road (overlooking Hussain Sagar Lake). The numbers are 040-234530336, 23450165

IIRC APSTDC tours start at 0745 am and close at 6:30pm. So you have a long day. There are two packages

1. Hyderabad City sight seeing tours
http://aptdc.in/tourpack/hyderabad.php

2. Heritage on Wheels (deep focus on Hyderabad and its culture)
http://aptdc.in/news_highlights/pdfs/HOW.pdf

Apparently APSTDC also has a Ramoji film city tour :-) Online booking and payment option is available on the same website.

Hope that helps.
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Originally Posted by Jayanna.B View Post gm Saifi ;

If you remember please name a good hotel where I can find Authentic Hyderabadi Biriyani surrounding Lakdi-ka-pul.

Thanks & have a nice day ahead!
Jay

Hi Jayanna:

From Lakdi ka pul you need to walk down to Police Control Room (PCR) signal and take the left road going towards Basheer bagh flyover. Cross under the fly over (to your right will be a temple under the flyover), to the left is Police Commissioner's office). Walk/drive past another 500 m. The total distance will be 1.2/1.3 km.

Cafe Bahar is located on the right side. This place was setup and run by folks who came down from Iran to Hyderabad as part of the dowry/cooking team. The folks speak perfect Telugu/Kannada/Urdu/English but look tall and fair like Aryan Iranians.

Please order the dish as 'Chicken Biryani 2 piece' (say Osmania if you want totally non-spicy stuff) which is moderately spicy given Telugu taste buds.

The Biryani is served with boiled egg, chicken 65 in addition to the main dish. There is the side dish of salaan (gravy) and khatha (butter milk).

This is good enough for two adults. If there are three people, please order two sets and enjoy.
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Originally Posted by saifi View Post Hi Jayanna:

Kacheguda express typically arrives around 0530 hrs at Kacheguda railway station (Kacheguda is a mutation of the term Kach ka ghoda ie. Horse made of glass).

It may be a good idea to enjoy a cup of tea at one of the shops in the complex outside the railway station.

When you walk out of the station on the main road (and there is only one road since the station is at the dead end of the road), you can find many hotels along the road. You'll need to bargain !

However, if that doesnot work, then the best option is to take an autorickshaw to Lakdi-ka-pul area, there are plenty of budget hotels. We have stayed at some of them during our Hyderabad visits. 800 - 1400 is the ball park for non-ac double room.

Given the syncretic culture of Deccan Hyderabad, it may be a good idea to talk with local people for assistance in hindi, english, telugu mix and they'd be happy to oblige. A resident identifies himself as a Hyderabadi more than H,M,C,S etc.

The typical phrase 'kya hona ?' is a phrase for 'how can i help you ?'. So, interact and seek assistance from people if you need to. In many cases, people will switch even to your language, since 'apto Bangalore-wale' :-)

Seeing the City

The best way would be to sign up for APTDC daily tour or private tourist operator (forget his name). The guy had mid-size buses in the shape of bottle, train, shoe and it was fun to go around the city.

This will help you have a good view of the city attractions like:
  • Public Gardens
  • NTR Gardens
  • Necklace Road
  • Birla Temple
  • Golconda Fort
  • Salar Jung museum (not sure)
  • Sudhacar Museum
  • Charminar

The folks arrange the trip in such a way that they halt for toilet break and lunch break (typically at Kamath's) at the A.G. Office road (near Lakdi-ka-pul).

Some new attractions like 'Eat Street' along Necklace have many MNC outlets ready to fill you in with lots of 'white flour' (ie maida) and sugary stuff (ie. icecreams etc). Please carry water bottles with you, as they charge exorbitant rates

Since places like Ramoji Film City, Osman Sagar Lake are farther away from core Hyderabad, it may be a good idea to plan a day or atleast 3/4 of the day for them. It takes that long.

Other attractions in Hussain Sagar Lake like ferry ride, Buddha statue visit, Laser Show are best enjoyed in the evening 4pm onwards.

Hyderabad is also an awesome city when it comes to Food, there are plenty of options. If you are the kinds who eats a balanced diet, then given Ramadan, you can enjoy Haleem at Pista House and its outlets, Chicken Dum Biryani at Cafe Bahar and stuff like that and its an eye opener how the Hyderabadi's celebrate Eid cutting across community lines (Eid is thanks-giving). Traditional 'Pesarattu' (a type of dosa that is made with lentils) is a must have for breakfast.

If you want to dig in some 'world class' sweets, then Tiwari's at Khairatabad signal is a must visit. Moti choor, Kaju Katli are a delight. Raj bhog, Papri chaat are incredible. Cookies and Biscuits are best enjoyed at Karachi Bakery. Kala-kands are awesome at Agra Sweets (enroute Charminar road).

For Chats, Samosas, Kachodi please check out 'Gokul Chat' at Narayanguda. This place is very close to Kacheguda.

Somaji Guda enroute Raj Bhavan Road has many restaurants like Ohris, Jiva, Zafran, China Bowl etc. and the usual MNC stuff with caps and aprons, peddling 'white flour' (ie. Maida).

Travel for sight seeing is best done in a tourist bus. Short distance travel can be managed with Autorickshaw (need to bargain sometimes). Visits to Cyberadad section are best done in a booked taxi (you do have the option to take a MMTS - multimodal transport service) from Kacheguda station to HiTec City. Then switch to autorickshaw. With a car one can drive through Mehdipatnam, Gachibowli, HiTec city and then loop back through Cyber towers into Jubilee Hills, to Somaji Guda via Panjagutta. You'll see more, save time and stop wherever something catches your fancy.

If you have any specific queries, i'd be happy to help you.

Hope this helps.
Hello Saifi,
Reading your column assures me that you can help me out. I intend to visit hyderabad this oct with family. can you suggest some good hotels within Rs. 1200/- per day. how much does an ac room costs during that time.

regards,
subhashish
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I think this information might help us.Last month we have planned to vizag but unfortunately it was cancelled.So I am trying to plan again.Thanks all.

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