Most romantic places in Hyderabad?

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Hi -

I've lived in Hyderabad for about two months now - My girlfriend has finally arrived, and she's going to stay the rest of the year with me here in Hyderabad.

So here is the big Q - What are, and where is the most romantic places in Hyderabad? I know that there's are a lot of these places around, I just haven't been able to find them...

Can anybody help me out, so that our stay will be even better and more romantic?
I am thinking on romantic spots, restaurants, things to do ect...

Thanks a whole lot

// Cmayland

ps anyone who know if there is some good (english spooken)yoga classes close to the area of towli chowki, Medipathnam ect.?? I'm about to really need that exercise
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I doubt my wife would qualify me as an expert on romance (although I did court her with Urdu poetry better than my Bengali verse). However, assuming money is not a problem I will suggest stray thoughts, and remember my motto, no money, no honey. Restaurants: the revolving restaurant in Abids in the day, the Our Place at night (better locate it in the daytime first), the Rajasthan theme park (if still there) restaurant.
Sites: Golconda on a cool day, the Qutab Shahi tombs and Osmania U. for a picnic. Activities: boating on the main lake. Sadly, I no longer have my mother in law to suggest places to me..
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Outdoors: agree with edwardseco, except choose weekdays as less crowded.
Moula Ali hillock
If she likes crowds, bangle bazaar near Charminar, buy her some lac bangles.
Son et lumiere (sound and light show) at Golconda, English version.
Trip to Nagarjuna Sagar post monsoon.
Trip to Srisalam sanctuary post monsoon. Stay inside the sanctuary if want to rough it out. If don't want to rough it out, cancel trip. No decent options otherwise.

Resteraunts: A drink at Dublin, Sheraton, dinner at Peshawari. (Cash all your investments before this... joking )
Cheaper option: Our Place as suggested, but take a torch to read the menu..
Or not

Still cheaper option: Baisakhi dhaba Nagpur highway (take cast iron stomach along)

Chinese: Aromas of China, ask for one of their private rooms (err, no, since they have transparent glass walls).. quiet and private. You may not get them, since the smallest one seats 4 or 6, but you can try.

Sunday brunches:
Angeethi
Fusion 9
Little Italy

Midnight Buffet
ITC Kakatiya Sheraton
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Originally Posted by cmayland View Post What are, and where is the most romantic places in Hyderabad?
Having grown up in Hyderabad, and having spent long periods later in the place, I'll just list, in no particular order, a few of the places I like there: Golconda, Osman Sagar (AKA Gandipet), Jama Masjid, the Hussain Sagar bridge (AKA Tank Bund) on a rainy day, the area near the nursery in the Public Gardens, the campus of the University of Hyderabad, AKA Central University (I just saw that you are a student there; I've worked there for a while; if you get away from the inhabited areas which occupy only a small chunk of the huge campus, it is very beautiful), and parts of Jubilee Hills.

HTH,
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Last edited by nyraghu; Sep 8th, 2007 at 23:24.. Reason: Removed statement about entry into UoH campus; just learnt that OP is a student there.
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My husband and I always go to Yatri Niwas when we are in Hyderabad. It is located in Secunderabad and is a nice place. There are two outdoor restaurants, three indoor restaurants, one pub, one good pan shop and one ice cream shop. I would consider the outdoor restaurants to be romantic at night, the lighting and atmosphere are quite nice...they also won't break the bank.
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Originally Posted by cmayland View Post anyone who know if there is some good (english spooken)yoga classes close to the area of towli chowki, Medipathnam ect.??
From what I know of these places (I lived in Mehdipatnam for several years), I don't think it is very likely that you will find in them a good place for Yoga. Such pursuits are considered somewhat off-beat in middle-class Telugu communities like the one I am familiar with; it may be just that I mingled with the wrong crowds :-) I would hazard a guess that the same is true in predominantly Muslim neighbourhoods. Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills may be better places to look into, than Mehdipatnam and Toli Chowki.

I just saw from a previous posting of yours that you are studying at UoH. I guess you have already asked around about Yoga classes in the campus. During the eight months that I taught in the mathematics department there, I used to hear about a Students' Activity Centre, or some such.

Raghu.
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Everyone - Thank you so much for the help. I the fastness of it - wow that was amazing

There´s definitely some really great advises here, and no doubt that they'll help us out making our stay even better than it all ready is.
And yes, you are right Nyraghu, they are still providing yoga classes at UoH - I did completely forget that option, I'll look into that option - Thank you. And I do agree with you about the romantic scene of UoH. Specially now, at the end of the monsoon where everything is so green and jungleish. The place was actually one of the few, I all ready had in mind.

I will let you know our opinion about the places, as soon we have discovered some of them... Even though that I´m sure that they'll all work out in the perfect romantic hyderabadian way

Thanks Again
// Cmayland
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Swim in the Tank Bund heh

No, for real fly kites and be ready for a kite fight.

Chew the paan rather than chewing the fat

Make a trip to Mahabalipuram
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The tank bund is polluted; divers who pull out sporadic suicide victims are prone to suffer from skin infection; and they are wearing some protection.

And Mahabalipurm must be 800 km away.
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OK I am certainly NOT a Native, telugu girl born in Vijayawada-raised in America, married to a Tamilian, but by virtue of ALL my family living there and my mom was once Miss Hyderabad(back in mid-70s) as a college student before she was married off to my intelligent(meaning brainy) US bound father. My many visits to Hyderabad for weddings, functions, parties and even my own wedding reception at Viceroy. I have formed a most humble opinion of my fave romantic places. Here are 2 I can think of in Hyderabad:

1. Ok dont think I am some weirdo, but nothing is more beautiful and so in that sense, pure, lovely, and white as the Birla Mandir early mornings mist with my newlymarried husband as we finished darshan and sitting on the steps chatting as the world goes by...it was one of the most romantic times of my life and I have stayed/dined at 5 star hotels but this tops it!

2. Taj Krishna is expensive, ovverated(according to my Hyderabadi cousins) but I loved the outdoor pool area, nighttime, candles, nice breeze, flowing white canopy, sipping a cool drink with my hubby. Very nice. Will try to think of more and ask my cousins!
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Outdoors:

Durgam Cheruvu, in Jubilee Hills, is nice, and not well known (meaning not crowded). Some pictures:





(These were taken in June before monsoon really hit; it's probably much greener now.)

Golconda Fort. Enter and turn right and walk all the way to the inner wall; then turn left and scramble all the way to the top. Great views of the Qutub Shahi tombs and the outer wall.



I'd skip the sound and light show; it's at dusk, and when I was there, I felt like a mosquito magnet.

Indira Park is a real gem: green, quiet, boating available.



I can't imagine boating on Hussain Sagar being romantic; the lake STINKS!

Restaurants:
  • Our Place (a bit pricy, Rs. 400-500 plus drinks)
  • Little Italy (if you want a change from Indian food - REALLY pricy, easily Rs. 500-800 plus drinks)
  • Call me crazy, but I think Chutney's has a certain charm to it - as well as fabulous, inexpensive food
  • Hampi, in the MLA Colony (sort of between Banjara and Jubilee Hills, near Lotus Pond and KBR Park), has a stunning interior and reasonably good and inexpensive food. Lunch buffet every day, Dinner buffet on weekends.


Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative.
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Romantic restaurants...

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the WaterFront restaurant. I took my girlfriend there and it was her favorite place in town. Great lighting, good "mood music", beautiful views and the food is decent as well.
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Waterfront: Don't sit outdoors. The smell is richer than the food.

Zorts post reminded me that the sound and light show without mosquito repellent is like tequila without lime.
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Originally Posted by cmayland View Post I am thinking on ... restaurants, things to do ...
Regarding restaurants, I used to like Chutneys in Banjara Hills very much --- it's been mentioned in a previous posting by Zorts in this thread. I also liked Indian Harvest (Road No. 10, Banjara Hills), Mainland China (Road No. 1, Banjara Hills), and Metro (Ohri's Cuisine Court, Bashirbagh). I've had good buffets in Viceroy, Kakatiya Sheraton, and Taj Tristar (near the clock tower in Secunderabad; the South Indian snacks at Belson's Taj Mahal Hotel nearby are also good).

On the flip side, I found Ohri's Gufaa in the same complex as Metro a bit too dark and gothic for my tastes. I also felt that Our Place was overrated and not very pleasant, but perhaps that's a minority view.

Of course there are the biriyani places, which I don't know much about, not being an especially great fan of that food. We generally used to eat it in Paradise, or in some arbitrary places in the Old City. The connoisseurs here will be able to tell you more about such places.

Raghu.
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Durgam Cheruvu was way more fun years ago when it was still a secret.

This Hampi I must try when I'm there next, my house is in MLA Colony, did it open recently?

Speaking of MLA Colony, that was quite a romantic area.

We were among the first to build a house there. If you went to the back of the colony, at the edge of the hill overlooking the military firing range - one had a fabulous panoramic view of the Mehdipatnam area, Golconda and Qutub Shahi Tombs.

Fantastic and quiet, with just the sound of wind. And at night, stars above and below.....
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