Hyderabad itinerary for 5 days

#1 Aug 8th, 2014, 17:30
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I was just fooling around on SkyScanner and saw amazing Airfares for Hyderabad and booked return tickets for myself, wife and 3 year old daughter for Mumbai-Hyderabad and it cost us mere 12k (return tickets for all three)!

We have 4 and a half days in Hyderabad. Please suggest us what to do in Hyderabad.

Following things are on my list

Definitely going to visit -
Ramoji Film city
Charminar
Salar Jung Museum
Golkonda Fort including the Sound & Light Show
Qutb Shahi Tombs
Nehru Zoological Park
Hussainsagar Lake

Not too sure about -
KBR National Park
Shilparamam
Hyderabad Botanical Gardens

Somebody suggested we will need 2 days for the film city. Do we?

Also where in Hyderabad should we stay? I am finding some awesome prices for 4-5 star hotels in Hi-tec city. If we stay in one of those hotels will it be too far from all the places we want to visit? Or should I look for a hotel in Banjara Hills area? If we need 2 days for the film city then may be we can stay for 2 days in the film city and 3 days in a hotel in Hi-tec city. The hotels in the Ramoji film city look way overpriced for the offering. I can get much much better hotels for the same price outside the film city.

So please give some suggestions. Since we have a child, gardens, parks etc will be great. I like museums and historical places.
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I can't help with Ramoji City, I went once long ago and didn't like it.

First of all, Hyderabad is still not a city of huge distances. Banjara Hills (midpoint) to HiTec city is 7/9 km. Traffic is murder though not like Mumbai, except sometimes in the office rush.

Hi Tec city and surroundings is a concrete jungle. Hotels may be useful if work is closeby, but no charm. It may be a trifle closer to the fort and tombs, though that is not a good enough reason to stay there. I can't comment on cost, because I dunno your budget, but I, with a small child and with the itinerary you have mentioned, would look a) if the budget is for a 4/5 hotel, in the Somajiguda/Banjara Hills area- the Kakatiya Sheraton or the Park, the latter is an goodish hotel but with a good view of the lake if you can manage a room that side, lake, the former is much plusher or b) if not, in the areas mentioned in 'a' and also near Tank Bund/Saifabad, which is close to the old city (Charminar, Museum), almost next door to Necklace Road/Lumbini Park and the lake, and is almost as far from Golconda and the tombs as anywhere else you are looking at to stay.

KBR is ok for a morning walk, not much more.
Take mosquito repellent for the sound and light show. Warning, it is in different languages, so choose your time.
Shilparamam is worth a visit, I guess. (It is next door to HiTec City, btw) but is ok, not comparable to, say, Dilli Haat in Delhi.

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I am finding some awesome prices for 4-5 star hotels in Hi-tec city. If we stay in one of those hotels will it be too far from all the places we want to visit?
No. I assume you will hire a car something anyway. Hi Tec to Necklace road approx 15km/45 mins, Charminar add another 8km and add another half an hour, approx.
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Thanks captain. That's great info.

Budget for hotels is around 4-5K/day. I am getting some good deals on Raddisson and Mariott for around 4K since I am booking almost 2 months in advance but they are all in Hitec city. I have no work there, its just a leisure trip.

I am not yet sure if I will be hiring a car, not everyday for sure. Hows the local public transport like taxis and autos? There must be radio cabs no?
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Radio cabs, yes. Ordinary metered taxis, no. Autos, yes. They are almost as bad as Chennai, refuse to go on the meter and will quote exorbitantly, esp. if you come out of a Radisson or Mariott.

Hotels of all kinds seem to be offering huge discounts. Recently a 4k a day ticketed room was given for 1500 near the Secretariat, in the heart of the city.
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Do visit the chowmahalla palace..it is really beautiful
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Originally Posted by capt_mahajan View Post Radio cabs, yes. Ordinary metered taxis, no. Hotels of all kinds seem to be offering huge discounts. Recently a 4k a day ticketed room was given for 1500 near the Secretariat, in the heart of the city.
Yes, I was surprised to see the rates. Radisson is being offered for 3700! Although it is non refundable but still. I am not complaining though
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With your sightseeing plans with, effectively, three days in Hyderabad and a child, I would choose to live somewhere more central than Hi Tec city. Somehwere where most of everything I want to see is within a thirty minute auto ride or less. (Except Ramoji City, they used to run tourist buses from the city, dunno now)

Commuting to the old city/zoo etc would be much easier. Though the Botanical garden (v close to Radisson) and Shilparamam are near Hi Tec city, and would be therefore further. And, like I said, the tombs and Golconda fort would be more or less distance neutral, between the two choices of areas of stay.
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Make sure you visit Chowmahalla Palace. It's pretty spectacular and very close to Charminar. You might want to drop KBR Park and Botanical Garden from your itinerary as they are nothing special.
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Originally Posted by abhinandab View Post Do visit the chowmahalla palace..it is really beautiful
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Originally Posted by Jaf View Post Make sure you visit Chowmahalla Palace. It's pretty spectacular and very close to Charminar. You might want to drop KBR Park and Botanical Garden from your itinerary as they are nothing special.
Yes I checked some photos online. Looks good. Will add it to my list. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by yashbapu View Post Yes I checked some photos online. Looks good. Will add it to my list. Thanks!
Do.I liked it much better than Ramoji Fim city.
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Originally Posted by Jaf View Post Make sure you visit Chowmahalla Palace. It's pretty spectacular and very close to Charminar. You might want to drop KBR Park and Botanical Garden from your itinerary as they are nothing special.
Especially if you like old cards. The Nawab had quite a collection which is on display there! The Palace itself is quite nice as well. The throne room is my favorite part.
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Originally Posted by tjs View Post Especially if you like old cards. The Nawab had quite a collection which is on display there! The Palace itself is quite nice as well. The throne room is my favorite part.
I do like old cars. Really liked it in Jaipur. Nawab's collection would be worth seeing.
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Is it old cards or cars?
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Cars, thanks for catching that.
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Some additional information -

Ramoji Film city - half to one day. There're small buses inside that'd help you get around.
Charminar - Couple hours if you don't shop at Laad bazaar. It's a very crowded area - see this that I wrote a couple months ago to get an idea: http://www.indiamike.com/india/hyder...minar-t220483/
Salar Jung Museum - Three hours minimum. The audio guides (audio-compass) are really good, and quite cheap. Also very crowded hence slow going for most part.
Golkonda Fort including the Sound & Light Show - Four hours - I didn't do the sound and light show. Quite a bit to walk around. Hire a guide or carry a guidebook.
Qutb Shahi Tombs - Two hours if you read signboards explaining which tomb was whose and photograph. Otherwise, can look repetitive and is usually full of locals out on a picnic.

If I were in your situation, I'd think of doing only the highlights - Salar Jung, Golconda, Charminar and Ramoji city in about two and a half days and devote the remaining to somewhere outside Hyderabad such as Warangal just for variety (Srisailam will be bit far for you). The thing about Hyderabad is you can just be here and explore places leisurely along with good food (assuming you're non-vegetarian), relaxing a lot etc. Otherwise, It actually can be a bit underwhelming if you're not very keen on visiting places steeped in history.

If you stick to being in Hyderabad for the entire period, add Birla Mandir to your itinerary and consider NTR gardens as well near Hussain Sagar.

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