One day in Hyderabad - Madhapur district

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Hi,

I'm attending a conference at the HICC in Hyderabad and I'll have one full day to explore town before the conference starts. I'll be staying at the Red Fox Hotel (right by Lemon Tree Premier Hotel). I've heard this is a good area of town but I'm unsure what is around my hotel.

How should I spend my day? I'd like to explore markets, cultural sites, and any other nearby areas, and mostly just walk around and "get a feel" for India. I do also need to buy some clothes (salwar kameez?) for the traveling I'll be doing afterwards. Is there anywhere interesting within walking distance? I can also take a rickshaw or cab if needed, but don't want to go too far from my hotel.

The conference has organized a tour for us - Golconda Fort, Charminar, and Chowhalla Palace - so I don't need to worry about visiting those on my own.

Also, any restaurants close to my hotel or conference venue that you'd recommend for dinners that week?

Thanks!

Michelle
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Shilparamam is an okayish crafts village near HiTec city, about 2 km from your hotel

About 2.5 km from your hotel, InOrbit Mall. Recommend Fab India (small outlet, bigger one is about eight km from your hotel.) and other stores (forget the name of one boutique there on the first floor, expensive but good stuff) there for shopping. Look for the Indian women's wear section in the bigger stores, they keep slightly better than ordinary salwar kameezes etc. Also Fab India. Fixed prices are just one advantage- convenience and airconditioning is the other. The mall has all kinds of shops and stores, including a large supermarket in the basement.


Eating... a few restaurants and a food court in InOrbit, nothing to shout about (though try Chutneys if you want to try the local dosas and idlis etc). Otherwise, near HiTec city, recommend Mainland China, the vegetarian Little Italy (none of which serve alcohol). For North Indian food, Kangan at the Westin Hotel in the neighbourhood (MindSpace IT Park), considerably more expensive than the others.

The area is an office area, mainly, with a few residential pockets. There are many restaurants on the main roads near HiTec City, but can't recall if any other is recommendable.
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Hello michelle,

Welcome to Hyderabad (though only for a day). Red fox is very close to where I work and as the captain has put, this area is mostly offices and some residential buildings. Your conference people have already organized a tour to the most major landmarks so the part about 'getting a feel of the city' should be taken care of. You may want to go through a post I wrote in my signature (on Hyderabad) to get an idea about Charminar and surroundings. I didn't explore Laad bazaar as it was terribly crowded but that's the place where you'd get some native hyderabadi wares.

Closer to hitech- next to the turn from Silparamam (behind the Silpa Kendra auditorium) is the newest branch of Paradise - a joint well known in Hyderabad for serving Biryani. Inorbit is an Okayish mall, but does get very crowded over the weekends. The hitech area is not conducive to walking on weekdays (can be very crowded), sundays it's remarkably free from crowds and should be fine.

My only recommendation to you (other than Paradise) is to visit the Salar Jung museum in case your tour does not cover it and get from there towards Laad bazar / charminar area on foot - it will give you a chance to drop in at Shadab and explore similar eateries along the way. It is not close to your hotel however.

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If Michelle goes into town (Salar Jung etc) then there are better places to shop (and eat) along the way than what I have suggested. I would cancel InOrbit in that case, for a start.
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Hi what is the ideal number of days to see all interests in this town, and would appreciate a list of these.
Thank you so kindly.
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Thanks for the advice. You've convinced me to venture away from my hotel area and just go wherever catches my eye

I've done a bit more research and I really like the sound of getting a more in-depth tour of Charminar, Chowmahalla, Laad bazaar, and Mecca Masjid (did I leave anything out?). Do you think I can get a good sense of these places by just walking around and immersing myself in these areas, or would a guided tour be a better idea?

Can you recommend a good tour guide/tour company for the above?

Also, what is "The Old City"? Is that in Nalgonda? I guess there is some kind of food tour I could potentially do there - does anyone know more about this?
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The old city, broadly speaking, is the area around Charminar. I would consider using the tour that the hotel has arranged to Charminar to determine whether I wanted to walk around the area etc. I say this because it is crowded like hell and chaotic, and can be overwhelming for anybody not used to the bedlam. You can then either get off the tour and return on your own or return later, if you wish.

Can't recommend any tours. The Andhra Pradesh Tourism (is it Telangana tourism now?) does run daily sightseeing trips, but I doubt they will leave you with much time for wandering around on your own. Besides, you have limited time and are visiting some of the tourist spots anyway.

SinghalongSA, I would imagine three or four days in Hyderabad would be enough, but wait for somebody who is more of a tourist than a wanderer- like I am-to post.
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Originally Posted by SinghAlongSA View Post Hi what is the ideal number of days to see all interests in this town, and would appreciate a list of these.
Thank you so kindly.
3 Full days should be enough to cover all places within the city.for excursions beyond the city,you need more days.
the places that immediately come to mind are

1.Golkonda fort(with light and sound show in evening)
2.charminar area(with laad bazaar,mecca masjid)
3.Salar jung museum
4.Chowmahalla palace
5.Ramoji film city
6.Shilparamam
7.Durgam Cheruvu(Secret lake)
8.Falaknuma Palace(partly converted in a hotel though)
9.lumbini park near hussain sagar.they have various activities like speed boating etc
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Originally Posted by abhinandab View Post 3 Full days should be enough to cover all places within the city.for excursions beyond the city,you need more days.
the places that immediately come to mind are

1.Golkonda fort(with light and sound show in evening)
2.charminar area(with laad bazaar,mecca masjid)
3.Salar jung museum
4.Chowmahalla palace
5.Ramoji film city
6.Shilparamam
7.Durgam Cheruvu(Secret lake)
8.Falaknuma Palace(partly converted in a hotel though)
9.lumbini park near hussain sagar.they have various activities like speed boating etc
Hi , Thank you for your effort, will embody in our planning
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Thank you Captain-Mahajan for response.
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Originally Posted by abhinandab View Post 7.Durgam Cheruvu(Secret lake)
When was the last time you visited Durgam Cheruvu? There is now so much urbanization around the lake, that it truly is a secret lake.

Hussain Sagar also stinks with garbage.

Himayat Sagar and Osman sagar are much better options.
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Last time i was there in 2010.is it that bad now??
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Mygaad, when did they start above ground nuclear testing in Hyderabad VA? I had better not show that pic if I am going to sell the idea of visiting Hyderabad next year..

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