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Nazish Khan Aug 10 2015

Hyderabad for less than INR 100

Jigyasha Prasad Aug 10 2015
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The city of Nizams is famous for museums, monuments, food and of course, pearls. Well, except for pearls, you can explore and experience Hyderabad for less than INR 100! Sounds unbelievable? Come, take a look:

Date with history at Golconda Fort

The enchanting Golconda Fort, 11 km west of the city centre, is rated as one of the best forts in India. It was originally a mud fort built by the Kakatiyas (1150-1323) and was reinforced with eight fortified gates and massive ramparts between 16 and 17 CE by its later occupants, the mighty Qutub Shahis. The fort is most beautiful at sunrise and sunset and you can visit this with just a nominal charge!

Golconda Fort

Entry fee: INR 5 for Indians and INR 100 for Foreigners.

Charming Old City

Start your Old City visit from the Salar Jung Museum, next to the Musi River. The museum is amazing as it houses one of the largest collections put together by an individual; in this case Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, better known as Salar Jung III.

Photo by Neeresh.kr

To the south of Salar Jung Museum, you’ll find the Purani Haveli or the old mansion, built by the second Nizam, Mir Nizam Ali Khan, for his son Sikandar Jah.

Museum entry fee: INR 10 for Indians, with 50% off for students and army personnel. Also, there is a Museum Week (8 - 14 January every year) when there is no entry fee for the public.

Charminar Calling

A must visit attraction is the Charminar, one of the many famous places to visit in Hyderabad. This imposing structure has four tapering minarets towering 20 m above the roof and are beautifully joined by four arches. The iconic structure of Charminar will surely enchant you with its old-world charm.


Entry fee: INR 5 for Indians and INR 100 for foreigners.

Visit Chowmahalla Palace

One example of the magnificent palaces in Hyderabad is Chowmahalla Palace, built in 1750 by Salabat Jung. It’s said to have been influenced by the Shah’s palace in Tehran and consists of four palaces that were used for hosting durbars and receiving the British viceroy.

Photo by bgag

Entry fee: INR 40 for Indians.

The old quarters of Mecca Masjid

To the south-west of Charminar is the Mecca Masjid built by Sultan Muhammad Qutub Shah. Modelled after the Grand Mosque in Mecca, it has a rectangular hall and a high roof supported by 15 arches. Its name comes from the belief that some bricks in the central arch were made using earth brought in especially from Mecca.

Mecca Masjid

Entry fee: Free for all

Buddha in a lake

Close to Begumpet is the Hussain Sagar Lake or Tank Bund. Hyderabad’s equivalent of Mumbai’s Marine Drive, people flock here in the evenings for a walk or just to enjoy the breeze. The construction of this lake was supervised by Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah’s son-in-law Hussain Shah, after whom it’s named.

Hussain Sagar Lake

Today, its biggest tourist attraction is a 17.5 m high Buddha stone statue in the middle of the lake.

Entry fee: INR 30.Boat Rides (Mechanised Boats): INR 45 for adults and INR 25 for kids.

Shopping at Local Markets

Shopping in Hyderabad is a delightful experience with shops offering everything and anything under the sun. Local markets like Begum Bazar, Laad Bazar and the markets in the Old City are preferred spots for budget shopping with an array of shops selling colourful bangles made of lac, metal and glass, artificial jewellery and other knick knacks decorated in vibrant colours. Don’t forget to use your bargaining skills here!

Local Restaurants

Biryani is synonymous with Hyderabad but the subtleties of its cuisine go far beyond the biryani as the city imbibes a perfect blend of Mughlai and south Indian cuisines.

Most restaurants in Hyderabad such as Al Madina (near Falaknuma Railway Station), Mumtaz Cafe (Falaknuma Road), Dosa Platter (Hitech City) and a cluster of eateries around Nampally Railway Station are the best options to satiate your hunger pangs under INR 100. These places have an extensive menu of local delicacies like biryani, haleem, mirchi ka salan and kebabs along with south Indian and north Indian dishes.

Hyderabad biryani

Street Food Calling

The city of Nizams is also a haven for street food lovers with loads of local eateries serving mouth-watering pani puri, chicken shawarma rolls, potato chops, kebabs and punugulu chops, a local speciality which is prepared using dosa platter and is served hot with spicy chutney.

With so much on its platter, the city promises a memorable holiday experience even on a tight budget, so enjoy your trip to the hilt! A place which has something for everyone, you can easily explore Hyderabad for less than INR 100.

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