After pearls and Biryani and yes of course Charminar, something that is synonymous with the city of Hyderabad is the Irani Chai. Take a tour of any part of the city and you will see people sipping cups of hot creamy Irani Chai. Be it morning or afternoon or evening or night, Hyderabadis can be seen gathering around any Chai stall having their never ending discussion over cups and cups of Irani Chai.
Flying kite is unquestionably one of the most popular sports in India, something which all of us have tried at least once. The excitement of flying kite is matchless, irrespective of the time you are flying them. However, a touch of festivity does add a charm to it; so does the International Kite Festival Hyderabad.
Hyderabad, the city of Nizams is also referred as the ‘city of pearls’. The city is known for its wide variety and excellent quality of pearls. Any tour to the city is incomplete if you have not gone for shopping Hyderabadi Pearls.
The history of pearls in Hyderabad is almost as old as the city itself. Pearls were apparently brought by a royal merchant around 1906. During ancient time, the trade of pearls depended on the ones from Persian Gulf. The pearls are mostly of two kinds. These are real and cultured. The village of Chandanpet which is located quite close to Hyderabad is one of the main centre with skilled and efficient craftsmen working since ages, making it one of the most important drilling centres of India.
After drilling, the pearls are boiled for at least for 4 days and later washed and separated based on their sizes and shapes. They are also separated based on their colours. White pearls are traditionally most popular although pink and black pearls are also increasingly gaining popularity amongst buyers.
Hyderabad has various pearls shops offering wide variety of pearl jewelry as well as single pearls. Some of these are Mangatrai, Kedarnathji Motiwale, Jagadamba, etc. However, Pathergatti and Lad Bazaar are known for pearls since ancient times and have hundreds of shops selling all kinds of Hyderabad pearls and in various price range as well. Some of the popular ornaments using Hyderabadi pearls are chand bali, Satlads, hath phoo, bracelets, vaddenam, etc.
Hyderabad Weather: Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh experiences a mix of both tropical and semi-arid climate. Hyderabad weather is decently warm throughout the year. However winters are mostly pleasant with slight drop in the temperature.
Summer (March to May) is severely hot with temperature always above 30°C and soaring as high as 45°C. Winter from November to February is pleasant with temperature running between 22°C to 14°C.
The monsoon season in Hyderabad starts from the end of June to early October. The Southwest monsoon brings 75% of the rain in Hyderabad. The weather of Hyderabad during this time is pleasant as the temperature drops slightly. The region receives an average of 810 mm of rain annually. During the month of September, the area receives maximum of the rain.
Winter in Hyderabad starts from the month of October to mid February. Hyderabad winders are quite pleasant with temperature never dropping too low. The days during winters are bright and sunny and nights are slightly chilly. The average temperature during winter is around 20-24° C. Sometimes the temperature also drops to 12 to 13° C. The Month of December is the coldest.
The best time to visit Hyderabad is during the month of October to February. Hyderabad weather during these months is pleasant and soothing, best for sightseeing and trips.
Child: No Entry Fee (below 5 yrs)
Car Parking Fee inside exhibition grounds
Four Wheeler: Free
Two Wheeler: Free
Car Parking Fee at other places
Four Wheeler: Rs.50/-
Two Wheeler: Rs.20/-
Parking also available in premises of Government Junior College, Nampally (opposite Gandhi Bhavan)
Note: There are lot of incidents about duping people in name of car parking. These miscreants who have leased out the open grounds near the exhibition charge premium rates for car & bike parking.
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The history of Hyderabad’s grand heritage can be seen not only in its majestic monuments and museums but even in its festivals, its traditions that are practised even today. a cultural of happiness and togetherness that still the city of Hyderabad cherishes as well as enjoys. Example of one such Hyderabad festival is Numaish also called Nampally Exhibition, a name synonymous to enjoyment and fun.
This event will be inaugurated by the chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao would on January 1st. An annual event which starts with the beginning of the New Year is the only event in the world which is organised for a stretch of more than a month i.e. for 46 days. It is organised at Nampally every year at a ground that is spread over 23 acres of area. What makes this exhibition unique is umpteen numbers of choices that it offers. Not only a place for shopping lovers, it has equally interesting choices of entertainment. From fun rides, toy train, a wide array of eateries, and cultural shows, Nampally exhibition has something to keep every visitor pleasantly engaged.
Nampally exhibition is one of the biggest fair of India with a wide variety of products alluring every visitor. Whether you are interested in electronic devices or want to buy some jewellery, whether you are keen on finding some local handicrafts from states like Uttar Pradesh, Kashmir, Bengal, etc., or want to buy textiles to take back home; whether you want to buy dry fruits or just try the local flavours at various eateries; Nampally exhibition is an ideal place for all. However, while buying at Numaish, you do need to try your bargaining skills as much as you can. Apart from shopping, entertaining rides such as mini-train, ferris wheel, motorcycle stunts, giant wheel and more offer a refreshing break to recharge visitors for more shopping.
With the start of 2017, Hyderabad Nampally Exhibition also starts. It is beginning on Jan 1st 2017 and ends on February 15th 2017. This year, Numaish completes 76 years, which is an achievement in itself.
Nampally Exhibition 2017, which is a 46 day long exhibition, is expected to have more than 2500 stalls, offering visitors with many more interesting choices, while last year the number of stalls at the Numaish was about 2200. Traders from all over the country come here to have their stalls at the exhibition. Along with this, even state and central government’s departments will have their stalls. Numaish is also famous for the huge number of visitors that it attracts. This year Nampally exhibition is expected to receive more than 24-25 lakh of visitors.
Although you can visit Numaish at any day and enjoy the wide range of activities and shopping choices that it offers. However, on various special days you will be able to admire its vibrant charm even more. For instance you can visit on Ladies Day which is on January 6th 2017 or take your kids along for a special Children’s Day on January 31st. Various competitions are also organised of various days, such as water colour painting, rangoli colours, flower arrangements and mehndi, Cookery Competition, etc. Special programs will be held on Sankranthi (January 15) and Republic Day (January 26).
To make your experience of Numaish even more enjoyable, there will be the facility of free wi-fi at the exhibition. However, the facility of wi-fi will be offered only for 45 minutes when after you enter the exhibition ground. Last year a new app- ‘Exhibition App’ was introduced. With this app, visitors can get all important information about the exhibition right in their phones. Information varying from stalls, events, competitions, eateries, timings and entry fee, can be searched on this app along with booking e-tickets. Live streaming of video will also be done.Owing to the huge number of people who visit this exhibition, facilities for health care and other primary services are also provided at Numaish.
The Nampally exhibition started during the rule of Hyderabad’s last Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan in the year of 1938. It was started by a group of Osmania University graduate students with the intention to display locally created products. The first exhibition event had 100 stalls, and was organised at the Public Gardens. However, later the venue was shifted to the present venue which is Exhibition Grounds of Nampally.
Originally named as All India Industrial Exhibition, it was in 2009, when it was renamed as Numaish. The word, Numaish, means exhibition in Urdu language, representing the open air exhibition of varied products brought by traders and artisans from various part of the country. Numaish receives traders from not all over India but also from various countries like Iran, Turkey, Bangladesh, etc. Earlier even stalls from Pakistan used to be a part of the exhibition.
The timings of Nampally exhibition are from 4 P.M. to 10.30 P.M. it is organised at the Exhibition grounds at Mukarram Jahi Road. Entry fee for the exhibition is Rs.20 per person. Entry is free for children below 5 years of age. Free parking facility is also offered at the grounds. For visitors’ safety and to curb any incidents of snatching or stealing, a police personnel and watch teams are also deployed.
Exhibition Grounds at Nampally is easily accessible because of its location, which is the centre of the city. Visitors can travel by mmts/local trains to the Nampally railway station and from there either walk or take an auto-rickshaw to the exhibition. One can also travel by city buses to here. Once you are at the exhibition, you can enter through three gates. The main entrance is known as Ajanta gate, which is also the biggest. Other two are Gandhi Bhavan Gate and the Goshamahal Gate.
The nightlife of Hyderabad is decently exciting. The city has various interesting options to spend your nights in an exciting and lively ways. There are many popular bars and pubs with international standards of services and lively music creating an enchanting atmosphere. The crowd, the pricing and the ambience of these place promises some enjoyable moments to each and everyone.
However, if you compare the city with that of mumbai or Bangalore, Hyderabad nightlife might not appear to be equally exciting. This is mainly because of the time limit and some of the regulations. Many of the night activities are restricted after 12 o’clock midnight.
Some of the popular place in Hyderabad to hangout in night are:
Touch, Liquids Again, Lobby Lounge, Afterlife, Atrium Bar, etc at Banjara Hills, In Begumpet you have places like Marco Polo, Dublin, 10 Downing Street, Escape, Bottles and Chimney and many more. Other popular ones are The Ebony Lounge, Shisha, Level Lounge, Ecstasy Ahala in Taj Krishna.
If you were in awe of Universal Studios of Hollywood till now, you should definitely visit its Indian counterpart - Hyderabad Film City, popularly known as Ramoji Film City. This 1666 - acre film studio cum amusement park was the largest integrated film city in the world till Prayag Film City in Kolkata took over. Located around 30km from the heart of the Hyderabad city, this Film studio was constructed by Ramoji group in 1996. With its extravagant movie sets, themed parks, and various fun-filled rides for kids; Hyderabad Film City is a place for everyone alike. It attracts millions of visitors every year and the Carnival organized each year stands out as a special attraction here.The same excitement, fun and enthusiasm with which one boards the red vintage bus in the Film City, is retained during the entire day of the trip. With a guided tour of the various sets from the bus, it’s a treat to watch the replicas of Hawa Mahal, Mughal Gardens, Airport settings as if they are for real.
Hyderabad Film City is known for handling up to 400 movies per year with its state of the art facilities and latest equipment for film making. Not just Telugu movies but movies in various other languages like Tamil, Kannada, English, Gujarati, Bengali, Oriya, Bhojpuri, Hindi, and Malayalam are made every year here. The Film city with its pre-designed sets and facilities for shooting, post-production and accommodation easily reduces the burden for filmmakers. One just needs to enter the Film City with its crew and the script; and everything else will be taken care.
Hyderabad Film City is also a major tourist spot attracting hordes of visitors each day. Eureka, Ramoji Movie Magic and Fundustan are major attractions here. If Eureka offers west themed stunt shows, dances and performances from various cultures, Ramoji Movie Magic is known for its action studio, Filmi duniya and Ramoji Towers where one learns the secrets of special effects, shootings; visits the various landscapes through a mini-train ride and enjoys 4D experience of an earthquake. Fundistan is the favorite place for tiny tots offering various fun filled games and thrilling rides for the kids. For foodies, there are various restaurants like Alampana, Chanakya, Gunsmoke and Ganga Jamuna catering mouth-watering cuisines.
You might feel that one day is not enough for exploring the entire Hyderabad Film City, we Holidays DNA also offer multi-day Hyderabad Film City Packages and treat yourself for a couple of days of fun-filled entertainment. Once into this world of fantasy you will definitely want to visit it again and again. Contact us for more details..
Hyderabad Biryani, Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani: Any description of Hyderabad is incomplete without the mention of Hyderabad Biryani. Even the name is enough for food lover to go crazy! Undoubtedly Hyderabadi Biryani is famous is all over the world and is an important part of any trip to Hyderabad. Isn't it? So here, we bring some known and unknown things about the Biryani.
The most important of all. Where in Hyderabad can you get the best of Biryani? When at Hyderabad, do try biryani from places like Paradise in Begumpet, Hyderabad House, Bawarchi and Madina House at Charminar which is apparently the oldest hotel selling this delicious delicacy. Originally with goat biryani, beef biryani and chicken biryani are the most popular kinds. For those looking for veg biryani, Amantran near Madhapur area of Hyderabad is one of the best.
Over the period of time, the word “Hyderabadi Biryani” has become very synonymous with the city of Hyderabad itself. If you are visiting Hyderabad and didn’t get to taste the famous Hyderabadi Biryani, you are definitely missing something. Prepared in aromatic blend of spices, this colorful and exquisite dish attracts young and old people alike. You just need to know the ideal place to have it, and this mouthwatering dish will definitely attract you taste buds with its delicacy and aroma, wanting for more and more. Hyderabadi Biryani is ordered as a main course by most of the Hyderabadi people at any typical restaurant. Prepared with meat, spices and rice; it serves as an ideal dish for any gathering, be it with friends, family or colleagues. On Friday afternoons and weekends the restaurants are usually jam-packed, with everyone gorging on the authentic taste of Hyderabadi Biryani. It would be really difficult for one to get a seat on these days, so better make a reservation well in advance.
Bawarchi, Paradize and Café Bahar are some of the most popular restaurants for having Hyderabadi Biryani. Old city is also famous for its typical Biryani cuisine. The rush at these places indicate the kind of popularity this dish has among locals as well as tourists. You can either have Kachhi Biryani, Pakki Biryani or just plain vegetable biryani and you will savor its taste forever. Have it at any of your favorite place and you would surely recommend it to all your friends and family members visiting the city of Nizams.
History of Hyderabad: The city of Nizams, Hyderabad is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh and fifth largest city of the country. The city along with advanced developments and facilities, still preserves its culture and tradition like no where else. The city of Hyderabad has great history which can still be seen in the lifestyle of people and various monuments glorifying the city.
With a history of 400 years, Hyderabad has witnessed various successions which resulted in traditions and cultures being mingled up and forming a unique mixed pattern of living. Various monuments and historical buildings as well as in the historical traditions and lifestyle followed by the people present a glimpse of Hyderabad history.
With a name which also has a history behind it, Hyderabad has history in its each and every aspect. Founded in the year of 1591, Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah who was the fifth sultan of Qutb Shahi dynasty, the name of the city is after Bhagyamati who later became Hyder Mahal as the wife of Quli Qutub Shah. Earlier the city was named as Bhagyanagar after Bhagyamati and was later changed.
It was Quli Qutb Shah who seized the city from Bahamani kingdom in 1512 and later established the kingdom of Golconda. Qutb Shahis ruled the Decan for almost 171 years which gave the place touch of Indo-Persian and Indo-Islamic culture and literature. Before this, the city of Hyderabad has been ruled by various other rulers as well. It is said that it was ruled by the Chalukya kingdom. It was during their time that Kakatiyas, split off from them and created new kingdom around Warangal. After this, the city came under the rule of Bahmani Sultanate, the Masunuri Nayakas, and the Vijayanagara Rayas. In the year of 1798, alliance of military and political cooperation was signed between Nizam and the British. The name of the area Secunderabad also came after the then Nizam, Sikander Jah.
Various historical places such as Golconda Fort, Charminar, tombs of the legendary Qutb Shahi kings, Golconda fort, Chow Mohalla Palace, Taramati Baradari along with museums like Salar Jung Museum and AP State Archaeological Museum take tourists back to the Hyderabad history.
“This is not a luxury resort”, is the first thing you are told when you go booking a visit to Green Acres. An organic farm, located just 70 kms away from the city of Hyderabad, Green Acres is not just amongst the few eco-tourism sites in the state but also a relaxed setting for a weekend getaway.
Green Acres has been turned into a lush green farm from a barren piece of land through Agroforestry and Organic Farming. It offers rustic and simplistic setting where you can have a close interaction with the environment and spend some time away from the hustle bustle of cities. In fact this is what drew us to the farm. The idea of being close to nature without even creating any harm to the same.
The best aspect about Green Acres is that it helps visitors in having an eco-friendly vacation. This is what we drew us to the farm.
As we reached Green Acres, we were greeted with warm smiles of helpers as well as enthusiasm of Simba, the dog at the farm. Moving further into the farm, we could hear chirping of birds and wild noises of insects. More than any of these, what took our breath away was the sight of open space with dense greenery and no building or vehicle to disrupt that mesmerising view!
The sunset at the farm is also worth capturing. It will be a good idea to take a nature walk amidst the greenery of farm as you wake to the birds chirping and soothing sun rays. Along with nature walks, there are options for various other outdoor activities as well.
Camping at the farm is also an experience worth remembering. The controlled environment offered at Green Acres made it easier for many of us who were first time campers.
And yes, not to forget the delicious dinner we had at the farm. The meal was cooked from the vegetables and crops grown organically at the farm, which you can easily differentiate from the richness of the taste.
So this was our one night stay at the farm in brief. We will share details of our stay in posts yet to come!
Guest Blog by: Richa Sharma