Priyanka and I spent 3 nights in Hyderabad, while there for a friends wedding. We made a vacation out of it and had a great time.
The highlight of the trip was our stay at The Park there. Even though the tripadvisor ratings for the hotel are wanting, its a great new hotel with a lot of potential. Overlooking the Hussain Sagar lake, the Hotel has a infinity pool, outdoor seating, a 24 hour cafe, 3 bars and excellent staff to round it off. The morning breakfast was the best morning food spread I’ve seen in a while. Highly recommend staying there if you find yourself in Hyderabad.
We also made our way to the Chowmahalla Palace which is worth a visit with 3-4 small palaces and exhibits. The Charminar was a bit of a disappointment. Its not been maintained, is in a super crowded market/neighborhood and just made us run to the nearest auto-rickshaw.
The Golconda Fort is a well worth a visit too. Go around 2-3pm, so that you can hire a guide and go all the way to the top. That will take 2-3 hours and that’ll be a great segway into the 6:30pm light and sound show in English inside the fort. The acoustics and science applied 700 years ago is impressive.
Apart from these places we made our way to a local mall (GVK-1), to the Shilparamam (think Delhi Haat) and of course to Paradise for their famous Mutton Biryani (not the best in Hyderabad, but pretty decent. Sit in their nicer airconditioned top floor, if you’d like a more relaxed experience!). The old city is a bit chaotic and dirty, but if the airport and the 11 km freeway to the city are any signs, things are improving for sure.
Overall we were pretty impressed with the city of Nizams and highly recommend it to anyone if you have 3-4 days.