The city of Hyderabad does not escape our fascination even the slightest. Hyderabad is a city to explore for its rich cultural heritage, mouth-watering cuisine and its adventure-cum-homely aura. It’s a city that is meant to be absorbed wholeheartedly not only as a lifestyle but as a beautiful experience. It is extremely difficult to tear away from its people from the city but unfortunately, such times are upon us where this remains crucial. Moreover, the lockdown has created a yearning to reinvigorate that passion for this cultural treasure. Hyderabad stands as a heritage beauty alone but the experience of it is divine with human presence. One cannot stop wondering about the things they can do here post lockdown. We wish to see the Hyderabad we know again – with the busy streets of Charminar, the tranquillity of Hussain Sagar Lake, and the distinguished experience of shopping at Laad Bazaar. And, of course, some biryani escapades. We’ve curated a list of things to do in and around Hyderabad post lockdown – as a celebration of the integration of the city with its people.
While you still continue to miss your daily favourites, we have listed some offbeat recommendations that are in your budget, crowd-free and unique.
Top Unusual Things To Do In Hyderabad Post-Lockdown
It is time to gear up and plan out your return, Hyderabadis! These activities will guarantee a fun day out for you – and the agony of the lockdown will be a remnant of the past. Our list features one-day trips and late-night eateries that you can relish without the anxiety of an empty wallet!
Do Go Karting in Shamshabad Airport
The simple lifestyle of quarantined Hyderabad has created a longing for some adrenaline-pumped and fun activity beyond just exercise. And what better way to kickstart normalcy but by going a little bonkers on a go-kart? The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport does not just boast a splendid hub of travel but it is also the holder of two go-karting tracks. They have three packages for racers which depend on the kind of cart and the time they require for racing. Furthermore, there are exclusive packages available for larger groups. Go-Karting is the perfect contender for a weekend plan to bring a mixture of fun and thrill into your life again. There are other sports such as wireless car racing, zorbing and shooting that are available at the location.
It is best to call in advance or peruse through the website for information before going in a large group.
Check out the street graffiti at Maqtha Art District
The residential neighbourhood of MS Maqtha has more than what meets the eye. The network of alleys and compact buildings is what the fleeting eye will catch but once you enter the neighbourhood – you’ll be presented with vibrant colours in the form of street graffiti. The art of street graffiti is a creative manifestation of independent artists and their voice in public. Far from the conventional art platforms lie these stunning street arts etched across the walls of the neighbourhood. It is a sight you can’t tear your eyes away from! The streets may seem shabby but it is a wonderful walk with the street graffiti to look at and some fun company at hand. Moreover, with the post lockdown fever, the vibrancy of this place will restore the colours of your life.
Take a short uphill trek to Bhongir Fort
Do not miss the opportunity of a short trek experience to Bhongir Fort. This two hours journey from Hyderabad will give you the much-needed post lockdown thrill. This Herculean task can be tackled with a few good friends or family because even the toughest journey can be conquered with good times. However, the fort in itself is not the best part of it – the peaceful moment at the top is a delightful feel. Bhongir Fort serves a good break for people looking for a day out in search of peace from the city bustle. Not only is the top peaceful but it presents an expansive and breathtaking view of Bhongir city. The fort stands over a monolithic rock that was later named Bhongir. Moreover, the fort has a historical importance as it was built by a Chalukya ruler Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI. The fort has lost its original charm over the years but stands as a magnificent work of architecture.
It is advisable to pack light and wear trek-appropriate clothes as it is a slightly steep climb.
Have late night dosas at Ram Ki Bandi
Hot dosas with chutney and sambar is a classic mouth-watering dish but the benefit of having them during wee hours of the morning or late night is inexplicable. Ram Ki Bandi is the best place in Hyderabad for some midnight dosa cravings – believe me, we have it too! There is something fun about having incredibly delicious dosas at 3 in the morning. Further on, Ram Ki Bandi serves varieties of dosas ranging from the classics to even pizza dosa! The experiments on dosas at this place is a tear-jerking success made to soothe your belly. The whole aesthetic of the place doesn’t merely lie in having tasty dosas but it’s the fun in gathering a crowd and enjoying food with them. This place is a lovely landmark eating spot for the outdoorsy people with midnight munching habits.
Cautionary: the prices are a little higher than what is usually expected but the food is worth it. But budget enough for you to not worry your pockets.
Drive to the historic city of Warangal
Warangal is a city in Telangana rife with historic significance. Three-hour drive from Hyderabad, it an also be accessed through railway services. Once upon a time, it was the capital of the Kakatiya dynasty from the 12th and 14th century. It is a place rich with stories to tell from the past. There are various places to visit in Warangal such as the beautiful and oldest temple of Goddess Bhadrakali. There is a lake adjacent to the temple that makes it a popular tourist spot. Next, you can check out the Warangal Fort built during the Kakatiya dynasty and that stands as a regal structure with grand historic importance. The final notable place to explore would be the Pakhal Lake which is a stunning vision amidst an unspoiled forest. It is an ideal place to rest your eyes on the beauty of wildlife and nature. The city of Warangal is the best place to enjoy the legacy of history and nature post lockdown.
Relish some Irani chai with samosa at Rio Cafe
Samosa and Irani Chai make great accompaniments to each other. They perfectly bring out each other’s flavours with nothing amiss. The Rio Cafe has earned its name due to its tasty onion samosas and the distinct Irani chai. The samosas barely make a dent in your wallet but they sure do last as a good memory. The scrumptious samosas can also be washed down with some hot piping Irani chai at Rio. The cafe serves samosas that are perpetually on demand so don’t wait it out and go give it a try! Samosas and Irani chai are not a thing of commonality at home – so take advantage of the opportunity post lockdown.
Try Kayaking in Vikarabad
The Kotapally Reservoir in Vikarabad, Telangana is a sanctuary for water activities and those who love it! The place is the perfect spot for an adventure – an adventure just around a 2-hour drive from Hyderabad. Kayaking is the activity where one makes use of a kayak to move across water. Moreover, Kayaking at the reservoir provides a scenic view of the Ananthagiri Hills of Vikarabad. There are food stalls set up around the lake to provide respite from exhaustion at the end of the day. The fun of these strenuous water activities can be brokered with a picnic near the lake as well. The place is an ideal spot for some family time. Families cooped up in the house for months do deserve some fresh air and quality time outside the house.
Rediscover the beauty of Qutb Shahi Tombs
Do not forget the magnificent Qutb Shahi Tombs in Ibrahim Bagh during your return. Their beauty and elegance have not only been a source of attraction for tourists but regular Hyderabadis as well! The Qutb Shahi Tombs are the commemoration of the seven Qutb Shahi rulers that reigned over the territory. The cenotaphs of the tombs were built from Persian, Hindu, Deccan and Pashtun architecture that is a marvellous to the eye. A few tombs of the Qutb Shahi rulers have gold rings that have an endearing look to it. Also, the architecture of the structure evokes a sense of peace and fascination amongst those who behold its beauty. It is one of the oldest monuments of Hyderabad that lies close to the Golconda Fort. If you have a heart for walks and exploration then the Qutb Shahi Tombs should be on your list post lockdown.
Go on a late-night drive around Necklace Road
The Necklace Road of Hyderabad derives its name from the Queen’s Necklace at Mumbai. Not only do they share similar names but they share a purpose as well: a site for late-night drives overlooking a water body. The scenic road stretches on and the light traffic at night makes it the ideal place to enjoy the view and feel the breeze. The drive around the necklace road is cathartic especially after remaining at one place for a long period. Moreover, the marvellous lake adorned with the city lights around it is a sight to capture. Accompanied with some friends and good music and it might just make your entire day! Besides, a quiet nightly getaway is exactly what we want to do post lockdown.
Dig into the familiar and delicious taste of Bawarchi Biryani
But what’s the most final and fundamental thing a Hyderabadi can do post lockdown? Well, it’s none other than the best activity of gobbling biryani. We suggest you head down to RTC Cross Road, Chikkadpally for some delicious and aromatic Bawarchi’s Biryani. It is one of the best biryani places and that is a unanimous opinion amongst Hyderabadis. You can get a mini plate of biryani for just ₹100 and a jumbo plate for ₹500 – in case, you missed it quite a lot. Biryani is a token of representation for Hyderabad and it rings true that no process of normalcy can be done without eating Bawarchi’s Biryani. All in all, it is a source of euphoria and comfort that no other experience can provide!
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