Saturday, July 16, 2011


Carbon – 22 Raj Bhawan Road (Somajiguda, at Park Hyderabad); 011-91-40-2345-6789;; more retro of 2 nightclubs.
Kismet – 22 Raj Bhawan Road (Somajiguda, at Park Hyderabad); 011-91-40-2345-6789;; attracts city’s “glitterati.”
Sicca Bar – 22 Raj Bhawan Road (Somajiguda, at Park Hyderabad); 011-91-40-2345-6789;; reminiscent of old gentlemen’s club; over 20 kinds of Scotch.

ITC Kakatiya Hotel – 6-3-1187 Begumpet; 011-91-40-2340-0132;
Taj Falaknuma Palace – Engine Bowli; 011-91-40-6629-8585;; restored palace displaying mix of Italian & Tudor architecture; beautiful; immaculate garden.
Park Hyderabad – 22 Raj Bhawan Road (Somajiguda); 011-91-40-2345-6789;; modern, aluminum & glass structure.

Angeethi Restaurant – #8-2-592, 5th Floor, City Center, Road #1 & #10 (Banjara Hills); 011-90-40-6625-5550;; chicken & lamb kebabs, Murgh Rada Masala, Sarson Da Saag & roti breads.
Dakshin – 6-3-1187 Begumpet (at ITC Kakatiya Hotel); 011-91-40-2340-0132;; regional classics from southern India.
Hotel Shadab – 21-1-140-144 (Charminar, Ghansi Bazaar, Near High Court Road & opposite Madina Circle); 011-91-40-2456-1648;; no-frills restaurant considered to have best biryani in city; timewarp decor looks like 1970s disco but food is great; very solo-male; head upstairs to AC room for more of family (female friendly) vibe.
Indian Art Cafe – Lumbini Avenue (Madhapur, F-29, 1st Floor Inorbit Mall APIIC Software Layout (opposite Durgam Cheruvu); 011-91-40-4011-7445;; modern twists on traditional southern Indian food.
Jade Room – Engine Bowli (at Taj Falaknuma Palace); 011-91-40-6629-8585;; especially for decadent, English tea (afternoons); must make reservations 2 days in advance.
Southern Spice – Road #3 (Banjara Hills, near Nagarjuna Circle); 011-91-40-6610-3434;; very spicy food; try chepala pulusu (fish stew with tamarind sauce).

Detours India – Somajiguda; 011-91-90-0085-0505;; for drivers & guides.

Irfan Bangles & Jewelry – 20-4-1205 Laad Bazaar (Old City); 011-91-40-6535-7411; sparkly jewelry that is Hyderabadi trademark; call (or have hotel call) ahead to check on area construction status.
Krishna Pearls – M.C.H. #6-883/3 (Panjagutta, near Topaz Building); 011-91-40-6625-0033;; among city’s finest jewelry collections.
Mangatrai Pearls & Jewelry – 5-9-46 Basheer Bagh (Adarsh Nagar, at New MLA Quarters); 011-91-40-2323-3305;

Charminar (“Four Towers”) – Telephone Exchange, Pathergatti Road; 011-91-22-2452-1290;; built in 1591; on Musi River’s east bank; eponymous towers are ornate minarets attached & supported by 4 grand arches; surrounded by Old City.
Chowmahalla Palace – 20-4-236 Khilwat (Motigalli); 011-91-40-2425-2032;; 4 palaces spanning Nizan rule.
Golconda Fort – opposite Army Quarters (3.75 miles west of city); 011-91-40-2351-3984, 011-91-40-2351-2401 and 011-91-40-2345-0444;; 16th Century fortress dating from Qutb Shah kings, with origins, as mud fort, trace to earlier Kakatiyas’ & Yadavas’ reigns; light show not necessarily worth seeing.
Laad Bazaar – Charminar (between Kali Kaman Road & Rathkhana Street, under construction);; massive bazaar in Old City; known for jewelry.
Mecca Masjid – Kishan Prasad Road (150 meters southwest of Charminar); 011-91-40-6674-5986;; India’s 2nd largest mosque was constructed in 1694; designed after Mecca’s Grand Mosque.
Moula Ali Dargah – north of city (10 km from Secunderabad);; named after Hazrat Ali, Prophet’s son-in-law; tremendous city views; make sure to see Urdu poet Mah Laqa Bai’s tomb; recently restored.
Pathergatti Road – Old City (near Charminar); antique shops.
Salar Jung Museum – Salar Jung Road (Jubilee Post, Afzal Gunj, on River Musi’s south bank); 011-91-40-2452-3211;; unrivaled art collection, ranging from jade to ancient Persian manuscripts.
Taramati Baradari – Gandipet Road (Ibrahimbagh); 011-91-40-7750-3200;; beautiful pavilion not far from Golconda Fort; supposedly built for 17th Century Golconda king’s mistress; good place to watch sunset.

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