Golconda Fort – Golconda was home to the vault that once housed the famous Kohinoor and Hope diamond. Infact the Golconda mines yielded many diamonds and the entire area was once buzzing with diamond trade. The fort is now in ruins but still a beautiful place to walk through. It is said that if you stand under the main entrance archway at a particular point ans clap loudly, it can be heard at the hilltop pavillion at the fort almost a kilometer away so don’t be surprised when you enter to find lots of random people clapping incessantly trying to see if it works.
Shadab Biryani – If it’s one thing I learnt in the city, it’s that Hydrabadis take their Biryani very seriously. They like their biryani, they can eat it for almost every meal and have very strong views on what makes for a good biryani. My twitter feed exploded with suggestions about where I would get the BEST authentic Hyderbadi Biryani but the locals I met insisted I forget everyone and just follow them to their favourite place – Hotel Shadab. This place looks slightly dodgy when you get there initially but they have a lovely air conditioned family room upstairs and it’s a great reprieve from the heat! I really enjoyed the biryani there, not sure if its the best, I dare not say it is or isn’t but it was great and definitely worth popping into. I quite liked their kebabs as well.
Karachi Bakery biscuits – I don’t know if this is really a must do or I’m just feeling nostalgic and adding it to the list. This is a famous bakery in the city that has multiple outlets everywhere including the airport ! They’ve got plenty of various types of biscuit and now of course expanded to much more but I always feel a trip to the city is incomplete without actually going into one of the stores and buying a box to take home.
The little that I do know of the city is exciting and if you’re planning to visit for a couple of days or even in one day, I think these highlights are worth exploring. Of course there is so much more so incase you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them.