What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?

Hyderabad is surprisingly enjoyable...for two days. Beyond that, it is not old enough to have a well-established arts or cultural scene and is dreadfully dull, honestly. But for a weekend, my friends who visited (and had never heard of it) were beyond pleased with its offerings. There are a few downtown attractions that are must-sees, including the Charminar, the Chowmahalla Palace, Qutub Shahi Tombs, Golkonda Fort, and the Taj Falaknuma Palace. All of those require 1-2 hours of sightseeing time. There's one renowned museum: Salar Jung. Definitely plenty to keep visitors entertained for a long weekend before they go explore other parts of the country. The food is some of the spiciest on the continent (and planet!). There are a number of great Indian restaurants: Chutney's, BBQ Nation, and Rajdhani were our weekend standards. When you visit other places in India and tell them you're living in Hyderabad, the first question is always: "Have you tried Hyderabadi biryani?" And of course you have, because it's a rite of passage, and eaten everywhere. It's very spicy, cheap, and comes in a couple styles, both vegetarian and meat-eater-friendly. - Jul 2019


Golconda Fort, Qtub Tombs, Falaknuma Palace Hotel, Botanic Gardens.... on a consumer level: InOrbit Mall, Ikea, Good Earth, Anoki... - Jan 2019


There's some interesting local temples, forts, historical sites. The malls are large, modern, with US and EU stores.Travel within India and in the region is very easy as well. - Nov 2017


No hidden gems. Spending the night at the Taj Falaknuma Palace, a 6 star hotel converted from a palace is the highlight of Hyderabad, at US$300 per night. Social gatherings at people's houses, Sunday brunches and massages at 5-star hotels seem to be common pastimes. There are a couple of golf courses that people use whenever it is not unbearably hot. - Sep 2016


There's the standard tourist fare in Hyderabad which are good: Chowmallah Palace, Taj Falaknuma, Charminar, etc. Some good Western-style eateries, which is nice. KBR Park is a good stroll in the evening or weekend. Definitely go to Taj Falaknuma. There are also some good weekend trips to Warangal and Bidar. - Mar 2015


Spending the night at the Taj Falaknuma, a 6 star hotel, is pretty special. Having the Sunday brunch or a massage at the Park Hyatt is something a lot of people do. Given its history as a very wealthy kingdom, there are certainly lots of regal palaces to visit. Wandering around the old town near Charminar is fun. - Jan 2015


Travel, travel, and travel some more. There are two hidden gems in the region - Hampi and Aurangabad. Visit them both. - Nov 2014


Lots of travel in India. The airport here is new and modern. Fly to any number of great tourist spots in India. Hampi is about 8 hours away by train. Flights are fairly cheap. Not a whole lot that we've found in the area. - Jul 2014


Hyderabad has some interesting cultural sites that you can spend about three days on. Other than that, shopping is great here, and the theaters show Bollywood and Hollywood movies. - Mar 2012


The zoo is nice. There's the Charminar, palaces and temples. Shopping markets. Some parks for walking. For escaping the summer heat there are large, air-conditioned malls and many of the large hotels allow you to sit at the pool if you order a small amount of food. - Feb 2012


Galconda fort, the beautiful new Taj Hotel (a restored palace), interesting temples. There are two Western-style malls and some chain restaurants to get a much-needed beef burger. - Jan 2011


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