Rock Walks

Rocks set against the urban landscape of the city of Hyderabad are a marvellous sight. Rock Walks are a famous activity in Hyderabad to explore the natural beauty, get into some adventure as well as to educate oneself on why to protect the granite hills and the ridges of the Deccan plateau. One can sign up with the Society to Save Rocks, who traverse the rocky terrain of the city every month and take visitors on these interesting tours. The hills nearby the city also make for a good place to hike and rock climb.

Rock Walks

Rath Yatra

The Jagannath Temple in Hyderabad is famous for organising a Rath Yatra or Chariot Festival. This temple has been built along similar lines as the Jagannath Temple in Puri, Orissa. Rath Yatra is an annual public procession in which idols of deities are driven around in chariots. The prominent idols of this festival are those of Lord Jagannath, who is believed to be an avatar of Lord Vishnu, his brother Balabhadra, his sister Subhadra and his weapon Sudarshana Chakra. Millions of Hindu devotees come every year to join this procession.

Rath Yatra

Jungle Safari

The city of Hyderabad boasts many national parks like the KBR National Park,  Mrugavani National Park, Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park etc. One can set on a wildlife adventure or a jungle safari and sight beautiful and majestic species of flora, fauna and avifauna. At the KBR National Park, sightings of rare species like monitor lizard, wild boars, jungle cats and a variety of snakes can be availed. Besides this, the park is home to more than 600 species of flora and more than a hundred kinds of birds.While traversing through the Mrugavani Park, one can spot the elusive black-naped hare, Russell's viper, cheetal, Indian rat snake, civet and flower pecker.Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park lies about 15 km from the city of Hyderabad and has a lot to its credit. Once a hunting ground of the erstwhile Nizams, the park has much to offer to a wildlife enthusiast, seeing that it is the home of the endangered blackbuck.

Jungle Safari

Tour around the Ramoji Film City

One of the world's largest film centres, Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad is a spectacular attraction, much like the sets of the films and TV shows filmed here. Spread over 6.7 sq km, it is home to Tollywood, the popular name for the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh film industry. An open-air vintage tour bus takes visitors around this sprawling complex to catch a glimpse of how their favourite films are made. Some of these locations include the city's gardens and film sets. The complex also boasts swanky hotels for visitors to check into to fully experience the film world. One can also enjoy toy train rides and joyrides, which are paticularly appealing to children. From ancient Indian palaces to modern European cities, and from mythological civilisations to space-age scenarios, you can see it all at the film city. The universe seems to come together at Ramoji, the world's largest film studio complex, as certified by the Guinness World Records. 

Tour around the Ramoji Film City

Shopping at Laad Bazaar

Hyderabad is brimming with markets that are filled with delights for shoppers. The famed Laad Bazaar near the Charminar is a very old market that is most famous for its glittering and colourful lacquered bangle shops. One will also find in its narrow lanes cubbyhole stores offering sarees, wedding paraphernalia, Kalamkari paintings, semi-precious stone jewellery, silver ware, Bidri ware, brocade fabrics and lots more. One can also shop for pearl ornaments here. Hyderabad is very famous for pearl, even though it's not located by the sea. It is said the Nizams were fond of imported pearls and that's why the trading began here and has continued. The city is dotted with pearl shops. Char Kaman near Charminar is another area for pearl shopping. Visitors can also head to Shilparamam, an arts and crafts centre that is set up like a traditional village. It is a great place to buy traditional crafts, textiles, carpets and toys. Jubilee and Banjara Hills are areas that are filled with glitzy malls and high-end boutiques.

Shopping at Laad Bazaar

Perfume Market

The perfume market is located near Charminar and boasts an array of stores selling attar, which is a traditional perfume. Visitors can get a whiff of these natural fragrances and buy them directly from the producers, most of whom have been in the business for generations. Some of the popular fragrances include rose, sandalwood and musk. The speciality is that these perfumes do not contain alcohol or chemicals. They make for great gifts and souvenirs. Visitors can also attend workshops to see how the perfume is crafted.

Perfume Market