The first thing anyone remarks when you tell them you’re from Hyderabad is ‘Ah, biryani…’ As they slip into a reverie, thinking about the universally loved Mughlai dish, bring them back to reality by offering them some other exciting experiences one can have while visiting the city; things besides the much loved Golkonda Fort, Laad Bazaar, Ramoji Film City and of course, the regal Charminar.Here’s a list of places where one can have unusual or hatke experiences in the city of pearls.
Dialogue in the Dark
If you’re the kind of person who finds the appearance of the food they’re about to eat more interesting than it’s taste or smell, then maybe this place can change your mind and open your eyes. Dialogue in the Dark offers a unique experience where it shows you how to savor life without the aid of your eyes. Get ready to find out what it’s like to eat a meal without ever seeing it, take a walk in a garden without marveling at nature and cross a shaky bridge without seeing where you place your foot next. The entire experience is lead by visually-impaired guides who in a unique reversal of roles, confidently lead the visitors on a walk and let them explore a world of complete darkness where the focus lies more on what you can hear, taste and feel.
Location: Inorbit Mall, Madhapur
Living in India with its year-round tropical climate, chances are that you’ve never seen a street covered with snow or crushed a white, powdery ball in your gloved hands; unless of course you reside at a hill station. For us regular city folks out there, a trip to Snow World will feel magical and dreamlike. Spread over 17000 sft, India’s first snow-themed park is sectioned into giant snow slides which make you feel like you’re rushing down a slippery slope, real igloos made of ice, a tricky rock climbing area to test your balancing skills, a play area dedicated to kids and an ice hotel to satiate your taste buds after an hour of vigorous activities in the snow. The snow is realistic enough with temperatures going down to -5 centigrade, but worry not, warm overcoats, thick gloves and snow boots are provided to all.
Location: Near Hussain Sagar Lake
A democratic and progressive space for anyone with an open mind, Lamakaan is literally a makaaan dedicated to indulging in art and culture with the casualness of a regular outing with friends or colleagues, but also the seriousness of respecting people’s choice to a quiet space to read and relax. Lamakaan is a space for open expression be it through plays, workshops, informal meetings, storytelling sessions, film screenings, book launches or chit-chats with the regulars who throng there for a nice evening. The snacks offered in the quaint little cafe are pocket-friendly and delicious whether it is the lightly fried samosas or a glass of cool and soothing nimbu-paani. The place runs on a tight budget and encourages visitors to clean up after themselves so it may continue to function as a source for inspiration and creativity for many. Oh, and did we mention they have free WiFi?
Location: Banjara Hills
A resort-cum-exhibition, Dhola-ri-Dhani replicates a typical Rajashtani village complete with folk music and dances, colourful puppetry and traditionally themed magic shows. Located 20 kilometers outside the city, this ethnic village offers an authentic North Indian experience with plenty of cultural activities and mouth watering lunch and dinner. The place is most lively during Dusshera where special activities like Raamleela plays and Dandiya dance is followed by the burning of a towering Raavan effigy. Apart from these, boat rides, horse rides and camel rides are included in the ticket cost. Here art, culture and an ethnic experience with a Rajasthani twist awaits you.
Location: Medchal Road, Kompally
Sudha Cars Museum
This place is probably the most hatke of them all. A one-of-its-kind car museum in the world, Sudha Cars museum promises to make your jaw drop at their array of unusually shaped cars. They’ve got cars in the form of a burger, a pencil, a commode, a football, a camera, a stiletto, and computer among many others. The best part? They’re all functional. Apart from these, the whacky museum also houses about 30 different designs of bicycles along with vintage and modified cars which were made using old and unwanted pieces. A quick trip to the museum can also be complemented by visiting the nearby Nehru Zoological Park and Chowmahalla Palace.
Location: Bahadurpura West
Hyderabad, one of the fastest growing cities in India sure is a melting pot of various languages, cultures, foods and people; so it’s no wonder that the city’s ancient architecture can coexist along with newer areas which are as exciting to the people visiting this city as they are to the residents.