When in Hyderabad:
Must-Do’s in the City of Pearls
With its estimated 9 million city dwellers, Hyderabad is the 4th largest city in India. A popular destination with big tech companies and small start-ups alike, the city has expanded its reach and has grown to a bussing metropolitan city, offering a variety of experiences and things to do.
Volunteering your skills with a local organisation in Hyderabad means that you get the chance to explore the exciting city on the weekends. The city of pearls, receiving this name due to the popularity of its palaces and pearls – offers amazing insights into historical as well as modern-day India. In order to not miss out, add these must-do’s to your bucket list during your volunteering experience:
Climb the steps of Golconda Fort
Golconda fort is one of the historical buildings that you should not miss. Being that it’s more than 500 years old, the fort opens a window to the past, giving you the opportunity to learn about the past royalties that have walked its corridors. Whilst you have to be prepared to climb countless stairs (and be advised to do so in the mornings or evenings), the view over the city from above is worth the sweat.
Feel like a prince/princess at Falaknuma Palace
The old palace was turned into a new luxury hotel not too long ago, but you can still feel the presence of abundance and exuberance. Whilst the food is on the high side, you may want to just have a tea or coffee in the cafe, and enjoy the breathtaking view over the city. If you do have the urge to splurge, give the afternoon tea a try, and pamper yourself with the huge variety of teas and tiny sandwiches.
Dig into Hyderabadi Biryani
It is the one and only – it is the Hyderabadi Biryani! If there is one food item you HAVE to try, it is Biryani (even though it would be a shame to forgo the samosa and chai, or paneer dosa, or simple dhal and roti…the list goes on). Biryani is a one-dish meal, where herbed/spiced rice is layered with succulent meat in a traditional clay pot, and slow-cooked over a couple of hours. There is a heated debate about the best biryani in town, and current contestants include Khaansaab and Paradise.
Shop at The Old City
The Old City of Hyderabad is the historical centre, and predominantly muslim part of town. Whilst in this busiest part of the city you can smell different types of food at every corner and purchase anything your heart desires. Start by paying a visit to Charminar, a mosque-like structure in the centre of old town, and the major landmark of the city, and then work your way along the shops and busy streets.
Explore the neighborhoods of Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills
If you are looking for a part of the city to walk around in, pay a visit to the neighborhoods of Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills. In this part of town, the city seems a little greener and calmer, with trees lining the streets and quirky coffee shops offering a well-deserved break from the busy city.
Treat yourself with a Brunch and Pool Time
There are many hotels in Hyderabad that offer lunch and swimming on a Sunday. You can treat yourself without breaking the bank and take some time to relax and enjoy the sunshine. It’s always important to make sure you rest before getting back to your placement on Monday!
Volunteering abroad in Hyderabad is an amazing experience, both professionally and personally. To get your journey started email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can create a truly immersive experience for you.