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In continuation with Self travel itinerary Hyderabad – Day 2

We had planned to begin this day with visiting the Salarjung Museum which could not fall in place as we started off late in the afternoon. And so began with first tourist attraction for the day, Chowmahalla Palace followed by Charminar and finally dinner at Paradise restaurant at Hyderabad.

The Chowmahalla Palace as the name goes, Chow means ‘four’ mainly constitutes of four palaces or Mahals namely, Afzal Mahal, Aftab Mahal, Mahtab Mahal and Tahniyat Mahal, not all of which are open to public. This palace is open for visit between 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and remains closed on every Friday. Entry tickets to this grand palace for Indians is Rs.50/- per head for adults and Rs.10/- per head for children. For Non Resident Indian tourists, the entry ticket is Rs.200/-. Also, for clicking pictures or video shoot inside palace, one will have to buy ticket for still camera at Rs.50/- and video camera at Rs.100/-.

The Chowmahalla Palace

We roamed here for about an hour clicking pictures at different spots which mainly included huge water fountain, galleries and Vintage Cars and then headed towards the next destination of Hyderabad, Charminar.

Snap with Vintage Car at Chowmahalla Palace

Charminar is barely about half a kilometer from Chowmahalla Palace. Due to its close proximity, we decided to walk and reach there instead of hiring rick. This monument is basically mosque located in Hyderabad old city. The monument is open for public from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm on all days of week at a nominal charge of Rs.5/- per head for Indians and Rs.100/- for foreign tourists. The area surrounding Charminar is market which is heavily crowded in evening and on Fridays and hence it is advisable to visit here in the afternoon. However if interested in buying some stuff from the market(Hyderabad is renowned for pearls and lac, especially lac bangles which can be bought from this market) one may plan to visit accordingly. The market not only includes shops but also has roadside stalls and hawkers selling a variety of items at bargainable rates.

By the time we reached Charminar, the visiting hours was over and so we clicked few pictures from outside the monument and then booked cab for dinner at Paradise restaurant. However, due to excess crowd near Charminar, we walked for about 10-15 minutes and later booked a cab, for ease of accessibility, from there. Auto rickshaws were also available for transport near Charminar but we opted to go by cab itself.

View of Charminar at Hyderabad

The Paradise restaurant is quite an ancient and famous restaurants of Hyderabad. It is mainly known for its traditional Indian food, especially Hyderabadi Biryani.

As we entered the restaurant, we could see pictures of famous personalities framed near the entrance along with their experience of food(Biryani to be more precise) at Paradise. We could no longer wait to relish Biryani at such a special restaurant.

At Paradise Restaurant, Hyderabad

We ordered for Veg Biryani(there is no variant in Veg Biryani unlike Non-Veg Biryani) and some desserts to top it up and soon left from there to be back to home.

Mouthwatering dessert at Paradise Restaurant

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