Exploring Hyderabad, India

Hyderabad is the capital of southern India’s Telangana state. A major centre for the technology industry and it’s home to many upscale restaurants and shops.

Before the visit, I was told that Hyderabad is the home of the biriyani and they have the best biriyani. 

Biriyani is a South Asian mixed rice dish with its origins among the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent. It is generally made with spices, rice and meat. The spices and condiments used in biriyani may include ghee (clarified butter), nutmeg, mace, pepper, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves, coriander, mint leaves, ginger, onions, tomatoes and garlic. The premium varieties include saffron. In all Biriyani, the main ingredient that accompanies the spices is the chicken and mutton, special varieties also use beef and seafood. The dish is best served with dahi chutney, curry, a sour dish of brinjal, boiled egg and salad.

I had the opportunity to visit this city back in Feb 2016. As usual, I flew there via my favourite airline, Singapore Airlines.

Sky dining was what I always look forward to.

I stayed at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Hyderabad in Banjara Hills.

Hotel room was big and spacious. Overall, stay was comfortable.

Love the batura and the plain dosai at the hotel restaurant.

Being in the home of the biriyani, it is definitely a must to pay homage to the biriyani as a mark of respect.

I had my biriyani at the high end Firdaus Taj Krishna. Firdaus, a jewel embedded in Taj Krishna, is a fine dining specialty restaurant serving authentic Hyderabad cuisine.

Had their Hyderabad mutton biriyani with tandoori platter. Indeed, the mutton biriyani is the best that I had. I felt really fortunate to be able to enjoy & savour such an authentic meal in Hyderabad. Literally high life.

There is also another chain restaurant, Paradise Biriyani Hyderabad selling power & champion biriyani too. Naturally, I went to have a go at it too without fail.

You can’t go wrong when you are in the home of the biriyani. The chain restaurant is easily accessible and they do have outlets across India.

During this trip, I had some time to do some quick sightseeing in Hyderabad. 

Visited Hyderabad’s #1 attraction, Birla Mandir. Birla Mandir is a Hindu temple, built on a 85m high hillock called Naubath Pahad on a 53,000 square metre plot. The temple manifests a blend of Dravidian, Rajasthani and Utkala architectures and constructed with 2,000 tons of pure white marble.

Next, I visited Charminar. Charminar, constructed in 1591, is a monument and mosque located in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. The landmark has become a global icon of Hyderabad, listed among the most recognized structures of India and is listed as an archaeological & architectural treasure on the official “List of Monuments”.

Finally, stream through Hussain Sagar Lake at Lumbini Park before heading back to the airport for my return flight.

Overall, it has been a great experience visiting Hyderabad. Hope to be back again if there is an opportunity to do so in future.

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