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City of Pearls: Hyderabad

A trip to Remember in City of Pearls: Hyderabad


Hyderabad is situated in southern part of Telangana in south-eastern India. It lies on the banks of the Musi River, in the northern part of the Deccan Plateau. Hyderabad is the capital of Telangana as well as Andhra Pradesh’s de jure capital.


The culture of Hyderabad is also known as “Hyderabadi Tehzeeb” is the traditional cultural lifestyle of “Hyderabadi Muslims”. It characterizes distinct cultural and linguistic traditions of North and South India.

Famous Architecture:

Hyderabad tour means the must-visit Charminar (“Four Minarets”), a monument and mosque. This landmark is the global icon of Hyderabad and is listed among the most recognized structures of India. It is a historical place with a mosque at its top.

Famous Cuisine:

Hyderabadi Biryani

What can I buy?

  • Hyderabadi Pearls- a must buy in the Pearl City of India.
  • Colorful Lac Bangles- a perfect Hyderabadi Souvenir

How did we get to Hyderabad?

This trip was actually the part of a scientific meeting held in September 2016. I and my colleagues were pursuing the doctorate degree in Dermatology and were invited to a Pigmentary Workshop to demonstrate the application of 'Human Skin Cell Suspension'.


Day 1: 08/09/2016

Chandigarh to Hyderabad

Travel Partners:

1) Dr. M. Sendhil Kumaran

2) Ms. Seema Sheokand

3) Ms. Niharika Srivastava

We headed to Hyderabad from Chandigarh Airport to Hyderabad (Telangana) Airport at 11:45 AM. We had a connecting flight with a 30 minutes halt at Mumbai Airport. We reached Hyderabad at around 4 PM. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is huge and beautiful. It is located in Shamshabad at 24 km south of Hyderabad. It is the only airport in the city and takes care of domestic operations as well. We waited inside Airport for our pick up service to hotel Sitara, our destination at Ramoji Film City.


Finally, after some phone calls, our cab driver managed to receive us and drove to the hotel. The distance from Airport to Ramoji Film City is 40 km and it took around 1 hour and so to reach there, considering the usual evening traffic of the city. By that time, we were a bit tired of traveling but once we reached the hotel our fatigue was all gone.  🙂 It was a beautiful eye delight in such a cool and peaceful place. We got our respective rooms, refreshed ourselves and looking forward to the tasks to be done on the next day at the workshop.

Interior of Hotel Sitara, Hyderabad
Interior of Hotel Sitara, Ramoji Film City

Hotel Sitara, Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad
Interior of Hotel Sitara, Hyderabad

Day 2: 09/09/2016

Early Morning Excursion: Ramoji Film City

Though we had a big day ahead of us still we managed to quench our thirst of exploring the huge Ramoji film city. We woke up early, all set to took a broad walk around the film city.

Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad

Interesting facts about Ramoji Filmcity

  • It was set up by Telugu film producer Ramoji Rao Group in 1996. It is so impressive that any filmmaker who brings a script here, in a short while leave with a fully completed film.
  • It is spread across 2000 acres
  • It is world’s largest film studio complex, certified by Guinness World Records.

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Ramoji Filmcity Timings

  • The doors open at 9:30 AM and close at 3:30 PM daily.

You can get more information about timings, entry fee and Ramoji Filmcity packages here.

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We were staying in the hotel Sitara, inside the Filmcity. So, we were lucky enough to explore this place in the early morning before the scheduled timings of the place.

Ramoji Filmcity Attractions

  • There are many exact replicas of churches, an airport, railway station, Japanese garden, and interiors of palaces, temples, mosques, waterfalls, caves, haunted house, and even a highway.
  • Prop shop where all the fabulous costumes are kept.
  • Sound studios where soundtracks to many famous movies are recorded. There are 47 sound stages.
  • It has many film sets, theme parks, and amusement rides.

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You can have a look at some of the best movies about India, among them the famous Jodhaa Akbar featuring Royal Palaces and architecture can be seen in the film city.

Hotels inside Ramoji Filmcity

Find best hotels near Ramoji Filmcity here.

Unforgettable Experience:

Our visit to Ramoji Film City was the best highlight of Hyderabad tour. This film city is the favorite choice of Bollywood filmmakers and is a must-visit destination. It is world’s largest integrated film studio complex. We enjoyed the kaleidoscope of attractions ranging from striking gardens, rolling landscapes and thrilling rides. There are various amazing and equally realistic sets of royal palaces from the Mughal era, Mauryan Empire, and towns of Africa.  The most exciting thing we had the picture-perfect replica of the Hollywood signs.

Graffiti wall along the road at Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad
Graffiti wall along the road at Ramoji Film City

HOLLYWOOD sign at Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad
Indicating HOLLYWOOD sign 😀

Loved these beautiful roads inside Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad
Loved these beautiful roads inside Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad

Our Ramoji Filmcity excursion ended in two and half hours and we were back to our hotel for the next big task of the day.

Sleeping Buddha Sculpture at Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad
One of the beautiful Buddha Sculptures: Sleeping Buddha

Pigmentary Workshop

Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad
The Team: Ready for workshop 🙂

We all got ready after breakfast and headed to the set for our Pigmentary workshop in the filmcity at 9:30 AM. All the arrangements were checked and we were ready for the workshop. All the scientific session ended in the evening at 5:00 PM including lunch and tea breaks. We were exhausted till now but still had energy reserved for an evening exploration of this beautiful city of pearls. J

Jaunting in the city

I and colleagues managed to get a cab from the filmcity to Gachibowli, Hyderabad.

  • Shopping: Pearls of the city

My colleagues had done some pearl jewellery shopping in Mangatrai jewellery shop located in Gachibowli. If you are in the city Hyderabad then should surely get some piece of pearl jewellery from here.

Mangatrai Jewellery shop, Hyderabad
All with a bag of Pearls except me!! 😀

Mangatrai Jewellery Shop  


Shop No.9, Ground Floor, The Platina Building, Gachibowli- Miyapur Road, Jayabheri Enclave, Gachibowli, Hyderabad, Telangana 500032

Ph: 040 6745 8886

Timings: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM

  • Famous local cuisine: Hyderabadi Biryani

Dr. Sendhil and his former students took us to Paradise Biryani special place for dinner. I, Niharika and Seema was for the first time in the city, so as a rule, we tried the Biryani of the Paradise restaurant. It is Biryani specialist chain restaurant with contemporary décor and a choice of five kebab varieties. As it is known for non-veg Biryanis but it didn’t disappoint us in veg also. Everything was perfectly cooked. As expected and heard the food and restaurant were awesome. You can take away or dine in there too.

Paradise Biryani, Hyderabad
Relished Paradise Biryani!! 🙂

Paradise Biryani Restaurant 


Plot No. 22 & 23, Gachibowli Road, Vinayak Nagar , Hyderabad, Telangana 500032


Timings: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM

  • Back to Hotel Sitara

After a full day of work, shopping, and delightful dinner, we headed back to our hotel and didn’t remember when fell asleep. 😀

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Day 3: 10/09/2016

Scientific Meeting

We had a second day of a scientific program including scientific sessions and lectures. It was the day full of exchanging scientific ideas and new advances in pigmentary disorders through interactive sessions between delegates from many different countries around the globe.

Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad
The Scientific Sessions!!

An Evening Spent in the heart of the city

After work at five in the evening, we threw ourselves to explore the heart of the city.

  • Site Visit: Char Minar (Four Minarets)

 It started drizzling when we reached the heart of the city. Firstly, we visited Char Minar (Four Minarets). It is like if Agra is for Taj Mahal then Hyderabad is for Char Minar.

Char Minar, Hyderabad
Hyderabad Icon!!


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This historical monument was built in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. It is believed that there is an unknown underground tunnel that Qutb Shah has made as an escape route, which connected the Golconda Fort to the Charminar.


Char Minar, an iconic 16th-century mosque has four grand arches, 48-meter tall minarets with Islamic and Indo-Islamic architecture.

  • Wandering in the narrow streets

Another thing to do there was wandering into the local market within the narrow streets. The nearby shops provided a variety of good quality stuff at low prices. One must try to shop famous Lac bangles out there. We did some window shopping though  😀

  • Eating local cuisine

Another best thing to do nearby was to feed our stomach with delicious local cuisine. Food over there was simply superb. You should taste it at least once in your lifetime.

  • Visiting Temple inside Ramoji Film City

One more day fully packed with work and exploration to the city ended with a visit to a temple inside Ramoji Filmcity and went to our hotel rooms for a good night sleep. J

Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad
Hindu Temple inside Ramoji Film City


Day 4: 11/09/2016

Back to hometown Chandigarh

Collecting beautiful memories and unforgettable experience of the Pearl City we headed back to our hometown the next morning with a hope to visit the places we left unexplored in future.

Sky view of Hyderabad
Sky Above Hyderabad!!

Have you visited this beautiful city? Share your experience with us. If not then maybe this post would be helpful for you to explore the city. Don’t hesitate to share our experience with others. Don’t forget to pin the images below and save it for later read. Thank you!


Ramoji Film city at City of Pearls...Hyderabad

City of pearls...Hyderabad

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51 thoughts on “City of Pearls: Hyderabad

  1. Norbert Salasar

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  2. Deepika

    Reliving my memories by ur post..very well written…pradise biryani, jagdamba pearls, ramoji, palace, museums. What not in Hyderabad…

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      It is great to know your experience. Thanks for sharing here. 🙂

  3. Alexine

    Wow! hearing the name “City of Pearls” I already imagine a lot of pearls that can be found in this city. Shopping pearls jewerly will be the first that I will do whne I arrive there. The place looks really nice. I’m sure you had a lovely adventure.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Yeah indeed. Pearls are the best thing to buy in Hyderabad. I also have a Hyderabadi pearl necklace bought by my mother in law. I hope you would manage to visit this beautiful city for a beautiful piece of pearl jewellery. 🙂

  4. Yukti

    I lived in Hyderabad for 3 to 4 years and your post brought my lovely memories. Yes, I loved Ramoji Film City and those replicas of huge palaces and film set there. Even the food in Hyderabad is delicious.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Sounds great. You must have explored every nook of the city. Would love to explore some more about this beautiful city. Thanks for sharing your experience. 🙂

  5. anshul

    I had plans to visit Hyderabad in the coming month but now it seems that I will only be able to explore this city after December. You wrote a nice guide which wil be really helpful on my trip.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      That sounds great. Hope your visit would be full of fun and adventure in the city of Nawabs. Glad you find it helpful. Thanks! 🙂

  6. Koushik

    It was super exciting to read this post, have been to Hyderabad couple of times and I was able to relish those moments on reading. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      I hope your visit was full of adventures too. Thanks for the comment. 🙂

  7. Suz

    What an amazing trip. You have shared some amazing places – one day maybe I will get to see them!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      I wish you would visit this city soon. There is so much to explore and you would never regret your visit here.

  8. Lorelle

    Wow, those film studios look quite grand.
    I do love briyani though, yummm 🙂

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Wow! It is great to know that you have tasted biryani. 🙂

  9. Federica

    It must be very intriguing strolling around so vast studios preferred by Bollywood filmmakers.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Yes, it is. Wonderful and incredible experience.

  10. Navita

    Have been to Hyderabad a few times and the biryani is what I never miss out. Apart from that I love the fruit biscuits which are now available in other Indian cities too! On the next visit would love to visit the Ramoji Filmcity! Seems like a whole big world inside there 🙂

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Yeah, Navita. Ramoji Filmcity is an incredible experience. One must visit and explore the World’s largest Film studio. You will feel yourself in another world. 🙂

  11. Aswathiashok Unnikrishnan

    That’s a well planned and detailed itinerary to Hyderabad.Thanks for sharing!!I have been to Hyderabad before and this post reminded me of Hyderabadi biriyani😋😋i love their spicy food.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Yeah, true 😀 Hyderabadi Biryani has its distinct taste. Unforgettable one 😛

  12. Amanpreet.

    Beautifully place

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks! 🙂

  13. Mohana and Aninda

    Just visited Hyderabad a month back and your post just took me right back there. I loved exploring the old Hyderabad city, climbing up the Charminar and trying the famous Biriyanis. I missed out on visiting Ramoji, but maybe next time 🙂

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      That sounds great! 🙂 Hope, next time you would manage to visit Ramoji Film city.

  14. Lance

    What a fun trip. Your hotel looked amazing. But I really would have enjoyed visiting the film studio. What a privilege to tour the world’s largest film studio. I cannot believe how many sound stages are on the studio lot. Of course, any trip with a stop for pearls would be much appreciated by my wife and daughter.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Yes, Lance. It was a great experience to explore the world’s largest film studio. You could have a lot of fun with family and friends there. Definitely, the pearl is the must thing to shop in Hyderabad. It is worthful. 🙂

  15. Claire

    India is such an intriguing country to me! I have never been but it looks so beautiful and vibrant I will have to!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Hope, you would soon manage to visit India.

  16. Kylee

    This looks like a great trip! That Filmcity is huge, and would be so much fun, I really love the graffiti wall, its gorgeous!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Yeah, Kylee. it is indeed beautiful as well as a wonderful film city to explore. You could have picture perfect moments there. Instagram friendly place i would rather say 😀

  17. Alex

    I was very interested to hear about the local cuisine, we are quite the foodies haha. Hyderabadi Biryani sounds delicious, will look forward to trying some when we visit!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Ha Ha 😀 Yeah, Hyderabadi Biryani is the must-have to relish there. It is delicious and you would never forget that special taste.

  18. katerina

    Never been to India but this filmcity seems to be a highlight and is worth a visit!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      You must plan a trip to India then and explore the wonderful. 🙂

  19. Rio

    What a fab trip! Looks like you managed to cram a lot into those few days you had. I’ve never heard of film city before.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Yes, it was so much appealing that one couldn’t resist to explore the whole around. Must visit the world’s largest film city. 🙂

  20. Neelima

    Hyderabad is a Beautiful city.I also visited the the city in 2017.Ramoji film city and Paradise biryani was the wonderful experience.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks for sharing your experience with us. It sounds great. 🙂

  21. Ee Sing

    Really informative and detailed post. Definitely very helpful for everyone. I always heard of this place but never actually seen a post about this so this is really something that clear my curiosity of this place.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks! Glad you find it helpful. Now you could explore it well…I hope:)

  22. kasia

    Wow that film studio is huge! It makes for a good place to take pics!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Yeah, it is an Instagram perfect location. 🙂

  23. Annie

    Thanks for sharing all your tips! Hyderabad truly looks like the City of Pearls!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Glad you liked it. Thanks! 🙂

  24. Katie

    This looks like a super interesting place. I have never been to India so always enjoy reading about your travels in the country! The biryani restaurant would be top on my list!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      You must visit India for incredible and wonderful experiences across every state of India. Yeah, Hyderabadi Biryani is the must have when in Hyderabad.

  25. Indu

    I have fascinating memories of Hyderabad. And incredible pearls too. Stayed many days in city and explored all surrounding areas.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      That sounds great. Thanks for sharing your experience. 🙂

  26. Purvi Kamaliya

    Oww, your post reminded me of my tiny pearl earrings that i bought from Hyderabad. They are really amazing. But reading your post I realised that I have missed many beautiful places that I must visit soon.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      WOW! Great to know you have that fine piece of pearls with you. I too have them before my visit to Hyderabad as a gift. Such a precious gift to have. 🙂

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