Hyderabad’s principal landmark, Charminar, is an impressive historic structure, that stands right at the heart of Hyderabad’s main bazaar area which is also known as Charminar. You can easily devote a whole day to explore the attraction and the labyrinthine lanes crowded with food shops, stalls, markets and shoppers. While Charminar is abuzz with people all round the year, it’s a special feeling to visit the area now with the Ramadan going on.

Begin the day by having a creamy tea at the famous Nimrah Cafe in Ghansi Bazaar, with a view of the Charminar for company. After which, you must first explore the charming monument; climbing the steps to admire its intricate architecture is highly recommended. For those who love photography, the structure will give you ample scope to get some great shots of the old city.

For lunch, head to Hotel Shadab, not far from Charminar. You guessed it right; order for mutton biryani and you’ll know exactly why Hyderabad is famous for this delicacy.

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For some more sightseeing, head to Chowmahalla Palace in Motigalli, about 10-15 minutes from Charminar. The palace is the epitome of grandeur and opulence; it was the official residence of the Nizams back in the day and has royal artefacts and vintage cars on display.

For evening refreshments, head to High Court for some lovely street food. From crispy jalebis to lip-smacking samosas, this place will have you coming back for more. Or you could even grab fresh juice and desserts at Milan Juice Centre.

Now, for shopaholics, there’s no better place to shop than in Laad Bazaar. From colourful bangles to all kinds of ethnic accessories, you’ll be spoilt for choice here. Last but not the least, end your day at Mecca Masjid, a delight to visit especially during Ramadan when this mosque really comes alive.