There is no place in the world like India. After I visited this magical country for the first time in January of 2018, I fell in love with it and knew I had to go back, so I bookended my year with a second trip in November so I could explore more cities, historical sites, and street food. I linked up with my friend Sam and the two of us ate and explored our way through Pune before we arrived in the second city of our 7-city tour, Hyderabad!
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On our first day in Hyderabad, Sam and I decided to check out Necklace Road around Sagar Lake, the biggest lake in the city, to visit some attractions before trying more mouthwatering street food! Come join us as we explore the incredible city of Hyderabad!
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We started off with a quick carbonated lime drink by the roadside. It was sour, salty, refreshing, and a little peppery! Then, we tried some roasted peanuts from another roadside vendor. They were wrapped in a cone made out of newspaper and were a nice snack to hold me over until our food tour later!
Next, we headed off to catch a ferry to the giant Buddha statue that stands in the middle of Sagar. The price to get into the park where you catch ferry is very reasonable, just 20 rupees, but Sam and I had to pay a thousand rupees each because we both had cameras, and we weren’t too happy about it. It cost another fifteen rupees to catch the ferry. We donned our life jackets once onboard, and after a few selfies with some fellow passengers, we set off to visit the largest monolithic Buddha statue in the world!
In 1990, this Buddha statue tipped over, a hundred feet off the shore, as it was being moved, and unfortunately ten people were killed. Two years later, in 1992, the Buddha was pulled out of the water and placed on the island where it stands today. This Buddha statue is massive and absolutely gorgeous, and has lots of intricate carvings around its base. After a quick 15 minutes at the Buddha statue (and several more selfies with some awesome fans), we boarded the ferry again for the trip back to shore.
Back on shore, we tried some papdi chaat and samosa chaat, two popular snack around the Indian subcontinent. Both contain chickpeas, onions, and mint and tamarind chutneys. The difference between the two is that the samosa chaat contains broken pieces of samosa, a baked or fried dish with a savory filling, as its base. The samosa chaat was sweet, sour, crunchy, and a little spicy, and the papdi chaat was basically the same, just without the samosa pieces. So good, and so inexpensive at just 60 rupees each.
Next, I tried a kulfi, and Indian ice cream that’s made with milk, almonds, pistachios, and saffron, and has a texture that’s like a mix of ice cream, yogurt, and sorbet. It was super nutty and creamy and so delicious!
After another encounter with some amazing fans, Sam and I headed to the Hindu temple of Birla Mandir, a white marble temple that is built around a giant rock and overlooks Sagar Lake. It’s the most popular temple in Hyderabad. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go inside with our cameras and phones, but it’s definitely a must-see when you come to this city!
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My name is David Hoffmann and for the last decade I have been traveling around the world in search of unique culture, food and history! Since starting Davidsbeenhere in 2008, I have traveled to 71 countries and over 1,000 destinations, which I welcome you to check out on my YouTube Channel, blog and social medias.
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DROOL WORTHY Indian STREET FOOD Tour + Attractions on Necklace Road | Hyderabad, India