Ameerpet is an area of the new city of Hyderabad. Over the years the locality has gained a reputation amongst the youngsters as a locality for girls’ hostels, PGs as well as its tiffin centers. However, the area is increasingly gaining repute as a software-service training center in the city.
In the initial part of the 90s, the area was no more than a barren locality with a few highway restaurants for vehicles passing over to Bombay from Hyderabad. The expansion of the northern suburbs in the later years brought along commercialization to the area. A visit these days will hardly make you believe what Ameerpet looked like in the earlier days.
The area is located pretty close to the Secunderabad Railway Station (7 km) and the famous Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) in Panjagutta (4 km). The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) is, however, a little far away, being 37 km away. However, one can take the ring roads to the airport without being stuck in the city traffic.
The locality has a touch of great history too. It is said that a jagirdar named Aamir Ali built himself a summer palace in the 1900s in the area due to the dense lush vegetation of the area as well as its many water-bodies accompanied by a pleasant climate. The Nizamia Observatory – the third astronomical observatory in the whole of India was also put up here by the Nizam rulers of the region.
In terms of eateries, there are local food-stalls which offer a wide variety of Indian cuisines at attractively lower fares. The most common food available here is the Andhra meals as many of the current inhabitants are people from the Coastal Andhra region. Don’t expect much from the area if you are a glutton as far as meat dishes are concerned. If you are a fan of Hyderabadi Biryani, then you can head down to Panjagutta, the neighbouring locality, which is just a walk away.
Pick-up points for inter-state buses are generally along the Panjagutta X Road or close-by. Major operators like Kesineni Travels, Parveen Travels, KPN Travels and Jabbar Travels have pick-up as well as dropping points here. If you are already in the area, then it should not concern you. If, however, you are to board a bus here from other parts of the city, you better start the journey off at least an hour in advance (two hours in case of monsoon) as this part of the town has a notorious reputation of traffic snarls.