Hyderabad is a city of international fame. Despite this fact, it is undeniable that a major bulk of tourists visiting the city is from within India. To many such tourists, Nampally acts as the gateway into the city as the area has a famous railway station via which thousands of tourists enter or leave the city. Bus counters of several top operators such as Kesineni Travels and VRL Travels have counters here. Besides, the location of Nampally makes it very strategic and interesting.
Being very close to the historic Old City, Nampally is an equal treat. Various shows and exhibitions are hosted in the area; the famous Exhibition Grounds is located here. Street food stalls offer a wide variety of delicious cuisine ranging from North Indian to South Indian food. Expect food to be a little cheap too as shopkeepers have it in mind that travelers and tourists will not go for lavish food just before embarking on a long journey. During the Islamic holy month of Ramzan, when Muslims fast all over the world, Nampally offers some tasty Chicken Haleem at really low prices compared to the food-hubs of Hyderabad such as Tolichowki and Charminar. Irani Chai with Osmania biscuits and sweet paan are also available in the area.
If you are waiting for your bus and there is still a lot of time in hand, a 15-minute walk along the metro rail trail will take you directly to Mozamjahi Market, wherein you can relish the famous Hyderabadi Biryani, ice cream and North Indian mithai. You can also pack your bags with biscuits from the famous Karachi Bakery here and buy yourself some non-alcoholic Muslim perfume called the attar.
Buses from Nampally to Charminar are readily available with properly marked bus stands next to the magnificent Haj House building. Other important locations in the city such as Hitec City and Secunderabad are also well connected via Nampally. The biggest advantage is the semi-empty buses from the area if boarded properly from the bus stands.
The inter-city bus counters and boarding points in the area are just adjacent to the Nampally Railway Station and can be easily marked out. The area is not that crowded too unless a train just arrived at the station. Yes, one needs to start a little early from other parts of the city to reach Nampally as the traffic on the Nampally-Afzalgunj route can be torturous at times.