Hyderabad is a city which is a mixture of the old and the new. There are a lot of similarities between the city and Beirut in Lebanon or Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, primarily in terms of culture, people, dress and even food at local Arabian eateries. Besides, the city is also the home of the Nizams, the Qutub Shahis and the related architecture.
Tourists visit this city primarily for sightseeing with some of the prime attractions being Charminar, Golconda Fort and Hussain Sagar lake. The spot which lies at the crossroads when it comes to accessing these destinations along with others such as the IT corridor of Hitec City is Mehdipatnam. It is well connected to the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (27 km), the Nampally Railway Station (10 km), the Secunderabad Railway Station (11.6 km), the historic Golconda Fort (6 km) and the famous Charminar (6.4 km). All depends on the routes you take.
The area is famous as a junction of city buses, mosques, Islamic bookstores, eateries specialising in Biryani open all throughout the night, girls’ hostels and the subsidised government market called the Rythu Bazar. The landmark of the area is the Masjid-e-Azizia – a white mosque right adjacent to the Mehdipatnam Garrison. The flyover at the heart of the area is the strategic PV Narasimha Rao Elevated Expressway which leads to the airport.
File photo of Masjid-e-Azizia
PV Narasimha Rao Elevated Expressway
Inter-state and inter-city buses generally depart from underneath the flyover from the portion of the road which leads to the airport. Buses to Goa, Chennai, Bangalore as well as destinations in Kerala leave from this part of the area near the Milan Garden Function Hall. The flyover is usually marked as boarding points as in each pillar is picked by a particular bus operator. For example Pillar No. 47 for SRS Travels headed to Bangalore. Vendors selling biscuits and mineral water are readily available in the area. If you need to grab a bite in case your bus is a non-stop one, try out the ‘Food on Fire’ restaurant which offers meals, fried rice and tea at affordable prices.
So if you are in Hyderabad and looking to travel in to a neighboring city by bus, Mehdipatnam is the right spot for you. A bit of shopping, a taste of Middle-Eastern food before you hop on to your bus and head where ever your destination is.