If your flight is delayed from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad, you do not have to sit idle at the airport as there are plenty of places near to it that can be visited to keep you interested. You can keep yourself busy, enjoy the places, have some great Hyderabadi cuisine and get back to the airport in time to catch your flight from the city. Hyderabad boasts of some superb specialty dishes that can be awesome for a change. You can have non-vegetarian Biriyani aka Hyderabadi style, bakery items or the popular Irani tea at many outlets that are spread out throughout the city. We also take a look at some of the attractions near to the airport.
It is just 0.8 kilometers from the city and is a beautiful temple that residents of the city flock in large numbers. You can offer a Puja over here and if you happen to be here during the month of July, you can even see devotees celebrate the 'Bonalu' festival with fervor. It is dedicated to the Goddess Maisamma that is a manifestation of strength.
It is also known as the Spanish Mosque and is a majestic looking structure that is located at 0.9 kilometers from the airport. If you happen to love architecture and state-of-the-art interiors, this mosque can keep you interested. It is built along the lines of a famous Spanish mosque called the Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba, Spain. Instead of the customary domes or minarets, this mosque has spires and that lends it a unique look which can be admired.
It is only 1.3 kilometers from the airport and is a beautiful green space for morning jogging and walks. If fitness is what inspires you, you can visit the park and enjoy its greenery. It is constructed over an area of more than two acres and you can even enjoy a serene boat ride in the facility. There is a manmade desert in the park that can be quite an attraction.
The temple is at a distance of 1.4 kilometers from the airport and offers a pleasant getaway for any visitor. Anyone can visit it and offer Pujas apart from getting many types of souvenirs or conventional children's toys from the many shops that are located outside it. If you happen to be here during the Bonaalu festival, you can enjoy the pomp and gaiety with which it is celebrated yearly.
The 58 feet gigantic Buddha Statue in the middle of the Hussain Sagar Lake is the world's largest monolithic statue of the Buddha and is undoubtedly one of the attractions of the city. It is situated only 2.9 kilometers from the airport and there are boat rides that are conducted in the lake to reach the statue base. The lighting of the statue at night is quite attractive and glamorous.
This water park is situated at only a distance of 1.9 kilometers from the airport and has the country's largest wave pool. So, if you are an adrenaline junkie, it is the place to be so that you can enjoy some mind-blowing water sports, and get some real adventure on the dry rides and wave pool. There is also a mini train for kids and a food court where some delicious palates can be enjoyed.
If you want to groom yourself before the flight, you can always visit the O2 Spa which is a mere 0.7 kilometers from the airport. It is an ideal place for getting a superb spa treatment. The Aromatherapy massage provided here can be one of its best services and you can definitely try it out apart from many others. Ample care and concern are provided by the staff here and the people are quite friendly and cordial.
Apart from the mentioned ones over here, there are a lot of other places where you can go for a short visit if your flight from Hyderabad is delayed.