What You Could Get in the Hyderabad for $10 – How to Be a Foodie in the City of Pearls

Back again to the $10 series this week!

Today, after covering the capital city New Delhi last year, we're going back to India to talk about how far $10 could get in another city. And this time, it's Hyderabad.

In case you haven't checked our post on Ice Cream Around the World, our contributor for the day, Vaibhav also gave his two cents there, recommending Massimo in Bali.

Now that we're going to talk about what you could get in Hyderabad for $10, what kind of foodie experience you could enjoy in the city that is one of the top producers of natural pearls in the country?

The Top Notch Foodie Experience in Hyderabad

Hyderabad is a South Indian city and the capital of the state of Telangana. Known as the “City of Pearls”, the city is a famous tourist destination as it has a rich ‘Nawabi' cultural heritage and is budget-friendly for travelers.

With attractions like Golconda Fort, Qutb Shahi Tombs, Charminar, Hussainsagar Lake, Chowmallah Palace, Salarjung Museum, and Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad has a lot to offer to tourists.

Did you know?

The first and the only Indian female tennis player to win a WTA title, Sania Mirza, was born to Hyderabadi parents. Despite being born in Mumbai, she moved back to Hyderabad shortly after her birth.

As far as the list of things that you can buy in Hyderabad for $10 is concerned, you have to first understand how much it's equivalent to in the local currency.

The local currency of Hyderabad is the Indian National Rupee (INR). As per the current INR-USD exchange rate, 1 USD = 75 INR, which means that $1 of the US equates to Rs. 75 in local currency.

Since the actual value has been computed, it should be easier to put things into perspective as to what are the things you can buy in $10 (Rs. 750).

South Indian Breakfast

Being a foodie, food is the first thing that comes to my mind so let me tell you what are the things you can eat in Hyderabad for $10.

A typical healthy South Indian breakfast of idli, vada, sambhar, and chutney on an average costs Rs. 40.

If you were to add an authentic masala dosa to it as well, then the cost of the breakfast comes to Rs. 100 which amounts to $1.33 USD.

A healthy South Indian breakfast in Hy
A healthy South Indian breakfast in Hyderabad with idly, vada, dosa, sambhar, and chutney.

Don't Miss Out the World-Famous Hyderabadi Biryani!

Coming to lunch, since Hyderabad is world-famous for it's “Hyderabadi Biryani” (a popular rice dish), let's see if we can have it within our budget of $10.

A typical delicious Paradise Chicken Biryani costs Rs. 320 while a Vegetarian Biryani costs Rs. 270. So even if we take the higher value of a non-vegetarian meal, your lunch amounts to $4.25 USD.

The total amount of the two meals comes to $5.5 USD.

Try a Royal Indian Thali for Dinner

Remember we've covered two major meals in the day and still have $4.5 USD in hand.

For dinner, you can easily get a royal Indian Thali that comprises chapatis, rice, two curries, dal, raita, salad, papad, and dessert for Rs. 330 which amounts to USD 4.5.

So the total amount spent on food for all three meals is Rs. 750 which equals $10.

Therefore, for a mere $10, you can have all your three meals in a day in Hyderabad. And not just any roadside food but quality restaurant-standard lip-smacking meals.

Qutb Shahi Tombs, Hyderabad.
The famous Qutb Shahi Tombs in Hyderabad, India.

Other Things You Could Afford for $10 in Hyderabad

Since the next thing that comes to mind after food is basic accommodation so let's see if a quality accommodation can be had for $10 per person.

If you're travelling in Hyderabad as a couple and are looking for accommodation within a budget of $10 per person, then you can have that as well.

In fact, Hotel Celestee Grand in Hyderabad offers you a one-night stay in a Deluxe Double Room with facilities like free Wifi, air conditioning, TV, an attached bathroom and a city-view for just $18 which comes to $9 per person.

Add another $1 per person for breakfast and you have a bed and breakfast arrangement that costs just $10 per person for a one night stay.

To summarize, you can easily cover your food or accommodation bill for a day's stay in Hyderabad and still have some change left.

Contributor: Vaibhav Mehta from The Wandering Vegetable.

Vaibhav is an actor, travel blogger, and personal growth writer from Hyderabad, India. He is a traveler who inspires people to explore the world in an offbeat, fun, and adventurous way.

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