Places to Visit in Hyderabad
The Birla Mandir is one of the most popular sights in Hyderabad; this ghostly white marble construction was built in 1976 and is dedicated to a form of the Hindu God Vishnu: Venkateshwara. It is a Hindu temple that sits on Kalabahad overlooking Hussain Sagar Lake, giving you sensational views of Hyderabad city (which can make for a romantic moment at sunset). Did you know that it took 10 years to build this great structure, but it was well worth the wait! The temple is open daily from 07:00-12:00 and 13:00-21:00 and is free to visit for anyone.
Hill Fort Rd, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500004, India
Did you know the Salar Jung Museum is the world’s largest one-man collection of antiques! This huge collection was created by Mir Yousef Ali Khan, a once grand vizier, who dedicated his life (and fortune) to collecting Asian and European arts. There are over 40 galleries housing incredible sculptures, fine art, manuscripts and all sorts of other items from the past. Some of the most famous Indian items include paintings from Raji Ravi Varma, a gold and diamond tiffin box and Aurangzeb’s sword. It is a remarkable collection that will leave you in awe, and luckily for you it is open Saturday-Thursday from 10:00-17:00 and costs ₹10 for entry and ₹50 to bring in a camera.
22-8-299-320, Darul Shifa Road, Afzalgunj, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500002, India
Ramoji Film City
Another world’s largest that resides in Hyderabad is Ramoji Film City (Tollywood), it is the largest integrated film city in the world. This 2,000 acre complex includes many attractions including an amusement park, shows and tours of the vicinity. General admission tickets start at ₹1000 for an adult and ₹900 for a child; this includes a bus tour, funfair rides and shows. But if you’re willing to spend a bit more you can have more luxurious, VIP experiences or visit the Sahas Adventure Park; see the Ramoji Film City website for more details.
Anaspur Village, Hayathnagar Mandal, Hyderabad, Telangana, 501512, India
“Although Hyderabad is one of India’s fastest growing metropolises and IT hubs, the real pearl of this city is its colourful 400 year old history and tantalizing melting pot of cultures and religions. Take time to join a heritage walking tour or simply wander the narrow, atmospheric lanes of the Old City, learn about the Nizam rulers through Hyderabad’s collection of imposing Islamic monuments, mosques, bazaars and palaces (fine enough to rival Delhi’s) and of course eat your way to the real heart of the city through its famous biryanis.”
Golconda Fort (aka Golkonda Fort)
This fort is considered to be one of Hyderabad’s most wondrous pieces of architecture; did you know that if you clap your hands in a particular place in the entrance, it will be heard over 1km away at the highest point of the pavilion. This fort sits on a 400ft hill and has three lines of defence; its walls range from being 17 to 34ft high and you can still see the remnants of drawbridges and a deep moat that circled the outer most wall. Entry to the Golconda Fort costs ₹5 and it is open from 09:00-17:00. There is also an exciting sound and light show at 18:30 in November to February and 19:00 in March to October; tickets for this show cost between ₹70-130.
Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500008, India
Nehru Zoological Park
Nehru Zoological Park is a zoo with a twist: there are no thick railings between you and the animals, just an open moat. They are housed in open-air enclosures similar to those they would naturally be found it. This zoo covers over 380-acres and has over a 1000 animals from around 140 species. This zoo is so large it really cannot be done in one day, but you can hop on the train around the park or rent your own bicycle to get around more quickly. Since it has been opened the zoo has been growing and growing and now has its own Lion Safari Park and Nocturnal Animal House. Owing to the liberal nature of the park it cannot be stressed enough that guests must be on their best behaviour, further more you will not be able to take bags in (but can leave them at the entrance). Entry into the zoo is ₹30 for adults and ₹15 for children, prices for other attractions vary, for example you can go on a train ride for ₹5-15. The zoo is open from 08:00-17:00 April to June and 08:30-17:00 July to March, but it is never open on a Monday.
Zoo Park Main Rd, Kishan Bagh, Bahadurpura West, Hyderabad, Telangana 500064, India
Often considered to be the centre piece of Hyderabad, the Charminar is a grand, majestic structure in the centre of a bustling plaza. It was built in 1591 by Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah; there are many legends around the origin of this building including the idea that the Sultan built it to honour his wife or it was built as an offering to save the city from a plague The most likely reason is that it was built to commemorate the end of the water shortage in Hyderabad and all of the problems that this brought to the city. Regardless of this origin, it is a beautiful sight to behold and a great example of Islamic architecture (with a slight hint of Hindu) and should certainly be on your to do list whilst in Hyderabad. It is open from 09:00-17:30 every day and costs ₹5 to visit. Whilst you are visiting the Charminar, you should pop next door to the Laad Bazaar, where you can shop for jewellery, trinkets, silverware, fabrics and many more interesting items.
Charminar Road, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500002, India
“Don’t forget to experience the real Hyderabad by checking out the narrow lanes, “Irani chai” shops, riding the rickshaws, eating the kebabs and visiting the city’s old ancient buildings to capture the essence Hyderabadi culture and history. Don’t forget to buy your diamonds, emeralds and pearls – only in Hyderabad.”
Qutb Shahi Tombs
This large cluster of 21 elegant domed tombs sits quietly near the Golconda Fort; they are the resting place of all but the last Qutb Shahi Sultans. This burial place was also reserved for favourites of the Sultan and being buried here was an incredible honour to them and their families. When you visit the tombs you can walk around the beautifully landscaped gardens gazing at these magnificent mausoleums. Also, a visit to the exhibition at the entrance will tell you all the extra information about the Sultans and the tombs that might interest you. The tombs are open from Saturday to Thursday, 09:30-17:30, and they charge ₹10 for adult entry and ₹5 for a child. If you want to take your camera in (which we recommend you do) it will cost an extra ₹20.
Qutb Shahi Tomb Road, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Some other incredible sights to see in Hyderabad include the Mecca Masjid, Hussain Sagar Lake, Chowmahalla Palace, and HITEC City.