: The Pearl City, Hyderabad with its unmatched blend of history and modernity, hypnotizes everyone, whoever sets his/her foot in this beautiful city of Nizams. With a history as old as 400 years and the status of metropolitan city, Hyderabad promises a unique refreshing experience to all.
From historical monuments to natural getaways to mouth-watering world famous cuisine to appealing shopping places and thrilling entertainment parks, this city has it all to keep you glued.
Famous Places in Hyderabad: Charminar, Golconda Fort, Ramoji Film City, Hussain Sagar Lake, Birla Mandir, Jala Vihar, Chowmahalla Palace, Lumbini Park, Qutub Shahi Tombs, Birla Planetarium, Nehru Zoo Park, Salar Jung Museum, Purani Haveli, Tank Bund, Snow World, Laad Bazaar, NTR Gardens, Durgam Cheruvu, Shilparamam, Necklace Road, Chilkur Balaji Temple, Taj Falaknuma Palace, Gandipet Lake, Mount Opera, Paigah Tombs, Sanghi Temple, KBR National Park, Mecca Masjid, Taramati Baradari, Maula Ali Dargah, Botanical Gardens.
Charminar: The capital city of Telangana, Hyderabad is a popular tourist destination and presents its visitors with a mesmerising contrast of age old traditions, culture at one end and modern facilities, amenities of a metropolitan city at the other end. Hyderabad is one city, which has no dearth of tourist attractions.
Golconda Fort: Just 11 km away from the city, the architectural marvel Golconda Fort is well connected to the rest of the city. Built by Qutub Shahi Kings, this fort presents an impressive structure, with eight gates and 87 bastions.
Ramoji Film City: Since 1991, Ramoji Film City has been alluring tourists from every corner of the country. One of the largest film studios in the world it has the capacity to house almost 50 film units within a given point of time.
Hussain Sagar Lake: Connecting the twin cities, Hussain Sagar Lake boasts of being the largest artificial lake in Asia. On the tributary of Musi River, it was excavated during Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah’s reign, in 1562 AD. It has got its name after Hussain Shah Wali.
Birla Mandir: Located atop 280-foot-high hillock of Kalapahad, the beautiful Birla Mandir has derived its name from the industrialist Birlas who have constructed Birla temples in various parts of the country.
Jala Vihar: Located at the Necklace Road, Jalavihar, family entertainment park, enjoys a prime location. Suitable for both kids and adults, it offers an amazing range of water activities. Some of these are River ride, Tilt bucket, Mushroom Umbrella, Family slide, Mini aqua trailers, Float slide, Pendulum, etc.
Chowmahalla Palace: Chowmahalla Palace, with literal meaning of ‘four palaces’ in Urdu language was built in the 18th century. It was during the reign of fifth Nizam, Afzar-ud-Daulah, Asaf Jav V, from 1857 to 1869, that the palace was completed.
Lumbini Park: Developed in 1994 by the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority, Lumbini Park has been named after birthplace of Lord Buddha. Located quite close to the Hussain Sagar Lake, it is one of the popular tourist spots of Hyderabad.
Qutub Shahi Tombs: Consisted of the tombs of 7 Qutub Shahi rulers, these are known to be one of the oldest heritage sites of Hyderabad. Qutub Shahi Tombs are located only at a distance of 850 m from the Banjara Darwaza of Golconda Fort.
Birla Planetarium: Inaugurated by the late Sri N.T. Rama Rao in 198, dome shaped Birla Planetarium is situated in the heart of the city, at Naubat Pahad.
Developed with the technical help from Japan, planetarium offers four sections, each offering a unique opportunity to explore the unknown. Interactive science centre, Window on Science, Archaeology Center and the Nirmala Birla Art Gallery and Dinosaurium are the four section of the planetarium.
Nehru Zoo Park: Opened to public in 1963, Nehru Zoological Park is also located near the near Mir Alam Tank of Hyderabad. Boasting of about 1,500 species of birds, animals and reptiles this largest zoo in India is run by the Forest department, Government of Andhra Pradesh.
Salar Jung Museum: At the banks of Musi River, Salar Jung Museum is located. With an impressive collection of 43000 art objects, 9000 manuscripts and 47000 printed books, it is considered to be one of the biggest one-man collections of the world.
Purani Haveli: Built in the European style, Purani Haveli is situated at the South east of Afzal Gunj Bridge near Dewandevdi.
In 16th century, it was used as the residential quarter of Mir Momen, the Peshwa of Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah. However, later in 18th century, it was acquired and then renovated by Nizam III. It was then passed on to his son Sikandar Jah, who, although moved to the Khilaurat complex, which gave it the name of Purani Haveli.
Tank Bund: Connecting Hyderabad and Secunderabad, Tank Bund is a popular hangout of the city. Promising its visitors with a breath taking view of the lake and its monolith of Bhudda in the center, it dams the Hussain Sagar Lake.
Snow World: With the fame of being the first ever snow themed park in India, Snow World is a place which you must visit when in Hyderabad. Developed by the Ocean Park Multi Tech Limited (OPML), it is spread over an impressive area of 17,000 square feet.
Laad Bazaar: One of the oldest and most popular shopping areas of Hyderabad, Laad Bazaar is located adjacent to Charminar.
It is said that this market was equally lively even during the times of the Qutub Shahis and the Nizams. Presenting an ages old heritage, the “Laad Bazaar” has got its name from the word “Laad” meaning Lacquer. This market boasts of an incomparable varieties of bangles, which have Lacquer has one of its key material.
NTR Gardens: Spread over an area of 36 acres, the captivating NTR Gardens was developed in the memory of late Shri N T Rama Rao. Not just lush green landscape, this park also has a wide range of recreational choices for visitors such as boating, machan tree, etc.
Durgam Cheruvu: Durgam Cheruvu is located quite close to the Hi Tech city. It lies hidden between various granite rocks and hence is referred as Secret Lake too. It is also called with the names of Madhapur Lake.
Shilparamam: A craft village, Shilparamam is one of the popular tourist spots of Hyderabad. Spread over 50 acres, is a popular shopping destination with artisans from all over India showcasing their best products.
Necklace Road: Resembling a necklace, the Necklace Road of Hyderabad is stretched over 3 km length. Said to be inspired by the Queen’s Necklace of Mumbai, it acts as a connecting point to the three major parts.
Chilkur Balaji Temple: Located in a small village named Chilkur, this temple is about 30 km away from Hyderabad. On the banks of mesmerizing Osman Sagar Lake, Chilkur Balaji Temple is popularly called as the Visa Balaji temple.
Taj Falaknuma Palace: On a 2000-foot high hill, Falaknuma Palace is located just at a distance of 5 km from the historic monument Charminar. Built by the Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra, it took close to 9 long years for its completion. However, later in 1897, it was purchased by Nizam VI to serve the purpose of royal guest house.
Gandipet Lake: Spread across a vast expanse of 46 km, Gandipet Lake is the main reservoir of the twin cities. It was built by Hyderabad Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan, as a protection against flooding of the cities.
Mount Opera: Mount Opera Theme Park, one of the popular entertainment parks in Hyderabad is situated on the Hyderabad-Vijayawada National Highway, at a distance of 4 km from the Ramoji Film City.
Paigah Tombs: A compelling blend of Asaf jah and Rajputani style of architecture, Paigah Tombs are situated just 10 km away from Charminar in the Old city. They present a perfect example of Indo Saracenic architecture.
Sanghi Temple: About 25 km away from Hyderabad, Sanghi Temple is located on the hillock Paramanand Giri. Dedicated to the Lord Venkateshwara, the architecture of this temple is based on the Chola-Chalukya architectural style.
KBR National Park: KBR National Park is one of the most popular and one of the largest parks of Hyderabad. With a rich flora and fauna, it offers lush green setting and a refreshing environment for the visitors to spend some relaxing moments.
Mecca Masjid: Located just 100 m away from the historic Charminar, Mecca Masjid is one of the largest Mosques in the world. With almost 8000 mason involved, it took close to 80 years for its construction to be completed.
Taramati Baradari: Outside the Golconda Fort on the Gandipet Road lies Taramati Baradari, another popular historic building of Hyderabad.
Consisting of a music hall with 12 entrances which served as an auditorium, it used be the place where the legendary artist Taramathi used to perform. Taramati along with Premamati were said to be most popular dancers and courtesans of the Abdullah Qutub Shah, 7th Sultan of Golconda.
Maula Ali Dargah: Constructed in the memory of Hazrat Ali, son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad, by Asif Jahis, it attracts pilgrims from, everywhere. Although one has to climb almost 400 stairs to reach here, it is worth all the efforts. Apart from religious association, the view of the city from here is mesmerizing.
Botanical Gardens: Located in Madhapur, near the Hi-tech City, Botanical Gardens have been developed by Forest Department. It is spread over an area of 120 acres.
Opened with just 5 sectors, it has now 19 Vanams or sectors. Botanical Garden has a rich collection of flora with a range that includes ornamental plants, bamboos, palm trees, fruit and timber trees, medicinal plants and aquatic plants.