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The old city of Nizam, Hyderabad has its fair
share of marvels to offer to tourists and
travellers. This city is the perfect blend of
busy crowds, old traditions and cultures, amazing
food and spectacular sights. Undoubtedly, these
are the reasons why Hyderabad is often known as
the New York of India. This city is the perfect
example of how modern day living and culture go
hand in hand with age-old traditions and
lifestyle. If you are wondering about the places
to visit in Hyderabad, it has more to offer to
you than just The Charminar or Hyderabadi
Biriyani. On one end it boasts of Hi-tech city
and Cyberabad, testimony to the IT revolution of
India and everything modern while on the other
end, you have centuries old Islamic architecture,
(some of the most impressive that India
showcases), watching over the city. This makes
for a curious amalgamation that should not be
missed in your Hyderabad sightseeing. Everyone
knows about the top historical places in
Hyderabad that includes The Golconda Fort, Ramoji
Film City or The Charminar, and the list goes on
with places that are bustling with tourists all
around the year. However, this article shares an
overview of the lesser known and offbeat places
to explore in Hyderabad that can give you a
feeling of peace and contentment.
  • Top 21 Places to Visit in Hyderabad
  • Golconda Fort
  • The Charminar
  • Mecca Masjid
  • Qutb Shahi Tombs
  • Hussain Sagar Lake
  • Ramoji Film City
  • Salar Jung Museum
  • Chowmahalla Palace
  • Paigah Tombs
  • Birla Mandir
  • Birla Science Museum
  • Nehru Zoological Park
  • NTR Gardens
  • Chilkur Balaji Temple
  • Hatiyan Ka Jhad
  • Taj Falaknuma Palace
  • Yadagirigutta Temple
  • Botanical Gardens

1. Golconda Fort
  • The Golconda fort passed through three centuries
    of dynasties before falling in the hands of the
    Qutb Shahis in 16thcentury  who established it as
    their citadel atop a 120-m high granite hill
    surrounded by massive ramparts and ringed by
    fortifications which are 11km in perimeter. The
    Qutb Shahis moved to Hyderabad in 1591 but the
    fort remained in use as their citadel till 1687
    when it was claimed by the Mughal emperor
  • From the summit, you can watch the beauty of the
    dusty foothills and look out over the horizon
    into the city in the distance.
  • You should allow yourself at least a couple of
    hours to explore the fort. Guides are available
    who charge around 6000 INR per 90 minutes. Small
    booklets that cost 20 INR are also available.
  • How to reach Golconda is about 10 km from
    Charminar so an Uber or Ola cab rides is a
    convenient way to get there from the city.
  • Visitors hours 9 AM to 5.30 PM
  • English language sound and light show at 6.30 PM
    (Nov-Feb), 7 PM (Mar-Oct)
  • Entry fees  Indian 20 INR, Foreigner 200 INR,
    Light Sound show 140 INR

2. The Charminar
  • One of the major attractions in Hyderabad,
    Charminar or literally the four towers is the
    monument defines the city. That was the idea too
    when it was built in 1591 by Mohammed Quli Qutb
    Shah as the beacon in the city after the end of
    an epidemic caused by shortage of water in
    Golconda. Charminar was built as a mosque and the
    56m high structure has four arches with four
    minarets atop each which gives it its name. Today
    the Charminar stands in the middle of Hyderabads
    main bazaar where traffic and crowds keep moving
    around the structure making it a very busy place.
    Nevertheless, there is no denying its charm and
    while youre there dont forget to check out the
    best of Hyderabadi street food near the
    Charminar. Also, check out Lad Bazaar,
    Hyderabads famous market for bangles right next
    to the Charminar.

3. Mecca Masjid
One of the worlds largest mosques where 10,000
men can pray at a time, the Mecca Masjid is also
one of the oldest buildings of Hyderabad. The
mosque was built in 1617 by Mohammed Quli Qutb
Shah, the citys founder. The masjid gets its
name from the rocks that were transported from
Mecca in Saudi Arabia to build it. Keep in mind
that women are not allowed into the main prayer
hall and some women will not be allowed into the
premises if they are deemed to be dressed
inappropriately. Adjacent to the courtyard of the
mosque are the tombs of many of the Hyderabad
4. Qutb Shahi Tombs
  • Sightseeing in Hyderabad will be incomplete
    without visiting this place. The Qutb Shahi tombs
    are a combination of 23 mosques, 40 mausoleums, a
    hammam and several pavilions dating from the
    times of the Qutb Shahi dynasty which are
    currently being renovated as part of a renovation
    plan by the Indian government. Seven of the eight
    Qutb Shahi rulers have their final resting places
    here under beautiful domed granite roofs.
  • One of the finest tombs here is that of Mohammed
    Qutb Quli Shah, the founder of Hyderabad. There
    are other tombs here as well belonging to
    courtesans, physicians and nobility. Helpful
    information about the place can be gathered at an
    exhibition near the entrance. The tombs are near
    Golconda fort and best accessed by Autorickshaws
    or Ola/Uber cabs.
  • Entry fees Indian 15 INR.  Foreigner 100 INR
  • Camera or smartphone 50 INR
  • Video 100 INR
  • Visiting Hours  9.30am -5pm Sat-Thu

5. Hussain Sagar Lake
The twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad
have had this necklace adorning them since 1562.
The necklace called Hussain Sagar Lake, one of
the largest manmade lakes in India, is one of the
best places to visit for a pleasant evening with
family or loved ones.  Sit on the shore line of
the lake, savour delicacies from the food court
on its periphery or enjoy a boat ride in the
lake. The charm of the lake is highlighted by the
Buddha statue that sits in the middle of the
lake. This is one of the most accessible and
relaxing places to visit in Hyderabad. Visiting
hours 1pm 9pm, all days of the week Entry
fee INR 10 (boating) Photography Allowed
6. Ramoji Film City
A visit to the Hollywood might be on the cards
for you but till that time you can visit the
worlds largest integrated film city spread over
2000 acres. Indians love their cinema and anybody
who loves cinema definitely comes here to see the
magic that goes into making cinema. Apart from
getting the tour of a film studio there are
categories of entertainment defined for different
ages, Kids Park, multi-cuisine restaurants and
even a bird park. You can plan a complete day
trip with family here or even stay back for a few
days at this magical destination. This is
certainly one of the best places to visit for
sightseeing in Hyderabad. Visiting Hours 9 AM
5.30 PM Timings 9am 530pm Entry fee Fees
ranges between 1050 INR to 2349 INR depending on
the package you choose. There are different tours
such as the Ramoji day tour, Ramoji star
experience, winter fest day tour, winter fest
premium experience and winter fest noon
fiesta. Photography Allowed
7. Salar Jung Museum
  • One of the three national museums of India, Salar
    Jung museum houses the treasures accumulated by
    Mir Yousuf Ali Kahn (Salar Jung III). The museum
    is a treasure trove for any art lover and
    contains sculptures, paintings, carvings,
    artefacts and more from across the world. A
    sculpture of note here is the Veiled Rebecca by
    19th-century Italian sculptor Benzoni.
  • Visiting hours Saturday to Thursday 10 AM to 5
  • Entry fees Indian 50 INR, Foreigner 500 INR
  • Camera 50 INR

8. Chowmahalla Palace
  • As the name suggests, this was a palace of the
    Nizams of Hyderabad and is characterised by its
    opulence. Stately buildings and eye-catching
    garden courtyards. The most arresting out of all
    the places here is the Khilwat Mubarak, a
    magnificent hall where the Nizams held ceremonies
    under 19 gigantic chandeliers of Belgian
    crystal.  The place quarters are strewn with
    priceless historical exhibits ranging from arts
    and crafts, personal possessions such as
    hand-written Qurans, royal wedding outfits and
    old photographs. Do not forget to check out the
    collection of vintage cars and carriages of the
    different Nizams including such beauties as a
    1911 yellow Rolls Royce and 1937 Buick
  • This place is considered one of the most
    underrated places in Hyderabad, but once you
    visit it, you would love to go there again. This
    is supposedly the only car museum in the entire
    world which houses quirky handmade cars for
    presentation. Various models and forms of vintage
    cars are presented to the visitors. You can visit
    alone or with your family to teach them about the
    various types of cars and have an enjoyable day
    out with kids too.
  • How to reach It is near the Zoo Park and
    Chowmahalla Palace, so getting a local vehicle is
    the easiest.
  • Timings 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. (All days open)
  • Entry Fee Rs.50 per Adult
  • Foreigner Rs.200
  • Camera Rs. 50

9. Paigah Tombs
  • The Paigahs are said to be descendants of the
    second Caliph of Islam and were staunch loyalists
    of the Nizam household and served as generals and
    states people under the Nizams. 4km in the
    southeast from Charminar lies the tombs of the
    Paigahs.  27 carved marble tombs are found in a
    small compound. The tombs are made of marble and
    lime stucco. If youre at the Charminar you could
    do well to give this place a quick visit.

10. Birla Mandir
  • The most modern building in this list of places
    to visit in Hyderabad, Birla Mandir is a temple
    made out of marble in 1976 and is situated on
    Kalapahad (black mountain), one of two rocky
    hills that overlooks the Hussain Sagar lake. It
    is popular among Hindu tourists and has a very
    calm atmosphere. Scenes from the Mahabharata and
    the Ramayana are engraved on the marble and the
    inner sanctum here has a replica statue of the
    Tirupati Venkateswara.
  • Visiting Hours 7am-noon 2-9pm
  • Entry fee NA
  • Photography Not Allowed

11. Birla Science Museum
  • The Birla Science Museum is one of the best
    scientific institutions across the world and is
    one of the busiest places on your itinerary of
    Hyderabad visiting places. Irrespective of
    whether you are a fan of science or not, the
    Museum is a great place to explore the science
    that surrounds us in the world. One of the
    biggest crowd-pullers here is the participatory
    science museum with archaeology and fine art
  • Dinosarium, a natural art gallery and a
    breath-taking art gallery with murals,
    traditional artefacts from all the Indian states
    are much loved by visitors.
  • Visiting hours 10.30 AM -8.00 PM, all days of
    the week
  • Entry Fee
  • INR 50 for Museum
  • INR 50 for Planetarium
  • Photography Allowed

12. Nehru Zoological Park
  • The Nehru Zoological Park has couple of firsts to
    its name. It has Indias first butterfly park and
    this is also the first park where jungle safari
    was started. The 50-yr-old park has over 380
    acres of land that is a mix of home for animals
    and birds, research facilities and ecological
  • There is a lot here for visitors to entertain
    themselves for a day. Facilities such as toy
    train, bicycles for hire and boating are
    available so that there is an environment for a
    complete family outing.
  • A park with live sized models of dinosaurs is a
    big draw for children and makes it one of the
    best places to see in Hyderabad.
  • The Nehru Zoological Park is home to nearly 1500
    specimens of birds, animals and reptiles and also
    encourages the public to adopt wild animals.
  • Visiting hours
  • April June 8AM -530PM
  • July March 8.30 AM 5 PM

Timings April June 8am 530pm, July
March 830am 5pm Closed every Monday Entry
fee 20 INR per Adult 15 INR per Child (below 12
yrs) Still Camera Charges 20 INR for Amateur
Still Camera 500 INR for Professional Still
Camera Photography Allowed
13. NTR Gardens
  • If you feel like doing nothing after one of those
    days where you feel that you have taken in a lot
    of Hyderabad, head to the NTR gardens, the newest
    among the attractions on this list. NTR Gardens
    is a commemorative garden in the memory of the
    Late NT Rama Rao, Telegu movie superstar and a
    political stalwart. You can spend a quiet day
    here amid the lush greenery.
  • Entry Fee INR 15 per adult
  • INR 10 per child
  • INR 30 per camera
  • INR 65 per video camera

14. Chilkur Balaji Temple
  • Fondly known as the Visa Balaji Temple by the
    local people, this ancient Hindu temple is
    dedicated to Lord Balaji. Situated in the village
    of Chilkur, it is a small picturesque place in
    Hyderabad, located on the banks of the Osman
    River. It is rumoured that if you wish to go
    overseas and you want your visa to get processed,
    this temple has special powers to fulfil your
    wishes and this is the story behind the local
    name of the temple. It is one of the fewest
    temples in India without a donation box or hundi.
  • How to reach You can book a cab directly from
    the airport to the temple. You can also take a
    TSRTC bus from Mehdipatnam bus junction. This
    route has a good frequency of buses and is
    directly routed.Timings 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. (All
    days open)Entry Fee Free

15. Hatiyan Ka Jhad
  • The biggest Baobab tree in India, locally called
    as the Hatiyan ka Jhad, is a 430-year-old Baobab
    tree, which means elephant sized tree. It has a
    hollow trunk and has a  girth of 25 metres. There
    is a famous legend related to this tree which
    tells the tale of 40 thieves that hid inside this
    tree to hide from the royal family. Following the
    origin of this tree, there are two stories, the
    first one states that it was a gift to Sultan
    Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah by the Arab traders. The
    second story suggests that it was brought and
    planted by wandering nomads when they visited
  • How to reach It is located on the premises of
    Naya Qila, which is just two kilometres away from
    Golconda Forts. You can get a cab to this place
    or avail a local taxi.Timings 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    (All days open)Entry Fee Rs.5 per Indian
    Citizen, Rs.100 per Foreign Tourist.

16. Taj Falaknuma Palace
  • Another architectural marvel of Hyderabad is the
    Falaknuma Palace, constructed by the Paigah
    Family in late 1800s. It is a stunning piece of
    architecture with Italian marble and
    stained-glass windows, and the palace spreads
    over a sprawling 1,011,500 square feet. It is now
    owned by the Taj Group and the luxury hotel is
    now accessible for the guests and visitors.
    Spacious and beautifully furnished rooms along
    with modern facilities promise you a memorable
    stay here. The grounds are well-manicured and
    lush green.
  • How to reach The palace is located 5 kilometres
    away from the Charminar. You can easily avail a
    taxi or board a local tempo/auto to reach
    it.Timings As per tour timings.Entry Fee Tour
    Option 1 is priced at Rs.3, 100 per adult and
    Rs.2480 per child and Tour Option 2 is priced at
    Rs.2000 per adult and Rs.1600 per child. Please
    note that these prices might be subject to change.

17. Yadagirigutta Temple
  • This temple is also known as the Sri Lakshmi
    Narasimha Temple and is dedicated to Lord
    Narasimha. It is situated 62 kilometres away from
    Hyderabad. It is counted as one of the top places
    near Hyderabad for tourists and history
    enthusiasts. The temple is lofty and intricately
    carved with various mythological and religious
    figurines and the combination of colours used is
    also magnificent.
  • How to reach The nearest railway station is
    Raigiri. You can take an autorickshaw from the
    station.Timings 4.30 a.m. to 9.30 p.m. (All
    days)Entry Fee Free

18. Botanical Gardens
  • The Botanical Gardens feature more than 600
    different species of plants. The garden boasts of
    dense flora with some smartly designed spaces for
    walking and jogging. Along with its huge flora
    variety, it also draws many birds and insects
    that further enhances the true charm of this
    garden. The bamboo area is the major appeal of
    the garden.
  • How to reach You can take a bus via Gachibowli
    Miyapur highway which is near Madhapur.Timings
    5.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (All days open)Entry
    Fee Rs.25 per Adult

19. Hampi
  • Once the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire,
    Hampi is now declared as an UNESCO World Heritage
    Site. This place boasts of ancient temple ruins
    and a rocky terrain made of granite boulders that
    look straight out of an adventure book! It is a
    prime destination for rock climbers and
    archaeologists. You will also come across proper
    roads, water tanks, a public square, community
    kitchen, elephant stables and monasteries, which
    show how advanced the ancient infrastructure was.
    Apart from quite a few Hindu temples, Hampi is
    home to some Jain temples as well as a Muslim
    mosque. A medley of Indian and Islamic styles of
    architecture is apparent here. You should check
    out the Hampi Bazaar as well. The Daroji Bear
    Sanctuary is very close to Hampi. It is situated
    377 kilometres away from Hyderabad.
  • How to reach The nearest railway station is
    Hospet Junction railway station, situated 13
    kilometres away. The nearest bus station is
    Hospet town bus station. It is recommended to
    hire a cab or book a cab to reach this as it
    offers beautiful views along the way.Timings 8
    a.m. to 6 p.m.Entry Fee Rs. 10

20. Ananthagiri Hills
  • Situated 90 kilometres away from the city of
    Hyderabad, this dense forest is the birthplace of
    the river Musi. This forest has a temple known as
    the Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple and a
    picturesque lake known as the Nagasamudram Lake.
    It hosts caves that were the earliest human
    habitats in South India. If you wish to enjoy the
    scenic views here, plan your trip during
    February, March or October to December.
  • How to reach Ananthagiri Hills are easily
    reachable by road, as they are located nearly 90
    kilometres away from Hyderabad.Timings N/AEntry
    Fee Free

21. Medak Fort
  • Counted as one of the prime places near
    Hyderabad, situated 100 kilometres away from it,
    this fort needs you to be energetic enough to
    climb the five hundred step staircase. It was
    built by the Kakatiyas over 800 years ago and is
    perched on a hilltop. This 12th-century
    masterpiece was built to celebrate the glorious
    Kakatiyan reign during their golden era. The
    surroundings of the fort become gorgeously green
    during the monsoon.
  • How to reach You can hire a cab from Hyderabad
    for a journey of one and a half hours.Timings 9
    a.m. to 5 p.m.Entry Fee Free

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