Best Places to Visit in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, The Pearl City, mesmerizes everyone who sets foot in this beautiful Nizams city, with its unrivaled blend of history and modernity. With a 400-year history and the status of a metropolitan city, Hyderabad promises a unique and refreshing experience for all. This city has it all to keep you glued: historical monuments, natural getaways, mouth-watering world-famous cuisine, appealing shopping areas, and thrilling entertainment parks. There are numerous tourist attractions in Hyderabad for everyone to enjoy, from families to young groups of friends, children to senior citizens.

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A map showing the location of Hyderabad in Telangana, India.

This is a city that should be visited at least once in a lifetime. No one can experience all of the city’s diverse charms in a short period. Hyderabad, located on the banks of the Musi River, was founded in 1591 CE by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shahi. The city is known for its distinct culture, which can be traced back to the Asaf Jahi rulers, who were avid patrons of literature, art, architecture, culture, jewelry collections, and delectable cuisine. The city that greets you as you exit the Hyderabad airport is a sprawling metropolis of shopping malls, flyovers, and office buildings with glass facades.

And you’re left wondering, where did the Nawabs’ largest princely state vanish?

Hyderabad exemplifies an intriguing synthesis of the traditional and the modern, the past and the present. So, don’t feel betrayed by these inventions, which are synonymous with modernity, because the Old City, which exists alongside the metropolis Hyderabad, has a unique charm of its own. Hyderabad is divided into two parts: the Old City, which was founded by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah on the southern bank of the Musi River, and the New City, which includes the urbanized area on the northern bank. The Old City is a confusing maze of alleyways that radiate out from the Charminar. The majority of the historical sites are located in the old city. Here is a list of the most popular tourist attractions in Hyderabad that you should not miss:

Charminar

Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah constructed the Charminar in 1591. This square-shaped structure with four pillars and intricate carvings is said to have been built in honor of his wife, Bhagmati. However, the true reason for the construction of Charminar is still unknown. According to popular belief, Charminar was built to commemorate the abolition of the plague, which had devastated the entire city during that time period. It is believed that the Sultan prayed for the end of the plague that was afflicting his people. As a result, when the plague ended, he constructed the Charminar as a tribute to Allah. The four pillars are also said to be named after Islam’s first four caliphs.

charminar

It is also said that it was built in memory of Prophet Muhammed’s son-in-law, Shiya Tazias, who was killed in the Battle of Karbala because its design is shaped like Shiya Tazias. Some believe that the Charminar location is where Sultan first saw his then-future wife Bahgmati. According to a 17th-century French traveler, Jean de Thévenot, the reason for its construction is entirely different. Charminar was built to commemorate the beginning of the second Islamic millennium, according to his narration, which is consistent with Persian texts.

The inscription on the foundation stone is translated as ‘Fill this my city with people as Thou hast filled the river with fishes, O Lord.’ This also implies that the monument was built to commemorate the city’s founding. Charminar was built as an epicenter of Hyderabad, according to Historian Mohammed Safiullah.

Charminar Entry Fee
Entry Fee: Rs.5/- per Person for Indians
Entry Fee: Rs.100/- per Person for Foreign Nationals
Charminar Phone
040 6674 5986
040 24522990

Recommended Duration: 45 Minutes

DayTiming
Monday9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Friday9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Golconda Fort

golconda fort

The Golconda Fort in Hyderabad is a magnificent example of brilliant engineering and magical architecture. It is the most well-known of all Hyderabad tourist attractions, located 11 kilometers from the city. The fort’s name is derived from the Telugu words “Golla” and “Konda,” which mean “Shepherd’s Hill” when combined.

Golconda Fort Entry Fee
25 per person for Indians
300 per person for Foreign Tourists
25 for Still Camera

Golconda Fort Sound & Light Show Fee
140 per Adult in Executive Class
110 per Child in Executive Class
80 per Adult in Normal Class
60 per Child in Normal Class

Golconda Fort Phone
040 23512401

Sound & Light Show Bulk Bookings Phone
+91 9640069290

Recommended Duration: 2 Hours

DayTiming
Monday9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Friday9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Golconda fort timings

Sound & Light Show Timings at Golconda Fort
1st Show English (All Days)
2nd Show in Telugu on Monday, Wednesday & Friday,
2nd Show in Hindi on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday.
Show Timings (Nov to Feb): 1st Show 6:30pm 2nd Show 7.45pm
Show Timings (Mar to Oct): 1st Show 7:00pm 2nd Show 8.15pm.
Note: Sound & Light Show Ticket counter at Golconda Fort is open from 5:30 PM

Laad Bazaar

Laad Bazaar - dummyblogger

Laad Bazaar is close to the Charminar, which is undoubtedly one of Hyderabad’s most popular tourist attractions. The Laad Bazaar, which is adjacent to the monument, is spread across one kilometer and is connected by four roads that begin at Charminar. For many decades, Charminar has been popular for bangles and other traditional items. The Laad Bazaar still offers a glimpse of the past. The market is said to have existed since the Qutub Shahis and Nizams eras and thus represents a living heritage of the city.

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Mecca Masjid

Mecca Masjid Hyderabad

Mecca Masjid, also known as Makkah Masjid, is a popular tourist attraction in Hyderabad, attracting not only devotees but almost everyone. Nearly 8000 masons worked around the clock to build the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad. This building project lasted nearly 77 years. Mecca Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India and the world and is located in the Old City, 100 meters from the Charminar, another popular tourist attraction in Hyderabad.

The mosque has a 75-foot-high hall that measures 220 feet by 180 feet. The mosque’s interiors are also exquisitely decorated. It is estimated that the main hall alone can hold 10,000 worshippers at any given time.

Mecca Masjid Hyderabad Entry Fee
Entry Fee: Free
Mecca Masjid Hyderabad Phone
040 6674 5986

DayTiming
Monday4:00 am – 9:30 pm
Tuesday4:00 am – 9:30 pm
Wednesday4:00 am – 9:30 pm
Thursday4:00 am – 9:30 pm
Friday4:00 am – 9:30 pm
Saturday4:00 am – 9:30 pm
Sunday4:00 am – 9:30 pm

Chowmahalla Palace

Chowmahalla Palace

The grandeur of its rulers, the glory of its past, and a glimpse of their enigmatic way of life is still alive in the form of palaces like Chowmahalla Palace, a must-see on a Hyderabad tour.

The Chowmahalla Palace, which was built nearly 200 years ago in the 18th century, is one of Hyderabad’s most popular tourist attractions. This location’s literal meaning is “Four Palaces,” with “Chow” meaning four in Urdu and “Mahalat” being the plural of “Mahalel” meaning palaces. The Chowmahalla Palace is said to be similar to the Shah Palace in Tehran, Iran.

Chowmahalla Palace Entry Fee
50 per Adult for Indians
10 per Child (Below 12 Yrs) for Indians
200 per person for Foreign Tourists
50 for Still Camera
100 for Video Camera
Please Note: Tripods are not allowed

Chowmahalla Palace Phone
040 2452 2032

DayTiming
Monday10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday10:00 am – 5:00 pm
FridayClosed
Saturday10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Ramoji Film City

Ramoji Film City

Ramoji Film City Hyderabad: Located at a distance of 30 km from the city of Hyderabad, Ramoji Film City is on the NH-9. Established in the year of 1996, Ramoji Film City is one of the most popular sightseeing places in Hyderabad. Ramoji Rao, the eminent Telugu film producer wanted to build a studio similar to that of Hollywood. He established the Film city with the help of art director Nitish Roy.

One of the largest and most glamorous film studios in the world, Ramoji Film City has also been placed in the Guinness Book of World Records. Spread across an area of almost 2500 acres, it is one of the major film-making facilities in the country offering everything related to pre and post-film production. The architecture of the studio and the wide range of settings makes it one of the favorite spot for many filmmakers.

Ramoji Film City Phone
General Enquiries (Toll-Free)1800-120-2999
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DayTiming
Monday9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Friday9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Birla Mandir

Birla Mandir, Hyderabad
A view of the temple

Birla Mandir in Hyderabad is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara of Tirumala Tirupati Temple. It is said that nearly 2000 tonnes of white marble were brought from Rajasthan to build this temple. Birla Temple stands majestically on the top of a 280-foot hill known as Naubat Pahad, attracting admiring glances from every passerby.

Birla Mandir at night
Birla Mandir at night

Birla Mandir is one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad. Birla Mandirs have been built all over the country. These were built by the industrialists Birlas and are thus popularly known by the family that undertook the task.

Birla Mandir Entry Fee
Entry Fee: Free
Birla Mandir Hyderabad Phone
040 2323 3259

DayTiming
Monday7:00 am – 12:00 pm
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tuesday7:00 am – 12:00 pm
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday7:00 am – 12:00 pm
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday7:00 am – 12:00 pm
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday7:00 am – 12:00 pm
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday7:00 am – 12:00 pm
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday7:00 am – 12:00 pm
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Falaknuma Palace

Falaknuma Palace, photographed by Lala Deen Dayal in 1900.
Falaknuma Palace, photographed by Lala Deen Dayal in 1900.

Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad is located 5 kilometers from Charminar, at engine Bowli in Falaknuma, and stands majestically on a 2000-foot-high hill. This palace will transport you back to the Nizam era, with its glitz and opulence. Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra built Falaknuma Palace. The palace took nearly 9 years to complete after the construction plan was laid out in 1884. Taj Falaknuma Palace, one of Hyderabad’s most popular tourist attractions, was later purchased by Nizam VI in 1897. He used the palace as a royal guest house.

Falaknuma Palace

Falaknuma Palace Entry Fee
Entry only through Telangana Tourism – NIZAM PALACES TOUR Weekend Half-a-day tour (only Saturdays and Sundays)
Tour Option A: Rs.3,100/ Adult and Rs.2480/ Child
Inclusions: Entry Tickets, Tea & Snacks, A/c Transport, Tour Guide
Tour Option B: Rs.2,000/Adult and Rs.1,600/ Child
Inclusions: A/c Transport, Tour Guide
Tour starts from Tourism Plaza in Begumpet (1:00 PM)
from Hotel Taj Krishna in Banjara Hills (1:20 PM)
from Hotel Golconda in Masabtank (1:45 PM)
2:30 PM arrive at Chowmahalla Palace (30 mins Tour)
4:00 PM arrive at Falaknuma Palace (90 mins Tour + Hi-tea)
6:45 PM arrive at Golconda Fort (75 mins with Sound & Light Show)
9:00 PM Tour ends – Drop at respective pick-up points.

Taj Falaknuma Palace Phone
040 6629 8585

DayTiming
Monday No Tour
TuesdayNo Tour
WednesdayNo Tour
ThursdayNo Tour
FridayNo Tour
Saturday4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Sunday4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Please Note: Telangana Tourism Nizam Palace Tour Start time is 1:00 pm from Begumpet.
However, the bus will reach Falaknuma Palace at 4:00 pm after covering other places, that are part of the tour.

Salar Jung Museum

Salar Jung Museum
Salar Jung Museum

The Salar Jung Museum, which is spread across 10 acres and built on two floors, houses a diverse collection of artifacts primarily collected by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, also known as Salar Jung III, along with Nawab Turab Ali Khan (Salar Jung I) and his descendants. Mir Yousuf Ali Khan spent his entire life and a significant portion of his wealth collecting antiques and artifacts from all over the world. Nawab Salar Jung III Mir Yousuf Ali Khan had spent forty years of his life collecting art and manuscripts from all over the world. He resigned from his position as Prime Minister to pursue his passion. His collection was initially kept in the ancestral palace of Salar Jungs, Dewan Deodi.

Salar Jung Museum Hyderabad Entry Fee
20 for Indians
500 for Foreign Visitors
Free for Students with ID Cards (up to 18 Yrs)
50% Concession for defence personnel in uniform & organized Kisan parties
₹50 for a Still Camera
Salar Jung Museum Hyderabad Phone
040 24576443

Salar Jung Museum Hyderabad Timings

DayTiming
Monday10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday10:00 am – 5:00 pm
FridayClosed / Holiday
Saturday10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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