Hyderabad Attractions

What to See in Hyderabad

Want to experience the true melting pot of the convergence of cultures in India? Then Hyderabad is definitely for you! As the capital city of the state of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad is a medium-sized city with over 8 million inhabitants. Diversity is its middle name for besides the majority of its people practising Hinduism and Islam, you will also find a good portion of Christians, Buddhists and other people from various racial and religious backgrounds living in harmony. Travelers arriving at Hyderabad for the first time will be awed with the churches, temples, mosques and other multicultural religious symbols in existence within close proximity with each other.

Today, Hyderabad is lauded for being one of the fastest growing city not only in India, but also in the world. This 500-year old city has come a long from being a mere settlement on the southern banks of the Musi river - today, Hyderabad’s status as a rapidly developing metropolitan city is a well-known and this led to its renewed global presence as a key IT and business hub.

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B.M. Birla Planetarium / Science Museum

Located off Naubat Road, the Birla Planetarium is also known as one of the major science museums not only in Hyderabad but also in the whole of India. Established in the year 1985, it was built with modernity in mind, and with the objective of imparting the knowledge of science to future generations. It also houses an impressive Dinosorium that is a firm favorite with both young and old visitors. Once you tire of the sky shows and excellent exhibits, you can take a stroll in the gardens situated nearby.

  • Opening Hours: 10:30 - 15:00, daily (closes on last Thursday of every month)
  • Location: Naubat Pahad, heart of Hyderabad
  • Price Range: 10 rupees
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An important landmark in the great city of Hyderabad, Charminar is one of the places most travelers will visit upon arriving. It mirrors the old regality of the Old City of Hyderabad - the architecture itself is breathtaking, to say the least. Travelers will be enthralled with the giant arches, intricate minarets and expansive plazas. Charminar is also located in a strategic location where you can easily access other places of interest in Hyderabad such as Kali Kaman and Mecca Masjid. Colorful bazaars and vibrant marketplaces are sprawled all around this beautiful Hyderabad landmark.

  • Opening Hours: All day
  • Location: Opposite Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad Old City
  • Price Range: Free of charge
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Chowmahalla Palace

The Chowmahalla Palace is in fact, not a single palace at all. It consists of four palaces, giving travelers an excellent insight into the lifestyle of the Asif Jahi dynasty. The Khilwat Mubarak complex is located in the heart of the Chowmahalla Palace - this is where travelers will be treated to the amazing sight of the Clock Tower, the regal Council Hall and the ornately designed Roshan Bungalow. Travelers will love the beautiful courtyard which has been restored and now features verdant greenery and vibrant flowering shrubs.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 - 17:00 (closed on Fridays and national holidays)
  • Price Range: 150 rupees
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Golconda Fort

It is said that the Golconda Fort is in fact, a small city on its own. In its heyday, the fort was a famous hub for the diamond trade in Hyderabad. Fast forward to modern day Hyderabad, visitors can expect to be astounded by its acoustics system - a mere sound of hand clapping can be heard miles away! The light and sound show is a delight with visitors both young and old. Fans of Bollywood A-listed Amitabh Bacchan will recognise his voice being used to narrate the show. It starts between 6:30 to 19:00, depending on the seasons.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 20:00
  • Location: Opposite Army Quarters, Golconda, Hyderabad
  • Price Range: 120 rupees
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Hussain Sagar Lake

Many a young woman have been proposed to during sundown at the Hussain Sagar Lake, and for a good reason too. There is a certain air of romance at what is touted to be one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. The lake features a gargantuan Buddha monolith built right in the middle of the water, while recreational water sports facilities dot the area surrounding the lake. Travelers and locals alike flock to the lake during weekends to be entertained by cultural performances and to bask in the natural beauty of the lake.

  • Opening Hours: All day
  • Location: Beside Necklace Road, Necklace Road, Hyderabad
  • Price Range: Free of charge
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Nagarjuna Sagar Dam

The Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is considered one of the largest dam in all of India as well as the most-visited tourist destination in Hyderabad. Besides being educated about India’s hydroelectricity advancements at the site, travelers can also bask in the tranquility of the Ethipothala waterfall while opting to have a cozy picnic underneath some shady trees. There are also some temples and historical sites you can visit nearby - be sure to wait till sundown to enjoy the picturesque scenery.

  • Opening Hours: 9:00 - 18:00
  • Location: Located Between the Cities of Guntur and Hyderabad, Nagarjuna Sagar, Hyderabad
  • Price Range: Free of charge
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Purana Pul

It is said that the Purana Pul is one of the oldest bridges and historical spot in Hyderabad. The bridge was erected by Qutub Shahis and is the connecting point between Hyderabad and Golconda. Hundreds of years ago, it was an important bridge where people can travel freely between the two major cities - now, travelers can go on sightseeing tours around the area and shop at the marketplace near the bridge. A nearby mosque called the Mian Mishq Masjid is a sacred worshipping place for Muslims.

  • Location: Hara Darwaza, Golcanda, Near Mahdipatnam, Hyderabad
  • Price Range: Free of charge
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Purani Haveli

Also known as “Old Mansion”, the Purani Haveli was built in the late sixteenth century and was meant to be the Prime Minister’s home during the rule of Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah. Fast forward to the 18th century, Nizam III remodelled and refurbished it to perfection as a gift to his son, Sikandar Jah. What’s special about the sprawling mansion is the marriage of charming European structure and regal Indian architecture. This is evident in the European furniture and the expansive courtyards so prevalent in Indian palaces. Watch out for the Nizam’s gargantuan wardrobe as you tour the Purani Haveli - it is so tall that an elevator is needed to reach the top level of the huge closet!

  • Opening Hours: 10:30 - 17:00 (closed on Fridays)
  • Location: South east of Afzal Gunj Bridge near Dewandevdi
  • Price Range: Free of charge
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Taj Falaknuma Palace Hotel

Originally the Falaknuma Palace, this sprawling mansion has been converted into a luxurious 5-star hotel by the Taj Group. Prior to being a prestigious residence, it was home to Nawab Vikar-ul-Ulmara, who was Prime Minister of Hyderabad during the late 19th century. Fast forward to the year 2001, the palace was acquired by the Taj Group and was remodelled to be a lavish hotel. Restoration and renovation work took a decade and today visitors can marvel at the grand building complete with Venetian chandeliars and splendorous European architecture. The rooms and relics have been carefully preserved and travellers who are not staying at the $500-a-night hotel can instead have tea or dinners at the splendid dining rooms or simply relax at the expansion pavilion.

  • Opening Hours: All day
  • Location: 5 KM from Charminar
  • Price Range: Free, but hotel rates start from $500 per night
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Uma Nagar Park

Tire of the many forts, monuments and shopping malls Hyderabad has to offer? While they are all enjoyable, you’ve not really experienced Hyderabad if you have not visited their best parks. Uma Nagar Park is one such park that you should mark on your map - allocate a quiet afternoon for you and your loved ones and visit the park and bask in its rolling hills and verdant greenery. Go on, take a stroll, admire the flowers and sit beneath the shady.

  • Opening Hours: 8:00 - 1930 daily
  • Location: Uma Nagar, Opposite Country Club, Beneath Begumpet Flyover, Begumpet, Hyderabad
  • Price Range: Free of charge
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