Popular Places to Visit in Hyderabad
The epic signature of the city, Char Minar makes for a wonderful sight. Located in the heart of Hyderabad’s old city, surrounded by Mecca Masjid, built using bricks from Mecca and Laad Bazaar - a boisterous shopping street, this landmark is laced in history.
Built in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah, it was constructed to commemorate the founding of Hyderabad and also to ward of a deadly epidemic that was rampant then in the Golconda region. Graced by 4 minarets soaring almost 50ft in height, it has a mosque and 45 prayer spaces is amongst the famous places in Hyderabad.
Location: Charminar Rd, Char Kaman, Ghansi Bazaar, Hyderabad, Telangana 500002
Timings: 9am – 5:30pm
Entry fee: INR 5 per person for Indians, INR 100 per person for foreign nationals
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A medieval fort now overlooking the city, Golconda is one of the historical places to visit in Hyderabad. Originally built in mud on a 400ft hill, the fort ruins of today have seen the reign of several dynasties. Situated 11km away from the bustling urbanism of Hyderabad, it derives its name from a Telugu word meaning Shepherd’s Hill. Reminiscence of a well-planned Golconda city within the fortress limits is evident even now.
The remains of multiple fortification layers, armories, magazines, mosques, granaries, reservoirs, audience chambers and royal dwellings complement the striking appearance of the fort.
Famous for its acoustics, a unique signalling device that was incorporated in its construction, the structure is known for its palaces, ingenious water supply system and the famous Fateh Rahben, one of the cannons used in the last siege of Golconda by Aurangzeb. The Sound & Light show brings alive the grandeur of one of India’s famous forts.
Location: Khair Complex, Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad, Telangana 500008
Timings: 9am – 5:30pm
INR 5 per person for Indians
INR 100 per person for foreign nationals
INR 130 per person for Light & Sound Show
Photography: Allowed, INR 25 per camera for videography.
Ramoji Film City
Certainly one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad with family, Ramoji Film City makes its way to every traveller’s list because of its magical theme around cinema, which is the most common love of every Indian. Ramoji Film city is said to be one of the haunted destinations in India. The only one of its kind in India, this holiday destination offers something special to everyone and is one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad.
The world’s largest integrated film city, spread across 2,000acres ensures that every visitor makes most from the day spent here. Features include well-defined categories of entertainment suited for different ages from Eureka, the performance arena modelled on the lines of royal forts hosting live shows, to getting a tour of a typical film studio, multi-cuisine restaurants, shopping venues, kids’ park, and even a bird park.visiting the film city is one of the best things to do in Hyderabad. This destination can be enjoyed over a one day trip or one could stay back at this holiday destination.
Location: Anaspur Village, Hayathnagar Mandal,, Hyderabad, Telangana, 501512
Timings: 9am – 5:30pm
INR 800 per person for general guided tour for adults without food
INR 700 per child for general guided tour for children (3-12 years) without food
INR 1,799 per person for Ramoji Star Experience for adults with food
INR 1,499 per child for Ramoji Star Experience for children (3-12 years) with food
Hussain Sagar Lake
One of the largest man-made lakes in India, Hussain Sagar Lake has been adorning the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad since 1562. A tourist destination that cannot be missed as places to visit in Hyderabad with family, the lake is best to spend time around dusk with pleasant air filling the surroundings.
Adding to its charm is the monolithic statue of the Buddha installed in the heart of the lake. Several facilities around the lake periphery such as boating and water sports, and the neighbourhood Lumbini Park, an amusement park are add-on attractions.
Location: Tank Bund Rd, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500004
Timings: 1pm – 9pm, all days of the week
Entry fee: INR 10 (boating)
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Located on the south end of Hussain Sagar Lake, the Birla Mandir is an enchanting modern temple built atop the Kala Pahad, the twin hillock of the Naubat Pahad. With mixed architectural styles from Odhisha and South Indian, the place of worship is embellished with exotic epic scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata that are finely sculpted in marble. The inner shrine of the temple has an 11ft tall replica of Tirupati Venkateswara.
Revel in several marble carvings depicting Indian mythology in the adjoining 'Mukha Mandapam'. The temple also houses consorts of Venkateswara, Padmavati and Andal as well as has a separate shrine dedicated to Buddha.
Location: south end of Hussain Sagar Lake, Naubat Pahad, Hyderabad
Timings: 7am – 12pm, 2pm – 9pm
Entry fee: NA
Photography: Not Allowed
Located on the Necklace Road, the Jaliyah Waterpark is the largest water park and amusement park in central Hyderabad. One of the biggest recreation spots in the whole city, the park also has a pendulum, float slides and tilt buckets, among other rides. It is also equipped with dry rides, thereby catering to all kinds of visitors.
Perfect for a day out with friends and family, the park also has locker systems to keep your valuables in, along with several cafes and restaurants to indulge in delicious food after a day full of enjoyment.
Entry fee: INR 400 (3 Feet or Above), INR 300 (Below 3 Feet)
Timings: Daily 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: 22/9, Necklace Road, Hussain Sagar, Hyderabad
One of the many historically important tourist places in Hyderabad is the Chowmahalla Palace. It used to be the former official residence of the Hyderabadi Nizams and is a major monument that gives us a glimpse of the architectural taste of the rulers.
Stretched across 40 acres, the palace has a very minutely detailed architecture, elegant yet rich interiors as well as the grandeur of royalty. Moreover, the palace is said to have been inspired by Tehran’s Shah Iran Palace. The opulent fountains and beautiful gardens also add to the grandeur of the Chowmahalla Palace.
Entry fee: INR 50 (Indians), INR 200 (Foreigners), INR 10 (Children)
Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed on Fridays and National Holidays)
Location: Khilwat, 20-4-236, Motigalli, Hyderabad.
Photography: Allowed, but you have to pay an amount for taking pictures.
Located in the heart of the City of Pearls, Lumbini Park is a modern style urban park which is one of the most visited tourist places in Hyderabad. People come here to unwind after a day full of activities. The park also boasts of spectacular light and sound shows, which is one of the major attractions for people. The park is dedicated to Lord Buddha and has been named after his birthplace in Lumbini of Nepal.
There is a huge Buddha statue near the park on Hussain Sagar Lake. Visitors can take a boat to reach the statue from the park itself. Lumbini Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Hyderabad and has many cascading waterfalls adding to its beauty.
Entry fee: INR 20 (Adults), INR 10 (Children)
Timings: Daily 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Opposite Secretariat New Gate, Khairatabad, Hyderabad.
Qutub Shahi Tombs
One of the historical places to visit in Hyderabad is the set of absolutely beautiful Qutub Shahi Tombs ensconced against the lovely backdrop of the picturesque Ibrahim Bagh. These represent the final resting ground of rulers of the founding dynasty of Hyderabad.
The most authentic and majestic display of Persian, Hindu, and Pathan architectural designs dedicated to the seven kings who ruled Golconda for nearly 170years, the rulers themselves built these tombs. Take a Cultural Walk through Hyderabad to witness more such amazing architectures here in this beautiful city.
Location: Ibrahim Bagh, Qutub Shahi Tombs, Hyderabad, Telangana 500008
Timings: 9:30am – 6:30pm
Entry fee: NA
Photography: Allowed, INR 20 per camera
B.M. Birla Science Museum
Located on the Naubat Pahad in Hyderabad, the B.M. Birla Science Museum was established in 1990 and is amongst the most popular museums in the country. Each one of the many sections of the museum has amazing exhibits dedicated to different fields such as Archaeology, Interactive Science, Antarctica Diorama and many more.
A must-visit place for science buffs, the museum has stunning facilities which display the effects of science and its developments. Moreover, the museum is also one of the best-rated science institutions in the whole world.
Entry fee: INR 100
Timings: Daily 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Hill Fort Rd, Hyderabad
Photography: Not allowed
Nehru Zoological Park
A 50yr old zoo extending over 380acres, the Nehru Zoological Park is a wonderful blend of ecological programmes, animal habitats, research facilities, and other such attractions. Being a well-equipped zoo, visitors can comfortably spend an entire day here enjoying several facilities such as toy train, kids park, hired bicycle rides, boating, walks around large aquariums with fresh water and marine aqua life on display.
It has India’s first butterfly park and jungle safari. Jurassic Park with live sized models of the extinct species is a major draw for children and makes it one of the best places to see in Hyderabad. Boasting of nearly 1,500 specimens of birds, animals, and reptiles the Nehru Zoological Park also encourages adoption of wild animals by the public.
Location: NH 44, Bahadurpura, Hyderabad, Telangana 500064
April – June: 8am – 5:30pm,
July – March: 8:30am – 5pm
Closed every Monday
Entry fee: You can check out the official website for the same
Salar Jung Museum
Located in the prime venue of old Hyderabad city, the Salar Jung Museum has illustrious neighbours like the Charminar, Mecca Masjid and State Central Library and you can see all of them in a small walk tour. One of the must see places to visit in Hyderabad with family, this is among India’s premier museums with 38 galleries spread over three buildings.
Nawab Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, who also lent his name to the museum, acquired a rich repository of artistic achievements of diverse European, Asian and Far Eastern countries of the world; a major chunk of the collection is on display. Check out artifacts mirroring the human evolution from 2nd century BC to early 20th century AD.
Location: Salar Jung Rd, near Minar Function Hall, Darulshifa, Hyderabad
Timings: 10am – 5pm & Closed on every Friday and all public holidays
INR 10 for general public
INR 150 for foreign citizens
Students with identity cards are given 50% concession.
Defence personnel in uniform, organized Kisan parties and children below 12 years are also given 50% concession.
Children's Week' (14th-20th November) school children up to 12 years of age accompanied by teachers are allowed free of charge.
'Museum Week' (8th-14th January) public is given concession in the entrance ticket.
Photography: INR 20 for still and mobile photography