Top Tourist Places in Hyderabad

Hyderabad may not be as popular amongst people as other major metropolitan cities, but the city surely does have its own charm. Be it for the delicious Hyderabadi biryani or the marvelous historical monuments, Hyderabad has a special delight for all, from foodies to history lovers. Here is a list of top 10 destinations that you should certainly not miss when visiting the city of Nawabs-:

1) Charminar

Charminar Hyderabad

This historic landmark of the city is probably the most visited attraction in Hyderabad. The monument was made sometime in the 16th century to commemorate the end of a deadly plague that overtook the city. It is believed that the monuments’ four pillars were a gateway for various administrative purposes of the city. Furthermore, the architecture of Charminar is Indo-Islamic, with a touch of Persian and it is regarded as historic by local and foreign historians alik

Timings: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

FeesIndians: Rs.5 | Foreigners: Rs.100

Days Open: All days

 

2) Ramoji Film City

Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad

As per Guinness Book of World Records, Ramoji Film City is the largest film city in the world. It’s spread across a sprawling 2000 acres, and is a thematic destination offering various activities, tours and bookings. The film city includes bird parks, Japanese Garden, North Town, Mughal Gardens and various other replicas from all around the world. Finally, be prepared, you can’t possibly see the entire place in a day so it’s better to book hotels within the film complex.

Timings: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Fees: For a General Tour: Adults: Rs.1050 | Children: Rs.950 (3-12 years)

Days Open: All Days

 

3) Golconda Fort

Golconda Fort in Hyderabad

Undoubtedly, one of the major fortresses in India, Golkonda Fort certainly boasts a great deal of tourism for Hyderabad. Captured by Aurangzeb in the 16th century, the fort was initially built by the ruler of the Qutb Shahi Dynasty in Hyderabad. The ruins of the fort are still mesmerizing to look at, and the various places within the fort, including the Darbar Hall are sure to give you some royal feels!

Timings: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

FeesIndian Adults: Rs.5 | Photography Fees: Rs.25 | Foreigners: Rs.100

Days Open: Saturday-Thursday

 

4) Nehru Zoological Park

Nehru Zoological park in Hyderabad

One of the largest zoos in India, Nehru Zoological Park was set up in 1963. The park aims to conserve and breed endangered species, especially wild animals. The zoo hosts over 1500 species of animals, mammals and reptiles. Don’t be surprised to catch exotic animals like the white tiger, giraffes and various birds there!

Timings: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Fees: Adult: Rs.20 | Child: Rs.15

Camera Charges: Rs.25 for still camera | Rs.500 for professional camera

Lion and Tiger SafariAdults: Rs.40 | Child: Rs.20

Days Open: Tuesday-Sunday

 

5) Birla Mandir

Birla Mandir in Hyderabad

This temple constructed atop the Kala Pahad, rests at a height of 280 feet. Constructed by Birla Foundation, the marble used on the temple was brought from Rajasthan and it took a decade to complete the construction of the temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, in the form of Sri Venkateswara and comes alive in the evenings.

Timings: 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. | 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Fees: None

Days Open: All days

 

6) Spanish Mosque

Spanish Mosque in Hyderabad

Straight out of an eclectic mix of architectural design, the Spanish Mosque was built over a hundred years ago. A fairly recent construction as compared to the old monuments that Hyderabad is surrounded with, the exquisite architectural design is a cross between Islamic and roman styled buildings. The minarets and pillars of the mosque give it a peculiar yet great look and the design is what attracts most tourists towards the mosque.

Timings: 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Fees: None

Days Open: All days

 

7) Qutb Shahi Tombs

Qutb Shahi Tombs in Hyderabad

A splendid memory of the departed Golconda Sultans, the Qutb Shahi Tombs are a sight for sore eyes. These tombs are said to be one of the oldest architecture of Hyderabad, and represent Persian and Hindu architecture with their grey granites and heavy stonework. Although, most of the exotic stonework used to construct the monuments are lost, one can still find utter beauty in the landscape surrounding the tombs especially during dusk and dawn.

Timings: 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Fees: Adults: Rs.20 | Child: Rs.15 | Camera: Rs.20

Days Open: All Days

8) H.E.H. Nizam’s Museum

If you wish to know more about the history, culture and society of Hyderabad, this is the place for you. Right from the historic past of Hyderabad, to its Nizams and the city’s development over time, this museum has it all. Don’t forget to visit the walk-in wardrobe of the city’s Nizam, Mir Mahbub Ali Khan. It is said that the Nizam never repeated his clothes and once worn, his clothes were given away! It is because of this, most clothes in the Museum are replica’s of what was thought to be the Nizam’s garments.

Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Entry Fees: Adults: Rs.70 | Child: Rs.20

Days Open: Saturday-Thursday

9) Hussain Sagar Lake

The largest artificial lake in Asia, Hussain Sagar Lake, is a 3 km long lake that connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secundarabad. The lake has a dam built on it, along which streams of the river Musi flow. The lake hosts the famous 350 tonne monolithic Buddha statue on the ‘Rock of Gibraltar’. One can visit the statue by ferry, and enjoy the night view of it.

Timings: For the boat ride: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00p.m.

Fees:

  • Mechanized boatAdult: Rs.55 | Child: Rs.35
  • Speed Boat: Rs.160 for 4 adults

Days Open: All Days

10) Makkah Masjid

Located near Charminar, this mosque is named after the Great Mosque in Mecca , since the bricks used to build it were brought all the way from the holy city of Mecca. As a result, it is largest mosque in Hyderabad and one of the largest in India that, can hold up to 10,000 people at a time and is the burial site for most Nizams. The mosque is said to be sacred since a room in in the courtyard is said to house a hair of Prophet Muhammad. This mosque is certainly a delight for many history lovers!

Timings: 4:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Fees: None

Days open: All days

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