41 Amazing Places You can’t afford to miss in Hyderabad

From ancient temples to modern shopping malls to historic sites, there is something for everyone in Hyderabad. Check out these 41 awesome places you should have on your list to visit in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, the capital of the Indian state of Telangana is located on the banks of the Musi River, in the central part of the Deccan Plateau in southern India.

Hyderabad City was founded in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth sultan of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. The city served as the capital of the dynasty for nearly a century before it was conquered by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1687. Hyderabad eventually came under the rule of the Nizams of Hyderabad, who ruled it as a princely state until 1947, when it became a part of India.

Hyderabad was historically known as a pearl and diamond trading centre, and it continues to be known as the City of Pearls. 

Hyderabad is a city of contrasts with a rich history, culture, and architecture and is also home to many modern industries.

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A city of contrasts – Qutb Shai Tombs with skyscrapers in the background Charminar
  • Golconda Fort
  • Ramoji Film City
  • Tank Bund
  • Birla Mandir
  • Chowmahalla Palace
  • Lumbini Park
  • Qutb Shahi Tombs
  • Birla Planetarium
  • Nehru Zoological Park
  • Salar Jung Museum
  • Hussain Sagar Lake
  • Snow World
  • Laad Bazaar
  • NTR Gardens
  • Durgam Cheruvu
  • Shilparamam
  • Necklace Road
  • Chilkur Balaji Temple
  • Taj Falaknuma Palace
  • Gandipet Lake
  • Paigah Tombs
  • Sanghi Temple
  • KBR National Park
  • Mecca Masjid
  • Taramati Baradari
  • Moula Ali Dargah
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Ikea Store
  • Naya Qila
  • Hatiyan Jhad
  • Sudha Cars Museum
  • Jagannath Temple
  • Raymond’s Tomb
  • Nizam’s Museum
  • Jala Vihar
  • Statue of Equality
  • Peddamma Temple
  • ISKCON Temple
  • Balkampet Yellamma Temple
  • 1. Charminar

    The iconic monument of Hyderabad Charminar.

    Must do:

    Check out the Charminar at night. It looks amazing when it’s lit up.

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    The Charminar lit up Pic Credit: Shrinivas Maramganty

    And try out the Irani chai and Osmania biscuit at Nimrah Hotel next door. But remember the Irani Chai is an acquired taste. You will either love it or hate it

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    The Nimrah cafe next door

    2. Golconda Fort

    The glorious Golconda fort Golconda Fort

    Must do:

    Do attend the Light and Sound show at the Golconda Fort. 

    Fun fact:

    The name Golkonda derives from the Telugu words “golla konda” meaning “shepherd’s hill”. The fort was originally called Mankal or Mankalakonda, which was changed to Golconda during the reign of the second Qutb Shahi sultan, Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah.

    3. Ramoji Film City

    A city in a city Ramoji Film City for more information and details.

    4. Tank Bund

    Tank Bund – the promenade of Hyderabad 5. Birla Mandir
    Lord Venkateswara Temple also known as Birla Mandir Birla Mandir

    6. Chowmahalla Palace

    The magnificent Chowmahalla palace complex Chowmahalla Palace

    7. Lumbini Park

    8. Qutb Shahi Tombs

    Qutb Shahi Tombs – The final resting place of the Deccani rulers. Qutb Shahi Tombs

    9. Birla Planetarium

    Birla Planetarium – A must-visit for all astronomy enthusiasts and space lovers

    The Birla Planetarium in Hyderabad is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Situated on a hillock – the Naubhat Pahad, in the heart of the city, the planetarium offers a stunning view of the cityscape.

    The planetarium was built in the year 1985 by the Birla Group and is named after its founder, Ghanshyam Das Birla. It is one of the largest planetariums in the world.

    Must see:

    The sky show at this planetarium in Hyderabad is unique and shouldn’t be missed.

    The planetarium also houses a Space Museum and a Dinosaurium. Kotasaurus yamanpalliensis, a 160-million-year-old mount, can be seen at the Dinosaurium.

    A 160-million-year-old mount 10. Nehru Zoological Park
    Nehru Zoological Park – A perfect place for a family outing Nehru Zoological Park

    11. Salar Jung Museum

    Salar Jung Museum – One of the largest museums in the world Salar Jung Museum

    12. Purani Haveli

    Purani Haveli – The centre of the Asaf Jahi dynasty Image credit

    Purani Haveli is one of the most iconic landmarks in Hyderabad. Built in the early 19th century, Purani Haveli is a sprawling complex of palaces, temples, and gardens. It was considered the centre of the Asaf Jahi dynasty, and today it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hyderabad.

    Purani Haveli is known for its opulent architecture and beautiful gardens. The complex has in its compound several palaces, temples, and other buildings, all of which are decorated with intricate carvings and paintings. The Asaf Jahi dynasty was known for its lavish lifestyle, and Purani Haveli was their primary residence. 

    The Haveli is “U”-shaped featuring two parallel oblong wings and a residential palace located perpendicularly to the wings, 

    Today, the complex is open to the public, and visitors can explore the palaces, the museum, and the gardens.

    13. Hussain Sagar Lake

    Hussain Sagar Lake – The unique heart-shaped lake in Hyderabad Hussain Sagar

    14. Snow World

    Snow World – A snow-themed wonderland Snow World Hyderabad

    15. Laad Bazaar

    Laad Bazaar – One of the oldest markets in Hyderabad Pic Credit: Shrinivas Maramganty

    Choodi Bazaar or Laad Bazaar is one of the oldest markets in Hyderabad, India. The market is located in the old city and is famous for its bangles, pearls, and embroidered fabrics. 

    It is said that if you can’t find the perfect bangle in Laad Bazaar, you won’t find it anywhere else in the world.

    The market is a great place to find traditional Indian handicrafts and souvenirs. 

    Tip:

    Don’t be afraid to haggle as bargaining is expected!

    And check out the Gulzar Houz on your way back – Gulzar Houz is a historical fountain located bang in the middle of the road between Charminar and Madina building. This fountain was an erstwhile water reservoir built to quench the thirst of Nizam’s troops.

    Gulzar Houz – The fountain which used to quench the thirst of Nizam’s soldiers Gulzar Houz

    16. NTR Gardens

    NTR Gardens – A popular tourist destination in the city Image credit

    NTR Gardens is a public park located in near the Secretariat. The park is spread over an area of 36 acres and is named after N. T. Rama Rao, former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

    The park has a lake, an amphitheatre, a children’s train, a waterfall, and a number of food stalls. The gardens are well-maintained and are a great place to relax and unwind.

    The beautifully landscaped gardens are an oasis in the city and offer a respite from the heat and bustle of daily life.

    Click here if you would like to read more about the NTR Gardens

    17. Durgam Cheruvu

    Durgam Cheruvu – Also known as the secret lake Durgam Cheruvu

    Must do:

    Check out fishing here. The only place in Hyderabad which offers this facility.

    18. Shilparamam

    Shilparamam – The unique art and crafts village Shilparamam at Hi-Tech city

    19. Necklace Road

    Necklace road – Hyderabad’s answer to Mumbai’s marine drive 20. Chilkur Balaji Temple
    Chilkur Balaji or the Visa Balaji Temple Chilkur Balaji Temple

    21. Taj Falaknuma Palace

    Get a whiff of royalty at this magnificent palace Falaknuma Palace

    22. Gandipet Lake

    Gandipet Lake – Also known as Osman Sagar I23. Paigah Tombs
    Paigah Tombs – The final resting place of Paigah Rulers 24. Sanghi Temple
    Lord Venkateswara’s temple near Ramoji Film City 25. KBR National Park
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    KBR National Park – One of the largest national parks in Hyderabad Pic Credit: Dr Sushmita Biswas

    Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park is one of the most popular national parks in Hyderabad, located in Banjara Hills. This National Park spread over 390 acres offers visitors a tranquil escape from the city’s busy urban environment and its pollution levels.

    Over 600 species of plants, 140 species of birds, and 30 different sorts of butterflies and reptiles are found in this park. The park has excellent walking and running trails. 

    Check out this park in the early morning hours. You will be greeted by one or 2 peacocks dancing in full splendour.

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    A peacock at KBR National Park Pic Credit: Dr Sushmita Biswas

    Click here to read more details about KBR National Park.

    26. Mecca Masjid

    Mecca Masjid – Built with sand brought from Mecca Pic Credit: Shrinivas Maramganty

    The Mecca Masjid, located in the city of Hyderabad, is one of the oldest and largest mosques in India. The mosque was built in the 16th century by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty and designed by Mustafa Khan, the royal architect.

    The mosque is located in the heart of the old city, near the Charminar. It is one of the largest mosques in India, with a capacity of 10,000 worshippers. The mosque has a large courtyard, with a marble floor and a massive central dome. The walls of the mosque are decorated with delicate Islamic calligraphy.

    Trivia: 

    The mosque gets its name because the sand in some of the bricks used in its construction was brought from the holy city of Mecca.

    Check out this blog post if you want to know more details and information about Mecca Masjid

    27. Taramati Baradari

    Taramati Baradari – An open pavilion monument with breathtaking views of the city 28. Moula Ali Dargah
    Moula Ali Dargah – Dargah of Hazrat Ali – son-in-law of Prophet Muhammed 29. Botanical Gardens
    Botanical Gardens – A haven for nature lovers 30. Ikea Store Hyderabad
    Ikea – A surprising addition to the list of things to see in Hyderabad Ikea Hyderabad

    31 Naya Qila

    Naya Qila – The extension of Golconda Fort Image credit

    Naya Qila or the New Fort is the forgotten cousin of The Golkonda fort. This fort in fact is the extension of the Golkonda fort and was built by Mustafa Khan, the royal architect of the Qutb Shahi dynasty who incidentally constructed the Mecca Masjid and the Toli Masjid.

    With absolutely breathtaking architecture this place will leave you speechless.

    This place was built when Aurangazeb tried to attack the Golkonda fort in the 17th century and weakened the fort walls by placing his army canons at this same place.. The then ruler of the Deccan Region, Abdullah Qutb Shah decided to strengthen and stop further attacks on Golconda fort by extending the walls of the fort to this place.

    Check out the 400 year old Baobab Tree and the 2 mosques – The Mustafa Khan Mosque and Mullah Khiyali Masjid next to the Naya Qila.

    32. Hatiyan Jhad Baobab Tree

    Hatian Jhad – A tree with history Image credit

    The oldest tree in Hyderabad is the Hatian jhad baobab tree, which is estimated to be about 400 years old.

    The “Hatian Jhad” meaning – Elephant Tree” is so called because the tree’s trunk is shaped like an elephant. 

    It is believed that traders from Africa brought this tree to India.

    This tree’s girth is roughly 27.40 meters (89 feet) and there is a hollow formed within the trunk and the branches of the tree. There are various fables around this Baobab tree and one of the fables is centered around the hollow. This hollow supposedly was the hiding place for 40 thieves a long time back.

    Check out the 2 mosques next to the tree – The Mustafa Khan Mosque and Mullah Khiyali Masjid.

    The grander of the 2 mosques is the Mustafa Khan Masjid made of Granite and was built to honour the Royal Architect, Mustafa Khan of the Qutb Shahi court

    And the stone and limestone mortar mosque, the Mullah Khiyali Masjid was built to honour the first Deccan royal poet of the Qutb Shahi court.

    33. Sudha Cars Museum

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    Sudha Cars Museum – A wacky museum 34. Jagannath Temple
    Jagannath Temple – A replica of the famous Jagannath Temple in Puri Jagannath Temple, Hyderabad

    35. Raymond’s Tomb 

    Raymond’s Tomb – A French General’s Tomb Raymond’s tomb

    36. Nizam’s Museum

    The Nizam’s museum also known as Purani Haveli Image credit

    Located in the heart of Hyderabad, the Nizam’s Museum is a must-visit for anyone interested in the history and culture of the city. Housed in a beautiful 19th-century palace known as Purani Haveli, the museum showcases a fascinating collection of gifts received at the silver jubilee celebrations by the last Nizam, Osman Ali Khan, the ruler of the princely state of Hyderabad.

    The museum’s collection includes a wide range of items, from a golden throne used by the Nizam to a wooden writing box adorned with diamonds, golden daggers, and silver filigree idols.

    Visitors can also see a manually operated elevator which is 150 years old and rare vintage cars at the museum. 

    Click here to access the official website of Purani Haveli

    37. Jala Vihar

    Jalavihar at Necklace road 38. Statue of Equality
    The Statue of Equality is the 2nd largest sitting statue in the world Statue of Equality

    39. Peddamma Temple

    The popular Peddamma temple in Jubilee Hills Peddamma Temple

    40. ISKCON Temple Hyderabad

    The first ISKCON temple in Hyderabad 41. Balkampet Yellamma Temple

    The Balkampet Yellamma Temple is one of the most popular temples in Hyderabad and is dedicated to Goddess Yellamma, who is also known as Renuka or Sri Lakshmi. Goddess Yellamma Devi is also considered to be the “mother of the universe.” 

    The water from the temple well here is distributed to people as “Theertham” and is considered as holy water. It is believed that if you have a bath with this water it cures all your skin diseases.

    This temple also has an Akand Jyothi, a lamp that is lit all year around.

    Check out this blog post if you want to know more details and information about Balkampet Yellamma Temple

    So there you have it! A list of great places to visit in Hyderabad. From ancient temples to modern shopping malls to historic sites, there is something for everyone in this city. So get out there and explore!

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