15 Amazing Places to Visit in Hyderabad

A different facet of Indian grandeur unveils itself as you step into the land of Nizams, Hyderabad. Popularly known as the New York of India, this city perfectly blends the traditions and modernity.

Want to indulge in the exotic opulence of Hyderabad? Do not miss these 15 tourist destinations on your upcoming visit to the city.

1. Charminar

This beautiful minaret is one of the prime attractions of the city. The tower was built in 1591 and is known to depict the four khalifas of Islam. The complete structure measures 48.7 meters and gives a spectacular view of the city from the balconies.

The Minar is vibrant with colourful bazaars sparkling with glass bangles, Muslim gear, elegant pearl studded jewellery and sumptuous Mughal cuisines.

Charminar, Hyderabad

2. Golconda Fort

Another remarkable specimen of the 12th century, the Golconda Fort is a huge structure with 8 gates and 87 bastions. The claps at the entrance of the fort can be heard from the highest point, Bala Hissar, this was a defense mechanism to alert the fort of enemies.

The Fort is also famous as it served as the treasurer of world famous diamonds like Regent Diamond, Darya-eNur and Nur-Ul-Ain. Enjoy the light and sound show at evening to know the glorious history of the castle.

Golconda Fort

3. Mecca Masjid

Nestled at the old city, Mecca Masjid is just not a Muslim pilgrimage but also popular for its rich history. This mausoleum is one of the largest in the world with a wall measuring 75 feet. The pillars are carved out of granite and are adorned with scriptures from Quran.

The ceilings are decorated with Belgian crystal chandeliers. The nearby Chowmahalla Palace and local market are must visits to feel the local life.

Mecca Masjid Hyderabad

4. Qutb Shahi Tomb

This monument reflects the Indo-Saracenic architectural style while the ornamented parapets and minarets exhibit Islamic designs. Qutb Shahi is 42 metres in height and is encircled by the sprawling garden, the Ibrahim Bagh. Another feature of these tombs are the presence of sarcophagi, which are stone coffins.

Qutb Shahi Tomb

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5. Hussain Sagar Lake

This heart shaped lake is the largest artificial lake in Asia. Built in 1562 AD, this crystalline water body is known for waters sports like yachting, boating and sailing. Arrange private dinner parties at the heart of the lake or enjoy picnics at its banks. There is also a life size statue of Lord Buddha located at the middle of the lake.

Hussain Sagar Lake

6. Ramoji Film City

This is truly a city in itself spreading over 1666 acres land and standing out as the largest film complex in the world. Explore the world under one roof as the complex is decorated with global settings of London Street, Hollywood sign, Japanese gardens, airports and hospitals.

Ramoji Film City

7. Nehru Zoological Park

A fun place for kids, Nehru Zoological Park is one the largest zoos of the country. It is spread over a massive area of 380 acres and is a safe shelter for 1500 species of wildlife. The animals are kept in open enclosures and also come with an array of activities like lion safari, bear safari and bison safari.

Nehru Zoological Park

8. Snow World

This amusement park is located over an area of 2 acres and is a hill station filled with snow even in sweltering summers. The temperature here always ranges between 0 and 5 degree centigrade and has facilities for adventure sports like trekking, ice skating, ice boarding, toboggan rides and snow slides with bumping cars.

Snow World

9. Lumbini Park

This is one of the serenest spots of Hyderabad where you can rest your feet over the soft green grass carpet after a long day of exploration as the cool breeze from the Hussain Sagar Lake passes through your hair. Enjoy fun rides at the small entertainment park located right at the center of this park.

Lumbini Park

10. Birla Mandir

Covering a large area of 13 acres, this sacred white temple is perched at the top of 280 feet high Naubat Pahad. This shrine depicts Oriya style of architecture while the gopuram is made in the South Indian style. The flagstaff of the temple is unique as made with pure brass and with a height of 42 feet. The fresh air of the hills and the joyous tweets of the birds coming from the numerous trees encircling the temple creates a soulful atmosphere.

Birla Mandir

11. Salar Jung Museum

This is an art museum with rare collections of arts of Romans, Greeks, Buddhists, Jains and Hindus. It also constitutes Sino-Japanese relics of porcelain, bronze, lacquer, enamel, wood and ivory. The ancient manuscripts stored at the museum are of great historical significance.

Salar Jung Museum

12. Nehru Centenary Tribal Museum

This museum showcases the tools, musical instruments and crafts used and made by the tribes of Andhra Pradesh, like Bagata, Hill Reddi and Kondareddi. Take a look at the natural life of the Chenchus with the large collection of bows, arrows and honey extraction methods exhibited here.

Nehru Centenary Tribal Museum

13. Chowmahalla Palace

This Palace is of the Nizams and history still lives in this palatial residence. The palace resembles the Shah Palace of Tehran is captivating with decorative arches, glass chandeliers and a vivid collection of crockery, clothes, furniture, coins and currency notes.

Chowmahalla Palace

14. NTR Gardens

Another site to rejuvenate and bask in the serenity of nature is the 36 acred NTR Gardens. Sit and breathe in fresh air, take a trip of the whole garden on a cute little train or let your child play his/her out at the special area made for them. The large collection of cacti, succulent and other 150 varieties of plants is another excuse to visit this lawn.

NTR Gardens

15. Shilparamam

This is the biggest cultural enclave of Hyderabad. Artisans from all over India visit this place to showcase their crafts of pottery, gold jewellery, costume jewellery, apparels and home decor.

Shilparamam

So, make your plan to visit Hyderabad today to know another gem of Incredible India.

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