Hyderabad is popularly known as pearl city holds a history of 400 years and the realms of the Nizams can be witnessed if you plan for Hyderabad city tour. With the beautiful constructions of during Nizams, Hyderabad is a paradise for the history lovers to experience the Mughal kingdom.
Travelling makes human to revive from their busy life and experience the best moment of their life as people are destined to live in hectic work life it is necessary to take ample time and plan trips with family in holidays. Hyderabad tour will make your choice worth and makes the trip memorable. Hyderabad is a blend of modern and history, it presents the historical monuments that reveal the rich heritage of Nizams and also the metropolitan city with hi-tech shopping malls representing the technology evolution.
Top 10 Places to Visit in Hyderabad
Charminar is the top among the best places to visit in Hyderabad and is the oldest and historical monument of Hyderabad. This historical structure was built during the time of Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth ruler of the Qutub Shahi dynasty after he shifted his kingdom from Golconda to the newfound city Hyderabad. The monument is named after its architecture as it contains four minarets i.e., “Charminar”. This is known as the landmark of Hyderabad city to evident the recognition of the city. Charminar is built in the Islamic style of architecture to represent the heritage of Nizams and several tones of granite and lime mortar were used during the construction of the structure and it took one year to witness the iconic center of Hyderabad. A big mosque is situated on the top floor of the Charminar where festivals like Eid-Ul-Adha and Eid-Ul-Fitr are celebrated in grandeur. The steps of the monument are very high and the way to reach the top floor of the monument is very narrow and you can witness the beautiful carvings on the top of the Minar.
The famous Charminar is one among the list of most famous and recognized structures of India and is the landmark of Hyderabad that represents the city greatness. You can also visit Bhagyalakshmi temple located near the entrance of Charminar which is quite popular since it has become controversial as the temple located in the Islamic monument.
The Specialty of Charminar:
- The architecture of the Charminar
- Shopping at Laad Bazaar where you can get a number of different styles of bangles.
- Darshan of Bhagyalakshmi temple
- Mosque visit located on the top floor of Charminar
How to Reach Charminar:
Charminar is located at a minimum distance of 5km from the city center bus station from where you can reach the place by local buses and can also take the nearest mmts train and reach Charminar by autorickshaw or cab.
Charminar Entry Fees:
- INR 5 for Indians
- INR 100 for foreigners
- 9:00 am-5:30 pm
- Closed after 5:30 pm
Charminar Spending Time: 1-2 hours
Things to do at Charminar:
- Shopping at Laad Bazaar and famous scents at Charminar
- Explore the old city
- Charminar architecture
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2. Golconda Fort
Golconda Fort is the massive construction of Hyderabad, even today it witnesses the untold story of its history and reveals the rich heritage of Nizams. Golconda Fort stands out to be the pride of Hyderabad. The fort still has it’s origins right from the Hindu rulers who named it ‘Golla Konda’ to the Mughal empire who made the fort as the capital of Hyderabad. Golconda Fort exhibits the rich heritage of Mughal culture.
Earlier after the formation of new city Hyderabad, Golconda was namely used for trading precious diamonds throughout the world and hence it gained the fame of homing precious diamonds like Nassak diamond and many other gems of the Mughal Dynasty.
You can witness a tricky feature in the architecture of the fort is you can listen to the applaud sounds from the top of the fort right in your ears in the hall and also you try whispering in the corners of the fort walls which can be heard by the person standing in the other corner of the wall.
You can also pay a visit to the famous Taramati Gana Mandir and Bhakta Ramdas Bandana in the fort. No matter how many years have passed, Golconda Fort is still the charm of the city reflecting the Mughal culture.
The Specialty of Golconda Fort:
- The history of the Golconda Fort
- Sound of applauds in the center of the darbar hall
- Golconda sound and light show
- Ramadas Bandana place
How to Reach Golconda Fort:
Golconda fort is located near Tolichowki and can be easily reached by local buses and hire taxis for your convenience. Golconda is 9km away from Hussain Sagar lake and hence when you come for Hyderabad darshan it is easy to travel by bus.
Golconda Fort Entry Fee:
- INR 5 for Indians
- INR 100 for foreigners
Golconda Fort Timings: 8:00 AM-5:30 PM
Golconda Fort Spending Time: 4 hours
Things to do at Golconda Fort:
- Attend the light and show at Golconda Fort
- 3D show at Golconda Fort
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3. Chowmahalla Palace
Hyderabad tourism presents another iconic place to reveal the royal culture of Nizams, Chowmahalla Palace which is located near the Laad Bazar in Old city and is one of the historical places in Hyderabad. The opulent palace was built during the time of Nizams in 1857 and was completed in 1869 and was the royal residence of Nizams till their last ruling. The monument’s architecture was taken inspiration from the Iran palace. The palace consists of two large courtyards with the royal furnishings brought different parts of the world and a large dining hall called ‘Khilawat’.
The monument is the property is in the conquest of the heir of Nizams and is used to host the parties, ceremonies and welcome the esteemed guests of Hyderabad. The palace has royal large suits surrounded by sprawling fountains, lush gardens making it the luxurious structure. The interiors of the palace include intricate artwork, luxurious paintings on walls, domes, windows, and carved structures all found everywhere in the magnificent palace. There are many luxurious structures inside the palace that are designed to host grand parties and ceremonies for the esteemed guests of honor and also weddings can be celebrated in a spectacular way in the halls like Khilwat Mubarak, Bara Imam, Mahtab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal, and Aftab Mahal.
The Specialty of Chowmahalla Palace:
- The intricate carvings inside the palace
- The architecture of the palace and the huge dining hall and courtyards
How to Reach Chowmahalla Palace:
Chowmahalla Palace is very near to the Charminar and you can easily reach the place once you visit Charminar on Hyderabad trip. As it is located in the heart of the city, commuting is very easy and Nampally is the nearest metro station and from there you catch a rickshaw or a taxi. There are also plenty of buses available from Nampally to reach Chowmahalla palace.
Chowmahalla Palace Entry Fee:
- INR 80 for Indians
- INR 10 for children
- INR 200 for foreigners
- INR 50 for photography
- INR 100 for videography
Chowmahalla Palace Timings: 10:00 am-5:00 pm closed on Friday
Chowmahalla Palace Spending Time: 1-2 hours
Things to do at Chowmahalla Palace:
- Explore every nook and corner of the magnificent palace and praise the architecture of the palace.
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4. Ramoji Film City
Ramoji Film City is a magnum opus of Hyderabad and is one of the best outing places in Hyderabad that makes your holiday the most memorable and magical one. Ramoji Film City is the dreamland of Telugu film producer Mr. Ramoji Rao, the chairman of the film city who dreamt of building the studio similar to Universal Studios in Hollywood and it took almost 9 years to witness the opulent and largest film studio in the world. Ramoji Film City holds the record of the largest film studio in the world with its beautiful themes and spectacular technical facilities for movie sets.
There is a lot to do in Ramoji Film City and spare a full long day to make memorable moments and have fun in the film city. Ramoji Film City is spread over 2500 acres of land accomplished with more than 50 dynamic movie sets, themed parks, lush gardens, activities for children like Fundustan, Bahubali themed sets, Carnival parades, Borasura and live shows like Wild west stunt shows, theatre shows, Rain dances and beautiful parades in the evening as the entire film city is lit with vibrant lights and makes it the most illuminated city in the world. There are many craziest activities for every group of people and delicious food options to binge on and for shopping sprees there are many options to take souvenirs from the place. Apart from entertainment, this is the place to celebrate parties and weddings in a marvelous way.
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The specialty of Ramoji Film City:
- Beautiful themed film sets and parks
- Butterfly Park and Birds Park
- Shas Adventure
- Bahubali Set - many more Movies sets
- Borasura and Fundustan for children
- Largest film studio in the world offering a wide range of entertainment to the people
How to Reach Ramoji Film City:
Ramoji Film City is located near Film Nagar and can reach the studio by bus or booking a taxi. There are many tours and travels in Hyderabad providing transportation services from various places in Hyderabad to Ramoji Film City.
Ramoji Film City Entry Fee:
Day Tour Package:
- INR 900 for adults
- INR 800 for children
Star Experience Package:
- INR 1900 for adults
- INR 1600 for children
Ramoji Film City timings: 9:00 am- 8:00 pm
Ramoji Film City Spending Time: one day
Things to do at Ramoji Film City:
- Explore the large film sets of Cinema
- Carnival Parade is the show which cannot be missed
- Try all the complimentary rides and activities
- Borasura and Fundustan activities
- Shop at famous stalls to take souvenirs
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5. Salar Jung Museum
Salar Jung Museum is one of the historical places in Hyderabad and is the richest property of the last Nizam’s family. It is located on the southern banks of the River Musi at Darushifa. It is the 3rd largest national museum in the country and it exhibits the collections from Nizam’s property which includes manuscripts, paintings, jewels, crafts, furniture, crockeries and some of their royal clothing.
Nawab Mir Yousuf Ali Khan Bahadur Salar Jung-III is a major contributor to the museum and is the man to strive for the construction of this museum to exhibit the collectibles of the dynasty to the public. He is the last Nizam of Hyderabad to ee the glory of the empire.
Earlier the museum was situated in Dewan Devdi, the royal residence of Nizams in the old city, later the exhibition was shifted to the current place and named it as Salar Jung Museum. Most of the crafts, sculptures, and jewels were lost and stolen during the collectibles were shifted to the museum.
This is the best chance to witness the royal collection of the museum and witness the rich heritage of Nizams. The beautiful vintage clock inside the gallery of the museum draws a huge crowd for every as the bearded man comes outside to hit the bell.
The Specialty of Salar Jung Museum:
- Largest national museum of the country
- Collectibles from the Nizams era dates back to the 4th century
- Manuscripts of palm leaves, wood and textiles are found
- Jewels and clothing of Nizams
- Salar Jung Museum vintage clock and Veiled Rebecca
How to Reach the Salar Jung Museum:
It is easy to reach the museum from every part of the city by buses and local trains. The museum is located in Afzalgunj, where a number of buses move regularly to and fro from all places in Hyderabad. You can also reach by taking a taxi directly to the museum.
Salar Jung Museum Entry Fee:
- INR 20 for Indians
- INR 500 for foreigners
Salar Jung Museum timings:
- 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
- Closed on Fridays and public holidays
Salar Jung Museum Spending Time: 3 hours
Things to do at Salar Jung Museum:
- Visit and explore the museum collectibles of Nizams
- Have a look the Vintage clock
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6. Birla Mandir
Hyderabad tourism is not only about visiting historical places in Hyderabad but also about the famous mythological place, Birla Mandir located near Khairatbad. Birla Mandir is constructed on an old high hillock named Naubath pahad which is about 280 feet high. The temple is constructed with several tonnes of marble brought from Rajasthan and the architecture is in Oriya style and it took almost 10 years to complete the construction of this beautiful temple. The temple was devoted by Sri Ranganathananda head of Ramakrishna Mission in 1976 and since then the temple receives prayers in a grandeur way.
The Mandir is dedicated to the Kaliyuga Daivam Lord Venkateswara and the idol is 11 feet high receiving devotional prayers every day in the temple. The atmosphere of the temple is so serene every sculpture is beautifully carved out of white marble stone and you can witness several paintings of epic Ramayana, small temples of Hindu deities, and the most noticeable 47 feet bronze flagstaff at the top of the temple.
The Specialty of Birla Mandir:
- Oriya style architecture of the temple
- Top view of the city from the temple is so mesmerizing
- 11 feet idol of Lord Venkateswara carved out of tonnes of marble stone
How to Reach Birla Mandir:
Birla Mandir is located in Khairatabad and there are plenty of buses from every place to reach Khairatabad and you can also take the metro and get down at Khairatabad metro station and take an auto or cab to reach the temple.
Birla Mandir Entry Fee: Free
Birla Mandir Timings: 7:00 AM-12:00 PM - 3:00 PM-9:00 PM
Birla Mandir Spending Time: 1 hour
Things to do at Birla Mandir:
- Visit the temple and offer prayings to Lord Venkateswara
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7. Nehru Zoological Park
Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad is one of the famous places in Hyderabad housing more than 1000 species of habitats from different parts of the world to attract tourists in large numbers and is one of the largest zoos in India. Nehru Zoo is the best place for educational tours for kids and the best entertainment places for all ages of humans.
A wide range of different species of birds and animals are found here like Asiatic Lion, Bengal Tiger, Indian Rhino, Elephants, Pythons, Panthers and many more different species of animals. The Zoo also offers safaris of Lion, Bear and Bengal Tiger and it is also famous for Kids educational tours offering Mini train rides, Dinosaur Park visit and Elephant rides in the premises of the zoo. The Zoo is also famous for hosting educational shows, a museum and also you can witness several species of birds migrated from different parts of the world to make Nehru Zoo their home.
The Specialty of Nehru Zoological Park:
- More than 1000 species of birds and animals
- Safaris of Bear, Lion, and Elephants
- Educational shows conducted in the zoo
- fish aquarium, Crocodile, Snake zone is special Attraction
How to Reach Nehru Zoological Park:
Located near Mir Alam Tank in Bahadurpur, Nehru Zoo can be reached by traveling by buses, taxis and own vehicles without any confusion
Nehru Zoological Park Entry Fee:
- INR 10 for children
- INR 20 for adults
Nehru Zoological Park timings:
- 8:00 AM-5:30 PM (April-June)
- 8:00 AM-5:00 PM (July-March)
Nehru Zoological Park Spending Time:3-4 hours
Things to do at Nehru Zoological Park:
- Visit all the animal and bird galleries in the zoo
- Take train rides and safari of animals
- Attend educational shows in the zoo
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8. Hussian Sagar Lake
Hussain Sagar Lake is the top to hit in the Hyderabad tourist places list and is the largest man-made lake of Hyderabad during the time of Quli Qutub Shah in 1563. The lake is popularly known for its renowned monolith statue of Budha situated at the center of the lake is one of the beautiful places in Hyderabad. The statue was inaugurated by Dalailama in 1992 which is the calm and serene spot in the center of the lake.
The lake was named after its designer Hussain Shahi as a token of gratitude and the lake is in the shape of a necklace if seen in the aerial view and the place is famous as ‘necklace road’. The lake connects Sanjivaiah park, Indira Park and Lumbini park and offers boat rides and activities. This place is an absolute option for weekend gateway and famous tourist attraction in Hyderabad.
The Specialty of Hussain Sagar Lake:
- The famous and tallest Monolith Budha statue
- Boat ride in the lake
- Light and sound show in the Lumbini Park connected with the lake
- Illuminated lake with lights in the evening
How to reach Hussain Sagar Lake:
One can reach the lake easily by public transport and can get taxis and buses from every part of the city.
Hussain Sagar Lake Entry Fee: Free
Hussain Sagar Lake Timings: 8:00 am-10:00 pm
Hussain Sagar Lake Spending Time: 2-3 hours
Things to do at Hussain Sagar Lake:
- Take the boat rides and hop at the center of the lake to view the Budha statue
- Attend the light and sound show conducted in the Lumbini park
- Participate in water sports and activities conducted
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9. NTR Gardens
NTR Gardens is the most popular urban stop for tourists and is one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad and also for the residents of Hyderabad. This garden was located near Hussain Sagar Lake in the 55 sections of land in different stages of time since 1999 and is also connected to nearby sightseeing like Tank Bund, Hussain Sagar, Birla Mandir. The then Government of Andhrapradesh took the responsibility to build this amusement place in memory of the former Chief Minister of the state Mr. N.T. Rama Rao. The gardens consist of many fun activities and rides for kids and adults and many souvenir shops and restaurants to attract tourists. Every visitor can view this sincere dedication built in the memory of NTR Gardens.
The Specialty of NTR Gardens:
- Lush groomed landscapes
- Sprawling fountains with lamps
How to Reach NTR Gardens:
One can easily get buses from every part of the city to reach the necklace road and can also travel by own vehicles and park the parking area and hire taxis for comfort.
NTR Gardens Entry Fee:
- INR 10 for kids
- INR 20 for adults
NTR Gardens Timings:
- Monday to Saturday: 2:30 pm-8:30 pm
- Sunday: 12:30 pm-8:30 pm
NTR Gardens Spending Time: 1-2 hours
Things to do at NTR Gardens:
- Take the toy train ride
- Participate in fun activities in the gardens
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Wonderla is the most splendid attraction in the Hyderabad and draws a huge crowd every day throughout the year. With mindblowing rides and loudest cheers heard from the visitors taking rides Wonderla is the spectacular option to spend your weekend getaway in Hyderabad with family and friends. Located on the outskirts of the city Wonderla is completely an adventurous amusement park witnessing crazy rides, activities and water sports for every group of people.
There are also a handful of options for delicious food in Restaurants offering Indian, Chinese and Indian snacks and chat to refresh in the midst of your fun rides.
The Specialty of Wondela:
- The largest amusement park in Hyderabad offering adventurous rides like Mission Interstellar Wonder splash and sky wheel
- Water rides like a wave pool, water lagoon, Uphill racers and Drop and Tornado
- Many food counters to binge on
How to Reach Wonderla:
The best way to reach Wonderla is to book packages from the best tours and travels in Hyderabad offering transportation and package at low prices and can also reach by own vehicle for seamless transport.
Wonderla Entry Fee:
- INR 770 for adults
- INR 620 for senior citizens and defense
- INR 150 for kids
Wonderla Timings: 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Wonderla Spending Time: 5-6 hours
Things to do at Wonderla:
- Take all the rides to get most fun following the safety measures at each ride
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How to Reach Hyderabad:
Traveling to Hyderabad is very seamless as it is well connected to all the developed cities in India. One can easily get direct buses to Hyderabad and there if you are planning a trip with family or friends or educational tours there are many Tours and Travels in Hyderabad that offer Hyderabad city tour bus from different places.
Hyderabad railway station is connected to many places in India and one easily gets a number of trains to reach Hyderabad most comfortable and economical to travel by train. After reaching Bangalore one can book cabs or else private vehicles from the central Railway station to the main city.
If you want to save time and choose luxury compared to travel by road and train flight is the best option to reach Hyderabad soon from various places where the airway option is available and spend the most time in Hyderabad local sightseeing. Many private taxis are available at the airport to pick you and drop at your Hotel accommodation or can even book cabs from the authorized travel portals.
History of Hyderabad:
Hyderabad is one of the richest places in India with a remarkable history of 400 years. It is known for the multilinguistic culture, world-famous biryani, heritage of Nizams, Hyderabad was the top trading center in India during the reign of Mughals and since then is known as ‘pearl city’.
Hyderabad was found on the southern banks of the river Musi in 1591 CE and was named Hyder Mahal by the dynamic ruler of Hyderabad, Nawab QuliQutub Shah in love towards his wife Bhagyamathi.
There are many tourist places in Hyderabad, from historic creations to palaces, beautiful landscapes, educational museums, modern malls Hyderabad is the best tourist place to satisfy every age of humans to fill their moments with joy.
Best Time to Visit Hyderabad:
Hyderabad is the best place to visit during winter and summer holidays as you can spend most of the time visiting Hyderabad tourist places list. Monsoon is not the right time to visit in Hyderabad as the city experiences heavy rain and the roads are choked during the time which makes the tourists spend hours of time in the traffic buzz. Visit Hyderabad during your winter and summer holidays to make the most fun on your Hyderabad Trip.
Suitable attire to Hyderabad Trip:
Hyderabad is the blend of history and modern culture and so it is better to carry casuals and traditional wear suitable to wear during your visit to temples, historical monuments as well as modern places.
Famous Food in Hyderabad:
Even a kid of 5 years knows biryani is the famous food of Hyderabad, Hyderabadi biryani has got the world popularity with its rich aroma and delicious taste. The evolution of rich shahi Hyderabadi biryani has a story and now it is the main dish in Hyderabad cuisine. There are many food places that serve the best biryani in Hyderabad like Bawarchi, Paradise, Meridian and many other places to give the authentic flavor of biryani.
The old city is quite popular for non-vegetarian food since ages some of the local stalls in Old city prepare best haleem during the season and unseasons, biryani and different types of delicious fruit salad with malai. Madhapur street food is the best option for night lovers where you can varieties of food.
Hyderabad is the best tourist place to eat, shop and explore, here are some of the best places to visit in Hyderabad which are worth paying a visit on your Hyderabad trip.
Travel Tips for Hyderabad City Tour:
- Hydrate yourself as you have stay energized the whole when you visit tourist places.
- Most of the tourist places in Hyderabad are historical follow the instructions at each spot as few places do not allow mobiles and camera
- Carry comfortable clothes or casuals during a visit to amusement parks and activity spots
- While visiting temples prefer traditional wear as some temples have strict dress code.
- Follow safety measures during activities and taking rides at Wonderla
- Carry eatables in your journey and follow safety measures at every tourist spot.
- Also, keep your belongings safe when you visit crowded tourist spots.
Mandatory Items to be Carried to Hyderabad Tour:
- Carry the first-aid box and basic incase of falling sick
- Do not forget to carry the best digital camera to lock your memories spent in Hyderabad forever.
Busy Timings and Days to Visit Hyderabad City:
Best and busy time to visit Hyderabad is during winter as the weather is cool and it is the perfect time to Hyderabad locations nearby the city because Rainy season and summers are not perfect to visit Hyderabad as Rainy season clogs all the roads and it is no comforting to travel in the city whereas summer are really hot in the city. It is advised to book your Hyderabad city tour packages prior to the date of travel. Enjoy your Hyderabad trip and do not miss tasting the world-famous Hyderabadi biryani.
Days to spend in the city Hyderabad Darshan: 1-2 days
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