10 Most Spectacular Places To Visit In Hyderabad
Immersed in timeless history, risen into a technology hub, Hyderabad has effortlessly blurred the line between its past and present. Here are 10 best places to visit in Hyderabad.
Hyderabad was founded by Sultan Muhammad Quli of the Qutub Shahi dynasty. He originally named the city ‘Bhagyanagar’ after his beloved, Bhagyamati in 1590. Later, when she entered the royal house, she embraced Islam and changed her name to Hyder Mahal, and that is how Bhagyanagar came to be known as Hyderabad.
This city delights its visitors in more ways than one. It wears a charm you can’t ignore. From the serene Hussain Sagar Lake to the buzzing Ramoji Film City; every corner of Hyderabad offers an amazing experience. Not only does it have architectural and natural wonders, but also Hyderabad pleases its travellers with lip-smacking food and bustling markets. Talk about the delicious Biryani, gorgeous pearls and all that jazz!
Here’s where you need to be when in Hyderabad:
An outstanding epitome of history and architecture, Golkonda fort is situated at a distance of 11km from Hyderabad. This fort gets its name from the Telugu words ‘Golla’ and ‘Konda’, which combine to mean ‘Shepherd’s Hill’. Discovered in 12th century by the Kakatiya Kings, Golkonda fort is a colossal structure with eight gates and 87 bastions. Visit this fort and immerse in its sheer grandness.
Ramoji Film City
Spread across 2,000 acres, Ramoji film city is the world’s largest integrated film studio. It was set up in 1996 by the Ramoji group, and happens to be one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad; attracting 1.5 million tourists every year.
Spend a day in this film studio –
Explore the many facets of Bollywood and Tollywood with a Film City Tour
Discover beautiful landscapes used as a backdrop in blockbuster movies with a visit to Eco Zone
Eat mouth-watering food in movie-themed restaurants
The time-honoured Charminar that literally translates to ‘four minarets’, is a global icon of Hyderabad. It was built by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah in 1591 as a mosque, and today it stands as a true example of Indian art and architecture. Nestled in the heart of the city, this historic monument tops every list of ‘places to visit in Hyderabad’. So, walk back in time and relive an incredible era, and while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out the nearby bazaars and eateries!
Laad Bazaar supposedly derives its name from the word ‘laad’ which means lacquer –one of the materials used in making bangles. Lac bangles are one of the favourite ornaments among Indian women. This bazaar is located close to Charminar and occupies an area of one kilometre. From bright bangles to zari-embroidered sarees to beautiful set of pearls, Laad Bazaar is a paradise for those who believe in retail therapy. So, shop till you drop!
Hussain Sagar Lake
Asia’s largest man-made lake, Hussain Sagar Lake is one of the most scenic places to visit in Hyderabad. The highlight of this lake is the towering Buddha statue that is built right in centre of the lake. It is a vista to be captured; so get ready with your cameras and click, click, click! Apart from soaking in this beautiful view, you can also indulge in activities like boating and parasailing.
The glorious Mecca Masjid or Makkah Masjid attracts not only devotees, but also tourists from across the globe. The construction of this mosque took almost 77 years and involved about 8000 masons; it is one of the largest mosques in the world. Set in the Old City, 100 metres away from Charminar, Mecca Masjid is believed to accommodate 10,000 worshippers at a time in just its main hall. Do no miss this iconic monument when you’re in Hyderabad!
Nehru Zoological Park
One of the top sightseeing places to visit in Hyderabad, Nehru Zoological Park is located at a distance of 16 km from the city. It is named after the first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru and was opened to public in the year 1963. Run by the Forest Department, Government of Telangana, the zoo attracts tourists from around the world. You can see wildlife in their natural habitat with a safari ride and learn about some 160 exotic and rare species who reside here. From colourful fish to fierce tigers; discover the wild in the wild!
Falaknuma Palace, which means ‘like the sky’, is a gorgeous palace (now a hotel) restored by Taj. It is situated just 2km away from Falaknuma train station. The palace once belonged to the Paigah family and later was owned by the Nizam of Hyderabad. Today, you can visit or stay at this kingly property run by the Taj group, and revel in a timeless era. With Deccan Odyssey, you will get a chance to enjoy a delicious high-tea at the grand Falaknama Palace.
Named after Lumbini of Nepal and dedicated to Lord Buddha, this park is a refreshing escape from all the city chaos. It’s a modern urban park situated in the heart of city and on the shores of the Hussain Sagar Lake. This is one of the places to visit in Hyderabad in the evenings. Enjoy the amazing light and sound show (7:15pm and 8pm), go on a fun boat ride, and enjoy scrumptious food at its many joints.
Salar Jung Museum
One of the three national museums of India, the Salar Jung Museum, set on the southern banks of Musi River in Hyderabad is known for its largest one-man art collections in the world. The first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru declared it open to public in the year 1951. The museum has two floors and is sprawled across 10 acres. It has a plethora of artefacts collected by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan along with Nawab Turab Ali Khan and his descendants. So don’t miss out on this interesting visit to Salar Jung Musuem, as it happens to be one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad.
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Lost in the books of CA, Khushboo Sikawat always wondered how it would be like to travel and write for a living; for after all, she wasn’t a number person. Finally, she decided to make her dream a reality! A travel writer now, she finds adventure in exploring new places and encountering different cultures. Apart from that, she also loves binge-watching animated films and reading books 😀 You can follow her on Instagram @sparklingwords