Hyderabad Tourism And Travel Guide

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Hyderabad Tourism

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Hyderabad, The city of Nizams is one of the oldest cities not just in India but in the world. A city that has almost everything to offer its visitors, Hyderabad makes for one of the most interesting places to visit. A blend of rich cultural and historical heritages, age old traditions and best of modern facilities, the city of Hyderabad presents an environment that is unmatched to any. Another important aspect of a trip to Hyderabad is its cuisine. Hyderabad cuisines, and the world famous biryani will pamper your palate in the best way possible. Hyderabad tours offer tourists with more than just a travelling experience.


Best Time To Visit

Hyderabad is a princely state, where you can see a perfect blend of modern and erstwhile luxury. The city is known for its hotness. So, it is recommended to avoid May and June for that matter. But it would be perfect to visit the city between the months of October and March; specifically winter seasons.


Climate

Hyderabad in summer – From April till July

Hyderabad in summers is hot. Temperature in summers in Hyderabad fluctuates between 25 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius. Nights of this season are rather more pleasant than the days. So, you can visit Hyderabad if you plan to splurge in its plush and iconic restaurants, malls or movie theatres without any fuss.

Hyderabad in Monsoon – From July till August

Hyderabad in monsoon receives average to heavy rains. This is a perfect time to plan vacations in Hyderabad if you love rains. The weather throughout the season stays pleasant and humid. Temperature in monsoon ranges approximately between 22 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees Celsius.

Hyderabad in winter – From October till March

Winter is the best time to visit Hyderabad. Temperature in this season stays between 18 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius. The weather is soothing and pleasurable. Days can be sunny and nights a bit colder; it is advised to pack few woolen clothing too. Don’t forget to visit Hyderabad’s famous attractions like Golkonda, Ramoji Film City, Charminar, Qutb Shahu Tombs, Hussain Sagar, Chowmahalla Palace, Falaknuma Palace, Osman Sagar and many others; the city is indeed dotted with many such marvels.


How To Reach

How to reach Hyderabad by Air

Nearest Airport : Rajiv Gandhi Intl Airport, Hyderabad

Hyderabad Airport is about 8 km away from the city center and is accessible with various transportation facilities. You can get direct and in-direct flights to various destinations from this airport. International flights connect this city with Middle East countries. National and international airlines provide regular services.

How to reach Hyderabad by Rail

This city consists of three main junctions. Hyderabad Railway Station, Secunderabad Railway Station and Kachiguda Railway Station are the three important points to board trains for different locations. You can get trains to different location including Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Thiruananthapuram and Pune. It is also considered as one of the convenient ways regarding how to reach Hyderabad.

How to reach Hyderabad by Road

You can get regular services of state roadways and privately owned buses from the bus stand of the city. Roads are well linked with important cities and states. You can also hire rented cars or taxis to your desired destination.


Best Places To Visit

1. Golconda Fort

Golconda Fort
Golconda Fort

A medieval fort now overlooking the city, Golconda is one of the historical places to visit in Hyderabad. Originally built in mud on a 400ft hill, the fort ruins of today have seen the reign of several dynasties. Situated 11km away from the bustling urbanism of Hyderabad, it derives its name from a Telugu word meaning Shepherd’s Hill. Reminiscence of a well-planned Golconda city within the fortress limits is evident even now.

The remains of multiple fortification layers, armories, magazines, mosques, granaries, reservoirs, audience chambers and royal dwellings complement the striking appearance of the fort.

Famous for its acoustics, a unique signalling device that was incorporated in its construction, the structure is known for its palaces, ingenious water supply system and the famous Fateh Rahben, one of the cannons used in the last siege of Golconda by Aurangzeb. The Sound & Light show brings alive the grandeur of one of India’s famous forts.

Timings: 9am – 5:30pm

Entry fee:

INR 5 per person for Indians
INR 100 per person for foreign nationals
INR 130 per person for Light & Sound Show

Photography: Allowed, INR 25 per camera for videography.

2. Char Minar

Char Minar
Char Minar

The epic signature of the city, Char Minar makes for a wonderful sight. Located in the heart of Hyderabad’s old city, surrounded by Mecca Masjid, built using bricks from Mecca and Laad Bazaar – a boisterous shopping street, this landmark is laced in history.

Built in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah, it was constructed to commemorate the founding of Hyderabad and also to ward of a deadly epidemic that was rampant then in the Golconda region. Graced by 4 minarets soaring almost 50ft in height, it has a mosque and 45 prayer spaces is amongst the famous places in Hyderabad.

Timings: 9am – 5:30pm

Entry fee: INR 5 per person for Indians, INR 100 per person for foreign nationals

Photography: Allowed

3. Shri Jagannath Temple

Shri Jagannath Temple
Shri Jagannath Temple

One of the temples to visit in Hyderabad is the Shri Jagannath Temple, a modern day temple built by the local Oriya community over here. This replica of the original in Puri draws devotees with its sanctum sanctorum housing statues of Lord Jagannath, and his siblings Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra.

The spectacular temple is well constructed with an attractive Shikhara measuring 70ft in height. A true representation of the original, the construction in red sand stone is a visual marvel and is known for its annual Ratha Yatra.

Timings: 6am – 11am, 5pm – pm

Entry fee: NA

Photography: Not allowed, both inside and outside

4. Birla Mandir

Birla Mandir
Birla Mandir

Located on the south end of Hussain Sagar Lake, the Birla Mandir is an enchanting modern temple built atop the Kala Pahad, the twin hillock of the Naubat Pahad. With mixed architectural styles from Odhisha and South Indian, the place of worship is embellished with exotic epic scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata that are finely sculpted in marble. The inner shrine of the temple has an 11ft tall replica of Tirupati Venkateswara.

Revel in several marble carvings depicting Indian mythology in the adjoining ‘Mukha Mandapam’. The temple also houses consorts of Venkateswara, Padmavati and Andal as well as has a separate shrine dedicated to Buddha.

Timings: 7am – 12pm, 2pm – 9pm

Entry fee: NA

Photography: Not Allowed

5. Ramoji Film City

Ramoji Film City
Ramoji Film City

Certainly one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad with family, Ramoji Film City makes its way to every traveller’s list because of its magical theme around cinema, which is the most common love of every Indian. Ramoji Film city is said to be one of the haunted destinations in India. The only one of its kind in India, this holiday destination offers something special to everyone and is one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad.

The world’s largest integrated film city, spread across 2,000acres ensures that every visitor makes most from the day spent here. Features include well-defined categories of entertainment suited for different ages from Eureka, the performance arena modelled on the lines of royal forts hosting live shows, to getting a tour of a typical film studio, multi-cuisine restaurants, shopping venues, kids’ park, and even a bird park.visiting the film city is one of the best things to do in Hyderabad. This destination can be enjoyed over a one day trip or one could stay back at this holiday destination.

Timings: 9am – 5:30pm

Entry fee:

  • INR 800 per person for general guided tour for adults without food
  • INR 700 per child for general guided tour for children (3-12 years) without food
  • INR 1,799 per person for Ramoji Star Experience for adults with food
  • INR 1,499 per child for Ramoji Star Experience for children (3-12 years) with food

Photography: Allowed

6. Hussain Sagar Lake

Hussain Sagar Lake
Hussain Sagar Lake

One of the largest man-made lakes in India, Hussain Sagar Lake has been adorning the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad since 1562. A tourist destination that cannot be missed as places to visit in Hyderabad with family, the lake is best to spend time around dusk with pleasant air filling the surroundings.

Adding to its charm is the monolithic statue of the Buddha installed in the heart of the lake. Several facilities around the lake periphery such as boating and water sports, and the neighbourhood Lumbini Park, an amusement park are add-on attractions.

Timings: 1pm – 9pm, all days of the week

Entry fee: INR 10 (boating)

Photography: Allowed

7. Mecca Masjid, Old Hyderabad

Mecca Masjid, Old Hyderabad
Mecca Masjid, Old Hyderabad

Listed among heritage monuments in Hyderabad, Mecca Masjid or Makka Masjid as referred by locals holds a distinct position of not just being the oldest mosques in the city but is also one of India’s biggest. This 400year old monument was constructed using the soil from Mecca. Hence the name.

Adding more to the erstwhile era around the Charminar and old Hyderabad city, the mosque’s imposing structure and splendid architecture are visible in its three-arched façade carved from single granite, minarets, and balconies. It is one of the most famous Hyderabad Tourist Places.

Timings: 4am – 9:30pm

Entry fee: NA

Photography: Allowed

8. Qutub Shahi Tombs

Qutub Shahi Tombs
Qutub Shahi Tombs

One of the historical places to visit in Hyderabad is the set of absolutely beautiful Qutub Shahi Tombs ensconced against the lovely backdrop of the picturesque Ibrahim Bagh. These represent the final resting ground of rulers of the founding dynasty of Hyderabad.

The most authentic and majestic display of Persian, Hindu, and Pathan architectural designs dedicated to the seven kings who ruled Golconda for nearly 170years, the rulers themselves built these tombs. Take a Cultural Walk through Hyderabad to witness more such amazing architectures here in this beautiful city.

Timings: 9:30am – 6:30pm

Entry fee: NA

Photography: Allowed, INR 20 per camera

9. Birla Science Museum

Birla Science Museum
Birla Science Museum

One of the best-rated science institutions world-over, the Birla Science Museum is amongst the busiest and most attended places in India.  It provides wholesome exploration of science and its various arms with a planetarium that uncovers several mysteries of the universe. A unique Participatory Science Museum with Archaeology and Fine Art sections is a huge draw.

The Archaeology and Fine Arts section has rare exhibits that have been collected and excavated. Dinosaurium, a Natural History Gallery and the breath-taking Art Gallery have beautiful murals, traditional artefacts from various Indian states, and live projects in the Science Projects wing are on offer under one roof.

Timings: 10:30am – 8pm, all days of the week

Entry fee:

INR 50 for Museum
INR 50 for Planetarium

Photography: Allowed

10. Sri Rama Chandra Swamy Temple, Ammapali Village

Sri Rama Chandra Swamy Temple
Sri Rama Chandra Swamy Temple

A true treasure tucked away from the hustle of Hyderabad city is this 800yr old Sri Rama Chandra Swamy Temple in Ammapali Village. Loaded with rich history, the place of worship constructed in the 13th century has a deity, which was installed over 1,000yrs ago.

A monument older than the Golconda Fort, the Rama Temple is a temple to visit in Hyderabad. An unlikely Rajasthani styled architecture, a step well in front of the main temple, a seven-layered gopuram all make this unique. But perhaps the absence of Lord Rama’s most faithful bhakt Hanuman from the main sanctum stands out the most. The idols of Rama, Lakshman, and Sita are carved from a single stone. Head to the Parijat Tree here to tie a bundle of wish in a red cloth.

Timings: NA

Entry fee: NA

Photography: Allowed

11. Nehru Zoological Park

Nehru Zoological Park
Nehru Zoological Park

A 50yr old zoo extending over 380acres, the Nehru Zoological Park is a wonderful blend of ecological programmes, animal habitats, research facilities, and other such attractions. Being a well-equipped zoo, visitors can comfortably spend an entire day here enjoying several facilities such as toy train, kids park, hired bicycle rides, boating, walks around large aquariums with fresh water and marine aqua life on display.

It has India’s first butterfly park and jungle safari. Jurassic Park with live sized models of the extinct species is a major draw for children and makes it one of the best places to see in Hyderabad. Boasting of nearly 1,500 specimens of birds, animals, and reptiles the Nehru Zoological Park also encourages adoption of wild animals by the public.

Timings:

April – June: 8am – 5:30pm,
July – March: 8:30am – 5pm
Closed every Monday

Entry fee: You can check out the official website for the same

Photography: Allowed

12. Salar Jung Museum

Salar Jung Museum
Salar Jung Museum

Located in the prime venue of old Hyderabad city, the Salar Jung Museum has illustrious neighbours like the Charminar, Mecca Masjid and State Central Library and you can see all of them in a small walk tour. One of the must see places to visit in Hyderabad with family, this is among India’s premier museums with 38 galleries spread over three buildings.

Nawab Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, who also lent his name to the museum, acquired a rich repository of artistic achievements of diverse European, Asian and Far Eastern countries of the world; a major chunk of the collection is on display. Check out artifacts mirroring the human evolution from 2nd century BC to early 20th century AD.

Timings: 10am – 5pm & Closed on every Friday and all public holidays

Entry fee:

  • INR 10 for general public
  • INR 150 for foreign citizens
  • Students with identity cards are given 50% concession.
  • Defence personnel in uniform, organized Kisan parties and children below 12 years are also given 50% concession.
  • ‘Children’s Week’ (14th-20th November) school children up to 12 years of age accompanied by teachers are allowed free of charge.
  • ‘Museum Week’ (8th-14th January) public is given concession in the entrance ticket.

Photography: INR 20 for still and mobile photography

13. Snow World

Snow World
Snow World

An indoor wonder world of snow and chill, Snow World is among the must experience places to visit in Hyderabad with family. With one of the largest snow areas spread over 17,000sft, the engaging place is built with state-of-the-art technology producing snow as close to the real one as possible.

With temperature freezing up to -5degree Celsius, the created ambience has a thrilling environment with polar bears, penguins, alpine trees, and snow all the way. A complete arena with kids snow play area, snow slide, snow merry-go-round, sculptures, snow basketball, snow mountain, volley ball, dancing, and an ice hotel make Snow World a family destination.

Timings:

All days of the week

  • 11am – 12noon (1st Session)
  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm (2nd Session)
  • 2pm – 3pm (3rd Session)
  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm (4th Session)
  • 5pm – 6pm (5th Session)
  • 6:30pm – 7:30pm (6th Session)
  • 8pm – 9pm (7th Session)

Entry fee:

  • INR 450 per person adult
  • INR 250 per person child
  • INR 300 per person college student (above 10th class)
  • INR 250 per person school student (up to 10th class)

Photography: Only cameras allowed

14. Biggest Baobab – The Cave of 40 Thieves

Biggest Baobab - The Cave of 40 Thieves
Biggest Baobab – The Cave of 40 Thieves

Not too far from the Golconda Fort is Hyderabad’s biggest possible tree of Baobab. The centuries old Hatiyaan tree stands right opposite the Mulla Khiyali Mosque in the less frequented vicinity of Naya Quila.

Belonging to the African Baobab family, the tree gets its name from its enormous girth and also the branches that look like elephant trunks. The hollow of this mesmerizing tree can easily accommodate over 20 people. An interesting venue to listen to several legends from locals, Haatiyon ka jhad as it’s popularly known is believed to have been the hideout for Ali Baba’s 40 thieves.

Timings: 9am – 5pm, every day

Entry fee: NA

Photography: Allowed

15. Paigah Tombs

The Paigah tombs reflects the beautiful blend of Asaf Jah and Rajputi style in its architecture. Located just 10 Kms away from the Charminar, these tombs are a perfect example of the Indo-Saracenic architecture. Built of marble and with mesmerizing interiors, the tombs also showcases the beautiful Jaali work at the windows.

Location: Qalandar Nagar Rd, Santosh Nagar, Kanchan Bagh, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500058, India
Timings: 10AM – 5PM

16. Mount Opera

Mount Opera
Mount Opera

Mount Opera is an exciting and entertaining water park located in the main city of Hyderabad. Just 4 kms away from the Ramoji Film City, this place is a great escape for a family day out. Located at a hilltop, this water park offers exciting activities like boating, rain dance and discotheque which makes the night more thrilling.

Location: Batasingaram, Hyderabad-Vijayawada Highway, NH-9 Ranga Reddy District, Hyderabad, Telangana, 501528, India
Timings: 11AM – 6PM (Open Daily)

17. Gandipet Lake

Gandipet Lake
Gandipet Lake

Gandipet lake is the main reservoir of the twin cities, Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The lake is spread across a region of 46 Kms, this was built by the Hyderabadi Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan to protect the land from the floods. Made in the year of 1920, standing at this reservoir one can enjoy a scenic sunset.

Location: Ranga Reddy district, Telangana, India

18. Taj Falaknuma Palace

Taj Falaknuma Palace
Taj Falaknuma Palace

Often called the “mirror of the sky”, Taj Falaknuma Palace is a magnificent architecture which stands at a height of 2000-foot high hill. Located just 5 Kms away from Charminar, this majestic palace was built by Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra. Spread across an area of 32 acres, this palace is made of marble. With an accommodation of 22 halls and 220 rooms, this place also has an impressive library, magnificent chandeliers and staircase made of marble. In 2000, this historic palace was taken over by the Taj Group and converted into a 5-star luxury hotel.

Location: Engine Bowli, Falaknuma, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500053, India

19. Chilkur Balaji Temple

Chilkur Balaji Temple
Chilkur Balaji Temple

Located around 30 Kms from the main city of Hyderabad, the Chilkur Balaji Temple is an ancient temple situated at a small village named Chilkur. Resting at the banks of Osman Sagar Lake, this temple is commonly called the Visa Balaji Temple. This is quite a popular temple at the outskirts of the city where hundreds of devotees arrive every year with their wishes.

Location: Chanda Nagar Village, Hyderabad, Telangana, 501504, India
Timings: 5AM – 8PM

20. Durgam Cheruvu

Durgam Cheruvu
Durgam Cheruvu

Durgam Cheruvu is a hidden lake located just close to the Hi-Tech city. The lake stands hidden between an amalgamation of granite rocks hence this is also called the secret lake. Spread across an area of 63 acres, the lake is surrounded by many rocks which are around 2500 million years old. According to the locals, the water of the lake was also used for drinking in the Golconda fort. One can indulge into various activities like pedal boating, camping as well as trekking around the lake.

Location: Road Number 46, Masthan Nagar, CBI Colony, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500033, India

Timings: 10 AM-6:30 PM

21. Purani Haveli

Purani Haveli
Purani Haveli

Purani Haveli is a beautifully built European style architecture which was built in the 19th century by the Peshwa of Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah. It is crafted in a U-shaped complex with only a single storied central building. One of the top tourist places in Hyderabad, this heritage building was acquired by Asaf Jha II and in the 18th century it was renovated by the Nizam of Hyderabad. Currently this haveli is converted into a Nizam’s Museum where various artefacts are preserved.

Location: Pathar Gatti, Near Princess Durru Shehvar Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500002, India
Timings: 10 AM- 5 PM (Daily except Friday)
Entry Fee: INR 15 – Child, INR 80 – Adult

22. Jalavihar

Jalavihar
Jalavihar

Located at the Necklace road, Jalavihar is one of the popular amusement parks in Hyderabad which is a perfect day-out place for the families and kids. It has varied options for entertainment within its boundaries. From the water rides like the Mini Aqua Trailers and Tilt bucket to the various options of dry rides, this place makes a great place to head towards with kids.

Location: 22/9, Necklace Road, Hussain Sagar, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500063, India
Timings: 10:30AM – 7PM (Open Daily)

23. Shilparamam

Shilparamam
Shilparamam

A quaint little man-made village, Shilparamam is one of the best tourist places in Hyderabad which is dedicated to arts, handicrafts, and culture. Putting up a lot of cultural and traditional shows for the visitors and all travelers, Shilparamam is built on a village theme which also houses a museum as well as a lake inside. Also, for when you visit this gorgeous attraction, do not miss out on treating your taste buds to authentic Awadhi cuisines at Sahib’s Barbeque which is one of the best restaurants in Hyderabad.

Location: Jubilee Enclave, Hitech City, Near Cyber Towers, Hyderabad, Telangana 500081
Timings: Monday to Sunday – 10:30 AM to 8 PM
Entry Fee: INR 40 per adult; INR 20 per child; INR 30 per person for boating; INR 15 per person for battery-operated cars
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24. Chowmahalla Palace

Chowmahalla Palace
Chowmahalla Palace

As it is popularly known as Chowmahallatuu among the locals, the fascinating Chowmahalla Palace is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad in 3 days that manifests the real essence of Nizam’s culture. Having served as the royal residence of the Nizams, and the royal seat of Asaf Jahi Dynasty in the bygone era, the palace continues to impress the travelers with the grandeur and rich historical past.

Location: 20-4-236, Motigalli, Khilwat, Hyderabad, Telangana 500002
Timings: Saturday to Thursday – 10 AM to 5 PM; Closed on Fridays

25. NTR Gardens

NTR Gardens
NTR Gardens

Of all the places to visit in Hyderabad, NTR Gardens is comparatively a newest addition to the family of tourist attractions in the city. Dedicated and built in the memory of Late Shri N.T. Rama Rao, a visit to the lush NTR Gardens is a must for those who’re in search for a place to revive their mind, body, and soul.

Location: NTR Marg, Central Secretariat, Khairatabad, Hyderabad
Timings: Monday to Sunday – 24 Hours
Entry Fee: INR 15 per adult; INR 10 per child; INR 30 per camera; INR 65 per video camera

26. Lumbini Park

Lumbini Park
Lumbini Park

A modern urban park located at the core of the city, Lumbini Park is one of the refreshing places to visit in Hyderabad in evening. Letting the locals unwind after a tiring day and entertaining the travelers with the magical light and sound show, the park is dedicated to Lord Buddha and is named after Lumbini of Nepal.

Location: Opposite Secretariat New Gate, Khairatabad, Hyderabad, Telangana 500004
Timings: Monday to Sunday – 9AM to 9PM
Laser Show Timings: Weekdays – 7.15 PM; Weekends: 7.15 PM and 8.30 PM


Best Things To Do

1. Visit Golconda Fort

The ‘Shepherd’s Hill’ or the Golconda Fort is one of the must visit landmarks of the city. Situated in the western part of the city, this glorious fortress is not just an important tourist spot, but also an architectural marvel of the past!

Built on a granite hill during the reign of the mighty Kaktiya dynasty, it has witnessed the rise and fall of several other dynasties that ruled over the region at different points of history. Measuring around 400ft, it now attracts a large number of travellers, history buffs, archaeological enthusiasts and others alike. A visit to this historic monument will surely take you back to the era when it served as a strong line of defence for the kings and emperors.

Along with these, its detailed and exuberant architecture that showcases the brilliance of the past is truly a sight to behold! A visit to Golconda Fort will surely serve your purpose of getting acquainted with Hyderabad’s glorious past!

2. Witness the Qutb Shahi Tombs in Ibrahim Bagh

On your next Hyderabad tour, do not forget to visit the stunning Qutb Shahi Toms in the Ibrahim Bagh! Located within a close proximity to the Golconda Fort, these are the tombs to commemorate the seven Qutub Shahi rulers who ruled over this region.

Standing on a square platform, all the cenotaphs were built according to Persian, Pasthun and Hindu architecture and were intricately decorated with stunning chandeliers, covered with smooth velvets with silver poles as the support. Some of these tombs had golden spires that made them distinguishable among the others; tombs with such spires marked the burial ground of the Sultans.

Though after the end of the Qutub dynasty, these cenotaphs were ignored, their beauty and elegance were once again restored during the reign of Sir Salar Jung III. Since then, these historical sites has been grabbing the eyeballs of the tourists and a visit to them is considered as one of the must Hyderabad things to do.

3. Feel the Royalty in Chowmahalla Palace

Forts and palaces have always been a mark of the reputation and fame of the kings and emperors! The Chowmahalla Palace that was once the official residence of the Nizams is once such palace that explains the influence and architectural taste of the Hyderabadi rulers.

For several decades, this meticulously designed palace hosted grand celebrations, witnessed several historic occurring and made a prominent mark of the royalty of the Nizams. Built over more than 40 acres, the detailed architecture, elegantly crafted interiors and the layout of Chowmahalla Palace is believed to be inspired from Tehran’s Shah Iran Palace.

Divided into northern and southern courtyards, it also has several gardens and intricately designed fountains that defines the opulence and royalty of the then rulers.

4. Stroll around the Charminar

Two things, without which Hyderabad won’t be Hyderabad: dum biryani and the Charminar! Known globally as the most important landmark of the city, a visit to this historical monument is indeed among the must to have experiences in Hyderabad!

Built by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shai in the year 1591AD, this stunning minaret stand on the banks of the Musi River and once marked the centre of the city. Surrounded by the Laad Bazaar and the Makkah Masjid, this architectural marvel is built in Indo-Islamic style and has four different gateways.

All the four minarets of the structure has domes that are decorated with several intriguing designs and artefacts.

During your Hyderabad tour, take a stroll around this stunning structure, witness how life thrives around it. Go shopping, sample some of the delicious Hyderabadi dishes and add an extra flavour to your trip!

5. Revisit the British Essence around Koti Residency

Call this mansion as the Koti or British Hyderabad Residency; you will always find the charms of a bygone era around this opulent mansion. Built during 1798-1805 by James Kirkpatrick, one of the British residents in Hyderabad, it served as his private mansion back then.

Standing as testimony to the golden era of the city of Nizams, the architecture of the British Residency is believed to be inspired from the White House, U.S. In the past, it served as the embassy of the East India Company and was later converted as Osmania University College for Women.

High and elegant, British Residency now stands as one of the protected monument in Hyderabad, and a visit to this opulent mansion is a must!

6. Moula Ali Dargah

Located on a hilltop, Moula Ali Dargah in the Moula Ali suburb of Hyderabad was originally built in the memory of Ali, the son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad. A place of high religious importance, it was originally built as a masjid and said to have the handprints of Ali.

The sanctity that exists here and its healing properties has made it an important pilgrimage among the devotees.

This pious site can be reached by traversing an array of steps that lead to the main campus. In addition, the rugged and undulated terrains to the hilltop makes it for an amazing experience! Though visitors are allowed inside only during the three days of ‘Urs’ festival during the holy month of ‘Muharram’, you can still climb to the dargah and witness its grandeurs.

On your Hyderabad tour, make it to this astounding hilltop, and enjoy the panoramic views from the hilltop; it is also one of the ideal spot that offers amazing views of almost the entire city.

7. Visit the Paigah Tombs

The royal city of Hyderabad is jotted with several historical monuments and marvellous architectures. The Paigah Tombs; also konwn as the ‘Maqbara Shams al-Umara’, is among the must visit masterpiece of the past! Located in the vicinity of Pisal Banda, it is a testimony of the brilliant craftsmanship of the bygone era and is intricately adorned with mosaic works and marble stones.

Built by the Paigah Family, its architecture and layout is a combination of Mughal and Moorish style. Adorned in stucco style, its shape and pattern are yet another remarkable aspects; the geometrical pattern used in its construction is unique and cannot be commonly found anywhere in the world!

The final abode of several Paigah members, these remarkable tombs depict some of the glorious tales of the past. Their structure and architecture is truly an inspiration for the present day world; a visit to these tombs is indeed one of the most delightful things to do in Hyderabad.

8. Witness Grandiosity of the Past in Makkah Masjid

A city, where almost every corner has a delicious food joint or the display of an architecture brilliance of the old world, Hyderabad takes the pride of being the meeting point of several religions! To witness this, you must visit the grand Makkah Masjjid within the old city limits.

With the foundation laid by Muhannad Quli Qutb Shah, who brought soil from Mecca (or Makkah), the holiest place for the Muslims; this sacred masjid in Hyderabad is located within the close proximity of the Chowmahalla Palace and Charminar. Bricks used in the construction were made from the Mecca and thus it got its name.

Arched facades of granite, arches supporting the roof, intricately crafted minarets and the detailed carvings on the doors and windows add to the opulent appeal of Makkah Masjid. Furthermore, measuring around 75x220x180ft, it can accommodate around 10,000 devotees at the same time.

Irrespective of the religious background, people from all over the country throngs this grand monument and have a glimpse of it.

9. Rediscover the Charms of the Past in Salar Jung Museum

Located on the banks of River Musi in Hyderabad, Salar Jung Museum is a place that is meant for every history lover that visits this city of Nizams. It is one of those things to do in Hyderabad that no tourist can miss out on. This museum accommodates the biggest one-man antique collection from the world and is also the third largest museum in India.

Tracing the history back till the first century with its collection, this museum is an absolute treat to all the antique and history lovers. Following the legacy of collecting wonderful art works from the distant European, Asian and other countries; the museum still keeps up the tradition of collection and is a major attraction for the tourist that arrive to this city.

10. Seek Blessing from Lord Vishnu in Birla Mandir

Dedicated to the supreme incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Birla Mandir was built by Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Mission. Showcasing the brilliance of Utkala, Dravidian and Rajasthani architecture, this temple is a blissful sightseeing spot for both the believers of Vishnu and lovers of ancient architecture.

Apart for just Lord Vishnu, other deity’s like Padmavati and Lord Venkateshwara are also established in different shrines at Birla Mandir. The spell binding architecture carved on the granite stones become the major attractions of this place. The mandir is located on a hill top giving beautiful view of the surroundings that add to the blissful experience at Birla Mandir.

11. Be a Part of the Rathyatra in Jagannath Temple

An absolute architectural marvel located in Hyderabad, Jagannath Temple is yet another major spot for tourist attraction in this land of Nizams! Catering to the numerous devotees of Lord Jagannath, this modern temple is also a masterpiece in terms of its architectural designs.

The temple attracts maximum number of tourists to visit and witness the splendour of Jagannath temple.

Built on similar grounds of Jagannath Temple in Puri, this temple in Hyderabad is best known for its architectural wonder; especially the peak of this temple. Along with enjoying the beauty of this temple, tourists and devotees can also pay a visit to the temple during its annual festival and witness the glorious Rathyatra, during which three deities of the temple are taken out on a grand procession.

12. Spend an Fun-filled Day in Ramoji Film City

A perfect destination to visit; may it be with family or friends, Ramoji Film City is an entire day entertainment for the tourists to Hyderabad. Any kind of activity from enjoying the spell binding view at this wonderful film city to engaging yourself in an adventure activity, it is all just a step away at Ramoji Film City.

The film city not just has a record setting film studio but also is famous for both natural and artificial attractions. With an inbuilt film studio, amusement park and hotel, a visit to this stunning destination is one of the best things to do in Hyderabad.

13. Visit the Visa God in Chilkur Balaji Temple

Out of the numerous religious places that exist in Hyderabad, Chilkur Balaji Temple is something you should not miss out during your Hyderabad tour! Also known as the ‘Visa Balaji Temple’, it is located next to Osman Sagar Lake in Hyderabad.

Well, what makes this pious temple a tourist attraction is the fact that it is believed that a visit to this temple gets you visa clearance! Visited by thousands of visa applicants, it is nestled amidst lush greeneries and its brilliant architecture proves to be a treat for the history and architecture enthusiasts.

14. Enjoy Jungle Safari at Nehru Zoological Park

Take a break from visiting the amazing art and architectural masterpieces that exist in Hyderabad and turn toward the wilder side of this city! Established back in 1959, Nehru Zoological Park is a great way to spend time amidst the nature and its wonderful creations.

Experiencing the essence of nature and sightseeing in this zoological park; it should definitely make it to your list of offbeat experiences in Hyderabad.

With the breath-taking safari and jungle visit, one can have a relaxed experience and also enjoy the wildlife around. The exotic species of animals are yet another attraction that exist in this park and are the major tourist attractions in Hyderabad.

Delve deep into the wilderness of the park, indulge in a jungle safari and spot some of the exotic wildlife species like Indian Rhino, Asiatic Lion, Bengal Tiger, Panther, Indian Elephant and several others.

15. Feel the Peace and Tranquillity beside Hussain Sagar Lake

If you are looking for a quiet and calm evening in Hyderabad, you must visit the Hussain Sagar Lake! Built by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali in the year 1562, it was once the primary water source to the city and now serves as an important tourist destination as well as a major sailing destination in the country.

Located within the diameter of several other landmarks of the city, this artificial lake receives its supply from the Musa River.

Enjoying the beauty of this lake and its magnificent view is something that should not be missed by any tourist of Hyderabad. Within the lake, there stands a 32ft high state of Gautam Buddha that enhances the charm and appeal of the lake.

Visit this lake in the evening, spend some of the pleasant moments along with clicking some of the most amazing pictures during your Hyderabad tour.

16. Shop Around Laad Bazaar

To fulfil your shopping spree, Hyderabad has number of places in store for you! The most popular among them is the Laad bazaar which is best known for bangles. Close to the Charminar and Chowmahalla Palace, this place is also called the ‘Choodi Bazaar’ as the entire market place is known for selling bangles.

Operating since the times of Nizams and Qtub Shahi’s, this bustling market is known for the authentic bangles and other traditional jewellery. A hub for wedding shopping,  silver, precious stones and pearls, are sold in this market along with the many other items and jewels.

Laad Bazaar is of huge attraction to people who love shopping and is one of the major looks outs among the other shopping outlets in Hyderabad.

17. A Walk Through the Rock Walks

Seating graciously on the Deccan Plateau, Hyderabad is blessed with numerous natural marvels and sights to behold! Ageing around 2,500 million years, this plateau is the abode of a range of fascinating rock formations. Naturally balanced, these granite rocks and monolith, with their captivating shapes and sizes, proves to be one of the heavenly gift of the Deccan Plateau.

Visit these rocky ridges on every third Sunday of the month; take a walk through the vicinity and get acquainted with their astounding beauty! Treks are also usually conducted here by the ‘Save the Rocks Foundation’ for free of cost.

A walk through them is undoubtedly one of the offbeat and best things to do in Hyderabad.

18. Enjoy the Nature in KBR National Park

Built in 1994, Kasu Bramhanda Reddy National Park is a major tourist attraction in the city of Nizams. Besides having the picturesque view of the wonderful flora and fauna like any other national park, KBR National Park is famous for the Chitan Palace and the other historic structures within its perimeter.

Home to several rare and endangered species, this park seats atop the Jubilee Hills and attracts a large number wildlife lovers. If you happen to visit this pictorial park in the morning, you can catch the glimpses of how the stunning sunrays fills in the ambience with its golden rays and creates a magical spell on everyone!

And in case you are an evening lover, you will find utmost peace and serenity within this gorgeous park. Among the array of things to do in Hyderabad, a visit to this KBR National Park is a must!

19. Catch the Thrill of Go Karting in Runway 9

You don’t have to look out a lot to have fun in Hyderabad; adding another exciting activity to the list of things to do in Hyderabad is the go karting experience! Spread over five acres, Runway 9 is another exotic experience that will keep you soaked with unlimited fun and excitement throughout the day.

With a number of activities like Go Karting, Rock Climbing, Foos Ball, Bungy Trampoline, Laser Combat, Roller Skating and many others, Runway 9 has a lot more in store for your entertainment and excitement.

This place also offers different packages for games and food, some of them include party; this also make it an ideal destination for an outing or other such events.

20. Great Hyderabad Adventure Club

Well, so far what has been listed here, talks about the ethnicity and charms of the city of Nizams. However, it will be utterly wrong if you assume Hyderabad to be only a place of culture, heritage and splendours of the bygone era! Fringed with several hills, mountains and fascinating hillocks, the city also offers a range of adventure activities as well.

While in this city, if you happen to yearn for some of the most amazing or adventurous things to do in Hyderabad, you must make it to the Hyderabad Adventure Club. A hub of the adrenaline junkies, this club conducts several enthralling activities like trekking, paragliding, white water rafting, bouldering and several others.

Register with this club and get indulge in all these Hyderabad things to do and to explore the adventurous facets of the city.

Hyderabad has a numerous things to be visited and discovered; meanwhile, it also brings an experience to its tourist which is much more than just the destinations! From holding the best of monuments in the country which are also known worldwide to having the best in store for the adrenaline junkies, the city has everything that can enthral a traveller!

A perfect example of the balance between modernisation and cultural heritage, this city surely needs a visit.


Best Places To Eat

From lavish diners to cheap eats, from traditional cafes to modern bakeries, from barbecues to biryanis, here are the top 20 restaurants in the magnificent city of Hyderabad that can turn anyone into a foodie!

1. AB’s Absolute Barbecue

This is one of the best restaurants in Hyderabad that serves the famous ‘wish grill’. It’s fun ambience and quick service makes it a jam-packed restaurant, so making prior reservations would be a prudent choice. It has two outlets in the city, equally good, so you can choose from the one nearest you. The diners particularly appraise the ambience of the restaurant that is suitable for friends and family alike.
Location:Gachibowli, Jubilee Hills
Cuisine:European, Mediterranean, North Indian
Cost For Two: INR 1,500/-
Zomato Rating: 4.7
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2. Almond House

Looking for a place to satiate your sweet tooth? Almond House is the place to be! It not only serves cakes and mithat but is one of the veg restaurants in hyderabad. The place is economical and can be visited for quick bites and satisfying sugar cravings.

Location: Banjara Hills
Cuisine: Mithai, Street Food
Cost For Two: INR 300/-
Google Rating: 4.5
Zomato Rating: 4.1
Website | Zomato

3. Punjab Grill

A perfect amalgamation of North Indian and Mughlai cuisine, Punjab Grills is one of the most popular buffet restaurants in Hyderabad. Reserving your seat is a good option as the place if often packed. It is a great place for friends and families to dine in and bond over their favorite cuisine, like, chicken biryani, butter chicken and other appetising dishes. Booking a table in the ‘happy hour’ enables you to get a discount on your favorite dishes.
Location: Jubilee Hills
Cuisine:North Indian, Mughlai
Cost For Two:INR 1,800/-
Google Rating: 3.9
Zomato Rating: 4
Website | Zomato

4. TGI Fridays

If a complete bar, an area to smoke, wifi and enjoyable night life is what you are craving, visit TGI Fridays, one of the best restaurants in Hyderabad. Their happy hour is 1+1 on drinks and a pitcher of beer with Tostada Chicken Nachos, that will make a boring and tiresome Wednesday evening instantly happy and fulfilling.
Location: Banjara Hills
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Cost For Two: INR 2,000/-
Google Rating: 3.3
Zomato Rating: 3.7
Website | Zomato

5. Tatva

Appealing decor, comfortable seating with courteous and friendly staff make tatva one of the best restaurants in the city of Hyderabad for a fine-dine experience. Mocktails, paneer tikka, nachos, spring rolls, one has a lot of variety to choose from. Not only snacks and main course, their desserts are quite in demand as well. The restaurant also provides for valet service and all in all is a great place to dine in.
Location:Jubilee Hills
Cuisine:Continental, Italian, North Indian, Chinese
Cost For Two: INR 1,200/-
Google Rating: 4.3
Zomato Rating: 4.3
Website | Zomato

6. Cafe Bahar

The place is well renowned for its mouth-watering haleem, mutton biryani, Hyderabadi dum biryani, vegetable biryani and butter chicken. The service is prompt and the brilliant and legendary biryani served here makes it one of the top restaurants in Hyderabad. The best part is the place is quite economical and two people can dine in for about INR 600 only! Searching for best restaurants in Hyderabad to savour the authentic taste of biryani? You now know the place to be.
Location:Basheer Bagh
Cuisine:Biryani, North Indian, Chinese
Cost For Two: INR 600/-
Google Rating: 4.2
Zomato Rating: 4.2
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7. Cowboys and Angels

One of the new restaurants in Hyderabad, Cowboys and Angels have a unique and thrilling menu, just like their name. A retro interior with live DJ, the ambiance is nothing but the best! The courteous staff, a huge variety of food and drinks make this place one of the best restaurants in Hyderabad.
Location:Jubilee Hills
Cuisine:Continental, North Indian, Chinese
Cost For Two: INR 1,000/-
Google Rating: 4.1
Zomato Rating: 4
Website | Zomato

8. Mandil

Specialising in North Indian and Mughlai, some of the delicious dishes of this place are jumbo prawns, Kashmiri naan, malai kofta, chicken curry among many more. The place is wifi enabled and is suitable for buffet or dine-in. A cozy ambiance and a friendly staff make the place a free zone to bond with your friends and family which makes it one of the famous restaurants in Hyderabad.
Location: Kondapur
Cuisine: North Indian, Mughlai
Cost For Two: INR 1,000/
Google Rating: 4.1
Zomato Rating: 4.1
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9. Smoky Pitara

One of the new restaurants in Hyderabad, Smoky Pitara is famous for its veg buffet and Mexican sizzler. Their mouth melting kulchas and naans are what attracts the tourists and locals alike. It is one of the veg restaurants in Hyderabad and is a great place for vegetarians who look for pure-veg restaurants. Mostly there are offers going on here that enables you for discount and free wifi is like the icing on the top!
Location:Jubilee Hills
Cuisine:Continental, Italian, North Indian, Chinese
Cost For Two: INR 1,000/
Google Rating: 4
Zomato Rating: 4
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10. Bonsai

The restaurant specialises in Chinese and Continental dishes and enjoys some rave reviews. The ambiance of the place is cozy and comfortable. Good service, palatable dishes, and cozy environment makes it one of the top restaurants in Hyderabad.

Location: Kondapur
Cuisine: Chinese, Continental
Cost For Two: INR 1,000/-
Zomato Rating: 4.3
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11. Dhaba Estd 1986 Delhi

A great place for casual dining, Dhaba Estb 1986 Delhi serves North Indian cuisine with an authentic taste of the North Indian flavors. It is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Hyderabad. The place is equipped with live bar counter and music. Chicken curry, sarso da saag, tila kulfi, rasmalai are some of the famous dishes served here which never fail to steal the heart and satiate the taste buds. Other than North Indian and dhaba cuisine, one can also savour the delicious street food of Hyderabadat Dhaba Estd 1986 Delhi.
Location:Kondapur
Cuisine: North Indian
Cost For Two: INR 1,700/-
Zomato Rating: 4.5
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12. Flechazo

One of the new restaurants in Hyderabad, Flechazo specialises in Mediterranean, Asian and North Indian delicacies. The diners often praise the decor, ambiance, and hospitality of the restaurant. Hence, it has also received good reviews and never fails to leave an impression. The place is wifi enabled with free and valet parking. It is also kid-friendly. All these features make it one of the best eateries in Hyderabad.
Location: Jubilee Hills
Cuisine: Mediterránea, Postres, Charcoal Grill, North Indian, Asiática
Cost For Two: INR 1,200/-
Google Rating: 4.2
Zomato Rating: 4.5
Website | Zomato

13. Rajasthani Thali Restaurant

One of the veg restaurants in Hyderabad, Rajasthani Thali Restaurant specialises in Rajasthani and Gujarati cuisine. So, if your calling is kadhi, dal bati churma or dhokla, now you know the place to be. This restaurant is a regional favorite that serves terrific thalis and Jain food. It can be considered one of the best restaurants in Hyderabad for vegetarians, Jains and anyone who would love the Mewari cuisine.
Location:Kukatpally
Cuisine:Rajasthani, Gujarati
Cost For Two: INR 800/-
Zomato Rating: 4

14. Conçu

A place that would make you forget all the patisseries you have been to, Conçu steals hearts with its Tiramisu, Cheesecake, Macaroon, Carrot Cake, Choux Pastry, Chocolate Eclair, Cappuccino and many more desserts. It has an arrangement for outside seating and the ambiance is quite cozy. The place has generated excellent reviews from its diners and happens to one of the top restaurants in Hyderabad.
Location:Jubilee Hills
Cuisine:Bakery, Desserts
Cost For Two: INR 600/-
Google Rating: 4.5
Zomato Rating: 4.7
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15. Jalpaan

Decorated in a regal fashion, Jalpaan is one of the veg restaurants in Hyderabad with a delightful ambiance and friendly staff. Its mouthwatering Butter Naan, Vegetable Biryani, Chaat, Potli Biryani, Noodles, Gulab Jamun and Paneer Tikka are quite famous and never fails to appeal to the taste buds. Undoubtedly, it is one of the top restaurants in Hyderabad and is known for adding a royal touch to its veg delicacies.
Location:Begumpet
Cuisine:North Indian, Chinese, Continental
Cost For Two: INR 1,200/-
Google Rating: 4
Zomato Rating: 3.7
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16. The Coffee Cup

The Coffee Cup is the ultimate place to chill with friends and family. Its coffee experience and the breakfast menu is what makes it one of the best restaurants in Hyderabad. The place is equipped with free wifi, live music, outdoor sitting and is even pet-friendly! Trying its coffees, mocktails and club sandwiches are a must on the list. One can even play board games sitting outside, adoring the view while enjoying some live music.
Location: Sainikpuri
Cuisine: Cafe, Continental, Salad
Cost For Two: INR 800/-
Google Rating: 4.4
Zomato Rating: 4.6
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17. Sahib’s Barbeque

Searching for great buffet restaurants in Hyderabad? Put Sahib’s Barbeque on the list! Famous for its Hyderabadi and Awadhi cuisines, Sahib’s Barbeque by Ohri’s delights the foodie in you. It serves delicious Firni, Dum Ka Chicken, Haleem, Mutton Soup, Mutton Seekh, Paan Ice Cream, and Mocktails. Courteous staff, prompt service and live Sufi music with great food make it one of the best restaurants in Hyderabad.
Location:Hitech City
Cuisine:Hyderabadi, Awadhi
Cost For Two: INR 1,400/-
Google Rating: 3.6
Zomato Rating: 4.5
Website | Zomato

18. Olive Bistro

A great place to enjoy the nightlife, Olive Bistro has live sports screening, wifi enabled area, a zone for smoking, outdoor sitting and a full bar. Sangria, Ravioli, Tiramisu, Mocktails, Potato Wedges, Risotto, Bruschettas are some of the cuisines to try in the place. The city view from here is quite amazing and the ambiance is lovely which makes all the diners contented. All these features make Olive Bistro one of the best restaurants in Hyderabad.
Location:Jubilee Hills
Cuisine:Mediterranean, Italian, European, Salad
Cost For Two: INR 2,000/-
Google Rating: 4.3
Zomato Rating: 4.5
Website | Zomato

19. Paradise

A legendary outlet to savour brilliant biryanis, Paradise is one of the best restaurants in Hyderabad with rooftop dining, valet parking and delicious food. Its Mirchi Salan, Mutton Biryani, Basmati Rice, Chicken Hara Bhara Kebab, Chicken Dum Biryani, Tandoori Chicken, Butter Chicken are what attracts the diners. The localities and tourists visit the restaurant alike and their economical prices give the place a major boost. So do not forget to visit Paradise, one of the best restaurants in Hyderabad.
Location:Paradise Circle
Cuisine:Biryani, North Indian, Chinese
Cost For Two: INR 800/-
Zomato Rating: 4.2
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20. Exotica

Living up to its name, Exotica is a popular restaurant in Hyderabad that serves Mughlai, North Indian and Chinese and has an option of outdoor sitting. The place is equipped with a full bar counter, live sports screening, valet parking, buffet and a lot more. It is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Hyderabad and is renowned for Kulfi, Chicken Malai Tikka, Pepper Chicken, Kheer, Chicken Manchow Soup, Mutton Biryani, Pinacolada. It has courteous and friendly staff and the rooftop ambiance gives the place an edge over. So while you are in the city, searching for best restaurants in Hyderabad, include Exotica in the list.

Location: Banjara Hills
Cuisine: Mughlai, North Indian, Chinese
Cost For Two: INR 1500/-
Google Rating: 4.3
Zomato Rating: 4.5
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Best Places To Stay

1. Honey Berg Resorts

Get away from the bustling environment of city and elope to the calm and quiet surroundings of Honey Berg resort. Equipped with contemporary extravagance facilities, the place offers best in class recreation. From relaxing by the swimming pool to jumping on a trampoline like a crazy couple, from playing badminton together to riding a horse, you can enjoy a plethora of activities here. Look forward to an exotic stay at this resort.

Address: Muraharipalli Village, Near Genome Valley, Medchal Mandal, Hyderabad, Telangana 500078
Average Price/Night: INR 2,853 onwards

2. Summer Green Resorts

Located in the most serene and picturesque surroundings, Summer Green Resorts offer a great staying experience for the couples seeking some quality time together. Rejuvenate and rekindle amidst verdant greenery and sprawling lawns or laze off by the plush swimming pool. The resort offers a variety of adventure activities for the couples which you can take part in. It would be a great fun experience together.

Address: Survey No 90, A,111,112/A,112/B, Thumkunta Village, Shamirpet, Secunderabad, Telangana 500078
Average Price/Night: INR 2,468

3. Brindavan Resorts

Designed in a classic divine theme of Brindavan, this resort is where you can experience the aura of the humble abode that the Indian city of Brindavan is. Transcend into the bygone era of Krishna Nagri during your stay at Brindavan Resorts. You will also find a number of leisure options to pass your time in the resorts. Choose any of their sophisticatedly designed rooms. The best part of this resort is that is located in tranquil and peaceful surroundings.

Address: Shamirpet, Shameerpet, Telangana 500078
Average Price/Night: INR 1,900-2,100 per night

4. Ragala Resorts

If you want an eco-friendly budget stay, Songs of Earth Resort is a perfect sojourn for couples. It offers a variety of adventure-based activities for its guests to experience some adrenaline rush through their veins. Enjoy exploring the jungle zone, climbing Burma bridges, or riding an ATV during your stay at the resort. You can choose among various rooms or even enjoy camping under the stars if you wish.

Address: Plot No.3-61, G-1, Venkatadri Enclave, Street No.6, Jai Nagar Colony, Behind OBC, Habsiguda, Hyderabad, Telangana 500007
Average Price/Night: INR 2,500-6,000
TripAdvisor Ratings: 4.5/5

5. Pragati Resorts Hyderabad

Spread over an area of about 85 acres, Pragati Resorts is one of the best resorts in Hyderabad for married couples to give the monotony of life, a break. Surrounded by refreshing greens of nature, flora, and fauna, it is one of the most eco-friendly resorts of Hyderabad.

Located at a distance of just 35 minutes from the city center of Hyderabad, Pragati Resort offers a lot of peace and calm along with the modern amenities of a multicuisine restaurant, boating facilities, a banquet hall, thrilling water slides, a wide range of indoor and outdoor games, and much more.

Address: Chilkuru Balaji Temple Road, Proddutur Village, Shankarpally Mandal, Ranga Reddy District, Hyderabad
Average Price/Night: Starts from INR 4,423 (double-sharing basis & tax excluded)
TripAdvisor Ratings: 3.5/5
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6. Aalankrita Resort

Considered to be one of the best resorts in Hyderabad for lovers of nature, Aalankrita Resort is one resort which is synonymous with ultimate comfort, and sheer bliss. Featuring well-maintained and well-manicured gardens, a stay at Aalankrita Resort will treat with soothing greens to far and beyond.

Taking you closer to nature, the resort enables the guests to explore honeymoon places near Hyderabad and also offers a lounge, and spa facilities other than housing a 119 luxurious rooms.

Address: Thumkunta Village, Shameerpet Mandal, Medchal District, Hyderabad
Average Price/Night: Starts from INR 4,100 (double-sharing basis & tax excluded)
TripAdvisor Ratings: 4/5
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7. Papyrus Port Resort

With its fort being constructed on the basis of an Egyptian theme, one can very well imagine the source from where the resort and its architecture has been inspired. Considered to be a one-of-a-kind resort due to the representation of the rich Egyptian culture, Papyrus Port is also much famed for being one of the best resorts near Hyderabad for couples.

Apart from the striking decor, the hotel also features a multi cuisine restaurant, the famous Senet Room, lush green lawns, facilities for spa therapy, an open-air theatre, a huge swimming pool, and a well-equipped gym that will make your stay worth the experience.

Address: Bangalore Highway, Near 34th Milestone, Mahaboob Nagar District, Thimmapur, Hyderabad
Average Price/Night: Starts from INR 3,000 (double-sharing basis & tax excluded)
TripAdvisor Ratings: 3/5
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8. Celebrity Resort

With a striking resemblance to the Walt Disney Castle (often seen in the logo of the Walt Disney movies), staying at Celebrity Resort is an experience in itself. Other than featuring luxurious rooms that range from deluxe to luxury villas, and suites, Celebrity Resort is known for its hospitality and top-class services.

For pure vegetarians, this resort serves as a pure delight and other than a multicuisine restaurant, the couples can also dance the night away in the entertaining DJ hall. Spread across an area of about 210 acres, the resort is located in the heart of Shamirpet which is perfect for the couples who’re looking forward to relish a countryside experience.

Address: Survey No.1222, ORR Circle, Karimnagar Highway, Shamirpet , Medchal, Hyderabad
Average Price/Night: Starts from INR 3,500 (double-sharing basis & tax excluded)
TripAdvisor Ratings: 3/5
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9. Leonia Holistic Destination

Considering the pace at which people are evolving every minute, there is no human on this planet who doesn’t feel the need to relax. Having understood this need before the demand arises, Leonia Holistic Destination has taken a wise step towards catering to the well being of all the travelers across the world.

Surrounded by unique rock formations and greenery all around, Leonia Holistic Destination is an out of the world property that is all about luxury, warmth, positive vibes, and good feels. Stay in one of the celestial suites or the lagoon villas, and let the peace and quiet take over.

Address: Bommaraspet, Shameerpet, Ranga Reddy District, Hyderabad
Average Price/Night: Starts from INR 3,650 (double-sharing basis & tax excluded)
TripAdvisor Ratings: 4/5
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Best Resorts In Hyderabad For Couples

Here are some of the best private places for couples in Hyderabad where lovebirds can spend some quality time together without being disturbed from the outside world.

10. Lahari Resorts Hyderabad

The first thing that you’ll notice about Lahari Resort is that of the flowerbeds, the striking fountains, and astonishing sculptures paved along the way that adorns this lush property. Spread across an area of about 35 acres, the resort takes immense pride in housing a full-fledged cricket stadium, and facilities for go karting crossfire.

Other than 59 luxurious suites and rooms, the resort also features modern amenities that include bowling, swimming pool, a bar lounge, a well-equipped gym, and much more which makes it one of the best resorts in Hyderabad for couples.

Address: Bhanoor, Near Patancheru, Hyderabad
Average Price/Night: Starts from INR 6,000 (double-sharing basis & tax excluded)
TripAdvisor Ratings: 3.5/5
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11. Taj Krishna Resort

Located at a distance of about 1.6 kilometers from the Khairatabad Railway Station in Hyderabad, the Taj Krishna Resorts stands tall as a sign of the world-class chain of hotels, the Taj. It is one of those resorts which needs no introduction as the brand name suffices for the kind of hospitality, services, and luxury that they bring to the table.

Set in the heart of Banjara Hills, the resort treats you to the panoramic views of the city and the famous Hussain Sagar Lake. Also, relish authentic Hyderabadi cuisines at the famous restaurant of Firdaus, and savor the best Cantonese dishes at your very own Golden Dragon within the premises of the resort.

Address: Rd Number 1, Mada Manzil, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad
Average Price/Night: Starts from INR 8,000 (double-sharing basis & tax excluded)
TripAdvisor Ratings: 4.5/5
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12. Mrugavani Resort and Spa

Mrugavani Resort and Spa is indeed one of the best resorts in Hyderabad for couples,because this is the best place to stay in well-built tree houses. Other than the 45 beautifully built suites, the resort houses exclusive tree houses, cottage blocks with private pools,and two in-house restaurants. It is one of the best private places for couples in Hyderabad.

Not only that, the resort is also home to the luxurious Nizam tents, other multicuisine restaurants, and dedicated villas for post-spa treatment wellness. Apart from all these modern facilities, the guests can also choose to indulge in various activities such as horse riding, trekking, and more.

Address: SY No. 177/1, Chevella Road, Aziz Nagar, Moinabad, Ranga Reddy District, Hyderabad
Average Price/Night: Starts from INR 3,100 (double-sharing basis & tax excluded)
TripAdvisor Ratings: 4.5/5
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13. Vivanta By Taj Begumpet

Located at a distance of just 10 minutes from the Begumpet railway station, the best part about Vivanta By Taj Begumpet resort is its ability to surround the guests with peace and calm despite its central location.

Set centrally amidst all the popular places near Hyderabad, local eateries, and shopping places, Vivanta by Taj Begumpet turns out to be a cultural delight for all the travelers. Comprising of 181 well-appointed luxurious rooms, and suites, your stay in Hyderabad will be worth the experience at Vivanta by Taj Begumpet.

Address: 1-10-147 & 148, Begumpet, Hyderabad
Average Price/Night: Starts from INR 5,800 (double-sharing basis & tax excluded)
TripAdvisor Ratings: 4.5/5
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14. Button Eyes Resort

Bringing in good news for all the pet lovers, Button Eyes Resort is hands down one of the best resorts in Hyderabad for couples to relax and chill with each other as well their fur buddies. Holidaying with your pets does not only feel like a cherry on top of the cake, but also is a great source of stress buster.

A perfect combination of luxury and countryside, Button Eyes resort is the best place for those who seek privacy and a break from the rest of the world. With cozy rooms, a terrace garden, and your canine cuties, a holiday at Button Eyes Resort will be worth your time, money, and experience.

Address: Tholkatta Village Road, Near SV Engineering College, Moinabad, Hyderabad
Average Price/Night: Starts from INR 3,200 (double-sharing basis & tax excluded)
TripAdvisor Ratings: 4.5/5
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15. Palm Exotica Boutique Resort & Spa

Want to be spoilt for choice on a luxury holiday in an absolutely unique resort? Look no further than the Palm Exotica Boutique Resort & Spa. Located on the highlands of Shankarpalli in Hyderabad, Palm Exotica is a complete resort that offers world-class services and all the modern amenities.

From a 9-hole golf course to manicured gardens, from panoramic views to high landscapes, and from luxurious pools to meditation pavilions, Palm Exotica has everything that it takes to let the couple relax their senses to the core and indulge in the best of luxury.

Address: Sy. No.125, Masaniguda Village, Shankarpalli, Ranga Reddy District, Hyderabad
Average Price/Night: Starts from INR 17,300 (double-sharing basis & tax excluded)
TripAdvisor Ratings: 3.5/5
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Shopping In Hyderabad

1. Laad Bazaar

Laad Bazaar
Laad Bazaar

Acknowledged by the tourist as the paradise of bangles and known as ‘Choodi Bazar’ in the common tongue, Laad Bazar stretches about a Kilometer and is packed with bangles and other stuff. It is located in the west of Charminar. It is a bit crowded though due to its popularity, to counter it the use of cars and rickshaws has been barred. One has to walk through the lane or use a motorcycle to explore. To widen the image, all these products are in the same place in even next shop. There are 350 of it! If you take it from us go and buy some stuff, you will not regret it. Brush up your bargaining or visit with someone who knows the place, heavy bargaining is the soul of the market.

What to buy: Laad Bazar is firmly established for selling bangles of all kinds, the speciality being the Lacquer bangles from which the place acquired its name. Laad Bazar is in business for 200 years right from the time of the Nizams. The place also displays semi-precious stones, pearls, jewellery, Nirmal, Kalamkari paintings, products such as silverware, Bidri ware, and hand-woven materials of silk, cotton and also velvet, brocade, and gold embroidered fabrics, traditional Khara Dupattas, and perfumes.

Open time: 11 AM to 10.30 PM

2. Char Minar Bazaar

Char Minar Bazaar
Char Minar Bazaar

In the city of that’s consumed by modernism, the area of Char Minar stands out with its rustic charm. It is renowned for the Barsa Pearl embellished with gold and silver that’s well known in the world.

What to buy: You can get a variety of clothing like sarees, Hyderabadi khada dupattas, sherwanis and so on. If you’re a fashion designer, then this is the place for you. All sorts of indigenous items are available here. And of course! Barsa Pearls.

Open Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

3. Moazzam Jahi Market

Moazzam Jahi Market
Moazzam Jahi Market

What started out as a well-founded Fruit Bazar today is the eminent Moazzam Jahi Market. The market was a smart architecture built in the form of a tower with granite stone, ordered by the ruling Nizam himself in 1935.

What to buy: 
The place used to sell exotic fruits, it was not far, and the Nizam use to shop often. Later, the market was not just limited to fruits; it started dealing with ammunition as well. Apart from ammunition, Nizams use to buy hunting gear from these markets as it was brought up on its way to their hunting voyage.

Dozens of stalls today make a living by selling vegetables, fresh chicken and goat meat, dry fruits and even ice creams. People come in bulk to savour the exquisite sweetness carved in ice-cream, in the evening. This market is not just about ice cream, fruits or hunting but the historic lineage associated with it. Also, the fact that it is operational till now is fascinating!

Open time: 10 AM to 11.30 PM

4. Begum Bazaar

Begum Bazaar
Begum Bazaar

Begum Bazar is one of the grandest markets in the history of Hyderabad. The market is quite aged, about 150 years old, but by seeing the energy here, it looks just like any other well-established Bazar in India.

What to buy: Begum Bazar is especially known for tobacco, but that isn’t the only product hawked here. Traders from all around the city encounter products like household products and décor, kitchen essentials, cosmetics and daily use items, toiletries and perfumes and much more. Gold, Silver, and fresh fish are also sold with negotiable rates.

You must have good bargaining skills to land a decent deal, and in this market, God! One who doesn’t bargain is the one to target. So, with the one criterion for shopping now listed, pull up your socks, dress well and don’t forget to pick up your wallet and dash to Begum Bazar.

Open Time: 10 AM to 12 PM

5. Koti Sultan Bazaar

Koti Sultan Bazaar
Koti Sultan Bazaar

This market is the oldest to be named in Hyderabad. Women gathering around the shop and fighting over clothes and jewellery was a trend established long ago here. It is practised like a culture till date. The 200 years old market is considered as a fashion symbol around Hyderabad.

What to buy: From silver junk jewellery to precious stone, the place has it all. Other Indian traditional clothing is again something to look out for in the shops here.

Before you dash out in the market, just remember to have a complete day to savour.

Open Time: 10 AM to 6 PM

6. Nampally

Nampally
Nampally

It is a delight for every tourist to visit Nampally as this is the place where like-minded Shopaholic energies will surround you

What to buy: The market is at the pinnacle of trade in Clothes, footwear, bangles, bags and wallets, jewellery. If there is any chance of you visiting between January and mid-February, visit The Numaish Exhibition where you will get about everything you want and surprisingly on remarkable pricing.

Open Time: 10 AM to 12 PM

7. Shilparamam

Shilparamam
Shilparamam

Located in the HiTec City, Shilparamam gives its visitors a village shopping experience in Hyderabad. The place has a setting of 15 huts made in a rural way so that it supports the theme of the products. The place serves as an exhibition and a market for Handicrafts, genuine natural fabrics and goods. Shilparamam village also has a museum and recreational areas too.

What to buy: handicrafts, Fabrics from all around the country.

Open time: 10:30 AM – 8:30 PM

8. Perfume Market

Perfume Market
Perfume Market

Somewhere in between the Laad Bazaar and Moti Chowk, you’ll find the Perfume Market. The market is famous for its century-old business that has been passed on through generations. You wouldn’t need to search for it, the fragrances of the perfumes called Ittar will pull you towards the destination.

What to buy: luxurious scents locally knowns as ‘Ittar’, small vile of perfumes and glass bottles.

9. Tobacco Bazaar

Tobacco Bazaar
Tobacco Bazaar

Tobacco market is located on M.G. Road and can satisfy all your materialist needs. It’s also known as General Bazar following the same credentials. Initially, the market seems just like a narrow lane, but soon it reveals its true self and let slip about 300 shops to be explored. You might need some extra cash and a lot of patience if you are planning to visit with your Missis. The market is in play for 60 long years and has a reputation for displaying the best fabrics in the state.

What to buy: The collection of Chiffon, poochampally, brocade, kurtas, dupattas, salwar kameezes and blouses will charm you and pull you to every next outlet. Quality shirts, trousers and suiting fabrics also await your attention. To point out the diversity again, you will be stunned by the pricing. The materials start from a price as low as INR 40 to INR 2000 a meter; you need to choose. The place won’t let you down that’s for sure, you need to spare some hours and a little cash to get the best out of it.

Open time: 10 AM to 10 PM

10. Abids Street

Abids Street
Abids Street

For quality traditional craftwork visit Abid’s street. From clothing to gadgets, there’s something for everyone here.

What to buy: This is a perfect place for saree shopping in Hyderabad.

Open Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

11. Antique Market

Antique Market
Antique Market

If you want to capture the ideal Hyderabadi culture, then head to the Antique Market. Every piece of material has a history that’s been told and retold by retailers and sellers here. Hyderabad city is one of the major cities to have this exquisite metal craft that has an intricate inlay working on silver sheets on a zinc and copper alloy.

What to buy: Nizam era crockery and items, utensils and chandeliers, Bidri crafts.

Open Time: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

12. Pot Market

Pot Market
Pot Market

A market in Secunderabad that’s famous for accessories in Hyderabad. The bazaar is always bustling with people and exchanges. Not just pots, there are other sorts of utensils which you can place your hands on.

What to buy: Pots, assorted utensils.

Open Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

13. Jummerat Bazaar

Jummerat Bazaar
Jummerat Bazaar

This is a flea market that’s set up near begum bazaar every Thursday. This market is famous for shopaholics and among locals. Its also the local chor bazaar, and since most products are stolen here, they come at low prices. Hence you can carry a whole set of utensils at a price as low as INR 100.

What to buy: cheap utensils, clothing, shoes, silverware and wooden items.

Open Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

14. Sunday Book Bazaar

Sunday Book Bazaar
Sunday Book Bazaar

Are books your drugs? Then Sunday Book Bazaar is your spot. Apart from buying a book, the Sunday book bazaar lets you sell your used books and part your knowledge.

What to buy: Old printed editions, second-hand books, rare out of print books.

Open Time: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM


Travel Agents

1. Cox & Kings Ltd

Address: TDI Mall, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi, Delhi 110027

Phone No. : 011 4564 2253

2. Thomas Cook

Address: Basement 24, Central Market, Punjabi Bagh West, New Delhi, Delhi 110026

Phone No. : 011 4546 6011

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