The Pearl City, Hyderabad with its unparalleled blend of history and modernity, mesmerizes everyone. Hyderabad promises a unique refreshing experience for all with a 400-year-old history and metropolitan city status.
From historic landmarks and natural getaways to mouth-watering world-renowned cuisine, enticing boutiques and exciting theme parks, this city has it all to keep you glued.
There are many tourist places to visit in Hyderabad, from families, young groups of friends, from children to seniors.
In a lifetime, this city is worth visiting at least once. In fact, it’s impossible for anyone to soak up the myriad charms the city has to offer in a limited amount of time.
The city of Hyderabad is located on the banks of the Musi River and was founded by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shahies in 1591 CE. The city is known for its unique culture, a lineage that dates back to the Asaf Jahi rulers, who were great patrons of architecture, art, culture, food rich, jewelry collecting, and literature.
The moment you step out of Hyderabad Airport, the city that immediately strikes your eyes is a sprawling metropolis of malls, flyovers, and glass-fronted office buildings. And you wonder, where did the greatest princely state of the Nawabs go?
The city of Hyderabad represents an interesting confluence of the traditional and the modern, the past and the present. So, do not feel betrayed by these inventions, which are synonymous with modernity, because alongside the metropolis Hyderabad, there is also the Old City with a very unique charm of its own.
The old town is made up of a labyrinth of confusing alleys that stretch outward from the Charminar. In the old town, most of the historical attractions are located. Here is a list of the most popular tourist sites in Hyderabad; those that should not be missed:

1. Charminar

  • CharminarRecommended duration: 45 minutes

The capital of Telangana, Hyderabad is a popular tourist destination and presents its visitors with a fascinating contrast between age-old traditions, culture on one end and modern facilities, the amenities of a metropolitan city on the other end. Hyderabad is a city that has no shortage of tourist attractions.
Hyderabad’s well-known Charminar is located in the old city. This square-shaped structure with a height of 56 m and a width of 30 m was built in 1591. It was built by Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah in honor of his wife Bhagmati.
Also called the “Arc de Triomphe de l’Orient”, Charminar is adorned with four towers at each corner. The minarets on each side are 48.7 m high, each with four floors. Chaminar also has a small mosque on the top floor. There are 45 prayer spaces which are always visited by people, especially on Fridays. The lighting at night is quite glamorous and is a site to watch.

2. Golconda Fort

  • Golconda FortRecommended duration: 2 hours

The architectural wonder Golconda Fort is just 11 km from the city, and well connected with the rest of the city. This fort was built by Qutub Shahi Kings, and presents an impressive structure with eight gates and 87 bastions.
Its impressive structure has majestic walls that are as high as 15 to 18 feet and a setting of almost 11 km. With brilliant architecture, this fort also captivates its visitors with its acoustics system, water supply system, “Rahban” cannon and Ramdas prison that carved the Hindu deity into it.
When visiting the Fort, the sound and light show in English, Hindi and Telugu with the voice over of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan is something not to be missed. Please note that camera tripods are not allowed indoors.

3. Ramoji Film CityRamoji Film City

  • Recommended duration: 4 hours

Since 1991, Ramoji Film City has attracted tourists from all corners of the country. One of the largest film studios in the world, it has the capacity to accommodate nearly 50 film units within a given time frame.
The Guinness Book of World Records has also listed it. Spread over 2,500 acres, it is located about 30 km from Hyderabad. Its brilliant architecture and solid technical facilities make it suitable for any film pre and post production.
Its different decorations such as London Street, Hollywood sign, Japanese gardens, etc. landscapes; vintage bus; and many other features like Filmi Duniya, Action, Interactive Entertainment, etc., make a trip to Ramoji memorable.

4. Hussain Sagar LakeHussain Sagar Lake

  • Recommended duration: 45 minutes

Connecting the Twin Cities, Lake Hussain Sagar boasts of being the largest man-made lake in Asia. On the tributary of the Musi River, it was excavated during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah, in 1562 AD. It owes its name to Hussain Shah Wali.
The main attraction is the 16m high white granite statue of Lord Bhudda with a weight of 350 tons, located in the middle of the lake. The lighting show here is worth watching.
You can take a ferry ride to the statue, which takes and returns visitors at regular intervals. One can indulge in various leisure activities that are offered here like boating with the choice of motor boats as well as motor boats, water skiing, parasailing and cruising. The 48-seat launch offering dinner to its guests is a perfect location for private parties.

5. Birla MandirBirla Mandir

  • Recommended duration: 45 minutes

Sitting atop the 280-foot-high Kalapahad Hill, the beautiful Birla Mandir takes its name from the industrialist Birlas who built Birla temples in various parts of the country.
Built in 1976, it would have taken nearly 2000 tons of white logs to build this magnificent temple which was brought from Rajasthan. He got his architecture from the amalgamation of three known architectural designs – the architecture of South India, the architecture of the temple of Utkal and the architecture of Rajasthan.
The temple has a Lord Lakshminarayana, 11 foot tall statue with a magnificent lotus carved around it. It also has separate shrines for deities such as ‘Andal’, ‘Padmavati’ and Venkateswara. The complex also houses a Lord Buddha separate temple.


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