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Top attractions of Hyderabad

Hyderabad is the capital city of the newly formed Telangana state. It is one of the fastest growing metros of India where you will find a blend of ancient monuments of historical importance like the Golconda fort and modern structures with international standards like the Hitech City, Ramoji Film City and GVK One Shopping Mall.

Hyderabad is rich in tourist attractions that are worth a visit. Well visiting tourist places / attractions depends on your likes / interests. Following are the top attractions of Hyderabad:
  1. Charminar


    Charminar is the iconic structure of Hyderabad and is one of the oldest monuments of the city. The structure was built by Md Quli Qutub Shah in the 16th century C.E (Current Era). The imposing structure of Charminar has four arches and four minerets that stand on four corners. The square shaped marvelous structure stands an example of the Indo-Islamic architecture. There are around 150 steps to reach the top of Charminar. From here you can have a bird's eye of the sprawling metro city and the dazzling bangle bazaar in front of the monument. The bazaar is also known as Laad bazaar and you can shop the famous Hyderabad lac bangles studded with colroful rhinestones. The surrounding area is full of shops where you can by the famous Hyderabad pearl jewelry. Besides these, you can get many typical ethnic items to decorate your home. If you are a shopping spree, you must visit this place. You can also have a glimpse of the architectural splendor inside the monument. The grandeur of the monument is doubled when it is colorfully illuminated in the evening.

    Entrance fee is Rs.5/- per head. Visiting hours are between 9 a.m to 5:30 p.m.
  2. Salar Jung Museum

    Salar Jung Museum
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    Salar Jung museum is one of the most famous museums in India. There is a wide range of one-man's collections of wonderful antique pieces from across the world belonging to various periods, in the museum. These collections are of Nawab Mir Yusuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III - the former Prime Minister of the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad. Some of the special attractions of the museum include beautiful Veil Rebacca,


    The Clock, European and Indian paintings and many more.


    A visit to this museum is a real memorable one.
  3. Golconda Fort


    Golconda Fort is one of the World Heritage Sites that attracts tourists. The main attraction of the place is the light and sound show which is displayed in the evenings. As the timings of the show keep changing from season to season, you should note the timings of the show before you make a visit to this fort. The light and sound show is the highlight of the place.
  4. Birla Complex

    Entrance of Birla Science Complex
    Entrance of Birla Mandir
    Birla complex has three main attractions within walkable distances - Birla temple, Birla Science Museum and Birla Planetarium. The complex is located on a hillock named Naubat Pahaad. The main attraction of the complex is 'The Birla Temple' of Lord Venkateswara. The temple is fully made of white marble. From here you can have an excellent view of the city and the Hussain Sagar lake. The temple is prominently seen from the main areas of the city. Birla Science Museum and Birla Planetarium too attracts tourists. Birla Science Museum is the right place for the children / students to learn various scientific activities with fun.
  5. Jagannath temple in Rd 12 Jubilee Hills

    The temple is a near replica of Puri Jagannath temple. Visitors get attracted by the temple architecture which depicts the rich skills of the artisans.The temple is constructed by the Kalinga Cultural Trust of Hyderabad. It is worth a visit.
  6. Lumibini Park

    The park is one of the main attractions of the city which is famous for laser show displayed at different timings in the evening. And a joyous boat ride in mechanized motor boats, particularly in summer evenings, that take the visitors near the Buddha statue.
  7. Shilparamam

    Shilparamam
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    Visit Shilparamam for a typical Indian ethnic ambiance. There are shops inside where you can purchase beautiful handicrafts and handloom clothes of Andhra Pradesh / Telangana and also the hand work from different parts of the country. It is located near Hi-tech city. Various classical cultural events are hosted from time to time at Shilpa Kala Vedika. Foodies can enjoy the real taste of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana at the restaurant here.
  8. Ramoji Film City

    The world famous Ramoji Film City needs no description. Once you step inside the film city, you are lost in a different film world. It has close resemblance with the Hollywood of Los Angeles in the U.S. This place is one of the most visited places though it is far away from the main city of Hyderabad. There are frequent public transit / RTC buses plying to this place. Inside the film city there are buses that carry you from one place to the other.
  9. GVK One shopping mall

    Inside the mall
    This is a wonderful shopping mall with international standard and international restaurants like KFC and Hard Rock. This is located in the heart of the city in Road No.1 Banjara Hills. In the recent times, this has become one of the most popular hangout places in the city.
  10. Other attractions include:

    • Nehru Zoological Park
    • Hi-tech city - one of the best modern architectures with the main IT hub
    • NTR Gardens - one of the most popular tourist attractions located on the necklace road. The park is heavily crowded with visitors on weekends, public holidays and during vacations
    • Hyderabad Botanical Gardens
    • Mrugavanam National Park that host different species of deer and other animals
    • Dargam cheruvu
    • Filmnagar Temple
    • Chow Mohalla Palace
    • The Nizam's Silver Jubli Museum
    • Hussain Sagar Lake
    • Taramati Baradari
    • KBR Park in Jubilee Hills
  11. Ratnalayam Balaji Temple

    Ratnalayam Balaji temple at Shamirpet is a beautiful place for weekend family visits / festival days. The temple is located in a serene atmosphere with much of greenery around and a small play area for kids.

How to reach

Hyderabad is the capital city of Telangana and is well connected to all national cities and international cities via railways and airways. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad is one of the best international airports in the world.

Where to stay

Hyderabad is the state capital and is one of the fast developing metros of the country. There are good number of star hotels like the Taj Krishna, Taj Deccan, Novotel and many more. Of course there is no dearth for budget hotels in every corner of the city.

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