The capital of the Andhra Pradesh state is famous for its mosques, palaces and an abandoned fort. 

Hyderabad is one of India’s largest cities, famous for its mosques, historical ruins and man-made lakes. The capital of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh is a hybrid of cultures and styles dating back to the 1500s. Ruling dynasties including the Asaf Jahi and the Qutub Shahis have influenced this lively city.

Visit one of Hyderabad’s oldest sites, Chilkur Balaji Temple, west of the city. Enjoy its stunning lakeside views and tranquil ambiance.

On your return to Hyderabad, stop at Golconda Fort. Walk along its many paths beside ancient walls. Travel to the nearby Taramati Baradari to learn about romantic fables surrounding the origins of this Persian-style pavilion. The old building now sits within a modern complex with restaurants, bars and a hotel.

Enjoy observing the 160 animal species at Nehru Zoological Park. Take a safari to see the big cats roaming free in a 380-acre (150-hectare) habitat.

No trip to Hyderabad is complete without a visit to the Charminar, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. The breathtaking temple and monument lie just south of the Musi River. In the same region, see the Chowmahalla Palace, which has scenic gardens and a collection of antiques, including vintage cars.

Spend an evening in the center of the city at Lumbini Park to enjoy its lake, auditorium and musical fountains. Watch a 3-D laser display to learn about the city’s history. Attend one of the evening water fountain displays with songs from Hindi movies and rent a boat on the Hussain Sagar. Next to this lovely lake, find the hilltop Birla Mandir Temple, where you can enjoy picturesque sunset views.

Hyderabad lies 400 miles (700 kilometers) east of the coastal city of Mumbai. Fly into the international airport 14 miles (22 kilometers) outside the city or come by train from elsewhere in India. The easiest ways to get around are by bus, autorickshaw or taxi. The area around Charminar is a maze of alleyways best explored on foot. Be prepared for year-round hot weather.

Where to stay in Hyderabad

Banjara Hills
Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, India
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Banjara Hills

Known for Skyscrapers, Shopping, Dining

4/5(28 reviews)

Banjara Hills is popular for its abundant dining options, and you can check out GVK One Mall, a top attraction in the neighbourhood.

HITEC City
HITEC City, Hyderabad, India
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HITEC City

Known for Skyscrapers, Cafés, Shopping

4/5(3 reviews)

You'll enjoy the bars and monuments in HITEC City. You might want to make time for a stop at Inorbit Mall or Cyber Towers.

Jubilee Hills
Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, India
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Jubilee Hills

Known for Natural Parks, Hills, Temples

3.5/5(3 reviews)

Visitors to Jubilee Hills enjoy its restaurants, and if you want to do some exploring, Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park is worth a stop.

Madhapur
Madhapur, Hyderabad, India
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Madhapur

Known for Skyscrapers, Excursions, Spas

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Madhapur is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can plan an outing to Cyber Towers and Inorbit Mall while you're in town.

Kukatpally Housing Board Colony
Kukatpally Housing Board Colony, Hyderabad, India
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Kukatpally Housing Board Colony

Kukatpally Housing Board Colony might not have many top sights, but HITEX Exhibition Centre and Inorbit Mall are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Kachiguda
Kachiguda, Hyderabad, India
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Kachiguda

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Kachiguda and surrounding area, you can visit Salar Jung Museum and Abids.

Top hotels in Hyderabad

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Novotel Hyderabad Airport
Novotel Hyderabad Airport
5 out of 5
Rs6,000
per night
14 Dec-15 Dec

Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Wonderla Amusement Park, Salar Jung Museum and Chowmahalla Palace. Charminar ...

4.1/5Very Good! (417 reviews)

"The people were very helpful, especially Lakshmi. The breakfast buffet was fit for a king!"…"

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2019

Novotel Hyderabad Airport
Park Hyatt Hyderabad
Park Hyatt Hyderabad
5 out of 5
Road No. 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Rs8,000
per night
23 Nov-24 Nov

This family-friendly Hyderabad hotel is located in the business district, 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from GVK One Mall, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Inorbit Mall and Hyderabad ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (180 reviews)

"Very enjoyable stay. Staff were really nice and the concierge services were excellent. All rests were nice - my favourite was Tre Forni, and the ground floor dining room a close 2nd. Only (slight) criticism was that there was an inconsistent understanding between the different restaurants about how ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2019

Park Hyatt Hyderabad
Hyatt Place Hyderabad/Banjara Hills
Hyatt Place Hyderabad/Banjara Hills
4 out of 5
Banjara Hills Road 1, Hyderabad, Telangana
Rs6,000
per night
23 Nov-24 Nov

Located in Banjara Hills, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Abids, Lumbini Park and Snow World. Salar Jung Museum and Charminar are also within 6 mi (10 km). ...

3.9/5Good! (53 reviews)

"Had a few friends from the US stay here during my wedding and they loved the food, the location and rooms."…"

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2019

Hyatt Place Hyderabad/Banjara Hills

Popular things to do in Hyderabad

Charminar
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Charminar

4.5/5(16 reviews)

In the late 16th century, this monument was erected to celebrate the end of a plague. Now, it is one of Hyderabad’s most famous landmarks.

Golconda Fort
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Golconda Fort

5/5(9 reviews)

Visit these ancient ruins and wander around mud walls to learn about the mosques, palaces and artillery of an ancient civilization. 

Salar Jung Museum
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Salar Jung Museum

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Journey through time, from the 2nd century through to the 20th, as you browse books, artworks and other fascinating items gathered by the adventurer Salar Jung. 

Chowmahalla Palace
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Chowmahalla Palace

4.5/5(7 reviews)

See a collection of vintage cars and family heirlooms in this regal palace with scenic gardens, grand structures and baroque interiors. 

Birla Mandir Temple
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Birla Mandir Temple

4.5/5(13 reviews)

This peaceful site blends various spiritual sects and architectural styles. Enjoy scenic views of the sunset and the illuminated temple at night. 

Nehru Zoological Park
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Nehru Zoological Park

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Visit this park to see animals running wild in safari habitats and learn about some of the 160 rare and exotic species housed here.

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