HyderabadIndia

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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, Hyderabad, India
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Banjara Hills

4/5Very Good!(34 area reviews)

Banjara Hills is popular for its ample dining options, and you might make a stop by GVK One Mall, a top place to visit in the area.

Banjara Hills
HITEC City, Hyderabad, India
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HITEC City

3.5/5Good!(5 area reviews)

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

HITEC City
Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, India
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Jubilee Hills

3.5/5Good!(3 area 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.

Jubilee Hills
Madhapur, Hyderabad, India
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Madhapur

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

You'll appreciate the restaurants during your time in Madhapur and you might want to plan a stop by Cyber Towers and HITEX Exhibition Centre while you're in the area.

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

Though Kukatpally Housing Board Colony may not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like HITEX Exhibition Centre and Cyber Towers.

Kukatpally Housing Board Colony
Kachiguda, Hyderabad, India
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Kachiguda

When in Kachiguda, you can plan a visit to Abids and Salar Jung Museum, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Kachiguda

Top hotels in Hyderabad

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Novotel Hyderabad Airport
Novotel Hyderabad Airport
5 out of 5
Rs8,249
per night
Mar 21 - Mar 22

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

4.1/5Very Good! (439 reviews)

"A excellent Airport hotel with great service at all levels"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2020

Novotel Hyderabad Airport
Taj Deccan
Taj Deccan
5 out of 5
Rs5,250
per night
Mar 4 - Mar 5

Located in Banjara Hills, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from GVK One Mall and within 3 miles (5 km) of Abids and Hussain Sagar Lake. Birla Mandir Temple ...

4.3/5Excellent! (225 reviews)

"Excellent hospitality & extremely well behaved staff. Credit goes to each & every staff. God bless you all!!"…"

Reviewed on 5 Feb 2020

Taj Deccan
Hyatt Place Hyderabad/Banjara Hills
Hyatt Place Hyderabad/Banjara Hills
4 out of 5
Banjara Hills Road 1, Hyderabad, Telangana
Rs4,462
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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! (65 reviews)

"ambeties are good Hotel is centrally located nearer to air port"…"

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2020

Hyatt Place Hyderabad/Banjara Hills

Popular things to do in Hyderabad

Charminar
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Charminar

4.5/5(19 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(12 reviews)

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

Nehru Zoological Park
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Nehru Zoological Park

4.5/5(6 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.

Salar Jung Museum
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Salar Jung Museum

4.5/5(7 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(9 reviews)

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

Abids
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Abids

4/5(8 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home with a trip to Abids, a favourite shopping spot in Hyderabad. You can enjoy the restaurants while in the area.

Reviews of Hyderabad

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5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 25, 2020

Very good city , wide roads, neat and clen good natured people

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 14, 2020

One must visit Hyderabad It is a Wonderful place I am going to settle there.

4/5 - Good

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Jan 1, 2020

If you are traveling with family and looking for a nice property to stay, I suggest not to consider this place. It's a disguise in the name of luxury. I wished I had taken up some budget hotel instead

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 5, 2019

I love the city, travelling is a nightmare and the Auto drivers try and rip you off with their fees

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Nov 27, 2019

Despite the poor accommodation and the heat, and arriving without my suitcase; I appreciated the experience of touring this busy city and have happy memories of some remarkable people that I met.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 16, 2019

Amzing city and save city

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