By Expedia Team, on April 18, 2018

Hyderabad Travel Guide

Hyderabad, a metropolitan city with rich history and culture, has become more famous in recent years. Yet very few people, even the locals, know what the city has to offer. Hyderabad has the charm that attracts both the older and the younger generation together, and it is a perfect destination for families, couples, or even solo travellers. Hyderabad’s most interesting attractions have a long history, but there’s also no shortage of interesting things to do in Hyderabad on holiday whatever your age.


Things to do in Hyderabad


1. Charminar: The Arc de Triomphe of the East

Built almost 450 years ago, it is one of the most famous sight-seeing places in Hyderabad. Charminar, in Urdu, means four towers and its shape is a perfect square — each side has a colossal arch facing four different streets.

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You will find Islamic, Persian, and Hindu influences in its arches, domes, minarets, and ornaments on the ceiling. There are plenty of prayer spaces as well as the oldest mosque in Hyderabad on the second floor of the Charminar, which are packed by the Muslims especially on Fridays. Tourists can also visit the former court room used during the Sultan Qutb Shah era.

After exploring the interior of the Charminar, I went to roam around the bangle and pearl bazaar just outside the Charminar. In the early years, Hyderabad was renowned for its pearls, and the tradition continues until today. For those looking to increase their jewellery collections, this bazaar would be a great spot to get your accessories at a steal.

2. Salar Jung Museum: The world’s largest one-man art collection

Going south from the Charminar along the bank of River Musi, you will find yourself at Salar Jung Museum — the most prolific museum in Hyderabad. Salar Jung III was a prime minister of 7th Nizam of Hyderabad and was a passionate art collector.

The items currently stored in this popular attraction are only a small fraction of the 43,000 artifacts and 50,000 books and manuscripts he used to own when he was still alive. I was completely fascinated by the diverse range of artifacts from various countries and continents around the world, including the local collection such as Tipu Sultan’s wardrobe and the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma.

3. Golconda Fort

Located slightly off in the outskirt of Hyderabad, Golconda Fort is an architectural marvel you have to visit while in Hyderabad. The fort is now in complete ruins because of battles in the 16th and 17th centuries, but the regal ambiance of the early rulers still lingers around the fort.

A Guide to Hyderabad - Golconda Fort

You’d have to spend a couple of hours just to explore the site, as it covers 11 square kilometres of space. With many palaces and pavilions, temples, mosques, an extensive water supply system and ventilation, carved stones, tombs of the Qutub Shahi kings, and beautiful gardens, the Fort manages to retain its charm despite its old age.

Each hall is exquisitely decorated, boasting the glories of Golconda Fort in the past.

Plan your trip here well so that you can enjoy the breathtaking sight of the city with the sun setting at the backdrop.

4. Paradise Restaurant: The best dum biryani in town

What is a trip to Hyderabad without having one of their signatures, the Hyderabadi dum biryani?

While there are so many restaurants serving this dish, the one I always go back to is Paradise Restaurant. Served with raita and mirchi ka salan (curried chilli peppers), the biryani rice was steamed together with the chicken so much so that all the chicken juice and spices were soaked up by the rice grains. Trust me, you won’t find a better dum chicken biryani elsewhere!
A Guide to Hyderabad - Paradise Restaurant

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5. Ramoji Film City: The world’s largest film studio complex

For die-hard fans of Bollywood movies, Ramoji Film City is definitely something you would love! It offers tons of activities from sports, adventure, to the bird park, making it a fantastic spot for family or couple trips.

Ramoji Film City
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They also provide accommodation for you who want to spend more time in the compound. The site is also famous among film producers and actors who sometimes shoot their movies scenes there. Who knows you might get to meet your favourite actor there!
Ramoji Film City
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6. Hussain Sagar: The lake that split Hyderabad from its twin

You can look at the famous heart-shaped lake from the tank bund that was widened and beautified several times over the past century. The enormous 18-metre Gautama Buddha statue in the middle of the lake was the tallest monolith in the world, and it can be reached by taking a boat there.

Sitting at the feet of the Buddha statue, I felt my life was at peace — a feeling that I could hardly find in the hectic city life.

A Guide to Hyderabad - Hussain Sagar
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7. Birla Temple: The white marble temple of Hyderabad

Birla Temple is another sight to behold in Hyderabad. Made of 2000 tons of pure white marble, it was built for meditation purposes.

Birla Temple
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 You could see the entire Hyderabad city from this temple as it is situated up in a hilly area. As I visited the Birla temple at night, the sight of the lights glittering from Hyderabad gave me a euphoric feeling. It’s such a romantic place to spend with your loved ones. Definitely an attraction you should not miss when visiting Hyderabad!

Where to Stay in Hyderabad

My recent trip to Hyderabad was made perfect by the pleasant stay at The Park Hotel, a stone’s throw away from Hussain Sagar Lake.
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The best part was that I could see the lake clearly and the statue from my room! The location was perfect for me to visit different places and tourist sites in Hyderabad as well as to curb my hunger pang during odd hours!

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Hyderabad’s cultural and historical richness keeps the city going popular among local and foreign tourists. And for me, it’s always the place that I would go back to while looking for some respite from the tiring daily life.

Let’s Go to Hyderabad!