Hyderabad, the capital of southern India’s Telangana state is home to many historic sites. If you’re visiting the city for the first time or settled new in the city, there are some places that you must visit as one of the first few things you do here. So, we at What’s Up Hyderabad have listed down top 10 must visit tourist places in Hyderabad, the city of pearls.
This historical monument is turned out to be a global icon and is recognized all around the world! According to the Archaeological Survey of India, Charminar is listed as archaeological and architectural treasure on the official “List of Monuments”. It was built at the center of the city and has a secret underway to Golkonda Fort as an escape route for Qutub Shahi rulers during obstruction. It’s one of the most popular places today for shopping and is packed during the holy month of Ramadan.
Where: Char Kaman, Ghansi Bazaar, Hyderabad
An age old Hindu temple that’s build beautifully in marble in every single corner is an epic identity of Hyderabad. Many locals and tourists visit the shrine whether a Hindu or not to marvel in its visual radiance and why not as it took 10 years in construction by Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Mission and the Birla foundation. The temple has a blend of Rajasthani, Dravidian and Utkala architectures. Don’t miss to visit this place once you are in Hyderabad.
Where: Hill Fort Rd, Ambedkar Colony, Khairatabad, Hyderabad
This medieval fort is one of the most popular tourist destinations for its royal beauty even in its ruined state today. There is a place in the tomb where if stood underneath the center of it making a clap or a shout could be heard to the other end of the fort for some reason making it an exciting spot to experience. They have a sound and light show in the evenings that garners a lot of attention.
Where: Khair Complex, Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad
Ramoji Film City
Situated in the far most interiors of Hyderabad, lies a place full of magic and dreams, very popularly known as Ramoji Film City. Its founder Mr. Ramoji Rao introduced us to this unbelievably humungous land of beauty in 1996, which is around 2000 acres and has always been a public favorite ever since. It also has been certified by the Guinness Book of world records as the largest film studio complex in the world! And where do you find this amazing place? Right here in Hyderabad and what an honor that is! Its vast green surroundings are so very comforting and pleasing to the eye.Dedicated to the movies all over India, the place is a treat for all the folks in the movie making business with not just the distinctive number of settings but also the latest equipment and technology ever available. It’s a film maker’s dream and an exciting place for a common man or a movie buff to visit the behind the scenes happenings. As you enter this huge acre of land, it welcomes you with open arms into its serene larger than life locales vested in a wide display of greenery, flowers, birds, etc. The place is segregated into many sections from parks to kids play areas, live performances, wedding locations and the works.
Where: Anaspur Village, Hayathnagar Mandal, Hyderabad,
Hussain Sagar Lake
Known as the largest man-made lakes in India, the Hussain Sagar Lake is one of the famous tourist destinations as well in Hyderabad. There is the statue of Buddha right in the middle of the lake which is of 58 feet and weighing 350 tons making it the world’s tallest monolithic statues of Buddha! Around the lake are places like The Tank Bund, a significant place in the city where many love to start their early mornings even before sunrise with walking, jogging, exercising, yoga, meditation or just sit down relax and take in the fresh air because of the serene lake spread across. Necklace road is another long stretched out roadway with a lot of greenery on either side with eateries and fun water parks like eatstreet, water front and Jalavihar respectively.
Where: Twin City Border, Hyderabad
Falaknuma Palace will surely take you back to Nizam Era, to its glamour and luxurious living. Constructed over an area of 32 acres and approximately 2,000 feet above Hyderabad, the Falaknuma Palace has been constructed with Italian marble. One of the most captivating features of this palace is its innumerable Venetian chandeliers; their exquisite beauty and large size alluring every visitor. The palace represents the glamour of Nizam era and its carefully designed architectural beauty.
Where: Char Kaman, Ghansi Bazaar, Hyderabad
One of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad and one of the largest masjids in India, the Mecca (Makka) Masjid is a holy ground of prayer and worship for the Muslim community. The bricks have been brought from Mecca, the most holy place of Islam by the orders of Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah. The prayer hall is 75 feet and 220 feet wide accommodating around 10,000 worshipers at a time.
Where: Charminar, Ghansi Bazaar, Hyderabad
The Hyderabad Information Technology and Engineering Consultancy City, abbreviated as HITEC City, is spread across 200 acres. It is a city within a city that is planned to have integrated infrastructural facilities such as offices spaces, production areas, auditoriums, housing for employees, and even shopping complexes. It has emerged as the symbolic heart of cosmopolitan Hyderabad.
Shilparamam is a place, which gives you a feel of authentic village nativity in the busy city of Hyderabad. Spread across an area of 50 acres, Shilparamam not just showcases various artefacts and traditionally made handicrafts but is also a home for various performing artists. In its complete form, the complex of Shilparamam is supposed to have Crafts Museum, Cultural Museum, Art Gallery & Library, Multi-purpose Auditorium, Common Facility Workshops and Research & Design Centre along with accommodation facilities for artists and visitors.
Where: Hi Tech City Main Road, Madhapur, Near Cyber Towers, Hyderabad
KBR National Park
KBR National Park is located centrally in Jubilee Hills and is described as a jungle amidst the concrete jungle. The park has over 600 species of plant life, 140 species of birds and 30 different varieties of butterflies and reptiles. Some of the animals making their home in the park include: pangolin, small Indian civet, peacock, jungle cat and porcupines. There are few water bodies present in the park providing the needed moisture for the plants and quenching the thirst of birds and small animals. The park provides an excellent lung space and environment from the busy city life and rising pollution levels.
Where: Opp TDP Office, Road No 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad