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Hyderabad Sightseeing

CharminarOpposite Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad Old City
Lad BazaarLocated right of the Charminar
Begumpet Mosque Located in central Hyderabad
Mecca Masjid Located in the old city of Hyderabad close to the historic landmarks of Charminar beach
Birla mandir On the Naubath Pahad
Taramati Baradari Located at Ibrahim bagh, Near Gandipet
Chow Mohalla PalaceNear the Charminar
Naubat PahadLocated near Hussain Sagar
Hussain SagarLocated in the midst of Hyderabad city
Purana HaveliLocated at the South East of Afzal Gunj Bridge near Dewandevdi
Lumbini ParkLocated near the Tank Road, adjacent to the Hussain Sagar Lake
Salarjung MuseumLocated at Darushifa, on the southern bank of the Musi river
Nehru Zoological Park Located near Mir Alam Tank
Golconda FortLocated on a hill about 400 feet above the surrounding plain
Ramoji Film CityLocated about 35 kilometers from the Hyderabad city
Sanghi TempleLocated about 25 kms from the Hyderabad city center in Sanghi Nagar.
Qutub Shahi TombsLocated about a kilometer north from Golconda Fort
Shilparamam Located at a place called Madhapur, 25 kilometers from Hyderabad
Osman sagar Lake (Gandipet)Located in Gandipet which is situated 20 kms away from the city of Hyderabad.
KeesaraguttaIt is about 13 km from Hyderabad.
Yadagari Gutta It is situated on a hillock in the Nalgonda
HI-tec City spread across 151 acres (0.61 km2) of land and this area falls under suburbs like Sharthpur, Kondapur, Gachibowli, Nanakramguda, Manikonda, Thellapur etc.


Location: Opposite Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad Old City
The Charminar has become the very face of the city of Hyderabad. Built in 1591 by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah to commemorate the riddance of plague from the city, this magnificent rectangular structure reflects a clear dependence on Indo-Saracenic style and stands 53 meters high and 30 meters wide, with four grand arches. Each of the four corners of the building has a minaret thus earning the name of Charminar, meaning “Four Minarets”. On the top floor is located a small mosque. There are 45 prayer spaces and people throng to this mosque for the Friday prayers. One should not miss the beautiful view of Charminar when it is illuminated.

Lad Bazaar

Location: Right of the Charminar
Located right of the Charminar is Lad Bazaar, the oldest shopping destination of the city, called the Lad Bazaar. It is studded with colorful shops, famous for traditional bangles, bridal ware, heena and cosmetics.

Begumpet Mosque

Location: At fort St.George.
This Mosque was built by Sir Vicar-ul-Umra a Paigah Nawab. The uniqueness of this well frequented Mosque lies in the fact that its architecture is Spanish

Mecca Masjid

Location: In central Hyderabad
The Mecca Masjid is located just next to the Charminar. It has been named so because of a few bricks of Mecca that has been used in its construction. One of the rooms in this Mosque off the courtyard enshrines the hair of Prophet Mohammed and other Islamic relics.

Birla mandir

Location: On the Naubath Pahad
Situated atop the Kala Pahad hillock, towards the southern end of the Hussain Sagar Lake, Lord Venkateshwara is enshrined in a temple called the Birla Mandir. It is decorated with intricate carvings depicting scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata. Several splendidly sculpted marble statues of Hindu Deities.

Taramati Baradari

Location: At Ibrahim bagh, Near Gandipet
Located at Ibrahimbagh, on the Osman Sagar (Gandipet) Road, close to Golconda, Taramati Baradari in a sprawling 7 acres ground of lush greenery with the Golconda Fort forming a fitting background to this famous heritage site.
With two fully equipped theatres, Taramati Baradari Culture Village is the perfect venue for music concerts, performing arts, social events etc. The Baradari illuminated in dynamic lighting forms the backdrop of all activities.

Chow Mohalla Palace

Location: Near the Charminar
One of the little known heritage sites in Hyderabad, the Chow Mohalla Palace was built in successive phases by the Nizams in between the years 1857-1869. This vast court has as many as four palaces built in the style of Islamic and European styles of architecture. The principle palace here is double storied while the rest of the three all have ground floors.

Naubat Pahad

Location: Near Hussain Sagar
Placed adjacent to the Birla mandir, Naubat Pahad is a small rocky hill on which are located the Birla Planatarium and Alliance Francaise.

Hussain Sagar

Location: In the midst of Hyderabad city
During the reign of Ibrahim Qutub Shah, this huge lake was built by Hazrat Hussain Shaha Wali in 1562. This houses the world’s tallest monolithic statue of Buddha, located atop the rock, at the center of the lake. This lake is also referred to by the locals as “Tank Bund”. This statue forms a premier attraction amongst the tourists. It is about 17.5 meters high and weighs 350 tones. Provisions for boat rides are also available for the tourists from Lumbini Park. The Tankbund on the eastern side of the lake is a popular promenade. The statue reveals itself in its full glory from here.

Purana Haveli

Location: At the South East of Afzal Gunj Bridge near Dewandevdi
Purana Haveli, or the Neo-classical residence of Nizam VI Mahbub Ali Pasha, that has a sprawling complex and land-scaped gardens. It was built in the mid 19th century and the opulence of Nizam’s lifestyle can be seen from the ornate style of Massarat Mahal. Other attractions include the Nizam’s wooden wardrobe which is a 73 sq. meter room with a mechanical elevator to reach out to the top levels.
Purana Haveli also holds a museum in it that is popularly known as the Nizam’s Museum. It showcases the artifacts, gifts and mementos presented to the last Nizam on the occasion of the silver jubilee celebrations in 1936

Lumbini Park

Location: Near the Tank Road, adjacent to the Hussain Sagar Lake
This is an amusement park located on the banks of the beautiful Hussainsagar Lake. This is highly popular amongst the tourists; particularly the children find it extremely refreshing. They unwind themselves amidst the profuse greenery and the refreshing ambience of nature.

Salarjung Museum

Location: At Darushifa, on the southern bank of the Musi river
Mir Yusaf Ali Khan (Salar Jung III) was a great connoisseur of art and the prime minister of Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan, Nizam VII. The Salarjung Museum houses an extraordinary private collection of this great man. It is one of the three National Museums of India and encases over 43,000 artifacts collected from all over the world.

Nehru Zoological Park

Location: Near Mir Alam Tank
Located near Bahadurpura in Hyderabad, the Nehru Zoological park comprises of one of the largest zoos in India. This is built over an expansive premise of 300 acres and is the house of more than 1500 species of birds and animals. Chimpanzees, white peacocks, rhinoceros, and mynahs are the significant varieties of species seen in this well-maintained park. Lion Safari is the major attraction within the zoo.
The special attraction of this zoo is the fact that it offers a close-cage tour of the zoo where animals like lions, tigers, wild oxen, rhinos and panthers are let live in their simulated natural habitat. Besides, the zoo also houses a nocturnal zoo, a Museum of Natural History, a mini train and a pre-historic Dinosaur park makes the zoo a must visit for the tourists.

Places around Hyderabad

Golconda Fort

Location: On a hill about 400 feet above the surrounding plain
Located roughly 12km from the main city of Hyderabad, the Golconda Fort was a once impregnable piece of architecture. Placed about 1000feet above the surrounding area the Golconda Fort haughtily sprawls over a hill side. It derives its name from the two Telegu words, “Golla Konda” meaning “Shepherd’s Hill”.
Apart from its natural gigantic structure what adds further glory to the fort is its illustrious past. History records that originally it was a mud fort built by the Kakatiya kings of Warangal in 1143. Later it was renovated and rebuilt over a period of 62 years by the first three generations of the Qutub Shah Dynasty who held their reigns in Hyderabad from 1518-1687. The strength and ruggedness of the Golconda Fort can be judged from the fact that the Mughal Emperor Aurungzebe had to struggle for eight long years to take siege over it.
The grandeur of this monument can be experienced when viewed from the top of the citadel. The Fort enshrines several other architectures within itself. Some of them are an armory, palaces, the store, courtyards, fountains, mosque, public and private meeting halls and temple. Some other enthralling features of the Fort are its acoustics and an ingenious water supply system. Now a Light and Sound show is held here every evening which attracts hundreds of tourists everyday.

Ramoji Film City

Location: About 35 kilometers from the Hyderabad city
The Ramoji Film city is placed at Hayathnagar which is about 25km from Hyderabad on the Hyderabad- Vijayawada Highway. Spread over a sprawling area of 2000 acres, this is the biggest and the foremost professionally planned film production center of the world. It is said that it provides even better facilities to the film makers than the best studios of Hollywood. It was built following a conception of a “one stop shop for the film-makers”.
You will definitely be transported to a virtual dreamland if you embark on any of the tours that this production site offers. All the tours commence from a point inside the city called ‘Eureka’. Eureka, an architectural marvel appeals immensely amidst this glamour land. It also provides the tourists with the facilities of scrumptious food and a vigorous session of shopping.

Sanghi Temple

Location: About 25 kms from the Hyderabad city center in Sanghi Nagar.
This is a large temple complex dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. This is the most convenient location to visit if you are going to Ramoji Film City.

Qutub Shahi Tombs

Location: About a kilometer north from Golconda Fort,
The graceful group of Qutub Shahi tombs, located about 1km North of Golconda Fort’s Banjara Darwaja, was built by the Qutub Shahi dynasty. These constitute the oldest specimens of architecture in Hyderabad. Congregated together on a raised platform, the tombs are built in Persian, Pathan and Hindu architectural styles using grey granite, with stucco ornamentation, the only one of its kind in the world where an entire dynasty has been buried at one place.


Location: At a place called Madhapur, 25 kilometers from Hyderabad
Shilparamam is the name of a crafts village located at Madhapur located about 14km from the city of Hyderabad. Nestled against beautiful rocky formations by the hillside with natural slopes and wild vegetation, this small village reminds one of the rural communities of the fairytales. Shilparamam was established to preserve the dying art form and also to bring together the crafts person and artists from every sphere. Annual festivals of arts and craft are held in March. Other cultural activities are organized during the festival of Dusshera (Oct-Nov) and Sankrant Sandadi (Jan).

Osman sagar Lake (Gandipet)

Location: In Gandipet which is situated 20 kms away from the city of Hyderabad.
This pristine man –made lake is located only 21km away from the city of Hyderabad. Covering an area of 46 square kilometers, this pristine and picturesque piece of hinterland was built by Mir Osman Ali Khan by barricading the water of River Musi.
The embankment of the Osmansagar Lake is beautifully helmed with landscaped parks and lawns, making it a favorite spot of the picnickers. Groups of friends and family herding together and eating out of a picnic basket or playing cards is one of the most common sights here. The landscape offers nothing but sheer tranquility and serenity and is the perfect place to unwind and distress. This place, also known as Gandipet, bears a shrine of Lord Balaji Venkateshwara.


Location: It is about 13 km from Hyderabad.
Placed around 35km from the heart of the town, this Hindu pilgrimage center is known for Ramalingeswara and Lakshminarasimha shrines. Legend has it that Lord Rama had come here during exile and had been bewitched by the beauty of this place

Yadagari Gutta

Location: It is situated on a hillock in the Nalgonda
This place is famous for enshrining the seat of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. It is located about 85km from Warangal. The popularity of the place is vested in the fact that the deity is believed to have the power to cure any incurable disease.

HI-tec City

Location: spread across 151 acres (0.61 km2) of land and this area falls under suburbs like Sharthpur, Kondapur, Gachibowli, Nanakramguda, Manikonda, Thellapur etc.
The full form of HI-tec city is ‘Hyderabad Information Technology Engineering Consultancy’. A visit to the HI-tec city reveals the level of development in Hyderabad as far as the field of Information Technology is concerned. It is located at the outskirts of Hyderabad in a place called Madhapur. It is a fully integrated, techno township that provides infrastructural facilities like office space, production areas, communication facilities, shopping center, recreational zones and club houses.