A city basking in Nizami culture and evolved into modernity, Hyderabad is a city of many hues. Here is a list of the top 10 places to visit in Hyderabad, the capital of the newly formed state of Telangana.
The signature monument of Hyderabad, Charminar lies in the heart of the old city at the crossroads of busy bustling streets. It is said that Mohammed Qutub Shahi had this monument built in 1591 when he moved his capital from Golconda to Hyderabad. Another reason was to ward of the deadly epidemic that had taken over the region and claimed several lives. The monument has four minarets each rising 48.7 meters up. There is also a mosque and 45 prayer spaces. The entry costs 5 INR for Indians and 100 for foreigners. Climb up the stairs to get a kaleidoscopic view of the city. It is open on all days from 9 AM to 5:30 PM
Laad Bazaar id undoubtedly one of the top 10 places to visit in Hyderabad. The vibrant, crowded streets with vendors who keep calling to you to check out their shops is an experience in itself. It is a great place to buy things like bridal wear, jeweller, perfumes, bangles at great deals. You can also find other kinds of clothing, footwear, decoratives and a lot more.
Chow Mahalla Palace
Famous for its opulent architecture, the Chow Mahalla Palace is a 200 year old monument. There are three main parts in the palace – the Khilwat Mubarak – which used to be the royal seat, the Northern courtyard and the southern courtyard. The three of them have their unique designs with intricate carvings and magnificent looking exteriors. It has also been awarded the prestigious UNESCO Asia Pacific Merit Award for conservation of a cultural heritage. The entry fees is 50 INR for Indians and 200 for foreign nationals apart from another 50 if you are carrying a camera. It is open from 10 AM to 5 PM and remains closed on Fridays.
The former capital of the Qutub Shahi dynasty in the medieval times, the Golconda fort is an architectural marvel and UNESCO World heritage site. With a history that goes back to the 13th century, the Golconda has seen several rulers from powerful and prominent dynasties like the Yadava Dynsaty who built it, the Kakatiya dyanasty, and then the Bahmani Dynasty who lost it to the Qutub Shahis and then it was the Mughals. The acoustic effects of the fort is something tourists enjoy the most. The entry fees is 5 INR for Indians and 100 for foreigners. The fort remains open on all days from 9AM to 5:30 PM.
Ramoji Film City
Spanning across 2,000 acres, Ramoji Film city is the largest in the world and holds the Guinness World Record for the same. With themes from several foreign locations, hospitals, airports, colleges and Hotels inside the premises, Ramoji Film City is an amazing experience and certainly one of the top 10 places to visit in Hyderabad. Entry fees is 1100 INR for Adults and 1,000 for kids. It is closed on Sundays.
Hussain Sagar Lake
The panoramic Hussain Sagar Lake is an artificial heart shaped lake that was built in 1563 by Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah. It adds further to the glamour and serenity of the necklace road. The best time to visit the lake is during the evening so that you can get a lovely view of the sunset. You can also go boating in the lake and enjoy a few more water activities. If you stay a little longer until night fall, you can get the wonderful view of the white granite statue of Buddha which sports a glow as it basks in the moonlight. There is no entry fee but boating is chargeable.
The first of its kind in India, the Snow World offers an excellent experience with inmates like polar bears, penguins, and snow everywhere. There are several snow sculptures along with a snow slide, a snow basketball, a snow merry-go-round and a lot more to keep you engaged through fun-filled day.
The Birla Mandir is one of the many temples built across India by the Birla group. The Hyderabadi counterpart is a stupendous marble construction offering stunning views of the Hussain Sagar Lake as well as the city. The architecture is a blend of south Indiana and Oriya style.
Salar Jung Museum
It is the third largest museum in the country and has an exhaustive collection of the personal artefacts of Salar Jung III. The exhibits include artwork and antiques which were sourced from different parts of the world. Entry fees is 20 INR for Indians, 500 for foreigners and free for students and kids. It is closed on Fridays.
Birla Science Museum
A world renowned institution, it is one of the most visited places in India. It has a state-of-the-art planetarium, a participatory Archaeology and Fine Arts section and a natural history gallery. Entry fees is 50 INR for the museum and 50 for the planetarium.