Once a small capital ruled by Mughal emperors, Hyderabad is growing into an industrial and tourism hub, attracting travelers from all over the world. Hyderabad (translated as lion city) is popular for its chicken biryani, enchanting gardens, incredible monuments built by Mughal nawabs and the quaint little Parsi cafes sprinkled through the city where you can try the ever-popular Iranian chai.
So dive into the beautiful Nizami and Hyderabadi blend of cultures and stroll through the streets of Hyderabad, exploring the Iranian bakeries, the countless streetside stalls that serve mouth-watering biryani and raita, and the small souvenirs that you cannot get anywhere else, such as attar and jewelry. Read on to find out what attracts people to this enchanting city as we list the top famous things in Hyderabad, India.
1. Take a leisurely stroll through Lumbini Park
If you have an evening free, you simply cannot miss having a leisurely picnic or a long walk at Lumbini Park. Situated quite close to Hussain Sagar Lake, this is a great place with various attractions and amusements meant to entertain you.
Aside from a variety of botanical plants including succulents, this park has a 3D laser show, musical fountains and water cascades that you simply cannot miss. You can also try slow water sports such as boating, speed boating, or a ferry ride.
Address: Opposite Secretariat New Gate, Khairatabad, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500004, India
Website: Lumbini Park
Opening Hours: Mon - Sun: 9am - 9pm
Price: 0.30 USD for basic entry
Feel like royalty with this four-hour tour that allows you to have opulent and elegant high tea fit for a king. Your executive chauffeur will pick you up and drop you at your hotel, and take you to the Charminar monument and Laad Bazaar area for a quick photo stop, after which you can have a luxurious high tea at the Falaknuma premises.
Finally, you will be treated to a short walking tour of the Palace grounds and premises, where you can explore how the kings and emperors of that time used to live and dine, and imagine how extravagant their lives might have been. You will be left awe-struck witnessing the opulence and beauty of the Islamic architecture, and the gorgeous Mughal, Rajasthani and Japanese gardens that adorn the premises.
Heritage Walk with HiTea at Falaknuma Palace
Duration: 4 hours
Explore the opulent and glittering Charminar area that can give you a glimpse into the Hyderabadi culture, unlike any other landmark, with a professional guide who accompanies you to various landmarks around the area. Experience a beautiful mosaic of history, culture, crafts and old-world charm that will leave you mesmerized.
Stroll through the bazaars in the Charminar area, and speak with local craftsmen who have worked on their handicrafts for generations, then witness the chaos of fluttering pigeons in the Mecca Masjid courtyard. Finally, hear the stories about the seven Nizams of Hyderabad that helped build this city to what it is today. This tour includes all the taxes and entrance fees, and round-trip transportation to and from your hotel.
Charminar Historical Walking Tour
Duration: 3 hours
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4. Dive into some of the world-famous Hyderabadi biryani
Biryani as a meal needs no introduction. One of the most popular Indo-Islamic dishes ever, you can get it almost anywhere in the world today. However, nobody does it as well as Hyderabad, and it is almost a crime to travel to the city of Hyderabad without having tried the special Hyderabadi dum biryani.
Dum is a method where the rice is slow-cooked with the meat, spices and gravy over a couple of hours so that the rice absorbs the multitude of flavors and tastes. This is what makes it so different from simple steamed rice and gravy, and you are sure to fall in love with this mouth-watering biryani like almost everyone who has tried it!
5. Go boating along the Hussain Sagar Lake
One of the most popular attractions Hyderabad has to offer, Hussain Sagar is the largest artificial lake in all of Asia. Historically, it was built to take care of the irrigation and water needs of the city. However, today it adorns the city and serves as a wonderful way for locals to relax on a weekend evening.
Hussain Sagar remains popular for its classic kaleidoscopic laser shows that you can check out once it’s sundown. There is also a myriad of water activities to engage in, including boating, jet skiing, sailing, and other water sports.
Address: Tank Bund Rd, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500004, India
Website: Hussain Sagar
Opening Hours: Mon - Sun: 8am - 10pm
6. Go bargain-hunting at Sultan Bazaar
Sultan Bazaar refers to a huge stretch of markets and streetside stalls amidst the commercial hub of Koti. It is one of the oldest markets in the country, and it’s popular for offering a wide range of women’s clothing and accessories in beautiful colors and designs. You can also check out bangles, jewelry, imitation products and beautiful handicrafts at absolutely unbeatable prices.
This market is so huge that it will take you an entire evening to get through rows and rows of the streetside shops. This is truly a shopper’s paradise, and it’s easy to get lost in the dizzying array of colors and designs.
7. Explore the astounding Salar Jung Museum
The Salar Jung Museum is a universally adored jewel of Hyderabad, and it is amongst the largest museums in India. The collections inside the sprawling 10 acres (40,468 square kilometers) museum was collected by one man, Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, also known as Salar Jung III.
This museum contains over a million artifacts, sculptures, paintings, manuscripts and more, and you simply cannot miss exploring it. Salar Jung Museum also has a wonderful library with more than 60,000 books!
Salar Jung Museum
Address: Salar Jung Rd, Near Minar Function Hall, Darulshifa, Hyderabad, Telangana 500002
Website: Salar Jung Museum
Opening Hours: Sat - Thu: 10am - 5pm (Closed on Fri)
Price: 7.10 USD
8. Check out wildlife at Nehru Zoological Park
With 1500 species residing here, the Nehru Zoological Park, also known as the Hyderabad Zoo, is a great way to spend an afternoon if you love wildlife. From Asiatic lions, Bengal tigers, elephants, panthers, deer, pythons, and Indian rhinoceros, to a host of migratory birds, this zoo is one of the largest zoos in India. You can also try out activities such as Lion, Tiger and Bear Safaris, a mini-train ride and the Dinosaur Park visit.
Nehru Zoological Park
Address: NH 44, Bahadurpura, Hyderabad, Telangana 500064
Website: Nehru Zoological Park
Opening Hours: Tue - Sun: 8am - 5pm (closed on Mon)
Price: 0.30 USD
Ramoji Film City is considered the world’s biggest film complex, making it a must-see destination on your trip to Hyderabad. This day tour allows you to explore this iconic landmark, and it includes hotel pick-up and drop-off, a welcome drink and a snack upon arrival, and a hearty complimentary lunch.
Explore the vast complex with a special access VIP ticket included that limits queues, and check out important attractions like the Action Studio, Filmy Duniya, Spirit of Ramoji, Stunt Show, and lastly, Ranger and Borasura. A knowledgeable English speaking driver/guide will pick you up, accompany you and show you all the main attractions, and drop you off at your hotel. This tour also offers group discounts.
Ramoji Film City from Hyderabad with Transfers and Lunch
Duration: 10 hours
The Golconda Fort attracts tons of travelers from around the world and remains on the top of the list of must-see attractions in Hyderabad. Built on a granite hill, this beautiful fort stands tall at 400 feet (121 meters), and it was used as a defense post for kings and emperors of the past. Along with the beautiful architecture and the trip to the past, you can also enjoy a three-hour Golconda Sound and Light show with this great tour.
Hotel pick-up and drop-off are included, so all you need to do is relax and be chauffeured in a private vehicle to this beautiful monument, and enjoy the audiovisual extravaganza with music, laser lights, floodlights, and sound, and learn about the history of the Golconda Fort by audio voiced by the famous Indian movie superstar, Amitabh Bachchan.
Hyderabad Golconda Fort Sound and Light Show, Private Transfer
Duration: 3 hours
The City of Pearls is waiting for you
One of India’s former princely states, Hyderabad is known as a city that blends its rich history with the eclectic diversity of people to create an unforgettable combination where tradition meets modernism. No matter how long you are visiting, you are sure to be touched by the extremely infectious energy Hyderabad has, whether it is the unconditionally warm and friendly people, its colorful marketplaces, beautiful historical monuments, or the irresistible cuisines that ooze a certain decadence and opulence in every bite. So start booking your next vacation and experience the glittering and quaint vibes the Lion city offers!
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