Solo travelling has been on the rise since the last decade. In this capital of southern India’s Telangana state, you can find many activities that don’t require a partner. Home to many upscale restaurants and shops, Hyderabad also has notable landmarks to visit, including Golconda Fort, Charminar, and Qutub Shahi Tombs. The city also has serviced apartments and 5-star hotels available for accommodations. Whether you want to splurge into a shopping spree, try delicious local food, or walk around casually to embrace the history and culture of the ‘city of pearls’, keep reading to get some exciting ideas for yourself. We want to make sure that you won’t get bored or feel awkward during the travel! Therefore, check out the best things to do alone in Hyderabad.
1. Catch the Sound & Light Show at Golconda Fort (from USD 149.0)
The 12th century Golconda Fort is located about 7 miles (11 km) away from Hyderabad, the capital of the South Indian state of Telangana. It used to be the capital of several dynasties, including the Kakatiya, the Bahmani, and the Qutub Shahi. Enjoy the architectural marvel during the one-hour Sound & Light Show, featuring an audio commentary by the famous Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan and music by notable Indian musicians.
Hyderabad Golconda Fort Sound and Light Show
Duration: 3 hours
2. See exotic animals at Nehru Zoological Park (from USD 11.0)
Get a closer look at the wide variety of world’s wildlife on a safari ride, and watch how they interact in the natural habitat. Take a guided tour to learn more about the exotic animals as you walk through the park and giant aquarium. At the end of the tour, head to the museum to gain in-depth knowledge about the importance of biodiversity and ecology in the wildlife. Enjoy the complimentary tea and snacks as you finish.
Hyderabad Zoological Park Tour and Safari
3. Admire the structure of Chowmahalla Palace during a Heritage Walking Tour (from USD 18.15)
Discover the rich history among the streets and structures in Hyderabad through the four-hour walking tour. The guide will take you towards Charminar and Makkah Masjid before heading to the Laad Bazaar. But, the highlight lies in Chowmahalla Palace. The beautiful four-palace complex was home of the Nizams of Hyderabad state. Admire the beauty while learning about the palace and its monarchs before the tour ends.
Hyderabad Heritage Walking Tour United States
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4. Eat Hyderabadi biryani at Shah Ghouse Café
One thing that becomes a problem when travelling alone is finding a place to eat. Shah Ghouse Café is locally famous for its authentic Hyderabadi food, and their biryani is one of the best. Expect the long line to taste the local palate of mutton biryani, tandoori chicken, chicken fried rice, or haleem. Come anytime, since it remains open for 24 hours!
Shah Ghouse Café
Address: Near RTA Office, Kakatiya Nagar, Toli Chowki, Hyderabad, Telangana 500008, India
Website: Shah Ghouse Café
Opening hours: 24 hours
Price: 9 USD onwards
5. Ride a boat at Hussain Sagar (from USD 11.0)
Immerse yourself in the late-hour beauty of Hyderabad by taking a boat ride at Hussain Sagar lake. The four-hour tour will treat you with enchanting city views with the lights shimmering on the water. Explore the incredible structure of Birla Mandir at the first stop. Created with 2,000 tons of marble, it gleams and sparkles as the sky goes dark. Then, walk through the Necklace Road to circle the lake and end the tour by visiting Lumbini Park to see the romantic laser light show, making this destination one of the city’s most romantic places you can visit.
Hyderabad Evening Tour with Hussain Sagar Lake Boat Ride
6. Tour around Mecca Masjid (from USD 81.0)
Get a pickup from your hotel and start to explore the city’s landmarks, including Hyderabad’s oldest mosque and other attractions in a private one-day tour. Admire the beauty of this 17th-century monument built under the reign of Muhammed Quli Qutub Shah that took 77 years to complete. Learn about the history from the guide, and take photos as much as you want.
Private Tour: Hyderabad City Day Tour
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
7. Go shopping around Charminar (from USD 62.0)
If you’re wondering what to buy, why not check out Charminar which is a monument and mosque constructed in 1591. It is a global landmark of Hyderabad that you should not miss. Walk around the Four Minarets to enter the shopping paradise for budget travellers. Here, you can find everything from jewellery, bangles, sling bags, to vintage items at a remarkably low price. It’s a good option for you since shopping might take longer than you think!
Skip The Line Charminar E-Tickets with guide
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
8. Test your knowledge at Birla Science Museum (from USD 172.0)
Hyderabad’s heat may hit you sometimes. Quickly head to Birla Science Museum to avoid the weather and cool down. As one of the most captivating attractions for tourists of all ages, it is worth a visit. Here, you can see the depth of science exploration, the unravelling mysteries of the universe in Planetarium, Participatory Science Museum, Archaeology, and Fine Art section. Also, make sure that you don’t skip the Dinosaurium, Natural History Gallery, and the Art Gallery where you can see magnificent murals and traditional artefacts from various Indian states.
Small-Group Day Tour to Snow World and Birla Science Museum
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
9. Explore Qutb Shahi Tombs (from USD 89.0)
Relish the majestic domed structures in a half-day guided tour. Get yourself picked up at the hotel at 9 am and start the day by visiting Golkonda Fort, before going to Qutb Shahi Tombs. With a distinctive blend of Persian, Pashtun and Hindu style, the tombs hold a fascinating history to be revealed by the knowledgable guide.
Hyderabad Half-Day Tour: Golconda Fort and Qutub Shahi Tombs
Duration: 4 hours
10. Enjoy single-man's art collections at Salar Jung Museum (from USD 85.0)
With 38 galleries and a quarter of the total ownership of Mir Yousuf Ali Khan (Salarjung III), this museum has the world’s largest number of art collection by a single person. As one of the three national museums in India, Salar Jung offers valuable collections from all around the world. Get a pickup from your hotel and immerse in the art with a professional guide.
Guided Museums Day Tour in Hyderabad
Duration: 8 hours
Keep it safe and enjoyable
Independent travellers often want to be ‘adventurous’ rather than joining guided tours during their day trips. However, many have warned about the importance of keeping yourself guarded whenever you visit India. Having guides not only will help you to explore and reveal the best stories of the area, but they are there remind you to be aware of scams, thieves, or even foods! There are plenty of famous things and historical places to find here. We want to make sure that you are travelling safely, in the most pleasant way. Going on a tour also gives you the chance to meet other people who might share similar interests. So, learn the list, start planning, and enjoy the travel!
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