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The Top 10 Attractions In Hyderabad, India

Hyderabad is a city of palaces and fortresses, biryanis and haleems. A city that flourished under the influence of its various nizams; In its heyday, Hyderabad was one of the greatest and most progressive cities in the world. It was an artistic and cultural center and a learned Mecca. Find out more about the city and what it has to offer with our guide to the top 10 things to do in Hyderabad.

Charminar | © Abhinay Omkar / Flickr


Hyderabad's most famous symbol is the Charminar (named after char = four, minar = minarets). There are several theories as to why it was built: one theory is that it commemorates the end of the plague, another says that it commemorates the beginning of the second Islamic millennium. Whatever the reason, it is now one of India's most recognized landmarks. You can walk up the steps for great views of the city. There are also several markets in the area that sell jewelry and other handicrafts.

Charminar Hyderabad, India

Biryani | © Jean Wang / Flickr

Hyderabadi Biryani

Hyderabad's biryanis are rightly considered the best biryanis in the world - and for good reason. It was once considered the court of nizam (the state ruling court) and is now available throughout Hyderabad and the rest of northern India. The biryani contains long-grain, fragrant basmati rice in addition to marinated meat that has been soaked in a special blend of spices overnight. The cooking vessel is then sealed with a batter and steamed over hot coals (known as dumb ). The ultimate taste of the biryani is spicy and complex, with an abundance of unusual and rich flavors.

There are plenty of places to try this traditional staple, check out our guide to Hyderabad's best biryanis here.

Golconda Fort | © Morgan Davis / Flickr

Golconda Fort

The Golconda Fort was once the capital of the ancient Golconda Kingdom between the 14th and 16th centuries. Built on a 400 foot high granite mound, it is one of India's many architectural wonders. One of his unique achievements is the fact that a handshake can be heard under the entrance dome in a pavilion almost a kilometer away; This acoustic miracle was used to warn the royal family in advance in the event of an obstructive attack. A magnificent fortress, possibly dating back to the 12th century, is a must-see for anyone traveling around India.

Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad, India

Chowmahalla Palace | © Morgan Davis / Flickr

Chowmahalla Palace

Chowmahalla Palace is an 18th-century sumptuous grandeur and exudes finesse, from the sleek white marble floors to the gleaming Belgium crystal chandeliers. It was once the seat of the great Asaf Jahi dynasty and the place where they entertained their royal guests. There are four garden courtyards that give the palace its name (Chow = 4; Mahal = palace). The halls contain various exhibits from the life and time of the Nizams, including a 1911 yellow Rolls Royce.

Khilwat, 20-4-236, Motigalli, Hyderabad, India, +91 40 24522032

Bidri Betel Box | © Ashley Van Haeften / Flickr


Bidri is a unique metal technology in which a silver-colored insert is applied to a blackened zinc-copper alloy. The effect is striking and breathtakingly beautiful. It is named after its place of origin, Bidar in the state of Karnataka, where it is still produced. It has since spread to Hyderabad, where you can find fine examples of the work as well. The craft itself is 400 years old and the technique is believed to have originated in Persia, although the use of zinc as a primary metal is a unique Indian concept. Stop and buy bidriware through Charminar in Hyderabad.

Charminar Hyderabad, India

Mecca Masjid | © Ehsan Khakbaz H./Flickr

Makkah Masjid

One of the largest mosques in the world, the Makkah Masjid (or Mecca Masjid, as it is otherwise known), was completed in 1694 after 77 years of construction. The stones of the mosque are made of earth from the holy city of Mecca and give the mosque its name. The hall inside can accommodate up to 10,000 people at the same time. The holy Qur'an is inscribed in the arches of the mosque and also houses a strand of hair of the Prophet Mohammed, which is kept in a room in the courtyard.

Makkah Masjid, Hyderabad, India

Hussain Sagar | © Rajesh_India / Flickr

Hussain Sagar

Built over a tributary of the Musi River in 1562, Hussain Sagar Lake is an artificial lake that used to be Hyderabad's main water supply before two more lakes were built. In the middle of the lake is an 18-meter-high monolithic Buddha statue that is illuminated at night. The lake is a popular sailing area, and boats take a 30-minute ride to the statue and back.

Salar Jung Museum | © Mrugesh Karnik / Flickr

Museum Salar Jung

The renowned Salar Jung Museum is one of the three national museums of India. The entire ancient collection in the museum was collected by Nawab Mir Yusuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III and is currently the world's largest ancient collection owned by one man. The collections include worldwide treasures from places like Persia, Egypt and even North America. His treasures include paintings by the famous painter Raja Ravi Varma and swords and daggers from various Mughal emperors. The most famous exhibit is the Veiled Rebecca , a sculpture by the Italian artist Benzoni.

Opening times: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

22-8-299-320, Darul Shifa Road, Afzalgunj Hyderabad, India, +91 040 24576443

Qutub Shahi tombs | © Sudheer G / Flickr

Qutub Shahi tombs

A short walk from Golkonda Fort are the Qutub Shahi tombs. These tombs number 21 in their entirety and have almost as many mosques. Each of these buildings is mounted and vaulted on a cubic basis; They are decorated with limestone decorations. The inhabitants of these tombs were rulers, doctors, courtesans and various other privileged courtiers. The tombs are being built and the places where the restoration is complete go back to the size of the original tombs.

Opening times: Sat - Thu 9.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.

Qutb Shahi Tombs, Hyderabad, India

British residence | © cishore / Flickr

British Residency

This stunning neoclassical mansion was built in the early 19th century by James Achilles, representative of the East India Company, and was meant to symbolize British colonial power. There is a large ballroom with large chandeliers and a balcony for guests on the ground floor to watch. Although the building is now completely derelict and looks shabby, it is still well worth a visit. A good read would be William Dalrymple's White Mughals, who is set in this building.

Now part of Osmania Women's College, Esamiya Bazaar, Koti, Hyderabad, India

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