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A Walk Through The City of Pearls - Know All The Best Places To Visit In Hyderabad

By Sanjay Gouda

Updated - May 9, 202413 min read

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The Pearl City, Hyderabad with its unmatched blend of history and modernity, hypnotizes everyone, whoever sets his/her foot in this beautiful city of Nizams. With a history as old as 400 years and the status of a metropolitan city, Hyderabad promises a uniquely refreshing experience to all. From historical monuments to natural getaways to mouth-watering world famous cuisine to appealing shopping places and thrilling entertainment parks, this city has it all to keep you glued.


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Owing much of its fame to the historical Nizam’s culture, it is hard not to agree when Hyderabad is often referred to as the New York of India. Be it the racing lifestyle, the young crowd, modern-day culture, old traditions, historical attractions, or the local population, these glorious places to visit in Hyderabad will take you through the length and breadth of the city, beyond the city’s much-hyped biryani scenes. And without a doubt, travelers can totally look forward to having a time of their lives at these 15 incredibly good and best places to visit in Hyderabad.


1. Charminar

Tracing its origin back to the late 1500s, Charminar is one of the most reckoned structures of all the historical places in India. Serving as an iconic landmark to look forward to, it indeed one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad for all travelers alike. Originally built as a mosque, the glorious Charminar stands as an epitome of art and architecture in the heart of the city. Also, it is a must for the food lovers to relish some of the best Hyderabad street food near Charminar.


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Location: Charkaman, Ghansi Bazar

Timings: Monday to Sunday – 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Entry fee: INR 5 per person for Indians, INR 100 per person for foreign nationals

Photography: Allowed


2. Golkonda Fort

A historical place to visit in Hyderabad, the Golconda Fort is much famed for its architectural techniques. Having seen several dynasties, this fort is exceptionally well planned even if measured along with the benchmarks of today. Situated about 11 kilometers from Hyderabad, this fort now hosts some spectacular Light and sound shows in the evening.


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Location: Ibrahim Bagh

Timings: Monday to Sunday – 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Entry fee: INR 15 per person for Indians, INR 200 per person for Foreign Tourists, INR 130 for Sound & Light Show

Photography: INR 25 for Still Camera 



3. Ramoji Film City

Ever heard that big surprises come in small packages? Well, Ramoji Film City sure does live upto that expression. It not only is one of the famous tourist places in Hyderabad but also holds a Guinness World Book Record for being home to more than 50 well-equipped film sets at a single location. Did you know that before?


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Location: Anaspur Village, Hayathnagar Mandal

Timings: Monday to Sunday – 9 AM to 5.30 PM

Entry Fee: 

1. INR 800 per person for general guided tour for adults without food

2. INR 700 per child for general guided tour for children (3-12 years) without food

3. INR 1,799 per person for Ramoji Star Experience for adults with food

4. INR 1,499 per child for Ramoji Star Experience for children (3-12 years) with food

Photography: Allowed


4. Hussain Sagar Lake

Considered to be one of the largest man-made lakes in the heart of the city, Hussain Sagar Lake is one of the most romantic places to visit in Hyderabad for couples. Other than offering majestic views of the massive Buddha statue located in the middle of the lake, one can also enjoy boating and parasailing activities that also makes it one of the most happening places to visit in Hyderabad at night.


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Location: 2 km from the Hyderabad Center

Timings: Tuesdays to Sundays – 9 AM to 9 PM; Closed on Mondays

Entry Fee: INR 5 per person

Boat Transfers: INR 30 for adults and INR 20 for children

Photography: Allowed


5. Qutub Shahi Tombs

Located within the premises of Ibrahim Bagh, the Qutb Shahi Tombs is reckoned to be one of the most historical places in Hyderabad as it houses the tombs of all the seven rulers of Qutub Shahi Dynasty. Casting a magical spell on the visitors with its grandeur, travelers will surely be charmed to witness the tombs that strike a perfect balance between the Indian and Persian style of architecture.


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Location: Qutub Shahi Tombs

Timings: Saturday to Thursday – 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM; Closed on Fridays

Entry Fee: INR 5 Per Child; INR 10 Per Adult, INR 20 Per Camera

Photography: Allowed



6. Birla Planetarium

Birla Planetarium ranks among the most modern planetariums in the country, located at the Naubat Pahad in the heart of Hyderabad. Established in the year 1985, this is one of the popular sightseeing places in the city which is not an only favorite amongst the children but also the adults. This was the first phase of the Birla Science center which was indeed a landmark in terms of innovation and bridging the gap between common masses and the science.


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Location: Near Birla Temple, Ambedkar Colony

Timings: 11:30 AM- 8 PM

Entry Fee: INR 100 & Combo (Planetarium + Science Museum): INR160/-

Photography: Not Allowed


7. Mecca Masjid

A religious site by nature, Mecca or Makkah Masjid happens to be one of the oldest places to see in Hyderabad. Listed as one of the top heritage sites in India, the Masjid got its name after the bricks that were brought for construction from the famous city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Standing tall at a height of 23 meters, this fascinating Masjid is not only the most spectacular places to visit in Hyderabad but also one of the largest mosques in India.


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Location: Near Charminar, Ghansi Bazaar


8. Lumbini Park

A modern urban park located at the core of the city, Lumbini Park is one of the refreshing places to visit in Hyderabad in the evening. Letting the locals unwind after a tiring day and entertaining the travelers with the magical light and sound show, the park is dedicated to Lord Buddha and is named after Lumbini of Nepal.


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Location: Opposite Secretariat New Gate, Khairatabad

Timings: Monday to Sunday – 9 AM to 9 PM

Laser Show Timings: Weekdays – 7.15 PM, Weekends: 7.15 PM and 8.30 PM

Entry Fee: INR 20 for adults and INR 10 for children

Photography: Allowed


9. Salar Jung Museum

Renowned to be one of the largest and one amongst the only three National Museums in India, Salar Jung Museum is one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad that is dedicated to every form of age-old art. Enjoying a favored location at Darushifa, this popular museum is set on the banks of River Musi and is home to paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, carvings, artifacts, and lots more from all over the world.


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Location: Salar Jung Road, Near Minar Function Hall, Darulshifa

Timings: Saturday to Thursday – 10 AM to 5 PM

Entry fee:

1. INR 10 for the general public

2. INR 150 for foreign citizens

3. Students with identity cards are given 50% concession.

4. Defense personnel in uniform, organized Kisan parties and children below 12 years are also given 50% concession.

5. 'Children's Week' (14th-20th November) school children up to 12 years of age accompanied by teachers are allowed free of charge.

6. 'Museum Week' (8th-14th January) public is given concession in the entrance ticket.

Photography: INR 20 for still and mobile photography


10. Nehru Centenary Tribal Museum

Portraying the beauty of different cultures, traditions, customs, and lifestyle of the various local tribes of Andhra Pradesh, the Nehru Centenary Tribal Museum is one of those Hyderabad attractions that unites all the locals of the city. While Hill Reddy, Bagata, and Kondareddy are some of the main tribes that are being represented here, the museum is one of the best places to learn more about the heritage and history of Hyderabad and its people.


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Location: Owaisi Pura, Masab Tank

Timings: Monday to Saturday – 10:30 AM to 5 PM

Entry Fee: The entry is free for the most part, but they sometimes charge a nominal fee of INR 10, per person

Photography: Not Allowed



11. Snow World

Considered to be one-of-a-kind Hyderabad attractions, Snow World is a unique amusement park located in the heart of the city and right next to the Hussain Sagar Lake. Spread across a land of about 2 acres, Snow World promises a fun-filled day amidst the snow for friends, families, and all travelers alike.


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Location: Survey No. 57, Lower Tank Bund Road, Near Lake View Hotel

Timings: Monday to Sunday – 11 AM to 9 PM

Entry Fee: 

INR 450 per person adult

INR 250 per person child

INR 300 per person college student (above 10th class)

INR 250 per person school student (up to 10th class)

Photography: Only cameras allowed


12. Birla Mandir

Spread across land that measures about 13 acres, and perched high on a hill at a height of around 280-feet, Birla Mandir is one of the famous religious places to visit in Hyderabad in 2 days. Popular amongst the Hindu population and all travelers across the country, it is set on a hillock called Naubat Pahad and was inaugurated by Swami Ranganathananda himself who runs the Ramakrishna Mission.


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Location: Hill Fort Rd, Ambedkar Colony, Khairatabad

Timings: Monday to Sunday – 7 AM to 12 Noon; 3 PM to 9 PM

Entry Fee: NA

Photography: Not Allowed


13. NTR Gardens

Of all the places to visit in Hyderabad, NTR Gardens is comparatively the newest addition to the family of tourist attractions in the city. Dedicated and built in the memory of Late Shri N.T. Rama Rao, a visit to the lush NTR Gardens is a must for those who’re in search for a place to revive their mind, body, and soul.


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Location: NTR Marg, Central Secretariat, Khairatabad

Timings: Monday to Sunday – 24 Hours

Entry Fee:

INR 15 per adult

INR 10 per child

INR 30 per camera

INR 65 per video camera

Photography: Allowed - Charges Applicable


14. Shilparamam

A quaint little man-made village, Shilparamam is one of the best tourist places in Hyderabad which is dedicated to arts, handicrafts, and culture. Putting up a lot of cultural and traditional shows for the visitors and all travelers, Shilparamam is built on a village theme which also houses a museum as well as a lake inside. Also, for when you visit this gorgeous attraction, do not miss out on treating your taste buds to authentic Awadhi cuisines at Sahib’s Barbeque which is one of the best restaurants in Hyderabad.


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Location: Jubilee Enclave, Hitech City, Near Cyber Towers

Timings: Monday to Sunday – 10:30 AM to 8 PM

Entry Fee:

INR 40 per adult

INR 20 per child

INR 30 per person for boating

INR 15 per person for battery-operated cars 

Photography: Allowed


15. Laad Bazaar

Situated close to Charminar, Laad Bazaar is a place famous for bangles and many other traditional items which makes it a shopper’s paradise. Stretched across on four roads which starts from Charminar and spreads across at least one kilometer. This market showcases the living heritage of the city and it is believed that this market exists since the time of Qutub Shahis and the era of Nizams and now it is one of the major places to shop bangles made of Lacquer or Laad from where the name has been derived.


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Location: Char Kaman, Ghansi Bazaar

Timings: 11AM-11PM


Are you packing your bags already? If yes, then make sure you don’t forget to include these amazing places to visit in while on your trip to Hyderabad and get soaked in the goodness of this beautiful city!

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Q: What is famous in Hyderabad for shopping?

A: Hyderabad is known as the city of pearls and colorful lac bangles which are available at the Laad Bazaar. Apart from that, the Ikkat pattern cloth is also available for shopping.


Q: What can we do in Hyderabad on Sunday?

A: Hyderabad is the city which has abundant places to visit around and spend the Sunday. People can go and explore the various water parks and historical places like the Golconda fort and Charminar.