|Places to Visit in Hyderabad
|To Experience Culture, Cuisine, and Unlimited Fun
Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana, is a colorful mélange of culture, cuisine, and commerce. Magnificent monuments from the bygone-era with impressive architecture seem to be its defining feature. At the same time, the city buzzes with posh malls, pubs, clubs, restaurants, and multiplexes, all of which epitomize its vibrant and youthful side.
Visiting Hyderabad with your family and kids can be a memorable affair. Here's our curated list for the top attractions to explore in Hyderabad with family.
Charminar is, undoubtedly, the most famous landmark in Hyderabad. Built over 400 years ago, this iconic four-storied structure built in typical Islamic style houses a mosque on the top floor. Though there are a number of stories related to the construction of this monument, the most widely believed one is that Charminar was built to commemorate the eradication of cholera. Another interesting legend about this historic edifice is that it has an underground tunnel that connects it to Golconda Fort, though the location of the tunnel remains elusive.
While you are in the Charminar area, don't forget to treat yourself to a glass of Irani Chai and some Osmania biscuits from the nearby Nimrah Café and Bakery. Here's our blog on the street food in Hyderabad for more details.
Yet another famous historical monument you must visit with your family and kids is the Golkonda Fort. The medieval fort overlooks the city and remains a testimony to the grandeur of the bygone-era, even though the fort complex is in ruins now. Apart from its architectural beauty and historical significance, Golkonda Fort is also associated with some of the most famous diamonds in the world. For instance, the fort was once the address of the legendary Hope and Kohinoor diamonds, among others. The light and sound show held here every evening is something that you must not miss out on, especially if you are visiting the fort with your kids.
Ramoji Film City
For sure, Ramoji Film City is one of the most attractive family destinations in Hyderabad. A one-of-its-kind attraction, it holds the distinction of being the largest studio complex in the world. The film city has featured in a number of Indian movies. Even the blockbuster movie Bahubali was extensively filmed here. You can explore a number of artificial and natural attractions inside this studio complex that also boasts of an amusement park, two hotels, multi-cuisine restaurants, and various permanent sets. Sprawling over 2000 acres, it is truly a dream destination for everyone, regardless of age.
Salar Jung Museum
Salar Jung Museum takes pride in being one of the three National Museums in the country. The rich and diverse collection at the museum includes paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, carvings, carpets, metallic artifacts, furniture, and clocks from various countries of the world. One of the world's largest personal collections, it also has Aurangzeb's sword and a wardrobe of Tipu Sultan among its various precious exhibits.
Located near Charminar, the Chowmahalla Palace is a complex of four palaces that served as one of the residences of the Nizams of Hyderabad. A visit to the magnificent palace will let you experience the grandeur of the Nizams and their lavish way of life. Does the history of locomotives interest you or your kids? The palace has a vintage car collection that includes Rolls Royce and other manufacturers.
Considered to be one of the most romantic spots in the city, Hussain Sagar is a majestic man-made lake designed in the shape of a necklace. The lake offers stunning views of the huge Buddha statue that stands in the middle of the waterbody. It is an ideal destination to spend some lovely moments with your beloved. To flame your romance further, you can hire a trip on a ferry or a boat and begin exploring the magical views of the surroundings.
Ferry Ride, Tank Bund
Tank Bund is one of the best places in Hyderabad to enjoy a lovely evening with your partner. You can take a ferry ride to the middle of the Hussain Lake where the statue of the Buddha stands. A ride over the waterbody, with your sweetheart near you, and the twinkling lights all around can lend a surreal feel to the whole experience. Do not miss out on this opportunity.
One of the top places to visit in Hyderabad, Birla Mandir, is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, the presiding deity of the famous temple in Tirumala Tirupati. Located atop a 280-foot-high hill called NaubatPahad, the temple is a beautiful modern shrine with exquisite architecture. It is ideal for those looking to get away from the city's hustle and immerse themselves in serene surroundings for prayer and meditation. Birla Mandir derives its name from the industrialist family of the Birlas, who have erected several such temples in various parts of the country. A fascinating aspect of Hyderabad's Birla Mandir is the beautiful marble carvings depicting exotic scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The temple also houses Lord Venkateshwara's consorts, Andal and Padmavati, and has a separate shrine dedicated to Lord Buddha.