Visiting Places

Charminar

Hi-Tech

Salarjung Museum

Places of Interest                                                                

Birla Mandir
Birla Planetarium
Gandipet
Sanghi Temple
Shilparamam

Historical Places

Charminar
Golconda
Hayat Bakshi Begums Mosque
main mishk masjid
Mecca Masjid
Mushirabad Mosque
Nijamiya observatory
Paigah tombs
Patancheru tombs
Qutub shahi tomb
St marys cathedral
Toli masjid
Uppal mosque

Picnic Spots

Deer Park
Hussain Sagar
Lumbini Park
Mir Alam Tank
Nehru Zooligical Park
Ocean Park
Osman Sagar
Ramoji Film City
Sanjeevaiah Park

Char Minar
Charminar, Hyderabad TravelA magnificent edifice, it epitomises Hyderabad and marks its 400 years of history. Built by ruler Quli Qutb Shah it stands 180ft. tall, the four minarets soar to height of 48.7Mts. each above the ground. Within are 45 prayers spaces and a mosque. It is being pedestrianised for better access as well as safety of the monument. Must See!

Birla Mandir
This beautiful white marble temple of Lord Balaji is built on a hillock, the kala pahad. This exquisite temple has great sculpture excellence and a profusely carved ceiling. It is a beautiful sight at night when illuminated, standing against the dark sky and looking down on Hussain Sagar Lake. Timing: 7 a.m. to 12 noon & 3 p.m to 9 p.m.

Hussain Sagar Lake
Hussain Sagar Lake, Hyderabad TravelThis lake, around which the city is spread, was constructed in 1562 A.D. Today, it is the bejeweled heart of the twin cities with the newly built Necklace road. In the recent past it has evolved as one of the single largest gathering place for recreation. The road across the bund is a busy thoroughfare connecting the twin cities. Boating and Water Sports are a regular feature at the Hussain Sagar. Jutting out of the middle is the 18 meter high, 350 tonne monolithic statue of Lord Buddha on the rock of Gibraltar, in the middle of the lake. The bund is lined with 33 statues of famous personalities of the states.

Salarjung Museum
This museum is a unique art collection of a single, great connoisseur of art, Mir Yousuf Ali khan, better known to the world as Salarjung III, scion of an illustrious and wealthy family and a short lived prime minister of Hyderabad. The object d'art include Persian carpets, Mughal miniatures, Chinese procelain, Japanese acquerware, famous Pearls Of Hyderabad sculptors including the veiled Rebecca and Marguerite and Mephistopheles, a superb collection of Jade, Daggers belonging to Queen Nur Jahen and the emperors Jehangir and Shahjahan, Aurangazeb's sword, Silver,Bidri and Braocade,Rococo,Baroque and Pre-Raphaelite art,even cuckoo clocks and walking sticks. Must See! (Closed on Fridays. Timings: 10a.m. to 5p.m.)

Mecca Masjid
Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad TravelSouth-West of Charminar lies Mecca Masjid, the most impressive mosque in South India. It was started in 1614A.D. by the sixth Qutb shahi King Abdullah Qutb Shah and completed in 1687 A.D. by Aurangzeb, when he annexed Golconda. This mosque is said to have bricks from Mecca built into its central arch. Its lofty colonnades and entrance arches are made of single slabs of granite brought from a stone quarry, 11km north of Charminar. Legend says, 1400 bullocks were required to pull these. Mecca Masjid is poetry in stone, with a hall measuring 67m and soaring to a height of 54m. The roof is supported by 15 graceful arches. It can accommodate 10,000 worshippers at a time. The southern end of the mosque has the tombs of all Nizams, from the time of Nizam ali Khan (who died in 1803 A.D.) and his successors, exept that of Mir Osman ali Khan Nizam VII.

Nehru Zoological Park
Spread across an area of 300 lush green acres, this zoo is a must for all nature lovers. The biggest zoo in India, it has over 1,500 different kinds of animals and birds, most of whom are kept in conditions close to their natural habitat. Other attractions are a lion safari park, a natural history museum, a prehistoric animal park and a children's park. (The Zoo is closed on Monday's Timings: 9 a.m to 5 p.m).

Qutub Shahi Tombs
Qutub Shahi Tomb, Hyderabad Travel1 km away from the Banjara Darwaza of the Golconda Fort, lies this cluster of graceful structures. This is the last resting place of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, where seven out of the eight sultans are buried. The tombs are built in persian, Pathan and Hindu architectural styles using grey granite, with stuco ornamentation. It features an annual Ghazal festival and other cultural entreaties. (Timings: 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Closed on Fridays)

Osman Sagar
Osman Sagar is a jewel lake, formed by the damming of the river Musi, in 1920, to maintain a regular supply of drinking water for Hyderabad. Beautiful gardens on either side of the bund, and a guest house make this a popular picnic spot. More popularly, Osman Sagar is known as Gandipet.

Jama Masjid
Also near the Charminar, this is the oldest mosque in Hyderabad (1597 A.D.)

Khazana Museum
On the way to Golconda, this is yet another museum which houses a number of stone sculptures.
Lumbini Park
A new amusement park near Hussain sagar. This has a musical fountain show at 6.30 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. open from Tuesday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Government Archelogical Museum
Housed in Public gardens, this is a museum with interesting sections on Prehistoric implements, Sculptures, Paintings, Inscriptions, illuminated Manuscripts, Old China and Textiles. The special attractions is an ancient Egyptian Mummy.

Ocean Park
Ocean park is located at Gandipet in 20 acres of landscaped gardens. The park provides number of world class amusement rides, water rides and equipped with fastfood joints offering a variety of cuisine at affordable prices. A thrilling family outing! Rs. 125/- is charged as entry fee.

Ramoji Film City
Ramoji Film City], Hyderabad TravelThe Ramoji Film City is a colossal creation. This is Hyderabad's answer to Universal Studios- nearly 2000 acres, a complete world created for assisting the dream merchants of cinema. Luxury hotels, Japanese gardens, parisian boulevards, lavish palaces, make-believe airports/railway stations and a host of other fantastic creations.

Sanghi Temple
In the nearby industrial town Sanghi Nagar,this temple named after its patron family, Sanghi, is situated on top of a hill. This is a beautiful temple contructed in the south Indian Style of temple archetecture and hosts all important Hindu god idols. It is a favourite getaway point for the Hyderabadis as well as a popular tourist spot.

Hi-Tech City
One of the modern monuments of trade and technology, it embodies the new found attitude of Hyderabad and today finds a place of pride. Situated on the outskirts of the city, it is the nucleus of Cyberabad, the IT destination in these parts of the world.

Shoppers Stop
The ultimate shopping experience at India's largest shopper's Stop at Hyderabad. Located very conveniently walking distance from the Hyderabad Airport, it offers a buyer all that he is looking for.

Charminar:
The Charminar is as much the signature of Hyderabad as the Taj Mahal is of Agra or the Eiffel Tower is of Paris. Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of Hyderabad, built Charminar in 1591 at the centre of the original city layout. It was said to be built as a charm to ward off a deadly epidemic raging at that time. Four graceful minarets soar to a height of 48.7m. above the ground. Charminar has 45 prayer spaces and a mosque in it. Visitors can view the architectural splendour inside the Charminar. The monument is illuminated in the evenings and a pedestrianisation project around the monument is under implementation.

Golconda Fort:
Golconda is one of the famous forts of India. The name originates from the Telugu words �Golla Konda� meaning �Shepherd�s Hill�. The origins of the fort can be traced back to the Yadava dynasty of Deogiri and the Kakatiyas of Warangal. Golconda was originally a mud fort, which passed to the Bahmani dynasty and later to the Qutb Shahis, who held it from 1518 to 1687 A.D. The first three Qutb Shahi kings rebuilt Golconda, over a span of 62 years. The fort is famous for its acoustics, palaces, ingenious water supply system and the famous Fateh Rahben gun, one of the cannons used in the last siege of Golconda by Aurangzeb, to whom the fort ultimately fell.

Sound & Light Show at Golconda Fort
The glorious past of Golconda Fort is narrated effectively with matchless Sound and Light effects. The unique Sound & Light Show takes you right back in time, when Golconda was full of life, glory and grandeur.

Qutb Shahi Tombs:
The tombs of the legendary Qutb Shahi kings lie about a kilometre away from Banjara Darwaza of the Golconda Fort. Planned and built by the Qutb Shahis themselves, these tombs are said to be the oldest historical monuments in Hyderabad. They form a large group and stand on a raised platform. The tombs are built in Persian, Pathan and Hindu architectural styles using grey granite, with stucco ornamentation, the only one of its kind in the world where an entire dynasty has been buried at one place.
Click here to see the virtual tour of Qutb Shahi Tombs

Mecca Masjid:
A two hundred yards southwest of the Charminar is the Mecca Masjid, so named because the bricks were brought from Mecca to build the central arch. The Qutb Shahis never finished the building of the mosque, which was completed by Aurangzeb in 1694. Mecca Masjid is poetry in stone, with a hall measuring 67m and soaring to a height of 54m. Fifteen graceful arches - five to each of the three sides, support the roof. Towards the southern end of the mosque lie the marble graves of members of the Asaf Jahi dynasty.

Legislative Assembly:
Built in 1913, the building was originally the Hyderabad Town hall. The architecture is a synthesis of Rajasthani and Persian styles, with an all white, aesthetic look. Located adjoining the picturesque Public Gardens, a massive statue of Mahatma Gandhi in a sitting posture is erected at the entrance park to the Assembly.

Osmania University:
Established in 1918, it is one of the oldest universities in India. Named after Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan, the university buildings are splendid, especially the Arts College, which is a perfect example of Indo-Saracenic architecture.

Birla Mandir:
This white marble temple of Lord Venkateshwara floats on the city skyline, on Kala Pahad. The idol in the temple is a replica of the one at Tirupati.

Salar Jung Museum:
This museum houses one of the biggest one-man collections of antiques of the world by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, Salar Jung III. The objects d�art include Persian carpets, Moghal miniatures, Chinese porcelain, Japanese lacquerware, famous statues including the Veiled Rebecca and Marguerite and Mephistopheles, a superb collection of jade, daggers belonging to Queen Noor Jahan and the Emperors Jahangir and Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb�s sword and many other fabulous items.

Andhra Pradesh State Archaeological Museum:
A visit to the Andhra Pradesh State Archaeological Museum is a delight for art lovers. Located in the picturesque Public Gardens, the museum boasts of one of the richest repositories of antiques and art objects in the country. Built in 1920 by the Nizam VII, the museum building itself is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. The museum contains a Buddhist gallery, Brahmanical & Jain gallery, Bronze gallery, Arms & Armour gallery, Numismatics gallery, Ajanta gallery and more. Adjacent to the State Museum is the Contemporary Art Museum.

The Nizam�s Silver Jubilee Museum:
The stately Purani Haveli, the palace acquired around the year 1750 by the second Nizam, is now converted into a museum with a fascinating collection. The museum exhibits the gifts and mementos presented to the last Nizam on the occasion of the silver jubilee celebrations in 1937. A 1930 Rolls Royce, Packard and a Mark V Jaguar are among the vintage cars displayed. There is an interesting collection of models made in silver of all the prominent buildings of the city and citations in Urdu about H.E.H. Mir Osman Ali Khan, gold burnished wooden throne used for the silver jubilee celebrations, gold tiffin box inlaid with diamonds, and a gold model of Jubilee Pavilion.

Birla Planetarium/Birla Science Museum:
Birla Planetarium is India�s most modern planetarium and first of its kind in the country. It is equipped with advanced technology from Japan and is built on Naubat Pahad adjacent to Kala Pahad. And the Science Museum stands tribute to the advancement achieved by Science and Technology.

Chow Mohalla Complex:
Built in several phases by the Nizams between 1857-1869, this is now one of the heritage buildings. The complex comprises four palaces in Moghal and European styles, of which the main palace is double storeyed with the others being single-storeyed blocks.

Nehru Zoological Park:
Spanning 300 lush green acres, the Nehru Zoological Park is a must for nature lovers. It has over 250 species of animals and birds, most of which are kept in conditions as close to their natural habitats as possible. This is the first zoo to create moated enclosures for animals. The Lion Safari Park, Natural History Museum and Children�s Train are the added attractions. APTDC runs an ice-cream parlour and restaurant here.

Shilparamam - The Arts & Crafts village:
Another attraction at Madhapur beyond Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad is the 30-acre village, which showcases arts and crafts of the country. India is an ocean of various arts and crafts but the talent of most of the artisans and artists goes unrecognized. To encourage them and give the necessary boost to their art, the crafts village hosts annual bazaars, where artists and artisans from all over the country exhibit their talent.

Public Gardens
Hyderabad has several beautiful gardens, one of the most popular being the Public Gardens, which also encloses the State Legislature, State Archaeological Museum, Jubilee Hall, Jawahar Bal Bhavan and Telugu Lalita Kala Thoranam, an open-air theatre.
Boating: AP Tourism operates pedal boats in Public Gardens pond.

Ramoji Film City:
A dream world created for the celluloid on a sprawling 1000 acres, with every imaginable set and location, Ramoji Film City on the outskirts of Hyderabad offers facilities to produce any kind of movie. Apart from sets, there are hotels where artistes and technicians can stay. Visitors too can go round in conducted tours that the management organises.
Click here to see the virtual tour of Ramoji Film City

Hitec City:
One of the modern monuments of trade and technology, it embodies the newfound attitude of Hyderabad and today finds a place of pride. Situated on the outskirts of the city, it is the nucleus of Cyberabad, the IT destination in this part of the world. Cyber Towers is the main building here.

Lumbini Park:
This beautiful entertainment park is situated on the shore of Hussainsagar lake. The landscaping here is a visual treat. A musically synchronized water fountain and a floral clock are major attractions here. Lumbini Park jetty is a major point for pleasure boating of AP Tourism.

Hyderabad Botanical Gardens:
The first Botanical Gardens in Andhra Pradesh, spread over 120 acres. Already open to public is the first phase, with the completion of some sections. The sections include medicinal plants, timber trees, fruit trees, ornamental plants, aquatic plants and bamboos. The Park has been designed to have large water bodies, rolling meadows, natural forests, rich grasslands and exquisite rock formations.

Hussainsagar Lake:
Excavated in 1562 A.D. by Hussain Shah Wali during the time of Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah, the lake has a promenade that is a busy thoroughfare today. Boating and water sports are a regular feature in the Hussainsagar. One of the World�s tallest monolithic statues of the Buddha stands on the �Rock of Gibraltar�, in the middle of the lake.

Added to all these, AP Tourism has additional boating facilities like speed boats, motor boats, 48 seater launch etc. Starlit dinner on-board and private parties also can be arranged on the Launch.

Osmansagar Lake:
Osmansagar, better known as Gandipet, on the outskirts of Hyderabad is an excellent picnic spot. Osmansagar is one of the two lakes on the city�s periphery that supplies drinking water to the great metropolis. The lake is a reservoir created by a dam across the Isa, a tributary of the River Musi. Abutting the lake and the bund are lush gardens that provide the ideal ambience for an outing. Overlooking the lake is the heritage building, Sagar Mahal, built as a resort by the Nizam of Hyderabad and converted now into a lake resort managed by AP Tourism.

Shamirpet:
Located 24 km to the north of Secunderabad, Shamirpet has a beautiful lake and a deer park. Its peaceful environs make it a great picnic spot. AP Tourism offers comfortable cottage facilities for accommodation, while the forest
lodges can be booked with the AP Forest Department office at Saifabad.
Tourist Cottages.

Mir Alam Tank:
Mir Alam Tank is a large lake adjacent to Nehru Zoological Park. AP Tourism operates boats on the lake, for which one has to enter through the Zoo.

Secret Lake (Durgam Cheruvu):
The �Secret Lake� is situated close to Shilparamam Crafts Village and Hitec City, behind Jubilee Hills. AP Tourism organizes boating in the lake. �Something Fishy�, a bar Secret Lake (Durgam Cheruvu)

KBR National Park:
One of the largest parks within the city KBR National Park is a Southern tropical deciduous forest and the last vestigial representative of the endemic flora of Hyderabad region, with over 100 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles and 15 species of butterflies.

Mrugavani National Park (Chilkur):
Located 25 km. from Hyderabad, the park contains the endemic flora of Hyderabad and is an urban refuge for small mammals like wildboar, jungle cat etc. and birds.

Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park:
Located 15 Km. from Hyderabad, the park has more than 350 black bucks, 400 cheetals and a number of wild boars, small mammals, reptiles and over 100 species of
birds.

Resorts & Theme Parks

Ocean Park:
Ocean Park is located at Gandipet, 15 km from Hyderabad, in 20 acres of landscaped gardens. It provides a number of amusement rides, water rides and
is equipped with facilities like multi-cuisine restaurant.
Tel: +91-040-23225660/23223824,

Snow World:
It is the World�s biggest and India�s 1st Snow Theme Park. The visitors can chill out at minus 5�C and go merry with SNOW and have a SNOW-FILLED fun holiday. The Snw Park has achieved yet another milestone by introducing Snow Fall, this is the first of its kind of Snow Fall introduced by any Snow Theme Park or Snow Dome anywhere in the world. Slide and skate on ice and throw snowballs at each other, Enjoy India�s first snow park.
Tel: +91-040-27677948,

Treasure Island:
A picturesque holiday spot, the Treasure Island, located on 60 acres of landscape at Gandipet, offers a variety of leisure and fun oriented activities - horse riding, billiards, disco, go-karting, swimming pool and so on. Night stay
facilities are available for Members
Tel: +91-040-23323330

Dhola-ri-Dhani:
This is a typical setting recreated with the entire rustic ambience and charm of an ethnic Rajasthani village, situated at Kompally on Medchal Road. Camel rides, puppet shows, folk dances and authentic Rajasthani cuisine give you the taste of the desert State. A large swimming pool, a lake to go boating, an amphitheatre for plays and entertainment programmes add to the ambience. Conferencing and night stay facilities available.
Tel: +91-040-27721586/92832086

Pragati Green Meadows & Resorts:
Spread over 26 acres and an hour�s drive from Hyderabad, Pragati Resorts offers facilities like swimming, boating, children�s park, coffee and snack bar, restaurant, conference hall, uniquely designed cottages for overnight stay. Pragati Sparsh, part of Pragati Resorts, set in the sylvan surroundings, offers a complete range of Ayurvedic Treatment and medicines in association with Santigiri Ashram of Kerala and in coordination with the Department of Tourism.
Tel: +91-040-23744594/23748745/23743411

Dream Valley Resorts:
Nestled amidst lush green environs and located at Gandipet, Dream Valley Resorts is a water theme park with waterslide, cascading waterfalls, water squirts, a 9-hole golf course and go-karting track.
Tel: +91-040-55590894

Aalankrita-the Ethnic Gateway:
Spread over an area of 10 acres, Aalankrita blends the convenience of a 5-star resort, the ambience of a heritage Aalankrita - the ethnic gateway site and the ethnicity of the times gone by. Located about 16 km from Secunderabad, the facilities here include an air-conditioned conference hall, Well-side Restaurant, a pyramid shaped Meditation Centre, a covered swimming pool for day and night use, a sunken dancing floor, air-conditioned cottages, an antique shop, exhibition hall, walkways and a sprawling open air theatre that can accommodate about 3000 people.
Tel: +91-08418-247161/162/199/464

Mount opera
It is a huge multi-theme' park. Far from the hustle and bustle of the busy city, this amusement part that offers a variety of entertainment and leisure activities for the entire family. Built on a 50-acre plot, the park has special packages for corporates and non-resident Indians