Hyderabad is the capital city of Telengana, South India. The ancient City of Nizam, Hyderabad, offers tourists and travellers its fair share of wonders. This city combines busy crowds, ancient traditions and cultures, wonderful food and spectacular attractions. These are, of course, the reasons Hyderabad is frequently referred to as Indian New York. This town is a perfect example of how contemporary living and culture are linked to ancient traditions and lifestyles. Hyderabad is famous for its historical monuments such as Charminar, Golconda Fort and few more.
This article shares an overview of the well-known places in Hyderabad to explore that can give you a sense of peace and satisfaction. Here are the lists of the famous tourist spots in Hyderabad which you can’t miss during your Hyderabad tours.
1. Golconda Fort
The fortress was established in the 16th century on the top of a 120-m high granite hill surrounded by massive walls and ranged by 11-km fortifications The Qutub Shahis moved to Hyderabad in 1591 but it was used by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb as the citadel until 1687. The beauty of the stained foothills from the summit can be seen and you can see the city from the distance across the horizon. You will be able to explore the fort in few hours. In Golconda Fort, there is sound and light show held every evening from 6.00 pm except Monday. It is closed on Monday. Sound and light show is one of the major attractions of Golconda Fort.
2. The Charminar
This monument is defining the city as one of the main attractions in Hyderabad. It was the concept built in 1591 as the beacon of the city after an epidemic in Golconda caused by the water shortage. Built as a mosque, the building has four arches, each with four minarets and a name. Today Charminar is situated in the centre of Hyderabad’s main bazaar, which is a very busy place for traffic and crowds. However, you should not forget to check out the best of Hyderabadi street food on the Charminary while you are there.
Charminar is also named as “Arc de Triomph of the East”. Charminar is open all the days in a week from 9.30 am in the morning to 5.30 pm in the evening. And the entry fees are about Rs. 5/- per person for Indian and Rs. 100/- per person for Foreign.
3. Mecca Masjid
Mecca Masjid is also one of the oldest Hyderabad buildings, one of the biggest mosques in the world, where 10,000 men can pray at a time. Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, founder of town, constructed the Mosque in 1617. Masjid’s name comes from the rocks transported to build it from Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Bear in mind that women are not permitted in the main hall of prayer and that certain women are not allowed in the premises if they are considered inappropriately dressed. The tombs of many of the Hyderabad Nizams are adjoining the courtyard of the mosque.
4. Qutub Shahi Tomb
The Qutub Shahi Tombs combine 23 mosques, 40 mausoleums, and several pavilions that date back to the Qutub Shahi Dynasty and are currently under renovation in an Indian government renovation plan.
The grave of Mohammed Qutub Quli Shah, Hyderabad’s founder, is one of the finest graves here. Other tombs, including courtesans, doctors and nobility are located here. An exhibition near the entrance offers helpful information about the location. The graves are near the fortress of Golconda and are easily accessible by the Auto rickshaws and the Ola/Uber.
5. Hussain Sagar Lake
This lake has been embellished since 1562 by the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The Hussain Sagar Lake, one of India’s largest manmade lakes, is one of the best places to visit for couples and even with the family in Hyderabad. Sit on the lake shore, taste the delicacies of the food court on its outskirts or enjoy the lake on a boats trip. The Buddha statue in the centre of the lake highlights the charm of the lake. This is one of Hyderabad’s most accessible and relaxing spots.
Thus, we have seen in detail, some of the best tourist attractions of Hyderabad that you must visit. Take time to visit these spots as they are worth spending time with your family. Hyderabad is one of the famous places in South India for family tours.