55 Places to Visit in Hyderabad 2021, Tourist Places & Attractions
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Golconda Fort, Char Minar, Shri Jagannath Temple, Birla Mandir, Ramoji Film City, Hussain Sagar Lake,  Mecca Masjid, Qutub Shahi Tombs, Birla Science Museum, Nehru Zoological Park, Birla Mandir, Chilkur Visa Balaji Temple, Snow World, Paigah Tombs and many more.

A great blend of regal history and bold modernity, Hyderabad is a delightful place to visit. As the capital of Telangana, it is always thronging with tourists from far off as well as the locals. There are some epic tourist places in Hyderabad, which will satiate your hunger to explore. This reminds us that the city of Nizams is also popular for its Hyderabadi Biryani which is something not to be missed here.

Keep exploring this city and you will still be left with a buffet of attractions in Hyderabad. With the famous landmark, Charminar, monuments with Islamic & Persian architecture, and the ever-evocative markets with spice shops, chai shops and biryani restaurants, the old quarters of Hyderabad are the essence of this city.

The new, cosmopolitan area of the city is also filled with a plethora of places like the Golkonda Fort and Salar Jung Museum for the history buffs, Ramoji Film city for the movie buffs, and the glittery malls & clubs dotted all over for the people to have a good time.

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Char Minar

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The epic signature of the city, Char Minar makes for a wonderful sight. Located in the heart of Hyderabad’s old city, surrounded by Mecca Masjid, built using bricks from Mecca and Laad Bazaar - a boisterous shopping street, this landmark is laced in history.

Built in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah, it was constructed to commemorate the founding of Hyderabad and also to ward of a deadly epidemic that was rampant then in the Golconda region. Graced by 4 minarets soaring almost 50ft in height, it has a mosque and 45 prayer spaces is amongst the famous places in Hyderabad.

Charminar Rd, Char Kaman, Ghansi Bazaar, Hyderabad, Telangana 500002

9am – 5:30pm

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


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Golconda Fort

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A medieval fort now overlooking the city, Golconda is one of the historical places to visit in Hyderabad. Originally built in mud on a 400ft hill, the fort ruins of today have seen the reign of several dynasties. Situated 11km away from the bustling urbanism of Hyderabad, it derives its name from a Telugu word meaning Shepherd’s Hill. Reminiscence of a well-planned Golconda city within the fortress limits is evident even now.

The remains of multiple fortification layers, armories, magazines, mosques, granaries, reservoirs, audience chambers and royal dwellings complement the striking appearance of the fort.

Famous for its acoustics, a unique signalling device that was incorporated in its construction, the structure is known for its palaces, ingenious water supply system and the famous Fateh Rahben, one of the cannons used in the last siege of Golconda by Aurangzeb. The Sound & Light show brings alive the grandeur of one of India’s famous forts.

Khair Complex, Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad, Telangana 500008

9am – 5:30pm

Entry fee:

INR 5 per person for Indians
INR 100 per person for foreign nationals
INR 130 per person for Light & Sound Show

 Allowed, INR 25 per camera for videography.


Ramoji Film City

Certainly one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad with family, Ramoji Film City makes its way to every traveller’s list because of its magical theme around cinema, which is the most common love of every Indian. Ramoji Film city is said to be one of the haunted destinations in India. The only one of its kind in India, this holiday destination offers something special to everyone and is one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad.

The world’s largest integrated film city, spread across 2,000acres ensures that every visitor makes most from the day spent here. Features include well-defined categories of entertainment suited for different ages from Eureka, the performance arena modelled on the lines of royal forts hosting live shows, to getting a tour of a typical film studio, multi-cuisine restaurants, shopping venues, kids’ park, and even a bird park.visiting the film city is one of the best things to do in Hyderabad. This destination can be enjoyed over a one day trip or one could stay back at this holiday destination. 

 Anaspur Village, Hayathnagar Mandal,, Hyderabad, Telangana, 501512

9am – 5:30pm

Entry fee:

INR 800 per person for general guided tour for adults without food
INR 700 per child for general guided tour for children (3-12 years) without food
INR 1,799 per person for Ramoji Star Experience for adults with food
INR 1,499 per child for Ramoji Star Experience for children (3-12 years) with food



Hussain Sagar Lake

One of the largest man-made lakes in India, Hussain Sagar Lake has been adorning the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad since 1562. A tourist destination that cannot be missed as places to visit in Hyderabad with family, the lake is best to spend time around dusk with pleasant air filling the surroundings.

Adding to its charm is the monolithic statue of the Buddha installed in the heart of the lake. Several facilities around the lake periphery such as boating and water sports, and the neighbourhood Lumbini Park, an amusement park are add-on attractions.

Tank Bund Rd, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500004

1pm – 9pm, all days of the week

Entry fee:
INR 10 (boating)


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Birla Mandir

Located on the south end of Hussain Sagar Lake, the Birla Mandir is an enchanting modern temple built atop the Kala Pahad, the twin hillock of the Naubat Pahad. With mixed architectural styles from Odhisha and South Indian, the place of worship is embellished with exotic epic scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata that are finely sculpted in marble. The inner shrine of the temple has an 11ft tall replica of Tirupati Venkateswara.

Revel in several marble carvings depicting Indian mythology in the adjoining 'Mukha Mandapam'. The temple also houses consorts of Venkateswara, Padmavati and Andal as well as has a separate shrine dedicated to Buddha.

south end of Hussain Sagar Lake, Naubat Pahad, Hyderabad

7am – 12pm, 2pm – 9pm

Entry fee:

Not Allowed


Jalavihar Waterpark

Located on the Necklace Road, the Jaliyah Waterpark is the largest water park and amusement park in central Hyderabad. One of the biggest recreation spots in the whole city, the park also has a pendulum, float slides and tilt buckets, among other rides. It is also equipped with dry rides, thereby catering to all kinds of visitors.

Perfect for a day out with friends and family, the park also has locker systems to keep your valuables in, along with several cafes and restaurants to indulge in delicious food after a day full of enjoyment.

Entry fee: INR 400 (3 Feet or Above), INR 300 (Below 3 Feet)

Timings: Daily 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location:  22/9, Necklace Road, Hussain Sagar, Hyderabad


Chowmahalla Palace

One of the many historically important tourist places in Hyderabad is the Chowmahalla Palace. It used to be the former official residence of the Hyderabadi Nizams and is a major monument that gives us a glimpse of the architectural taste of the rulers.

Stretched across 40 acres, the palace has a very minutely detailed architecture, elegant yet rich interiors as well as the grandeur of royalty. Moreover, the palace is said to have been inspired by Tehran’s Shah Iran Palace. The opulent fountains and beautiful gardens also add to the grandeur of the Chowmahalla Palace.

Entry fee: INR 50 (Indians), INR 200 (Foreigners), INR 10 (Children)

Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed on Fridays and National Holidays)

Location: Khilwat, 20-4-236, Motigalli, Hyderabad.

Photography: Allowed, but you have to pay an amount for taking pictures.


Lumbini Park

Located in the heart of the City of Pearls, Lumbini Park is a modern style urban park which is one of the most visited tourist places in Hyderabad. People come here to unwind after a day full of activities. The park also boasts of spectacular light and sound shows, which is one of the major attractions for people. The park is dedicated to Lord Buddha and has been named after his birthplace in Lumbini of Nepal.

There is a huge Buddha statue near the park on Hussain Sagar Lake. Visitors can take a boat to reach the statue from the park itself. Lumbini Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Hyderabad and has many cascading waterfalls adding to its beauty.

Entry fee: INR 20 (Adults), INR 10 (Children)

Timings: Daily 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location: Opposite Secretariat New Gate, Khairatabad, Hyderabad.

Photography: Allowed


Qutub Shahi Tombs

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One of the historical places to visit in Hyderabad is the set of absolutely beautiful Qutub Shahi Tombs ensconced against the lovely backdrop of the picturesque Ibrahim Bagh. These represent the final resting ground of rulers of the founding dynasty of Hyderabad.

The most authentic and majestic display of Persian, Hindu, and Pathan architectural designs dedicated to the seven kings who ruled Golconda for nearly 170years, the rulers themselves built these tombs. Take a Cultural Walk through Hyderabad to witness more such amazing architectures here in this beautiful city. 

Ibrahim Bagh, Qutub Shahi Tombs, Hyderabad, Telangana 500008

9:30am – 6:30pm

Entry fee:

 Allowed, INR 20 per camera


B.M. Birla Science Museum

Located on the Naubat Pahad in Hyderabad, the B.M. Birla Science Museum was established in 1990 and is amongst the most popular museums in the country. Each one of the many sections of the museum has amazing exhibits dedicated to different fields such as Archaeology, Interactive Science, Antarctica Diorama and many more.

A must-visit place for science buffs, the museum has stunning facilities which display the effects of science and its developments. Moreover, the museum is also one of the best-rated science institutions in the whole world. 

Entry fee: INR 100

Timings: Daily 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Hill Fort Rd, Hyderabad

Photography: Not allowed


Nehru Zoological Park

A 50yr old zoo extending over 380acres, the Nehru Zoological Park is a wonderful blend of ecological programmes, animal habitats, research facilities, and other such attractions. Being a well-equipped zoo, visitors can comfortably spend an entire day here enjoying several facilities such as toy train, kids park, hired bicycle rides, boating, walks around large aquariums with fresh water and marine aqua life on display.

It has India’s first butterfly park and jungle safari. Jurassic Park with live sized models of the extinct species is a major draw for children and makes it one of the best places to see in Hyderabad. Boasting of nearly 1,500 specimens of birds, animals, and reptiles the Nehru Zoological Park also encourages adoption of wild animals by the public.

NH 44, Bahadurpura, Hyderabad, Telangana 500064


April – June: 8am – 5:30pm,
July – March: 8:30am – 5pm
Closed every Monday

Entry fee:
You can check out the official website for the same



Salar Jung Museum

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Located in the prime venue of old Hyderabad city, the Salar Jung Museum has illustrious neighbours like the Charminar, Mecca Masjid and State Central Library and you can see all of them in a small walk tour. One of the must see places to visit in Hyderabad with family, this is among India’s premier museums with 38 galleries spread over three buildings.

Nawab Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, who also lent his name to the museum, acquired a rich repository of artistic achievements of diverse European, Asian and Far Eastern countries of the world; a major chunk of the collection is on display. Check out artifacts mirroring the human evolution from 2nd century BC to early 20th century AD.

 Salar Jung Rd, near Minar Function Hall, Darulshifa, Hyderabad

10am – 5pm & Closed on every Friday and all public holidays

Entry fee:

INR 10 for general public
INR 150 for foreign citizens
Students with identity cards are given 50% concession.
Defence personnel in uniform, organized Kisan parties and children below 12 years are also given 50% concession.
Children's Week' (14th-20th November) school children up to 12 years of age accompanied by teachers are allowed free of charge.
'Museum Week' (8th-14th January) public is given concession in the entrance ticket.

 INR 20 for still and mobile photography

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People Also Ask About Hyderabad

  1. Where can I go in Hyderabad?

    Hyderabad reflects an ideal blend of Mughal heritage and modernity. While the beautiful monuments will take you down the history lane, the bustling markets will keep you busy with shopping. You can visit the following places in Hyderabad: 

    1. The Char Minar, constructed in 1951, is symbolic to the city of Hyderabad as a large number of visitors throng the place, especially during the evenings when the surrounding markets are throbbing.
    2. Golconda Fort: Immerse yourself in history at the iconic Golconda Fort, built out of mud. You can also enjoy the light and laser show held here
    3. Ramoji Film City is an unmissable destination if you are a movie buff. The world’s largest integrated studio will keep you hooked 
    4. Hussain Sagar Lake, nestled between Hyderabad and Secunderabad, offers boating facilities
  2. Which are the best places to visit in Hyderabad with friends?

    1. Char Minar: Standing proudly in the middle of Laad Bazaar, Char Minar is an elegant piece of Mughal architecture. You must plan your visit here along with enough time in your hand to shop from the oldest market of Hyderabad.
    2. Golconda FortOverlooking the Hyderabad city of the present time, Golconda Fort was once the residence of these people. A well-planned fort with a perfect water supply system, magnificent palaces, and much more is a worthy visit place.
    3. Nehru Zoological ParkAn amalgamation of research centers, ecological programs, natural habitat for animals, and much more, Nehru Zoological Park is a great place to visit with your friends where you can spend an entire day witnessing exotic species of mammals, birds, and vegetation.
    4. Hussain Sagar Lake: Hussain Sagar Lake is one of the man-made lakes which possess a huge size where you can enjoy various services like boating, water sports, amusement park and a lot of hawkers to sample local food from.
    5. Jewel of Nizam- The Minar: Jewel of Nizam- The Minar is a luxurious dining place serving you selected cuisines from the authentic Mughal style of cooking.
  3. Which are the best places to visit in Hyderabad for kids?

    Ramoji Film City: Spread across 2,000 acres, Ramoji Film City is the world’s largest integrated film city and a tour around it would be a fun treat for children.

    Snow World:
     An indoor area covered with snow, Snow World is a great escape into the freezing temperatures with kid’s area, slides, merry go round, sculptures, basketball, snow mountain and much more.

    Jalavihar Waterpark
    Jalavihar Waterpark is the largest water and amusement park of Hyderabad where kids can refresh themselves in clean swimming pools and various recreational activities.

    Lumbini Park:
     One of the most visited tourist places, Lumbini park is famous for its brilliant light and sound show. Also, people can opt for boating to reach the statue of the Buddha in Hussain Sagar Lake.

    B.M. Birla Science Museum:
     One of the best science museums of the world, B.M. Birla Science Museum is a hub for science lovers where they can enjoy various sections including archaeology, Antarctica diorama and more.
  4. What should I not miss in Hyderabad?

    1. Spend a day at Ramoji Film City as the largest integrated studio has a lot to offer ranging from restaurants to constructed fort models.
    2. If you are a nature lover, stroll along the expansive Hussain Sagar Lake and go for boating in the lake.  
    3. Apart from the places, you must not miss trying the Hyderabadi biryani, which is famous across the country.
    4. Visit the Golconda Fort to witness the unmissable light and laser show here
  5. How can I spend 2 days in Hyderabad?

    Day 1:

    You can spend an entire day at Ramoji Film City, which is located at a distance of 11 km from the main city. The largest integrated film studio in the world has shopping places and restaurants to keep you engaged the entire day

    Day 2:

    - You can spend the day exploring the Charminar and the buzzing markets surrounding the historical monument
    - The Mecca Masjid: Located near Charminar, Mecca Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India Hussain Sagar Lake: Enjoy boating at the heart-shaped lake
    - Golconda Fort: Enjoy the laser and light show at the historical fort
  6. What are the weekend getaways from Hyderabad?

    When planning getaways from Hyderabad within 100 - 300 kms you must visit these places. Click here to discover them.

    1. Warangal - 148 Km from Hyderabad
    2. Bidar - 147 Km from Hyderabad 
    3. Nagarjunasagar - 165 Km from Hyderabad 
    4. Mahabubnagar - 134 Km from Hyderabad 
    5. Karimnagar - 164 Km from Hyderabad 
    6. Srisailam - 213 Km from Hyderabad 
    7. Kurnool - 221.5 Km from Hyderabad 
    8. Guntur - 267 Km from Hyderabad
    9. Gulbarga - 231 Km from Hyderabad
    10. Mantralayam - 275 Km from Hyderabad
  7. Is Hyderabad worth a visit?

    Hyderabad is certainly worth a visit if you want to experience two sides of the same world. While the old city monuments reflect the Nizam traces, a glaring contrast of modernity can be experienced by visiting the malls and places like Birla Planetarium. While Hyderabad has a thriving IT sector on the one hand, forts, museums and other historical places retain the old-world charm.
  8. What are the best resorts in Hyderabad?

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  9. What are the best hill stations to visit near Hyderabad

    Plan your trip from Hyderabad to explore best hill stations near Hyderabad. Check out the complete list.

    1. Chikmagalur - 679 km from Hyderabad 
    2. Horsley Hills - 528 km from Hyderabad 
    3. Lonavala - 623 km from Hyderabad
    4. Yercaud - 797 km from Hyderabad
    5. Coorg - 835 km from Hyderabad
  10. Which are the best places to visit in Hyderabad for couples?

    1. Golconda Fort: This is a 16th century fort where you can enjoy having a historical retreat and admire its classic architecture. It offers an eye-catching view of the sunset and hosts a light and sound show in the evening.

    2. Durgum Cheruvu: A popular place for adventure lovers, Durgum Cheruvu to appreciate nature and have fun. The place is ideal to spend some quality time and indulge in boating on the lake.

    3. Falaknuma Palace: Replete with a grand and regal ambience, Falaknuma Palace is a luxurious retreat at a hill top for the couples. For your delight it has two fine dining restaurants, a tea room and a hookah lounge.

    4. Chowmahalla Palace: Chowmahalla Palace is a 200 year old palace which is renowned for its elegant architecture and beauty. Replete with lush green gardens and magnificent mountains, Chowmahalla Palace is a delightful romantic getaway.

    5. Taramati Baradari: With its splendid architecture, Taramati Baradari has an open theatre where you can enjoy a romantic escape. Its an ideal spot to enjoy a quiet stroll and charming the people with international dishes.
  11. How can I spend 3 days in Hyderabad?

    Day 1:

    - Witness the Nawabi charm of Chowmahallah Palace
    - Visit the Salar Jung Palace to witness exquisite sculptures, scriptures and other historical art pieces
    - Visit Wonderla to pump your adrenaline levels at the amusement park

    Day 2:

    - Snow World Hyderabad: It is the world’s biggest and India’s first snow park
    - Visit the serene Osman Sagar Lake in the outskirts of Hyderabad to feel tranquility in the lap of nature
    - Visit the Nizam Museum, located in the old city, to get an insight of the rich culture and heritage of the city, which was ruled by erstwhile Nizams

    Day 3:

    - While there are places like Taj Falaknuma Palace, Birla Mandir and Nehru Zoological Park to keep you hooked in Hyderabad, you can also visit surrounding places like Warangal and Bidar, which are historical sites located at a distance of 150 km from the city.
  12. Which are the best places to visit in Hyderabad at night?

    1. Hussain Sagar Lake: Famed as the largest artificial lake in Asia, Hussain Sagar is a prominent spot to hangout at night in Hyderabad. Its striking feature is the grand statue of Gautam Buddha in the middle of the lake. 

    2. Begum Bazaar: This is a bustling market where you can find a range of products in Hyderabad. Some of the popular things to shop for here include cosmetics, perfumes, shoes and accessories. 

    3. Hard Rock Cafe: A popular pub which hosts a number of entertainment shows and live music, Hard Rock Café is a popular spot to hangout at night in Hyderabad. 

    4. Charminar: A spectacular sight to behold with moonlight, Charminar is an architectural delight in Hyderabad. The place is an enjoyable retreat to indulge in authentic Hyderabadi food. 

    5. Altitude Lounge Bar: Located on the eighth floor, Altitude Lounge Bar offers a wonderful view of Hussain Sagar Lake. It is the best place to refresh yourselves and have a romantic evening. 
  13. What can I buy in Hyderabad?

    1. The villages surrounding Hyderabad are involved in the art of drilling pearls, which are then sold in Hyderabad. You can visit the jewellery stores in old Hyderabad to buy good quality pearls.
    2. The Golconda paintings available in Hyderabad will interest the art lover in you. These paintings represent the history of the city and will add charm to your décor.
    3. The Hyderabadi bangles available near Charminar are a beautiful combination of metal, colours and glitter
    4. Besides, Pochampally saree and mementos with bidri work are a must-buy in Hyderabad
    5. If you are in Hyderabad, you must not miss out on tasting Hyderabadi Biryani and Haleem. These food items are popular across India.
  14. What is the famous food in Hyderabad?

    Hyderabad is popular for street food as well as royal cuisine. Hyderabadi Biryani, as the name suggests, is prepared here and is popular across the country. You must also try Hyderabadi Haleem and Hyderabadi Marag, which are easily available in the city, especially during festivals. If you want to tickle your taste buds, you can buy tangy flavoured Gongura pickle in Hyderabad.
  15. What’s special in Hyderabad?

    The Charminar, which is a popular tourist place, is the most symbolic icon for Hyderabad. Also known as the Pearl City of India, Hyderabad is a thriving industry for pearls, which you can buy from the jewellery stores located across the city. Hyderabad also has the only heart-shaped lake, Hussain Sagar, with a statue of Buddha constructed in it.
  16. When should I visit Hyderabad?

    The best time to visit Hyderabad is between the months of October and February, when the climate is pleasant, allowing you to throng the markets without feeling the heat which you may feel between the months of March and May. You are likely to witness rainfall in the city if you visit it between June and September. While Hyderabad can be visited during any month of the year, flocking the city during festivals like Eid to witness the markets in their full glory.
  17. Is it safe to travel to Hyderabad?

    Hyderabad is a safe place to visit, even for solo female travellers. The city has a rich heritage which is preserved by people belonging to various communities, who co-exist peacefully in the city and welcome tourists with an open heart. The bustling markets in the old city also allows one to stay out till late without having to fear for their safety.
  18. Which areas are best for tourists in Hyderabad?

    Some of the must-visit areas for tourists are:

    1. Old City: This is where the pulse of Hyderabad lies- in the narrow alleys, ancient houses, and shops that have existed for more than a hundred years. Most of the famous monuments like the Charminar, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, and Makkah Masjid are located close to this area. At the Madina Market and Laad Bazaar, you can shop for Hyderabadi pearls, glass bangles, and beautiful fabrics & sherwanis. This is also where you can enjoy the best biryani and street food in the city.

    2. Hussain Sagar Lake area: This lake is one of the most popular tourist places in Hyderabad. Built in the late 15th-century, this is the largest artificial lake in Asia. A 15 ft tall illuminated statue of Lord Buddha, standing in the middle of the lake, can be seen from miles away. The area also has other famous attractions like Lumbini Park, Birla Mandir, Tank Bund sunset point, and several cafes and bars where people like to spend the evening. 

    3. Necklace Road: This stunning area is inspired by the Queen’s necklace in Mumbai. Stretching over 3 kilometres, it connects Lumbini Park, Sanjeevaiah Garden, and NTR Gardens. While here, you can enjoy these attractions with your family and friends. You can drive through the lighted road and enjoy the cooling views of Hussainsagar Lake here. 
  19. Is Hyderabad safe at night?

    Hyderabad, due to its cosmopolitan nature, is considered to be amongst the safest cities in India. In fact, it comes under the top places to visit in India. You just need to exercise common caution, as you would anywhere else, and you are perfectly safe here. There is ample police presence, availability of public transport, and webcams on the street to ensure safety.
  20. What is Begum Bazar famous for?

    As one of the largest wholesale markets here, Begum Bazar has a lot to explore and buy. Some of the things that it is the most famous for are:

    A huge range of brass, aluminium, and steel items for kitchen use and home décor.
    Begum Bazaar is the largest market for tobacco and the second-largest market for fresh fish in the city.
    The market has several shops selling dry fruits, spices, and condiments.
    This is where people head over to for the best shopping during festivities like rakhis, crackers, diyas, candles, idols, kites, rangolis, etc.
    Several old shops here sell ittars, perfumes, toiletries, cosmetics, and Ayurvedic products.
    Shops here also sell a huge variety of stationery, sports kits, and other items used in schools. 
    Some shops also sell beautiful bird cages and feeders.  

  21. Which city is known as the City of pearls?

    Hyderabad is famously known around the world as the ‘City of Pearls’. This is quite surprising since the city is nowhere near the seas, which is a source of pearls. Its tryst with pearls has been since the time it was ruled by the Nizams centuries ago. They loved pearls so much that they brought them back from all over the world to gift and use in their dresses & jewellery. This created such a demand that traders from around the world started flocking Hyderabad to sell and trade in these gems.

     Since then, the city has become one of the most important places in the world for the preservation, drilling, and processing of pearls. It offers a huge range of original, semi-cultured, and cultured pearls including the rarest varieties like the rice pearl, Basra, and black pearl. Hyderabadi pearl jewellery, encased with rubies, emeralds, and diamonds, is loved for its exquisite charm. Some of the best markets to buy pearl jewellery here are the Koti Sultan Bazaar, Laad Bazaar, and Nampally.
  22. What is famous for shopping in Hyderabad?

    Some of the best things that you can shop for while in Hyderabad are:

    1. Pearls:
    There is no better place than Hyderabad to pick up loose pearls as well as beautiful pearl-studded jewellery. The best markets for this are Laad Bazaar, Nampally, and Koti Sultan Bazar.

    For those who love exquisite and natural fragrances, they must head over to the Perfume Market at Laad Bazaar. There are shops, some of which are over a hundred years old that sell rare ittars in beautiful glass cut bottles. 

    Hyderabad is one of the best places to shop for kitschy collectables at great prices. The Antique Market here offers interesting things like railway clocks, bookshelves, paintings, watches, homeware, ashtrays, etc. 

    You can pick up amazing bangles made of various metals and wood from Choodi Bazaar. These come in hundreds of colours with options of plain, studded, and carved. The most famous here are the ‘lac’ bangles made of hardened lacquer studded with glass and stones. There is even a ‘family-set’ consisting of 38 pieces in different sizes!
  23. How can I spend 4 days in Hyderabad?

    Day 1:

    - Pay a visit to Salarjung Museum
    - After a hearty lunch, head to Charminar
    - Visit Mecca Masjid followed by a tour to Chowmahalla Palace
    - Enjoy shopping at Laad Bazaar/Medina/Pathar Gatti
    - Wind up for the day after a scrumptious dinner

    Day 2:

    - After breakfast, head to Birla Mandir
    - Pay a visit to Birla Planetarium, followed by a tour to Andhra Pradesh State Archaeological Museum
    - Go shopping at Lepakshi Handicrafts Emporium
    - Take lunch at Necklace Road and head to Prasads Imax
    - In the evening visit NTR Gardens and Lumbini Park
    - Wind up for the day after a scrumptious dinner

    Day 3:

    - After a fulfilling breakfast, head to Snow World.
    - Post lunch, pay a visit to Qutub Shahi Tombs
    - Finally end the day with an inspiring tour to Golconda Fort

    Day 4:

    - Pay a visit to Hussain Sagar Lake and enjoy boating
    - Enjoy Karting at Pitstop Go Karting
    - Check out of your hotel after a hearty lunch and head for your onward journey.

  24. What can I buy in Charminar?

    Some of the best and most suggested things to buy near Charminar include:

    - Lac Bangles
    - Pearl jewelry
    - Dainty Crockery
    - Embroidered Sling Bags
    - Fresh Flowers
    - Hyderabadi perfumes
    - Maang Tikkas
    - Ethnic Footwear and Juttis

  25. What is the best time to visit Hyderabad?

    The winter months of October to March are considered to be the most ideal time for visiting Hyderabad. During this time, the city experiences a moderately cold weather, which is appropriate for shopping and sightseeing.
  26. Is Laad Bazaar open on Sundays?

    Yes, Laad Bazaar is open even on Sundays. The stores in this popular street market operate all through the year, selling out beautiful, cheap, and bargainable products. Although Laad Bazaar specializes in ethic garments, footwear, and jewelry, the market is more popular for its stunning Lac Bangles. 

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