Hyderabad is one of India’s largest cities, famous for its mosques, historical ruins and man-made lakes. The capital of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh is a hybrid of cultures and styles dating back to the 1500s. Ruling dynasties including the Asaf Jahi and the Qutub Shahis have influenced this lively city.

Visit one of Hyderabad’s oldest sites, Chilkur Balaji Temple, west of the city. Enjoy its stunning lakeside views and tranquil ambiance.

On your return to Hyderabad, stop at Golconda Fort. Walk along its many paths beside ancient walls. Travel to the nearby Taramati Baradari to learn about romantic fables surrounding the origins of this Persian-style pavilion. The old building now sits within a modern complex with restaurants, bars and a hotel.

Enjoy observing the 160 animal species at Nehru Zoological Park. Take a safari to see the big cats roaming free in a 380-acre (150-hectare) habitat.

No trip to Hyderabad is complete without a visit to the Charminar, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. The breathtaking temple and monument lie just south of the Musi River. In the same region, see the Chowmahalla Palace, which has scenic gardens and a collection of antiques, including vintage cars.

Spend an evening in the center of the city at Lumbini Park to enjoy its lake, auditorium and musical fountains. Watch a 3-D laser display to learn about the city’s history. Attend one of the evening water fountain displays with songs from Hindi movies and rent a boat on the Hussain Sagar. Next to this lovely lake, find the hilltop Birla Mandir Temple, where you can enjoy picturesque sunset views.

Hyderabad lies 400 miles (700 kilometers) east of the coastal city of Mumbai. Fly into the international airport 14 miles (22 kilometers) outside the city or come by train from elsewhere in India. The easiest ways to get around are by bus, autorickshaw or taxi. The area around Charminar is a maze of alleyways best explored on foot. Be prepared for year-round hot weather.

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Skyscrapers, Sightseeing and Temples

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Where to stay in Hyderabad

Banjara Hills
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Banjara Hills

Skyscrapers, Shopping, Dining

Banjara Hills is a welcoming, upmarket neighbourhood with convenient options for restaurants. Broaden your horizons with some local shopping.

HITEC City
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HITEC City

Skyscrapers, Cafés, Shopping

HITEC City is a welcoming neighbourhood.

Madhapur
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Madhapur

Skyscrapers, Excursions, Spas

Madhapur is a welcoming neighbourhood that’s popular for its restaurants.

Jubilee Hills
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Jubilee Hills

Natural Parks, Hills, Temples

The Jubilee Hills neighbourhood welcomes visitors, with its convenient options for restaurants. The neighbourhood’s charm comes through in its friendly people.

Kukatpally Housing Board Colony
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Kukatpally Housing Board Colony

Kukatpally Housing Board Colony is a neighbourhood that welcomes all visitors.

Kachiguda
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Kachiguda

Kachiguda is a welcoming neighbourhood.

Top hotels in Hyderabad

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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The Park Hyderabad
5 out of 5
£67/night
25 Jul-26 Jul
3.6/5Good! (254 reviews)

"Nice pool and nite you is supube i anjoy a lot. 👍👌"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jun 2019

The Park Hyderabad
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Novotel Hyderabad Airport
5 out of 5
£99/night
1 Aug-2 Aug
4.1/5Very Good! (398 reviews)

"The staff was very amiable and helpful. The room was very clean and well designed. The breakfast was not included in our room fare so was a bit pricey. But there was ample variety and the taste was excellent. The only consideration is that since it is located very close to airport, it is very far ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2019

Novotel Hyderabad Airport
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Hyatt Place Hyderabad/Banjara Hills
4 out of 5
Banjara Hills Road 1, Hyderabad
£58/night
16 Aug-17 Aug
3.8/5Good! (39 reviews)

"Room view and lobby experience are awesome. I personally liked the room design and furniture. I definitely recommend And would love to stay my next visit also."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2019

Hyatt Place Hyderabad/Banjara Hills

Popular things to do in Hyderabad

Charminar
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Charminar

In the late 16th century, this monument was erected to celebrate the end of a plague. Now, it is one of Hyderabad’s most famous landmarks.

Golconda Fort
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Golconda Fort

Visit these ancient ruins and wander around mud walls to learn about the mosques, palaces and artillery of an ancient civilization. 

Salar Jung Museum
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Salar Jung Museum

Journey through time, from the 2nd century through to the 20th, as you browse books, artworks and other fascinating items gathered by the adventurer Salar Jung. 

Chowmahalla Palace
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Chowmahalla Palace

See a collection of vintage cars and family heirlooms in this regal palace with scenic gardens, grand structures and baroque interiors. 

Birla Mandir Temple
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Birla Mandir Temple

This peaceful site blends various spiritual sects and architectural styles. Enjoy scenic views of the sunset and the illuminated temple at night. 

Nehru Zoological Park
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Nehru Zoological Park

Visit this park to see animals running wild in safari habitats and learn about some of the 160 rare and exotic species housed here.

Top activities in Hyderabad

Plaza Premium Lounge at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD)
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Plaza Premium Lounge at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD)

£15

Kick up your travel-weary feet with a first-class relaxation experience in the Plaza Premium Lounge. This peaceful oasis offers a convenient escape from the airport bustle. Plus, get access to amenities that run the gamut from useful to luxurious, from Wi-Fi and showers to fresh juices and a spa.

Private Guided Tour To Qutub Shahi Tomb & Golconda Fort Trip
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Private Guided Tour To Qutub Shahi Tomb & Golconda Fort Trip

£35

On this half-day city tour, discover the historical landmarks of the Old City of Hyderabad. Admire the stunning architecture of the massive Golconda Fort set on a hilltop, before paying a visit to the historical Qutub Shahi Tombs - the resting place of the Sultans (rulers) of Hyderabad.

Hyderabad 1 Day city tour
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Hyderabad 1 Day city tour

£72

In the morning our driver will pick up from the hotel/designated palce in Hyerdabad .Later start your city tour visit Qutub Shahi Tombs and Golconda Fort and after the sightseeings enjoy your lunch in some famous hyerdabadi restarant Suggested Restaurants: Hotel Shadab (Ghansi Bazaar) or Hotel Sandarshini Masab Tank.

2 Days Taj Mahal sunrise tour with Cab,hotel and tour guide
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2 Days Taj Mahal sunrise tour with Cab,hotel and tour guide

£99

2 Days Taj Mahal Sunrise Tour with Cab, Hotel and Tour Guide Overview- If you have a penchant to visit the Taj Mahal Agra what can be the best way than to explore this five specimen of art either at the time of dawn or dusk.

Full Day Hyderabad Tour
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Full Day Hyderabad Tour

£44

We will receive you from your hotel in Hyderabad with our luxury car and tour guide. Your sightseeing includes the visit of Birla mandir, Golconda fort, Qutab shahi tomb, Chow mohalla palace & Charminar.

Hyderabad - Golconda Fort and Qutab Shahi Tombs
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Hyderabad - Golconda Fort and Qutab Shahi Tombs

£44

Pick up from your hotel and begin the city tour. Visit Golkonda Fort one of the most magnificent fortress complexes in India and it was once famous for its diamond mines. The history of Golkonda Fort dates back to the early 13th century when this south eastern part of the country was ruled by the Kakatiyas.

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