Hyderabad attractions

Top Choice Fort in Hyderabad

Golconda Fort

Hyderabad's most impressive sight, this monumental fort lies on the western edge of town. In the 16th century the Qutb Shahs made Golconda a fortified citadel, built atop a 120m-high granite hill surrounded by might…
Top Choice Historic Site in Hyderabad

Qutb Shahi Tombs

The subject of one of India's most ambitious heritage projects, these magnificent domed granite tombs form part of a huge archaeological park that is steadily being renovated by the Aga Khan Development Network. All…
Top Choice Monument in Hyderabad

Charminar

Hyderabad’s principal landmark and city symbol was built by Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 to commemorate the founding of Hyderabad and the end of epidemics caused by Golconda’s water shortage. The gargantuan four-…
Top Choice Palace in Hyderabad

Chowmahalla Palace

This opulent 18th- and 19th-century palace compound, the main residence of several nizams, comprises several grandiose buildings and four garden courtyards. Most dazzling is the Khilwat Mubarak, a magnificent durbar…
Top Choice Historic Site in Hyderabad

Paigah Tombs

The aristocratic Paigah family, purportedly descendants of the second Caliph of Islam, were fierce loyalists of the nizams, serving as statespeople, philanthropists and generals. The Paigahs’ necropolis, in a quiet …
Top Choice Islamic Shrine in Hyderabad

Dargah Yousufain Sharifain

This is perhaps the most famous dargah (Sufi shrine) in Hyderabad, the resting place of two Sufi saints. Qawwali singers and musicians gather here every Thursday and Friday night at 10pm to perform, when you can exp…
Top Choice Cultural Centre in Hyderabad

Lamakaan

This noncommercial 'inclusive cultural space' is an open centre that hosts plays, films, musical events, exhibitions, organic markets and lectures; some events are free. It also has a great Irani cafe, with cheap te…
Museum in Hyderabad

HEH The Nizam’s Museum

The Purani Haveli was a home of the sixth nizam, Mahbub Ali Khan (r 1869–1911). He was rumoured to have never worn the same thing twice: hence the 54m-long, two-storey Burmese teak wardrobe. Much of the museum is de…
Mosque in Hyderabad

Mecca Masjid

This mosque is one of the world’s largest, with 10,000 men praying here at major Muslim festivals, and also one of Hyderabad's oldest buildings, begun in 1617 by the city's founder Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah. Women are…
Gallery in Hyderabad

Kalakriti Art Gallery

One of the city's best contemporary galleries, Kalakriti hosts excellent exhibitions by some of India's leading artists, and collaborative programme's with the Alliance Française and Goethe Zentrum. There's a good c…