Top things to do in Telangana & Andhra Pradesh

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 Buddhist Site in Sankaram

Sankaram

This stunning Buddhist complex is 40km west of Vizag and occupies a rocky outcrop about 300m long. Sankaram is also known by the names of its two parts, Bojjannakonda and Lingalakonda. Used by monks from the 2nd to …
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Vijayawada

Undavalli Cave Temples

This stunning four-storey cave temple was probably originally carved out of the hillside for Buddhist monks in the 2nd century AD, then converted to Hindu use in the 7th century. The shrines are now largely empty, e…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Palampet

Ramappa Temple

The stunning Ramappa Temple, about 70km north-east of Warangal, was built in the early 13th century, and is the outstanding gem of Kakatiya architecture. Constructed of sandstone and basalt, the temple rests on a ba…
Top Choice Asian in Hyderabad

SO – The Sky Kitchen

Jubilee Hills rooftop restaurant, with candles and loungy playlists, which makes a highly atmospheric eating spot. The superb menu has been crafted carefully, mixing pan-Asian and Mediterranean dishes, with a nod to…
Top Choice Indian in Vijayawada

Minerva Coffee Shop

Great North and South Indian veg cuisine in bright, spotless AC premises. Meals (thalis) are only available from 11.30am to 3.30pm but top-notch dosas, idlis and uttapams (₹35 to ₹75) are served all day and the biry…