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Top Choice Monument in Hyderabad


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 beautiful four-c…
Top Choice Palace in Hyderabad

Chowmahalla Palace

This opulent 18th-and-19th-century palace, the main residence of several nizams, comprises four garden courtyards in a line from north to south. Most dazzling is the Khilwat Mubarak at the end of the first courtyard…
Top Choice Fort in Hyderabad

Golconda Fort

It was the Qutb Shahs in the 16th century who made Golconda into the massive fortress whose substantial ruins we see today. The mighty citadel is built on a 120m-high granite hill, surrounded by crenellated ramparts…
Top Choice Historic Site in Hyderabad

Qutb Shahi Tombs

These 21 magnificent domed granite tombs, with almost as many mosques, sit serenely in landscaped gardens about 2km northwest of Golconda Fort, where many of their occupants spent large parts of their lives. Seven o…
Top Choice Hyderabadi in Hyderabad

Hotel Shadab

This hopping restaurant, packed with Old City families and good vibes, is the capital of biryani, kebabs and mutton in all configurations and, during Ramadan, haleem. Head upstairs to the AC room.
Top Choice South Indian in Hyderabad

Southern Spice

Southern Spice does a fine Andhra meal as well as specialities from all over the south, in several cosy, warm-toned rooms. It's a good place to sample typical Andhra dishes like natu kodi iguru ('country chicken') o…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Bhongir

Ramappa Temple

About 65km north-east of Warangal, the stunning Ramappa Temple, built in 1234, is the outstanding gem of Kakatiya architecture. Its pillars are ornately carved and its eaves shelter fine statues of female forms.
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Vijayawada

Undavalli Cave Temples

Just 6km southwest of downtown Vijayawada, on the south side of the Krishna River, this stunning four-storey cave temple was probably originally carved out of the hillside for Buddhist monks in the 2nd century AD, t…
Top Choice Indian in Vijayawada

Minerva Coffee Shop

Round the corner from the large Big Bazaar shop, this outpost of the excellent Minerva chain does great North and South Indian veg cuisine in bright, spotless surroundings, with good, friendly service. Meals (thalis…
Top Choice Historic Site in Sankaram


Forty kilometres southwest of Vizag this stunning Buddhist complex - also known by the names of its two parts, Bojjannakonda and Lingalakonda - occupies a rocky outcrop about 300m long. Used by monks from the 2nd to…