Tourist places in Hyderabad

Tourist  places in  Hyderabad


Charminar is a famous landmark of Hyderabad. It is considered as a fine example of Cazia style of architecture and is made of granite and lime-mortar. Located towards the heart of the city, Charminar was built in 1591 by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah.

Charminar has four arches, which in earlier days faced the royal streets. The minarets, which stand on the corners, are about 56 meters high. These minarets have double balcony. There is also a mosque towards the western side of the fort, on the roof. 

There are about 149 steps that lead to the top of Charminar Fort.  Tourists can have a bird's eye view of the bustling city of Hyderabad from here.

Address:Charminar, Hyderabad - 500002

Visiting Timing: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Admission Fees: INR 5

2. Ramoji Film City

        Ramoji Film City is a famous landmark and a popular destination in the city of Hyderabad. Ramoji Film City is located about 30 km from Hyderabad, on the way to Vijayawada on NH-9.

Ramoji Film City is known among the largest and glamorous film studios in the world. It has found its way in to the Guinness Book of World Records as well.

Ramoji Film Studio, which spreads over a vast area of about 2500 acres, is a major film-making facility in India. The architecture and engineering of Ramoji Film Studio makes it the first choice of many filmmakers of India.

Ramoji Film City of Hyderabad is famous for its lush green landscape and scenery that consists of hills, gardens and lakes.  There are many modern buildings and high-tech laboratories at Ramoji Film City that serve well to the purpose of film-making.

Ramoji Film City can accommodate about 50 film units at the same time.  The outdoor locations and lush greenery of Ramoji Film City attract tourists as well.

Address:Ramoji Film City, R R District, Hyderabad-Vijayawada Highway, Hyderabad - 501512

Timing:  9.00 am - 8.00 pm

Admission Fees: Adult - Rs 700/-, Child (3-12 Yrs) - Rs 600/-

3. Jama Masjid

   Jama Masjid is one of the popular landmarks of the city of Hyderabad. Located nearby Charminar, it is the oldest mosque in Hyderabad. It was Quli Qutub Shah who built Jama Masjid in 1857.

Jama Masjid encloses an ancient Turkish bath in its premises, which is considered unique among the other masjids of Hyderabad.

Jama Masjid lies in the vicinity to popular tourist attractions of Hyderabad such as Charminar, Golconda Fort and Mecca Masjid. Known for its Indo Islamic - Qutub Shahi style of architecture, Jama Masjid is thronged by devotees and tourists alike.

On every Sunday, a large number of devotees gather at Jama Masjid after Maghrib prayers.

Location: Near charminar,Champapet ,Hyderabad

4. Golconda Fort

 Golconda Fort, a chief attraction of Hyderabad city, is situated towards the western outskirts of Hyderabad at a distance of about 11 km from the city centre.

The word ‘Golconda’ originated from ‘Golla Konda’ which stands for ‘Shepherd’s Hill’ in Telugu. Golconda Fort came under the control of many dynasties like Yadava Dynasty, Kakatiya Dynasty, Bahmani Dynasty, Qutb Shahis and Mughal Dynasty.

Golconda Fort was first constructed of mud by the rulers of Kakatiya Dynasty in the 13th century. It was later re-built in granite by the first three Qutb Shahis, which took about 62 years to complete. Golconda Fort was under the control of Qutb Shahis from 1518 AD to 1687 AD. Later, the Mughals invaded Golconda Fort and the fort was brought to ruins.

The boundary wall of Golconda Fort that towers to a height of about 120 meters covers about 10 km. There are four small forts inside Golconda Fort which comprise of armoury, temples, mosques, stables, etc.

The fort has 8 gates (Darwazas) of which the most important is 'Fateh Darwaza’. Fateh Darwaza or the Victory Gate is also the entry point to the fort. It is famous for its acoustic effects, which was an effective security measure in those days.  It is said that the sound of clapping of hands at Fateh Darwaza can be heard clearly at ‘Bala Hissar’, the highest point situated about 1 km away in Golconda Fort. 

The main features of Golconda Fort are its royal palaces, efficient water supply system, and whispering walls. Fateh Rahben gun, a cannon used by Aurangzeb to demolish the blockades of Golconda Fort, is an important exhibit of this fort.

There is an old tree in Golconda Fort which is about 800 years old. This tree is about 80 feet in circumference and can accommodate up to 12 people in the hollow in the middle. The Fort holds a Light and Sound Show in which the story of Golconda Fort is narrated.

Opposite Army Quarters, Golconda, Hyderabad – 500008


                            INR 20 (Children)



Hindi: 8:15pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

5. Birla Mandir

 Birla Mandir is one of the popular landmarks of Hyderabad. Birla Mandir, built by Birla, is located on a hillock called Kala Pahad, which is at a distance of about 2 km from Hyderabad city.

Birla Mandir, dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara of Tirumala Tirupati Temple, is made of white marble brought from Rajasthan. The architectural style of the temple is a blend of North Indian andSouthIndianstylesoftemplearchitecture.

The temple tower or the ‘Gopuram’ exhibits the salient features of South Indian temples. The Jagadananda vimanam built atop the sanctum sanctorum resembles the Oriya style of temple architecture.

The flagstaff of the temple which has a height of 42 feet is made of brass. Scenes from the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata are intricately carved on the walls and ceilings of the temple. The statues of deities belonging to Hindu mythology can be found from the entrance up to the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.
The idol of the main deity, Lord Venkateshwara, is a replica of Balaji of Tirupati. The idol of the principal deity carved out of granite stone is about 11 feet tall. There is a lotus-shaped canopy
built in marble at the top of this idol.
Birla Mandir, which overlooks the waters of Hussain Sagar Lake, provides a panoramic view of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The temple can be easily accessed from the city of Hyderabad as it is only about 1 km from Hyderabad Railway Station, 6 km from HyderabadBus Terminal and 7km from the Airport.

Tourists often visit Birla Mandir during the early hours of the day to listen to South Indian hymns dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. In the evenings, the Birla Mandir is illuminated.


Near RBI, Adarshnagar, Hyderabad – 500063

 Timings: 7.00am-12.00pm
               2.00 pm - 9.00 pm

6. Falaknuma Palace

    One of the finest palaces of Hyderabad, the Falaknuma Palace is located atop a hill at an elevation of 2000 ft earning its name the Mirror of the Sky.
This beautiful palace consisting of 220 extravagantly decorated rooms and 22 spacious halls was built by an Italian architect for the fifth Paigah Emir and later bought over by Nizam VI who used it as a guest house for royalty.
Feel the grandeur of royalty as you walk down the halls decorated with 40 of the largest and most exquisite Venetian chandeliers. The Nizam was an avid traveler, and the palace has some of the finest collections of paintings, statues, furniture, manuscripts and books from around the world. The Jade collection and the Collection of Holy Quran are considered to be very unique. Explore the scorpion shaped wings of the palace and discover ornate fountains and treasures of a bygone era.
A magnificently carved walnut roof covers the library and is said to be a replica of the one at Windsor Castle. Feel the opulence of royalty in the huge dining hall where the tableware is made of gold and crystal and which can accommodate 100 guests on a single table. The ballroom contains a two-ton manually operated organ, said to be the only one of its kind in the world. The treasures in the Palace are a feast for the eyes and a visit is well worth it.

Location : Hyderabad, 5 km. from Charminar

7. Mecca Masjid     

   Mecca Masjid is a popular sightseeing attraction of Hyderabad which is situated towards the south-west of Charminar, at a distance of about 150 meters. Mecca Masjid of Hyderabad is famous for its splendid architecture.

Mecca Masjid is considered as the oldest and the biggest of all mosques in Hyderabad. The construction of this mosque began in 1617 by Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah. But it was Aurangazeb, the Mughal Emperor, who completed the construction of this mosque in the year 1694. Mecca Masjid was named so since the bricks for the central arch of this mosque were brought from Mecca.

The main feature of Mecca Masjid is its hall which is about 23 meters high, 67 meters wide and 55 meters long. The three walls of this huge hall are supported by fifteen arches, five arches each. Each of the fifteen arches is portrayed with sermons from the Holy Book of Quran. It is said that the hall of Mecca Masjid can accommodate about 10,000 people at a time during worship.

There is a pond within the complex with seating arrangements at the edges. There is also a room in the courtyard that stores holy relics, among which the most important is the hair of Prophet Mohammed.

  Address:Near the Charminar, Charminar, Hyderabad – 500002


8. Salarjung Museum

Salar Jung Museum is one of the chief attractions of the Pearl City of Hyderabad. Salar Jung Museum is one of the oldest museums in Hyderabad and is known for its vast collection of artefacts.

Salar Jung Museum is situated on the banks of River Musi. This Museum exhibits artefacts which were collected by Salabat Jungs, the Nizam of Hyderabad. The collection of artefacts was initiated by Nawab Mir Turab Ali Khan or Salar Jung I and it was carried over by Nawab Mir Laiq Ali Khan, who was also known as Salar Jung II. But it was Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, Salar Jung III, who expanded the collection to make it the biggest one-man antique collection in the world.

Salar Jung Museum consists of about 40,000 items in its collection, which was collected from different parts of the world. This museum was opened for public display by the former Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

Salar Jung Museum has a Founder's Gallery in which the portraits of the Salar Jungs are displayed. Stone sculptures, bronze images, painted textiles, wooden carvings, miniature paintings, modern art, ivory carvings, jade carvings, metal-ware, manuscripts, etc. are some of the Indian items exhibited here.

Carpets, manuscripts, glass, metal-ware, furniture, lacquer, etc. are some of the items collected from the Middle East. Porcelain, bronze, enamel, lacquer ware, embroidery and paintings from China, Japan, Tibet, Nepal and Thailand are also on display at this museum. Oil and water paintings from England, France, Italy and Germany can also be found here.

The statue of Veiled Rebecca, the statues of Marguerite and Mephistopheles, daggers of Mughal Emperor Jehangir and Shah Jahan and Queen Noor Jehan, the sword of Aurangzeb, etc. can also be seen here. A collection of jade can also be found in the collection of artefacts at Salar Jung Museum.

The museum authorities have created quite a few amenities for the general public - for example, there are a luggage room and a cloakroom. No cameras are allowed, though.The museum is open on all days except Fridays and public holidays. The booking time for tickets is from 10am to 4:15pm.

Timing: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm (Friday Holiday)

Admission Fees: INR 10 (Adults)
                               INR 5 (Children)
                               INR 150 (Foreigners)

9.Chilkur Balaji temple


Set in sylvan surroundings, the temple attracts thousands of pilgrims every year and is an ideal place for sequestered retreat and meditation. It enjoyed in the past, great days of pomp and glory.

The temple is one of the oldest in Telangana, having been built during the time of Akkanna and Madanna, the uncles of Bhakta Ramdas. According to tradition, a devotee , Madhav Reddy who used to visit Tirupati every year could not do so on one occasion owing to serious ill-health. Lord Venkateshwara appeared in his dream and said, "I am right here in the jungle nearby. You don't have to worry." The devotee at once moved to the place indicated by the Lord in the dream and saw a mole- hill there, which he dug up. Accidentally, the axe struck Lord Balaji's idol covered by the mole-hill below the chin and on the chest, and surprisingly blood started flowing profusely from the "wounds", flooding the ground and turning it scarlet. The devotee could not believe his eyes when he saw this. Suddenly he could not believe his ears also when he heard a voice from the air which said,"Flood the mole-hill with cow's milk. "When the devotee did so, a Swayambhu idol of Lord Balaji accompanied by Sridevi and Bhoodevi(a rare combination) was found, and this idol was installed with the due rites and this temple built for it.

Chilkur Balaji Temple is located at Chilkur in Moinabad mandal in the Rangareddy district, just 30 km off Hyderabad on the Old Bombay Highway(Vikarabad Highway).

This temple is also popularly known as Visa Temple because many devotees come here with the wish of going abroad and get their wishes fructify.Chilkur Balaji Temple is one of the oldest temples of Andhra Pradesh. It is situated in Chilkur village on the banks of Osman Sagar Lake, at about 25 km from Hyderabad and 33 km away from Mehdipatnam.

Chilkur Balaji Temple is built in the South Indian style of temple architecture. It was built around 500 years ago at the time of Akanna and Madanna, the uncles of Bhakta Ramdas.

As per legends, the principal deity of this temple, Lord Venkateshwara, appeared as swayambhu idol accompanied by swayambhu idols of Sridevi and Bhoodevi. In 1963, the idol of Goddess Ammavaru or Rajya Lakshmi was also installed in this temple.

Chilkur Balaji Temple is thronged by devotees during Poolangi, Annakota and Brahmotsavams. This temple is visited by about 75,000 to 1, 00,000 devotees in a week, especially on Saturday and Sunday. The peaceful atmosphere of this temple is ideal for meditation as well.

Address:Chilkur,Moinabad Mandal,Rangareddy District,Hyderabad.

Timing:  5.00 am - 8.00 pm

10. Lotus Pond   

Hidden deep within Banjara Hills lies the simple idyllic beauty of the Lotus Pond. The Pond was initially conceived as an Eco-conservation project. The natural elements of the rock structures and the pond have been conserved and the landscaping has been aesthetically weaved around it to fashion it into a breathtakingly beautiful oasis in a concrete desert.
The self sustaining ecosystem plays host to a variety of species of birds. The shimmering Pond is filled with fish. Dip your hand into the cool waters and you can almost catch a slippery fish.
The environs of the pond are a walker’s delight. The undulating and sometimes uneven track makes for a grueling work-out for early morning joggers. Quaint little thatched huts with wooden benches have been strategically placed for the Tired and the Weary. The Pond and its natural environs are a veritable treat for photography enthusiasts. Shutter-bugs will have a field day here shooting away at birds of different feathers that flock here.

    Location :Banjara hills,Hyderabad.

    Main Attraction:Species of birds, Fishes.

    Visiting hours:all days-6.00am to 10.00 am hours,4.00pm to 8.00pm

11. Qutub Shahi Tombs

     Qutub Shahi Tombs, the tombs of 7 Qutub Shahi rulers, is situated about 850 meters away from the Banjara Darwaza of Golconda Fort. These tombs are considered among the oldest monuments in Hyderabad.

Planned and built by Qutub Shahis, these tombs are constructed by grey granite, on an elevated square platform. These tombs are dome-structured and have a quadrangular shape. Each of these tombs is at a height of about 9 – 15 meters from the platform and is surrounded by pointed arches.

There are small tombs as well as large tombs among Qutub Shahi Tombs. The smaller tombs have single storey and larger tombs have double storey. The stucco ornamentation of Qutub Shahi Tombs can be seen even today but the blue and green tiles, which covered the domes of these tombs, were destroyed with the passage of time.

The largest of all Qutub Shahi Tombs is the tomb of Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth king of the Qutub Shahi dynasty.  This tomb reaching up to a height of about 42 meters has 28 open arches, a large dome and minarets at its corners. 

The tombs of Qutub Shahis were once decorated with carpets and chandeliers. Golden spires were used to distinguish the tombs of Sultans from those of nobles and all tombs were given velvet canopies on silver poles. The verses from the Holy Book of Quran were recited in regular intervals.  It is said that the criminals who seek shelter in this place were forgiven by the Qutub Shahis.

Qutub Shahi Tombs are surrounded by a garden named Ibrahim Bagh that contain ponds and planted pathways. This garden is a popular picnic spot in Hyderabad. The tombs were renovated in the early 19th century by Salar Jung III, Mir Yousuf Ali Khan.

The Qutub Shahi Tombs exhibit a unique blend of Persian and Indian architectural styles. Today, Qutub Shahi Tombs are the venue of the Deccan Festival conducted by the State Government.

Address: Fort Road, Toli Chowki, Neknampur Road , Hyderabad

  Landmark: Near BSNL Godown

Timing: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm

Admission Fees: INR 10 (Indians)
                            INR 100 (Foreigners)

12. Birla Planetarium

 Birla Planetarium & Science Museum is one of the chief attractions of Hyderabad. It is located in the heart of Hyderabad city, at Naubat Pahad.  

Birla Planetarium & Science Museum was inaugurated by Late Sri N.T. Rama Rao in the year 1985. It unfolds the mystery of the Cosmos like the comets, eclipses, UFOs and the clash of the Titans through sky shows, which are usually enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

The Science Museum is another attraction of the Birla Planetarium & Science Museum which covers an area of nearly 10,000 sq m.  Opened in 1990, the Science Museum is an architectural delight designed by architects of Calcutta and Mumbai by incorporating ideas from Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Science Museum is dedicated to the latest highlights in science, technology and industry. There are educational exhibits at Science Museum that take visitors through the latest discoveries in the various fields of science like mechanics, optics, acoustics, computer science, etc.

Dinosorium is another important feature of Birla Planetarium & Science Museum in which the fossil of 160 million years old "Kotasaurus Yamanpalliensis", excavated from Adilabad District of Andhra Pradesh is exhibited. Dinosaurium also has a collection of fossils of dinosaur eggs, marine shells and fossilised tree trunks.

Archaeology is another important section at the Museum wherein a collection of unique archaeological exhibits like stone sculptures, wood carvings, bronzes,  temple ware, ancient locks, folk material, miniature paintings of different  schools of late medieval India, arms and armoury, palm leaf manuscripts, illustrated manuscripts etc. are on display.

The excavations conducted by the Archaeological Division of Birla Archaeological & Cultural Research Institute (BACRI) unearthed many items that range from Upper Palaeolithic or Late Stone Age to the 2nd century AD.  These items are also on display at the Archaeology section of Birla Museum.

Nirmala Birla Art Gallery of Birla Planetarium & Science Museum is also famous in its unique display of different varieties of art objects made of porcelain, glass, plaster of Paris, jade, crystal, sterling silver, mother of pearl, wood carvings, ivory etc. The Art Gallery also showcases a wide collection of books on varying subjects like art, architecture, history, religion, gardening, museums, world's famous cities, personalities, art collections, monuments, etc.

Address: Hyderabad  Andhra Pradesh, 2323 5081

Timings:  10.30 am - 8.00 pm

Admission Fees: INR 20 (Planetarium)
                            INR 17 (Science Museum)

13 .Necklace Road 

 Modelled after the Queen's Necklace in Mumbai, the Necklace Road links Hyderabad to Secunderabad, and provides young lovers with an avenue (ha!) to express themselves. It's an apt name, isn't it? On account of the necking couples.

But there's more to this stretch of tar than whispered nothings and nervous handholding. There are the families (this is Hyderabad, after all). Large families with screaming kids, small families with screaming kids, they're all here. The Hussain Sagar stink is negligible, there's plenty of grass (to sit or play frisbee on, we mean) and there are innumerable vendors with puchkas, bhel and cool drinks. What else do you need?

Well, some form of entertainment with loudspeakers would be nice. For that we have the People's Plaza, an outcrop of land from the road that plays host to several cultural events that are usually free to the public. Masses of people can be accomodated here easily, and if it's a cool evening, masses will turn up. Many music concerts have been held here, with maestros like Zakir Hussain playing to hundreds. Buddha Jayanti celebrations are also held here every year, and there is the occasional handicrafts or tourism fair.

The Great Mall Of Hyderabad was held here too, but since we are still reeling from that disaster, we cannot talk about it without consulting our therapist. The biggest attraction on Necklace Road now, characteristic of Hyderabad, is Eat Street, a selection of restaurants offering the very best in munch-by-the-lake cuisine. There is no better place to be on an overcast day or a clear night.

Final words of caution: Beware the ever-vigilant Lake Police. Yes, they are the ones in the bright blue pagoda. Don't laugh at the pagoda. They're very sensitive.

Address: Necklace Rd, Hussain Sagar, Khairatabad, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh 500016

14. Shilparamam

      Held in the last two weeks of December every year, the annual Crafts Mela, also known as The Overpriced Rip-off Fair Of The Year, is only one part of life at Shilparamam. After ridiculous amounts of money have been spent, 'folksy' food has been eaten, and much fun has been had by all, life goes back to normal in Shilparamam. It is a crafts village, where artisans live all year round and make pots that all look the same. We are kidding, of course. They are highly skilled.

A tale told in brick-red, potter's clay and thatch, this village hosts workshops as well - one sculpture workshop held by the Department Of Culture for sculptors from all over the country saw stone spring to life and chips of rock fly through the air, and Shilparamam was beautiful.

The village has a small open-air auditorium near the stalls for folk dance performances and the singing of some seriously jarring folk songs. It does, however, have a much bigger and more enticing open-air auditorium at Rock Heights, unsurprisingly set on top of a bunch of rocks. The walk up to it is torturous, but the view is wonderful, and the punugulu (a fried Andhra snack served with flaming chutney) are just the thing to munch on when sitting under the wide-open sky. The Colonial Cousins performed here once, to a crowd of cheering teens, happy housewives, and dancing grandpas.

If it is a terra cotta denouement to your well-made money that you quest for, then Shilparamam may be your horizon of enlightenment. Not a bad choice at all for an outing
ith the family, or with someone who you're still hiding from them.

Address:Madhapur Crafts Village, South Zone Cultural Centre, Madhapur, Hyderabad – 500033

Visiting hours - 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM

Entry ticket fee - for Adults INR 40 , for Children INR 20

16. Osman Sagar (Gandipet)

        The toughest part of going to Gandipet the lake Osman Sagar is often referred to interchangeably by the name of the neighboring village is deciding which route to take. Both choices are equally enchanting.

Starting from Mehdipatnam, you can either take the tree-lined road through the Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University that approaches the lake from its South-Eastern flank, or chase college-going-hot-rodders past the Golconda Golf Course and the Taramati Baradari to reach the North-Eastern shores. The various encouraging regimental mottos that decorate the roadsides in the cantonment areas from the gun-happy Churchill quotes put up by the Gunners to the refreshing "Bash On Regardless" notwithstanding, watch out for unmarked speed-bumps. Else, you'll be forcefully brought back to earth. Firmly and repeatedly.

Any which way you look at it, Gandipet is a must-visit spot. And rare indeed is the Hyderabadi who has never gone, or never dreamt of going, to Gandipet. This is easily the most popular picnic spot in the twin cities, though recent times have seen the Sanjeeviah Park and the Botanical Gardens sometimes stealing a march over it.

Most folks who visit Osman Sagar opt for the late evenings. There's nowhere else in Hyderabad that you can see the sun sink quietly into placid waters.

There's nowhere else in Hyderabad that you can take in rides at the Ocean Park or the Elles World Theme Park either.

For a spot that's so popular, this is amazingly and impressively pristine. Since this is one of the main sources of drinking water for the twin cities, the Government has worked overtime to keep the environs clear of pollution. And it shows. Except for the occasional intransigent villager who stubbornly paddles his canoe into the shallows to nab unsuspecting fish, this lake is remarkably unspoilt.

History relates that the reservoir formed by the dam over the river Musi is named after Mir Osman Ali Khan, the last Nizam of Hyderabad. The lake is a stunning example of both the foresight of the builder, and of the glory that was Nizami Hyderabad.

There's a Shirdi Sai Baba temple at the Northern end, next to which are the Sagar Mahal that belongs to the Tourism Department and is currently being renovated (as we write this in early 2006) and the popular teenage-hangout: the intriguingly named Treasure Island, home to weekend parties, rain-dances and the like.


17.Chowmahalla Palace

          Chowmahalla Palace or Chowmahallat Palace is a popular attraction of Hyderabad. Chowmahalla Palace is located nearby Charminar, at a distance of about 350 meters.

Chowmahalla Palace was the official seat of the Asaf Jahi Dynasty or the Nizams of Hyderabad state. The name ‘Chowmahallat’ comes from two Urdu words, Chow (four) and Mahallat (palaces). The ceremonial functions such as the accession of the Nizams, receptions for the Governor-General and other official guests and royal visitors, etc. were held at Chowmahalla Palace.

Chowmahalla Palace is a blend of many architectural styles and influences. Though the construction began in 1750, it was completed between 1857 and 1869. Chowmahalla Palace has two courtyards – northern courtyard and southern courtyard.

The Northern courtyard that consists of Bara Imam and Shishe-Alat has many Mughal domes and arches adorned with stucco ornamentation. The Southern courtyard, the oldest part of Chowmahalla Palace, consists of Afzal Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal and Aftab Mahal.

Khilwat Mubarak, the heart of Chowmahalla Palace, is the Durbar Hall where religious ceremonies and durbar were held. It has a pure marble platform on which the royal seat 'Takht-e-Nishan' is laid. Khilwat Mubarak is also famous for its 19 chandeliers made of Belgian crystal. The Chowmahalla Palace complex also consists of a 250-year old Clock Tower (Khilwat Clock), Council Hall and Roshan Bungalow. 

Chowmahalla Palace, the symbol of royal and cultural heritage, was opened in 2005. Though built over 250 years ago, Chowmahalla Palace is well preserved and upholds its cultural significance and elegance even today. 

Address: Khilwat, Motigalli, and Himmatpura, Himmatpura, Hyderabad - 500002

Timing: 10 am - 5 pm (Closed on Fridays and National Holidays)

Admission Fees: INR 25 (Indians),    INR 150 (Foreigners)

18. Taramati Baradari

         A baradari is a hall with 12 arches, and Taramati was one of the consorts of a former ruler of Hyderabad. So what's the "Taramati Baradari"?

Tales about Fort Golconda can, and do, fill volumes. Some are undoubtedly apocryphal. One of those that stretches belief is the tale that the King du Jour, reclining atop the Fort, would look down at his favorite dancer/singer cavorting in one of the baradaris.

However that's the story behind the name, and it'll have to do.

There are actually two baradaris, within a few hundred meters of each other, at Ibrahimbagh. One is the rustic one, bereft of dancers, singers, and any signs of civilization (graffiti obviously qualifies). The other is the rich cousin. Also bereft of dancers and singers, but now with a meretricious necklace wrapped around its bosom.

Long neglected, till recently these two remarkable structures were nighttime hosts to bats and daytime hosts to college students playing hookey from the nearby Vasavi College or en route to the CBIT or MGIT, further down the road to Gandipet.

From December 2004, though, one of them is a "Cultural Complex" run by the APTDC. Which lures you with promises of "Events, Concerts, Performances and Exhibitions". There are a large open air theater, a hotel, a bar, a restaurant, a conference room and a business center. There are even a swimming pool and a billiards table. And just in case you were wondering, yes, there's a souvenir shop.

Without casting aspersions on the urge and necessity to preserve heritage buildings, it's hard to walk though this complex without wondering if the lily has, in fact, been gilded pretty effectively.

Architectural continuity has been given the go-by, perhaps under budget constraints. Lush lawns that will lap up ground water during the hot summers are incongruously juxtaposed with paved courtyards that go ill with the glorious work of the baradari's platform. The upkeep too is showing signs of wear, when seen under the harsh, unforgiving glare of the afternoon sun.

It's when the evening dawns and the lights go on in the baradari, that you can begin to beguile yourself. If you're a couple of drinks down, or if a maestro like Yesudas is holding forth on stage with the magnificent backdrop, hell, you could even go back 300 years in time.

It's a good start, that's for sure. And if it can keep the drunks, the porta-loo hunters, and the graffiti artists away, it's worth more than any criticism we can level. It's just that as the sounds and lights of traffic on the too-close road intrude, and as you stare up at a stars in a sky that's a little less dusty that in the city's center, and you look to the North-East where the other baradari skulks in the gloom, it's tempting to think of what might have been.

About 10km from Mehdipatnam, this is worth the drive anyday. Though poorer in variety, it's infinitely better preserved than the Fort itself. Though it's open from 7 in the morning till 11 in the night, it's best visited in the gloaming, when the hard tramp up the stairs reminds you of how art and culture of the top drawer can knit up the raveled sleave more effectively than any spirits the barman can conjure up.

Address:Near Vasavi Engineering College, Ibrahimbagh, Gandipet Road, Gandipet, Hyderabad – 500031

19.Public Gardens

    The morning hums with the din of the walkers, some of them wanting to be let in as early as by 4.00am. In hundreds, the joggers, walkers, skippers, badminton enthusiasts and odd athletes nursing varying levels of aspirations, descend on the premises. The Gardens truly wake in full bloom, with the kerbside chana-waalas voicing their existence loudly to the odd policeman who chances upon them.
Yes, the Public Gardens continue to be the hub of their neighbourhood, and for several people, a lingering interpretation for verdancy, even if the city now has behemoths like the Kasu Brahmananda Reddy Park and the JVR Park. Much more than the Assembly, the Public Gardens present a fine blend of tradition, adventure, growth, freedom, equality and friendship - visiting the place is almost like visualizing the meaning of the golden chapter on the Fundamental Rights in the Indian Constitution.
Established by Khan Bahadur Ahmed Alladin on the Silver Jubilee of Asaf Jah VII, the Central Lawn of the Public Gardens has an interesting fountain standing sturdy since 1937. Ideally meant to be a heaven for the Begums and their escorts, the main garden and its minor siblings are now a haven for all Hyderabadi junta. With apt vengeance, the people of Hyderabad claim their share of this ode for freedom.

The imposing main gate (next to the Assembly) of the Public Gardens gives way to a large, trellised courtyard of a large mosque and its attached library. Blending into the true spirit of Hyderabad, the Gardens house a mosque and a temple, a Jawahar Bal Bhavan where the kids have their say, a massive Jubilee Hall where the more vocal of the adults can have theirs, and, of course, the Lalitha Kala Thoranam.

It is an unacknowledged tradition that each generation introduces its young to the evergreen Jawahar Bal Bhawan and the giant Lalitha Kala Thoranam screen. And over the years, colleges dealing in botany, arts, history or archeology have found their courses to be incomplete without an occasional students' tour to the A P State Museum, the Health Museum, and the flora-rich nursery and gardens maintained in the Gardens.
 Address  : Assembly Road, Nampally, Hyderabad  ,

 Telephone:2323-3956, 2324-3130

 Timings :6:00 AM -9:00 PM , Closest Bus Stop : Nampally, Closest MMTS Station : Nampally .

20. NTR Gardens
      The gardens are very well kept, with no litter save the occasional stubborn plastic wrapper. All thanks to the strict security guards who monitor your every move and blow their shrill whistles whenever you walk on the grass, touch the man-made waterfall, sneeze, sing, or flail your arms about madly.

Address:Tankbund Road, Tankbund, Hyderabad.

Timings : 02:30 PM to 08:30 PM.


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