Set against the foothills of South India’s Deccan Plateau, Hyderabad is a historical city with two distinct faces. The Old City’s archaeological treasures and ancient spice markets draw an international crowd, while the new Hi-Tech-City, dubbed “Cyberabad”, impresses with its glimmering malls, multiplexes and sleek restaurants.
Things to do in Hyderabad
Hyderabad’s most remarkable sight is Golconda Fort, a 16th-century citadel built atop a lofty granite hill surrounded by mighty ramparts and ringed towers. Trek to the summit for striking vistas of Hyderabad’s hazy inner city and rugged Deccan Mountains. Allow at least two hours to explore the fort’s ancient gateways, gardens, mosques and temples.
Marvel at the magnificent Qutb Shahi tombs and uncover the secrets of the seven sultans buried in the interactive museum. Located two kilometres from Golconda Fort, the 21 granite tombs are an impressive example of Islamic architecture, consisting of beautifully carved stone sculptures and serene landscaped gardens.
Visit the Charminar, an elaborate monument built to commemorate the founding of Hyderabad. The 56-metre-tall structure is a symbol of the city and features four golden minarets. Climb to the first floor for magnificent views of the old town.
No visit to Hyderabad is complete without exploring the Charminar Bazaar, a labyrinth of laneways crowded with spice markets, jewellery merchants and local artisans. Find a unique souvenir to take home, like Bidriware, an intricate metal handicraft dating back 400 years.
Getting around Hyderabad
Hyderabad is a one-hour drive or 1.5-hour bus journey from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. Hyderabad is connected by rail with other major India cities, including Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore. Local buses and taxis are the best transport options, with metered auto-rickshaws also available.