HYDERABAD PRESERVES THE VIVID TRADITIONS OF ITS HERITAGE, WHILE MOVING SWIFTLY INTO THE FUTURE.

Often known by its nickname “Cyberabad,” this southern Indian city is renowned as the nation’s information technology capital. But it hasn’t lost the legacy of its 400-year history, a past filled with grand Muslim architecture, vibrant markets, and a rich culinary tradition.

Indian Rupee (IRE)
Urdu, Telgu, Hindi, English
Ragiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD)

DISCOVERIES

CHARMINAR
AT THE INTERSECTION OF CHARMINAR RD AND LAAD BAZAAR RD
Charminar

Hyderabad’s most recognizable landmark and a symbol of the city, this 16th-century mosque with its iconic four minarets sits in the heart of the bustling Charminar neighborhood, the city’s atmospheric central district. Admire it illuminated at night or climb up to the top of its towers for unparalleled panoramic views over the city’s rooftops.

CHOWMAHALLA PALACE
20-4-236, MOTIGALLI, KHILWAT, HYDERABAD
Chowmahalla Palace

Emblems of a historic ruling family, the four majestic, 18th- and 19th-century palaces that form the Chowmahalla Palace complex honor the legacy of Hyderabad’s great Nizams. Within the awe-inspiring Durban Hall, 19 Belgian crystal chandeliers testify to this city’s splendid past, while exhibitions of palace treasures illustrate a vivid legacy. Wander the grounds, filled with bubbling fountains and manicured gardens, and admire architecture based on the Shah’s Palace in Tehran.

HAZIQ & MOHI RARE BOOKS
20-4-819 CHOWK MOSQUE NEAR CHARMINAR
Haziq _ Mohi Rare Books

Now often known by its nickname of Cyberabad, this technology-focused city has a long tradition of literature that lives on in the likes of Haziq & Mohi Rare Books. The city’s most iconic bookstore, the shop is filled to the brim with an impressive collection of books in a range of languages (including a large English selection). Wander through Charminar’s winding, atmospheric streets in search of this legendary oasis.

MECCA MASJID
SHAH ALI BANDA RD
Mecca Masjid

Constructed over a nearly 80-year period, this iconic 17th-century temple was designed after the Grand Mosque at Mecca, the holiest site for Muslims, and, indeed, some of its bricks were made with soil from Mecca. One of the largest mosques in the world – Hyderabad’s largest and India’s second-largest – Mecca Masjid is an awe-inspiring example of local architecture, with its towering minarets, expansive prayer rooms, crystal chandeliers, and serene reflecting pool.

QUTUB SHAHI TOMBS
QUTHBULLAPUR, HYDERABAD
Qutub Shahi tombs

Just northwest of the iconic Golconda Fort lies this sprawling garden in which seven Qutub Shahi rulers and their families were buried. Each has their own ornate mausoleum, intricately carved marble domes and pavilions built in Hindu, Persian, and Pathani architectural styles. Wander between the tombs for admire them all, but be sure to take in the whole park from the top of Golconda Fort, as well.

SHILPARAMAM ART VILLAGE
HI TECH CITY MAIN ROAD, MADHAPUR, NEAR CYBER TOWERS, HYDERABAD
Shilparamam Art Village

Discover traditional Indian arts and crafts at this destination dedicated to preserving ancient handicrafts and artisan techniques. Watch clay be shaped into terra-cotta bowls, and cotton embroidered into ornate textiles. Admire polished bronze horses, and wood sculpted into the forms of Shiva and Vishnu. Wander between thatched houses to peruse handmade crafts such as beads, urns, tapestries, and statues. The All-India Festival of Arts and Crafts is held here each year in February.

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