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Built-in 1591 with 45 prayer spaces and a quartet of 160-foot minarets, the Charminar is located at the centre of the old city and surrounded by lively bazaars. Synonymous with Hyderabad, the minar -- which stands for the intermingling of Hindu and Islamic traditions -- is imposing by day and breathtaking when lit up at night. Walk up the rather steep and narrow staircase for an exciting view of the city. Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closed on Mondays. Cost: INR5 per person Photography is allowed.
Golconda Fort13.9 km
Sprawling over the Deccan plateau, Golconda Fort was the fortress of the Qutub Shahi dynasty that ruled over the Deccan region from 1507 to 1687. Today it welcomes you through its imposing gates, winding alleys and residential quarters before taking you to the Fateh Darwaza or Victory Gate. If you clap your hands at the portico, the sound reverberates miraculously inside the King's chambers on top of the hill. The story of the fort and the different rulers who lived there comes alive in superstar Amitabh Bachchan's voice, as part of an exciting light and sound show every evening. Hours: 7:00am to 8:00pm daily. Cost: INR40 per person. Photography is allowed. An entry fee is applicable.
Osman Sagar Lake20 km
Affectionately known as Gandipet, the Osman Sagar lake is located about 20 kilometres from Hyderabad. It was created in 1920 by damming the Musi River, both to provide water for the twin cities as well as to save them from floods. The lake was named after the last Nizram of Hyderabad, Osman Ali Khan, who oversaw its construction. It is a popular tourist destination due to its wonderful and scenic view, especially after the rainy season, when the reservoir is full.
Built during the Nizram dynasty, Shamirpet is located 24 kilometres north of Hyderabad. Aside from being known for its beautiful rocky terrain and grand sunsets, there is also a deer park where visitors can see different deer species in their natural habitat. The lake is one of the better ones for picnics as the shady groves around it keep the area cool and pleasant, and the distance from the city means that the hustle and bustle of city life will never be a disturbance. Bird watchers will also get a treat as Shamirpet lake attracts a variety of bird species.
This upmarket hotel restaurant has sleek, modern decor and serves a menu of Italian classics.
Jewel of Nizam20.7 km
Sumptuous lake view hotel restaurant plating Indian and Afghan cuisine in a former royal residence.
Modern hub with a poolside patio serving Italian classics, cocktails, and wine.
Thai Pavillion19.1 km
An ever-changing menu of innovative Thai classics.