Words fall short when you talk about a city as versatile as Hyderabad. The rich cultural heritage, the delectable cuisine, the adventure, the grand plan of things and the upcoming cyber status, it seems that the city has been blessed through ages and remains to be such. This also includes a lot of options for fun things to do in Hyderabad.
Therefore when it comes to picking out some fun things to do here, the list might get extraneously long. To help you sort out this issue a small list of some of the fun things to in Hyderabad has been compiled below. These handpicked activities are sure to satiate your need to understand the city and its character.
21 Out of the Box & Fun Things to do in Hyderabad
1. Golconda fort light and sound show
One of the most renowned monuments of the city of the city of Hyderabad by day turns into quite a magical place displays a plethora of colours at night. An architectural wonder, the Golconda Fort was built with the state of the art techniques in its time. The scientific principles behind it all still amaze the tourists.
It is through scintillating illuminations that the great history of Telangana is told during this show. An absolute must, this show is definitely among the fun things to do in Hyderabad.
2. Heritage walk through the lanes of the city
The thing that Hyderabad and its people most pride in is the legendary heritage of the place. Simply a walk through the lanes of the city of Nizams is enough for you to understand the grandiose cultural treasure that the place possesses. A guided tour of this city of the Charminar helps you understand it all.
3. Explore the Charminar and its surroundings
The epic monument of Hyderabad, the place which is the city’s most important landmark, the Charminar, is another thing that needs to be explored at its best when in the city.
This architectural masterpiece comprising four minarets now has quite a setting around it. The chaotic fleas around this monument possess a character of their own and it is through a walk (or maybe even shopping) through the area around this monument that you truly grasp the city of Hyderabad.
4. Savour the delectable biryani
Counting the things that you directly associate with Hyderabad, your first guess is the Charminar and the second the dum biryani. The pioneering flavours of this rice dish that this city serves have set quite high benchmarks when it comes to the Indian food.
The best of the best of this dish is available at legendary and yet old and tiny restaurants like the Shah Ghouse Café.
5. Relive the charm of the British
There are many monuments in the Hyderabad, most of which are famed for their Islamic architecture but among these gems there lies a place that symbolises the period of the British Raj in the country.
The home of the British residents of the city back then, the Koti Residency instantly takes you back to the time of the Raj. Elegant and graceful, the place still stands tall in all its glory as a testimony to that era.
6. Visit the Ramoji Rao Film City
A visit to a film city is always quite enlightening and enthralling as an experience. But visiting one of the biggest film cities in the country and witnessing all of the frills and fancies that the place has to offer first hand is a memorable experience. A visit to the Ramoji Rao Film City near Hyderabad is one such episode which must be witnessed.
7. Take a drive down the memory lane at the Salarjung Museum
To all those who fancy history it is a visit to the Salarjung Museum that sounds synonymous with fun. Housing one of the biggest antique collections in the world, the Salarjung Museum is nothing short of spectacular to visit.
This museum is built in a building that was owned by Paigah family and houses their possessions still. Some collections at this museum date back to the first century making it an absolute treat for the history lovers.
8. Bow down the head at Birla Mandir
How about a devotional touch to the city of Hyderabad, with a siding of panoramic views of the city? Pristine white, this Hindu temple devoted to Lord Vishnu is a testimony to the faith of the people of the city.
Being at quite a height above the city, this temple is an absolute beaut during the sunsets, turning the city below into varied hues of the setting sun.
9. Move along the Rath Yatra at the Jagannath Temple
Another devotional experience that you can have in the city is by participating in the Rath Yatra at the Jagannath Temple. This temple is yet another gem that the city of Hyderabad boasts of and is visited by innumerable tourists each year to witness its majesticism.
The Rath Yatra that takes place is basically a procession in which the three deities of the temple are taken out. Grandiose and extraordinary, being a part of this Rath Yatra is an experience in itself.
10. Get close to the wild at the Nehru Zoological Park
Talking about fun things to do in Hyderabad, how can be close to the animals given amiss? Yes, the Nehru Zoological Park that this city house is among the very few of places in the city that take you close to nature.
The park has a number of the activities like jungle safari and visits which surely keep the tourists entertained. Having quite a variety of animals, this place is a must visit if coming to the city with kids.
11. Be a part of serenity at the Hussain Sagar Lake
Calm waters and among them the lone standing statue of the Buddha; this is an experience that has to be had when talking about the city of Hyderabad. This heart-shaped lake is manmade and was built in the year 1563.
The tranquillity that takes over right by the look of such an expanse of water is an experience to be had.
12. Cross the boulder walk
Blessed with quite a few of the natural marvels, the city of Hyderabad is surrounded by varying landscapes. Among these landscapes, a side of the city is touched by rough and exquisite rock formations.
Surprisingly balanced, these monoliths and rocks are captivating and intriguing, a walk through these rock walls is an offbeat encounter something to cherish.
13. Go-kart at Runway 9
Letting go of the tracks has to be the ideal way to have a little fun. And like every other city, the city of Hyderabad too, promises this fun. The place that goes by the name Runway 9 in the city offers this distinguished experience to the tourists.
Go kart your way at high speeds and inexplicable fun when you visit this place.
14. Shopping at Laad Bazaar
What is a trip to a place like Hyderabad without the touch of its wholesale bazaars? Come have the true shopping experience here at the Laad Bazaar in the city. This place is lively through the day with people from all walks of life making purchases at this distinguished open market.
Most famous for the bangles, this market also goes by the name ‘Choodi Bazaar’. One intriguing fact about this place is that it has been selling bangles since the time of the Nizams, and till date remains to do so.
15. Walk through the KBR National Park
A major tourist attraction, the KBR National Park is among the few highlights around the city which promises to be tranquil and fun all at the same time. Being a home to several endangered species, this place is a haven for nature lovers.
This national park was established in the year 1994 and since then it has not failed to be among the best of the city.
16. Get the visa approval from God
India is a place of multiple faiths but among some of the most absurd beliefs of this land is that it is only through an approval through a deity at the Chilkur Balaji Temple that a person will be approved for a visa.
This unique gift that the god is known to bless its devotees with has come to change the name of the temple itself, and now this place of worship is more popularly called the ‘Visa Balaji Temple’. Witness this form of faith at this beautiful temple.
17. Witness the majestic Mecca Masjid
Grandiose in every sense of the word, the place is nothing but an exquisite display of some of the best artisans of the times. The most sacred place for the Muslims of the city, the Mecca Masjid can accommodate up to 10,000 devotees.
It is the spectacularity of this place that lures in people not only from Islam but from a plethora of religious backgrounds.
18. Experience royalty at the Chowmahalla Palace
What is royalty? Well, the answer lies right ahead of you when you visit the Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad. This city has quite a few monuments, but none of them spells royalty as clearly as this distinguished palace.
Meticulously designed, this palace was once the official residence of the Nizams and has quite a few significant celebrations to its credit.
19. Get the best out of Hyderabad Adventure Club
Being in the city of Hyderabad is not only about its rich heritage, delectable cuisine and devotional practices but there is more to it. The varied landscape that the place has been blessed with makes it one of the good places to have an experience of adventure sports.
Trekking, paragliding, white water rafting and bouldering are some of such activities that the Hyderabad Adventure Club promises.
20. Visit the Qutub Shahi Tomb
Making a visit to another of the monumental gems of the city also seem like a fun thing to do in Hyderabad especially when the monument is as stunning as the Qutub Shahi Tomb in Ibrahim Bagh.
Presenting an impeccable amalgamation of the Hindu and the Persian architectures, this is a structure worthy of being witnessed first-hand.
21. Taste the distinguished items at the famous Karachi Bakery
When talking of the specialities of the city, visiting the commendable Karachi Bakery and tasting some of its most coveted biscuits also form the list of fun things to do in Hyderabad. One classical hit of the city, this bakery is most popular for its fruit biscuits, dil kush and plum cake.
A city with such an exceptional number of things to do has to be among the top choices for your next vacation. Such is the glory, glamour and grandiose of the city of Hyderabad. Experience this city and the things listed above first hand when you make a visit to this distinguished place.
If you have been to the city and been a part of the activities mentioned above, do share your experiences and suggestions in the comments section below. Any additions to the list above are also heartily welcome.