Most visitors head for the Old City when they travel to Hyderabad, located south of the river, and it’s where the majority of historical attractions can be found. Visit Charminar (Four Minarets), a stunning palace with its own mosque and temple, and drink in the spectacular panoramic city views from atop the minarets.
Charminar was built by Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 to commemorate the founding of Hyderabad. The dramatic four-column, 56m-high structure has four arches facing the cardinal points, with minarets capping each column.
Another example of the city’s medieval heritage is Golconda Fortress. Although this 16th-century castle dates to the time of the Qutb Shah Kings, its origins have been traced to the earlier reigns of the Yadavas and Kakatiyas. You can pay for a guided tour or wait for the sound and light show that takes place after sunset.
The maze of winding, bustling streets surrounding the fort is filled with beautiful, old-world shops selling everything from jewellery to naan bread.
And for one of the largest array of artefacts, visit the Salar Jung Museum. Its sizeable and varied collection, dating back to the 1st century, was put together by Mir Yusaf Ali Khan (Salar Jung III). The 14,000 exhibits come from around the world, and include sculptures, wood carvings, devotional objects, Mughal miniature paintings, illuminated manuscripts, weaponry, toys and textiles.
Visitors also flock to Chowmahalla Palace, once home to the Nizam (city monarch).