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How to Spend 3 Days in Hyderabad

How to Spend 3 Days in Hyderabad

Hyderabad is rich in history, culture, shopping, and dining, and you’ll also find fun day-trip opportunities in the surrounding Telangana state. Three days are enough time to see, do, and taste some highlights. Here are a few ideas.

Day 1: See the Central City

Explore the Old City. Walking tours focusing on history, street food, or markets are a good way to optimize your time. Tour the opulent Chowmahalla Palace, climb the Charminar for city views, and shop for sparkling colored bangles at Laad Bazaar. 

Don’t leave town without tasting authentic Hyderabadi biryani, considered by many to be the most delicious version in India. Seek it out at a street-side stall or in an upscale restaurant. Recently, Hyderabad has experienced an IT industry boom—see where some of the money goes during a night out in the upmarket Banjara Hills neighborhood.

Day 2: Wander Royal Ruins

Spend your second day visiting Golconda Fort and the Qutb Shahi Tombs, two of Hyderabad’s important historic and archaeological sites. Golconda Fort was where the Qutb Shahi dynasty ruled Hyderabad in the 16th and 17th centuries; the nearby Qutb Shahi Tombs are where the namesake sultans are buried. Both sites are now partly in ruins, but they used to be immensely wealthy: the Koh-i-Noor and Hope diamonds were once locked away in the fort, and the tombs were decorated with velvet and precious ornaments. 

Stick around the fort to catch the nightly sound-and-light show in English. Or, return to central Hyderabad and take an evening cruise on Hussain Sagar Lake. Inspired by New York’s Statue of Liberty, the statue of Buddha in the middle of the lake is a distinctive landmark in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim city.

Day 3: Take a Day Trip

About an hour’s drive east of Hyderabad, Pochampally is a cluster of villages that produce a highly prized fabric used for saris. No need to buy a sari—just watch true artisans at work, and learn about a key part of Indian culture.

Alternatively, around an hour southeast of Hyderabad, Ramoji Film City is one of the largest film studio areas in the world, and a center of Telugu-language film production. It’s also a family-friendly place to hang out—even if you know nothing about Telugu films, you’ll likely enjoy the theme park rides.

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Heritage Walk with HiTea at Falaknuma Palace

Heritage Walk with HiTea at Falaknuma Palace

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Take a tour of the Falaknuma Palace that includes an elegant high tea on this half-day tour in Hyderabad. Stop for photo ops at the Charminar monument and Laad Bazaar, known for the bangles market, then join a walking tour of Falaknuma Palace. Top off your tour with high tea in the elegant palace for the ultimate sightseeing experience. Includes tea, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 hours
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US$92.55
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US$92.55
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Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Hyderabad

Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Hyderabad

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Explore historic Hyderabad on an 8-hour sightseeing excursion, offering a taste of the city’s architecture, shopping, culture. Check out city landmarks like the 12th-century Kakatiya Dynasty at the Golconda Fort and The Charminar, before spending the afternoon browsing the antiques and ‘attar’ (fragrant essential oil) of Laad Bazaar street and finishing at Mecca Masjid Mosque.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$111.00
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US$111.00
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Hyderabad Old City Food Walking Tour

Hyderabad Old City Food Walking Tour

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Journey into Hyderabad's most historic neighborhoods and sample the city's flavorful cuisine on this old city food walking tour through the Charminar area. Follow your guide on a tasting tour of the streets and learn about history one plate at a time.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$49.17
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US$49.17

Half-Day (4Hrs) Tour of Hyderabad's Historic & Cultural part of Old City

Half-Day (4Hrs) Tour of Hyderabad's Historic & Cultural part of Old City

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See landmarks in the walled Old City of Hyderabad during a 4-hour walking tour. Admire the stunning architecture of Badshahi Ashurkhana, the Charminar, Mecca Masjid, and Chowmahalla Palace. Get great photo ops, taste an Irani Chai, and test your bargaining skills in Laad Bazaar, which is known for shiny bangle bracelets.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$87.00
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Day Tour to UNESCO: The Glorious RAMAPPA Temple, Tank & Town of 800 years old

Day Tour to UNESCO: The Glorious RAMAPPA Temple, Tank & Town of 800 years old

Dating back to the 11th century, the star-shaped Ramappa Temple has long been celebrated for its beautiful architecture and beautiful carvings. With this day tour out to the temple, you'll visit the stunning temple with a guide, stopping for a vegetarian lunch along the way.  After learning all about Ramappa’s history, art, and architecture, you’ll likely understand why it’s the only area attraction with UNESCO World Heritage status.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$119.54
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US$119.54
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Private Full-Day Textile Tour Excursion from Hyderabad

Private Full-Day Textile Tour Excursion from Hyderabad

Creative and fashion-loving travelers will enjoy this private full-day tour to textile villages around Hyderabad. Your guide will take you to the kinds of places that would be very difficult to visit independently, such as weavers’ home-based workshops and local markets. See how some of the most beautiful saris in India are created, right from the beginning of the process to the finished product.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$76.00
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US$76.00
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Golconda Fort Sound and Light Show from Hyderabad with Private Transport

Golconda Fort Sound and Light Show from Hyderabad with Private Transport

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Get a unique perspective on one of Hyderabad’s historical treasures at a 3-hour Sound and Light Show at Golconda Fort, with private transport. Be chauffeured to this ruined hillside fort outside the city, and enjoy a 1-hour entertainment extravaganza, as colorful lights and music, plus commentary by Indian movie star Amitabh Bachan, bring the medieval complex to life. Private round-trip transfers and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$45.00
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US$45.00
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Pochampally Textile Tour with Private Transfer

Pochampally Textile Tour with Private Transfer

Learn about local weaving techniques while learning about rural life on this tour outside Hyderabad. As well as visiting an art museum, you will get exclusive access to villagers’ homes, where the weaving is done. Your knowledgeable guide will also take you to local markets and other craft workshops. An ideal trip for travelers who love arts and crafts.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$112.00
Price varies by group size
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US$112.00
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Private Custom Tour of Hyderabad's Markets

Private Custom Tour of Hyderabad's Markets

With myriad markets selling everything from fragrant spices to beautiful frshwater pearls, Hyderabad is a great place to shop, and with this flexible, family-friendly tour you;ll get to see some of the best of the city's markets. You'll have a driver at your disposal to take you to two or three markets of your choice, all in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle.
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  • 6 hours
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US$42.99
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US$42.99
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Private Half-Day Tour: Golconda Fort and Qutb Shahi Tombs from Hyderabad

Private Half-Day Tour: Golconda Fort and Qutb Shahi Tombs from Hyderabad

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This private half-day tour showcases the history and beauty of Golkonda Fort and Qutb Shahi Tombs. Escape the urban streets of Hyderabad and follow your expert guide to the outskirts of this populous urban Mecca. You'll learn about the history of these landmarks, which date back to the 13th century. Tour the tombs and listen in as your guide explains how these iconic ruins exemplify Pashtun, Hindu and Persian architectural styles.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$106.00
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US$106.00
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