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Offbeat Tourist Destinations in Hyderabad

You have heard about parks and gardens, Charminar, and majestic malls of Hyderabad. However, if you keep visiting Hyderabad more frequently and have already visited all these tourist destinations, here are a few places you can discover to give your trip a new meaning!


Legislative Assembly in Hyderabad

Legislative Assembly is not quite a tourist destination you will like to suggest to your friend! However, this is quite a place to see! Situated amidst a public garden at the heart of Hyderabad city, this is the core from where all laws and regulations for the state of Telangana emerge! Everyone keeps reading about what happens every day in the Legislative Assembly but very few have given a thought to have a firsthand experience of actually standing right in front of it!

The Legislative Assembly building is a majestic one - white in colour with a fusion of Rajasthan and Persian architecture. The building was built by fund raised by people of Hyderabad marking the 40th birthday of VI Nizam of Hyderabad (Nizam Mis Mahboob Ali Khan) in the year 1905. It took around 8 years to build this building. In 1913, it became the Town Hall.

In 1980, the New Assembly Building was built for accommodation of offices of different political parties and other legislative offices. There is greenery all over  the place and a 22-feet tall statue of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi has been positioned at the entrance with 'My life is my  message' inscribed on the pedestal.

The Nizam's Museum in Hyderabad

Nizam's museum

You must have visited the Salar Jung museum and Andhra Pradesh State Museum. However, the Nizam's museum too is an interesting tourist place you must surely make time for! Not many people have seen this museum. This museum will give a glimpse of the life and times of the last Nizam of Hyderabad - Osman Ali Khan Bahadur, Asaf Jah VII.

This last Nizam is considered as the richest man in the world during his time! He had a collection of artefacts, souvenirs and momentos from various parts of the globe which have been displayed in the Nizam's Museum in Purani Haveli. Purani Haveli was one of the Nizam's many palaces during his rule.
There are silver models of important buildings of Hyderabad, wooden throne decorated using gold, glass inlay painting of Nizam Osman Ali Khan, silver perfume containers, wooden writing box studded with diamonds etc.

His cars such as 1930 Rolls-Royce, a Jaguar Mark V and Packard have also been kept in the museum. The museum was renovated and open for public on February 19, 2000.

  • Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM (Friday closed)
  • Entry Fee: INR 65 for adults and INR 15 for children.

Natural History Museum in Hyderabad


Another museum you must surely check out in Hyderabad is the Natural History Museum. It may not be a very big museum, but you will love to watch out the lifelike stuffed dummies - animals in history, both living and extinct! The National History Museum is  situated inside the Nehru Zoological Park. In the zoo, you will be able to see live animals playing, eating or just sleeping.

The Natural History Museum
Nehru Zoological Park, Bahadurpura,
Hyderabad, Telangana500264
Phone: +91-40-24477355

Sunday Timings:
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Timings on all days of the week except Sunday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Raymond Tomb in Hyderabad

Michael Joachim Marie Raymond was a Frenchman who became a soldier in the army of the ruling Nizam of Hyderabad. However, gradually he was appointed as Amar-e-Jinsi or Appointer of Ordinance in 1796. He established many cannons and cannonball factories. There is a gun foundry near Fathe maidan near Hyderabad which can be seen even today. Raymond later became a General in the Nizam's army and was lovingly called as Monsieur Raymond. He was a very close friend of Nizam Ali Khan, the II Asaf Jahi. He was extremely popular amongst local people.

Raymond Tomb

The Raymond tomb is made of black granite. It is located in Saroornagar, 10 kms. from Hyderabad, atop a hillock in Musa Ram bagh, Malakpet. The tomb is 10 metres high, 60 metres long and 30 metres in wide with initials 'JR' carved on it. There is a beautiful garden too about a kilometre from this place where Raymond and his men were stationed.

Timings: 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM

The tomb has been renovated and attracts locals and tourists who light incense sticks to pay their respects to Raymond.

Jalvihar Water Park in Hyderabad

Jal vihar

Jal Vihar Water Park is a full-fledged park with amenities like swimming pool, games, water slides etc. There is a restaurant to cater to your taste buds. This is one place you must visit with your family and have loads of fun!

Jal Vihar Water Park
22/9, Necklace Road, Hussain Sagar,
Hyderabad, Telangana 500063
Phone: 040 2001 3015
Timings: 11.00 AM to 7.00 PM

Treasure Island in Hyderabad


This park is spread across 60 acres of land and has many interesting activities such as rides, horse-riding, dancing, billiards, horse-riding, go-karts etc. for you to enjoy with your family and friends. For those who love to dance, there are three dance floors to prove your dancing skills! Well, this is one place which will give you entertainment and lots of fun.

Treasure Island Resort
Gandipet, Hyderabad, Telangana 500075
Phone: 040 3100 2311

You have already experienced shopping from Hyderabad markets. Now it is time to pack up your bags and visit some less trodden places of Hyderabad. Happy journey!

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