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Top 10 places to visit in Hyderabad at night

Most people can easily compile a list of the best places to visit in Hyderabad. It is after all, one of the most beautiful and historical metropolises of the country. However, what if you wanted some night-time delights, exploring some of the city’s best landmarks in their lit-up glory?

Here’s tuning into the best things to do in Hyderabad at night.

  • Enjoy the thrilling light and sound show at Golkonda Fort

The Golkonda Fort is one of those landmarks ubiquitous to Hyderabad, built in the 1600s by the Qutb Shahi rulers. The nightly light and sound show is a must-try, more so when you hear that the narration has been done by none other than Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan. Music lovers will appreciate the scintillating backgrounds to the show that has been composed by ghazal legend Jagjit Singh himself, creating an ambience that will leave you spell-bound. The twinkling lights and surreal settings will certainly bowl you over instantly! 

Location: Makki Darwaza Road, Khair Complex

Entry Charges: Rs. 15 per head (Indian visitors), Rs. 130 per head (light and sound show) 

Timings: 6.30 PM (first show) and 7.45 PM (second show)

  • Catch panoramic night-views of Hyderabad from Moula Ali Hill 

One of Hyderabad’s most exclusive heritage spots, Moula Ali Hill is nestled at approximately 2,014 feet. The Moula Ali Dargah above the hill has an aura surrounding it with locals believing that it is the imprint of Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law. Take all the 484 steps up to the hillock for panoramic and sweeping views of the city decked up in a mélange of lights. Truly a magical experience! 

Location: Moula Ali

Entry Charges: Free 

Timings: 5.30 AM-10 PM

  • Experience tranquility at the Hussain Sagar Lake 

When you’re done booking hotels in Hyderabad near the Hussain Sagar Lake, take time out for an evening trip to this landmark. Built all the way back in 1562 by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali, the lake is Asia’s biggest artificial lake, spanning a whopping 5.7 square kilometres over a Musi River tributary. The huge Gautam Buddha Statue rests on a massive rock in the middle of the lake, making for a picturesque sight at night. 

Location: Close to Hyderabad Centre

Timings: 8 AM-10.30 PM

  • Drive down the beautiful Necklace Road 

Hyderabad’s own version of Marine Drive, this stretch covers 3 kilometers across some of the most beautiful parts of the city including Lumbini Park, NTR Gardens, Sanjeevaiah Park and of course, the Hussain Sagar Lake. You’ll find several roadside tea, coffee and ice cream joints lining the picturesque road at night with the brilliant lighting creating an enchanting ambience all around. 

Location: Raj Nagar, Khairatabad

  • Go bargain-hunting at Begum Bazaar

Experience Hyderabadi hustle up close at the Begum Bazaar, one of the city’s most popular markets selling everything from kitchenware and cosmetics to clothing, perfumes, accessories and more! Strike great bargains and enjoy the vibrant ambience of the market in all its glory. 

Location: Close to Nava Pal Bridge, Old City 

Timings: 10 AM-11 PM (closed on Sundays)

  • Savor loud music and lip-smacking cocktails at Hard Rock Café 

Hyderabad is home to the Mecca of live music in the party circuit, the globally acclaimed Hard Rock Café. From signature cocktails to amazing entertainment, this is where your evenings will come alive in a charming cacophony of music, food, people and warmth. 

Location: GVK One, Road Number 1, Banjara Hills 

Timings: 12 PM-11.30 PM (Sunday to Thursday)/ 12 PM-12.30 AM (Friday & Saturday)

Meal for Two: Rs. 2,000 (approximately)

  • Relax in style at Hyderabad’s quintessentially British pub 

A British pub in Hyderabad sounds like an oriental fantasy all right! Only this time, it’s come true at 10 Downing Street, the charming theme pub with wooden floors, wall panels, vintage chandeliers and black and white images dotting the interiors. Shepherd’s pies are hugely in demand and so are steaks along with the usual range of cocktails and brew. If you’ve been meaning to exercise your vocal cords on stage, check out karaoke nights post 8 PM on Thursdays. 

Location: Begumpet

Timings: 12 PM-12 AM

Meal for Two: Rs. 1,800 (approximately)

  • Catch Hyderabad’s most famous landmark in its nightly splendor 

The Charminar defines the city’s skyline as its most famous landmark and remnant of history, being enlisted as an architectural wonder by the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India). The four northern arches are known as Char Kaman with the central fountain named Gulzar Houz. Crafted from limestone, marble and granite, the structure looks ethereal when lit up at night. Of course, once you’re done taking in its sheer grandeur, you can feast on Hyderabadi Biryani and other local delights at the stalls surrounding the landmark! 

Location: Char Kaman, Ghansi Bazaar

Entry Charges: Rs. 5 (Indians) and Rs. 100 (Foreigners)

Timings: 9.39 AM-5.30 PM

  • Relish a late night ice-cream treat at Cream Stone

In the mood for some late night ice-cream? Give wings to your indulgence at Cream Stone, one of the most popular parlors in the city. From fruit-flavored varieties to sundaes, ice-cream cake and milkshakes, this joint is total bliss for dessert lovers. 

Location: GVK One Mall, Banjara Hills

Timings: 11 AM-2 AM

Meal for Two: Rs. 350 (approximately)

  • Swagger into Hyderabad’s unique pirate-ship restaurant 

Channelize your inner Johnny Depp (Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean remember?) as you hit the Pirate Brew, a uniquely themed restaurant that resembles a pirate ship. Dip into Italian, North Indian and Chinese dishes while enjoying the charming rooftop and outdoor seating zones for their gorgeous views of the city. Closet singer alert! Karaoke nights are held every Wednesday. 

Location: Empire Square Building, Jubilee Hills 

Timings: 12.30 PM-12.30 AM

Meal for Two: Rs. 1,600 (approximately)

These are certainly the 10 best places/things to experience in the magical city of Hyderabad at night. Now that you’re in the loop, here’s to ticking them off your bucket list soon! 

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