A predominately Islamic city, as well as a focal point of twenty-first century hi-tech India, with a compelling combination of monuments, museums and bazaars.
2 Golconda Fort
Set in a lush landscape just west of Hyderabad, the Qutb Shahi dynasty’s capital boasts a dramatic and well-preserved fort with amazing acoustics.
This sleepy town features two important Hindu monuments: a rambling medieval fort and an exquisitely carved thousand-pillared Shiva temple.
Now surrounded by a vast artificial lake, this peaceful place boasts various Buddhist monuments, including a huge statue, and a fine museum.
At this village on the banks of the Krishna river, fine carvings surround the foundation mound of a great Buddhist stupa.
6 Tirumala Hill
The world’s most visited pilgrimage centre, crowned by the crowded, vibrant and colourful Venkateshvara Vishnu temple.