Naubat Pahad, located alongside Kala Pahad, is a granite hill over 300 feet high, once known for its bird’s-eye view of Hyderabad. The renowned BM Birla Planetarium, GP Birla Centre and Birla Science Museum are perched on these hills, besides the magnificent Birla Mandir, which is known for its pure white marble construction and conducive meditational atmosphere. 

According to historical narratives, large drums here housed in Naqqar or Naubat (drum) khanas that were beaten to announce official proclamations - hence the name “Naubat” Pahad. Rulers after 1853 also reviewed military parades here. Our walk begins at Shahi Masjid Public Gardens, before moving through Ravindra Bharathi, Astoria Restaurant, Masjid Afsar Jung and finally on to Birla Mandir, where our walk ends.

This guided tour is free.


Walk Leader
Ansaar Dewan
He is an independent researcher in experiential learning, communication design and interactive pedagogy and founder at Year Million Project - a think tank with a focus on building learner-driven educational solutions. Off work, he’s an avid reader, an extreme sports lover and a culture enthusiast, with a deep interest in the local traditions.

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