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.