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Hyderabad

 Charminar :

Charminar is the icon with which Hyderbad is recognised globally just like the Statue of Liberty is for New York. Charminar literally means four minarets and was built in the 16th century by the then Mughal Emperor Qutb Shah to commemorate the elimination of plague from the city. The structure has a classic Indo-Islamic architectural style and the minarets with balconies offer a stunning view of the city from atop. The charminar is also home to the famous markets Laad Baazar and Pather Gatti, famous  for exquisite bangles and pearls.

 

Chowmahalla Palace

Located near Charminar, the Chowmahalla Palace displays the Royal pomp and splendour of erstwhile Hyderabad. Located near the Charminar this palace is known for its unique style and royal elegance of two courtyards – southern and northern – comprising of exquisite inside palaces, pillars, domes, arches, fountains and gardens. Salabat Jung in 1750 initiated its construction but it was completed in 1869 during the period of Nizams. The southern courtyard which consist four palaces was built in the neo-classical style. Aftab Mahal and the Khilwat Mubarak are the grandest and not to be missed.

 

 

Falaknuma Palace

The Falaknuma Palace is located near Charminar on a 2000-foot-high hill. The Palace, built by an Italian architect has lavishly decorated interiors represents the zenith of culture and prosperity of 19th Century Hyderabad. The palace, with as many as 220 opulent rooms, is designed like a scorpion with the two grasping claws spread out towards north. The royal marble staircases, Venetian chandeliers, unique collection of royal artefacts, etc are not to be missed. There is a richly decorated rosewood dining table housed in the palace which could seat 100 guests at one time.  Falaknuma Palace is now a luxury hotel by Taj Group.

 

Golconda Fort

The Golconda fort is situated about 11 kms west of Hyderabad and stretches to 5 kms. It is older than the Charminar, and was built in the 13th Century.  The Golconda fort had a vault where once the famous Kohinoor and Hope diamonds were stored along with other diamonds. It was a diamond market in the glorious days. But even beyond this, the unique feature of the Golconda fort is the exquisiteness of its architecture. The acoustic system of the fort where sound could travel long distances as warnings to the guards and the unique ventilation system that allowed cool breeze into the fort’s interiors are wonders. 

 

Mecca Masjid

The Mecca Masjid is one of the oldest and grandest mosques in the country, completed by Aurangzeb. It took 77 years for 8000 workers to complete this structure. The key attraction of the mosque is the hair of Mohammed which is reported to be there in one of the room. The mosque also has a pond on with two stone and slab benches on its banks. It has a legend that whoever sits on them, returns to sit on them again.

 

Birla Temple

Hyderabad boasts of the famous Birla Temple, which is built by the business house- Birla across the country. It is a serene and beautiful temple constructed with carved marble brought from Rajasthan and dedicated it to Lord Venkateswara – one of the three primal gods in the Hindu Pantheon, also known as Vishnu.

 

Salar Jung Museum

The Salar Jung Museus rates as one of the most visited musems in India with more than 45000 art materials and nearly 50000 books. It houses the personal collection of the family of Salar Jungs who served as Prime Ministers to the Nizams. The collections of the Museum dates back as early as 2nd century B.C and include artefacts from Greek, Roman, and Islamic cultures. It has a fairly extensive collection of Far Eastern Art consisting like the Sino-Japanese art objects of porcelain, lacquer ware, embroidery and inlay work. But the thing not to be missed in this museum is the special museum clock. Like the European cuckoo clocks, a toy soldier pops out every hour to sound the gong.

 

Hussain Sagar Lake

The Hussain Sagar Lake is an artificial lake built in the 16th Century. It is 5.7 kilometers long with perennial supply of water. At the end of the lake is the ancient Syedanni Maa Mosque, with its unique lime and mortar tombs, beautiful carvings and marble inlay work. But what draws most people to this lake is the   60 feet high monolithic statue of Lord Buddha weighing close to 350 tons situated on a rock right in the middle of the lake.

 

Ramoji Film City

Ramoji film city, which is extended over 2000 acres is a film makers paradise. It is famous as world’s largest integrated studio complex. The natural and man made attractions like custom designed sets, locations, gardens, lakes, temples, palaces and structures which numbers above 500. This attracts thousands of tourists to the place. It houses full fledged resources from pre-production to post production like cameras, equipments, audio-post production etc and more

 

Birla Planetarium

Located in the Naubat Road, it is a unique planetarium in the country housed in a dome shaped structure. It is a must visit for all aspiring tourists

Visiting time: 10 am to 8:15 pm

 

Purani Haveli

A grand Neo classic structure housed in an extended complex, Purani Haveli is another much vivited site in Hyderabad. The Nizam’s Museum here displays the pomp and lavish lifestyle of the Nizams through things like golden throne, golden tiffin box studded with diamonds, silver utensils etc.

Visiting time: 10:30 am to 5 pm. Fridays holiday

 

Shamirpet

This artificial lake is a picnic spot within the city. Katta Maisamma temple is located close to this lake. A deer park is located close tot his area and there is a beautiful Lake Resort run by the Forest Department

 

Durgam Cheuvu (Secret Lake)

Situated lose to the Hi-tech city, the Secret lake is another picnic spot where boating can be enjoyed among scenic surroundings. Other activities here are camping and trekking.

 

Buddha Statue

Carved on white granite, this is world’s largest Buddha statue that is made with a single rock. It is 22 meters tall and is situated in the centre of Hussain Sagar Lake.

 

Osman Sagar Lake

Located 20 kms from Hyderabad city, this is a perfect entertainment zone for a full day. The Elless World, Ocen Park and Treasure Island are the top attractions here.

 

Nehru Zoological Park

This sprawling 300 acres of greenery is located 6 kms from Hyderabad. It is a natural habitat of more tha 1500 species of animals, birds and reptiles. The closed-cage tour through the park is very interesting to have a close watch at lions, tigers, rhinos and panthers.

Timings: 9:00 am to pm. Mondays holiday.

 

Yadagiri Guta Temple

This pilgrim centre dedicated to Sri Lakshmy Narasimha Swamy has a mythological significance. Located on the top of Yadagiri hills, this is a cave temple. The view of surroundings from atop is very beautiful.

 

Moula Ali Dragah

This mosque with 400 steps situated on the top of a hillock is counted as one maong the 11 heritage sites in the city. the view of Hyderabad city from its top is breath taking.

 

Qutab Shahi Tombs

Loaced near Golconda Fort, the Qutab Shahi Tombs consists above 30 richly decorated marble tombs built in a mixed architectural style. There is a blend of Hindu, pesian and Pathan style in its construction.

 

Surendrapuri Mythological Awareness Museum

This is sculptural marvel that displays all the Gods of Hindu mythology together. It also brings all the celestial worlds together as imagined by the artisans. The place is a must visit for all those who love and want to know more about the Indian mythology and culture.