Hyderabad

Hyderabad is the capital city of the Indian state of Telangana. The city is a hub for film industry, world-class public and private hospitals, Central and State Level Research Institutions, Information Technology industry, Biotech and Pharma industry and many public sector entities.

Charminar

Charminar is a monument and a mosque, considered synonymous with the history of Hyderabad and was completed in 1591 CE. It is a landmark monument of Hyderabad and it is believed that Mohammed Quli Qutub Shahi, the fifth sultan of the Qutub Shahi dynasty had built this monument to commemorate the end of a deadly plague menace that had gripped the city then. It is located near the banks of the river Musi.

Charminar is derived from two distinct words called Char and Minar, meaning four towers. It is also considered the Arc de Triomphe of the East. S Each of the sides measure 20 meters while the minarets are located at a height of 48.7 meters from the ground level. The structure is famous for its profuse stucco decorations and arrangement of impressive balustrades and balconies. The floral design is executed impressively whereas the four clocks in four cardinal directions were added in 1889.

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Qutub Shahi Tombs

Built in the memory of the departed kings of Golconda, they are magnificent monuments that have withstood the test of time and nature’s vagaries. They are located one kilometer north of Golconda Fort’s which is called Banjara Darwaza.

They are imposing marvels of architectural excellence that stand as the reminders of the glory of Golconda kings who have been buried at the same spot in remembrance of their rule. These tombs are present in a large group on a raised platform and resemble Persian, Pathan and Hindu architectural styles that makes use of grey granite, with stucco ornamentation and situated among the beautifully landscaped gardens with intricately carved stonework. It houses seven tombs dedicated to the former kings of Golconda. The tombs are dome like structures built on a square base. Each tomb is of quadrangular shape which rises around 9 to 15 meters above the terrace. The Qutub Shahi Tombs are surrounded by impressive minarets.

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Salar Jung Museum

Situated close to the Musi River, the Salarjung Museum in Hyderabad has a unique distinction as the third largest museum in India and earned a worldwide fame for its largest one-man collection of antiques. It is a home for the prized collections from different civilizations.

Nawab Mir Yousuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III, the former Prime Minister working for the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad, had spent most of his income to gather such priceless collections/ The Museum is a royal treat for art collectors with its 43,000 art objects and 50,000 priceless books and manuscripts. The collections range from Indian Art, Middle Eastern Art, European Art, Far Eastern Art, Children Art etc. It also houses the world famous statue of Veiled Rebecca and Marguerite and Mephistopheles, a fine collection of miniature paintings, jade owned by Queen Noor Jahan, Emperors Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb’s sword and other timeless masterpieces. The museum is a semicircular shaped building with 38 galleries spread across two floors

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Mecca Masjid

Mecca Masjid, located in the heart of Hyderabad’s bustling old city, adjacent to Charminar in a finds place among the largest mosques in India and is the most important and largest one in Hyderabad city.

The construction of this mosque had started in 1614 by Sultan Muhammad Qutub Shah and it was Aurangzeb who then completed it in 1693. The name of this impressive mosque is reportedly derived from the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on which it is modeled. Mecca Masjid can accommodate 10,000 worshipers at any time. The construction of the mosque was believed to have included bricks which were brought all the way from Mecca. A room in the courtyard is believed to house a sacred relic of Prophet Muhammad, the revered prophet of Muslims all over the world. Visitors coming to Charminar also visit th9s holy mosque, which lends a divine and unique aura to the old city of Hyderabad.

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Laad Baazar

Laad Bazaar is a very old market, popular for bangles in Hyderabad. located on one of the four major thoroughfares emerging from the historic Charminar. Laad actually means lacquer, which is used to make bangles here that have artificial diamonds studded on them. In the kilometer long shopping stretch, there are numerous shops selling bangles, saris, wedding related items, and various forms of jewellry.

The market has existed here right from the times of the Qutub Shahis and the Nizams. Laad Bazaar is a major market for bangles, it is popular for bangles, semi-precious stones, pearls, jewellery, silverware, bidri ware, saris, lacquer bangles studded with stones, and hand woven materials of silk, cotton. The market is well known for its unique velvet, brocade, and gold embroidered fabrics, traditional Khara Dupattas, and perfumes. The bangles, trinkets and a host of other items sold here are gifted as souvenirs by the women of Hyderabad to their relatives across India and overseas.

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Golconda Fort

Golconda Fort is located in the western part of Hyderabad city which occupies an area of three square kilometers, and is approximately 4.8 kilometers in length. It was initially a mud fort under the reign of the Raja of Warangal that was then fortified between 14th and 17th centuries by the Bahmani Sultans followed by the Qutub Shahi dynasty. Golconda was the principal capital of the Qutub Shahi kings and a bustling centre for administration and commerce in its heydays, a fact which has been mentioned by many historians in detail.

The inner fort has ruins of palaces, mosques and a hill top pavilion, which rises to more than 120 meters high and gives a bird’s eye view of other buildings. Golconda fort is undoubtedly one of most magnificent fortress complexes in India and it rests on a granite hill, considered an iconic monument depicting the history of Hyderabad.

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Taramati Baradari

Taramati Baradari, a historical monument situated at Ibrahim Bagh, close to Musi river was constructed by King Abdullah Qutb Shah for Taramati who was believed to be totally under the spell of Taramati’s mystic voice.

Taramati Baradari is one of the most popular monuments in Hyderabad dating back to the Qutub Shahi era. The monument has a music hall with 12 entrances that also function as an auditorium. Taramati Baradari is built atop a hillock and consists of halls that opens into an art gallery and a banquet hall. The acoustics in Taramati Baradari is considered fabulous and is hence the reason why classical music and folk dance performances are organized here regularly. Taramati Baradari is now a cultural hub which offers amazing ambience for holidayers, weddings, parties and corporate events. The outdoor amphitheater here hosts cultural performances and other activities.


Birla Mandir

The sparkling white structure visible through skyline of modern Hyderabad, Birla Mandir is located near Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad, atop the Kala. The Birlas had built this temple in 1976 with white marbles procured from Rajasthan. The temple is dedicated to Sri Venkateswara.

The temple combines the architectural styles of Utkal (Oriya) and South Indian style. The Rajagopuram here represents South Indian architectural style while the tower over the main shrine, represents the Oriyan style. The 42-feet high sanctum sanctorum (garbha gudi) here is a replica of the famous Venkateshwara temple at Tirumala. Swami Venkateswara’s consorts Padmavati and Andal are worshipped here in adjoining separate shrines. A trip to Hyderabad is considered incomplete without Birla Mandir for the tourists visiting the city for the last three decades. The view of Birla mandir on a hillock overlooking Hussain Sagar Lake and tank bund close by is one sight that captivates the visual senses of the beholder.

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Birla Planetarium

Birla Planetarium is among India’s most well created planetarium and the first-of-its kind in the country built with advanced technology from Japan. It is built on Naubat Pahad.


State Archaeological Museum

The State Archaeological Museum or Hyderabad Museum is considered as the oldest museum in Hyderabad. Archaeologist Henry Cousens had initially explored the sites during the beginning of the 19th century, and in the year 1940 the mounds of Telangana region were excavated and this was done under the supervision of the Nizam of Hyderabad. These excavated items were placed in a museum that was built on an ancient site. In the year 1952, the museum's contents were shifted to the administrative control of Archaeological Survey of India.

In the year 1930, Nizam VII Mir Osman Ail Khan, who was keen to preserve the heritage of Hyderabad's state's had named this museum as Hyderabad Museum. The museum's main attraction is the Egyptian mummy, that was brought to Hyderabad city by the son-in-law of VI Nizam Mahbub Ali Khan, and it was then handed over to the last Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan. The museum also a large gallery on Buddha which dates back to centuries. The museum is known for housing a wide variety of archaeological artifacts belonging to Kakatiya dynasty and the Nizams.

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Public Gardens

Public Gardens, also called as Bagh-e-Aam. is a historic park of the city located in the heart of Hyderabad at Nampally. The park was built in the year 1846 by Osman Ali Khan, the VIIth Nizam of Hyderabad and is considered to be the oldest park in Hyderabad.

In Urdu the word "Bagh" means Garden and Aam means the public. It is also home to Telugu University, Lalitha Kala Toranam, Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Telangana State Legislative Assembly and Legislative council building as well as the State Archaeological Museum. It also has an extensive lawn thronged by the people of the city during evening, Asif Tennis Club, and an old mosque. The boating facilities at Public Gardens is among the first in Hyderabad that was created exclusively for the public and is a popular landmark of Hyderabad for several decades.


Nehru Zoological Park

Considered to be among the best zoos in Asia, the Nehru Zoological Park is home to more than 1,500 species of birds, animals, and reptiles. Located in the Bahadurpura area of Hyderabad, the zoo hosts different species such as mynahs, African Elephants, white peacocks, chimpanzees and rhinoceros and many more.

Visitors can make their trip more exciting here by visiting the pre-historic dinosaur park, a nocturnal zoo, a natural history museum, a mini-train, several parks, and animal rides, which makes it an ideal spot for picnic. The major attraction of this zoo is the Lion Safari. A van fenced with iron will take you through the gates of the safari. The nocturnal animals and the reptiles constitute another interesting and exciting part of the whole experience. It takes more than 5 hours on an average to cover the entire zoo located on a 300-acre site built on lush green acres. Nehru Zoological Park is a must-see for nature and wild life lovers and is also frequented by foreign travelers and researchers.

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Mir Alam Tank

Mir Alam Tank is a fresh water tank in Hyderabad located in the southern part of Musi River. It was once considered a primary source of drinking water to Hyderabad before the construction of Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar. The tank was named after Mir Alam Bahadur, the then Prime Minister of Hyderabad during Asaf Jah III reign, the third Nizam of Hyderabad state.

It comprises 21 semicircular arches for a total area of approximately one mile. It Telangana Tourism provides boating facilities on the lake, which is operated from the premises of Nehru Zoological Park. ere several migratory birds make the lake their home during different seasons while the dense vegetation of Nehru Zoological Park to one side offers a tropical feel. The boating facility is popular with tourists where one gets to enjoy the pleasant breeze and a refreshing experience. During the peak time of the tank’s utilisation, historians say that the waters of the Mir Alam Tank was so sweet and pure that people carried them in containers to their homes.

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Shilparamam (Arts & Crafts Village)

Shilparamam offers you a feel of village nativity in the bustling capital city of Hyderabad. Shilparamam, the famous crafts village in Hyderabad was set up in the year 1992, which is spread over an area of 65-acres and offers a traditional ambience amid cultural heritage.

A must-see place when in Hyderabad, Shilparamam is an arts and crafts exhibition hub, in the form of a village set up located in Madhapur, Hyderabad. The place also hosts ethnic festivals round the year. Shilparamam is tribute to the traditional craftsmen of the region. The place has many life-sized huts, constructed carefully out of baked clay and thatch, to bring out the true flavor of rural and tribal lifestyles. The lush environment of Shilparamam completely sculpted with woodwork, jewellery, cloths, and local crafts of each region in India showcases a plethora of artistic ethos. The rural museum here is a miniature depiction of typical Indian village that shows the day-to-day activities of the rural artisans.


Hitec City

A hub of information technology, it reflects the growth story of Hyderabad and is the main nucleus of Cyberabad, the most sought after IT destination and landmark building.


Hussainsagar Lake

The boulevards of Hussain Sagar with its boulevards on a pleasant evening makes tourists enjoy the cool breeze smoothly caressing their senses welcoming them to this place. The tank bund is dotted with elegant statues of eminent historic personalities, which is the dam/embankment to the Hussain Sagar, serves as the link between the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

The lake is a major tourist attraction today. A monolithic statue of the Buddha installed in the heart of this lake is an added charm. The lake was excavated in the year1562 A.D. by Hussain Shah Wali during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah, the promenade of which is now a busy thoroughfare. Boating and water sports are a regular feature in the Hussain Sagar Lake. It is a large manmade lake of Hyderabad and was constructed on a small tributary of the Musi River which holds water in all seasons. The lake is also the spot where annual Ganesh immersion happens with religious fervor.

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The Nizam’s Silver Jubilee Museum

Nizam Museum or H.E.H Nizam's Museum is a museum which is situated at Purani Haveli, in old city of Hyderabad and an important palace of the erstwhile Hyderabad Nizams. This museum showcases numerous gifted which the last Nizam of Hyderabad state, Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII had received during the silver jubilee celebrations.

The museum is known for being a repository of exquisite souvenirs, gifts as well as mementos which were presented by dignitaries to the last Nizam of Hyderabad as part of the silver jubilee celebrations in the year 1936. It houses the Silver models of all the landmark buildings in Hyderabad, and citations in Urdu regarding H.E.H. Mir Osman Ali Khan. One of the highlights is a golden and wooden throne used for the celebrations, a gold tiffin box which is inlaid with diamonds, including a miniature replica of the Jubilee Hall and glass inlay paintings of Mir Osman Ali Khan. A 1930 model Rolls Royce, Packard as well as a Jaguar Mark V are among the impressive vintage cars displayed here as well a 150-year-old manually operated lift.


Chowmahalla Palace

Hyderabad city has many exquisite monuments scattered all over and one such monument is the engrossing Chowmahalla Palace. The name Chowmahalla refers to four palaces. Nizam Salabhat Jung initiated the construction of the palace in the year 1750 but it was Nizam Afzar-ud-Dawla Bahadur who ensured that palace was completed between the years 1857 and 1869.

Originally, the palace covered 45 acres from Laad Bazaar on the north to Aspan Chowk Road which is on the south. The Chowmahalla complex is a replica of Shah’s Palace in Teheran, Iran. Presently the palace consists of two courtyards with graceful palaces, the grand Durbar Hall or the Khilwat. Gardens and fountains add to its elegance. Southern Courtyard of this palace comprises of four graceful palaces Tahniyat Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, Afzal Mahal, and Aftab Mahal. The main attraction of this area is the Bara Imam, which is a long corridor which has rooms on the east wing, that had once served as the administrative wing. Another stunning construction is the Khilwat Clock which still works perfectly.

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Durgam Cheruvu

Hyderabad is home to a secret lake popularly known as the Durgam Cheruvu. This secret lake is situated close to Shilparamam craft village, and is very near to the city’s software hub, Hitech city.

Old timers say that for many years this lake remained hidden as there were no roads to reach the place. The Durgam Cheruvu is a secluded location that is spread over an area of sixty-three acres and is a picturesque location surrounded by green pastures and scenic hills of the Deccan Plateau. This secret lake has now been developed into a haven for visitors. The authorities maintaining the lake have introduced boating facilities to lure the people visiting the exotic place. The visitors throng this place for the entertaining activities like fishing while the appealing lake serves as an ideal place for film shootings and is also the most recommended picnic spot for busy Hyderabadis who look for a rejuvenating weekend. The Tourism Department offers camping, pedal boating, and trekking facilities here.

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KBR National Park

The Kasu Bramhananda Reddy National Park is teeming with wild life in the heart of Hyderabad and called popularly as the KBR National Park, this is a must visit place. Established in the year 1994 with an aim to protect the richness and biodiversity of the area it is built on, the enchanting Kasu Bramhananda Reddy National Park is spread over an area of about 156 hectares in the lush lanes of Hyderabad’s Jubilee Hills.

Apart from being breathtakingly picturesque, the park is also home to a variety of flora and fauna like most of the national parks is home to the magnificent Chiran Palace of the former Nizam of Hyderabad and a many other historic structures. There are some 600 species of trees and plants within the park’s vicinity, ranging from herbs, shrubs, to climbers and creepers. The park is home to approximately 20 species of reptiles, 13 species of birds, 15 species of butterflies, 20 species of mammals, and a wide variety of invertebrates.

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Mrugavani National Park

The Mrugavani National Park near the state capital of Hyderabad is an example of a beautiful national park thriving close to a bustling city. The Mrugavani National Park, located at Chilkuru in Moinabad, is at a distance of about 25 kms from Hyderabad.

The National Park is spread over 3.5 sq kms of pure, untamed land. The government of India announced it a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1994 and since then, the park has been home to more than 600 species of plants and animals. Like in the case of most national parks, even the Mrugavani national park has had least human intervention and interaction in order to make sure that all the precious creatures remain undisturbed in their cozy natural habitat. The park has a topography made up of several rocky exposures that are characteristic of Deccan formation. Foxes, Wild boars, hares, as well as Indian vipers are some of the most striking species spotted here by the curious travelers.

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Osmansagar Lake

Osmansagar, also called Gandipet, is an excellent picnic spot located on outskirts of Hyderabad. Osmansagar is among the two lakes located on the city’s periphery region supplying drinking water to the city and is beautiful lake located 20 km west of Hyderabad. The lake is a man made reservoir created by constructing a dam across the Isa, a tributary of Musi River. The lake has an abutting bund with lush gardens, which provide an ideal ambience for an outing. The lake also houses a heritage building, Sagar Mahal, which was built as a resort by the Hyderabad Nizam and has been transformed into a lake resort by the department of Tourism.

Mir Osman Ali Khan created this water body as part of the damming project of the river Musi in the year 1920. The idea was to supply drinking water for Hyderabad city. The lake spreads over an area of 46 sq.km and is the chief drinking water source for the twin cities. Gandipet is a much sought after picnic spot for the people of Hyderabad and beckons holidaymakers all over the year from all corners of twin cities.

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Shamirpet Lake

Shamirpet is a major tourist destination located close to the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. It is located at a distance of 24 kilometers from Secunderabad and is easily accessible. The Shamirpet Lake is an artificial lake built during the Nizam rule and known for its natural beauty and scenic water body.

The Lake is surrounded by lush greenery and is home to the famous Shamirpet Deer Park called Jawahar Deer Park, well maintained by the Government. The lake is also an ideal spot for bird watching. The beautiful rocky terrain on its bank is a delight to one’s eyes. The sunset at the lake is popular among tourists who throng the place for weekend picnics, as it is located in a serene location. Shamirpet Lake Resort operated by the government has been refurbished with well-furnished modern cottages, a multi-cuisine restaurant, sculpture park and wonderful landscaping. It is located on Rajiv Rahadari enroute Karimnagar and the water here is also used for irrigation purposes.