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Hyderabad One of India's must-to-visit city, Hyderabad has a vast Historical Monuments ranging from Qutb Shahi period to Asaf Jahi (Nizams) ! These beautiful structures were built by Kings of Quli Qutb Shah dynasty, Rulers of Asaf Jah dynasty and also by Royal Families of Hyderabad city.

Hyderabad History!

Theories explaining the origins and etymology behind Hyderabad's name differ. A popular theory suggests that after founding the city, Quli Qutb Shah fell in love with and married a local Banjara girl known as Bhagyamathi. Upon her conversion to Islam, Bhagyamathi changed her name to Hyder Mahal and the new city was named Hyderabad
On November 1, 1956, the states of India were reorganized on linguistic grounds. The territories of the State of Hyderabad were divided between newly created Andhra Pradesh, Bombay state (later Maharashtra), and Karnataka. Hyderabad and the surrounding areas were added to Andhra Pradesh, based on the Telugu speaking community. Thus, Hyderabad became the capital city of the new state of Andhra Pradesh.

Hyderabad is the capital city and most populous city of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The city of Hyderabad has an estimated population of around 6.1 million. Greater Hyderabad metropolitan area has an estimated metropolitan population of 8.6 million, making it an A-1 status city. Greater Hyderabad metropolitan area which incorporates 12 surrounding muncipalities is the second largest in terms of land area in the country after Delhi.

Hyderabad is known for its rich history, culture and architecture representing its unique character as a meeting point for North and South India, and also its multilingual culture, both geographically and culturally. Also known as The City of Nizams and The City of Pearls,[2] Hyderabad is today one of the fast developing cities in the country and a modern hub of Information technology, ITES, and biotechnology. The people of Hyderabad are known as Hyderabadis, a term derived from the city's name Hyderabad.

Hyderabad has become a preferred conference venue in India as well as the world, with many conferences and meetings taking place in the city. The city is home to the world's largest film studio, the Ramoji Film City as well as the second largest film industry in the country, the Telugu Film Industry known popularly as Tollywood. The city is also known to be a sporting destination with many national and international games conducted here. The city is regarded as a blend of traditionality with modernity.
 

There are many popular tourist attractions in Hyderabad City. Don't miss these top tourist spots on your next visit to Hyderabad City.

 

CHARMINAR

Charminar - The major landmark in Hyderabad with four graceful minarets located in the old city. It is built as a memorial for plague victims. Charminar in most occasions is used to represent the city and the state and is hailed as a unique Deccan monument.. Built in 1591 by Muhammed Quli Qutub Shah as a talisman to stop a deadly epidemic, the Charminar offers a panoramic view of the city from its four (char) minarets that are about 49 m high. This mascot of the city was built, in an Arabic style of architecture, with lime and mortar. Within the Charminar is a mosque. A temple is at the base of one of its minars.

FALAKNUMA PALACE

Falaknuma Palace - It's a beautiful and stunning piece of architecture with Louis XIV-style decor, a lavish Mughal ambience, Italian marble staircases and ornate fountains. Built in 1892 by the Paigah noble Nawab Vicar Ul Umra, this majestic structure was later purchased by the Nizam VI in 1897. Designed in the shape of a Scorpion with 2 stings by an Italian architect, it is located on a hill at a height of 2000 ft. stained glass windows, ornate fountains and marble staircases adorn this magnificent palace. Showcased here are a collection of paintings, Jade artifacts, statues, rare manuscripts, books and antique furniture.

GOLCONDA FORT

Golconda Fort - located on the outskirts of the city, Golconda Fort is one of the most magnificent fortress complexes in India. Seated on a hill on one side and spiraling fort on the other, it's location and internal design made it one of the strongest forts in the world. Originally a mud fort founded by the Kakatiya Kings of Warangal during the 13th century, Golconda attained glory under the Qutub Shahi dynasty (1518 to 1687). This is where the priceless Kohinoor diamond was found. One of the famous forts of India, an added attraction here is an enchanting sound & light show in the evenings.

CHOWMAHALLA PALACE

Chowmahalla Palace - It was the seat of Asaf Jahi dynasty, where the Nizam entertained his official guests and royal visitors. Initiated in 1750 by Nizam Salabat Jung and designed along the lines of the Shah's palace in Isfahan, this actually consists of a group of palaces each used as a Durbar Hall. 'Chow' means 4 in Urdu, signifying the number of palaces that are designed in Mogul and European styles of architecture. Built between 1857-1869 in several phases by the Nizams, these palaces offer a glimpse of the royal lifestyles. Three of these palaces are single storeyed whilst the main palace is a double storeyed structure.

SALARJUNG MUSEUM

Salar Jung Museum - The museum houses the largest one-man collection of antiques in the world.  A mere day isn't enough to cover the whole museum. The envy of global collectors, a treasure house of antiques and an amazing display of art - the Salar Jung Museum is the largest single man collection in the world. Compiled by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, the collection is mind boggling not only in number but also in the variety of items. Some of the unique items are, the Veiled Rebecca, Marguerite& Mephistopheles (a two sided sculpture), the Sword of Aurangazeeb, gem studded daggers of Emperors Jahangir & Shah Jahan and Queen Noor Jahan, etc.

TARAMATI BARADARI

Taramati Baradari - Taramati Baradari monument is an ode to the love of seventh sultan of Hyderabad Abdullah Qutb Shah for his odalisque Taramati. The Golconda rulers have a legacy of five hundred years; the Taramati Baradari monument is redolent of the glorious past. The Taramati Baradari monument is a place where art and culture comes to make one heady concoction, which is sure to tempt you. The Taramati Baradari monument retells of the pristine period when the poets and the artiste all where in their creative best incorporating them in their art form be it the dance or songs or poetry. The acoustics of this hall was similar to the one in the area of Bala Hissar. The monument is devoted to the cause of classical music and folk art dance forms; Taramati is known to dedicate her life for this very cause.

MAKKAH MASJID

Mecca Masjid - A stone-built mosque, which lies immediate southwest of Charminar. Remarkable for its architecture, size and its royal splendour, this is one of the most beautiful mosques in Hyderabad. It is famous for its synchronicity and the gateway bricks believed to be from Mecca. Mecca Masjid owes its name to the presence of the bricks in the structure, which were brought from the holy city of Mecca. The second largest mosque in the country, it has within its periphery the graves of the families of Asaf Jahi kings. The stately architecture consists of single slab granite columns and five arches each on three sides. Construction started under the Qutub Shahi kings but was completed by Aurangazeeb in 1694.

BIRLA MANDIR

Birla Mandir - A Hindu temple made of white marble located on top of a hill overlooking the city. Referred to as the mini Tirumala, the Birla Mandir is a pure white marble temple, dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. Built on the Kala Pahad, overlooking the Hussainsagar Lake and visible from miles around, the temple seems to be a projection of heaven.

BIRLA SCIENCE MUSEUM

Birla Science Museum - The science centre is another beautiful structure, reflecting the advances made in science and technology. The interior décor matches the architectural exterior of the centre built over 10,000 sq ft (930 m2). The centre is host to a number of divisions such as the Planetarium, the Science Museum, and the centre for Applied Mathematics and Computer Sciences. Perched atop the Naubat Pahad, overlooking the Legislative Assembly, the Birla Planetarium is a favourite amongst lovers of astronomy.

PUBLIC GARDEN

Public Gradens - Located adjacent to the Lal Bahadur Shastri stadium, the gardens host the Horticulture department of Andhra Pradesh, the state museum of history and archeology and a sprawling park.. State assembly of Andhra Pradesh. Locally known as the Bagh-E-Aam, the Public Gardens is located in the heart of Hyderabad. This popular park contains the State Legislative Assembly, Telugu Lalitha Kala Thoranam, Telugu University, Andhra Pradesh State Museum, Contemporary Art Museum, etc.

BIRLA PLANETARIUM

Birla Planetarium - The Planetarium is another magnificent building with a big dome resembling that of the Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur and some of the earliest government structures in New Delhi. A special attraction are the shows which unveil the mysteries of the cosmos and the origins of the universe, comets, eclipses, unidentified flying objects and the clash of titans. The latest addition is the Dinosrium, which houses a collection of dinosaur egg fossils. The highlight of the museum is a mounted Kotasaurus yamanpalliensis, the remains of a 160 million old dinosaur.

7 TOMBS

Qutb Shahi Tombs - Home to various Tombs dedicated to Rulers of Qutb Shahi dynasty, located at Shaikpet, near Golconda Fort. These are an example of Deccan architecture with large minarets, huge domes, delicate marble designs and multiple inner passages. Nowhere in history has an entire dynasty of rulers, been buried at a single site other than the Qutub Shahi Tombs. Just a km away from the Golconda Fort, the tombs were designed and commissioned by the Qutub Shahi rulers themselves. Built in an Indo-Persian style, the structures have a square base with domes that have pointed arches.

LUMBINI PARK

Lumbini Park - This is one of the popular parks in the city. The main attraction of this park was the Musical fountain. It is now replaced by the 1500 seater Laserium, the first of its kind in the state. Boat rides take you across the lake to give you a closer glimpse of the Buddha. A place for entertainment, the Lumbini Park is a kid's haven, and is located on the bank of the Hussainsagar Lake. The colourful Floral Clock and musically synchronized water fountain are spell-binding. The jetty here provides for various types of pleasure-boat riding.

HUSSAIN SAGAR

Hussain Sagar - It is a man-made lake is also famous for the 19-metre tall Buddha statue on a platform island called "Rock of Gibraltar" in the middle of the lake, and for the Tank Bund which consists of beautiful gardens and statues of famous personalities. Boating and water sports are a regular feature here. Set in-between the twin-cities, the Hussainsagar is a picturesque man-made lake. Created by Hussain Shah Wali, during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah in 1562, the lake has facilities for speed boats, a huge 48 seated launch with starlit onboard dining and provision for private parties.

ZOO PARK

Nehru Zoological Park - This zoo is the largest in India by area, houses a large variety of animals, birds, nocturnal species, aquatic and amphibian species. Located close to this is the Mir Alam lake, which is proposed to be converted into an Aquarium along the lines of Sentosa, Singapore. Home for around 3000 animals, birds and reptiles, the Nehru Zoological Park is spread across 300 acres of verdant greenery, with 250 species living in conditions resembling their natural habitat. The biggest zoo in India, also the first to create moats around enclosures, the park has a Lion Safari, Natural History Museum, a children's train, and APTDC maintained Haritha Restaurant.

BOTANICAL GARDEN

Hyderabad Botanical Gardens - These gardens are spread across a sprawling area of 130 acres (0.53 km2), housing different varieties of herbs, plants, trees etc. These gardens provide a complete visual treat to the eyes with water bodies, meadows, and rich grasslands - nature at its best. The botany enthusiasts have something to boast about with Andhra Pradesh's first Botanical Gardens. This park will have large water bodies, sprawling meadows, green grasslands, dense forests and exciting rock formations. Envisioned to have 19 sectors, the first phase of 5 sectors is already open to the public, providing visitors an awe inspiring experience.

CHILKUR TEMPLE

Chilukuru Balaji Temple - It is the temple of Lord Sri Venkateshwara. Located around 33 km from Mehdipatnam. This temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. Also known as 'Visa' Balaji due to the popular belief that He grants a visa to those who wish to go to the USA. This famous temple is the only shrine in India, that does not allow or accept cash donations from the devotees.

NECKLACE ROAD

Necklace Road - This popular boulevard lies on the other side of the lake, linking the IMAX theatre and Sanjivaiah park. This has become the-place-to-be for the Hyderabadis in the evenings. This strip provides a scenic atmosphere with lush lawns and long rows of flower beds. Eat-Street,Water Front are popular restaurants located on this strip. The latest addition to this strip is the Jal Vihar, a mini water world designed to soothe your senses.

NTR GARDEN

NTR gardens - This leisure spot is located beside the IMAX theatre. Situated on 36 acres of land adjoining the Hussain sagar, these gardens provide of entertainment and recreation to families and youth alike. It also houses a memorial of Late Shri N.T.Rama Rao, former Chief Minister. It is renowned for its creative design which includes tree-top restaurants and architecture. Being one of the most visited spots, with serene ambience and recreational facilities,  A monorail train regales visitors with glimpses of the Machan (tree house), Japanese Garden, Car Café, Souvenir shops, Fruit Restaurant and children playing area, that are a part of this park.

SHILPARAMAM

Shilparamam - Located opposite Cyber towers,HITEC city, it is an arts and crafts village which was conceived with an idea to create an environment for the preservation of traditional crafts such as sculpting wonders from stone, weaving in cotton, silk and gold thread, Dhaka muslin, Kondapalli toys, Bankura horses, gudda-guddis of Punjab, temple arts and a motley of Indian arts and crafts.

RFC HYDERABAD

Ramoji Film City - (RFC) is the world’s largest integrated film studio cum theme park, at nearly 3,000 acres (8 km²). It is also one of Asia’s most popular tourism and recreation centres. Recently, it has made its way to the Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest film studio in the world. Opened in 1996, it is about 30min drive from Hyderabad on Vijayawada National Highway (NH-9).
 

POCHAMPALLY

Pochampally - Pristine environment, rustic beauty and wonderful weaves, thats Bhoodan Pochampalli for you. A centre of excellence for Ikkat (the art of 'tie and dye' in fabrics), which will cast its spell on you, this serene village is a wonderful getaway from urban lifestyles. Easily accessible and only 45 km from Hyderabad, it has many temples, a lake offering boat rides, 101 Darwaja House, Chenetra Gurukulam, Swami Ramananda Thirtha Rural Instititute and most importantly the Vinobha Mandir. Visit to relish the rural delicacies, also avail great bargains on sarees, fabrics, furnishings and handicrafts.

OSMANIA UNIVERSITY

Osmania University - Indo-Saracenic in style with huge Moorish arches, the main block, the Arts College of Osmania University, is an amazing structure. The premier University of the state and one of the oldest (1918) in the country. The institution has been named after Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan. With flowing lawns and a picturesque landscape garden, the campus is surrounded by various colleges dedicated to different streams of education. A large library is housed in a stately building.

NIZAM'S MUSEUM

Nizam's Jubilee Pavilion - A collection of the memorabilia, mementos and gifts presented to the last Nizam on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee Celebration are housed in the Nizam's Museum. It's located in the Purani Haveli, a 250 years old palace. The collection consists of the gold burnished throne used during the Silver Jubilee in 1937, gold model of the Jubilee Pavilion, a golden Tiffin box studded with precious stones and an excellent filigree of a mahout atop an elephant. Also on display are silver models of all the prominent buildings and 3 vintage cars, a 1930 Rolls Royce, a Packard, a Mark V Jaguar and various other antiques.

SUDHA CAR MUSEUM

Sudha Car Museum - Shoe car, Brinjal car, Burger car, Camera car, etc, can be found at this one-of-its-kind Car Museum located at Bahadurpura. With more than 80 models of cars and motorcycles, the museum is a must-see for automobile lovers.

MF HUSSAIN'S MUSEUM

Cinema Ghar -This museum at Banjara Hills, was set up by M.F Hussain at Banjara Hills to restore the Yakshagan tradition. This institution is a tribute to the glory of Indian cinema and also houses some of Hussain's paintings. Also on display are a collection of books on subjects of art and films. A must-see for art lovers and film buffs.

PAIGAH TOMBS

Paigah Tombs - A stunning fusion of Islamic & Rajputana styles of architecture with hints of Persian, Turkish and Greek art forms, these are the tombs of the several generations of the Paigah nobles. Located at Pisalbanda on the outskirts of the Hyderabad, these structures, spread over 30 acres, are unique specimens of extraordinary workmanship that is clearly visible in the wonderfully inlaid mosaic work and is compared to the Taj Mahal for the sheer splendour of artistry in white marble.

RAYMONDS TOMBS

Raymonds Tomb - General Michel Joachim Marie Raymond served as the Commander for the 19,000 strong Nizams army. Having come to Hyderabad in 1786 A.D, he was greatly admired for his gallantry. This tomb was built after his death in 1798, on a hillock at Saroonagar.

CYBER TOWER

Hi-Tech City - The modern technology hub of Hyderabad, a zone for IT/ITES MNCs, HITEC City is situated at Cyberabad. This area with its towering, spacious office spaces is the face of modern Hyderabad. HITEC City stands for Hyderabad Information Technology Engineering Consultancy City, a major technology township which is at the center of the information technology industry in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. This area falls under Madhapur suburb like Madhapur, Kondapur, Gachibowli, Nanakramguda, Manikonda, Thellapur etc.

 

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