Friday, September 6, 2013

Top 10 Places to See in Hyderabad

The city of smiles, of lights, of a thousand faces, endearingly called the Pearl City, Hyderabad offers a variety of tourist attractions ranging from Heritage monuments, Lakes and Parks, Gardens and Resorts, Museums to delectable cuisine and a delightful shopping experience. To the traveler, Hyderabad offers a fascinating panorama of the past, with a richly mixed cultural and historical tradition spanning 400 colorful years.

These are the Top 10 Places to See in Hyderabad:

1. Charminar:

One of the major historical sites worth visiting in the city of Hyderabad is the Charminar. Situated in the heart of the city, Charminar stands at the height of 46 m and is popularly called the Arc de Triomphe of the East.

The monument was built in 1591 AD by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. The history of the monument establishes Charminar as an important symbol of brotherhood and communal harmony. The markets surrounding Charminar are very popular and are frequently visited by tourists from different parts of the country.

2. Mecca Masjid:

Mecca Masjid is a pious place visited by the followers of Islam all across the world. One of the largest mosques in India, Mecca Masjid can accommodate around 10000 worshipers at a time. Many of the arcs and walls of the Masjid are adorned by inscriptions from Quran.

3. Golconda Fort:

Another tourist attraction in the city of Hyderabad Golconda Fort, a 16th century fortress situated on the western outskirts of Hyderabad city. Known for its collection of diamonds, it is said that the famous Kohinoor originally belonged to Golconda. The fort is one of the rare pieces of beautiful architecture in India.

4. Salar Jung Museum:

Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad has a rare collection of beautiful pieces of fine arts, tapestries, jade artifacts, weaponry, painting, sculpture and much more. The third largest museum in India, Salar Jung museum is named after Nawab Mir Yousuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III who was the Prime Minister of the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad. Some of the prized possessions of the museum include Tipu Sultan’s wardrobe, swords of Aurangzeb, Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings and furniture collection from the time of Napolean. The museum also has a great collection of Qurans (holy book of Muslims) from across the world in different fonts and proportions. The various clocks in the clock room of the museum show you time in style.

5. Nehru Zoological Park:

Nehru Zoological Park is the official zoo of the Hyderabad city. The zoo is a habitat for variety of animals that live here without any fear and under right supervision. The inhabitants of the zoo include Indian Rhino, Asiatic Lion, Tigers, Antelopes, Leopard Cats, and Hedgehogs among many others.

6. Birla Mandir:

The exquisite architecture of this temple invites admiration of all the tourists on a trip to Hyderabad. It is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. The illuminated sight of the temple looks divine during the evening.

7. Shilparamam and HiTech City:

Shilparamam, located at Madhapur village showcasing the various art forms and handicrafts of various artists from all over the country. Birla Planetarium is situated on a hill near the Birla Temple and offers educational shows as well offers a fine view of the city.

At the heart of Hyderabad’s technological progress juggernaut is the cybercity called HITEC City. The name stands for Hyderabad Information Technology Engineering Consultancy City and it provides a stark contrast to the historically-laden monuments and sites present in Hyderabad

8. Chowmohalla & Falaknuma  Palaces:

Chowmahalla Palace or Chowmahallat (4 Palaces), is a palace of the Nizams of Hyderabad state. It was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty and was the official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad while they ruled their state. The palace remains the property of Barkat Ali Khan Mukarram Jah, heir of the Nizams.

Falaknuma Palace is one of the finest palaces in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. It belonged to Paigah Hyderabad State, and it was later owned by the Nizams. It is on a 32-acre (13 ha) area in Falaknuma. It was built by Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra, the then-prime minister of Hyderabad and the uncle and brother-in-law of H.H. The Nizam VI, Nawab Mir Mahboob Ali Khan Bahadur. Falak-numa means "Like the Sky" or "Mirror of the Sky" in Urdu.

9. Hussain Sagar & Necklace Road:

This lake is a wonderful place to hangout in Hyderabad, specially in the evening. Many landmarks of Hyderabad like Birla Temple, Lumbini Park, NTR Garden are located on the different corner of this lake. Walking along the Necklace road on the bank of this lake is one of the best memorable experience of Hyderabad, and if you go to visit Lumbini Park, don’t forget to take a boat-ride from there to the monolithic Buddha Statue in the middle of the lake.

10. Ramoji Film City: 

Ramoji Film City is the new signature of the city, being the world’s largest film studio spread across 1666 acres of land and the Guinness Book endorses it. It is about all that is filmy and fake and at the end of the visit you would have a feeling of having visited the Fakedom, but then that is what is required for the amount of films that the region and the country produces.

There are as many as 124 different types of Gardens in the film city, though this number may be a bit exaggerated, there are a many gardens, each one with a different theme like a Shell Garden, a Mughal garden, Mysore garden, Japanese garden, Thinking man’s garden, Hawa Mahal, Arizona style cactus garden and a whole lot of them with European look and feel.

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