There are a variety of tourist attractions in Hyderabad, a city with a 400-year-old history and a rich blending of cultures. This "City of pearls" has heritage monuments, lakes, parks, gardens, resorts, museums and delectable cuisine that lure tourists.
Tourist Places in Hyderabad
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.
Char Kaman refers to four different arcs made in the city of Hyderabad by Mir Momin. These arcs are situated at few meters at the four different roads of the city which intersects at a place where a blue colored fountain is situated. The arc to the North of the fountain is named as Machli Kaman, to the South of the fountain is called Charminar Kaman, to the East of the fountain is called Kali Kaman and the one to the West of the fountain is named as Kaman Sher Dil.
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 worshippers at a time. Many of the arcs and walls of the Masjid are adorned by inscriptions from Quran.
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.
The last Nizam of Hyderabad built the Falaknuma Palace, which housed the most expensive art objects, tapestries and carpets, in addition to the largest single-man collection of diamonds. Here the Nizam received their Majesties, the late King George V and King Edward VIII of England. The museum has a very unique collection of jades. The dining table in the palace can seat up to 100 people at a time.
Husain Sagar Lake and Durgam Cheruvu Lake
Husain Sagar Lake was built by Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah in 1575. It is a large artificial lake which connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. In the lake on an island there is a larger-than-life size statue of the Buddha. Boats take tourists across the lake to the island, on which the statue rests. The statue looks absolutely beautiful at night when it is illuminated. The Lumbini Park surrounding the statue boasts of musical fountains. Durgam Cheruvu is situated close to Shilparamam Crafts Village and Hitech City, behind Jubilee Hills. AP Tourism organizes boating in Durgam Cheruvu Lake which is surrounded by hills of the Deccan Plateau.
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.
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.
Shamirpet is located 24 km from the city of Hyderabad. Its location on the outskirts of Hyderabad makes it one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city of Hyderabad. The place is surrounded by greenery on all sides. The lake at Shamirpet is a preferred place of picnic for many. Jawahar Deer Park in Shamirpet is a protected park dedicated for the protection of deers. The popular temples at the place include Ratnalayam Temple and Wargal Sarawati Temple.
Dhola-ri-dhan on Medchal Road opens the doors to the world of ethnic Rajasthani resort of culture where the visitors can experience the true Rajasthani life style and enjoy the art forms.
The Alleygator has emerged as a favorite fun centre for the young as well as old people with four lines of bowling alleys, six pool tables, and video games. Runway9-Go Karting is the happening place for go-karting. Ocean Park is a one of its kind water theme amusement park modeled on International standards. Other attractions in Hyderabad are Ramoji film city, an amazing place located at an hours drive form the airport of Hyderabad which gives a choice of numerous flexible locations, which are as varied as a picturesque Indian village or a street in Switzerland.
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.
Laad Bazaar is one of the famous shopping destinations in Hyderabad and also among the popular attractions of the city. Pearls and Hyderabadi traditional dresses and accessories can be found here in a large variety.
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.
Timings: 7 A.M. to 12 noon and 3 P.M. To 9 P.M.
Tourist Places Near Hyderabad
One can make excursions from Hyderabad to the nearby regions. There are many enthralling places in the vicinity to the capital of Andhra Pradesh with an array of travel attractions.
There are many places in Warangal that are bound to leave you with great memories. Warangal, located around 200 km from Hyderabad was once the hub of Telugu culture. The Warangal Fort is known for its wonderful architecture.
Another famous destination is the Nagarjunasagar, which is located 150 km from Hyderabad. With world's tallest masonry dam across river Krishna, Nagarjunasagar is a popular tourist destination of South India. Apart from this, other worth visiting attractions in the place are the island museum of Nagarjunakonda and the beautiful waterfalls of Ethipothala.
Keesaragutta is another popular destination, situated about 35 km from Hyderabad. It is a historic temple village and was once the capital of the great Vishnukundin dynasty.
Basar in Andhra Pradesh is located 240 km from Hyderabad. It is situated on the banks of the mighty Godavari River, in Adilabad district. It is famous for the only Saraswati temple in South India.
Yet another destination known as Pochampally is located in Nalgonda district and it is situated about 35 km from Hyderabad. This lovely village is renowned in the country for its gorgeous, hand-woven silk and cotton saris.
Last Updated on 07/30/2012
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