Places to See in Hyderabad
Hyderabad is a capital for both Telugu states. Hyderabad was established in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah and Qutb Shahi dynasty ruled Hyderabad over a century, later came under the control of Mughals in 1724, Nizam rule remains visible today. In 2014 Hyderabad became the joint capital for both the Telugu States. Hyderabad emerged as the center for different cultures and customs. Previously Hyderabad is well known for pear trading and so it continues to be known as the ‘city of Pears’. Hyderabad was originally called as Baghnagar, Qutb Shah named it as ‘Bhagyanagar’ or ‘Bhagnagar’, the city was named in her honor.
Charminar is a mosque and was constructed in the year 1591; it has become an icon of Hyderabad. It is a famous tourist place and became popular due to the shops and markets which are located to the Charminar. Charminar means “four Minarets”, it is located on the east bank of River Musi. Charminar was built at the center of the city, to celebrate the end of deadly disease plague. According to the history, Qutab Shahi prayed the god to end the plague and promised to construct a mosque if it was eradicated. The design and structure of Charminar is of Indo – Islamic architecture. From Charminar, the city of Hyderabad was divided into four equal parts and it very near to famous Makkah Masjid.
Makkah or Mecca Masjid is one of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad and also one of the largest Masjid in India. Qutb Shahi during this period brought the bricks from Mecca, which are made from the soil and used for the construction of the central arch of this mosque, so this mosque was called as Mecca Masjid. The three arched facades have been carved from a single granite stone. The main hall can accommodate 10,000 worshipers at a time and it contains the tombs of the Nizams and their whole family.
Golconda means round shaped hill, it was the capital of Qutb Shahi dynasty and situated around 11kms. The region is very famous for mines like Kohinoor diamond, Nassak Diamond. Golconda was initially built by the Kakatiya dynasty on a granite hill which is 120mt high. Later the fort came under the control of Musunuri Nayaks and occupied Warangal and later gave it to the Bahmani Sultanate in the year 1364. Later Golconda became the capital for them and thereafter in 1512 bahmani rule gradually weakened and then Sultan Quli established the Qutb Shahi dynasty for 62 years. In 1687 the fort was destroyed slightly by the Aurangzeb. The other buildings inside the fort are Habshi Kamans, Ashlah Khana, Taramati Mosque, Ramadas jail etc.
The palace was built between the years 1857 and 1869; the palace was served as the residence for the guests, where Nizams used to entertain their guests. The façade is designed with artworks, domes. One can see the fountains, gardens, clock tower, and council hall ad Roshan Bangla. The most important thing in the palace is its Durbar hall in which most of the dinner parties are held. The palace is well known for its style which is unique.
Ramoji Film city
The film city was set up by Ramoji Rao in 1996. It is located around 2000 acres of land, it was also certified by the Guinness World Record for its studio complex as it contains both artificial and natural attractions and became very popular for the recreation center. Most of the Tollywood movies are used do movies in this place. One can see toy train and can enjoy the rides to a number of gardens and you can see the settings such as royal courts and other sets. But be sure to spend an entire day for this fun, entertained location.
Hussain Sagar Lake
The lake was built by Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shahi in the year 1563 and popularly known as Tank Bund, the imposing statue of Lord Buddha was added later, however, the lake connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The main attraction of the lake is Buddha Statue and another important thing you can enjoy is boating. The statue was installed in the year 1993 and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama. In the nights you can the lake outline and it appears like a diamond studded in a necklace and hence the road is called as ‘Necklace Road’ and the lake was declared as the “Heart of the world” by UNWTO. It is 5km away from the city center.
This palace was built to serve as a home to the Qutub Shahi, it is famous for its artwork and talent and it is a great structure and many of the buildings of this complex are currently serve as educational institutions. The palace comprises of 240- foot long wooden chamber with walk-in cupboards which is built by the sixth Nizam, you can see the momentoes and some valuable gifts that are presented to the king on the occasion of the silver jubilee celebrations in 1927.
It is a royal museum located in the heart of Purani Haveli, it consists of artifacts of Nizams and also includes Rolls Royce, Mark V Jaguar, and Packard. You can see the flattering gold furnishes throne which is used for the celebrations, and you can also see the coffee cups are made of silver and studded with valuable diamonds and gold tiffin box.
Nehru Zoological Park
The park was located at a distance of 16km from Hyderabad, and it was opened in the year 1963. Spread over an area of 380 acres and consists of 1,500 species of birds, mammals, and reptiles. A wide variety of animals and birds have been successfully kept in the zoo. The management of Zoo is providing various safaris like lion safari, bear safari, and bison safari. To entertain the kids the kids they kept a toy train which the visit more surprised.
Salar Jung Museum
The museum is located on the bank of River Musi, it is an art museum and it consists of paintings, sculptures, carvings, textiles, ceramics, carpets and furniture. The museum’s collection was garnered from the Salar Jung family. The former prime minister of seventh Nizam had spent a lot of amounts to make this Museum, some of the important things are stolen or lost during the shifting of the museum from Diwan deodi to the present, Diwan deodi is the first place were the formerly exhibited the things which were opened by Jawaharlal Nehru in the year 1951. Some of the collections of the museum are paintings of Ravi Varma, Aurangzeb’s sword, a wardrobe of Tipu Sultan etc.
Chilkoor Balaji Temple
It is one of the oldest temples in Hyderabad and the temple was dedicated to Lord Balaji and popularly known as “Visa Balaji” which is located on the banks of Osman Sagar and the temple was built during the times of Akkanna and Madanna. The important thing is, this temple has no hundi and neither accepts money from the devotees. This is one of the temples which stayed out of Government control and the only another such temple is located in Jodhpur in Rajasthan. According to the temple history, Lord Balaji appeared in the dream of a devotee who used to visit the Tirupati every year but could not do so due to the illness and said that “I am in the forest which is near to you, don’t worry” then the devotee searched the place indicated by the Lord in his dream and finally saw a molehill then he dug up, then the swayambhu idol of God Balaji accompanied by goddess Sridevi and Bhoodevi was found.
Birla Mandir was built on a hillock and spreads around 13 acres. The temple was constructed in 1976 and it took 10 years to complete the temple and was opened by Swamy Ranganathananda who belongs to Ramakrishna mission. The temple was built by Birla foundation. The temple was constructed with 2000 tons of pure white marbles and the temple was dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara Swamy which is about 11feet tall and a carved lotus forms an umbrella on the top of the god.