- Incredible Hyderabad
The fairytale city of Hyderabad weaves its magical charm on travelers
with its quaint old world beauty, rich heritage, Nawabi hospitality and
innumerable domed and minaretted monuments. Hyderabad is world famous
for its diamond and pearl markets, lacquered bangles, bidriware,
magnificent palaces, museums and delectable Hyderabadi cuisines. The
foundation of the city of Hyderabad was laid over 400 years ago along
the banks of the scenic river Musi by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah,
the 5th ruler of the Qutub Shahi dynasty.
The Deccani Urdu language and unique mannerisms still exude an aura of its Nawabi heritage. The Nizams of Hyderabad were at one point the wealthiest royals in the world. The brilliant 184.75 Carat Jacobs diamond, ranked 7th largest in the world, was used by the Nizams as a mere paperweight This alone shows the magnitude of wealth held by the Nizams. The wealth of the Nizams can be seen today in their fabulous diamond jewellery collection, magnificent palaces, imposing monuments and museums. Hyderabad state continued to be the realm of the Nizams until it was integrated to the Indian Union after independence. Today the city of Hyderabad, the 5th largest city in India, is the capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad of today offers a mix of old heritage, buzzing metropolis and an I.T hub.
Charminar, the Arc de triomphe of the East, was built by the citys
founder in 1591. This magnificent rectangular monument in granite and
lime mortar was built to commemorate the end of plague in the city.
Built in the Indo-Saracenic style, it houses a mosque, 45 prayer spaces,
and a wazoo for ritual ablution. It towers to a height of 53 meters.
The four corners are adorned with columns with exquisitely carved
minarets crowned by a bulbous dome. Each minaret has double balconies
giving an awe-inspiring view of the city. The exotic bazaars around
offers everything from pearls and attar to beautifully made Hyderabadi
Mecca Masjid, the magnificent mosque at a stones throw from Charminar, is the 2nd largest mosque in India and the 7th largest in the world. The shrine is named after the holy city Mecca as the mosque has a few bricks brought in all the way from Mecca. The shrine also houses the tombs of the Nizams to the left of the courtyard.
The imposing Chowmahalla Palace, a private property of the Nizams is now a museum and is located next to Mecca Masjid. The palace complex has four magnificent palaces and houses the Durbar of the Nizams. The entire complex is beautifully landscaped and painstakingly restored to its original splendor.
Salar Jung museum displays the extraordinary collection of Salar Jung, a great connoisseur of art and the prime minister of the Nizam. It is an ace attraction and is one of the largest one-mans collection in the world. It has over 43,000 objects collected from all over the world, including the famous Veiled Rebecca and the Mephistopheles and Margaretta statues.
The majestic Golconda Fort, one of the most imposing fort complexes in the country, is at a distance of 12 km from the city. The once invincible fort, stood as a hub for diamond trade until the Mughal emperor Aurangazeb conquered it after an 8 month long siege. The fort is noted for its magnificent acoustics, structural grandeur and ingenious water supply system. Many world renowned diamonds including Kohinoor, Orloff and Hope came from Golconda.
Qutub shahi tombs located at a distance of 1 km from Golconda is perhaps only one of its kind in the world. Nowhere else can one possibly find the mortal remains of an entire dynasty buried in one place.
The Falaknuma palace, a private property of the Nizams, situated on a hill is at a distance of 5 km from Charminar. Built by the Paigah Emirs, it was later purchased by the Nizam. The palace was built by Italian architects in Western style and took around 9 years to complete. The palace houses a fabulous collection of artifacts collected by the Nizams. Now the place has been converted into a heritage hotel by the Taj group.
The Persian style tombs of Paigah Nobles are decorated with exquisite stucco work and inlay work resembling Rajasthani style.
Hussain Sagar Lake, built by the Qutub Shahi kings in 1562 forms the virtual boundary dividing the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. At the center of the lake is erected the worlds tallest monolithic statue of Buddha. Boat rides can me made to the island housing the statue from Lumbini Park.
The Andhra Pradesh museum in the Baag-e-Aam or public gardens has some rare artifacts including an Egyptian mummy.
Other popular attractions include Hussaini Alam, Dar-ush-shifa, Azakhana-e-Zohra, Afzalganj Mosque, Bibi ka Alam, St. Josephs church, Birla Mandir, Legislative Assembly, Khairatabad Mosque, Mushirabad Mosque, Lumbini Park, Ramoji Film City, Ocean Park, Sanjeeviah Park, Nehru Zoological Park, Dhila ri Dhani, Shilparamam, Osmansagar lake et cetera.
Charminar- The Arc De Triomphe of East
Salar Jung Museum
Qutub Shahi Tombs
Hussain Sagar Lake
Andhra Pradesh State Musuem at Public Gardens
St Josephs Church
A.P Legislative Assembly
A.P High Court Complex
Ramoji Film City
Nehru Zoological Park
Dhola ri Dhani
- Best Time To Visit
September to February.
- How to Reach
Hyderabad has both domestic and international airports at Begumpet.
Secunderabad is the headquarters of South Central Railway Zone with major railroad stations at Secunderabad and Nampally.
Well connected by an extensive network of National Highways and roads.