Hyderabad City Travel Guide
Hyderabad has its own distinct image.... The tinkle of
The rich, dewy pearls
The aroma of Shahi Biryani
the essence of Hyderabad for you. In recent years it has been wearing the
cloak of Cyberabad. Hyderabad holds a long string of travel attractions.
Several of them are closely associated with history, while many are modern
structures. Hyderabad has the assets to provide satisfaction to visitor of
City Travel Attractions
This best known landmark of Hyderabad gets it name from Char (four) Minar
(towers). The Charminar is a 56 m (185 feet) high arch, which has four
minarets, nice balconies and a small mosque. Situated amidst bustling
bazaars, Charminar has beautiful arches and elegant minarets. It was built
in the year 1591 by Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutub Shahi to commemorate the end
of the dreaded epidemic plague.
With 18 m high walls, 8 huge gates, 87 bastions for cannons and sprawled
over 5 km, this fort is indeed impressive, where each corner tells a story
of royalty, passion and bravery. The Forts massive battlements wind
tenuously up a dust-brown hill. Inside the citadel are the ruins of palaces,
assembly halls, stables, barracks and arsenal. The Fort has got a fantastic
acoustic system by which a hand clap sounded in the Grand Portico can be
heard in the Durbar Hall atop the hill. From the Throne Terrace one can see
the pavilions from where Taramati and Pamamati, two favourite mistresses,
are believed to have sung for their Sultans.
The fort is open daily from 7.00 am to 8.00 pm. There is a very interesting
sound and light show every evening.
Venkateswara Temple (Birla Mandir)
This is an elegant white marble-carved temple built by the Birla
Foundation. It is opened daily from
7.00 am to noon and from 3.00 pm to 9.00 pm.
It is located on top of Naubat Pahar Hill. There are English shows from
Mondays to Saturdays at
11.30 am, 4.00 pm, 6.00 pm respectively and on Sundays at 11.00 am, 3.45 pm
and 6 pm respectively. It is closed on the last Tuesday of the month. The
Admission fee is around Rs.10.00.
Falaknuma Palace and Purani Haveli
If you are a lover of antiques, precious artifacts and architecture
Falaknuma Palace and Purani Haveli will entrall you.
Situated near the Charminar, Mecca Masjid is one of the largest mosques in
the world. The construction of this mosque was started in the year 1614 by
the 6th Qutub Shahi king, Abdullah Qutub Shahi, but was completed only in
1687 by the Mughul emperor Aurangazeb when he annexed the Golconda Kingdom.
Qutub Shahi Tombs
These seven elegant tombs, outside the Golconda Fort, contain the remains
of seven of the rulers of the Qutub Shahi kingdom.
Hussain Sagar Lake
This picturesque 6 1/2 km by 4 km artificial lake, has a 17.5m high, 350
tonne (approximately) monolithic Buddha statue on a platform in the middle
of the lake.
Nehru Zoological Park
A great attraction for kids, this large zoo, set in a scenic locale, houses
a large number of animals. It has a lion safari and a toy-train that goes
around the zoo. It is open daily from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm except on Mondays.
There is also an Aquarium in the Park, which is open daily between 10.30 am
to 5.00 pm, except on Sundays.
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