Hyderabad , Telangana

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Hyderabad forever epitomises one of the most happening cities in India. Hyderabad, is the fifth largest metropolis of India, and is the state capital of Andhra Pradesh. It is known for its rich history and culture with monuments, mosque, temples, a rich and varied heritage in arts, crafts and dance.

Hyderabad and Secunderabad are twin cities, separated by Hussainsagar, an artificial lake constructed during the time of Ibrahim quli Qutb shah wali in 1562 A.D. The city is over 400 years old and is noted for its natural  bazaars and beauty, mosques and minarets, bazaars and bridges, rock formations and lakes. It is perched on the top of the Deccan plateau, 1776 ft., above sea level and sprawls over an area of 100sq, miles. A multitude of influences have shaped the character of the city.

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Mecca Masjid

One of the oldest and biggest mosques in the country, this mosque was built by Md. Quli Qutub Shah during his reign. Almost 10,000 worshippers can be accommodated simultaneously in this huge structure. The arches are carved from a single piece of stone and important verses of the Holy Quran are written on them as well as on the doors.


Charminar

Charminar is one of the seven wonders of Hyderabad and is one of the most famous tourist attractions and is visited by international as well as national tourists. This marvelous piece of architecture is made of granite, mortar, limestone and powdered marble which has enabled it to stand strong though the years.  It is a blend of architectural splendor with aesthetics and is the embodiment of elegance and romance. It is an unparalleled structure that makes Hyderabad famous all over the world.


Golconda Fort

Golconda Fort is situated in Golconda, which is 11 km from Hyderabad. The fort complex is situated at 400 feet above sea level. It has four forts, each adorned with royal halls and apartments, mosques, temples, stables, etc. The architectural beauty of the fort is enhanced by the ornate gates, pavilions, domes and entrances. The fort is famous for its sophisticated acoustic system. Tombs of the Qutub Shahi kings are engraved in the fort.


Salar Jung Museum

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

This 380-acre zoo, located close to the Mir Alam Tank in Hyderabad, is managed by the Government of Telangana. It has over a hundred species of animals, birds and reptiles, including some rare ones like the Asiatic lion, Indian rhino, gaur, panther, crocodiles, orangutan, pythons, etc. Different types of kangaroos, deer, nocturnal birds, owls and antelopes also reside here. Migratory birds are attracted to the artificially created embankments. 


Qutb Shahi Tombs

The Qutb Shahi Tombs lie close to the Golconda Fort in the serenely landscaped Ibrahim Bagh. The garden is the burial ground of all the Qutb Shahi kings, excepting the last monarch.The smaller tombs are made of a single storey while the larger ones, like that of Mohammed Quli's Tomb feature two storeys. The grandest of all tombs is that of Mohammed Quli, built in 1602. The tomb stands below a vault under the terrace and bears the inscriptions written in Persian and Naskh scripts. The tomb can be reached through the southern and the eastern gates.


Shilparamam

Shilparamam, located at Madhapur village showcasing the various art forms and handicrafts of various artists from all over the country.


Birla Mandir

The Birla Mandir of Hyderabad is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. The modern religious edifice of the Hyderabad Birla Mandir was constructed with white marbles brought from Rajasthan.The architectural style of the Birla Mandir in Hyderabad is a fine admixture of the Orissan and South Indian temple style of architecture. The other deities of Birla Temple are 'Padmavati' and 'Andal' apart from the presiding deity, Lord Venkateswara.

 The Birla Temple of Hyderabad situated at the top of the Kala Pahad in southern point of Hussain Sagar.

 

 


Chowmahalla Palace

One of the most ancient heritage buildings of Hyderabad, is  the Chowmahalla Palace. 'Chahar' or 'chow' means four, and mahal means palace; hence the name stands for "four palaces".The building belonged to the Nizams of the state, and was used to host ceremonial functions such as accessions, receptions of the British generals, etc., during their reign.


Hussain Sagar Lake

This lake has got a statue of Buddha standing on the ‘Rock of Gibraltar’, which is considered to be amongst the biggest monolithic statues in the world.


Ramoji Film City

The Ramoji Film City in India is located in Hayathnagar in Hyderabad. At 2000 acres, It is the largest integrated fil city in the world. 

It is a popular tourism and recreation centre, containing both natural and artificial attractions including an amusement park. 


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