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Hyderabad - Places And Attractions To See

Discussion in 'South India' started by ChaiNashta, Jul 19, 2015.

  1. ChaiNashta

    ChaiNashta Active Member

    Hyderabad is called the City of Pearls. It is indeed one of the most charming cities in India for various reasons. It still bears the pride of the regal past. You will notice that this city is the perfect blend of old world charm and modernity. There are plenty of things attractive about this city, including beautiful maidens, one of nizams, shahi food, beautiful landmarks, regal jewelers' and above all warmth of the people. For a traveler, this city offers a lot. It offers the rich past with an unforgettable history spanning over 400 years. This city is a big attraction for those who love art, history, palaces, architecture, mosques, ornate tombs, etc. Today, Hyderabad is one of the fastest growing cities in India. It is a popular shopping destination as well. Let’s take a look at the places and attractions to see in this majestic city.

    • Golconda Fort

    This medieval fort is one of the must-see attractions in Hyderabad. This place offers so much history for those who are interested. It was originally built in mud on a 400 ft. hill. Several dynasties ruled this fort for many years. This fort is situated 11km away from the urbanism of Hyderabad. The name translates to Shepherd’s Hill. It indicates that Hyderabad is a well-planned city. There are several factors which complement the appearance of the fort. This fort is also famous for its acoustics. The water supply system and the palaces are integral part of this fort. The Sound & Light show brings the grandeur alive.

    • Char Minar

    Without any doubt, Char Minar has become the signature of the city. It is a really beautiful sight that you shouldn’t miss while in Hyderabad. It is located in the key area of Hyderabad’s old city. It is surrounded by Mecca Masjid, constructed using bricks from Mecca. This is a very active shopping street as well. It has utmost historical significance as well. Muhammad QuliQutub Shah built it in 1591. He constructed it to commemorate the birth of Hyderabad. The four minarets have almost 50 ft height. It also has a mosque.

    • QutubShahi Tombs

    This is one of the must-see historical places in Hyderabad. It is in the beautiful backdrop of Ibrahim Bagh. These tombs are really significant to the city as these tombs belong to the founding dynasty of Hyderabad. The architecture is really marvelous here. It has a majestic display of Hindu, Persian and Pathan architectural designs. These are dedicated to the seven kings who ruled Golconda for over 170 years, who played a major part in the development of the city.

    • Mecca Masjid, Old Hyderabad

    This is one of the Hyderabad’s heritage monuments. Locals call it Makka Masjid as well. This is the oldest mosque in the city. Moreover, it is one of India’s biggest mosques as well. This mosque is more than 400 years old. They constructed it using the soil from Mecca. And that explains the name. The architecture of this mosque is really beautiful. This is a must see attraction for its legacy alone.

    • ShriJagannath Temple

    When it comes to temples in Hyderabad, this is a must-see destination. This is a modern day temple. The local Oriya people built this temple. They tried to create a replica of the original Puri temple here and it attracts many devotees. It has three deities, Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra. It is a really well constructed temple. You will be amazed by the 70 ft. long Shikhara.

    • Birla Mandir

    Birla Mandir is another big attraction in Hyderabad. It is located in the South part of HussainSagar Lake. This modern temple is situated on the Kala Pahad, the twin hillock. As for the architecture, you can see South Indian as well as Odhisha architectures. The walls have paintings featuring the stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata. These are sculpted in marble.

    • Sri Rama Chandra Swamy Temple

    This 800 year old temple is situated in Ammapali Village. It boasts of rich history. This temple was built in the 13th century. However, the deity was installed thousand years ago. Or in other words, it is older than the Golconda Fort. As for architecture, it surprisingly has a Rajasthani architecture. The seven-layered gopuram is really unique here.

    • Ramoji Film City

    If you are with family, then this is a must-visit place. As Indians, we all love movies. So this huge film city should be a really interesting sight for the movie enthusiasts. This is world’s largest integrated film city, built on 2,000 acres. It has royal forts, restaurants, shopping venues, kid’s park, Bird Park etc.

    • Nehru Zoological Park

    Spread over 380 acres, this 50 year old zoo is a must-see place if you love animals. It is a perfect blend of animal habitats, ecological programmes, research facilities and other similar attractions. It is a really well equipped zoo and visitors can enjoy a great day being there. There are several facilities including kids par, toy train, boating, bicycle rides etc.

    • Salar Jung Museum

    This museum is situated at the heart of Hyderabad as it is in good company of Mecca Masjid, Charminar and State Central Library. If you are with family, then this is definitely a must-see place. This museum has 38 galleries in three buildings. This museum has great works of artists from many places including Asia, Europe, Eastern countries, etc. A very good part of the collection is on display for the visitors.

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