Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, is 500 years old. Located in the Deccan Plateau, on the shores of Musi River, Hyderabad has a twin city called Secunderabad. These two cities have grown and developed so that today it has mingled into becoming one huge metropolis. Its tourist attractions comprise of heritage buildings, parks, lakes, resorts, gardens and museums. Hence, tourists of all kinds of taste can have a good time in this old city, which by the way has a new and modernized face.
The city is divided into old and new; while the former is replete with historical monuments, the latter is full of museums.
Best Places to visit Hyderabad
This is a monument that comes to your mind when you think of Hyderabad. This extraordinary piece of Indo-Islamic architecture is square in shape and stands as a symbol of the glory of Qutub Shahi kings. It has four minarets at its four corners. The view from these balconies of the minarets is absolutely mind blowing. At the top floor of Charminar there is a mosque, where prayers are held on Fridays. You can view the structure at night when it is beautifully illuminated.
This is the biggest and the oldest mosque in the city. Its construction was begun by Muhammed Quli Qutub Shah in the year 1617 and was completed by Aurengzeb in the year 1694. The giant structure is believed to be constructed with bricks that were made with the soil of Mecca. The main hall of the mosque has a capacity of 10,000. Women must carry a dupatta or a shawl while visiting the mosque.
This was the capital of the kingdom of Qutub Shahi. The fort is so massive that you are advised to get yourself a guide to understand the structure in detail. It has a perimeter of 11 km and its walls 15 to 18 ft high. It has 8 gates and 70 rampants. The light and sound show that is held at fort is a major draw, telling you about the history of the fort and that of the Qutub Shahi kings.
Built in 1872 by Nawab Viqar al-Ulma, this unparallel piece of architecture was the most luxurious palaces of the Nizams. Florentine sculptors are believed to have designed its interiors. This palace today has been turned into a hotel that is administered by the Taj group of hotels.
Located near Charminar, Chowmahalla Palace was built by the Asif Jahi dynasty. Though its construction was begun in 1750 by Salabat Jung, it was completed in 1869 by the Nizams. The palace is adorned with beautiful palaces, courtyards, durbar hall, gardens and fountains.
AP State Museum
It showcases artifacts belonging to the 1st century to the 20th century. This museum has it all, beginning from the Lotus Medallion of the 1st century to the beautiful Kalankari work used by Nizams to the Jain carvings.
Located atop the Naubat Pahad, this squeaky clean marble temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. Camera and cell phones are not allowed inside the temple.
These are only a few prominent attractions in Hyderabad; visit the city to see each of its monuments and be amazed at the grandeur of the city.