Famous Places to Visit in Hyderabad
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Hyderabad the capital of Telangana and Andra Pradesh is a huge city which has a large number of heritage monuments. Hyderabad is popular as the city of Nizams, in ancient days there was the rule of Seven Nizams in Hyderabad. It has more than 50 places to visit and most of them are the historical monuments, forts, tombs, and mosque. The architectural design of these monuments has potential to attract your attention.
Here are some top 30 places that you must not miss to visit when you are in Hyderabad –
Charminar is aa Urdu word which means four turrets, Charminar is the most prominent landmark of Hyderabad. Charminar is also famous with the name ‘Mosque of the four minarets’. It’s one of the most historical monuments in Hyderabad which shows beautiful architect of ancient days, the monument was build by Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah in the year 1951 with the help of an Iranian architect Mir Momin Astrawadi. There is a Laad Bazaar to the west of the of Charminar. Many festivals such as Eid-ul-Adha and Eid al-Fitr are celebrated here. It’s a must-visit place especially at the time of the festival.
2. Golconda Fort
Golconda Fort which is also known as Golkonda is once the capital city of Qutb Shahi, located in Hyderabad. The fort is very famous for its Diamond mine. Due to this Diamond mine, the state is known as the trade centre of Diamonds known as Gulkonda Diamond. Many of the great rulers fought to achieve the Fort. It was believed that many precious Diamonds like Koh-i-Noor and Hope Diamond were found in the mine. The mine is famous for its great diversity of Diamonds, many colourless and colourful Diamonds which now costs in billions were found in that Golconda Diamond mine. The Golconda and other Qutb Shahi are declared as UNESCO’S World Heritage Site.
3. Ramoji Film City
Ramoji Film City is one of the biggest film studios and also awarded with Guinness World Record. The Film City was spread over the area of 1666 acres. Ramoji Film City was built by a famous Telugu producer Ramoji Rao in Hyderabad during 1996. The place is very famous for its tourism sector, people from all over the world visit there, to get an overlook of Indian Cinematography. Ramoji Film City has been a great attraction due to an Amusement Park which is included inside the Film City. Ramoji Film City consists of a central kitchen which is for various shooting units. Film City also has two hotels inside. The Film City has a Bahubali set, in which many big statues and big sets used in the movie were established.
4. Hussain Sagar Lake
Hussain Sagar Lake is one of the biggest lake of Hyderabad spread over the area of 5.7 square kilometres. It is a heart-shaped lake built by Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah in 1563. Hussain Sagar Lake has been one of the most attracted places for tourists. The lake separates the city Hyderabad from the neighbourhood Secunderabad. The lake has the largest monolithic statue of Gautam Buddha, which were established in 1992 is placed in the middle of the lake. The lake with the statue of Gautam Buddha itself determines the religious and purity of the lake. The Hussain Sagar Lake has been one of the international recognition for the Buddhism followers.
5. Birla Mandir
Birla Mandir is a Hindu religious temple established by Birla Group all over India. All the temples which were established by Birla Group are named as Birla Mandir. Birla Mandir in Hyderabad is made over a hillock in 13 acres of area. The Mandir probably be the largest among all other Birla Mandir in India. Birla Mandir is one of the religious places to worship Lord Venkateswara, which was constructed by Ramkrishna Mission. It is one of the most attracted sites for the tourists as the Mandir is built at 280 feet high from the ground. The architecture of the Temple determines the royalty and purity of the Temple. The Temple is built with 2000 tones of white marbles. The flag post is situated at a height of 42 feet. The Temple is mostly crowded.
6. Jala Vihar
Jalavihar is a water park situated in Hyderabad, Telangana which is spread over the area of 12.5 acres. The water park is one of the biggest water parks in India. It is located beside the Hussain Lake and along the Sanjeevani park. The water park was inaugurated in May 2007. The water park is provided with many adventures rides. There is also a food court inside the water park which facilitates the tourists who visit there. The water park has been a great hotspot during summer seasons as most of the people all around Hyderabad visit there. Due to its adventures rides it been the greatest tourist place of Hyderabad.
7. Chowmahalla Palace
Hyderabad is the place of Nizams and Chowmahalla Palace is a palace of Nizams, the palace was established by Nizam Salabat Jung. The palace is located near the Charminar and is spread across 45 acres of area. The palace is divided into two courtyards southern and northern, southern courtyard consists of four more palaces named as Afzal Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, and Aftab Mahal, in which Aftab Mahal is the biggest of all four. Chowmahalla Palace is a historical place which will tell you the history of Nizams and their lifestyle.
8. Lumbini Park
Lumbini Park is one of the most famous tourist spots in Hyderabad, it is located near the Hussain Sagar Lake. The park was built by the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority in 1994, the park was named after the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The park has many attractions such as musical fountain show, laser show which I feel must not be missed, and the main attraction of the park is the giant clock, at the entrance of the park, you will the variety of flowering plants along with this clock. Best park to visit and spend time with your family, the park will mesmerise you with its interesting shows and beauty.
9. Qutub Shahi Tombs
The tombs were built by Qutub Shahis, there is a total of seven tombs which consist of tombs of seven Qutub Shahi rulers. The Tombs are located near the Banjara Darwaza of Golconda Fort it’s just 850 m away. Qutub Shahi Tombs are one of the oldest monuments in Hyderabad, which is the heritage of Qutub Shahis. The architect of the monument was built with the combination of Persian and Indian architectural styles, whose beauty attract the tourists. The structure of the tomb reflects the Hindu, Pathan, Deccan as well as Persian styles.
10. Birla Planetarium
Birla Planetarium is one of the most modern planetariums in India, it was inaugurated in 1985 by late NT Rama Rao. The planetarium is located at Naubat Pahad, Hyderabad. The planetarium is divided into four sections Interactive science centre, Window on Science, Archaeology Center and the Nirmala Birla Art Gallery and Dinosaurium, all these sections are interesting and attracts the crowd. The technical development of the planetarium is done with the help of Japan, the main attraction of the planetarium is the Sky Show which is conducted every day except last Thursday of every month.
11. Nehru Zoological Park
Nehru Zoological Park was opened to the public in 1963, the park covers a wide range of 380 acres. The Zoo has 1,500 species of birds, animals and reptiles and is one of the largest zoos in India, the government of Andra Pradesh looks after the Park. The park has many interesting things to offer, you can enjoy the variety of safaris, which takes you in the world of different wild animals and make you experience a few adventurous moments. There are many safaris offered by the forest department of the park such as Bear Safari, Tiger Safari, Lion Safari, and Butterfly Safari. People visit the park for picnics and enjoy their day.
12. Salar Jung Museum
One of the biggest one-man collections of the world, Salar Jung Museum is located at the bank of Musi River. The museum was opened to the public in 1951, the museum has a huge collection of 43000 art objects, 9000 manuscripts and 47000 printed books. There are many things to see in the museum it has 38 galleries divided into two floors. The galleries consist of portraits of the royal family, Indian sculptures, Indian textiles, ivory objects, arms and armours, Indian miniature paintings, modern paintings and many more things. Salar Jung Museum is one of the best museums to explore.
13. Purani Haveli
A yet another place which is a palace, no no a museum, nope a school. Well, it’s all three of them. The Purani Haveli near Dewan Devadi, in Hyderabad, is one of those tourist attractions which can not be taken in contempt. Purani Haveli means ‘old palace’ and there is a great history behind this name.The palace has a museum located in it which showcases the gifts received by the last Nizam and is currently being used as a school. So don’t get confused. The Palace portrays the beautiful picture of the courtyards of the 18th century.
14. Tank Bund
Tank Bund is a very promising place in the heart of Hyderabad. the breathtaking view of Hussain Sagar Lake with a monolith of Gautam Buddha in the middle which is even more eye-catching at night, the 33 bronze sculptures which immortalize many famous personalities to pay them a tribute. it is not only a great place to relax and spend time with your family but is also a place to pay a tribute to mankind. Near southern side of the famous Tank Bund, we can see several other tourist attractions like Lumbini Park, Hyderabad Boat Club, NTR Memorial and Secretariat Buildings and on the opposite side that is in the northern side we can see Secunderabad Sailing Club, Sanjeevaiah Park and Hazrat Saidani Ma Saheba Tomb. Indira Gandhi Park, Birla Mandir are also located quite close to it. State assembly and secretariat can be seen nearby.
15. Snow World
Snow World is a great work of technology to give you snowy and chilly experience even without travelling to the snowy hills altogether. And the best part is that is is even possible in the extremely hot weather climate at your place. Imagine snow falling on you, the igloos the snowball fight, the snowman, the ice skating, trekking up the slope, trekking up the slope Snow Merry-Go-Round and what not. the temperature inside lies between 0 to 5-degree celsius. so stop complaining about the shortage of time in your life and enjoy this great combination of art and technology to get the experience of Snow World in just an hour.
16. Laad Bazaar
Also known as Choodi Bazaar is one of the very famous and old market places in Hyderabad. It is very popular for bangles and is situated near the historic Charminar. In this 1km long market, most of the shops sell bangles, sarees, imitation jewellery and wedding-related products. It is a very old market which is in operation since the time of Nizams and Qutb Shahis
17. NTR Gardens
NTR Gardens is a small public park located near Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad with an area of 36 acres. It was constructed in the year 1999 and it is one of the main centres of attractions for tourists. It consists of a large variety of plants, gardens, a visitor train, restaurant, a souvenir complex and a waterfall. This park is easily accessible to the urban people as it lies in the centre of the city and is also close to other tourist places like Lumbini Park, Birla Mandir and Necklace Road.
18. Durgam Cheruvu
Durgam Cheruvu is a freshwater lake with an area of 83 acres located in Rangareddy district near the city of Hyderabad. This reservoir is one of the tourist attractions where people can visit and enjoy by doing several activities like fishing, rock climbing, trekking and rappelling. You can also enjoy boating in this lake and enjoy the mesmerizing view of this location. The lake is also known as Secret Lake as it is hidden between Madhapur and Jubilee Hills. The lake is upgraded with several other things like a floating fountain, walkways, artificial waterfall and a rock garden. There is also an art gallery and a sculptor park situated in this location to attract visitors.
Shillaramam is a village located in Madhapur, Hyderabad which is popularly known as an arts and crafts village. It was made for the preservation of traditional crafts. It is spread over 65 acres of land in the hi-tech hub city of India just a few kilometres away from Hyderabad city. Shilparamam is established for the preservation and promotion of Indian arts and crafts and it gives a scenic ambience of cultural heritage and tradition. There are a Rural Museum and a Rock Museum which represents the art and culture of Indian people and is one of the main tourist attractions for the visitors.
20. Necklace Road
Necklace Road is a wide street in the city of Hyderabad located near Hussain Sagar Lake, NTR Gardens and Sanjeevaiah Park. The Sanjeevaiah Park connects to the Tank Bund and the Tank Bund connects to the NTR Gardens again which completes a circle which seems like a necklace when it is seen from the sky. It was named after the famous Mumbai’s Marine Drive location which is also named as Necklace Road. It is one of the most happening places in the city which has restaurants, exhibitions, sports and games, music shows etc. It is also nearby to the Jogi Bear Park and Jalavihar and is used for jogging, hanging out in evenings and conducting marathon events. The necklace road is connected to all major parts of the city.
21. Chilkur Balaji Temple
Also known as Visa Balaji Temple is a very ancient temple built in the 14th century during the time of Madonna and Akkanna. It is located on the banks of Osman Sagar in Himayat Nagar, Hyderabad. Lord Venkateswara is worshipped here and it is one of the few temples with no green channel or privileges for VIP’s and has the right to stay out of government control.
22. Taj Falaknuma Palace
It is a palace located in Hyderabad which covers an area of 32 acres. This palace is made completely with Italian marbles and stained glass windows and is just 5 kilometres away from Charminar. It was built by Nawab Sir Viqar-ul-Umra and belonged to the Paigag family and was later owned by the Nizam of Hyderabad. It fell into disuse after the 1950s and in the year 2000, it was restored by Taj group of Hotels which took 10 years to complete and was reopened in the year 2010. Many VIP guests are hosted in this hotel like Ivanka Trump, Narendra Modi and Aga Khan IV.
23. Botanical Gardens
Botanical Gardens located in Kothaguda Reserve Forest, Gachibowli Road, Near Hi-tech City, Kondapur, Hyderabad is one of the most interesting sightseeing placed in the city. It is around 16 kilometres away from the city centre of Hyderabad which boasts a rich variety of trees, plants, medicinal herbs, shrubs, bamboos, palm trees, a wide variety of aquatic plants and flowering plants which offers a refreshing setting and rich flora. It covers an area of 120 acres. It is one of the ideal places to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature and spend some quality time far away from the chaos and pollution of the city.
24. Mount Opera
Mount Opera is a Theme Park located in Goutam Nagar, Badi Chowdi, Kachiguda, Hyderabad. It is one of the most popular tourist places for entertainment and fun. It is the best place for a one-day outing with amazing rides, water park, food and resorts. It is just 4 kilometres away from the famous Ramoji Film City. This is a place where there is something for everyone and is considered as one of the most happening and enjoyable places in the city.
25. Paigah Tombs
Also known as Maqhbara Shams al-Umara, these are the tombs located in Hyderabad of people served as statespeople, generals and philanthropists alongside Nizams.belonging to the nobility of Paigah family. This place is among the major wonders of the city which attracts tourists for their architectural excellence. 200 years old marble carving, lime and mortar have been used in the construction of the tombs. The area is spread over 30 acres for nestling of tombs. Art lovers often visit here to see the magnificent pieces of art.
26. Sanghi Temple
Sanghi temple is situated at the beautiful hilltop of Paramanand Giri hill in Sanghi Nagar, Telangana which is 35 kilometres away from Hyderabad city. This temple is made for Lord Venkateswara in the year 1991. One of the main attraction of this temple is the sacred Raja Gopuram which can be seen far away from the temple as it is very tall. It is managed by the leading group of Southern India known as Sanghi group of Sanghi family and currently, Mrs Anita Sanghi is taking care of this temple. This temple is worth visiting to admire it’s beauty and is one of the main attractions in the city as it is built in the Chola-Chalukya style of architecture.
27. KBR National Park
Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park also known as KBR national park is located in Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad in ann approximately 400 acres of the lush green area home for many species of animals. This park has over 600 species of plant life, 30 different types of butterflies and reptiles and over 140 species of birds. It is frequently visited by old and young people in evening and weekends which provides an excellent lung space and the environment from the busy city life and pollution.
28. Mecca Masjid
Located in Charminar Rd, Charminar, Ghansi Bazaar, Hyderabad, it is one of the largest congregational mosques in India opened in the year 1694 which has a capacity of 20,000 people. The Nizams of Hyderabad are buried in this mosque and is one of the most famous Islamic place visited by pilgrims. The location of this holy place is situated in the heart of the old city of Hyderabad surrounded by historic landmarks like Laad Bazaar, Charminar and Chowmahalla Palace.
29. Taramati Baradariv
Taramati Baradari is one of the most attractive destinations in Hyderabad located in Ramdev Guda, Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad. It is a Persian style garden built by Quli Qutub Shah on the banks of Musi river. Before, it was a historical Sarai where travellers used to rest and receiver from the journey. In present, it is basically a resort with charismatic environs which is equipped with all kind of modern amenities to offer a luxurious stay. It is ranked 194th among 1814 luxurious hotels in Hyderabad.
30. Maulana Ali Dargah
Maulana Ali Dargah is a famous pilgrimage destination located at a distance of 10 kilometres from Secunderabad. It is one of the 11 heritage sites identified by the Heritage Conservation Committee (HUDA). It was built in the memory of Hazrat Ali by Asif Jahis. It is located on top of the hill and one has to climb almost 400 steps to reach the Dargah. The atmosphere is so calm in the Dargah as many priests are seen chanting hymns which relaxes your mind.
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