Charminar, an alluring amalgamation of Indo-Islamic architecture is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Hyderabad. Built in the honour of his wife Bagmati, by Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah in 1591, Charminar is intricately carved square structure with four exquisite minars (pillars) on each side.
Darwaza. View from the highest point - Bala Hissar, Rahban' cannon. Ramdas’ prison with carved Hindu deities on the wall. Captivating green lawns at the backdrop of majestic ancient fort. Light and sound show in evening. The fort is surrounded by walls of 15-18 feet high. Along with its impressive architecture, its system of acoustics is also worth noticing.
Qutub Shahi Tombs
Seven tombs of the Kings of Qutub Shahi Dynasty royals, constructed amid a peaceful garden. Tomb of Sultan Quli Qutub-ul-Mulk, the founder of Qutub Shahi Dynasty. Largest tomb of Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah- with height of 42 meters in height and 28 open arches.
Built in 18th Century, from a period of 1750 to 1869, Chowmahalla Palace was the seat of power for Nizam rulers, the Asaf Jahi Dynasty. Though, the major completion of this palace was done during the reign of Nizam Salabat Jang, architectural influences of other reigns can also be seen. Originally spread over 45 acres of land, the palace now covers 12 acres, constituting of two courtyards.
Salar Jung Museum
Boasts of being the third largest museums in the country, Salar Jung Museum is an important part of every Hyderabad tour. Spread over 10 acres of land, this museum is a personal collection of Nawab Mir Yusuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III. Artifacts belonging to Nawab Turab Ali Khan (Salar Jung I) and his descendants have also been kept at this museum.
Laad Bazaar is located quite close to the Charminar which is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist spots of Hyderabad. Adjacent to the monument, the Laad Bazaar is stretched on four roads starting from Charminar and is spread across an area of one kilometre. The name “Laad Bazaar” has apparently derived from the word “laad” which means lacquer.
Nehru Zoo Park
Spread over an area of approximately 380 acres, the Nehru Zoo Park boasts of almost 1,500 species of birds, mammals and reptiles. Adding to the extensive varieties of wildlife, this zoo park is considered to be the first one where animals have been kept in zoological order.What makes Hyderabad Zoo an amiable place for both visitors and inhabitants are the open enclosures in which animals are kept.
Hussain Sagar Lake
A breathtaking, man-made water body in the heart of Hyderabad, Hussain Sagar, built in 1563 is a heritage site of India declared as the ‘Heart of the World’ by UNWTO for being the world’s largest heart-shaped mark. Presenting a stunning visual, the world’s largest monolithic Buddha statue rises 18 metres high from a red lotus pedestal on the rock of Gibraltar in the centre of the lake. You can go boating or visit popular attractions such as Lumbini Park on Necklace Road encircling the lake.
Consisting of a music hall with 12 entrances which served as an auditorium, it used to be the place where the legendary artist Taramathi used to perform. Taramati along with Premamati were said to be most popular dancers and courtesans of the Abdullah Qutub Shah, 7th Sultan of Golconda. Located at the top of a hill, it boasts of amazing acoustics and is now a cultural complex which hosts various cultural programs such as classical dance and singing performances. It is now run by Telangana Tourism Corporation.
A beautiful temple atop a hillock called Naubath Pahad in the heart of Hyderabad, Birla Mandir offers a panoramic view of the city. The temple presents a blend of Indian architectures and was constructed by the Birla Foundation with a staggering 2000 tons of pure white marble. Home to its presiding deity Lord Venkateswara, a serene atmosphere engulfs the temple.
With its 18th-century European architecture, Purani Haveli, constructed in the early 1800s was once the official residence of the Nizam. It houses the Nizam’s museum and the world’s longest wardrobe built in two levels with a hand-cranked wooden lift in place.
A craft village, Shilparamam is one of the popular tourist spots of Hyderabad. Spread over 50 acres, is a popular shopping destination with artisans from all over India showcasing their best products. Handmade artifacts, hand woven, traditional clothes and traditional jewellery often lure visitors. It has many captivating sections such as Crafts Museum, Cultural Museum, Art Gallery & Library, Multi-purpose Auditorium, as well as Workshops and Research & Design Centres.
Historic monuments of exquisite beauty, these 200-year-old lime and mortar tombs with beautiful inlaid marble carvings and stucco work retain an old-world charm and are the final resting place of the Paigahs, the most powerful noble families of Hyderabad, next only to the Nizams.