Hi-tech Hyderabad, the city of traditions and technology was funded in 1591, by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth Qutub Shahi Sultan of Golconda. This magnificent city of minarets on the banks of the river Musi retains the medieval flavour and charm. It has also emerged as a major educational and industrial centre as well as one of the IT Capitals of India.
The Golconda Fort can be traced to the Yadava dynasty of Deogiri and the Kakatiyas of Warangal. The name originates from the Telugu word, Golla Konda meaning 'Shephard's Hill'. Earlier it was a mud fort and the Qutub Shahi kings into a massive fort of granite expanded the existing structure with walls having 8 gates and 87 bastions, extending upto 7km in circumference over a span of 62 years. It was once famous for the diamond market around it. The world famous diamond, 'kohinoor' is said to have come from here.
The icon of Hyderabad was built in 591, by Mohammed Quil Qutub Shah to commorate the end of plague in the city. The imposing rectangular monument is built in Indo-Saraceni style and stands 53 m high and 30 m wide, with four grand arches, facing each of the cardinal points. The four corners of the building are adorned with columns with exquisitely carved minarets crowned by a bulbous dome. Each minaret towers to a height of 48.7m and has double balconies.
This oldest and most popular shopping centre of the city lies to the right of Charminar and is studded with colourful shops, famous for traditional bangles, bridal ware, heena and cosmetic.
The magnificent mosque near Charminar is named after the holy Mecca, as it has few bricks from Mecca. One of the rooms off the courtyard enshrines the hair of Prophet Muhammad and other Islamic relics.
The white marble shrine of Lord Venkateswara is set atop Kala Pahad hillock, towards the southern end of Hussain Sagar Lake. It is decorated with intricate carvings depicting scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharta. There are also several splendidly sculpted marble statues of Hindu deities.
Birla Planetarium and Alliance Francaise are set atop this rocky hill near the brila mandir. Sky shows are held at the planetarium.
This huge lake was built by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali, during the reign of Ibrahim Qutub Shah in 1562. Atop the rock at the centre of the lake is world’s tallest monolithic statue of Buddha, which is 17.5 high and weighs 350 tonnes. Boat trips around the statue can be made from Lumbini Park. The Tankbund on the eastern side of the lake is a popular promenade. Fine view of the statue can be enjoyed from here.
The well laid out park on the banks of Hussainsagar lake is one of the most popular amusement site.
This grand museum houses an extraordinary private collection of Mir Yusaf Ali Khan (Salar Jung III), a great connoisseur of art and the prime minister to Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan, Nizam VII. It is one of the three national museums of India and has over 43,000 art objects collected from world over.
This exquisite garden located in the busy Nampally area is said to be the largest of its kind in Asia. It is the oldest park of city and is dotted with several majestic buildings.
Nehru Zoological Park
It extends over an area of about 1.2 sq km and is one of the largest zoos of India. Conducted tours in protected vans are taken to the Safari Park. Other attractions include a Natural History Museum, an Ancient Life Museum, an aquarium and a children’s train ride.
Shilparamam is an arts and crafts village set up in an area spanning about 30 acres of land. The place is famous for its annual festivals and market. It provides ample space for the artistes and artisans across the country to meet at one place to exchange their ideas and views with each other, and also with the customers.
Durgam Cheruvu is located in the vicinity of Madhapur, which is basically a lake surrounded by huge rocks, popularly known as the Hyderabad rocks and dating back a few centuries. The place provides the visitors with pedal boating facilities before the sunset.
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