Hyderabad CityCapital of Andhra Pradesh, situated by the banks of Musi River and Deccan Plateau, Hyderabad is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. The city has a history of more than 400 years. It was founded by Muhammad Quli Qutab Shah in the year 1591. It has some of the most historically important buildings. But the moment you enter Hyderabad, you get a completely different view. The city
is among the fastest growing cities in India. In fact, Hyderabad is giving Bangalore a run for its money by becoming a strong contender for the title of IT city of India. The city is full of shopping malls and jam packed streets. Hyderabad is a city which is known by many names. 'The city of Nizams', 'The City of Pearls' and 'Istanbul of India' are few of them. Hyderabad is arguably the only city of It is also the only South Indian State where Urdu is the main language. Climate in Hyderabad is not highly fluctuating with summers being hot and winters absolutely pleasant. The best time to visit Hyderabad is during October and November. However, there is a surprise waiting for you in the city. When hyderabad is sultry hot, you have the option of escaping it, by taking refuge in snow. Hyderabad has introduced a snow theme park. It is the first of its kind in entire world and still the only one in India. The snow feels so real that, it is like experiencing snow covered hill stations. Here you can indulge in ice skating and enjoy by throwing snow balls at each other.
CharminarBuilt in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah to commemorate the eradication of plague, Charminar now is a landmark in Hyderabad. The building got its name from the four minarets that are present on the edges. The minarets are incorporated into the main structure giving it a unique look. Each side of Charminar is 20m high whereas all four minarets are 48.7 m high. Charminar is built with granite and lime mortar. On top of Charminar there is a large hall with 45 covered prayer spaces and huge empty space for more people for Friday prayers. It is most glorious to look at during nights when it is completely illuminated.
Golconda FortJust 11 Km away from Hyderabad City is the famous Golconda Fort, one of the grandest forts in India. The magnificent fort was built in 13th century by Kakatiyas. Earlier it was just a small mud fort, but in 16th and 17th century, the first three Qutab Shahi kings expanded the fort and reconstructed it into a massive granite fort covering an area of around 5 Km. Qutab Shahi rule ended in 1687
when Mughal ruler Aurangzeb captured it. The war almost completely destroyed the fort turned it into ruins. Golconda today has 4 distinct forts and has 10 Km long outer wall. It has around 87 circular bastions with some still having cannons mounted on them. There are eight gateways and four drawbridges on the outer side. Inside the premises there are number of temples, mosques, royal apartments and stables. The fort can be entered by 'Fateh Darwaza' which in itself is an attraction due to its acoustics feature. It is said that a clap inside the gate can be heard even a Km away.
Salar Jung MuseumSalar Jung Museum is a great treasure of art and history. It is the world's largest collection of a single man. It displays the collection of the Salar Jung Family. Salar Jung Museum houses more than 40,000 articles including books, swords, statues and porcelain items from around the world. The main attractions of the museum are the statue of Veiled Rebecca which is a white marble statue and a 100 year old statue. The Islamic art forms that have been collected form all over Asia consists of illuminated Korans, jeweled swords and daggers and Persian carpets. The collection of European paintings and sculptures is also quite impressive.
Mecca MasjidMecca Masjid is one the oldest and biggest Masjids in India. Started in the year 1617 by Muhammed Quli Qutb Shah, the construction of the Mecca Masjid was completed under the command of Aurangzeb in year 1694. The main hall of the mosque is 75 feet high, 220 feet wide and 180 feet long. There are two octagonal columns on both sides of the hall which are carved out of a single granite rock which is said to have taken 5 years to chisel. The main hall could accommodate nearly ten thousand devotees at a time. There is a pond inside the premises which has slab seats. It is said that, whoever sits on it, comes back to Hyderabad. It is also among the most sacred mosques in India as it houses many sacred relics, including hair of Prophet Muhammed.
Ramoji Film CityExploring the Ramoji Film City will probably be the best moments you will have in Hyderabad. Ramoji Film City is the largest Film studio in the world. Covering an area of more than 2000 acres, it situated on the outskirts of Hyderabad, 25 Km away from the city clutter. With more than 500 set locations, around 20 international films and forty Indian movies can be shoot simultaneously inside the complex. Millions of tourists visit the studio every year. There is a special coach that is run inside the premises taking guests and tourists for a tour.
Hussain Sagar LakeMany consider Hussain Sagar Lake to be the bridge between the old and new. The lake geographically lies between the twin cities Hyderabad and Secunderabad. In fact, Hussain Sagar Lake demarcates Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The lake is a man made lake built by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali on a tributary of River Musi in year 1562. The main purpose of constructing the lake
was to provide the city with clean water for irrigation needs. It is now famously called as Tank Bund. The main attraction of the lake is the huge monolith statue of Lord Buddha in Statue in the middle of the lake. Situated between the two important administrative places, Hussain Sagar Lake itself has become an administrative center. The lake is surrounded by number of temples, statuary, entertainment sites and parks. All this glitter and happening has increased the charm and allure manyfolds. Being in the heart of the city, it is not at all difficult to reach the lake.
ShoppingHyderabad is the most preferred destination for shopping in Andhra Pradesh. The city gives you a unique and glittering shopping experience in the many splendid markets. There are probably none places better than Hyderabad to shop for natural pearls and diamonds. The main markets for shopping for jewelery include Basheerbagh, Abids and Nampally. Some of the biggest
showrooms of jewelery, textiles and handicrafts are found here. Close by is another market which is called Begum Bazar which is famous for Brassware items. But the true culture of Hyderabad is reflected in the Charminar Market. The best time to visit the market is in evenings when the entire markets seems to have woken up.The charm, the crowds and the energy in the markets will sweep you off your feet. Charminar Bazaar and Lad Bazaar are places where you can shop for traditional variety of pearls and textiles. This is also the oldest commercial market in entire twin cities. For showpieces, one can visit the General Bazaar where you will find shops selling imitations of jewelery.
How to Get Reach
By AirOne can reach Hyderabad from anywhere in the world. Along with N.T Rama Rao Terminal which is the domestic airport, receiving flights from major Indian cities, there is an international airport named Rajiv Gandhi Terminal, receiving international flights.
By TrainHyderabad has the best rail connection in entire state and is also the most important one. It is connected with daily Buy Trains to all the four metros Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, and Chennai. It has Buy Trains to all other important cities of India apart from catering to Andhra Pradesh cities.
By RoadHyderabad is well connected to all parts of the state with a series of highways. Hyderabad has a huge bus terminal that receives buses from every city. Apart from connecting Hyderabad to other cities, luxury coaches of APSRTC (Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation) take tourist for a city tour.
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