Hyderabad, state capital of Andra Pradesh, 500 years old ancient historical city, located 500 m above the sea level on Deccan Plateau and on the bank of Musi river. This 'City of pearls' once the seat of Nizams, the most opulent rulers. It is city of smiles, of lights and amusement. It offers a variety of tourist attractions ranges from Forts, Lakes and Parks, Gardens and Resorts, Monuments, Museums, temples, Mosques to delightful shopping malls to delectable cuisines. Richly mixed culture offers fascinating panorama of the past. Head quarters of Microsoft and Google are located here. Secunderabad and Hyderabad are 'Twin Cities' of Andra Pradesh and makes one big metropolis.
TOURIST PLACES IN HYDERABAD
Birla Mandir: Birla Mandir is one of the marvelous edifice. An enchanting temple dedicated to Lord venkateshwara and stands in grandeur on the hilltop of Kalapahad. The white marble temple is overlooks the Hussain Sagar Lake. The intricate carvings of the temple, lively painting, statue of gods and ceiling are the standing testimony to the sculptural excellence and dexterity of ancient India. Tourists can enjoy the fantastic panoramic view of the 'Twin cities' from this magnificent shrine, illuminated at night and presents a colorful spectacular sight to tourists and devotees.
Charminar: It is an excellent blend of Indo-islamic architecture and a signature of Hyderabad as Eiffel Tower of Paris. The four graceful minarets were built on 1591 as a charm toward off a deadly epidemic rage, soar to a height of 56 m above the ground and 30 m wide. It is proudly located on the east bank of Musi river, made of marble, limestone, granite and mortar which comprises of 45 prayer houses and a mosque. The breathtaking architectural splendor is illuminated in evenings.
Golconda Fort: Golconda fort is most prominent tourist attraction of Hyderabad. It is built on 12th century, the granite walls measuring 18 foot height, extends to around 5 km in circumference, 8 huge gates, more than 70 ramparts are made this fort massive and giant. It was once diamond trading market. World famous darya-e Nur 185 carot diamond and Kohinoor diamond are belongs to the mines of this region. Major highlight is Light-and-sound show makes this fort remarkable.
Chowmahalla Palace: It is walkable distance from Charminar, built over 200 years ago and renowned for elegance and unique style. One can enjoy the synthesis of architectural styles and influences. Palace complex is meticulous and royal. It consists of four palaces and stands magnificently and entertains thousands of people every day. Palace is closed on Fridays and national holidays.
Hussain Sagar lake: It is one of the largest man made lake, this Tank Bund onnects the Twin Cities Hyderabad and Secunderabad, excavated in 1562 AD. The lake has busy promenade. Wonderful place for water amusements like boating and various water sports. It holds the proud of having World's tallest monolithic Buddha Statue, measuring 16 m tall and 350 tone weight, which stands on 'Rock of Gibraltar' in the middle of this lake. It is a place of absolute entertainment
Other Lakes: Himayat Sagar lake, Osman Sagar lake and Shamirpet lakes are other popular lakes known for their peaceful environment, deer park and water reserves. One can take a long drive and rejoice the natural splendor.
Salar Jung Museum : The single largest one man collections of the World. Yusuf Ali Salar Jung, Prime Minister to Nizam. There are more than 30 galleries, displays personal artifacts, momentos, furnitures, ceremonial throne, books, jewels, textiles and so on. This is one of the must visit museum and provides glimpse of royal ancient India.
Other Museums: Health Museums which exhibits models, charts, specimens and photographs, suitable for children. Closed on Fridays, Purani Haveli- a sprawling 19 th century neo-classical complex, displays gigantic wooden wardrobe, mechanical elevator, identical tweed suits. Nizams Museum, State Archeological Museum, Cinema Ghar, Andra Pradesh State Museum are other well known museums, very informative and worth to visit for the rare antiques collections.
Gardens and Parks
Lumbini park – a recent amusement park especially after sundown, located on the bank of Hussain Sagar.Indira Park – Located at the heart of the city and one of the largest park of AP covered with endless trees, groves and ponds. Good picnic spot and can enjoy boating and lush vegetation. Public Gardens – Largest garden of Hyderabad. Very close to Archeological museum and Hyderabad railway station.
Nehru Zoological Park, Sanjeevaiah Park and Deer parks are other prominent parks.
Ramoji film City (RFC): An interesting and nice outing in Hyderabad. Two eyes are not enough to see the beauty and grandeur of this place. Darting eyeballs will be saturated with the tremendous scenic beauty ranges from immaculate gardens, well manicured lawns, Palm tree lined avenue, looked surreal. There are five star, three star hotels and restaurants available inside RFC.
Other Places: There are several other tourists attractions in Hyderabad. Tourist may require a week or more to cover entire tourists destinations. Falakuma Palace, gandhi Pet, Mecca Masjit, Qutb Shahi Toms, raymonds Tomb, Shangi temple, St. Josephs Cathedral, Hitec City, Chilkur balaji temple are the other popular tourists spots n Hyderabad.
HOW TO REACH HYDERABAD
By Air: Hyderabad International Airport and rajiv gandhi International terminal are the two major international airports. NT Ramarao domestic terminal connects all major cities of india.
By Train: Secunderabad and Nampally railway stations are the major railway stations, well connected to all major railway stations of India.
By Bus: Frequent bus services are available. Andra Pradesh State owned buses and private buses are major mean of public transportation by road.
Weather: Hyderabad became as cool as 14°C 22°C to during Winter and will become very hot during Summer ranges from 30°C to soaring as high as 45°C. November to February months are pleasant to visit Hyderabad.