Spreading over an area of 650 km, the 'City of Pearls' Hyderabad lies on the banks of Musi River. Hyderabad is the capital of Andhra Pradesh. Rich in culture and tradition, Hyderabad is a perfect destination for cultural tour. The place also has so much to offer to pilgrims and tourists on religious tour. Sanghi Temple, Birla Mandir, Mecca Masjid and Ananda Buddha Vihara are some religious places of Hyderabad. Some noteworthy tourist attractions of Hyderabad are Charminar, Golkonda Fort, Chowmahalla Palace, Purani Haveli and Hussain Sagar Lake.
Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah of Qutb Shahi dynasty established Hyderabad in 1591 as Bhaganagar. Mughal emperor Aurangzeb overthrew the Qutb Shahi dynasty and captured the region in in 1687.The year 1724 saw Asif Jah I, a Mughal viceroy, forming the Asif Jahi dynasty aka the Nizams of Hyderabad. It was the capital of Nizams from 1769 to 1948.
Major Attractions of Hyderabad
Constructed in 1750, Chowmahalla Palace is the majestic structure, created using various architectural styles. The palace served as the home of Nizams. Its literal meaning is four palaces.
The striking features of the palace are its southern courtyard, Roshan Bangla, Khilwat Mubarak, Northern courtyard, Clock tower, Gardens, Council Hall and Fountains.
Charminar is another architectural marvel of Mohammad Quli Qutab Shah. Constructed in 1591 CE, Charminar monument used Cazia style of architecture. The monument was built to mark the end of plague in the city. The oldest mosque of Hyderabad is on the second floor. From the top of minarets, you can enjoy the bird's eye view of the city.
Hussain Sagar Lake
Lying on the northern side of the city, Hussain Sagar Lake is the alluring artificial lake. There is a gigantic Buddha statue standing on the middle of the lake. Other attractions of the lake include Dargah of Sayedani Maa Tomb, a Masjid and Lumbini Huda Park. It is also the venue of several boat races.
Golconda Fort is at a distance of 11 kilometres from Hyderabad. The fort was once the capital of Qutb Shahi dynasty. Kakatiyas constructed the fort in the 13th century. The light and sound show held in the fort entices tourists.
Just next to Charminar is the Mecca Masjid, one of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad. Quli started the construction of the fort but was completed by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The mosque was constructed using the bricks made from the soil of Mecca. The masjid houses the tombs of Nizams and their family.
Other Tourist Attractions
Some other popular tourist destinations of Hyderabad are Osman Sagar Lake, Nehru Zoological Park, Kotla Vijayabhaskara Reddy Botanical Gardens, Lotus Pond, Salarjung Museum, Birla Temple, Ramoji Film City, Purani Haveli and Falaknuma Palace.
Best Time to Visit
October to February is the best time to visit Hyderabad.
Hyderabad is known for its renowned Hyderabadi Biryani. Murghi ka Khorma, Hyderabadi Kheema, Dalcha and Hyderabadi Haleem are some other popular dishes of the city.
Known as the 'City of Pearls', Hyderabad is famous for its shining pearls. Bidri metal crafts, kondapalli toys, banjara mirror work and paintings are some other shopping items, tourists can purchase. The shopping destinations in Hyderabad are Abids Circle, Gulzar House, Begum Bazaar, Nampally, Basheerbagh, Laad Bazaar, Madina Market and Sultan Bazaar.
Visitors have several accommodation options, available in Hyderabad. From five star to low budget hotels, tourists can choose as per their budget and convenience.
How to Reach
Hyderabad domestic airport is well connected to all the major cities of India. International airport connects the city Europe and Middle East.
There are three stations in Hyderabad - Secunderabad, Hyderabad and Kacheguda. These stations connect Hyderabad to all the main cities of India.
The National Highways 7 and 9 connect the city to other main cities of India.