Hyderabad, the capital of the Andhra Pradesh, situated on the banks of the river Musi, is known as the Istambul of India. The history of city dates back to the time of the Kakatiya rulers of Warangal (13th century). In the 14th century the Qutab Shahi dynasty laid the foundation of Hyderabad city. Later, the Nizams proclaimed their independence from the Mughals. Mohammed Qutub Shah, the fifth king of Golconda fell in love with Bhagmathi and founded the city of Bhagyanagra in 1591. Later he renamed the city as Hyderabad. The last Nizam was considered to be the richest man in India.
CHAR MINAR: Called the Arc de Triomphe of the East, stands in the centre of the city. Built as the legend goes, by the fifth King of the dynasty Mohamed Quli Qutb Shah in honour of his Hindu wife Bhagmati who lived in the Surrounding, its central structure touches a height of 180 feet.
MECCA MASJID: The largest Masjid of South India, it lies 100 yards south west of Charminar. Its construction was started by king Abdullah Qutub Shah in 1614 AD but it was completed by Aurangzeb in 1687. It is very impressive mosque with lofty colonnades and entrance arches made of single slabs of granite. On one side is an enclosure where the Asaf Jahi rulers lie buried.
GOLCONDA FORT: The name originates from the Telugu words `Golla and Konda' Sheperd's hill after the neighbouring Wirantzai. A clap under the canopy of the Fateh Damara can be heard at the far away summit palace. Famous KOHINOOR DIAMOND of the British Crown was mined from this area. Famous features of Golconda Fort include its system of acoustic palaces, water supply system and the famous Rahban cannon - one Of those used during the last seize of Golconda to whom the fort ultimately fell.
QUTUB SHAHI TOMBS: close to Golconda Fort are the tombs of the seven Qutub Shahi rulers amidst the Ibrahim bagh. The tombs are domed structures built in a square base surrounded by pointed arches and well laid gardens.
BIRLA TEMPLE: Sri Venkateswara temple or the Kala Pahad temple is built with 2000 tones of white marble – blend of the Khajuraho and Bodltgaya of North India and Raj Gopuram and Garudalaya of South India architecture.
BIRLA PLANETARIUM: It is India's most modern planetarium and first of its kind in the country.
PUBLIC GARDENS: These are gardens with some outstanding specimens of Asaf Jahi architecture; Narita Pavilion - with life size replicas of the world famous Ajanta frescoes, ornate Jubilee Hall – containing the Nizam's own collection of rare artifacts.
HUSSAIN SAGAR: Constructed in 1562 AD the lake divides Secunderabad from Hyderabad. It also provides boating facilities. Later 33 statues of historical personage of Andhra Desa were placed along the bund of the lake. The 16 meter tall, 350 tonne monolith colossus statue of Buddha is placed on the rock of Gibraitor in the middle of the lake.
OsmANIA UNIVERSITY: Founded in 1917 at the suggestion of Sir Akbar Hydri, it is a fine piece of architecture. Walls are decorated with flowers jali work with marble inlay on them.
NEHRU ZOOLOGICAL PARK: Sprawling across 300 lush green acres, it is the biggest zoo in India with 250 species.
Salarjung MUSEUM: This museum houses one of the biggest one family (Predominently one man) collections of antiques of the world. The objects d'art include Persian carpets, Mughal miniatures, Chienese hi Japanese lacquerware, famous sculptures including the Veiled porCe—n' and mephistopheles and Marguerite (a double statue in single gebeccoaf aolali stern), a superb collection of jade, daggers belonging to niece Qt ton Nurjehan and the Emperor Jahangir and Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb's sword and so on.
AP STATE MUSEUM: A show window and a brilliant artistic exhibiting a rich culture, artistic and archaeological heritage of the region, this museum stands as an important museum treasures. It projects Paleothic, Neolithic and Megalithic remains, ancient pottery and Buddhist idols and inscriptions from a more recent era. It exposes the sculptures and other priceless artifacts from the 2nd century B.C. and late, apart from an "Egyptian Mummy" dated back to 2500 B.C.
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY: Constructed in the year 1913, the attractive building of Legislative Assembly was originally Hyderabad State townhall. It represents a synthesis of Rajasthani and Persian styles, bearing an all white look, it is a magic adjoining the picturesque Public Gardens, located in the heart of Hyderabad City.
HI-TEC CITY: Moving away from the city of Hyderabad to another world, rising high to the sky, the Hyderabad Information Technology and Engineering Consultancy city with the unique building of Cyber Towers promotes several world renowned software companies. The Hi-Tec City is the Cyber capital of South India.
RAMOJI FILM CITY: Located in the outskirts of glorious city of Hyderabad, built in a sprawling 200 acres of area, having picturesque locations, this film city is an attraction not only for film world but also to general tourists.
SHILPARAMAM: Enveloped by mammoth hillocks, a secret till it is reached, not too far from far from the dazzling city of Hyderabad and the wide open, crafts village is Shilparaman. Facilitating wide range of arts, crafts and culture artisans not only from Andhra Pradesh but also from the entire country.
AIR: Hyderabad is connected by air with Ahmedaba, Bhubaneshwar, Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Tirupati and Visakhapatnam.
RAIL: Hyderabad / Secunderabad are connected by rail with major cities.
ROAD: Hyderabad is also well-connected by National Highways.
Local Transport: Metered Taxis, auto-rikshaws and all type of tourist vehicles are easily available.
Hyderabad is extremely popular as a tourist destination , and has a variety of accommodation to cater to all the classes of tourists , The luxury hotels in Hyderabad or the 5 star hotels in Hyderabad include all the major hotel brands such as Taj , Oberois , Starwood , Hyatt ,etc . Also the city has number of hotels in budget or 3 /4 star categories.
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