Hyderabad is a city which takes you back in time, a city that tickles your taste buds with its delicious cuisine which perfectly blends in with the shades of the past and the glamor of the present. The city of Charminar and biryanis is considered a perfect host for all its visitors from across the globe.
Although an emerging industrial hub in South India, the historic city has always kept its traditions and cultures rooted strong and firm. Starting from the unlimited joy, which is spread amongst its citizens, to its multihued marketplaces, from its yummy delicacies to its rich history, Hyderabad, in every sense of the word, has retained its old world charm.
Well, all said and done lets have a look at the city's irresistible charm and beauty along with the list of exciting things to do here.
1. Visit Golconda Fort
Built atop a granite hill by the Kakatiya rulers, the fort was witness to the rise and fall of numerous other dynasties which ruled the place at different points of time. The structure measures around 400 ft and is now a major attraction amongst travellers, historians, archaeological hunters and common man alike.
Also known as the Shepherd's Hill, the Golconda Fort is one of the must visit places in the western part of the city. The fortress is simply not just a tourist attraction but also is an example of fine architecture.
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2. Experience Royalty At Chowmahalla Palace
The once official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad, the Chowmahalla Palace speaks volumes about the fine taste of architecture which was found in the rulers. The palace is built across more than 40 acres of land which has elegantly crafted interiors along with a very detailed architecture. The palace is believed to be inspired from Tehran Shah's Iran Palace.
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3. Walk Around Charminar
The city of Hyderabad is not complete without Charminar and biryani. The Charminar is undoubtedly one of the most important landmarks of the city which was built by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shahi in 1591 AD.
The structure is built in the Indo - Islamic style of architecture with four gateways on the banks of the Musi river which once marked the centre of the city. Surrounded by the Laad Bazaar and Makkah Masjid, the four minarets have domes on top of each of them and are carved with several fascinating designs and artifacts.
4. Visit The Paigah Tombs
The Paigah Tombs are also known as Maqbara Shams al - Umara which is one of the must-visit monuments in the royal city of Hyderabad. The tombs are located in the vicinity of Pisal Banda and stand as testimony to one of the mind-blowing craftsmanships of a bygone era. The structures are covered with intricately decorated mosaic works and marble stones.
The tombs were built by the Paigah family which exhibit a combination of Mughal and Moorish styles of architecture. It is the final resting place of several Paigah members and narrates glorious tales of a bygone era.
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5. Seek Peace At The Birla Mandir
Built by Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Mission, the Birla Mandir is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The structure is perfect example of the fusion of Utkala, Dravidian and Rajasthani architecture which makes it a blissful sightseeing spot for those who come looking for religious peace and also for those love to stare at beautiful architecture.
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6. Visit The Visa Balaji Temple
With many religious places in the city, the Chilkur Balaji Temple is a very unique temple which one must visit. The temple is fondly known as the Visa Bajaji Temple as it is believed that a visit to this shrine would remove all the obstacles that one might face during visa processing. The shrine is visited by large number of visa applicants and is located next to the Osman Sagar Lake.
7. Jungle Safari At Nehru Zoological Park
Formed in the year 1959, the Nehru Zoological Park is a great way for one to spend time close to nature and its beautiful creations. Plunge deep into the wilderness of the park and grab the chance to go on a jungle safari to spot some of the exotic wildlife like the Indian rhino, Asiatic lion, Bengal tiger, Indian elephant and many more.
8. Feel Peace At Hussain Sagar Lake
Looking forward to a quiet and calm evening? If so, then head straight to the Hussain Sagar Lake. The lake was built by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali in the year 1562 which was once the primary water source to the city and is now transformed into a major tourist destination. Within the lake stands a 32 ft tall statue of Gautama Buddha which further adds on to the charm and appeal of the lake.
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9. Shop Around Laad Bazaar
Functioning since the time of the Nizams and the Qutub Shahis, this marketplace is well known for its authentic bangles and traditional jewellery. The Laad Bazaar is major hotspot for wedding shopping along with purchasing of precious stones, silver, pearls, etc.
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