The city of smiles, of lights, of a thousand faces. Endearingly called the Pearl City, Hyderabad offers a variety of tourist attractions – Heritage monuments, Lakes and Parks, Gardens and Resorts, Museums to delectable cuisine and a shopping experience. The teeming bazaars of the old city, in the midst of which stands the 400-years-old Charminar, and ultra-modern malls in the newer areas of the city add to the charm, of Hyderabad. Pearls, bangles, silks, computer software, handicrafts and above all a delectable cuisine add to the splendour of this great city.
Air: Hyderabad is the International airport.
Rail: Hyderabad and Secunderabad is the major railhead and is well connected the major cities of India.
Road: It is situated on the NH 7 and 9 and is well connected to all the major cities of India.
The Charminar is as much the signature of Hyderabad as the Taj Mahal is of Agra or the Eiffel Tower is of Paris. Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of Hyderabad, built Charminar in 1591 at the centre of the original city layout. It was said to be built as a charm to ward off a deadly epidemic raging at that time. Four graceful minarets soar to a height of 48.7 mts., above the ground. Charminar has 45 prayer spaces and a mosque in it.
This shimmering ethereal temple of Lord Venkateshwara, built in sculpted white marble, floats on the city skyline, on Kala Pahad. The idol in the temple is a replica of the one at Tirupati.
Lumbi Park: This beautiful entertainment park is situated on the Shore of Hussainsagar Lake. The landscaping here is a visual treat. A musically synchronized water fountain and a floral clock are major attractions here. Lumbini Park jetty is a major point for pleasure boating.
A leisure and entertainment centre adjoining the Hussainsagar Lake, the NTR Gardens house a memorial of Late N.T. Rama Rao, one of the mostcharismatic Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh., The sprawling NTR Gardens, set up in an area of 36 acres, offer a serene atmosphere and yet provide recreation facilities such as a Machan tree, Japanese Garden, Car Café, Souvenir shops,. Fruit Restaurant and Children’s playing area. A monorail system takes the visitors around the garden.
Hyderabad Botanical Gardens:
The first Botanical Gardens in Andhra Pradesh, spread over 120 acres, when completed will have 19 sections. Already open to public is the first phase, with the completion of 5 sections. The sections include medicinal plants, timber trees, fruit trees, ornamental plants, aquatic plants, bamboos and so on. The Park has been designed to have large water bodies, rolling meadows, natural forests, rich grasslands and exquisite rock formations – all providing visitors an unforgettable experience.
Qutb Shahi Tombs:
The tombs of the legendary Qutb Shahi kings lie to the north of Golconda, about a kilometer away from Banjara Darwaza of the Goloconda Fort. Planned and built by the Qutb Shahis themselves, these tombs are said to be the oldest historical monuments in Hyderabad. They form a large group and stand on a raised platform. The tombs are built in Persian, Pathan and Hindu architectural styles using grey granite, with stucco ornamentation, the only one of its kind in the world where an entire dynasty has been buried at one place.
Salar Jung Museum: This museum houses one of the biggest one-man collections of antiques of the world by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III. The objects d’art include Persian carpets, Moghal miniatures, Chinese porcelain, Japanese lacquerware, famous sculptures including the Veiled Rebecca and Marguerite and Mephistopheles, a superb collection of jade, daggers belonging to Queen Noor Jahan and the Emperors Jahangir and Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb’s sword and many other fabulous items.
Nehru Zoological Park:
Spanning 300 lush green acres, the Nehru Zoological Park is a must for nature lovers. The biggest Zoo in India, it has over 250 species of animals and birds. Most of which are kept in conditions, as close to their natural habitats as possible, his is the first zoo to create moated enclosures for animals. The Lion Safari Park, Natural History Museum and Children’s Train are the added attractions. APDC runs it Pongali restaurant and an ice-cream parlours here.
Birla Planetarium / Birla Science Museum:
Birla Planetarium is India’s most modern planetarium and first of its kind in the country. It is equipped with advanced technology from Japan and is built on Naubat Pahad adjacent to Kala Phad. And the Science Museum stands tribute to the advancement achieved by Science and Technology.
Andhra Pradesh State Museum: A visit to the Andhra Pradesh State Museum is a delight for art lovers. Located in the picturesque Public Gardens, the museum boasts of one of the richest repositories of antiques and art objects in the country. Built in 1920 by the Nizam VII, the museum building itself is a fine example of Indo-Saracen architecture. The museum contains a Buddhist gallery, Brahman Numismatics’ gallery, Ajanta gallery and more. Adjacent to the State Museum is the Contemporary Art Museum.
A hundred yards southwest of the Charminar is the Mecca Masjid, so named because the bricks wee brought from Mecca to build he central arch. The Qutb Shahis never finished the building of the mosque, which was completed by Aurangzeb in 1694. Mecca Masjid is poetry in stone, with a hall measuring 67 m and soaring to a height of 54m. Fifteen graceful arches – five to each of the three sides, support the roof. Towards the southern end of the mosque lie the marble graves of Niam Ali Khan and the families of Asaf Jahi dynasty.
The Nizam’s Museum: Located in the stately Purani Haveli, the palace acquired around the year 1750 by the second Nizam is now converted into a museum with a fascinating collection. There is an interesting collection of models made in silver of all the prominent buildings of the city and citations in Urdu about H.E.H. Mir Osman Ali Khan,
Golconda Fort: Golconda is one of the famous forts of India. Golconda was originally a mud fort. The fort is famous for its acoustics, palaces, factories, ingenious water supply system and the famous Fatch Rahben gun, one of the cannons used in the last siege of Golconda by Aurangzeb, to whom the fort ultimately fell. The glorious past of Golconda Fort is narrated effectively with matchless Sound and Light effects. The unique Sound and Light Show takes you right back in time, when Golconda was full of life, glory and grandeur.
Ramoji Film City:
A dream world created for the celluloid on sprawling 1000 acres, with every imaginable set and location, Ramoji Film City on the outskirts of Hyderabad offers facilities to produce any kind of movie. Apart from sets, there are hotels where artists and technicians can stay. Visitors too can go round in conducted tours that the management organizes.
Hussainsagar Lake: Excavated in 1562 A.D. by Hussain Shah Wali during the time of Ibrahim Auli Qutb Shah, the promenade by the lake is a busy thoroughfare today. Boating and water sports are a regular feature in the Hussainsagar. One of the World’s tallest monolithic statues of Buddha stands on the ‘Rock of Gibraltar’, in the middle of the lake.
Osmanagar Lake: Osmanagar, better known as Gandipet, on the outskirts of Hyderabad is an excellent picnic spot, Omanagar is one of the two lakes on the city’s periphery that supplies drinking water to the great metropolis. The lake is a reservoir created by a dam across the Isa, a tributary of the River Musi. Abutting the lake and the bund are lush gardens that provide the ideal ambience for an outing. Overlooking the lake is the heritage building, Sagar Mahal, built as a resort by the Niam of Hyderabad and converted now into a lake resort.
Mir Alam Tank: Mir Alam Tank is a large lake adjacent to Nehru Zoological Park. AP Tourism operates boats on the lake, for which one has to enter through the zoo.
Secret Lake: The ‘Secret Lake’ is situated close to Shilparamam Crafts Village and Hitec City, behind Jubilee Hills. AP Tourism organizes boating in the lake.
Public Gardens: Hyderabad has several beautiful gardens, one of the most popular being the Public Gardens, which also encloses the State Legislature,State Archaeological Museum. Jubilee Hall, Jawahar Bal Bhavan and Telugu Lalitha Kala Thoranam, an open-air-theatre.
Yadagirigutta: On the way to Warangallies the famous Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple at Yadagirigutta. Located in Nalgonda district, the temple atop a rocky hill is very popular in the region and it is often that devotees get themselves tonsured there in obeisance to the deity. The drive to the temple is just over an hour from Hyderabad but people coming from afar and by bus can be accommodated at the Choultry run by the devasthanam. There are frequent buses from Hyderabad and others important towns in the Telangana region of the State.
Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park:
It is located in Hyderabad. Its total area is 1.45 sq. km. Southern tropical dry deciduous forest and the last vestigial representative of the endemic flora of Hyderabad region. No large mammals are present other than a few Cheetal, Jackals, Mongooses, Wild boars etc., and over 100 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles and 15 species of butterflies. Best Season to visit this place is throughout the year.
Shamirpet: Located 24 km to the north of Secunderabad, Shamirpet has a beautiful lake and a deer park. Its peaceful environs make it a great picnic spot.
Murgavani National Park: Located 25 km from Hyderabad, the park contains the endemic flora of Hyderabad and is an urban refuge for small mammals like Wild boar, Jungle Cat etc. and birds.
It is located at Hyderabad at a distance of 30 km. Its area is 14.59 Sq. km. Dry scrub jungle with grasslands. Originally this area was a Shikargah of the erstwhile Nizam of Hyderabad but due to over hunting and overuse the wildlife got depleted.
Keesaragutta: This small village is situated 35 km northeast of Hyderabad. This place is an attraction for the Ramalingeswara and Lakshminarasimha shrines located here. One can see a number of Sivalingas strewn all over the hillock. Keesaragutta is easily accessible by road from Hyderabad.
Manjira Sanctuary: It is located at Medak district at a 50 km by road from Hyderabad. Its area is 20 Sq km Notable Flora and Fauna are Riverine habitat supporting Marsh crocodiles and a variety of water birds. Accommodation is available in inspection Bungalows at Sangareddy and Sadasivapet. Best season to visit is place is October to June .
Kolanupaka: Kolanupaka in Nalgonda district was the second capital of the Kalyani Chalukyaa during the 11th century. Located on the Hyderabad-Wrangal,Kolanupaka has a number of temples and shrines, prominent among them being one of the oldest Jain temples with a 5-ft jade idol of Mahavir, Sri Veeranarayana temple and the Someswara temple. The State Archaeological Department has set up a museum in the Someswara architecture. It is 80 km from Hyderabad on the Warangal road and can also be approached from Alair town, which is an hour’s train journey from the state capital.
Map Of Hyderabad,Andhra Pradesh: