Hyderabad India

Attractions in Hyderabad

Char Minar - Charminar, the hub of Hyderabad, has four wide roads emanating in the four prime directions. The four minarets command the landscape for miles. The structure is square, each side measuring 100 feet, with a central pointed high arch at the center. The whole edifice contains numerous small decorative arches arranged both vertically and horizontally. The prominently projected cornice on the first floor upholds a series of six arches and capitals on each façade, rising to the double-story gallery of the minarets. The projected canopy, ornamental brackets and decoration in stucco plaster add graceful elegance to the structure. On the upper courtyard, a screen of arches topped by a row of square jalls or water screens lends a fragile charm to the sturdy appearance of Charminar. This courtyard was used as a school and for prayers at the mosque. The minarets, their domed finials rising from their lotus-leaves cushion, rise to 180 feet from the ground.

Mecca Masjid - Near the Charminar stands the grand edifice that is Mecca Masjid. It is a huge monument with a courtyard, with a capacity to accommodate nearly ten thousand men at prayer. The minarets look rather stunted in comparison with the grandeur of the whole massive structure. But it looks more Mughal then Qutub Shahi in its perfect granite finish and vast courtyard. A particular stone brick in the mihrab is believed to have been brought from Mecca.

Laad Bazaar - Laad  Bazaar in Hyderabad is world  famous for it's Lac  Bangles and

Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad

Pearls. Carts full of colourful lac bangles line the street, bright brocades hang outside shops, their silver and gold sequins glittering in the sun. At regular intervals along the tiny streets, men wash and carefully arrange beetle leaves for people to savour the taste of the "Hyderabadi pan".

Falaknuma Palace - It is believed that the Falaknuma palace was gifted to the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad, Mehboob Ali Khan by the generous Nawab. The palace was constructed over a period of seven years and it covers a total area of 9,39,712 square meters. This palace is a rare blend of Italian and Tudor architecture. The palace is laid out in the shape of a scorpion with two stings spread out as wings on the north.

Salar Jung Museum - One of the largest private collections in the world, this museum is situated at Afzal Ganj, Hyderabad and has a collection of more than 43,000 art objects and 50,000 books in the 38 rooms spread over three floors of the building.

Birla Mandir - This modern enchanting temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. The Birla Mandir stands in all its splendor on the hilltop of Kalapahad. The intricately carved, tiered tower at the base is typical of the southern Indian shrines while the smooth dome at the top is in the north Indian Rajasthani style. Made of pure white marble from Rajasthan, the Birla Mandir overlooks the serene and placid waters of the Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad. The Birla Mandir presents a colorful spectacular sight when illuminated at night.

Hussain Sagar Lake - Its exceptionality lies in the fact that it connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. On the banks of the placid waters of the Hussain Sagar, a waterfront or bund was constructed to arrest the flow of water on the other side. A major attraction at the Hussain Sagar is the 16-meter high, 350 tonne monolithic Buddha statue on the Rock of Gibraltar. Hussain Sagar has other attractions for lovers of water sports. The yachting and sailing clubs at the lake are active and the annual regatta draws a good number of sportspersons and lay people alike from all around the country.

Golconda Fort, Hyderabad

Golconda Fort - Golconda fort is one of the most magnificent fortress complexes in India which lies on the western outskirts around 11km from Hyderabad, the capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh. The history of Golconda Fort of Hyderabad dates back to the early 13th century, when this southeastern part of the country was ruled by the Kakatiyas. The bulk of the ruins of this fort, date from the time of the Qutub Shahi kings, who had ruled this area in the 16th and 17th century. The fortress is built on a granite hill 120 metres high, surrounded by massive crenellated ramparts.

Qutb Shahi Tombs
- The tombs are made of black granite or green stone with a shape of square or octagonal base. Its dome is in onion shape and arches are with fine sculptures. The road from Golconda fort going to the north has the tomb of Abdullah Qutb Shah (1626 - 1672). The tombs of Abul Hasan Tana Qutb Shahi(1672 - 1687), Princess Hayat Baksh Begum (died on 1677), Muhammad Qutub Shah (1612-1626) and Pemamati, one of the mistresses of Muhammad Qutb Shah are also situated near to the tomb of Abdullah Qutb Shah.

Getting There & Away to Hyderabad
Flights to Hyderabad
Hyderabad is connected with all the major cities of India by regular flights. Flights link Hyderabad with Delhi, Port Blair, Bangalore, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, etc. MakeMyTrip, your trusted travel and tours agency, can help you book cheap airline tickets from Hyderabad to Delhi , Bangalore , Mumbai and various other destinations across India.
Trains to Hyderabad
Hyderabad is linked with the metropolitan cities by train. You may also get off at Secunderabad, and then travel to Hyderabad which is very nearby.
Car and Bus Service to Hyderabad
Hyderabad and its sister city Secunderabad is situated on the junction of two important National Highways: NH 7 and NH 9.

Getting Around in Hyderabad

Auto-rickshaws are the best means to travel in Secundrabad and about the city north of Musi whereas in the congested old quarter one is better off walking or taking a cycle-rickshaw.
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