Hyderabad is also called the ‘city of Nizams’. Sharp in history, old bazars and mosques coexist with new malls and office buildings in perfect order. It’s these contrasts and glance of a heroic past which promises of a successful future that make Hyderabad a city worth visiting. The city not only offers sensational landscape views but it also reveals the rich cultural practice of the past. Here are some of those places to visit in Hyderabad…
Hyderabad’s most iconic landmark, Charminar is a famous monument and mosque that showcases the Indo-Islamic architecture of its times. Build of granite and limestone, at each of the four cardinal corners of the monument are 56-metere high showy minarets with double balconies. Stairs lead to the second level, where the open-air mosque is. The arch entrance of the Charminar opens out on to the streets for a panoramic view.
Hussain Sagar Lake
An oasis in the heart of Hyderabad, the Hussain Sagar Lake is titled after Hussain Shah Wali. The primary attraction at this man-made lake is statue of Buddha in the middle which is 18-metre high, 450-tonne. Carved out of white granite that took two years to complete, it virtually glows specially on a full moon night. It connects Hyderabad and Secunderabad, called the twin cities. Hussain Sagar Lake is also popular for boating and along its boundary are other famous city attractions including Lumbini Park and Birla Mandir.
One of India’s most noble forts, which one can’t miss on his trip to Hyderabad is the Golconda Fort. It comprises of four district forts encircled by a 10-kilometre long wall. With four bridge, over 80 bastions, several temples, mosques, halls and royal residences, it’s nothing short of majestic. While most of it stands in ruins, hints of its past majestics can be seen within its area boasting of Mughal style architecture.
A duplicate model of the Shah’s Palace in Iran, the Chowmahalla Palace spans 12 acres comprising two courtyards, grand halls and sprawling gardens with water-bodies and fountains. Once part of the Nizam of Hyderabad’s state, the enclosures and grounds have been carefully restored over the years. The pièce de résistance at Chowmahalla Palace are 19 antique Belgian glass chandeliers and Khilwat Clock that’s been performing for over 250 years. It was the official seat of Nizams during their glorious days and all important ceremonial proceedings were held here. The palace is divided into three parts which are Southern Courtyard, Northern Courtyard and Khilwat Mubarak.
Ramoji Film City
Movie buffs will thoroughly relish a day spent at Ramoji Film City. Set up by the Ramoji Group in 1996, it’s the world’s largest film studio complex. Spread across a reeling 2000 acres, Ramoji Film City is where many popular regional language, Hindi and even international movies have been shot. Within the premises, there are options for dining, shopping and above all, entertainment, in the form of movie studio tours, live shows and an adventure park, to name a few.
Birla Mandir is situated at the south most end of Hussain Sagar at the peek of the hill. This beautiful temple built using white marble offers a beautiful view of the lake and the city. The construction resembles the architectures of South Indian and Oriya temples. The amazing construction makes you want to revisit this place. You complete your tour to Hyderabad only if you visit Birla Mandir.