February 22, 2019 | Hyderabad | No Comments
Hyderabad is the capital city of the newly formed south Indian state Telangana and the legally recognised capital of Andhra Pradesh (although not in practice any longer). It is an ancient city established back in 1591. Therefore, the city portrays an interesting confluence of the medieval age and the modern age. If you are planning a trip to Hyderabad, “The City of Pearls” or “The Pearl City of India”. You can travel around the city by renting a self-driven car in Hyderabad.
These are the top 10 places you cannot afford to miss out on.
Now, who hasn’t heard of Charminar? It is the most popular heritage site of Hyderabad. It is a monument cum mosque that was constructed in as early as 1591, exactly when the city came into existence. Charminar is not just about four pillars and archs, there is more to it. It is surrounded by markets; to its west is the famous Laad Bazaar or Choodi Bazaar. This shopping street runs for 1 km, if you are looking to shop bangles, sarees, wedding items or other imitation jewellery, this is the hub that you must check out.
2. Golconda Fort:
The Golconda Fort is the symbol of heritage and grandeur. The Golconda Fort complex comprises of four distinct forts and 400 years old garden spanning across an area of 11 km. Architectural beauty can be beheld true to its sense in the entrances, gates, pavilions, and domes. Although exploring the nook and cranny of the Golconda Fort complex is an arduous task yet if you manage to do so, it would surely be one cherishing experience. And yes, it is highly recommended that you take a walk around the garden irrespective of its lost charm to experience the essence of the ancient glories of the Fort. Furthermore, a light and sound show is organized in the evenings that depicts the magnificence and elegance of the Fort which you should attend to have a deeper insight into the glorious past of the Fort.
3. Hussain Sagar Lake:
It is an artificial lake built in the shape of a heart. There are quite a few attractions in and around the lake. One is the statue of Buddha standing upright in the middle of the lake. You can enjoy the boat ride on your way to visit the statue. Lumbini Park is another site adjacent to the lake that includes attractions like musical fountains, laser auditorium, and boating facilities.
4. Salar Jung Museum:
It is one of the most visited tourist spots as it is an out-of-the-box museum, not like how the usual museums are. It houses world’s best antiques.
5. Ramoji Film City:
Well, Ramoji Film City is a must visit. Integrated over a sprawling 2000 acres land, it is the world’s largest studio complex where you can enjoy prismatic attractions like rolling landscapes, captivating stunt shows, amusement park, etc.
6. Birla Mandir:
Birla Mandir is a Hindu temple located at a high hillock projecting a panoramic view of the Hussain Sagar Lake, Hyderabad city, and Secunderabad. Apart from the primary shrine of Lord Venkateshwara, it has the shrines of other Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
7. Nehru Zoological Park:
This is an ideal place for wildlife lovers. It covers an area of approximately 300 acres which is inhabited by 1500 species. You can enjoy safaris and elephant rides offered by the park on a daily basis.
8. Mecca Masjid:
To the southwest of Charminar, lies the grand Mecca Masjid which is made up of ornamented granite. The mosque has been named after Mecca because the bricks used to construct the central arch of the mosque were brought from Mecca.
9. Chowmahalla Palace:
The palace gains its popularity from the blend of several architectural styles. The very thought of royal ceremonies of the Nizams surely does double the excitement of visiting the palace.
10. Paradise Restaurant:
A trip to Hyderabad without the scrumptious Hyderabadi biryani is an incomplete trip. For tasting the best biryani in town, you must visit the award-winning Paradise restaurant.
Now since you are aware of the best tourist spots in Hyderabad, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head to the royal city right away.