Hyderabad

The Pearl City and the City of Nizams

 

Hyderabad, also known as the Pearl City and the City of Nizams, is the capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, and one of the fastest growing metropolis cities of India. The city has abundance of tourist destinations with wonderful historical monuments, heritage sites, museums, lakes, forts, gardens, mosques and temples that attract millions of tourists every year. Charminar is the well-recognized land mark of Hyderabad. The city offers delectable cuisines of diverse styles and tastes and also a remarkable shopping experience. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the nearest airport, and Hyderabad Deccan, Secunderabad and Kachigudau are the major railway stations that connect Hyderabad with other cities in India.

 

Sightseeing

 

Charminar: This iconic mosque built in 1591 at the centre of the city is the signature of Hyderabad and one of the most visited tourist destinations of the State. It was built in memory of eradication of a deadly disease widely spread that time. This architectural marvel has four minarets, 45 prayer spaces and a mosque inside.

 

Golconda Fort: This famous fort is an archeological treasure as listed by The Archeological Survey of India on their ‘List of Monuments”. It is famous for its magical acoustic system, wonderful palaces, and the renowned Fateh Rahban cannon.

 

Ramoji Film City: Built by the Ramoji Group in 1996 and spread across an area of 2000 acres, Ramoji Film city is recognized as the largest studio complex in the world. This wonderful place with amazing attractions, both natural and artificial, is visited by more than 1.5 million people every year.

 

Nehru Zoological Park: Spread across 300 acres, this zoological park is an abode of more than 250 species of animals and birds and is a must visit location for nature lovers.

 

Nizam Museum: Originally a palace of the Nizams, it now functions as a museum that exhibits the gifts as well as mementos presented to the last Nizam during the Silver Jubilee Celebration in 1936.

 

Chow Mohalla Palace: This famous palace complex comprising four palaces is located in the old city near Charminar, and was the official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad.

 

Hussain Sagar Lake: It is one of the largest artificial lakes in Hyderabad, famous for a monolithic statue of Lord Buddha installed at the centre of the Lake. Tourists can enjoy water sports and the Light & Sound show.

 

Other top tourist destinations in Hyderabad include Birla Mandir, Salar Jung Museum, Jalavihar, Hyderabad Botanical Gardens, Snow World, Purani Haveli, Archaeological Museum, Shilparamam, Papi Kondalu, and many more.

 

Shopping

 

With several malls and high street markets, the visitors can have a great shopping experience in Hyderabad. Forum Mall, GVK One, and Manjeera Mall are the famous malls in the city. For street shopping one can visit Laad Bazaar for bangles, Perfume Market for variety of perfumes, and Sultan Bazaar for clothes. There are several shops that offer jewelry, books, handicrafts, clothes and something for everyone, at affordable prices. Most of the famous markets are spread around the Charminar.

 

Food

 

Hyderabad has a number of restaurants that serve a wide range of cuisines including the traditional Hyderabadi food, South Indian, North Indian, Chinese and continental dishes that will tickle the taste buds of every traveller. Govind Dosa, Chutneys, Dakshina Mantapa, Kamath Hotel, Utupura, etc., are good for South Indian dishes. Paradise, Fusion 9, Santosh Dhaba, Taj Restaurant, etc., serve delicious biriyanis and non-veg foods with North Indian, Chinese and international menus.

 

Nightlife

 

Hyderabad offers a vibrant and cosmopolitan night life for those who love to enjoy till the wee hours. There are several pubs, bars, and night clubs that offer exciting entertainment to the people.Several luxurious hotels have their own bars, discos and gaming rooms. Bottles and Chimney, 10 Downing Street, Kismet, Altitude, Coco’s Bar and Grill, Touch, Zouk, etc., are some of the popular spots to enjoy nightlife in Hyderabad.

 

Activities

 

Hyderabad has myriads of tourist attractions, which cannot be completely covered in a few days visit. One can spend the entire day in visiting the historical monuments, parks, gardens, museums and forts and also enjoy the diverse cuisine. With varieties of entertainment options and thrilling nightlife, this historical city never disappoints its valuable visitors.

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