- Hi-tech Hyderabad, the city of traditions and technology.
- Founded in 1591, by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth Qutub Shahi Sultan of Golconda.
- Magnificent city of minarets on the banks of the river Musi retains the medieval flavour and charm.
- It has also emerged as a major educational and industrial centre as well as one of the IT capitals of India.
MODE OF COMMUNICATION:
- Airport: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad (HYD), 22 kms away from Hyderabad city centre.
- Rail: Hyderabad Deccan Railway Station, Hyderabad, 3 kms away from Hyderabad city centre and Secunderabad Railway Station, Secunderabad, 8 kms away from Hyderabad city centre.
- Road: Well connected by road.
SIGHTSEEING AT A GLANCE
FORT & MONUMENTS
Charminar Golconda Fort Medak Fort
Mecca Masjid Birla Mandir Balaji Temple Sanghi Temple Keesaragutta Yadagiri Gutta Medak Medak Church
MUSEUM & AUDITORIUM
Naubat Pahad Salarjung Museum
Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary
PARK & GARDEN
Lumbini Park Public Garden Nehru Zoological Park
Hussain Sagar Osmansagar (Gandipet)
Lad Bazaar Tankbund Qutub Shahi Tombs Ramoji Film City Shilparamam The Hi-Tec City
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
ATTRACTIONS OF HYDERABAD
- The icon of Hyderabad was built in 1591, by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah to commemorate the end of plague in the city.
- Imposing rectangular monument is built in Indo-Saracenic style.
- Stands 53 metres high and 30 metres wide, with four grand arches, facing each of the cardinal points.
- Four corners of the building are adorned with columns with exquisitely carved minarets crowned by a bulbous dome.
- Each minaret towers to a height of 48.7 metres and has double balconies.
- Lad Bazaar:
- Oldest and most popular shopping centre of the right of Charminar.
- Studded with colourful shops, famous for traditional bangles, bridal ware, heena and cosmetics.
- Mecca Masjid:
- Magnificent mosque near Charminar.
- Named after the holy Mecca, as it has few bricks from Mecca.
- One of the rooms off the courtyard enshrines the hair of Prophet Muhammad and other Islamic relics.
- Birla Mandir:
- White marble shrine of Lord Venkateswara is set atop Kala Pahad hillock, towards the southern end of Hussain Sagar Lake.
- Decorated with intricate carvings depicting scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata.
- There are also several splendidly sculpted marble statues of Hindu Deities.
- Naubat Pahad:
- Birla Planetarium and Alliance Francaise are set atop this rocky hill near the Birla Mandir.
- Sky shows are held at the planetarium.
- Hussain Sagar:
- Huge lake was built by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali, during the regin of Ibrahim Qutub Shah in 1562.
- Atop the centre of the lake is the world’s tallest monolithic statue of Buddha, which is 17.5 high and weighs 350 tonnes.
- Boat trips around the statue can be made from Lumbini Park.
- On the eastern site of the Hussain Sagar Lake is a popular promenade.
- Fine view of the statue can be enjoyed from here.
- Lumbini Park:
- Well laid out park on the banks of Hussain Sagar Lake.
- One of the most popular amusement sites.
- Salarjung Museum:
- Grand museum houses an extraordinary private collection of Mir Yusaf Ali Khan (Salar Jung III).
- A great connoisseur of art and the prime minister to Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan, Nizam VII.
- One of the three national museums of India.
- It has over 43,000 art objects collected from world over.
- Public Garden:
- Exquisite garden located in the busy Nampally area is said to be the largest of its kind of Asia.
- Oldest park of city and is dotted with several majestic buildings.
- Nehru Zoological Park:
- Extends over an area of about 1.2 sq. kms and is one of the largest zoos of India.
- Conducted tours in protected vans are taken to the Safari Park.
ATTRACTIONS AROUND HYDERABAD
- Golconda Fort:
- 12 kms away from Hyderabad city centre.
- Glorious remains of this once impregnable fort sprawl over a hill side about 1,000 feet above the surrounding countryside.
- Forts name derived from the Telugu word “Golla Konda” meaning “Shepherd’s Hill”.
- Originally, it was a mud fort built by the Kakatiya kings of Warangal in 1143.
- Qutub Shah Dynasty held it from 1518 to 1687.
- First three Qutub Shahi kings rebuilt Golconda over a span of 62 years.
- Grandeur of this mammoth fort can be experienced from the top of the citadel.
- Within the fort – an armoury, palaces, the store, courtyards, fountains, mosque, public and private meeting halls and temple.
- Fort is noted for its magnificent acoustics, the structural grandeur of its palaces, factories and ingenious water supply system.
- A sound and light show is held here in the evening.
- Qutub Shahi Tombs:
- Graceful group of Qutub Shahi tombs, about 1 km north of Golconda Fort’s Banjara Darwaja.
- Built by the Qutub Shahi dynasty.
- Ramoji Film City:
- Located near Hayathnagar on the Hyderabad – Vijayawada Highway, 25 kms from Hyderabad city.
- The largest, most comprehensive and professionally planned film production centre of the world.
- Film city sprawling over an area about 2,000 acres was conceived and developed as a ‘one stop shop’ for a film market.
- It has better facilities than the best studios of Hollywood.
- An excellent stop for entertainment, food and shopping.
- 14 kms away from Hyderabad city.
- Crafts village at Madhapur nestles amidst beautiful rocky formations by the hillside with natural slopes and wild vegetation.
- Set-up to preserve the dying art forms as well as to bring together the crafts persons and artists from every sphere.
- Annual festivals of arts and crafts are held in March.
- Cultural activities are organised during Dussehra festival (October/ November) and Sankrant Sandadi (January).
- Osmansagar (Gandipet):
- 21 kms away from Hyderabad city.
- Charming Lake covering an area of 46 sq. kms.
- Built by Mir Osman Ali Khan in 1920, by barricading the water of Musi River.
- Boating facilities are available here.
- Balaji Temple:
- Famous shrine of Lord Balaji Venkateswara is located at Chilkur near Himayatsagar at Gandipet.
- Five hundred year old and is built in Kakatiyan style.
- Sanghi Temple:
- 25 kms away from Hyderabad city.
- Majestic temple complex dedicated to Lord Venkateswara.
- A favourite gateway point for the tourists visiting Ramoji Film City.
- 35 kms away from Hyderabad city.
- Hindu pilgrim centre is known for Ramalingeswara and Lakshminarasimha shrines.
- According to mythological legends, Lord Rama came here during his exile and was captivated by its natural beauty.
- Yadagiri Gutta:
- 68 kms away from Hyderabad city.
- Famous for the shrine of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy perched atop a hillock.
- Presiding deity is believed to cute the incurable diseases of the devotees.
- The Hi-Tec City:
- Located at Madhapur on the outskirts of Hyderabad and 20 kms away from Hyderabad city.
- Hi-tec or the “Hyderabad Information Technology Engineering Consultancy” City is a symbol of Hyderabad’s leadership in the field of Information Technology (IT) in the country.
- A fully integrated, ultramodern techno township that provides infrastructural facilities like office space, production areas, communication facilities, shopping centre, hotel convention centre, recreational zones and club houses.
- 96 kms away from Hyderabad city.
- Historic site and famous Christian pilgrim centre.
- Name after ‘Methuku’, which means a particle of cooked rice.
- The town is now well known for its magnificent cathedral.
- Medak Church:
- The single largest diocese in Asia and second largest in the world after the Vatican.
- Built by Rev. Charles Posnett in gratitude for the end of a famine that lasted for three years.
- Construction stared in 1914 and was opened on 25th December 1924.
- Imposing structure in Neo-gothic style is 173 feet high, while the length and width are 200 feet and 100 feet respectively.
- Tiles used here were brought from Italy, while the sound proof roof of the church is built of sponge material.
- Church is also noted for its stained glass windows depicting various Biblical and Christmas celebration scenes.
- It can accommodate about 5,000 people at a time.
- Medak Fort:
- Originally built in typical Hindu style during the regin of the Kakatiyas.
- Later constructed by the Qutub Shahis in Muslim architecture.
- Fort has wide ramparts with several natural bastions carved out of the boulders and rocks on the hillock.
- The huge Mubarak Mahal within is worth visit.
- Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary:
- Covers an area of 130 sq. kms, about 15 kms from Medak and 120 kms from Hyderabad.
- Low hills and small water pools attracts large flocks of migratory birds.
- Animals seen here are panther, sloth bear, wild boar, cheetal, nilgai, hyena etc.
- Best season to visit is from October – May.