Important Tourist Places
Interests Places in and around Hyderabad:
The Golconda Fort was established by the Yadava dynasty of Deogiri and Kakatiyas of Warangal. This fort was named after the Telugu word "Golla Konda" which means "Shephard's Hill". It was earlier a mud fort and the Golconda received its present form by Qutub Shahi kings. Today, it stands with a massive structure of granite. The walls of this fort have eight gates and 87 bastions. They are spread over an area of 7 kms.
The fort is famous for its acoustic system, palaces and ingenious water supply system. It is said that the world famous diamond "Kohinoor" belongs to this fort. A major highlight of this fort is a sound and light show displayed in the evening. This show depicts the might of Qutub Shahi dynasty.
The Lad Bazaar at is famous tourist shopping hub for pearls, stone studded colored bangles and other bridal finery. Due to the thriving pearl industry, Hyderabad is also known as the ' City of Pearls'.
The Charminar is a famous landmark of Hyderabad tourism. It was constructed by Mohd. Quli Qutub Shah in the year 1591 in order to mark the end of plague in the city. This symbolic monument has four dominating minarets each 54 meters high. They are adorned with carved lotus buds and petals. There is also a mosque here.
The Mecca Masjid at Hyderabad is located very near from Charminar. This mosque was established by Sultan Mohd. Qutub Shah in 1614 and its construction was completed by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1694. It is famous as the biggest mosque in South India. It is also known for the arch of the mosque which has been built by the bricks brought from the sacred city of Mecca. There are tombs of Asaf Jahi rulers in the abutting chamber of the mosque.
The Salarjung Museum is one of the most famous museums in India. It is one of the biggest one man collection of valuable antiques in the world. There are almost 35 rooms in the museum. The Jade room of the museum consists of exquisite objects that belonged to former Indian rulers like Aurangzeb, Tipu Sultan, Shahjahan and the Asaf Jahis of Hyderabad.
The Birla planetarium in Hyderabad is India's most modern planetarium. It is one of it's kind in the country, armed with the most advanced technology from Japan. It is built on Naubath Pahad in Hyderabad.
Nehru Zoological Park
This park is spread over an vast area of 300 acres and is surrounded by lush greenery. It is one of the biggest Zoo in India with over 250 species of animals and birds kept in natural environment. Other highlights of the park are the Lion safari park, which is the first in Asia. Apart from these, the Natural History Museum, pre-historical animals park, nocturnal birds and a children park with a train ride are other important attractions.
The Hussain Sagar Lake, connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. It was founded during the reign of Ibrahim Qutub Shah, by Hussain shah Wali, in 1562. The unique feature of this lake is a statue of Lord Buddha with an height of 18 meter and weight of 350 ton. It is located on the rock of Gibraltar in the middle of the Lake. The popular activities that tourist can indulge in are, boat rides and musical fountain in the Lumbini Park situated within the lake area.
Sri Venkateshwara Temple
The Venkateshwara temple is popularly known as 'Birla Mandir'. It was built on 280 feet high Kala Pahad. This temple provides beautiful views of the Hussain Sagar lake, located nearby. It took almost 2000 tones of white marble to build this temple. This temple is a perfect blend of north and south Indian style of architecture.