India - Hyderabad City Information

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Hyderabad City Information

Hyderabad is the fifth largest metropolis of India and the state capital of Andhra Pradesh.
It is known for its rich history and culture with monuments, mosques, temples, and varied heritage in arts, crafts and dance.

Places of Interest:

Charminar - Built by Sultan Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah, the Charminar is a magnificent square edifice of granite with four grand arches facing north, south, east and west with 56 meters high slender minarets and spiral staircases. The four minars stand on lotus-leaf bases which are recurrent motifs in Qutub Shahi buildings.

Mecca Masjid - It is a grand mosque, the construction of which was started by Abdulla Qutb Shah and completed by Aurangzeb. It is a vast mosque built of enormous black granite slabs. 

Golconda - Built by Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the Golconda Fort depicts the opulent nawabi culture of that time. 

Qutb Shahi Tombs - The Qutb Shahi tombs are made of black granites or green stones in the shape of either square or octagonal bases. Important tombs are of Abdullah Qutb Shah, Abul Hasan Tana Qutb Shahi, Princess Hayat Baksh Begum, Muhammad Qutb Shah and Pemamati.

Birla Mandir - This enchanting temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara is situated on the hilltop of Kalapahad. It is intricately carved with tiered tower at the base and the smooth dome at the top. It is made of pure white marble from Rajasthan and it overlooks the serene and placid waters of the Hussain Sagar Lake. 

Gandipet - It is a beautiful lake located 20 kms west of Hyderabad city.

Hussain Sagar Lake - It is a unique lake that connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. It has a 16 meter high, 350 tonne monolithic Buddha statue on the Rock of Gibraltar. There are yatching and sailing clubs at the lake and the annual regatta draws a good number of sportspersons from all around the country. 

Falaknuma Palace - The palace is a rare blend of Italian and Tudor architecture with its shape in the form of a scorpion with two stings spread out as wings on the north.

Birla Science Centre - Located in the heart of Hyderabad, the Birla Science Center houses a number of sections such as the Planetarium, the Science Museum, the Center for Applicable Mathematics and Computer Sciences, and the Science Projects Division.
Salar Jung Museum - Situated at Afzal Ganj, the museum has the largest collection with more than 43,000 art objects and 50,000 books in 38 rooms spread over three floors of the building.

Health Museum - The Health Museum has models, charts, specimens and photographs mainly for children.

State Archeological Museum – The Museum has the general collection of sculpture, painting, arms and artifacts from different period.

Indira Park - This Park has several small ponds amid lot of trees besides having boating facility.

Lumbini Park - This amusement park at Tank Bund has a musical fountain show.

Nehru Zoological Park - This extensive park is one of the largest Zoos in India. It also has Safari Park where visitors can go on a conducted tour in protected vans and see a variety of animals in their natural surroundings. The other attractions include a natural history museum, an aquarium and a children's amusement park.

Deer Park - The Deer Park has a terrain of 189 hectares dominated by acacia trees with goldena and white flowers.

Public Gardens - It is the city’s largest and oldest park with the JawaharBal Bhavan, the Jubilee hall, the Ajanta Pavilion, the Indira Priyadarshini auditorium, the health museum, and the State Archeological Museum.

Ramoji Film City - Ramoji Film City is the dream destination for entertainment and relaxation. It is spread over idyllic 2,500 acres and studded with hills, woods, lakes and striking architectural triumphs and it is one of Asia's fastest growing tourism destinations with many attractions.

 

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