Hyderabad is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh, the fourth largest state in India. It is popularly known as the city of Pearls. Muhammed Quli Qutb Shah, the ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty founded this city on the banks of the Musi River in the year 1591. He constructed the famous Charminar, which is an outstanding monument of the city. Hyderabad is a unique mix of traditionality and modernity and it features plenty of tourist attractions.
What to see:
Charminar is located in the heart of the City. The stylish structure of Charminar is a great example of Cazia style of architecture. It has four arches that face the most active streets of the city. You can see a tall minaret in each corner of the arch, which is more than 55 meters long. The charminar fort is located on the open roof and you need to climb 149 steps to reach the top of the fort. You can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Hyderabad City.
Golconda Fort is a graceful monument, situated in the outskirts of the City. It was once famous for its diamond mines and it is believed that the world famous Kohinoor diamond has come from this place. The fort was built on a granite hill by the Qutub Shahi Kings in 16th century. It includes four small forts inside and some of them are mounded with drawbridges, royal chambers, mosques, stables and cannons.
Salar Jung Museum:
Salar Jung museum is the most famous tourist spot in Hyderabad. It comprises of a collection of various artifacts, including antiques, rare scriptures and sculptures. Mir Yousuf Ali Khan also known as Salar Jung Ali collected most of these artifacts from all around the world. You need to spend a whole day to view all the collections in this museum. You can enjoy viewing the portraits of Salar Jung, stone sculptures, painted textiles, miniature painting, ivory carvings, manuscripts, wooden and jade carvings, furniture and carpets. Porcelain, enamel, embroidery and paintings that have been done in Tibet, Nepal, Thailand and China can be seen here. The statue of veiled Rebecca, European paintings and crafted knives of King Jehangir and Queen Noor Jehan are the major attractions here.
Birla Mandir is an elegant temple in Hyderabad, dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. It was constructed with pure white marble. It overlooks the serene waters of the famous Hussain Sagar Lake. You can take great delight in viewing the intricate carvings and mythological figures int his temple, Scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata were delicately sculpted in white marble, which offers a scenic view.
Mecca Masjid is the largest mosque in Hyderabad. Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah started the construction work of this Mosque in 1617 and it was completed by the Mughal emperor Aurangazeb in 1694. It is conveniently located near Charminar.
Hussain Sagar Lake:
Hussain Sagar Lake is the largest manmade lake in Asia. It was built by Ibrahim Qutub Shah in the year 1562. The lake connects the twin cities Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The special attraction is the huge Buddha statue that stands in the middle of this lake. This statue is made up of white granite. You can reach the place by riding on a boat.
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