Hyderabad goes by its sobriquet "City of Pearls" and was founded by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591, on the banks of Musi. Today, the city covers an area of approximately 650 km2 and is rich with history and beautiful architecture.
PLACES TO VISIT IN HYDERBAD
Charminar: One of the major historical sites worth visiting in the city of Hyderabad is the Charminar. Situated in the heart of the city, Charminar stands at the height of 46 m and is popularly called the Arc de Triomphe of the East.
Mecca Masjid: One of the oldest and biggest mosques in the country, Mecca Masjid was built by Md. Quli Qutub Shah during his reign and can easily accommodate almost 10,000 worshippers simultaneously. The arches are carved from a single piece of stone and have important verses of the Holy Quran written on them. At the entrance are the marbled graves of several rulers of the city, such as the Asaf Jahi kings and the Nizams.
Golconda Fort : Golconda Fort is situated in Golconda, which is 11 km from Hyderabad. It was built in the 13th Century by the Kakatiyas. The fort complex is situated at 400 feet above sea level and has four forts in it, each adorned with royal halls and apartments, mosques, temples, stables, etc. The architectural beauty of the fort is enhanced by ornate gates, pavilions, domes and entrances. The fort is famous for its sophisticated acoustic system.
Salar Jung Museum : Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad has a rare collection of beautiful pieces of fine arts, tapestries, jade artifacts, weaponry, paintings, sculptures and much more. Named after Nawab Mir Yousuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III, who was the Prime Minister of the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad, it is the third largest museum in India. Some of the prized possessions of the museum include Tipu Sultan’s wardrobe, swords of Aurangzeb, painting by Raja Ravi Varma and a furniture collection from the time of Napolean.
Nehru Zoological Park : This 380-acre zoo, located close to the Mir Alam Tank in Hyderabad, has over a hundred species of animals, birds and reptiles, including some rare ones like the Asiatic lion, the Indian rhino, gaurs, panthers, crocodiles, orang-utan, pythons, etc. Different types of kangaroos, deer, nocturnal birds, owls and antelopes can also be found here. Migratory birds are attracted to the artificially created embankments. The park also offers boat and ferry rides to visitors.