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.
Srisailam is the spiritual station that comprises of thousands of temples, streams with portraits of Gods and Goddesses stationed here. Of all these, some are in dilapidated condition, some have demised and some have gone extinct in the due course of time. Clearly mentioned in the Puranas, it lies in the thick and dense forest of Nallamalla.
Another famous destination is the Nagarjuna sagar, which is located 150 km from Hyderabad. With world's tallest masonry dam across river Krishna, Nagarjuna sagar is one of the most popular tourist destination of South India. Apart from this, other attractions, worth visiting, in the place are the island museum of Nagarjunakonda and the beautiful waterfalls of Ethipothala.
Basara is one of the most beautiful towns in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh, India. This beautiful town is quite popular with Hindus and is well known for its Saraswathi temple, which is one of the very few temples of the Goddess Saraswati in the whole of South India. In Hinduism, Saraswati is acknowledged as the goddess of knowledge and is the companion of Brahma. In fact, it is believed that it was with her know-how that Brahma created the universe. This town is a famous traditional and cultural spot which attracts a lot of pilgrims who come there to perform “Akshara abhyasam” for their children.