Hussain Sagar Lake
St. Josephs Cathedral
Osman Sagar(Gandipet) Lake
Welcome to Hyderabad,
Hyderabad, is the capital of the Indian state of Telangana. It also goes by its sobriquet City of Pearls. It was founded by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 on the banks of River Musi. The city is home to the Telugu Film Industry known popularly as Tollywood. It is also famous world over for its fabulous diamond markets glass embedded bangles and the delectable Hyderabadi cuisine.
Hyderabad is a beautiful city provided with all modern structures and facilities but it has still maintained its old charm. This city is full of several ancient monuments of historic importance. There are lots of ancient mosques, temples, churches, forts, magnificent palaces, serene lakes and picnic spots.The art galleries and public garden attract thousands of tourists in the city. The city is noted for its monuments which includes the masterpiece of Charminar and the fort of Golconda.
The Andhra Pradesh State Assembly Building located in Hyderabad city, is the seat of the state legislature of Andhra Pradesh. It was built in 1913, the building was originally the Hyderabad Town hall. This white gem of Hyderabad's architectural splendor was designed by specially commissioned architects. It adjoins the picturesque public gardens.
The Andhra Pradesh State Central Library better known as the State Central Library (in short SCL) is a public library in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. The building was constructed in 1891 by Nawab Imad-ul-Mulk. It was formerly known as the Asafia Library. The State Library was constructed in 1936 and is one of the most imposing structures in the city and was granted heritage status in 1998.
The Library today has an excellent collection of 4,35,287 books published from the early 19th Century. Books in English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi, Sanskrit, Urdu, Arabic and Persian languages find a good place in this collection. About 17,000 valuable manuscripts dating back to 5th and 6th Centuries were transferred to the Andhra Pradesh Oriental Manuscripts Library in the year 1967.
The Andhra Pradesh(A.P.) State Museum originally known as the `Hyderabad Museum` is a place for the ardent lover of art and history. The museum was built in 1928 by the Hyderabad Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan. The museum stands as an excellent example of Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. This is the oldest museum in the city of Hyderabad. Beside the Public Garden this building is itself a heritage building with an enchanting charisma.
The A.P. State Museum has a large collection of stone and metal sculptures from ancient and medieval Andhra, from the Satavahana to the Ikshvaku periods. The museum has five galleries among which the Modern Art Gallery is one worth to be mentioned. Besides, there is a pavilion dedicated to Ajanta and Deccani painting. The other attractions of the A.P. State Museum includes Egyptian mummy, coins dating back to the Satavahana period of about second century BC, important Buddhist and Jain relics and sculpture of different periods and dynasties.
Apart from these, the museum also embodies a Buddist gallery, Brahmanical and Jain gallery, Arms and Armour gallery Numissmatics gallery, Ajanta gallery and more. Adjacent to the State Museum is the Contemporary Art Museum. In addition to these, there are also the eleventh century Jain sculptures from Patancheru, the bronze figures of Hindu holy figures from the Vijaynagar and Chola Periods, the Goddess Ambika, Roman coins and copies of Ajanta Caves` Buddhist murals.
An annual all India festival of arts and crafts is organised in the first two weeks of March at the craft village, Shilparamam. During this festival, craftsperson's from all parts of the country come here to exhibit their exclusive creations. The festival brings to limelight the cultural and artistic traditions from every nook and corner of the country.
Ashtalakshmi Temple is a popular Hindu temple of Goddesses Ashtalakshmi in Hyderabad, India. This magnificent temple dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi stands distinctly on the outskirts of the city of Hyderabad. Amidst the varied Islamic architectural monuments in Hyderabad, this temple has a different style - a touch of the south-Indian architecture.
In India, among the Hindu pantheon, the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, finds a special place in the hearts of the people for she brings prosperity and happiness as well as salvation. But very few temples have Goddess Lakshmi in all her eight splenderous forms. The temple was consecrated in April 1996. Although built of sand and cement, the Ashtalakshmi temple reveals the remarkable dexterity of the artists. Installed inside the temples are idols of Adilakshmi, Aishwaryalakshmi, Santanalakshmi, Dhanalakshmi, Dhanyalakshmi, Gajalakshmi, Vijayalakshmi and Varalakshmi. Depicting these eight postures, the idols are adorned with gold and - kasula peru necklace and other necklaces.
Asman Garh Palace is a palace located in Hyderabad, India. The name meaning, Asman for Sky, and Garh for home, since the palace was located so high on a hillock. It is located on the road from Malakpet and Dilsukhnagar.The palace presently hosts a museum displaying archaeological relics. The palace presently is converted into a school (St Joseph's Public School, Asman Garh Palace branch).
It was designed personally and built by the erstwhile Prime Minister of Hyderabad state Sir Asman Jah in 1885 on a hillock for leisure. Its based on Gothic architecture and is in the shape of a European medieval castle. The granite turrets and arched windows of Asman Garh palace stand out.
It is a stunning white building with green tombs. The last Nizam built this in 1930. It can be seen from the north bank of the river Musi. It is also known as Madre-E-Deccan or Mother of Deccan Ashurkhana. The ceilings and inner walls of it are enamel coated.
Azizia Mosque, the main Islamic Center of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and Students Islamic Organisation of India is a beautiful and the largest mosque in Mehdipatnam. It consists of four floors with Wuzu Khana (Place of Ablution) at every floor. It witnesses a crowd of more than 7000 during Ramadan. Worshipers come from near and far to worship here. Worshipers consist not only of Indians but also Arabs, Africans and Turkish. The Friday sermons delivered in this mosque are based on editorials in English dailies.
This complex was built in 1596 for the purpose of mourning for the `Shia` sect of Muslims during Moharrum. They mourn remembering the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain who played an important role in the Karbala battle. It is said to be the oldest structure of its kind in Hyderabad. Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah built the inner wall and outer hall was constructed by Asif Jah II. During the rule of Sultan Muhammad, this building of Hyderabad was decorated with some beautiful enamel tiles. The tourists can visit this building only on Thursdays.
Banjara hills is an urban commercial center in Hyderabad, Telangana. This is an upmarket locality and is close to Jubilee Hills. This area was a hilly forest area and was least inhabited in the past. Only few royal members of the Nizam's dynasty used to live here, and was also a hunting ground for the Nizams. Due to its history and status this area now has completely transformed to an urban commercial centre of importance. Banjara Hills is segregated by its road numbers, each road having its own importance.
This place is famous for the temple of the Saraswati, the goddess for Arts and Learning and the consort of Lord Brahma, the creator of the Universe. It is believed that Adikavi Valmiki installed the presiding deity here. Near the temple, the image of the sage Valmiki and his `Samadhi` can be seen. This temple is believed to be one of the temples built by the Rashtrakutas near the confluence of the sacred rivers Manjira and Godavari.
The image of goddess Lakshmi can be seen besides Goddess Saraswati inside the sanctum sanctorum. Basar is considered as the holy abode of divine trinity where the devotees are blessed with all the three vital traits of the three goddess named Saraswati, Lakshmi and Kali. A huge granary built in the year 1642 can also be seen here.
Basheer Bagh Palace or Bashir Bagh Palace is a palace located in Hyderabad, India. It was constructed by Sir Asman Jah, a Paigah noble and Prime Minister of Hyderabad state(1887-1894). This place has the distinction of playing host to the Hindustani classical maestro, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, who stayed here in his final years of his life, patronized by Nawab Zahir Yar Jung. It was a palaces with great architecture and magnificent interiors.
Begumpet Mosque is one of the marvelous mosques present in Hyderabad. It's well known among the people because of its amazing architecture. The architecture followed in this mosque is the Spanish Architecture. The mosque was constructed by Sir Vicar-ul-Umra a Paigah Nawab.
Bella Vista Palace, Hyderabad is a royal palace of the Nizam built in the year 1910. Bella Vista is the Indo-European building standing on a 10-acre (40,000 m2) verdant campus. The building's French architect christened it as Bella Vista, meaning beautiful sight, since it overlooks the Hussain sagar lake. It is located at Saifabad suburb. It was modeled on the Henley-on-Thames of England. It now houses the Administrative staff college of India.
Birla Mandir on the Naubath Pahad is a magnificent Hindu temple of Lord Venkateshwara, entirely built in white marble located in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. The Birla Foundation has constructed several similar temples in India, all of which are known as Birla Mandir. The temple manifests a blend of South Indian, Rajasthani and Utkala temple architectures. In its entirety, it is made of 2000 tons of pure Rajasthani white marble.
The granite of the presiding deity is about 11 ft (3.4 m). tall and a carved lotus forms an umbrella on the roof. The consorts of Lord Venkateswara, Padmavati and Andal are housed in separate shrines. There is a brass flagstaff in the temple premises which rises to a height of 42 ft (13 m). The temple is built on a 280 feet (85 m) high hillock called the Naubath Pahad on a 13 acres (53,000 m2) plot. The construction took 10 years and was consecrated in 1976 by Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Mission. The temple does not have traditional bells, as Swamiji wished that the temple atmosphere should be conducive for meditation.
Though the chief deity is Lord Venkateshwara, the temple has pan-Hindu character with deities of Shiva, Shakti, Ganesh, Hanuman, Brahma, Saraswati, Lakshmi and Saibaba. The selected teachings of holy men and Gurbani are engraved on temple walls. The temple complex overlooking the southern side of Hussain Sagar offers a magnificent panoramic view of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. It presents a colorful and spectacular sight when illuminated at night. Other nearby structures are Telangana Secretariat, Assembly and Birla Planetarium.
Birla Planetarium a wing of the B.M. Birla Science Centre at Hyderabad is a large planetarium near the Government of India tourist office providing a virtual tour of the stars and the solar system. It is located near the famous tourist attraction Birla Mandir at the center of the city, on the small hill known as Naubat Pahad. It was inaugrated by the Late Mr. N.T. Rama Rao, on 8 September 1985. This planetarium displays and demonstrates the advances in science and technology. There are another two Birla Planetariums.
The planetariums holds sky shows everyday at different timings in different languages. The show covers the various aspects of the Cosmos, Space, Solar System, Galaxies, Comets, Eclipses, The Hubble Space Telescope and the mysterious UFO's. The visitors are transported into a new world, as they watch a large dome of an open sky, full of shining stars looking down upon them. With excellent sound effects added upon them gives a feel of being in outer space. The show lasts about 35 minutes.
The science centre is another beautiful structure, reflecting the advances made in science and technology. The interior d?cor matches the architectural exterior of the centre built over 10,000 sq ft (930 m2). The centre is host to a number of divisions such as the Planetarium, the Science Museum, and the centre for Applied Mathematics and Computer Sciences.
The Buddha Statue is the world's largest single-stone statue of Buddha, which is made of a white granite rock. It is 22 metres (72 feet) in height and 450 tonnes (4,50,000 kilograms) in weight. It is located in the center of the lake on the rock of Gibraltar in the tranquil waters of the Hussain Sagar Lake. It was a contribution of the Buddha Poornima Project held in the year 1985.
The statue was carved by 200 artisans for more than two years. The statue has been shipped to Hyderabad in November 1988, after some initial troubles, the Buddha statue was raised up on 12 April 1992. The atmosphere ponders peace and perseverance. A visit to the Buddha statue by boat would be an unforgettable experience.
Charminar meaning "Mosque of the Four Minarets" and "Four Towers" is the most famous mosque and monument in the city of Hyderabad, capital of the state of Telangana, India. Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah , the 5th ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty built Charminar in 1591.
Charminar has the signature style of Islamic architecture. This great tribute to aesthetics looks sturdy and solid from a distance but as one moves closer, it emerges as an elegant and romantic edifice proclaiming its architectural eminence in all its detail and dignity. Charminar looks equally spectacular at night when it is illuminated. Apart from being the core of the city's cultural milieu, it has become a brand name. This beautiful colossus in granite, lime, mortar and, some say, pulverised marble, was at one time the heart of the city. Initially the wonderful monument with its four arches was so proportionately planned that when the fort was opened one could catch a glimpse of the bustling Hyderabad city as these Charminar arches were facing the most active royal ancestral streets.
Charminar is a beautiful and impressive square monument. Each side measures 20 m, and each of the corners has a tall, pointed minaret. These four gracefully carved minarets soar to a height of 48.7 m above the ground, commanding the landscape for miles around. Each minaret has four stories, marked by a delicately carved ring around the minaret. Unlike the Taj Mahal, Charminar's four fluted minarets of Charminar are built into the main structure. Inside the minarets 149 winding steps guide the visitor to the top floor, the highest point one can reach, which provides a panoramic view of the city.
Chilkur Balaji Temple popularly known as Visa Balaji Temple or Visa God , is an ancient Hindu temple of Lord Balaji on the banks of Osman Sagar Lake near Hyderabad, India. The Balaji temple is one of the oldest temples in the city. Approximately, 75,000 to a lakh devotees visit the shrine during the week. It is also the only temple in India that does not accept any money.
The temple is located on the banks of Osmansagar Lake with serene environs with lush green trees, Grape orachards and small rocks in a village called as Chilkur.
The Chote Hazrat ki Dargah is situated in Devan Devadi, in Hyderabad, India. The Chote Hazrat ki Dargah dates back to the period of Asif Jahis. You need to climb roughly 400 stairs or more to reach the place of worship. The Dargah (mortuary) was built in the memory of Hazrat Ali, the son-in-law of Prophet Mohammad. It is a pilgrimage center for the Muslims and is considered very sacred. A large number of Muslims flock this place to pay their offerings during the 8th and 10th day of Muharram, which is a prominent festival of the Muslims.
There is an interesting story behind the building of this Dargah. Legend has it that Yakoob, a eunuch in the court of Ibrahim Quli went to a hilltop after he saw Hazrat Ali seated on it in his dreams. He noticed the impression of Hazrat Ali's palm on a stone, which was similar to what he saw in his dream. He was surprised and got the impression carved out and installed in a shrine. An arch was then built over the spot. Later Ibrahim Shah constructed a mosque adjacent to the Dargah. An 'Ashurkhana', a 'Baradari' or pavilion and a 'Naqqar Khana' or a place for beating drums were added during the Qutub Shahi period.
Chowmahalla Palace or Chowmahallat (4 Palaces), was a palace belonging to the Nizams of Hyderabad state. It was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty and was the official residence of the Nizam. In Urdu, Chow means four and Mahalat (plural of Mahel) means palaces, hence the name Chowmahallat/four palaces. All ceremonial functions including the accession of the Nizams and receptions for the Governor-General were held at this palace.
Khilwat Mubarak : This is heart of Chowmahalla Palace. It is held in high esteem by the people of Hyderabad, as it was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty. The grand pillared Durbar Hall has a pure marble platform on which the Takht-e-Nishan or the royal seat was laid. Here the Nizams held their durbar and other religious and symbolic ceremonies. The 19 spectacular Chandeliers of Belgian crystal recently reinstalled to recreate the lost splendor of this regal hall.
Clock Tower : The clock above the main gate to Chowmahalla Palace is affectionately called as Khilwat Clock. It has been ticking away for around 250 years. An expert family of clock repairers winds the mechanical clock every week.
Council Hall : This building housed a rare collection of manuscripts and priceless books.The Nizam often met important officials and dignitaries here.Today it is venue for temporary exhibitions from the treasures of the Chowmahalla Palace Collection that of a bygone era.
Roshan Bangla : The sixth Nizam is believed to have lived here and the building was named after his mother Roshan Begum.
The five day long vibrant Deccan festival, which usually begins on 25th of February reflects the tradition and culture of the Deccan area. Also known as Hyderabad festival, it is conducted by the Tourism Department of Telangana. The festival is the venue for hosting cultural shows, which include Ghazals, Qawalis, Poetry etc. and exhibitions.
Various renowned singers and dancers are invited here to perform during the festival. Other highlights of the festival are the arts and craft shops and the food stalls that offer delicious items exclusive of both Andhra and Nawabi cuisine.
Dhartimata Temple is located in Begum Bazaar. The main goddess of this temple is Dhartimata, which is the earth goddess. It is believed that by performing puja to this goddess by women, they will get rid of the problems faced during pregnancy and childbirth.
Dhola-Ri-Dhani, located in Hyderabad offers plays, dances, puppet shows and other variety programmes for the whole family plus has a mini handicrafts market worth meandering through. A tour to the famous Dhola-Ri-Dhani at Hyderabad is an absolute must if you want to see the amalgamation of two entirely different cultures. The imposing entrance opens the doors to the world of Ethnic Rajasthani culture and fantasy, a culmination of the images and dreams of tourists out there to experience the pure magic of Rajasthan in Hyderabad!
Dhola-Ri-Dhani is a classic setting, recreated with rustic ambience and charm of an ethnic Rajasthani village. Camel rides, puppet shows, folk dances keep you thoroughly entertained while authentic Rajasthani cuisine gives you the taste of the northern state of Rajasthan in every sense. Apart from the countryside setting, a large swimming pool, a lake to go boating, an amphitheatre for plays and other entertainment performances, give you a feel of modern ambience. For tourists who want to stay, the place has a resort with lodging facilities and accommodation.
The Durgam Cheruvu is located near the Hi-tech City, the home of information-technology industries in Hyderabad. This lake, which is also called the Secret Lake, belongs to older times. This lake once served as a drinking water source to the Golconda Fort. The lake brinks on the lush green terrains of the Jubilee Hills.
Rich scenic surroundings and the picturesque lake waters made this become a major tourist attraction. Pedal boating, camping, and trekking facilities are available. A cafeteria as well as a refreshment center are located on its banks. Granite shields around here are one of its kind in Asia. They date back to around 2500 million years, bringing rock lovers from all over the world.
The amusement park for children, Elless World situated in Gandhipet offers several fun rides for kids and dragon-roller coaster, dream girl a diagonal Ferris wheel , striking etc. The park is open from 12 noon to 8 P.M and the entry fee is Rs. 65 per person.
Errum Manzil or now known as Erra Manzil or Persian for mansion in paradise is an expansive palace built on a hillock by a nobleman, Nawab Safdar Jung Musheer-ud-daula Fakhrul Mulk of Hyderabad in 1870. It is built in the Indo-European Baroque style of architecture. This palace was used for royal banquets and other grand events.
Falaknuma Palace is one of the finest palaces in Hyderabad, India. It is located in Falaknuma, 5 km. from Charminar was built by Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra, the then Prime Minister of Hyderabad. Falaknuma literally means "Star of Heaven" in Urdu, originated from Arabic words Falk or Falak E Numaish meaning to A gift from Heavens".
An Italian architect designed this palace and the foundation for the construction was laid by H.E. Sir Vicar Ul Umra Bahadur on 3 March 1884. It took 9 years to complete the construction and furnishing the Palace(Sir Vicar moved into the Gol Bangla and Zanana Mahel of The Falaknuma Palace in December 1889 and closely monitored the finishing work at the Mardana Portion of Falaknuma). It was totally made with Italian marble and it covers a total area of 9,39,712-sq-metre.
One of the highlight's of the palace is the state reception room, whose ceiling is decorated with frescoes and gilded relief's. The ballroom contains a two-ton manually operated organ said to be the only one of its kind in the world. The palace has as many as 220 lavishly decorated rooms and 22 spacious halls. It has some of the finest treasures collections of the Nizam. Falaknuma houses a large collection of rare treasures including paintings, statues, furniture, manuscripts and books. The famed dining hall of the palace could seat 100 guests on its dining table. The furniture was very aesthetic. The chairs were made of carved rosewood with green leather upholstery. The tableware was made of gold and crystal to which fluted music was added.
Gachibowli is a major IT suburb of Hyderabad. It is situated about 5 km away from HITEC City, another IT hub. Both these suburbs lie on the north-west part of Hyderabad city. International banking institutions such as the Franklin Templeton Investments, Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS), Brigade Corporation and Bank of America have made their home here.
Gachibowli is also a center of education with famous institutions such as the Indian School of Business, International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) and the University of Hyderabad formerly known as Central University spread over acres of land, providing top class education.
Genome Valley is a biotech cluster setup near Hyderabad, India to provide facilities to over 100 biotech companies. It is a 200-acre (0.81 km2) Knowledge Park(KP) which is a joint initiative of ICICI Bank and the Telangana government. KP is the first of its kind knowledge-nurturing centre for the Indian companies and a knowledge gateway for multinational companies. Spread over 600 km?, covering the mandals of Shamirpet, Medchal, Keesra and Uppal in Ranga Reddy District, the Genome Valley has developed as a natural cluster for biotech research, training and manufacturing activities.
The Knowledge Park has five Innovation Corridors on its agenda. The first phase of Innovation Corridor I, comprising 10 laboratories, each of about 3,000 ft? (300 m?), is operational and fully occupied. The second phase of Innovation Corridor I, comprising 16 laboratory modules of 1,700 ft? (170 m?) each, is ready for operation.
Golkonda Fort, a ruined city of south-central India and capital of ancient Kingdom of Golkonda (c. 1364?1512), is situated west of Hyderabad. The most important builder of Golkonda was Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah Wali, the fourth Qutb king. Ibrahim was following in the spirit of his ancestors, the Qutub Shahi kings, a great family of builders who had ruled the kingdom of Golkonda from 1512.
Golkonda Fort consists of four distinct forts with a 10 km long outer wall with 87 semi circular bastions; some still mounted with cannons, eight gateways, four drawbridges and number of royal apartments and halls, temples, mosques, magazines, stables etc., inside. The lowest of these is the outermost enclosure into which we enter by the "Fateh Darwaza" (Victory gate, so called after Aurangzeb's triumphant army marched in through this gate) studded with giant iron spikes (to prevent elephants from battering them down) near the south-eastern corner.
The place is also known as Mankal (The Mahakali temple located inside the fort, and the festival of Bonalu of twin cities begin here).
HITEC City stands for Hyderabad Information Technology Engineering Consultancy City, a major technology township which is at the center of the information technology industry in Hyderabad, Telangana. HITEC City is spread across 151 acres of land and this area falls under suburbs like Madhapur, Kondapur, Gachibowli, Nanakramguda, Manikonda, Thellapur etc.
Cyber Towers is the first phase of HITEC City and was inaugurated in November 1998. Companies include 7Hills Business Solutions, AppLabs, Keane, Microsoft, Patni Computer Systems, Oracle Corporation, GE Capital and Prithvi Information Solutions , Orbees, Four Soft operate offshore development facilities and call centers in this four-quadrant, 10-story building.
Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali was a revered sufi saint of Golkonda, during the reign of Qutb Shahi dynasty. He is credited with building the Hussain sagar at Hyderabad in the year 1562. The mausoleum and shrine at the Qutb Shahi Tombs called Dargah Hussain Shah Wali Mosque', was built by Abdullah Qutb Shah in his honour. He died in 1620.
The Health Museum, Hyderabad was set up in the year 1948, primarily as old as India itself. Besides, being a museum in itself, it is a veteran institution on the other hand. It portrays the social evils that once bashed the ancient India. It tells the inadequacy in true dedication, adherence, advancement and improvement and several other threats like ignorance and poverty.
There are two spacious halls representing the children`s hub. One shows the proper and balanced nourishment, wellness, and various deadly diseases like cancer, tuberculosis, leprosy and a number of intriguing features of polio, small pox and diphtheria. The second atrium of the Health Museum is sanctified with different aspects of life of a mother and the process of giving birth. On the other hand, to make the visitors feel interested there are various wooden placards putting a lot of emphasis on procedures of health improvement and snaps of various dignified scientists.
Hill Fort Palace was a palace of the erstwhile Nizams of Hyderabad state. It was the palace where the younger son of the last Nizam, Prince Moazzam Jah, referred as the Junior Prince, stayed. It is now called as Ritz Hotel.
Himayat Sagar is an artificial lake located about 20 km from Hyderabad in Telangana, India. It lies parallel to another artificial lake Osman Sagar and it is smaller in size among both. The storage capacity of the reservoir is about 3.0 TMC.
The construction of reservoir on Esi a tributary of Musi River was completed in 1927, for providing drinking water source for Hyderabad. The Himayat Sagar and Osman Sagar reservoirs provided continuous water supply to the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
Hussain Sagar is a lake in Hyderabad, India, built by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali in 1562, during the rule of Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah. It was a lake of 24 square kilometres built on a tributary of the River Musi to meet the water and irrigation needs of the city. There is a large monolithic statue of the Gautam Buddha in the middle of the lake which was erected in 1992. Linking the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, the lake and its environs have several parks and scenic spots.
An 18 meter high monolithic statue of Lord Buddha towers over the lake from atop the Rock of Gibraltar. The Hussain Sagar Lake has been the centre of Hyderabad civilisation and is among the most beautiful national heritage. It has played a major role in the economy of the State of Telangana through its attraction of tourists as well as its utilisation as a source of food and water.
Hussein Sagar Lake is a popular spot for sailing. Various regattas have been held here since 1971 jointly by the EME Sailing Association and the Secunderabad Sailing Club. The Hyderabad Sailing Week has been conducted here since 1984 when the first Laser boats ( an Olympic class boat) were introduced by the Laser Class Association of India. The event has grown from strength to strength from 10 Laser entries in 1984 to 110 Laser entries in 2009.
In the village of Chandanpet just outside Hyderabad, almost the entire population is engaged in the delicate art of drilling pearls. A skill they have practiced for generations, making Hyderabad one of the largest drilling centres in India. Once the pearls are drilled, they are boiled for about four days to bleach them and rid them of their dark color. They are placed in glass bottles containing hydrogen peroxide, water and ether and sunned for four or five days in glass sun boxes with a mirror base. Finally they are washed and separated through series of different shapes and sizes.
Pearls are also graded according to color. While pink pearls and black pearls are also considered to be of good quality, white pearls have traditionally been most popular. A good quality white pearl reflects a lovely sky blue color under ultraviolet light while a poor quality one has a green or mustard-colored sheen. Black pearls that have a green sheen and baroque (irregular shaped) pearls that reflect a rainbow of colors are also amongst the more valuable varieties. While black and pink pearls are also rare and beautiful, most traditional Hyderabad jewellery is made with white pearls. Recently, several pearl makers are exporting processed pearls to markets in Europe and the US.
Hyderabadi Biryani is a Hyderabadi dish based on basmati rice and goat meat. Popular variations use chicken instead of goat. The blending of Mughlai and Telangana cuisines in the kitchens of the Nizam, ruler of the historic Hyderabad State, resulted in the creation of Hyderabadi Biryani. From the Nizam's kitchen originated the Hyderabadi Biryani and the delicacies that go with it like the Mirchi ka Salan, Dhanshak and Baghare Baingan.
Hyderabadi Biryani is of two types, the Kacchi (raw) Biryani and the Pakki biryani. A biryani is accompanied with Dahi chutney (curd and onions); Mirchi ka salan - a green chili curry. May also be accompanied by Bagare Baingan ( Roasted Eggplant). The salad includes onion, carrot, cucumber, and lemon wedges.
ISKCON Temple is located at Nampally in Hyderabad. It is one of the famous temples constructed by the ISKCON organization. The main deity of this temple is Lord Krishna. Other deities of this temple are Sri Gaura-Nitai, Sri Jagannatha Baladeva-Subhadra, and Sri Radha Madana-Mohana.
The temple is usually crowded on Krishnashtami since thousands of devotees visit this temple. The temple has been kept under strict watch by the police personnels. Many metal detectors have been set up at the gateways by which no frisking was executed.
Usual programmes are performed on daily basis. On Sundays special programmes are performed. The temple also distributes the Krishna Prasadam to nearly 1,000 devotees every month. Bhakti Vrksha facilitates devotees to get personal attention and guidance on how to exercise bhakti yogas and sustain good association.
The Indian School of Business (ISB) is an international business school in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. The school offers postgraduate programmes in Management (PGP), post-doctoral programmes, as well as executive education programs for business executives. Its idea was conceived in 1995 by a group of Fortune 500 entrepreneurs in collaboration with Telangana's state government. Rajat Gupta, former Managing Director of McKinsey and Company Worldwide and Nara Chandrababu Naidu, the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh played a pivotal role in establishing the institution.
The Indian School of Business campus is located in Gachibowli, Hyderabad. The campus has been designed in such a way that parts of it maintain the vegetation, rock formations, and natural habitat, while other parts of the campus have manicured lawns, boulevards, and gardens. A wide variety of flora and fauna including the national bird of India, the peacock, can be found within the campus. The Academic Block is at the heart of the ISB. It consists of the lecture halls, the auditorium, library, professors' rooms, administrative offices and the cafeteria. All lecture halls have AV equipment and network connectivity, and the Khemka auditorium seats 400 people. The library has over 31,000 books, 2000 AV resources, 374 print journals, and a Computer Centre with online access to 40 online databases including over 2,000 e-journals.
Indira Park is located in the Lower Tank Bund Road of the Hussain Sagar Lake. Named after the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, this one of the oldest parks consists of 76 acres of lush green landscape. Sandalwood trees and date palms grow here in abundance. Musical dancing fountains entertain the visitors to their amazement.
Rose garden and commercial nursery garden add beauty to the landscape. Children can spend time skating in the skating arena nearby. Katta Maisamma Temple lies near the park. A small pond in the park offers boating facilities to the visitors. There is also a canteen to cater to the needs of the visitors.
Kites fill the skies of Hyderabad with high flying colours during the Kite festival which is one of the popular events organised at Shilparamam in the month of January. The festival attracts people of all ages who take part with kites of all shapes, sizes and colors. A Kite-flying competition is also held.
The world of Indian Art is well known with the Jagadish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art in Hyderabad in the state of Telangana. As the name suggests, the museum was built with the collection of Jagdish Mittal and his wife Kamla Mittal. On 30th March 1976, a public charitable trust was created under the name of `Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art`. The Museum has also organized lectures and educational programs for the enhancement of art and cultural past of India.
The Mittal couple has accumulated various items for over 40 years. Presently, the museum is a storehouse of miniature paintings, drawings, manuscripts, calligraphy, folk and classical bronzes, terracottas, ivory figures, jade objects, metal ware, textiles, arms and armour, and artistic handicrafts. Select examples of Nepali and Tibetan thankas and Jagdish And Kamila Mittal Museummetal images are also displayed in the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art. An interesting point to note is that the museum has in its core the rich miniatures ranging from 1200 AD to the 19th century. These includes the work of the important schools like the Gujarati, Rajasthani, Sultanate, Mughal, Pahari, Central Indian, Deccani, South Indian, Bengal and Orissa, as well as select specimens of Folk style and Company Period works.
Jubilee Hall is a royal palace built in 1913 during the reign of Mir Osman Ali Khan of erstwhile Hyderabad state. It is considered one of the architectural masterpieces of Hyderabad. Its located in the green lawns of Public Gardens popularly known as Bagh-e-Aam. The building has an elegant facade built in the Indo-Persian style. At the center, a small but high stage for the throne of Nizam was built, in the shape of 'Dastar'(Crown) of the Nizam. It is clearly visible as the white square in the middle.
The huge rectangular hall of the Jubilee Hall, served as the State's Legislative Council for 27 years, before it moved to the present building. The building and the pavilion in the internal courtyard are worth visiting. , appreciate the architecture but also the culture, which was instrumental in the building's construction. It is a unique landmark of an important phase of Hyderabad's architectural heritage. The Royal works and paintings of original 1936 Durbar, still adorn the building. The Jubilee hall is presently used as a state conference hall and for State Governments functions.
Jubilee Hills is a posh suburban neighbourhood in west Hyderabad, Telangana. It is presently the costliest residential location in all of Telangana with prime land prices fetching up to 2 lakh's per square yard. This suburb is sandwiched between the wealthy commercial district of Banjara Hills and is located within two kilometers of the IT central hub of HITEC City. The natural terrain is mostly rocky and settlements here are of relatively new construction.
Jubilee Hills is home to the Telugu Film Industry and some of its renowned studios such as Ramanaidu Studios, Padmalaya Studios and Annapurna Studios are located here. It is also home to most of the Telugu movie industry's actors, business tycoons, and leading politicians. The headquarters of Spire Films is also located in Jubilee Hills.
Jubilee Hills has some excellent beauty parlors considering the highly affluent urban class residing here. Leading parlors in this area are: Pinks and Bloos, Ayur, Lakme beauty parlor, Bubbles, Mirrors, Blush and Manea. Some of these parlors are unisex while others have an option for both Men and Women.
Jubilee Hills also has some gyms such as 360 Degree Fitness, Latitudes and Helios. All of these gyms are air-conditioned, with state of the art equipments and excellent trainers. There is also a beautiful clay tennis court adjacent to the Madhapur bus stop, at the junction of Jubilee Hills and Kavuri Hills.
Judi Mosque is located at King Kothi Palace in Hyderabad, India. It is a palace where Osman Ali Khan lived and he is buried here, as per his will. It is located in the busy part of Hyderabad.
Named after the former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh Kasu Brahmananda Reddy, this national park is situated in Jubilee Hills. The park, spread over an area of more than 150 hectares, is established to safeguard the biodiversity of the place. Chiran Palace, which belongs to the former Nizam of Hyderabad, is seen here.
The flora of this park typically represents that of southern tropical deciduous forest, and the park has around 600 species of flora. More than a hundred species of birds, besides scores of species of reptiles and butterflies and many species of mammals, although not large mammals, are seen here. It is an urban refuge for rare species of fauna such as Monitor Lizards, Jungle Cats, Wild Boars and varieties of snakes.
Lal Darwaza accommodates a number of devotional structures, which are popular in Kachiguda. Kachiguda Mahankali Temple, which is the locale for Bonali procession, is one of the most important popular sites. Devi Navarathri Utsavam is one of the famous pujas done in this temple.
Keesara is a small village some 30 kilometers from Hyderabad. On "Sivarathri" day, every year, the place becomes busy as many people throng to the temple here, the Keesara Gutta Temple. Archeologists believe that this place?called Gatika?was, in fact, an educational institution belonging to the third century, much in the veins of the present-day colleges.
The temple, also called Ramalingeshwara Temple, is recently renovated. Around this temple, there are a number of ruined shrines in the Gupta architecture, of fifth century. There are scores of meter-high lingas?the phallic symbol?around the main deity. To the Hindus, these lingas signify life and fertility. The base of these lingas is set in a base structure that signifies the womb.
King Kothi Palace is a royal palace located in Hyderabad, India. It was the palace where the erstwhile ruler, the Seventh Nizam, Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII, of Hyderabad state lived here. The eastern half, now occupied by a state government hospital, was used by the Nizam for official and ceremonial purposes.
The western half which is now walled, has the main residential buildings known as Nazri Bagh or Mubarak Mansion and is still belongs to the Nizam's private estate. The main entrance to Nazri Bagh always had a curtain draped across it, so it has come to be known as the purdah gate. When Nizam went out of the Palace, the purdah was lifted up which indicated the king was not home. The gate was guarded by Maisaram Regiment, police and Sarf-e- Khas Army with lances in their hands.
Of the three principal buildings of the King Kothi Complex, the main building, now houses a hospital, and the Mubarak Mansion (Nazri Bagh) accommodating the offices of the Nizam's Private Estates (Sarf E Khas) only survive. The King Kothi complex has various European styles. The canopies over windows, the intricate woodwork, the sloping tiled roofs in octagonal pyramid shapes of the Ghadial Gate complex, and the classical semicircular arches are among the characteristic features of King Kothi.
The Botanical Garden was developed by the Forests Department and is situated near the HITEC City, Madhapur, 16 km from Hyderabad Railway station on the Hyderabad-Mumbai old Highway. The Botanical Garden is aimed at providing the facility of a Modern Botanical Garden to conserve and develop the germ plasm and to educate the people.
The garden spread over 120 acres of undulating land and when completed will have 19 sectors or 'Vanams'. Already open to public is the first phase, with the completion of 5 sections. The sections include medicinal plants, timber trees, fruit trees, ornamental plants, aquatic plants, bamboos and so on. The Park has been designed to have large water bodies, rolling meadows, natural forests, rich grasslands and exquisite rock formations - all providing visitors an unforgettable experience.
Major attraction of this garden is the Bamboo sector and palm sector, with different varieties of bamboo trees separated by a 3-m distance. Special signboards are erected at each bamboo variety indicating its generic and scientific names, which would be of immense help, if you were scientifically inclined. Another attractive sector is the Palm sector with its diverse species. Here you can find a variety of flowers in abundance, as Cosmos, both in yellow and purple, blue Salvia, red Raselia, etc.
Established in the year 1997. It is a family-oriented entertainment centre equipped with all kinds of well-maintained amusement products like fun games, action games, skill games, gift machines. A sprawling and modern 8,000 sq. ft. family-oriented entertainment centre that is equipped with all kinds of well-maintained amusement products and catering to small kids, teen agers and parents awaits your gracious presence. It offers a range of more than 40 varieties of indoor games that stimulate and transport your spirits to a peak of joy that is unrivaled.
Laad Bazaar or Choodi Bazaar is a very old market popular for bangles located in Hyderabad. It is located on one of the four main roads that branch out from the historic Charminar. Laad meaning lacquer is used to make Bangles, on which artificial diamonds are studded. In this kilometre-long shopping strip exclusively for women. A vast and colourful array of stores selling bangles, saris, wedding related items, cheap jewellery etc are sold here.
This market is very old well in operation since the time of the Qutb Shahis and the Nizams. The old shops give a glimpse of the rich aura of the past. Its proximity to the epicenter of erstwhile Hyderabad state like the Charminar, Makkah Masjid and Chowmahalla Palace grants it a coveted position. It is popular for gorgeous bangles, semi-precious stones, pearls, saris, brocade, velvet and gold embroidered fabrics, traditional Khara Dupattas, lacquer bangles and perfumes. The exquisite range of lac and glass bangles are the pride and joy of the women of Hyderabad.
The Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium is a cricket stadium in Hyderabad, India. The stadium was originally known as Fateh Maidan and was re-named in 1967 after Lal Bahadur Shastri, India's former Prime Minister. Floodlights were introduced in 1992 during the Hero Cup match between the West Indies and Zimbabwe. The Stadium was the home ground for the Hyderabad cricket team.
Lal Bahadur Stadium is situated behind the police control room, between the Nizam College and Public Gardens in Hyderabad. It is the venue for many national and international sporting events, especially for football and cricket. It has the capacity to seat around 25,000 people. The swimming pool, shopping complex and the indoor stadium are the important aspects of this stadium. The ground has flood light facility.
Lanco Hills is a mixed property development project located at Manikonda in Hyderabad. Designed to create a city of the future, Lanco Hills is a US$ 1.25 Billion project. The entire project will spread over 100 acres (0.40 km2; 0.16 sq mi).
The Signature Tower is a 400 m (1,312 ft) skyscraper proposed for construction in Hyderabad, India. It would be the 90 storey tower has the potential to become the tallest building in the country, as well as one of the tallest buildings in the world. It is under construction now.
Lotus Pond is a small water body situated off Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana, India. The pond is surrounded by lush green flora and a 1.2 kilometer path. Lotus Pond is home to more than 20 species of birds. A few of them are Pied Kingfisher, White Wagtail, Common Moorhen, Little Grebe, sunbirds, Common Coot, and Little Egret. The pond is maintained by the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad(MCH).
The Lotus Pond was conceived to be an Eco-conservation project bringing natural elements into the concept of the project without disturbing the ecosystem and conserving the natural rocks and pond. The launch of the construction of the project was on on 20 November, 1999. The work was completed in late 2001.
Lumbini Festival which highlights the Buddhist heritage of Telangana is celebrated in Nagarjunasagar in Hyderabad. The festival, organised by the Department of Tourism of the Government of Telangana, commences on the second Friday of December and lasts for three days. Named after the birthplace of the Buddha, Lumbini festival provides an insight to relive the 2000 year old past of Telangana when Buddhism was a prevalent religion.
Lumbini Park is a small public, urban park of 7.5 acres (0.030 km2; 0.0117 sq mi) adjacent to Hussain Sagar in Hyderabad, India. Since it is geographically located in the center of the city and is in close proximity to other tourist attractions, such as Birla Mandir and Necklace Road, it attracts many visitors throughout the year. Constructed in 1994, the park is presently being maintained by the Buddha Purnima Project Authority that functions under the directives of the Government of Telangana.
In 1994, Lumbini Park was constructed at a cost of INR 2.35 crores on 5 acres (0.020 km2; 0.0078 sq mi) of land adjacent to Hussain Sagar. In 2000, the Buddha Purnima Project Authority (BPPA) was established to maintain specially designated development areas in Hyderabad.
Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park is a deer national park located in Vanasthalipuram, Hyderabad, Telangana, India. The park was named after Mahavir, a Jain saint, in commemoration of his 2500th birth anniversary in the year 1975. The place where the park is located was once a private hunting ground for former rulers of Hyderabad - the Nizam. A deer park was set up in order to preserve this precious heritage and rehabilitate it.
Animals living in this national park include a few hundred blackbucks (the state animal of Telangana), porcupines, water monitors, short-toed eagles, Indian pond herons, egrets, kingfishers, cormorants and several other bird species. There is a shuttle service that take the tourists and visitors on guided tours, this also allows people to get up close to the blackbucks.
Malwala Palace is a palace built in 1845 located in Hyderabad, India. It is close to the historic Charminar. It was constructed in Mughal and Rajasthani style and in Hyderabadi courtyard style, is known for its richly carved wooden pavilion. The palace belongs to a noble family, the Malwala or the custodians of the Revenue Records (Daftar -i- Mal) of the erstwhile Hyderabad State. Built in the early 18th century, this was one of the very few palaces of Hyderabad built in the Mughal and Rajasthani Styles of Architecture.
It was an exquisite Diwan Khana made of huge Arches in lacquered wood and beautifully painted with vegetable dyes and two galleries about 80 Mtrs in length flanking the Diwan Khana on each side. The galleries housed the most priceless collection of antique Indian art and artifacts. Another lesser known fact about the Palace was its legendary library, which boasted of a collection of rare books and manuscripts from the 10th century A.D.
Mecca Masjid is one of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad, India and one of the largest mosques in India. Mecca Masjid is a listed heritage building located in the Old City of Hyderabad close to the historic landmarks of Charminar, Chowmahalla Palace and Laad Bazaar.
Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty commissioned bricks to be made from the soil brought from Mecca, the holiest site of Islam and inducted them into the construction of the central arch of the mosque, thus rendering the mosque its name.
The main hall of the mosque is 75 feet high, 220 feet wide and 180 feet long, enough to accommodate ten thousand worshippers at a time. Fifteen arches support the roof of the main hall, five on each of the three sides. A wall rises on the fourth side to provide Mihrab. At the peak of the minarets flanking the mosque is an arched gallery and above that a smallish dome and a spire. Inscriptions from the Qur'an adorn many of the arches and doors. The main structure of the mosque is sandwiched between two massive octagonal columns made out of a single piece of granite.
The cornices running around the entire mosque structure and the floral motifs and friezes over the arches remind the tourist of the great attention paid to detail in Qutub Shahi architecture. They have a close resemblance arches at Charminar and Golkonda Fort. The entrance courtyard of the mosque, a rectangular, arched and canopied building housing the marble graves of Asaf Jahi rulers. At both ends of this resting place for the Asaf Jahs and very much a part of it, are two rectangular blocks with four minarets each. These minarets have elegant and circular balconies with low ornamental walls and arches. Above them is an octagonal inverted platter from which the rest of the minaret soars till it is arrested by a dome and a spire.
Mir Alam Tank is a small lake that has been built right next to the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad. Take a tour to the Mir Alam Tank to feel the peace and tranquility of nature untouched by time. The unique feature of this Tank is that it has 21 in-built small masonry dams, semi-circular in shape.
The Mir Alam Tank is named after Mir Alam, the then Prime Minister of Hyderabad and the builder of the Tank, who ruled for a period of 1804 - 1808. The construction of this tank is really worth appreciating. It is a wonderful paradigm of engineering, comprising of one-mile bund with 21 semi-circular arches put up on it, thus giving the whole scene a majestic look.
Another benefit of planning a tour to the Mir Alam Tank is that you can also visit the Nehru Zoological Park, which is situated right next to it. You can enjoy the flora and fauna of the Zoo along with the calm view of the Tank, thus enjoying your trip to the fullest.
The Maula Ali Dargah was constructed in the retention of Hazrat Ali, who is the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad. It was constructed by the Asif Jahis. The 400 steps make you to contribute your religious interest. The dargah is located on the top of a hillock near Moula-Ali, which is in north-eastern part of Hyderabad. The panoramic view of the Hyderabad city from the top of the Moula-Ali hill is a breathtaking scene.
The Moula-Ali Dargah is incomparable in a sense since it does not have anybody's mortal remains. The Heritage Conservation Committee of HUDA has identified this dargah as one of the eleven heritage sites. To get life comfortable for the visitors, there is a long stairway to go up the hill to arrive at the Dargah.
Popularly known as Mrugam, the unique Mrigasira festival is held in the month of June or July. The festival which is connected with the asthma treatment is celebrated with a feast of local fish. The treatment, which is believed to have herbal properties and has a tradition of more than 150 years, deals with the swallowing of small live freshwater fish called maral which is believed to bring great relief to asthma patients.
Mrugavani National Park is a national park in Telangana, India. It is situated at Chilkur in Moinabad mandal, 25 km from Hyderabad and covers an area of 3.5 square miles. It is home to a 600 different types of plant life. The animals include: the black naped hare, forest cat, civet, Indian rat snake, Russell's viper, cheetal and the flower pecker.
The Musi River is a tributary of Krishna River in the Deccan Plateau region of Telangana state in India. It flows through a major portion of Hyderabad, India and divides the historic old city with the new city. Himayat Sagar and Osman Sagar is known as gandipet are the two dams built on it which act as source of water for Hyderabad. Musi River is known as Muchukunda river in olden days. Hussain Sagar lake was built on a tributary of the River Musi. It was a lake of 24 kilometres built to meet the water and irrigation needs of the city.
Andhra Pradesh High Court, Salar Jung Museum, State Central Library etc are situated on the bank of Musi River in Hyderabad.
NTR Memorial Gardens are the latest and exciting attractions of Hyderabad. It is situated at Hussain Sagar Lake. It has been built on behalf of the late Shri N T Rama Rao, who was one of the most attractive and extraordinary chief ministers of Telangana.
The NTR Gardens has been set up in an area of about 36 acres. The gardens provide a calm atmosphere and up to the present time the garden also provide recreation facilities like boat ride, car cafe, children's playing area, eat out joints, fruit restaurant (the 2000-square-metre restaurant is circumvented by three petal-shaped ponds), Japanese garden, machan tree, souvenir shops, and so on. A railway having a single track takes the guests all around the gardens.
Different types of flowerbeds and the verdure provide a pleasing change to the people who tired of with pollution and traffic in the city. The gardens are open from 2.30 pm to 10 pm.
Necklace Road is a boulevard in Hyderabad, Telangana, adjoining the Hussain Sagar lake, which connects NTR Gardens to Sanjeevaiah Park. This boulevard is complete with beautiful lawns, restaurants, recreational facilities and good views of the city of Hyderabad. People's plaza, located on this boulevard is a recreational area which is busy all throughout the year with exhibitions, music shows, sports and games etc. Eat Street and Water Front are two well known restaurants, the latter which offers more of buffets and a variety of cuisines, whereas the former is more of a fast food joint. Both these joints offer a delightful view of the lake along with the city.
Nehru Zoological Park is one of the largest zoo in India, located near Mir Alam Tank in Hyderabad, Telangana. Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad was established in vide G.O.Ms. No.247,Dated 26 October 1959.It was declared open to the public on 6 Oct 1963.The park extends over 380 acres, and is a premier recreation spot in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.The Nehru Zoological Park is run by the Forest department, Government of Telangana. It was named after the first prime minister of the country, Jawaharlal Nehru.
It is spread over an area of 380 acres and 600 acres Alam Tank lake and has a wide selection of animals - nearly 100 species of birds, animals and reptiles are housed here. The zoo runs different safari trips every day, such as Lion Safari, Tiger Safari, Bear Safari, and Butterfly Safari.
Other attractions include elephant rides, a natural history museum, and a children's train, indigenous animals and birds, like the Indian Rhino, Asiatic Lion, Tiger, Panther, Gaur, Orangutan, Crocodile, Python etc., not to speak of number of Deer,Kangaroo, Antelopes and Birds. Several animals bred in the Zoo were rehabilitated in various Deer Parks and Sanctuaries to restock the depleted natural population.
H.E.H. Nizam's Museum is a museum located in Hyderabad at Purani Haveli, a palace of the erstwhile Nizams. This museum showcases the gifts that the last Nizam of Hyderabad state, Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII received on his silver jubilee celebrations.
A golden, wooden throne used for the silver jubilee celebrations of the Last Nizam, a gold tiffin box inlaid with diamonds, miniature repilica of the Jubilee Hall, glass inlay painting of Mir Osman Ali Khan. Also, a wooden writing box studded with mother-of-pearl, diamond and gold-studded daggers, caskets, and silver ittardans (perfume containers) presented by the raja of palvancha. silver coffee cups studded with diamonds and silver filigree elephant with mahout are on display. A 1930 Rolls Royce, Packard and a Jaguar Mark V are among the vintage cars on display.
The museum also features the wardrobe of the sixth nizam, a 150-year-old manually-operated lift, and 200-year-old proclamation drums. The museum was opened on February 18, 2000 by the Nizam Trust to the general public.
Nizamia observatory is a Space observatory, which was established in 1907 during the reign of the Nizams of Hyderabad state. Its founder was Nawab Zafar Jung, an England-educated rich noble man. Taken over by the government in 1907, the observatory for years worked on an ambitious programme of photographing and charting a large segment of the sky. The observatory is believed to have cataloged more than a lakh stars, exposed thousands of photos during Nizam period. It was located at old Begumpet which is now shifted to Osmania University campus.
Numaish is the Urdu word, which means exhibition. The Hyderabad Numaish has something for all the people. It was first organised in the year 1937 during the ruling period of the Nizam. Almost all the roads of the city lead to the Numaish in Nampally, which is located in the centre of Hyderabad. The people from various regions of the city and even adjacent districts and neighbouring states visit this place to take part in the gala event.
From this Numaish, people can get a variety of materials like carpets from Iran, dry fruits from Jammu and Kashmir, hand-made garments of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal, best quality electronic items of the country, and different types of handicrafts. Besides these items, the other items like ceramics, costumes, electrical goods, fitness equipment, footwear, furniture, glassware, handlooms, jewellery, kitchenware, leather goods, tableware, traditional garments, trendy wear, toys, and so on are also available here!
Located at Osman Sagar Lake(Gandipet) in Hyderabad, Ocean Park is one of the first theme parks started in the twin-cities. It is a unique amusement park for the entire family and has attractions like a kiddie`s pool, a 60ft high ride, the Slam Bomb, bumping cars and dry rides for people of all ages. It is also equipped with facilities like multi-cuisine restaurant.
Osman Sagar popularly known as Gandipet, is an artificial lake in the Indian city of Hyderabad. The lake is around 46 km?, and the reservoir is around 29 km?. Osman sagar was created by damming the Musi River in 1920, for providing drinking water source for Hyderabad, and also saving the city from floods, on the lines of which Hyderabad suffered in 1908. It was during the reign of The Last Nizam of Hyderabad, Osman Ali Khan, hence the name.
A princely guest house called Sagar Mahal, overlooking the lake, now a heritage building, was built as a summer resort of the last Nizam. It is located on the banks and has the best view of the lake. Telangana Tourism Department, currently, runs the place as a resort. The breeze of the lake is very pleasant, and has been popular with the locals since The Nizam's time. It is a popular tourist destination, especially after the rainy season when the reservoir is full, and its parks, resorts, amusement park are a major attraction.
Osmania University(OU) is a public university situated in the city of Hyderabad in Telangana, India. It is one of the oldest modern universities in India. It was the first Indian University to have Urdu language as medium of instruction. It is one of the largest university systems in the subcontinent with over 300,000 students on its various campuses and affiliated colleges.
Osmania has a campus of nearly 1600 acres (6 km?). Osmania University is perhaps the largest higher education system in the country. The university attracts students from all across the nation as well as from various other countries. Osmania offers courses in Humanities, Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Law, Engineering, Medicine, Technology, Commerce and Business Management, Information Technology and Oriental Languages.
Paigah Tombs or Maqhbara Shums Ul Umra,are the tombs belonging to the noblility of the Paigah or the Shums ul Umrahi family. They are located in Hyderabad, India, at Pisal banda suburb. This style of architecture is unique to the Paigah tombs. The tombs were constructed in the year 1787's by Nawab Taig Jung Bahadur and Later by his son Amir e Kabir I.
The tombs are magnificent structures, decorated in stucco work, and represent the Moghal,Greek,Persian, Asaf Jahi, Rajasthani and Deccani style of architecture. The geometrical designs in the Paigah Tombs are unique and are perforated with screens with great craftsmanship.
Pearls and Bangles fair is associated with the Deccan Festival. The fair exhibits gorgeous creations of the famous lustrous pearls and multi-hued bangles that are local specialties. Cultural programs, food stalls arts and craft shops etc. are also organized in the fair.
Prasads IMAX is South India's first IMAX theater. It has the largest screen in India and is located in the city of Hyderabad. Apart from the IMAX screen the multiplex has 5 screens for regular cinema, a shopping mall, entertainment zone, food court, restaurants and several other entertainment including a 4D FX theater, Mirror Maze, Scary House and a large Gaming Zone.
Prasads IMAX achieved the Number 1 status in the world for attendance for the movies Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Spider-man 2 and Spider-man 3 and also achieved Number 1 status for highest box office for Spider-man 3 in the IMAX format internationally. It is the biggest IMAX 3D screen in the world.
Public Garden is located in the center of the Hyderabad city. It was constructed in 1846 by the Nizam government. It is the oldest and the biggest park of Hyderabad. The important attractions of the garden are the Jawahar Bal Bhavan (for children to study fine arts), jubilee hall, state archaeological museum, state legislative assembly, Telugu Lalita Kala Thoranam (an open-air theater, which is the venue for many fashion shows, film festivals, and beauty pageantries), and the Indira Gandhi Auditorium.
The Government of Telangana has recently bestowed a huge statue of Mahatma Gandhi in this garden. The garden is famous for the well-conserved greenery and lawns. The garden is being opened on all the days, except Fridays, from 9 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 5 pm.
Purani Haveli is a palace located in Hyderabad, India. It was the official residence of the Nizam. It was also known as Haveli Khadeem, which means old mansion, was constructed for Sikander Jah, Asaf Jah III (1803-1829) by his father Ali Khan Bahadur, Asaf Jah II.
The Haveli is "U" shaped in plan, with two oblong wings running parallel to each other and the residential palace located perpendicularly in the middle. The main building resembles 18th-century European palaces. A unique feature of this palace is the world's longest wardrode, built in two levels with a hand-cranked wooden lift(elevator) in place. This occupies the entire length of one wing of the palace.
The palace also houses the Nizam's museum, which is dedicated to the last Nizam of Hyderabad state. Currently the palace is being used as a school and as an Industrial Training Institute ITI.
The famous tombs of the seven Qutub Shahi rulers in the Ibrahim Bagh are located close to the famous Golkonda Fort. It is the Tomb of Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah(1580-1611 CE), the fifth sultan of the Qutb Shahi dynasty of Golkonda. The galleries of the smaller tombs are of a single storey while the larger ones are two storied. In the centre of each tomb is a sarcophagus which overlies the actual burial vault in a crypt below. The domes were originally overlaid with blue and green tiles, of which only a few pieces now remain.
The tombs are domed structures built on a square base surrounded by pointed arches. The mausoleums of the Sultans of Golkonda, the founding rulers of Hyderabad are truly magnificent monuments that have stood the test of time and braved the elements. The tombs form a large cluster and stand on a raised platform. They display a distinctive style, a mixture of Persian, Pathan and Hindu forms. The tombs are graceful structures with intricately carved stonework and are surrounded by landscaped gardens.
Ramoji Film City (RFC) is the world's largest integrated film studio complex at over 2,000 acres (8.1 km2) of land. It is also a popular tourism and recreation centre, containing both natural and artificial attractions including an amusement park. It is situated near Hayathnagar and Peddamberpet on Hyderabad - Vijayawada, NH9 highway, about 25 km South-East of Hyderabad. The Outer Ring Road Phase 2 has acquired lands at the entrance and is set to intersect the city.
Ramoji Film City offers pre-production, production, and post-production resources. It offers over 500 set locations. There are many gardens, authentic sets, about 50 studio floors, a digital film facility, the support systems, outdoor locations, high-tech laboratories, etc. The Film City's infrastructure includes custom-designed locations and mock-ups, set construction, properties and costumes, shooting stages, cameras and equipment, audio post-production, digital-post-production/SFX as well as film processing. Twenty international films and forty Indian films can be produced simultaneously in the complex. It has attracted not only filmmakers from the country, but also producers from around the world including Hollywood.
Every year, the studios attracts over a million tourists, and the complex creates revenues in billions of rupees (INR). Located at the entrance of the film city are the 3-star hotel, Tara and a 5-star hotel, Sitara for the film production units as well as for tourists.
Ravindra Bharathi is an auditorium located in Hyderabad, India. It was named after the Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. It is the cultural landmark for the locals, which has big auditorium, besides a gallery and a conference hall. It built by Government of Telangana in 1964 and maintained by the Department of Culture. It has been modernized in 2005.
Raymond's Tomb was built in the memory of the brave French General Michel Joachim Marie Raymond (1755 - 1798 AD). He joined as an ordinary soldier in the service of the ruling Nizam of Hyderabad. He rapidly worked his way up and soon commanded the position of an army General. Not only was he respected in the army, he was also popular among the ordinary public. He was fondly known as Musa Ram among the Hindus and Musa Rahim among the Muslims.
Raymond's Tomb is situated in Saroornagar, which lies 10 kilometers from Hyderabad city center towards the east. One can make use of the local transport, which is easily available round the clock in the city of Hyderabad. The tomb is open on all days except Friday. The timings are from 9:30 am to 4:30pm. The tomb is a symbol of great respect and till date people from all over the city pay respect on the death anniversary of the late army general by lighting incense sticks near the tomb.
The Raymond's tomb is a conical structure that is made up of black granite slabs. It is 60 meters long, 30 meters wide and 10 meters high. While touring the tomb, you can also head off to the French Garden, which is located nearby. It is a beautifully laid out lawn with velvety green grass and lovely flowers. You can also spot military barracks of the army that were once bustling under the command of the valiant general Raymond.
The Salar Jung Museum is an art museum at Dar-Ul-Shifa, on the southern bank of the Musi river in the city of Hyderabad, Telangana, India has an exquisite collection of priceless articles like Ivory, Marble sculptures etc.
The Salarjung Museum is the third largest museum in India housing the biggest one-man collections of antiques in the world. It is well known throughout India for its prized collections belonging to different civilizations dating back to the 1st century. The collections left behind in his ancestral palace, 'Diwan Deodi' were formerly exhibited there as a private museum which was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1951.
The museum building in a semicircular shape with 38 galleries, spread on two floors, displays only a part of the original collections. The ground floor has 20 galleries and the first floor has 18 galleries. The exhibits on different subjects are displayed in separate galleries. Apart from the galleries, there is a reference Library, reading room, publication and education section, chemical conservation lab, sales counter, cafeteria etc. Guides are available at fixed timings free of charge.
The Salarjung Museum is a royal treat to the connoisseurs with a collection of over 43000 art objects and 50000 books and manuscripts. he collections include Indian Art, Middle Eastern Art, Far Eastern Art, European Art, Children Art along with a Founders gallery and a rare manuscript section. Indian Art includes stone sculptures, bronze images, jade carvings, painted textiles, wood carvings, miniature paintings, modern art, ivory carvings, textiles, metal-ware, manuscript, arms and armour etc. Middle Eastern Art contains the collection of carpets, paper (manuscripts), glass, metal-ware, furniture, lacquer etc. from Persia, Arabia, Syria, and Egypt. Collection of Far Eastern Art exhibit porcelain, bronze, enamel, lacquerware, embroidery, painting, wood and inlay work from China, Japan, Tibet, Nepal and Thailand etc. Oil and watercolor paintings form an important part of the European Collection.
Sanghi Temple, located at Sanghi Nagar in Telangana in India, is about 35 km from the Hyderabad city. The sacred Raja Gopuram can be seen from several kilometers away which is very tall. The temple complex is located on the top of Paramanand Giri hill, which attracts a number of devotees who seek the gods' blessings. The beauty of the slope around the temple is a popular view among its visitors. As you approach the Paramanand Giri, the gateway, or Maha Dwaram, welcomes the visitors. As you further proceed, the stone elephant is seen at the stairway.
There are three Gopurams seen at the foot of the hillock which are so tall and seem as if touching the heavens. On the top of the temple complex, one can see the shrine of Lord Anjaneya, the son of Anjana devi and Wind God, who is believed to shower his blessings to his devotees. The temple is constructed in South Indian style of temple architecture and houses all important Hindu God idols. It is a favorite getaway point for the Hyderabadis as well as a popular tourist spot. The idol of Venkateshwara inside the sanctum sanctorum is 9 ft tall.
There are small temples inside the complex dedicated to Padmavati, Shiva, Rama, Anjaneya, Ganesha, Navagrahas, Goddess Ashtalakshimi, Durga and Kartikeya. There is also a Pavitra Vanam, or holy garden, in the temple complex where special leaves and flowers are grown for performing poojas.
Sanjeevaiah Park is a public greenspace and park in the heart of Hyderabad, India. Built on 92 acres (37 ha) along the banks of Hussain Sagar lake, the park is named after Damodaram Sanjivayya, an erstwhile Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. The park won the Best Open Landscape Award during the 2010 Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage award presentations.
About 100 species of resident and non-resident birds and more than 50 species of insects and butterflies are present in the park. The park is frequented by various migratory species of birds. The Pied Crested Cuckoo, which is considered as a harbinger of the monsoon rains due to the timing of its arrival, is frequently spotted at this park. The park hosts several events for the public occasionally. Events ranging from roller-skating races to social awareness campaigns, the park has encouraged public initiatives.
Shilparamam is an arts and crafts village located in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. The village was conceived with an idea to create an environment for the preservation of traditional crafts. There are ethnic festivals round the year. Shilparamam, a crafts village, conceived in the year 1992, is situated just about few kilometers from Hyderabad city. Sprawling over 65 acres of land in the hi-tech hub city of India, Shilparamam gives a scenic ambience of tradition and cultural heritage. For promotion and preservation of Indian arts and crafts and to motivate the artisans, the state government established this platform.
Enchanting the blend of arts and artifact, epitomizing the true legacy with the dsiverse natural beauty of rural India; Shilparamam is tribute to Telangana. Exhibiting the rustic richness and creativity of Hyderabad, it has captivated the imagination of visitors. The lush and serene environment of Shilparamam is sculpted with woodwork, jewellry, cloths and local crafts of each region of the country. Showcasing a plethora of artistic ethos, Shilparamam is set amidst gardens, cascading waterfalls and natural rock heights.
Shyam Mandir Temple is the new name of Veeranna Gutta. The local population still uses the old name "Veeranna Gutta" to refer Shyam Mandir Temple. The temple has great beauty and splendor; it is located on a small hillock. Originally, the temple had lord Hanuman as main shrine; however, later a temple for lord Shiva was built. It is now recreated.
At present, the premises constitute temples for Lord Sri Anjaneya, Lord Sri Kaal Bhairava, Lord Sri Radha Krishna, Lord Sri Shiva, and Lord Sri Shyam Baba. The mandir has also encloses temples for Amba Mata, Naag Devta, and possibly Navagraha.
Getting on to the history of Hyderabad, a need was felt to store the archaeological items found in Hyderabad. As a result of this, in the Site Museum was established in Golkonda, Qutub Shahi Tombs Complex. This museum is a storehouse of arms and weapons, paintings, celadon ware, and manuscripts of Qutub Shahi Period.
World's biggest and India's first snow theme park, Snow World is located on the hussain sagar tank bund road, behind Indira Park. Here one can feel the magic of snow. Spread over an area of 17,000 square feet, this exciting place displays several wonders made from artificial snow. The snow world has a cryo zone full of attractions from a natural snows cape, with alpine forest, igloos, and simulated figures of penguins and polar bears. To fill the spirit of snow adventure, there are rides like snow slide, ice bumper car and merry go round. Another milestone here is the snow fall produced with pure mineral water.
The snow world is open from 9.00A.M to 9.00P.M. The entry fee is Rs 250/- for adults and Rs 200/- for children for one hour. Visitors are allowed in batches with a maximum of 300 people. Children below 2 feet height are not allowed in the snow. The temperature in the snow area is between -50 to 00 C. So special warm clothes, gloves and waterproof shoes will be provided to all the customers to protect them from extreme cold climate inside.
Somajiguda started as a peaceful residential locality. But slowly has transformed into a modern business centre in Hyderabad, India. Popular landmarks are Yashoda hospital and Raj Bhavan road. Somajiguda has gained importance because of its proximity to city centres such as Begumpet, Punjagutta and Khairtabad. It gets its name from Sonaji, a revenue department employee.
St. George's Church is the oldest church in the city of Hyderabad, India. It was built in the year 1844 AD. The church was originally an Anglican church but is now under the auspices of the Church of South India. The foundation stone was laid in the month of February 1844 and the building complete and opened for Divine Service on the 19th September 1844. The plan of the building was furnished by Mr. T.W.Wray, Postmaster, who was devoted such time to Superintendence of the work.
The Church near the Residency to which this register belongs was built by voluntary subscriptions for the use of the Protestant inhabitants worshipping according to the form and manner of the Church of England with the sanction of the Supreme Government of India, on a piece of ground granted for the purpose by His Highness the Nizam's Government at the instance of the British Resident at Hyderabad.
St. Joseph's Cathedral is situated in the gun foundry area of Hyderabad. It is one of the most splendid cathedrals in Hyderabad. The important sites to be seen in this Cathedral are Italian architecture and five mammoth bells topping the cathedral. Although the belfry does not have ample space; the stairs are not recommended for anybody with the timidest stirrings of ricketiness.
The main hall of this cathedral is a large one, which can accommodate more than 500 individuals at a time for gathering. The five giant bells have been made and brought from Italy. The bells have been attached to this fabled construction in 1892. The bells are not only sacred, but also it is believed to safeguard the people against lightning and storms; so the bells are being rung dynamically during a forthcoming storm to alert the people.
Taramati Baradari was a sarai (a caravan station for traders and travelers) as part of Ibrahim Bagh, a Persian styled garden built during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah, the second Sultan of Golconda of Golconda. The Baradari was constructed on the banks of the Musi river. Today, the region comes under the city limits of Hyderabad, India.
The tourism department promotes the location by romantic stories linking the then Sultan with a courtesan by the name Taramati. About half a mile north of the fort itself lies his grave amid a cluster of carved royal tombs. Here lie buried the Qutub Shahi kings and queens in what once their rose gardens. As a tribute to Taramati and Premamati, they both were buried in the royal cemetery of the Qutub Shahi kings.
The clock room is one of the best galleries with a collection of more than 300 clocks. The major attraction of this museum is a musical clock, which was sold by Cook and Kelvy of England. The clock is a mechanical wonder, a toy figure of a watchman who pushes open the door, emerges hour after hour in a great hurry to beat the melodious gong that indicates time. Other highlights in the museum include the "veiled Rebecca", "Mestophiles" and "the Lady with the lamp".
Nehru Zoological Park is situated in Bahadurpur area, which is 16 Kilometers away from Hyderabad. The main attractions of this park are Lion Safari Park, Museum of Pre-historic Animals, and Natural History museum. The Natural History museum displays many ancient artefacts and dummies of stuffed extinct birds and animals. The museum has also consists of uncommon and exciting exhibits.
The Natural History Museum and the Lion Safari Park are making the visitors to feel their great experiences while visiting Nehru Zoological Park.
Toli Masjid is an ornate mosque, which situated in the suburban area of Karvan, near Purana Pul. It is located nearly 2 km away from the Golconda fort. It was constructed in 1671 by Mir Musa Khan Mahaldar, who was a majestic designer of Abdullah Qutb Shah. The frontage comprises of five arches, each of which consists of lotus decorations in the spandrils. The main arch is somewhat broader and more ornate. The inner side of the masjid is separated into two halls, which are a transversal outer hall and an inner hall got into the triple arches.
The masjid is one of the gorgeous memorials in Hyderabad. It is an extraordinary example of the architecture of Qutb Shahi. The masjid is embellished by two minarets of about 20 meters on either side. As per the regal records, the Toli Masjid is also called as Damdi Masjid.
The Treasure Island is an ideal getaway place for you and your family to holiday and relieve yourself off the stress of hectic lifestyle. Situated at Gandhipet, the holiday spot sprawls over an area of 60 acres of gorgeous landscape and offers a variety of leisure and fun oriented activities like billiards, snooker, horse riding, go-karting and endless dancing to mind-blowing music. Treasure Island has built-in cottages that provide people with the much required weekend breaks and daybreaks. In short, TI (as it is called locally!) allows you to rediscover the beauty of spending time gracefully in serenity yet in style.
Treasure Island has 3 main dance floors. Ecstasy, a lounge-cum-disc, has recently been renovated to include a bigger bar and more people, some of who are regular drinkers and visitors. Ecstasy is exclusively for couples, unlike Karma, another indoor disc, which is used alternatively on Saturdays or when a guest (read popular!) DJ is performing.
However, TI is most impressive when it parties outside. The dance floor and the stage are simply massive, and the blaring 10,000 watts music system triumphs in distracting you from the giant T.V. that beams your dancing image to people sitting at the sides. Videotapes of people dancing at TI are also sometimes screened on T.V. so refrain from doing any such act that could raise eyebrows.
Treasure Island is best known as a family hangout joint more than a stag joint. Many families are seen here, staying up late with their friends and also kids. Hyderabad has never been snobbish about who it allows on the dance floor, but at TI everyone, from the restless 5-year-old to a wrinkled-but-smiling grandma gets down and boogies the night away to music ranging from popular Indian film songs to Trance and Hip-Hop.
Celebrated not only in the Hyderabad, but throughout Telangana, Ugadi marks the new year of the state. The festival is celebrated with much splendor and gaiety in Hyderabad.
Vikhar Manzil built by the Prime Minister of Hyderabad state, Sir Vicar-ul-Umra. He was amazed by the Hussain Sagar by its breathtaking view of the lake, and thus built this palace in Indo-European architectural style around 1900. Though Sir Vicar-ul-Umra did not live at this palace, his son Nawab Vilayat Jung Wali-ud-Daula stayed here.
This temple is mentioned in the sthalapuranas as Bimbavathipura, Somasekharapura, and Vyakhyanagara etc. This is located near a holy well Kasibugga. This water is called apara Gangajala and the Sivalinga, apara Kasi Visweswara linga. Hence this place is named Dakshinakasi. Many ponds are found here and so it is called Kolanupaka.
he linga is self- manifested and is called Kotilinga. It is four and a half feet in height, and four feet in circumference. It is adorned with thousand of small lingas carved around it forming a chain. This linga is mentioned in the puranas appeared as a gold linga in Kritayuga, silver in Treta Yuga, copper in Dwapara yuga and granite in Kaliyuga. This temple was built by King Kumara Someswara of Kalyani Chalukya dynasty. The temple is at Kolanupaka, 25 km off Bhuvanagiri.
The Yeleswaram Pavilion, Derectorate of Archaeology and Museums, is located in the city of Hyderabad in Telangana. It is an archaeological museum established in the year 1964 under the tutelage of the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums at Hyderabad. It is a show house of historical artifacts, unearthed from the successive excavations at Yeleswaram and other archaeological sites.
Yogibear Children's Park is adjacent to Sanjeevaiah park, is an entertainment centre for children and toddlers. It has a miniature Golf Tract of 19 holes, a snack bar and an event shed for conducting competitions.
- Vanasthalipuram : A outer part of Hyderabad, basically a hub of commercial activity.
- In Mehdipatnam : Khaja Gulshan Mosque, Masjid-e-Gumbad, Sri Raja Rajeswari Temple etc.
- Punjagutta : is an important commercial and residential area in the west zone of Hyderabad, India.
- Krishnakanth Park, Himayatnagar, Jami Masjid, Nagmata Temple etc.