Hyderabad Attractions

Hyderabad Attractions

Temples

  • Birla Mandir (Lord Venkateswara Temple) -This is Hyderabad’s famous Hindu temple, made of white marble and located on top of a hill overlooking the beautiful cityscape.
  • Chilkur Balaji Temple – Popularly known as Visa Balaji Temple or Visa God , this is an ancient Hindu temple of Lord Balaji on the banks of Osman Sagar Lake, built during the time of Madanna and Akkanna, the uncles of Bhakta Ramadas.
  • Sanghi Temple – Dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, this temple graces a promontory overlooking Sanghi Nagar, near Ramoji Film City.
  • Ananda Buddha Vihara – Located at Mahendra Hills, this a famous Buddhist tourist destination housing meditation hall, a museum and rest houses for monks.
  • Ratnalayam Temple (Lord Venkateshwara), Shamirpet

 

Palaces & Historical Monuments

  • Chowmahalla Palace – This was the seat of Asaf Jahi dynasty, where the Nizam entertained his official guests and royal visitors. Initiated in 1750 by Nizam Salabat Jung and designed along the lines of the Shah’s palace in Isfahan, this actually consists of a group of palaces, each used as a Durbar Hall. It has now been aesthetically renovated and is also venue for conferences.
  • Falaknuma Palace – Built by an Italian architect through one of the Paigah nobles, Nawab Viqar al-Umra, and furnished in Louis XIV-style decor, Mughal ambience, Italian marble staircases and ornate fountains, it has now been undertaken by Taj group to develop it as heritage hotel.
  • Golkonda Fort – Once abandoned by Qutub Shahis, Golconda Fort is one of the most magnificent fortress complexes in India. Seated on a hill with spiraling structures all across, its location and internal design made it one of the strongest forts in India.
  • Qutub Shahi Tombs – Home to various tombs dedicated to rulers of Qutub Shahi dynasty, and located at Shaikpet, near Golconda Fort, these are an example of Deccan architecture with large minarets, huge domes, delicate marble designs and multiple inner passages.
  • Charminar – Very few people are aware of the fact that this famous structure consisting of 4 towering minarets and standing as Hyderabad’s representation is essentially a mosque (masjid). It used to have a fountain on its roof, like Gulzar Houz down the street.
  • Mecca Masjid – This is a stone-built mosque on immediate southwest of Charminar, remarkable for its architecture, size and its royal splendor, and one of the most beautiful mosques in Hyderabad. It is famous for its symmetry and the gateway bricks that are believed to be from Makkah.
  • Paigah Mosque Spanish Mosque – Located at Chandrayanagutta, these are recently discovered series of mausoleums with unique geometrical sculptures, not found anywhere else in the world. Paigahs were noblemen under the reign of Nizams.

 

Lakes

  • Shamirpet Lake – Its serene location attracting a lot of birds makes it a destination for bird-watchers. There is also a deer park belonging to the state government near the lake.
  • Hussain Sagar – It is a man-made lake famous for the 19-metre tall Buddha statue raised in the middle of the lake. Located on its banks is Tank Bund which consists of beautiful gardens and statues of famous personalities. Boating and water sports are a regular feature at the lake.
  • Osman Sagar – This was created by a dam-construction on the Musi River during the reign of the last Nizam of Hyderabad, for providing a source of drinking-water for Hyderabad, and also for saving the city from floods, which the city witnessed in 1908. 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.
  • Durgam Cheruvu – Also called The Secret Lake, it is a peaceful boulevard near the bustling HITEC city.
  • Himayat Sagar – It is the twin lake to Osman Sagar, Gandipet Lake. It comes along the way on Outer Ring Road en route to airport which provides a beautiful view.

 

Theme Parks & Gardens

  • Nehru Zoological Park – This zoo is a natural habitat housing a large variety of animals, birds, nocturnal species, aquatic and amphibian species. Located close to this is the Mir Alam Sagar, which is proposed to be converted into an aquarium along the lines of Sentosa, Singapore. Its unique feature is the 21 in-built masonry dams that are jewel shaped, and were built in 1804 by Henry Russle, a French engineer in British service.
  • Snow World – This amusement park is India’s first and world’s third biggest snow park after the ones in Malaysia and Singapore.
  • Jalavihar – A “Family Entertainment Park”, this amusement park is located on the famous Necklace Road in the heart of Twin Cities with best of infrastructure to offer you and your family an unlimited entertainment.
  • Ramoji Film City – Renowned as the world’s largest film studio by Guinness Book of World Records, this theme park stands at nearly 3,000 acres, making it one of Asia’s most popular tourism and recreation centres.
  • NTR Gardens – This is located beside the IMAX theatre, and provides entertainment and recreation to families and youth alike. It is renowned for its creative design which includes tree-top restaurants and architecture.
  • Indira Park – Situated in the Lower Tank bund, this is the newly built park of Hyderabad. It’s spread over 76 acres of lush green area and lies alongside Hussain Sagar.
  • KBR National Park – A sanctuary for peacocks and anteaters along with many other species including monkeys and snakes, it’s the green spread of the richest area of the city, Jubilee Hills.
  • Kotla Vijayabhaskara Reddy Botanical Gardens – Spread across a sprawling area of 130 acres in Kondapur, and housing different varieties of herbs, plants, trees etc., these gardens provide a complete visual treat to the eyes, with water bodies, meadows and rich grasslands. Night Safari Park is adjacent to this.
  • Lumbini Park – It’s a small public, urban park of 7.5 acres adjacent to Hussain Sagar. The main attractions of this park are the boat rides you take across the lake to give you a closer glimpse of the Buddha statue of Hussain Sagar Lake and 1500 seater Laserium.
  • Ocean Park India
  • Mount Opera Multi Theme Park/Resort
  • Shamirpet Deer Park

 

Museums

  • Birla Science Museum – This science centre is a beautiful structure, reflecting the advances made in science and technology. The interior décor matches the architectural exterior of the centre built over 10,000 sq ft. 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.
  • Salar Jung Museum – This museum houses the largest one-man collection of antiques in the world, including The Veiled Rebecca and other huge collection of artifacts dating back to a few centuries. A mere day isn’t enough to cover the whole museum. Apart from galleries, there is a reference library, reading room, publication and education section, chemical conservation lab, sales counter, cafeteria etc.
  • AP State Archaeology Museum – This is an archeological museum located inside Public gardens.
  • The Nizam’s Museum – This museum is located at Purani Haveli, a palace of the erstwhile Nizams. It is a repository mainly of souvenirs, gifts and mementos presented by dignitaries to the last Nizam on the occasion of the silver jubilee celebrations in 1936.
  • Sudha Cars Museum – This is the first and only handmade Wacky Car museum in the world, a brainchild of Mr. K. Sudhakar, a Guinness World Record holder for making the largest tricycle in the world.

 

Art Galleries

  • Shrishti Art Gallery – It showcases great works of Original Indian Contemporary Artists.
  • Alankritha Art Gallery – It displays, exhibits and stocks the finest collection of contemporary and traditional art, sourced from all over the country.
  • Kalakriti Art Gallery – This is a professionally managed art gallery promoting and supporting Indian contemporary art.

 

Other Attractions

  • Birla Planetarium – The Planetarium is another magnificent building with a big dome resembling that of the Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur and some of the earliest government structures in New Delhi. A special attraction is the shows which unveil the mysteries of the cosmos and the origins of the universe, comets, eclipses, unidentified flying objects and the clash of titans. The latest addition is the Dinosaurium, which houses a collection of dinosaur egg fossils. The highlight of the museum is a mounted Kotasaurus Yamanpalliensis, remains of a 160 million years old dinosaur.
  • Shilparamam Cultural Society – Located opposite to Cyber Towers, HITEC city, it is an arts and crafts village which was conceived with an idea to create an environment for the preservation of traditional crafts such as sculpting wonders from stone, weaving in cotton, silk and gold thread, Dhaka muslin, Kondapalli toys, Bankura horses, gudda-guddis of Punjab, temple arts and a motley of Indian arts and crafts. Close to this is the Shilpakala Vedika, a conference-hall built with exquisite ethnic decor as well as with all state-of-the-art facilities.
  • BITS, Pilani – Hyderabad Campus – This is situated near Jawahar Nagar, Shameerpet Mandal.

 

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