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Not only a prominent landmark of the city, but also a monument whose name is brightly mentioned in the history of Hyderabad. The name 'Charminar' is made up of two very distinct words- Char and Minar means four towers. Each part of the monument has a plaza like opening overlooked by a tower. The oldest mosque, Mecca Masjid of Hyderabad is also a part of the Char Minar. This was built by the 5th Sultan named Quli Qutb Shahi on the banks of the Musi River. It is right in the heart of the city and was taken for diving the city into four parts for government purposes in the earlier times. Some say that this monument was built as a symbol of love for his queen Bhagyavathi and some say it was built to mark the end of a fatal plague that had affected the city. There is also known to be a decret tunnel beneath the floors of the Charminar, which connects it to the Golconda Fort staright. This was the Escape route for the royals during an emergency.
Rising early the next morning, the plan was to see the sights of Hyderabad and first stop had to be one of Hyderabad’s most iconic structures, the Char Minar. The landmark building consists of four fifty-six meter high columns, each topped with a minaret. Each of the building’s four sides is adorned with a huge archway flanked by the structures tall columns, making it look like India's Arc De Triomphe. Not far from Charminar is Chowmahalla Palace, a complex containing four palaces built over one hundred years beginning in 1750. Magnificent thrones and huge chandeliers decorate some of the rooms inside while weapons and hunting equipment lined the walls of others. Sitting in a glass room at the back of one of the palaces was a bright yellow Rolls Royce, which is still driven in special ceremonies in Hyderabad today.
Experiencing the grandeur of the Charminar. The Charminar, built in 1591 CE, is a monument and mosque located in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.The landmark has become a global icon of Hyderabad, listed among the most recognized structures of India. The Charminar is on the east bank ofMusi river.To the northeast lies the Laad Bazaar and in the west end lies the granite-made richly ornamented Makkah Masjid.
Travel through busy streets with people shopping throughout the stretch. Just when you thought it was the bazaar just like any other, you sight the magnificent Charminar. Its a monument and a mosque at the same time built during the Mughal rule in India. As suggested by the name, this monument is consists of Four Minarets that join to make a structure.
We left Chowmahallah and parked our bike in one of the lanes near Charminar. After buying tickets we climbed entwined staircases via one of the minarets to reach first floor of Charminar. Charminar has four minarets and we found that it is not just a monument but also a Masjid and has Persian architecture with nice verses of Quran engraved on the walls and edges. It is located at the center of old city and is considered global icon of Hyderabad. The walls have been ruined by cupid graffiti however you can see entire area including all four gates build around Charminar, Mecca Masjid and Laad Bazaar from the top. Somehow we managed to come downstairs, it as bit scary and dark inside minarets. There are lots of theories behind why and how Charminar was build centuries ago however it was worth climbing those stairs. Charminar is symmetrical and only one entrance is open for public visit. Charminar looks stunning during night and you can enjoy Hyderabadi biryani and irani chai in nearby restaurants.
Established in the year 1591 AD, by the rulers of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, Hyderabad has the iconic Charminar (monument of four minars) as its centrepiece. This monument was established by 1591, when the rulers shifted base from the Golconda Fort, 8 km away due to water shortages, and established the city of Hyderabad. It is believed that the Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the 5th ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, constructed the Charminar as a mark of gratitude to God after an epidemic of plague, which had overswept the city, abated and life returned to normal for the inhabitants. The Charminar, so iconic of Hyderabad, is situated in the busy Old City of Hyderabad. This building, constructed out of limestone, mortar, granite and pulverized marble, has four grand arches, and at the corners are four distinctive and symbolic minarets which are 184 ft high. From 9 am to 5 pm, visitors can ascend the steps (all of 149 steps to the top) and gaze at the surroundings, at the Old City buildings and the Golconda Fort away in the distance.
The Charminar, built in 1591 CE, is a monument and mosque located in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. The landmark has become a global icon of Hyderabad, listed among the most recognized structures of India, it is the first and foremost attraction of anyone who visits this city. You'll get the feel of the old city here. Be prepared to soak in the culture the city has to offer. Also, all the shopping bugs out there, you'll get very beautiful pearls here at unbelievable prices so be sure not to miss that.
A stroll up its dark staircase is worthwhile for the view from the first-floor balcony.
This is the point where I started my trip from. Charminar is definitely the place which has made Hyderabad global. Once you reach the place, guides start asking you if you want to take them, I would prefer doing a pre-research on the place instead. Charminar actually means Four Pillars, constructed in 1591 CE, not only a monument but also a mosque. Only one entrance is open for the public. After waiting in the queue for a short while, you will have to start climbing the stairs to reach a top. The round staircases are dark, suffocated and have steep stairs. But once you reach the top, the view is worth. You can see Mecca Masjid and Laad bazaar from the top.
The tall skyscrapers and multistory buildings slowly start getting lesser in number and there is an abundance of old buildings. Old restaurants having haleem and Biriyani on their menu boards outside their establishments, burqa-clad women bargaining with the street side shopkeepers selling bangles and Hyderabadi pearls is what you get to see as you reach the monument. The new part of Hyderabad is developed with broad roads but in part of the city, the old world charm is retained through its narrow alleys and roads. The Charminar is a square structure with each side 20 meters long with four arches facing the streets with minarets on top of each. It was built by Qutub Shah in 1859 and there are various theories as to why it was built. Some say it was built by him for his love “Bhagmati”, whom he had first seen at this place and she later changed her religion to Islam and was named “Hyder Begum” and it is from here the city derives its name.Another theory says that the king had prayed for the eradication of plague that had affected the city during that time and was built after that. The monument is fascinating and shows the rich craftsmanship of the Indo-Persian artists of that time.
Saturday, the first place on your mind when you are in Hyderabad is Charminar. So I would say start the weekend with a visit to Charminar. Reach there around 8.30AM. The traffic is relatively less and so is the crowd. According to me its the best time to visit Charminar. Charminar opens at 9AM, so you can drop in at the Nimrah Cafe for a cup of Irani chai with osmania biscuits or walk down to Govind's bandi for some delicious dosas.Head next to the Mecca Masjid. If you climb to the top of Charminar you'll see Mecca Masjid. When at the mosque you can feed the pigeons on its courtyard. Walk around and you can also capture the Charminar from a unique angle.The Charminar and the Mecca Masjid together should take you about 1 hour. After you've seen both, head to the Chowmahalla Palace. The palace is also nearby, in walking distance, so ask the people around for directions. Or you can take an autorickshaw for Rs.20.
Charminar is of course the most famous point of the city. Ensure that you do not go there on a Sunday or a public holiday otherwise it will be extremely crowded. Located in the middle of old city, there is a lot of traffic. Worth visiting once. Laad Bazaar lies adjacent to Charminar.
So, let me take you on a wonderful trip to this beautiful city. Let’s begin our journey with the place located in the heart of the city and also in the heart of many people in India, Charminar. Built back in the 16th century, Charminar stands tall in the center of Old Hyderabad. With beautiful lighting in dark and a lot of shopping around on very busy streets in light will let you spend all your day amidst old buildings here. The Golconda fort is another historic monument in the city. Alike many other forts in the country, the Golconda fort is very well maintained. You can also have a beautiful view of the city from the fort. Salarjung Museum is also worth a visit for all the people interested in history.
Gooood Morning... !! I did not have much plans as special today, so what I did was .. I visited the Charminar and took alot of shots of it. I loved the place and having alot of clicks of it. In the noon I headed to the Nehru Zoological Park and it was worth a time spending there too. I got back and started my packing stuff, also I later passed some time in the room with my writing stuff. I dozed off and I got up at 9:00 PM and headed to the dining again. I completed the check-out formalities and went off to sleep.
This was the capital of the Qutub Shahi dynasty and is also known as the Golla Konda Fort. It is a few kilometers from the Hussain Sagar Lake and is a huge and mighty fort till date to have been built on a hilltop. Originally known as Mankal, this was a palace built in the 12th Century in place of what was earlier a mud palace built by the king of Warangal. This was later fortified in the 14th and 17th centuries and the credit for this goes to the Bahmani Sultanate. One of the architectural marvels of Hyderabad, there are a numkber of gates out of which the most famous is the Fateh Darwaza which could be crossed by Aurangzeb once. This fort is on top of a granite hill and is itself also made of granite.
I started my 2nd day in Hyderabad by visiting Golconda fort. If you are a history buff or a photo fanatic or a selfie king/queen. This place is a must visit. This fort takes takes you back in time when the battles were fought and when the kings ruled. Beautiful architecture keeps you stunned. If someone plans to visit in the evening, light and sound show should not be missed. It is supposed to mesmerizing.The next on my list was a tree, Hathiyan Ka Jhad. Does that sound funny ? So, actually while I was doing my research bit before making a trip to Hyderabad, I stumbled upon some random article online which mentioned about this 400 year old tree. I found it extremely fascinating and due to the proximity of this place to Golconda fort, I managed to plan out the visit perfectly in my head and even in reality.I was a little skeptical initially if anyone would even know about this place but surprisingly an auto driver took me and my friend to this historical tree and even narrated us the known rumors about it. The point I am trying to make here is, it was more famous than I thought it would be. Hathiyan ka Jhad has got its name because of its humongous sized trunk which resembles like the feet of an elephant. It is located in the sprawling lawns of the Naya Quila premises of Golconda fort which is now a golf course.One of the famous stories that the local residents believe is that this Baobab tree was once a shelter to the famous thief of the our childhood stories, Ali baba and the 40 thieves. Who knows if there is any reality to it but it can be true because the massive trunks encircle to form a hollow cave in between which can be used as a perfect hiding place as experienced by us and its perfectly dark inside.
Golconda fort too has its own grandeur. Remarkable use of acoustics in the fort to communicate messages is the major attraction. If you clap in the portico (a spot just under the dome) of the main entrance of Bala Hissar, it can be heard clearly in the Bala Hissar pavilion on the top of the hill. Also, the exceptional engineering skill in lifting water by Persian wheels to the top of the hill through intricate pipelines and storage in overhead tanks is worth mentioning.Qutub Shahi dynasty were Persians by descent and because of which a strong Persian influence is seen throughout the fort. Large fountains, luxury baths are evidences of the luxurious lifestyle. Hard to believe, but separate outlets for hot and cold water were used in the bath tubs! A network of earthen pipes were used to supply water to the residents of the fort in different Mahals, gardens, fountains etc and even to the mortuary baths where the royals were given their last bath. This water was drawn from Durgam Cheruvu Lake, which was 5 km away from the fort. I wondered how the Royals planned such an efficient water supply system in an area of water scarcity! The water was used not only for daily work or agriculture but also to carry out the overall luxurious lifestyle, maintaining the gardens, operating fountains, baths etc. Qutub Shah rulers like many other benevolent kings, constructed many water tanks and lakes in Hyderabad, to name a few – the Satham Cheruvu, Ibrahipatnam Cheruvu, Nampally tank, Ma Saheba Tank, Hussain Sagar etc.The Fort is 400 ft high, has eight entrances and surrounded by 10 km long wall. We entered through the Fateh Darwaza. We got a guide book with a rough sketch map of the fort and some details. My teenage daughter, the most enthusiastic of us, took hold of the guide book and literally guided us through the fort.It’s her interest in historical places that brought us to Hyderabad ,I must say.
Take a walk through history at The Golconda Fort.Even though only ruins of the original majestic fort remain, it still has an idyllic charm that is capable of captivating travelers. Exploring the entire fort on foot will probably teach you more history than all your high school lessons. An interesting fact about India related to Golcoda Fort is that it once had a vault that stored the famed Koh-i-Noor diamond.
Now feeling hungry? As Sun is at its peak and I’m slowly hiking down from Golconda. In the afternoon, went to Birla Mandir in the city. Birla Mandir, was built on a 280 feet high hillock called Naubath Pahad on 13 acres. The temple offers a blend of Dravidian and Rajasthani architectures. And you better not take any electronic items with as you might have to stand in long queues. It's 6 PM and I’m heading towards my hotel as It was long and hectic day Saturday. Day 1, was all about exploring the historical heritage of Golconda Fort and beautiful Birla Mandir. Had an amazing Veg Biryani with a friend in Paradise, Gachibowli.
Golconda Fort almost surprised me! I didn’t expect the fort to be so huge and carry such an amazing history. A few movies like Tere Naam have been shot in the fort. You make the choice to see the whole fort or only half of it. The whole fort takes upto 3 hours to see because of the number of steps that take you to the highest point of the Fort. (Wear shoes!) There lies a temple at the highest tip of the fort. Advice- Take a guide so you will be able to learn about the history of the fort because there is nothing that provides you the details of the same. You may walk up to the tip of the fort but will not know anything about the history of the same, also you may miss out on a few important areas that lie hidden in the fort. Hence, take the services of the guide and take a tour of the whole fort. A light and sound show is organized at the fort around 6 pm (timing varies according to season). If you have seen the fort, then you may skip the show but if you haven’t walked all through the fort, then this will help.
Post lunch, head to the Qutub Shahi Tombs. The tombs are't very far from Tolichowki and an autorickshaw or OLA will take you there. This is a majestic place! Some of the tombs and the baoli are undergoing renovation. Look closely and you'll still manage to find the intricate stone work and carvings. Do visit the tiny museum; it provides a great perspective of how the architecture evolved and history associated with the place. From the Qutub Shahi Tombs head to the Golkonda Fort. Here again I advise you to take a professional guide. The fort is mostly in ruins, hence you won't appreciate the grandeur of the place unless you are shown around. Do climb to the top of the fort and you'll be greeted by a panoramic view of the city skyline. Stay back for the light and sound show. If you feel a trip to Hyderabad is incomplete without a visit to Paradise, the place famous for Hyderabadi Biriyani, do visit one. My personal recommendation will be to visit the Jewel of Nizam restaurant at the outskirts of the city. Do make a reservation for this place and also arrange for a car to take you and get you back from there. In case the Jewel of Nizam doesn't work out for you, then I suggest Kabul Darbar for some authentic Afghan fare. If you want vegetarian stuff, head to Chutneys or Bikanerwala.You can also plan Saturday a bit differently starting with Hussain Sagar. Follow it up with Salarjung, Lunch Break, Chowmahalla, Mecca Masjid and finally Charminar. This way you can also get to shop at Laad Bazaar and capture the Charminar at night. Whatever suits you!
Beautiful fort, overlooks the city, guided tour
The architectural brilliance of ancient times is beautifully depicted in every part of this fort.
We started day 2 from Tolichowki again and reached Golconda fort. There is a cloak room and restaurants like Cafe Coffee Day near main entrance. Fort was first build by Kakatiya centuries ago and was extend by Nizams. Golconda was famous for diamond mines and served as fort for many dynasties who ruled Golconda until Nizams were asked to surrender by Indian Govt. There are stairs which will take you to the top of the fort and give you full view of the old and new Hyderabad. It is typical fort with three layers of security and eight gates. Golconda fort is famous for magical acoustic system. It is big fort with almost everything like cellar, darbar, stable, mosque, temples, tombs, secret tunnel, cannon posts, chambers, etc. and it is impossible to explore every nook and corner of Golconda fort in a day. May be Wikipedia page can help you learn more about Golconda fort or hire a guide. We left the Golconda fort for Qutub Shahi tomb which is located nearby.
This ruined fort is an architectural marvel in itself. Situated some 11 km outside of the main city of hyderabad, Golconda fort was built as a defense system against the southern front. The famous kohinoor diamond and the hope diamond are the important elements of this fort now almost into the ruins
Golconda Fort is the most famous of all Hyderabad sightseeing places. The name of the fort has been derived from the Telugu words "Golla" and "Konda" which together means 'Shepard's Hill'. Founded in the approximately 12 th Century by the Kakatias Kings, this massive Golconda Fort with eight gates and 87 bastions was later built by Qutub Shahi Kings.
Hussain Sagar Lake
This is one of the very few man- made lakes of the country and is one of the most beautiful too. The statue of Lord Buddha made in granite stands in the middle of the sparkling lake and it looks nothing less than a dream. The lake connects Hyderabad and Secunderabad and was built by Sultan Nawab Shah Wahi in the 17th century to provide the people with adequate water supply. To one part of the lake is the Lumbini Park and in the middle is this place which has a royal entrance with two lions guarding it just like many other ancient temples. on the banks of this lake are the Birla Temples all in white marble. The view of the lake becomes even better after evening with the white lights put up which make it look like a diamond necklace. You get the best views from the Tank Bund Road as well as the Neklace Road. You can cruise around here and enjoy a romantic lunch date on board only.
This lake is in the heart of the city. Quite huge and many activities keep happening here like boating, fun ride etc. There is a Budhha statue and boats are available for Rs.300 (4 persons speed boat) or Rs.55 per head if you opt to go by the mechanised ship which can accommodate around 50 people at a time.
one of the world’s largest free-standing stone Buddha statues. It's an especially magnificent sight when illuminated at night. Frequent boats make the 30-minute return trip to the statue from both Eat Street and Lumbini Park . It's a pleasant place to enjoy sunsets and the popular musical fountain and laser show
In the evening we went to Hussain Sagar Lake which is located near necklace road and beautifully decorated with lights and fountain. Hussain Sagar is an artificial lake build by Hussain Shah and there is a canal which drains water into the lake. Since it was night, we want to capture the lights and colourful statute of Buddha located at the center of the lake. During the day ferries and jet boats are available for leisure and water sport inside Lumbini Park. There is a food court and couple of other good restaurants around Hussain Sagar lake like 1857 and Tansen by Ohri's. Try to book your tables in advance for restaurant or else you can eat at food court.
It was evening when I reached Hussain Sagar. It is located near the Necklace road and is very beautifully decorated and maintained. It is an artificial lake made by Hussain Shah and just in the middle of the lake, there is a huge Buddha statue. At night, the lighting of the same is mesmerising. Ferries and Jet boats are available for leisure and you can have a look at the statue by going near it by ferries.
From above through a satellite, Hussain Sagar appears in an irregular shape of heart. The lake can be viewed while driving on ‘Necklace Road’ at Tank Bund, the waters reflecting the sky above it and whatever that surrounds it. Tourists are also seen at the pavement on the borders of Hussain Sagar as they enjoy the cool breeze and the chilled atmosphere the lake creates, munching on street food as there are quite a number of chaat stalls and others put up there.Weather has the most impact on it during monsoons as the lake envelopes itself in fog and rain and even from a nearer a distance, one can’t tell where the fog is and where the water. Such sight appears both fierce and beautiful, which is rare for those who live away from nature but Hyderabadis own this privilege, and tourists may also experience it if they are in Hyderabad by any chance when it is raining.Standing proud in the midst of the lake is the Buddha Statue on an island, which was inspired by the Statue of Liberty. The Buddha Statue was inaugurated by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. The art work embodied below the statue represents Buddhism, livelihood of a society and sexuality along with the display of art forms such as the practice of music and dance.Hussain Sagar is a favourite spot for those who want have a loud, noisy fun time in the park, the swings and cars that run on tracks — ideal for children really, and also quiet time, with their families or a beloved. One escapes their noisy lives into serenity and peace in the environs of the lake. Anybody may sit anywhere they like as the infrastructure gives everyone this liberty, and many often find themselves sitting on a bench and having a conversation in the shades of plants and trees, with the city in the background and the lake facing them. The infrastructure also provides visitors several track paths where they may walk or jog in early morning.The ship ride in the waters of Hussain Sagar follows a regular route of a trip from the shore to the statue, where one may be overwhelmed by the thrills of being on the water, as though if they’re on an adventure. A similar but very exciting thrill is experienced while on a speed boat, and many indulge themselves in the spirit of having thrills and enjoying a great time.Hussain Sagar looks pleasing in all weathers and but very different during the day and night — you see two different versions of the lake. When the night is set about, pitch darkness overtakes the lake and it becomes invisible. Much thanks to the city lights, Hussain Sagar glows in the darkness as it reflects the streets of Hyderabad. The Buddha Statue is illuminated with many coloured lights every night, which the waters show in its reflection — a view such as this is splendid and rare in city.The history of Hussain Sagar is as old as four hundred years. Hussain Sagar was established by Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah in 1562. It was named after its designer, Hussain Shah Wali.The tourists may also take the pleasures of having a more serene time by visiting parks that surround Hussain Sagar — Lumbini Park, NTR Gardens and India’s first and probably the only artificial snow-based park, The Snow World. Or they may go for movies and shopping with Prasadz Imax and Hyderabad Central within a kilometre or two’s distance.FAQsWhen is the best time to visit Hussain Sagar?Hussain Sagar is experienced most pleasing during the months of December and January, as the sun is bright and soft as the cold winds blow. Such experience by and in the Hussain Sagar lake is mostly preferred.What are the timings to visit the lake?From 9.30 AM to 8.30 PMHow do I get there?A tourist may ask any autowala or cab driver to drive them to Hussain Sagar as it is a very popular tourist spot and a very important landmark of Hyderabad. Use Google Maps to ensure your visit to the right destination.How much do I need to pay as an entry fee?Indian Rupees 10 per person.I am hungry and thirsty, what do I do?Snacks and drinks are available. I suggest you walk around and you will be able to find a tiny joint as explore the places. It’ll be fun.Moral policing?Never happens in this or any part of the city.How much do I pay for a ship ride?Indian Rupees 55 for a regular ship ride, as per 28 January 2015, when I last visited the lake.What do you mean by regular?Well, there are many services provided for all. You may choose to spend 55 bucks like an aam aadmi and have fun or you may also have a luxurious ride on a luxurious ship. Similarly, you can have fun on either a regular boat or a speed boat. The cost of all varies.Anything that I must be aware of?As you enter the premises of the lake, you are expected to leave your bag, if you are carrying one, in the storage for security reasons. However you may carry your phone and camera or anything and everything else that you can in your hands but no bags allowed.
We start for Hussain Sagar lake in another 40 minutes. The rush of crowd made us feel that it was Christmas time, and selfie’s were a need of the moment. The Buddha statue was lit up and the full moon night had just the right ingredients for natural light photography. We boarded the family cruise, where we were entertained by music and dance. A high energy crowd did make me tap my feet, as I kept watching the graceful Budhha glowing amidst citylights.
Hyderabad yacht club is an awesome club which offers Kayaking and Sailing in the waters of Hussain Sagar Lake. It is not the best water but at least there is something different, something exciting and fun thing to do. The location is Sanjeevaiah park near Hussain Sagar Lake.This club organized two Kayaking sessions on the weekends7:30 AM : Funkayaking4:30 PM : Sunset Kayaking
With the stomach totally full, next destination was the Salar Jung Museum.The Salar Jung Museum is one of the three national museums in India. It was a former property of the Salar Jung family who ruled Hyderabad from 1720 to 1948 and was donated to the government to be developed as a museum having the collection of precious stones, articles, and paintings which were collected by the Salar Jung's. The museum is huge having 38 galleries each having detailed topics to showcase. I especially loved the gallery housing beautiful glass pieces and dishware which were used by the emperors and also the painting galleries. It highlighted their royal and classic taste for art and culture. The wardrobe of Tipu Sultan and Emperor Aurangzeb’s sword are other important things to see here.A superb place to history lovers.The final destinations for the day were Lumbini Park and Hussein Sagar lake. The Hussein Sagar Lake was constructed during the Qutub Shah era and is spread across a very large area.It is one of the main sources of water supply to the city. A huge Buddha statue stands amidst the lake on an island.Boating facilities are also available. The Lumbini park situated in this complex has various amusement rides and eating outlets for people to enjoy and rejuvenate.A laser and musical fountain show are also organized here every day in the evening.Hyderabad I love you.This trip was originally published on ROADSREELANDFOOD
Head next to the Birla temple. In case you aren't too religious, head straight to the Hussainsagar Lake. After a day of constant touring, spending the evening at Hussainsagar is quite a relaxing experience. For dinner, try out the fare at eat street alongside Hussainsagar Lake.SundayIf the world of film making draws you, or if you are travelling with family and kids and would love visiting a picnic spot, then go to the Ramoji Film City. It is slightly out of town and would definitely take up your entire morning. I wouldn't strongly recommend, though. The other options you can consider is visiting the zoo; you are never too old to visit a zoo :) In case you love photography, you can join me for a photowalk around the Charminar. It is a great way of exploring the place. There is also a flea market that's set up on Sunday mornings, you can pick up antique stuff or old currency notes and coins. Head to Tolichowki for lunch. The Yousuf Tekri Food Court at Tolichowki has a variety of eating options. But my suggestion would be try out the Arabic dishes which are a specialty of this place, especially Mandi, Muttabaq, Faham and Shawarmas. Vegetarians - there are options for you as well, but definitely not as much.
The Hussainsagar lake, NTR gardens and the famous Birla Mandir are on the same side of the city. Very obvious that the best time to visit these is evening with cool breeze and a perfect place for date with your partner. For a gang of friends who know nothing but full on masti, you have Snow World and couple of water parks in the city itself. So you can plan instantly and visit.Apart from tourism, the city is also a heaven for food lovers and shoppers. And the best thing, all the local products are very economic here alike other metros like Mumbai or Delhi or Bangalore. You cannot stop yourself once you see a large bowl full of Hyderabadi Biryani before you.Late to mention but not the least, Hyderabad is also rich in its education. You can find a loads of educational centers providing a variety of courses you might have never even heard of. As the city has shopping hub, industrial hub,etc. Ameerpet is the educational hub, where students from all over the country come to enhance their skills.The journey that started from Charminar has come to Ameerpet, but this is not all. There is still a lot more to explore. But just typing here on a blog will just give you information, not experience. Seriously, you have to visit this city and give yourself a chance to explore. Explore the rich culture, education, tech level of people here, art, and glad to mention, FOOD. So, come to the city and take away some beautiful memories with you.
Hussain Sagar is one of the famous man-made lakes in India. This lake divides the city into two parts Hyderabad and Secunderabad. World’s largest monolithic statue of buddha is installed in the middle of the lake.I have heard about the charm of sunset at Hussain Sagar Lake. Being a sunset admirer, I wanted to catch the dusk view. So, I dragged my lazy friend to start early at 3 PM. Though she was more fascinated with the night lights of the lake so she wanted to start later. :PWhile sitting on the bus we just had a thought …whether we boarded the right bus or not. :/ We were in doubt until I saw that google map navigation marker moving in the direction toward our destination. And off course after asking the bus driver. :PWe reached there by 5 PM and what we saw ??? There was a huge crowd as it was Saturday and that too on Christmas Eve. We had to wait in a long queue to buy our entry tickets to Lumbini Park. The entry fee is nominal. The way to the lake is through Lumbini Park. After security check, we were in the Park.The Lumbini park is a good spot for those who want a loud fun time with children and Family. This Park has few Swings, Slides and Artificial fountains for children as well as grown up. The Park was full of crowd. Without spending too much time in the park we headed toward the lake.I couldn’t find the typical drowning sunset view, Maybe we missed it or we were standing in the wrong direction. But, the view of lake, sky and the horizon was mesmerizing. Some ships were standing still on the shore while some were running on the water. I took few snaps and headed toward the boating area.
Hussain Sagar Lake is the Heart of Hyderabad which connects Hyderabad and Secunderabad. And the road around this lake is called Necklace Road. It is also the entertainment hub of this city. It's the Marine Drive of Hyderabad, where people from the city as well as outsiders throng for entertainment. And at night, with glittering lights, it almost has an international feel to it. It has everything for every one. You can sit there for hours together watching the humdrum of the life around you with just bhel for as less as Rs. 10/-. (Real happiness does not come with money). Or sit there till late in the evening and when your hunger pangs pester you, go relish Bade Miyan's Sheek Kebabs which are truly heavenly. Have a feast once in a while. Hyderabad is truly a non vegetarians paradise. Hyderabadi Dum Biryani, Haleem, Kebabs, Pathar Gosht, oh the list goes endless.
The official residence of the Nizams while they were the authority of the state, this ws a prominent seat of the famous Asaf Jahi Dyansty. The palace in the local language is called as the Chowmallattuu Palace. The construction began in the year 1750 by Nizam Salabhat Jung and was finally completed in the year 1864- 69 by Nizam Afzar- Ud Dawla Bahadur. Stretching from the Laad Bazar to the Aspan Chowk, the palace is a replica of the Shah's Palace in Teheran of Italy. The palace in spite of being so old has held on nicely to its former beauty and glory and is ageing with absolute grace. The detailing of the architecture and designs is fantastic. Apart from the beautoful lawns and and gardens the Tehniyat Mahal, Afzal, Mehtab and Aftab Mahals are very popular attractions in here.
We started our journey from Tolichowki (Hyderabad) to Charminar Road and parked our bike inside Chowmahalla parking lot. There is ticket counter to buy ticket, cloak room to keep your belongings and a cafeteria to have snacks. Chowmahalla Palace or Nizam's Residence was official residence of Nizam family. It has four palaces and is worth visiting. It is said that Nizams were considered to be the richest people on earth during their time. Once you visit the palace you will find that all the furnitures, cutleries, chandeliers, vintage cars like Rolls Royce, fountain, arms and weapons, Chariots, libraries, dresses and paintings are very well preserved. The main durbar has huge Chandeliers and other rooms have colourful chandeliers. It just felt like Nizams were fond of chandeliers and created a palace full of chandeliers. Two to three hour is good enough to explore the whole palace. There is a watch tower which will help you find this place from a distance.
I thought if not Salarjung, maybe this will help me in some way but no, not really. Although, Chowmahalla was still slightly more interesting than the former. On incessantly troubling the guard, he mentioned that Mukarram Jah, the titular Nizam of Hyderabad, now lives in Australia and visits his palaces (Chowmahalla Palace, Falaknuma Palace, Nazribagh Palace, Purani Haveli Palace, and Chiran Palace) once in a year.
Another palatial museum from the Nizams. The best among collection is the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost that is said to have done less than 356 miles.The grand Khilawat Mubarak or durbar hall with it's chandelliers is just wow. The Khilwat clock has been running for more than 100 years with the most accuracy.
Heritage and lifestyle spot
After Charminar, the place to hit next was Chowmahalla Palace. It was the official residence of the Nizams'. It is said that Nizams' were considered to be one of the richest people of their time. Evidently, you can witness their life in this palace. The Calmness of the place will soothe your mind. There is a Ticket counter, a cloakroom to keep your stuff and a small cafeteria inside. You can have a royal feeling in the main durbar. It has huge yet beautiful chandeliers, the pigeons roaming will just give you the feeling of being in that era. Starting from Cutleries to clothes, from shoes to coins, everything is kept. But sadly, the maintenance is not up to the mark. The best part about this place is the Vintage Car Museum. Nizams' did have a fancy car collection. 1912 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost,A spectacular Fiat limousine, A Napier, 1952 Packard 200 Deluxe Touring Sedan (others I do not even remember) and several carriages, it is just mind blowing. The mind-boggling fact is The seventh Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan used this Ford Tourer just for the purpose of going to the mosque at Public Gardens on a Friday. Yes, we are talking about the Nizams' who used a Rolls Royce to clean garbage over the city.
The official residence of Nizams, the Chowmahalla Palace was built from 1750 to 1857 marking an expanse of 45 acres and containing four palaces within its complex. The architect modelled it after Shah of Iran's palace in Tehran, and gave it a unique style and design which is reflected in its unaging elegance.
The Chowmahalla Palace is a glorious place, take time to walk around and see the displays. Its a fine peek into the lives of the Asaf Jahi kings. Don't miss the collection of vintage automobiles at the back, especially the royal Rolls Royce. It will be lunch time by the time you come out of Chowmahalla. If Biriyani is what you are craving for, then head to Shah Ghouse. Its advisable to take an autorickshaw to get there. In case you want vegetarian food or just anything non-Biriyani, head to Hotel Shadaab. Sometimes on Saturday and Sunday mornings there is a heritage walk conducted around this place. It is always better to be guided by someone who can tell you the history of the place.The next place to visit after lunch is the Salarjung Museum. The time you are going to spend at Salarjung Museum depends on your interests. The must see displays are Ivory gallery, Western Paintings, Walking Sticks Gallery and the Veiled Rebecca. You can decide your next stop based on how long you've spent in the museum and how tired you are. If you are early and fresh, I suggest make a trip to Paigah tombs. Take an autorickshaw and ask locals for directions. It isn't a place frequented by tourists; but if you love ancient architecture, you'll find this place quite intriguing.
I began my day by visiting Chowmahalla Palace. This palace makes you feel like a queen or maybe it did that to me. The palace has majestic courtyards, lush green gardens, mesmerizing fountains and prestigious collection of vintage cars. This highly maintained palace of Nizams defines what luxurious living would have been! I entered the Khilwat Durbar, the chandelier court of the Nizams and it made my heart skip a beat. Everything around me happened in slow motion for next few minutes. Felt like I was time travelling to a different era. It's difficult to take your eyes off the beauty of this durbar. These chandeliers are only lighted when parties are held there. Believe it or not. This durbar can be hired for parties. Are you planning one lately ? Why not add royalty to it by hiring this place ?Ooops, I meant palace.My personal favourite in this palace was the vintage car section. Royalty gets defined not only when it runs in your blood or through your clothes and jewellery. It is also defined when you travel grand. On royal wheels. I wanted to believe somehow that this palace belonged to me. Everything here was connected to me. May be in my past life. Let me quote myself, "This palace gives you dreams.It was then time to say adios to this uniquely elegant 200 year old palace and head to some Biryani place nearby. When in Hyderabad, all you eat is Biryani ! Atleast, I wanted to follow that mantra. When asked around, locals suggested that we should try Shah Ghouse restaurant in the area for varieties of Biryani. Being a vegetarian, all biryanis taste similar to me. So, this was also one of the not so extraordinary veg biryanis for me but it definitely filled up my empty stomach. Do not hold on any high expectations in terms of ambiance and hospitality. Go for the food. Non vegetarians might get good options. But I would still suggest. Try it out and make your own opinion. It was then time to explore the very famous minaret that symbolizes Hyderabad, the Char Minar and the buzzing market places around it. Situated in the heart of the old city, this monument is defines Hyderabad. Your trip to Hyderabad is incomplete if you do not take out time to visit this magnificent minaret.
Salar Jung Museum
Situated on the south western banks of the Musi River and in the Afzalgunj Region, this is the 3rd largest museum of the country. This is also the largest museum with one man collections. There are 38 galleries with over 500000 exhibits here which were earlier housed in a private museum which was then inaugrated by the Prime Minister Jawaharlak Nehru. The present Museum we see was opened in the year 1968. Mir Yousuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III was the able Prime Minister of the 7th Sultan of Hyderabad and is known to have spent almost all his income and 35 years of his life in collectiong the unique pieces which are still conserved here from all over the world. He was extremely passionate about his hobby and the museum is also named after him. The collections remained in the Deodi Palace even after his death before these were showed to the public. The most prized possessions are the statue of Veiled Rebecca and Marguerite and Mephistopheles.
This famous three storied museum is very popular in Hyderabad, and makes it to every tourist's list. I personally do not care much for museums, but if you are interested in a repository of the artistic achievements of diverse European, Asian and Far Eastern countries of the world, you must visit this place.
Salarjung museum possibly has the distinction of preserving the largest collection of art and artefacts. Like a new girl in town, I thought a museum would be an excellent introduction to the city but trust me, you don't need any of that. The museum is good for those who understand art and has a thing for history, but for me it was a waste of time, effort and an entire day!
Culture, heritage museum.
The Makkah Mosque is situated just a quarters away.Now that it was lunch time, I, on the recommendation of the car driver decided to have lunch at a famous restaurant called “Kamat Hotel” which is located at the nearby Nampally. The restaurant though didn’t look very impressive from the outside but, later on, proved to be really good. The restaurant is situated close to the state legislative assembly and happens to be a popular eatery for all the MLAs and MLCs. The restaurant seemed to be extremely popular among the people of the city.I had to wait outside for a brief amount of time to actually get myself a place to sit and eat. However, the wait was worth it as I got to taste a really good local Thali named as the “Limited Edition Kamat Thali.” The thali is the most popular dish on the menu and everyone seemed to be ordering it.Small Puris, Rice, Sambar, two Sabjis having the local flavor, Rasam and Payasam as sweet dish left me satiated gastronomically.I had also ordered the Moong dal dosa or Pesarattu which was also different and something I hadn't tasted before. “Kamat Hotel” was really impressive. It being so old still continues to be popular among people. Very few restaurants can actually hold onto this kind of clientele for this long.
One of the must see places in Hyderabad is the Salar Jung Museum, huge museum and a lot of things to see. It is basically a blend of cultures, from Indian to European to Japanese and Chinese. The museum consists of vintage furniture, walking sticks, crockery, carpets and paintings form a different era. It may take up to two days to see the whole museum which is divided in different wings and the same are numbered. Take up one wing at a time and then move to the next. There is an age old clock which shows the correct time since years, it is an attraction in the museum because of the way it functions. You can easily spend hours in the museum if you are willing to see each and every room like I did. The furniture is exquisite and so is the porcelain crockery. The museum also consists of famous paintings and sculptures.
Having heard a lot about it from friends, parents and everyone around, it was a different kind of excitement to visit this place. We were warned that this museum is too big to be covered in a day and we will get tired and we might have to go for a foot massage later on. But who cared. Turning a deaf ear to everyone, I was all set to hang out to Salarjung museum for the day.Doesn't matter if you are an art patron or not, this place stuns you with all that it has. The art objects collected by the art connoisseur, Salar Jung III are placed in this museum after this museum came into existence and was opened to public in 1951 by Jawahar Lal Nehru. One can spend hours in admiring various forms of art at this place. Though my personal favorites were Veiled Rebecca, Musical Clock and the double statue. The veiled Rebecca is said to be a melody in white marble and is considered as the most stunning art object in the world. It is surely a gem of Salar Jung Museum.The double statue of Mephistopheles and Margaretta is another delight for visitors. Carved out of a single block of wood, this statue showcases opposite characters from a very famous German drama. It gets difficult to get your eyes off this beauty.The clock room at the museum houses more than 300 clocks but the one that stands out and takes away all the attention is the Musical clock. This 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. It is placed in a corridor with chairs laid out for visitors so that you can sit back and enjoy the musical sound of gong.Being a single man's collection, this museum feels like a wonder. It ended being a fantastic afternoon at the museum and I highly recommend it. With the end of the day's trip, it was also time to say goodbyes to the queenly grandiose city of Hyderabad. I was ecstatic to take back with me an enamored experience. All thanks to my lovely friends for being such great hosts ..guides and what not..!! Without them, this trip wouldn't have been accomplished in first place and even if it did, it wouldn't have been the same. #Hyderabad #Telangana #Thecityofpearls #royaltygetsdefined #Golcondafort #Salarjungmuseum #paradisebiryani #qutubshahitombs #Qutubminar #laadbazaar #hathiyankajhad #shilparamam #karachibakery #famousicecreamcentre #lovedit
Good Morning !! I was a bit in a nostalgic mood today and history is no better explained in museums than anywhere else. So I proceeded to the Salarjung Museum and cameras weren't allowed to get in, so I couldn't take my camera in, but I enjoyed the Museum and everything it had to offer. I spent a good amount of time and I had my lunch. I was just passing my time about in the noon. In the evening, I made it to the Hussain Sagar Lake and the boats they cruise around. Its a great experience to have.. small cruises always make it enjoyable wherever a tourist tours. It was around 8:00 PM and I headed back to hotel but on way back, I purchased the famous Karachi Bakery Biscuits. Trust me, the one who eats one cookie will never ever get satisfied eating one. The person will end up tasting more and more. I somehow controlled my taste buds and diverted them to the dining hall where I had my dinner.
Ramoji Film City
Established in the year 1996 by the Indian filmmaker and producer Ramoji Rao, this film city also features in the list of the Guiness Book of World Records. This is the largest integrated film city of the country and is extremely well equipped. It is like a mini world inside this place with artificial houses, amusement parks, waterfalls, water bodies, markets and so much more. It is at present also a tourist attraction and recreation center which cannot just be missed on a trip to Hyderabad.
After the light and sound show we went back and had dinner at Tolichowki at Four Seasons restaurant followed by amazing array of desserts at nice Juice Centre. This pretty much sums up Day 2.We slept in the early as we had a visit to Ramoji Film City planned the following morning. You can read all about it here.
We then left for our friend’s flat in Dilshuk Nagar and got ready for a day filled with activity. Ramoji Film City was voted the first place to be visited. It is situated at quite a distance from Dilshuk Nagar and we hard two cars ready for travel. Our host, Akhila’s parents were also eager to join us for the trip.On reaching Ramoji Film city, we purchased our tickets and as soon as we entered, we were told to board a bus that would take us around this vast area where film shootings took place. There were dummy railway stations, palaces, trains, airports and a whole array of country sets like London, America etc. There were also performers who were dancing and singing merrily in the middle of a huge courtyard. There was a lane that was solely dedicated to the Cowboy theme and one to caves and sculptures. There were sprawling gardens with bonsai plantations and beautiful flowers. The whole area took us a day to explore and a very tired group left back home.
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