|City : Hyderabad
Location : South India
Language : Urdu, Hindi, English and Telgu.
Hyderabad is the capital city of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh. With approximately 6.7 million people (67 lakh), it is India's 6th most populous metropolis and the 41st largest metropolitan area in the world. Hyderabad has a twin city named Secunderabad which was formed when the British residency of the erstwhile princely State of Hyderabad had set up a military base near Hyderabad.
Hyderabad is known for its rich history, culture and architecture representing its unique characteristic of a meeting point for North and South India, and its multi-lingual culture, both geographically and culturally. Hence, Hyderabad is considered to be the gateway of southern India. Hyderabad has been a place where Hindus and Muslims have co-existed peacefully for centuries.
Hyderabad is also one of the most developed cities in the country. It is the emerging information technology (or IT) and biotechnology hub of India. Hyderabad and Secunderabad are twin cities, separated by the Hussain Sagar (bound by the 'Tank Bund'), a manmade lake made during the time of Ibrahim Qutb Shah in 1562. The Charminar monument, built in the center of Hyderabad by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591, is a commemoration of the eradication of a plague in the region.
Geography and climate
Situated on the Deccan Plateau, Hyderabad has an average elevation of about 500 metres above sea level (1640 ft). Most of the area has a rocky terrain. There is a lot of cultivation in the surrounding areas with paddy fields and other crops which are grown.
Hyderabad has a tropical wet and dry climate, with hot summers from March to June, the wet monsoon season from July to October and warm dry winters from November to February. Annual precipitation is around 79 cm.
the major landmark in Hyderabad with four graceful minarets.
Built by an Italian architect through one of the Paigah nobles, Nawab Viqar al-Umra', complete in Italian marble. It's a beautiful and stunning piece of architecture with Louis XIV-style decor, a lavish Mughal ambience, Italian marble staircases and ornate fountains.
located on the outskirts of the city, Golconda Fort is one of the most magnificent fortress complexes in India.
Chowmahalla Palace- It 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.
Salar Jung Museum
The museum houses the largest one-man collection of antiques in the world. Collections include "The Vieled Rebecca" and other huge collection of artifacts dating back to a few centuries. A mere day isn't enough to cover the whole museum.
Located near Golconda, built by a Qutb Shahi sultan, this place is a must visit.
a stone-built mosque, immediately southwest of Charminar. Remarkable for its architecture, size and its royal splendour. This is one of the most beautiful mosques in Hyderabad.
Birla Mandir (Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh)
a Hindu temple made of white marble located on top of a hill overlooking the city.
Birla Science Museum The science centre is another 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. feet. 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.
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 are 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 Dinosrium, which houses a collection of dinosaur egg fossils. The highlight of the museum is a mounted “Kotasurus Yamanpalliensis”, the remains of a 160 million old dinosaur.
The official residence of the Nizam.
King Kothi Palace
The last Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan lived here.
Qutb Shahi Tombs
Home for various Tombs dedicated to Rulers of Qutb Shahi dynasty, located at Shaikpet, near Golconda Fort.
This is one of the popular parks in the city. The main attraction of this park was the Musical fountain. It is now replaced by the 1500 seater Laserium, the first of its kind in the state. Boat rides take you across the lake to give you a closer glimpse of the Buddha.
It is a man-made lake is also famous for the 19-metre tall Buddha statue on a platform island called "Rock of Gibraltar" in the middle of the lake, and for the Tank Bund which consists of beautiful gardens and statues of famous personalities. Boating and water sports are a regular feature here.
Nehru Zoological Park
This zoo is among the largest in India, houses a large variety of animals, birds, nocturnal species, aquatic and amphibian species etc. Located close to this is the Mir Alam lake, which is proposed to be converted into an Aquarium along the lines of Sentosa, Singapore.
These gardens are spread across a sprawling area of 130 acres (0.53 km²), 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 - nature at its best.
Temple of Lord Sri Venkateshwara. Around 23 km from Mehdipatnam.
This popular boulevard lies on the other side of the lake, linking the IMAX theatre and Sanjivaiah park. This has become the-place-to-be for the Hyderabadis in the evenings. This strip provides a scenic atmosphere with lush lawns and long rows of flower beds. Eat-Street,Water Front are popular restaurants located on this strip. The latest addition to this strip is the Jal Vihar, a mini water world designed to soothe your senses.
This leisure spot is located beside the IMAX theatre. Situated on 36 acres of land adjoining the Hussain sagar, these gardens provide every kind of entertainment and recreation. It also houses a memorial of Late Shri N.T.Rama Rao, former Chief Minister, with an exemplary piece of architecture.
A man-made lake, the largest in Hyderabad. The lake is a major drinking water source to the city. Abutting the lake are lush gardens that provide an ideal ambience for a holiday.
A lake close to Gandipet.
also called Chudi Bazaar is on the west of Charminar, and known for its exquisite bangles, jewelry and pearls..
A beautiful garden built around a pond situated in Jubilee Hills, said to have been designed by an Italian designer. This garden is currently maintained by the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad. It is also home to a few rare species of birds.
The Shilparamam ,near HITEC city,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 forms which have survived the assaults of both the industrial and cyber revolutions.
A temple dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara graces a promontory overlooking Sanghi Nagar.
Ramoji Film City (RFC)
is the world’s largest integrated film studio cum theme park, at nearly 3,000 acres (8 km²). It is also one of Asia’s most popular tourism and recreation centres. Recently, it has made its way to the Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest film studio in the world. Opened in 1996, it is located about 25 km from Hyderabad on Vijayawada National Highway (NH-9).
Sai Geetha Ashram (SGA)
The ashram is a holy precinct with sacred lush greenary with more than 440 varities of trees for people to find solutions to their myriad problems through the medium of rituals to 'Vriksha Devatas'(tree-deities). They respond promptly when supplicated to in worship. It is located about 19 km from Hyderabad on National Highway (NH-7).
The World's Most Unique Divine Clock
The Divine Clock located at Sai Geetha Ashram is the first of its kind in the world which is installed at a height of 65ft. with its diameter stretching to 26.3ft. At the stroke of every hour there will be the sound of conch followed by the vibrating sound of 'OM' 5 times. The vibration are absorbed by the sacred trees in the Ashram. At that time clasp any tree to receive the positive energy in abundance. A model of a 5ft. man (fondly named Bojja Raja) will emerge from beneath the clock and strike the bell accordingly. This is to remind man to awaken from the deep slumber he is in, for time is ticking away.