About City :
Hyderabad, the fifth largest metropolis of India, is the state capital of Andhra Pradesh, known for its rich history and culture with monuments, mosques, temples, a rich and varied heritage in arts, crafts and dance.
Hyderabad, a city with a deep-rooted past lies on the banks of river Moosi. The Nizam’s of Hyderabad were known to be one of the wealthiest royal’s of the past. This 400 year old city was named after Hyder Mahal wife of the ruler Quli Qutab Shah.
The city is home to the world’s largest film studio, the Ramoji Film City as well as the second largest film industry in the country, the Telugu Film Industry known popularly as Tollywood.
Places To Visit here in Hyderabad :
The Charminar is a famous landmark of Hyderabad tourism. It was constructed by Mohd. Quli Qutub Shah in the year 1591 in order to mark the end of plague in the city. This symbolic monument has four dominating minarets each 54 meters high. They are adorned with carved lotus buds and petals. There is also a mosque here. Charminar – the principal landmark of the city is among the wonders of India. It was built by the ruler Quli Qutab Shah in honour of his Hindu wife Bhagmati.
According to legends, this is the place where the king first saw his lover and was attracted by her beauty. The monument is surrounded by a very busy market place and is located in a prominent area of the old city.
This magnificent edifice has four huge minars or pillars, hence called Charminar. Built to a height of 56.7meters (186 feet) and on a square base of 31.5 meters (100 feet), Charminar is said to be a prototype of Tazia, a representation of the tomb of Imam Husain. The monument has the same importance as that of Statue of Liberty in USA and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Charminar is one of the most famous buildings representing the historical remains of not only Hyderabad and Deccan region but the whole India.
The Golconda Fort was established by the Yadava dynasty of Deogiri and Kakatiyas of Warangal. This fort was named after the Telugu word “Golla Konda” which means “Shephard’s Hill”. It was earlier a mud fort and the Golconda received its present form by Qutub Shahi kings. Today, it stands with a massive structure of granite. The walls of this fort have eight gates and 87 bastions. They are spread over an area of 7 kms.
The fort is famous for its acoustic system, palaces and ingenious water supply system. It is said that the world famous diamond “Kohinoor” belongs to this fort. A major highlight of this fort is a sound and light show displayed in the evening. This show depicts the might of Qutub Shahi dynasty.
This fort, originally built by the Kakatiyas, the rulers of the neighboring state, was made with mud. Later, the Shahis Golconda Fort converted it into a marvelous piece of architecture using advanced acoustics wherein sound signals could pass from the entrance of the fort to the top without the use of any electric gadgets. There is a sound and light show in the evening which is quiet popular.
The grand fortress is protected by three formidable lines of defense. The first, an outer fortification made up of granite blocks. The middle wall surrounds the base of the hill and the innermost one follows the contours of the highest ridge. The fort was famous for its great hoard of diamonds, mined nearby. The Kohinoor diamond was a celebrated jewel of the fort, now a part of the British Crown Jewels.
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The Lad Bazaar at is famous tourist shopping hub for pearls, stone studded colored bangles and other bridal finery. Due to the thriving pearl industry, Hyderabad is also known as the ‘ City of Pearls’.
Lad is a word meaning ‘indulgence’. Indeed, there is no better place in the city for the lady to indulge herself.
The colorful Lad Bazaar lies on the right of Charminar, in the Old City. One of the oldest shopping centres in the city, the Lad Bazaar is an amazing mix of the ancient and the modern – an embodiment of Hyderabad. It’s shops offer an assortment of henna, bridal wear and cosmetics. But the real draw is the exquisite range of lac and glass bangles, the pride and joy of the women of Hyderabad.
Bangles at Laad Bazar
This is a colorful bazaar located on one of the four main roads that branch out from the Charminar; it is located in a very old area of the city. The place offers bangles, tinsel, embroidery, brocade turbans for bride grooms, henna, herbal potions and everything else needed for a bride’s trousseau.
All stores present in the bazaar are well furnished with a clean and softly-padded floor. The customer sits down on the soft floor having removed his/her shoes, leans against a wall against a pillow and the employee presents different items on the floor.
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Qutub Shahi Tombs
The Royal Qutub Shahi tombs are located just half a km. away from Golconda Fort.
There are almost seven Qutub Shahi kings buried in the middle of the Ibrahim Bagh.
The Mecca Masjid at Hyderabad is located very near from Charminar. This mosque was established by Sultan Mohd. Qutub Shah in 1614 and its construction was completed by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1694.
It is famous as the biggest mosque in South India. It is also known for the arch of the mosque which has been built by the bricks brought from the sacred city of Mecca. There are tombs of Asaf Jahi rulers in the abutting chamber of the mosque.
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The Salarjung Museum is one of the most famous museums in India.
It is one of the biggest one man collection of valuable antiques in the world. There are almost 35 rooms in the museum.
The Jade room of the museum consists of exquisite objects that belonged to former Indian rulers like Aurangzeb, Tipu Sultan, Shahjahan and the Asaf Jahis of Hyderabad.
Sri Venkateshwara Temple
The Venkateshwara temple is popularly known as ‘Birla Mandir’. It was built on 280 feet high Kala Pahad. This temple provides beautiful views of the Hussain Sagar lake, located nearby. It took almost 2000 tones of white marble to build this temple. This temple is a perfect blend of north and south Indian style of architecture.
The Birla planetarium in Hyderabad is India’s most modern planetarium. It is one of it’s kind in the country, armed with the most advanced technology from Japan. It is built on Naubath Pahad in Hyderabad.
Nehru Zoological Park
This park is spread over an vast area of 300 acres and is surrounded by lush greenery. It is one of the biggest Zoo in India with over 250 species of animals and birds kept in natural environment.
Other highlights of the park are the Lion safari park, which is the first in Asia. Apart from these, the Natural History Museum, pre-historical animals park, nocturnal birds and a children park with a train ride are other important attractions.
Bus numbers to reach the Nehru Zoological Park
|From||Bus Route Nos.|
|Secunderabad Railway Station||1Z, 7Z and 8Z.|
|Nampally Railway Station||Reach Afzalgunj in Bus Route Nos 8M, 8R, 8U, 9, 9D, 9F, 9K, 9L, 9M,
9N, 9Q, 9R, 9X, 9Y/F, 65M and 65S. From Afzalgunj board bus route Nos is
7Z, 8Z, 94, 94K, 94R, 94U, 95A, 95L, 95M, 95P and 95R.
|Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station||1Z, 2Z 7Z, 94, 94K, 94R, 94U, 95A, 95L, 95M, 95P and 95R.|
|Jubilee Bus Station||Reach Afzalgunj in Bus Route No. 8R. From Afzalgunj bus route no .is
1Z, 7Z and 8Z.
The Hussain Sagar Lake, connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
It was founded during the reign of Ibrahim Qutub Shah, by Hussain shah Wali, in 1562.
The unique feature of this lake is a statue of Lord Buddha with an height of 18 meter and weight of 350 ton.
It is located on the rock of Gibraltar in the middle of the Lake.
The popular activities that tourist can indulge in are, boat rides and musical fountain in the Lumbini Park situated within the lake area.
Lumbini Park is situated on the Tank Bund Road in Hyderabad. It is a popular entertainment hotspot for kids.
It has boating facilities and enough space to play around. The musical fountain is another feature of the park which attracts tourists during the evenings.
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Adjacent to Hussain Sagar Lake, is located the NTR Gardens named after the great political leader of Andhra Pradesh Late Shri N.T. Rama Rao.
NTR Gardens houses a memorial of the leader which is an example of modern architecture. The garden spreads over an area of 36 acres offering a very serene atmosphere and yet provides recreation facilities such as Machan Tree, Japanese Garden, Car Cafe, Souvenir Shops, Fruit Restaurant and Children’s playing area. It is also an amusement park for children.
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Mahaveer Harina Vanasthali National Park
Mahaveer Harina Vanasthali National Park is located in the outskirts of the city at Vanasthalipuram, just 16 km from Hyderabad. The park is named after the great Jain saint, Mahaveer Harina Vanasthali
Mahavir in commemoration of his 2500th birth anniversary in the year 1975. The area encompassed by the park once was the hunting paradise of the rulers of Hyderabad – the Nizam. Today, this park has become a living and dwelling place for thousands of wild animals including blackbucks (the state animal of Andhra Pradesh), porcupines, water monitors, short-toed eagles, Indian pond herons, egrets, kingfishers, cormorants and several other bird species.
There are rest sheds and observation towers for viewing the animals inside the park. Facilities for a van ride are also available inside the park to see the animals from close quarters on payment of a nominal fee. There is also an exhibition hall displaying intricate problems of wildlife conservation.
Location: At Vanasthalipuram on Hyderabad – Vijayawada road; easily approachable from the city.
Timing: 9 am to 5.30 pm, daily except Monday
Safari rides: 9.30 am to 5.00 pm
Main attraction: Black Buck
It built by Government of Andhra Pradesh in 1964.
The Hyderabad Information Technology Engineering Consultancy City (HITEC City) is a major technology township built in Hyderabad. The city comprises HITEC City of modern edifices like Cyber Towers, Cyber Gateway, Cyber Pearl, Hyderabad International Convention Center, HITEX Exhibition Center, Mindspace IT Park, and RMZ FUTURA IT Park etc.
HITEC city in Hyderabad is a symbol of modern trade and technology in India. It spreads over an area of 151 acres of land for commercial development and has the best facilities and amenities, enabling hassle-free software operations. The city is considered as the Cyber Gateway to India, home to world’s famous IT and electronics companies like Dell, GE, HSBC, Accenture, Oracle, Amazon, Microsoft, Nipuna and many Indian companies like Satyam, TCS and IBM etc. The city is the nucleus of “Cyberabad” and is the most preferred destination for IT related services. It is now a worth visiting place for thousands of tourists every day.
After the former World’s Largest Screen (Adlabs IMAX in Mumbai) was torn down, the Prasads IMAX in Hyderabad stepped up to the plate. Prasads IMAX may not be the largest screen or even the largest dome in the world, but it is the single most popular theater in the world. Its 72-foot high, 95-foot wide screen is accompanied by 635 seats and a 12,000-watt sound system. The Prasads IMAX made its name by being the most attended screen in the world for major blockbusters like the Harry Potter and Spiderman movies.
The Imax theatre will feature the world’s most powerful film projector which beams on 29 Metres wide and 21.93 metre high screen. Its got a six-channel sound system that puts out 12,000 watts of digital surround sound.
Strategically located in the heart of the city on the banks of Hussain Sagar Lake, Off NTR Gardens, Hyderabad is Prasad I Max ,a fully integrated Family Entertainment Centre. The project is a part of the Buddha Purnima Project Area, an initiative of, Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department and is promoted by the LV Prasad Group.
Spanning an area of 2,35,000 sq. ft, this centrally air conditioned facility is a high-tech, integrated, one-stop facility, providing the people of Hyderabad a unique and exciting experience, aimed at achieving ‘Customer Delight’.
The Prasad IMAX theatre has a seating capacity of 635 and every seat in this theatre is considered the best seat.
The facility also houses a state-of-the-art five screen Multiplex with a combined capacity of 1800 seats. Equipped with the latest sound and projection technology, the theatres will offer plush, comfortable and world-class ambience.
Hyderabad’s first Food Court will provide a sumptuous spread of multi-cuisine food interspersed with fast food outlets, coffee bars etc., setting a new benchmark in ‘Eatatainament’
The Imax theatre comes from the L.V. Prasad Group that has long been associated with entertainment through quality films which were box-office successes. These films left a lasting impact on the industry and more so on the minds of the people. Over the years, its focus has been to constantly innovative and diversify into several aspects of film making, manifested in various spheres, such as Prasad Productions, Prasad Film Laboratories, Prasad Video Digital, EFX and now Prasad Media Corporation Limited.
Hyderabad’s first MULTIPLEX, INDIAS first Mirror Maze and south India’s first 4D FX- A virtual reality show.
Events like new Product launches, Vehicle display ,rock concerts, game shows, corporate film shows, celebrity appearances and more have made the complex a much happening place. Tourists from all over the country in huge numbers are being seen at the complex. Schools, cultural and social groups, cinema associations and other bodies of the society from in and around the State have and are visiting the place to experience the novelty and facilities. PRASADS has become a must see destination place for the citizens of twin cities.
For more details click http://prasadz.com/
It is an arts and crafts village showcasing various art forms and handicrafts made by artisans coming from across the state.
The annual All India Festival of Arts and Crafts is held here in February where artists from the whole country participate to showcase their masterpieces.
At Shilparamam, every season brings with it the mood of festivity and an occasion to celebrate.
Here Indian festivals are celebrated in the most traditional way and unique festivals bring together talents from the world over.
It is about 25 km from Hyderabad Railway station and is easily accessible by bus and taxi.
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Ramoji Film City
Being the world’s largest film city, the Ramoji Film City is among Ramoji Film City the seven wonders of Hyderabad.
The Film city spreads over an area of 2000 acres which is studded with hills, vales and lakes. This is the foremost destination of the tourists.
Here you can see every thing from the streets of London to New York and can have full fun with the fundoostan – the place for child’s fantasy.
The major attractions in RFC include Dadajinn’s Ark, Planet Food, Presto, Corolla, Ballerina Fount, Deli Express and Timberland etc.
Shangri-La called as the veritable paradise has a huge collection of flowers plants and shrubs which attract the visitors to engulf the natural beauty.
The huge gardens, dancing fountains and the natural scenes of the mountains and lakes take visitors to a world of surprises, scares and delights. .
The film city is only 16 miles from the state capital.
Hyderabad is well connected by air, rail and bus.
The extension counter at the airport will assist you in giving preliminary information regarding the complex.
If you are traveling by bus then take the route numbers 207, 204A, 205, 205A, 205B, 206, 299 from the Koti Women’s College bus stop.
Location : 35 km. from Hyderabad, Outskirts Of The Twin Cities Of Hyderabad And Secunderabad
Timing : 9.30 A.M. to 3.30 P.M.
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For more details please check at the Website : http://www.ramojifilmcity.com/
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Chilkur Balaji Temple
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 Telangana region built during the time of Akkanna and Madanna, the uncles of Bhakta Ramadas..
Approximately, 75,000 to a lakh devotees visit the shrine during the week, but on Fridays and Saturdays, the temple gets close the cumulative of a week.
It is also the only temple in India that does not accept any money, does not have a hundi, from the devotees no green channel or privileges for VVIPs and it fought and won the right to stay out of government control
Formerly known as the Hyderabad Town hall, the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly
Legislative assembly is the seat of administration in the state. It was built in the year 1913. The architecture of the building represents a fusion of Rajasthani and Persian styles, with an all white, aesthetic look. The Citizens of Princely state of Hyderabad raised money to build it to mark the 40th birthday of Nizam Mahboob Ali Khan in 1905. A large public garden surrounds the assembly building which offers panorama to the environment. A massive statue of Mahatma Gandhi in a sitting posture is erected at the entrance park to the Assembly.
Qutb Shahi Tombs
The Hyderabad Palace is a worth exploring monument situated at Palace Guttahalli in Hyderabad.Qutb Shahi Tombs
It was built by Chamaraja Wodeyar, Maharaja of Mysore in 1887. The Palace has turreted parapets, battlements, fortified towers and arches. The palace was constructed at a price of Rs. One lakh.
The king Chamaraja Wodeyar, during his visit to England had seen several structures of architectural importance but was greatly inspired by the Windsor Castle in London; hence he decided to build a palace in Tudor style.
The entire palace is spread over an area of about 430 acres; the Palace is famous for its elegantly carved woodwork. It is surrounded by a garden all around, almost giving it a fairytale setting. The structure has fortified towers decorated with Gothic windows, battlements and turrets. Thanks to the king for his endeavor in bringing such a beautiful palace.
Situated on a hillock 2000 ft above the ground level, Falaknuma palace is one among the most opulent palaces in Hyderabad. It was built in the year 1872 by Falaknuma Palace
Nawab Vikarul-Umra Bahadur, a baron of Paigah and the Prime Minister of Hyderabad. A huge amount of money was spent for the interior decoration, with tooled leather ceilings created by Florentine craftsman, furniture brought from France and marble imported from Italy.
The palace offers a panoramic view of the city and boasts a well laid garden in front of it. The imperial building is built in a classical style with a two-storeyed deep and colonnaded verandah carrying a pediment. The facade elements are notably European as the main palace was designed by English architects. The palace is now being converted into a luxurious hotel. The palace is just 4 km south of Charminar.
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Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy Temple or Yadagirigutta is a popular Hindu Temple of Narasimha Swamy, an incarnation Lord Vishnu It is situated on a hillock in the Nalgonda district, Andhra Pradesh, India., 60 kilometers from the city of Hyderabad. It has huge devotees visiting on Sundays and public holidays.
The temple is quite popular and is busy throughout the year with different events of the God. The annual brahmotsavam is held in the month of March, it includes Yedurkolu, The Celestial Wedding and Divya Vimana Rathotsavam.
Lord Narasimha is also known as Yadagiri, hence the name
Visiting hours :
Temple is opening at 4.00 a.m. early morning and it will be closed by 9.30 p.m. In peak days like Sunday/Saturday /Festival Days the temple would be opened one hour earlier than the schedule time
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