Hyderabad, also known as the Pearl City, has a variety of tourist attractions to offer. This ranges from lakes, parks, heritage monuments, museums delectable cuisine and heart- warming shopping experience.
Hyderabad constitutes a rich mixture of culture and tradition, with its history spanning for over 400 years.
Some of the Attractions Include:
The Golconda Fort
The name Golconda means Shepherd’s Hill in Telugu. It was originally a mud fort. It was passed to the Bahmani dynasty by the Yadava dynasty of Deogiri. Later, Qutub Shahis held the fort from 1518 to 1687 A.D. The fort is known for its palaces, acoustics, the water system and the famous cannon Fateh Rahben gun which was used by King Aurangzeb to seize Golconda Fort.
Light and Sound Show
The mighty past of the Golconda Fort can be felt again by witnessing the light and sound show at the fort. It is a journey into the past through effective narration and mesmerising light and sound effect.
Charminar was built by Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah in 1591, who was the founder of Hyderabad. Charminar is an iconic figure of Hyderabad, much like Taj Mahal of Agra or Eiffel Tower of Paris. It was built in the centre of the original city and was built as a charm to ward off a deadly epidemic which was surging at that time. Four minarets of height 48.7 m sour above the ground. Charminar also has a mosque and 45 prayer spaces in it. In the evening, the monument is illuminated and the visitors can savor the architectural splendor.
It is situated two hundred yards southwest of Charminar. The bricks of this mosque were brought from Mecca to build its central arch. Hence, it is called Mecca Masjid.
This is one of the famous and colorful shopping centres of Hyderabad. Bridal wear, traditional hyderabadi bangles made of glass, and stone studded glass bangles are available here.
Qutb Shahi (Tombs)
These are historically, the oldest tombs of Hyderabad built by the Qutb Shahis. They are a large group of tombs and are famous for its architectural styles. Built by Hindus, Pathans and Persians, these tombs have unique architectural dimension attached to them.
It is situated at Ibrahimgarh, located near Golconda Fort. It is a culture village. It is spread over 7 acres of sprawling area. The heritage monument, which was built by the Sultan of the Golconda Fort, can be seen from here.
Other tourist places include Birla Planetarium, Birla Temple, Salar Jung Museum, Shilparamam, The Nizam Silver Jubilee Museum, Zoological Park and Hussain Sagar Lake.