Hyderabad is the capital of Andhra Pradesh and is separated from its twin city - Secunderabad by the Hussain Sagar Lake. Hyderabad is known as the city of pearls because historically it was a hub for pearl and diamond trading. The city is also known for its landmarks - Charminar and Golkonda fort, and for its food - the biryani which is a rice dish.
In the late 16th century, this monument was erected to celebrate the end of a plague. Now, it is one of Hyderabad’s most famous landmarks. The Charminar monument is an internationally recognized icon in the center of Hyderabad. With its minarets and domes, it showcases typical Islamic design. In one corner sits a beautiful mosque where mass prayers take place on Fridays. Tourists rarely leave the city without taking a trip to Charminar and the surrounding markets, which are filled with food and jewelry. The monument was built in 1591 to celebrate the end of a plague epidemic in Hyderabad.
Hyderabad's most impressive sight, this monumental fort lies on the western edge of town. In the 16th century the Qutb Shahs made Golconda a fortified citadel, built atop a 120m-high granite hill surrounded by mighty ramparts, all ringed by further necklaces of crenellated fortifications, 11km in perimeter. From the summit there are stunning vistas across dusty Deccan foothills and the crumbling outer ramparts, over the domed tombs of Qutb Shahs, past distant shanty towns to the horizon haze of the inner city.
Birla Mandir Temple is central to spirituality in Hyderabad and is famous for its impressive architecture. The building is made of 2,000 tons of pure white marble. It contains several shrines devoted to Hindu and Buddhist deities. The traditional site also embraces modernity with light displays at night. Visit the Birla Science Museum and Birla Planetarium next door.
One of the famous Hyderabad tourist places, Lumbini Park Hyderabad was developed by the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority in the year of 1994. Perfect place for relaxation and amusement, Lumbini Park has been named after birthplace of Siddhartha who later came to be known as Lord Buddha. The park is part of the Buddha Purnima project of Hyderabad Urban Development Authority. After the later Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, this park was renamed at the T. Anjaiah Lumbini Park in the year of 2006. However, popularly it is still known by the name of Lumbini Park.
Salar Jung Museum Hyderabad: Located on the southern bank of the river Musi, Salar Jung Museum is popularly known for its one of largest one-man collections of the world. The museum is one of the Hyderabad sightseeing places that must be visited. What makes this Salar Jung Museum all the more special is its location. It is located quite close to the other tourist spots of Hyderabad such as Charminar, Mecca Masjid, High Court, State Central Library, etc.
Developed and conceptualized by Ocean Park Multi Tech Limited (OPML), Snow World has been recognized as the first snow-themed park of the country. OPML has also developed the Ocean Park Theme Resort of Hyderabad. Spread across an area of 17,000 square feet, Snow World is apparently the biggest snow themed park in the world. Situated at the Lower Tank Bund Road, behind the Indira Park, Snow World is one of the interesting tourist spots of Hyderabad. It is quite close to Hussain Sagar Lake as well.
Located by the side of Hussain Sagar Lake, Sanjeevaiah Park enjoys a prime location, at the centre of the city. Named after the former president of India, Dr. Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, this park is maintained by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority. Initially there were plans to connect Sanjeevaiah Park to Lumbini Park, which is located on the other side of the lake through an aerial tramway. However, later the proposal wasn’t approved. A popular tourist spot, this park also has the fame of receiving the Best Open Landscape Award in 2010, under the category of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage. It is also known to be one of the largest and the oldest parks in Hyderabad.
NTR Gardens Hyderabad: Built in the memory of late Shri N T Rama Rao, former and one of the most popular chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh, NTR Memorial Gardens are one of the famous sightseeing places of Hyderabad. Spread across an area of 36 acres, NTR Gardens present a soothing atmosphere and refreshing setting to spend some time. The garden has been built with an approximate cost of Rs. 40 crore. It was in 2002, when the NTR garden of Hyderabad was opened to the public.