The Pearl City, Hyderabad is located in southeastern India along the banks of the Musi river, which divides the city in half. With a history of around 430 years old and the status of the metropolitan cities, the city promises a uniquely refreshing experience to all.
From historical monuments to mouth-watering world-famous cuisine to appealing shopping places and thrilling entertainment parks, this city has it all to keep you glued. There are many places to visit in Hyderabad where every age group will find something of there interest.
The old city is composed of a maze of disorienting alleyways that expand outward from the Charminar. Most of the historical attractions are situated in the old city. Here is a list of the most popular tourist spots in Hyderabad; the ones which you mustn’t miss:
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Incredible Places to Visit in Hyderabad
Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana and de jure capital of Andhra Pradesh is a popular tourist destination and presents its visitors with a mesmerizing contrast of age-old tradition, culture at one end and modern facilities, amenities of a metropolitan city at another end.
Charminar also referred to as the ‘Arc de Triomphe of the East’ is located on the east bank of the Musi River in the old city. This square-shaped structure with a height of 56 m and a width of 30 m with four towers in each corner was constructed in 1591. The minarets on each side are of 48.7 m height, each with four-storey. Charminar has a small mosque as well on the top floor (second floor).
Hussain Sagar Lake and Buddha Statue
Separating the twin cities, Hyderabad and Secunderabad, Hussain Sagar Lake boasts of being the largest heart-shaped artificial lake in the world is spread across the area of 5.7 square kilometres with a maximum depth of 32 feet. The lake is fed by the River Musi.
The Buddha statue is the world’s tallest monolith of Gautama Buddha, erected on Gibraltar Rock in the middle of Hussain Sagar. The statue stood at 58 feet (18 m) and weighed 350 tons,
Lumbini Park is a public urban park of 3 hectares adjacent to Hussain Sagar developed in 1994 by the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority. It has been named after the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Located quite close to the Hussain Sagar, it is one of the major tourist spots of Hyderabad. The musical fountain and the laser show here mustn’t be missed. The giant clock designed with various kinds of flora at the entrance is one of the prime attraction of the park.
Salar Jung Museum
One of the three National Museums of India, The Salar Jung Museum is an art museum located on the southern bank of the Musi River. The Museum has a collection of 43000 art objects, 9000 manuscripts and 47000 printed books, it is considered to be one of the biggest one-man collection of the world. The antique is divided and placed according to their identity like, European, Middle East, India and Chinese.
There are 38 galleries all around the floors with 1st floor consisting of 20 galleries and a central hall with a musical clock and rest galleries on the 2nd floor.
Birla Science Museum
B.M.Birla Science Museum Hyderabad has various sections, each section presenting an amazing set of exhibits, each dedicated to a specialised field. These are Planetarium, Interactive Science Section, Nobel Gallery, Antarctica Diorama, Dwaraka Diorama, IEEE and Dinosaurium.
Located at top of 280 feet high hillock called Naubath Pahad covering an area of 13 acres, Birla Mandir has derived its name from the industrialist Birlas who have constructed Birla temples in various parts of the country.
Constructed in 1976, it is said that it took 10 years and close to 2000 tonnes of white marbles to build this stunning temple.
The temple manifests a blend of Dravidian, Rajasthani and Utkala architectures. The granite idol of Lord Venkateswara is about 11 feet tall and a carved lotus forms an umbrella on the top. Apart from the main shrine, the consorts of Lord Venkateswara, Padmavati and Andal are housed in separate shrines. The temple also has separate shrines for various Hindu gods and goddess.
N T R Garden
The bewitch NTR Garden, spread over an area of 36 acres adjacent to Hussain Sagar was developed in the memory of Late Shri N T Rama Rao. Besides the variety of green landscape, the garden also houses a boat ride, Japanese garden, roaring cascade, souvenir complex, a visitors train, restaurants and number of fountains.
This is an adequate place, especially for children. The mini visitors train offering a short ride through the park is the centrepiece.
Durgam Cheruvu also known as Raidurgam Cheruvu is a freshwater lake located quite close to the Hi-Tech city. It lies hidden between the localities of Jubilee Hills and hence also referred to as Secret Lake
There are rocks which have surrounded the lake, spread over an area of 83 acres which is approximately 2500 million years old. There are facilities for a range of activities here at the lake such as boating, camping as well as trekking. You will also find the cafeteria and a mall by the lakeside.
A art and craft village, Shilparamam is one of the popular tourist places of Hyderabad. Sprawling over 65 acres of land in the hi-tech hub city is a popular shopping destination with artisans from different part of the country showcasing their best products.
Handmade artefacts, hand-woven, traditional clothes and traditional jewellery often lure visitors. It has many captivating sections such as Rural Museum, Rock Museum, Sculpture Park, Cultural Museum, Art Gallery & Library, Multi-purpose Auditorium, as well as Workshops and Research & Design Centres.
Located in Kothaguda, near the Hi-tech City, Botanical Gardens or Kotla Vijayabhaskara Reddy Botanical Garden have been developed by Telangana Forest Department. It is spread over an area of 274 acres.
Opened with completion of just 5 sectors, it has a total of 19 sectors or vanams. The opened sections include medicinal plants, timber trees, fruit trees, ornamental plants, aquatic plants, bamboos and so on. The park is designed to have large water bodies, rolling meadows, natural forests, rich grasslands and exquisite rock formations.