Tradition & Modern Spirit: Hyderabad – also referred as “The City of Nawabs” is a perfect combination of traditional and modern outlook. The city is a melting point of various religions and cultures. Its well-preserved cultural heritage creates nostalgia among old residents for its fine arts and architectural ambience. It is a city of joy; a charming city where secularism has been existing for centuries. The Muslim culture is fused with the South Indian tradition and it has manifested a symbol of secularism in India. Its regarded as a blend of traditionality with modernity.
It also known as the City of Pearls, Hyderabad today is one of the fast-developing cities in the country and a modern hub of Information Technology, ITES and Biotechnology.
Shopping & Sightseeing: Hyderabad is a virtual shopper’s bonanza. The famous Laad Bazaar sparkles with the shimmer of Lacquer Bangles. One can take home the beautiful Bidriware, kalamkari hand painted fabrics, filigree pure silver articles, pembarthi brassware and a splendid array of handloom fabrics, linens, carpets and more…from the city many outlets.
Hyderabad has several heritage sites that are centuries old. If the Charminar symbolizes Hyderabad, the Golconda Fort, Qutb Shahi Tombs and several other structures have a saga of their own. Each period left its indelible mark through exquisite architecture, sometimes a purely imported style or one blending the foreign with the local.
Music & Art: The city is home to the world’s largest film studio, the Ramoji Film City as well as the second largest film city in the country, the Telugu Film Industry known popularly as Tollywood. The famous “Salar Jung” museum houses one of the biggest one-man collections of antiques of the world by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, Salar Jung III. The objects art include Persian carpets, Moghal miniatures, Chinese porcelain, Japanese lacquerware, famous statues including the Veiled Rebecca and Marguerite and Mephistopheles, a superb collection of jade, daggers belonging to Queen Noor Jahan and the Emperors Jahangir and Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb’s sword and many other fabulous items. The city is also known to be a sporting destination with many national and international games conducted.
Attractions in and around Hyderabad
Hyderabad is almost synonymous with the Charminar. Build by Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of Hyderabad, in 1591 at the centre of the original city layout. Charminar lies in all its splendour in the middle of Lad-Bazaar – Hyderabad’s famous bangle destination. The monument is illuminated in the evenings.
Golconda is one of the most famous forts of India. The name comes from the Telugu words “Golla Konda” meaning “Shepherd’s Hill”. Golconda was originally a mud fort, which was rebuilt by the first three Qutub Shahi kings over a period of 62 years. The fort is well known for its ingenious water supply system and acoustics among other attractions like the palaces and the famous Fateh Rahben gun. The exclusive Sound & Light Show takes you right back in time.
Ramoji Film City
One of the largest and glamorous film studios in the world, Ramoji Film City has also place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Spread across an area of almost 2500 acres.Ramoji Film City offers umpteen numbers of film sets such as London Street, Hollywood sign, Japanese gardens, airport, hospital, etc. The place makes for an amazing sightseeing places catering to each and every one.
Qutb Shahi Tombs
The tombs of the legendary Qutb Shahi kings are at a distance of a kilometre from Banjara Darwaza of the Golconda Fort. These tombs are said to be the oldest historical monuments in Hyderabad. The uniqueness of the tombs lies in the fact that they are the only tombs in the world where the entire dynasty has been buried at one place.
Mecca Masjid is located at a stone’s throw from the Charminar. The Masjid is so named because the building blocks were brought from Mecca to build the central arch. The Qutb Shahis started building the mosque, which was completed later by Aurangzeb in 1694.
Salar Jung Museum
This museum is one of the largest collection of antiques by one man – Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, Salar Jung III. The display includes Persian carpets, Moghul miniatures, Chinese porcelain, Japanese lacquerware, famous statues like the Veiled Rebecca and Marguerite and Mephistopheles, a superb collection of jade, daggers belonging to Queen Noor Jahan and the Emperors Jahangir and Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb’s sword and many other fabulous items.
Chow Mohalla Palace
One of the heritage buildings in Hyderabad. The Chow Mahalla was built by the Nizams over a period of 1857 to 1869. The complex comprises four palaces in Moghul and European styles – hence the Chow Mahalla. All the palaces are single-storeyed blocks with the exception of the main palace, which is double storeyed.
This completely white marble temple of Lord is built on the hillock, the Kala Pahad. The temple has exquisite sculptured and carved ceiling. The temple looks down on Hussain Sagar Lake and is illuminated at night.
Pochampally Handloom Park Ltd. (PHPL)
Pochampally Handloom Park Ltd is an integrated textile park that houses designing, dyeing and weaving facility for textiles under a single roof. It was inaugurated on 16th November, 2008 and has been operation for the last three years. It is located in Kanumukkala Village, Pochampally Mandal, 40 km from Hyderabad
Falaknuma Palace is one of the finest palaces in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. It belonged to Paigah Hyderabad State, and it was later owned by the Nizams. It is on a 32-acre (13 ha) area in Falaknuma, 5 km from Charminar. It was built by Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra, the then-prime minister of Hyderabad. Falak-numa means “Like the Sky” or “Mirror of the Sky” in Urdu. It is now a heritage hotel in the Taj Group.