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Historical Monuments

Charminar:A major landmark of Hyderabad with four graceful minarets located in the old city. It is built as a memorial for plague victims. Charminar in most occasions is used to represent the city and the state and is hailed as a unique Deccan monument. It is in the midst of Charkaman.

Golconda Fort:Once abandoned by Qutub Shahis, Golconda Fort is one of the most magnificent fortress complexes in India. Seated on a hill on one side and spiraling fort on the other, its location and internal design made it one of the strongest forts in the world.

Qutb Shahi Tombs - Home to various Tombs dedicated to Rulers of Qutub Shahi dynasty, located at Shaikpet, near Golconda Fort. These are an example of Deccan architecture with large minarets, huge domes, delicate marble designs and multiple inner passages.

Paigah Tombs:These are recently discovered series of mausoleums with unique geometrical sculptures which were no where found in the world. These are located at Chandrayanagutta. Paigahs were noblemen under the reign of Nizams.

Palaces

Chowmahalla Palace:It was the seat of Asaf Jahi dynasty, where the Nizm entertained his official guests and royal visitors. Initiated in 1750 by Nizam Salabat Jung and designed along the lines of the Shah 's palace in Isfahan , this actually consists of a group of palaces each used as a Durbar Hall . It has now been aesthetically renovated and is also venue for conferences

Asman Garh Palace:It was designed personally and built by the erstwhile Prime Minister of Hyderabad state Sir Asman Jah in 1885 on a hillock for leisure. Its based on Gothic architecture and is in the shape of a European medieval castle. The palace presently hosts a museum displaying archaeological relics

Falaknuma Palace:Built by an Italian architect through one of the Paigah nobles, Nawab Viqar al-Umra', complete in Italian marble. Louis XIV -style decor, a Mughal ambience, Italian marble staircases and ornate fountains. It has now been undertaken by Taj group to develop this as Heritage Hotel

Taramati Baradari:It is a palace located near Golconda on the way to Gandipet . It was built by a Qutb Shahi sultan. Newly added structures are the venues to many conferences. Similar structures like Premavati and Bhagmati can be seen from here

Purani Haveli:It was the official residence of the Nizam

King Kothi Palace:The last Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan lived here

Religious places

Ananda Buddha Vihara:It is a Buddhist tourist destination. Located at Mahendra Hills, it houses meditation hall, a museum and rest houses for monks etc

Birla Mandir:A Hindu temple made of white marble located on top of a hill overlooking the city

Chilkur Balaji Temple:It is the temple of Lord Sri Venkateshwara, very popular and located around 23 km from Mehdipatnam .

Ashtalakshmi Temple:It is a temple dedicated to the eight forms of Goddess Lakshmi known as Ashta Lakshmi.

Mecca Masjid:A stone-built mosque, which lies immediate southwest of Charminar . Remarkable for its architecture, size and its royal splendor, this is one of the most beautiful mosques in Hyderabad. It is famous for its symmetry and the gateway bricks that are believed to be from Mecca.

Sanghi Temple:A temple dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara graces a promontory overlooking Sanghi Nagar, near Ramoji Film City

Museums and Planetarium

Salar Jung Museum:The museum houses the largest one-man collection of antiques in the world. Collections include The Veiled Rebecca and other huge collection of artifacts dating back to a few centuries. A mere day isn't enough to cover the whole museum. Apart from galleries, there is a reference Library, reading room, publication and education section, chemical conservation lab, sales counter, cafeteria etc.

Birla Science Museum:The science centre is another beautiful structure, reflecting the advances made in science and technology. The interior décor matches the architectural exterior of the centre built over 10,000 sq ft (930 m 2 ). The centre is host to a number of divisions such as the Planetarium, the Science Museum, and the centre for Applied Mathematics and Computer Sciences

Birla Planetarium:The Planetarium is another magnificent building with a big dome resembling that of the Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur and some of the earliest government structures in New Delhi. A special attraction are the shows which unveil the mysteries of the cosmos and the origins of the universe, comets, eclipses, unidentified flying objects and the clash of titans. The latest addition is the Dinosaurium, which houses a collection of dinosaur egg fossils. The highlight of the museum is a mounted Kotasaurus yamanpalliensis , the remains of a 160 million old dinosaur

Lakes of Hyderabad

Osman Sagar:This largest man-made lake in Hyderabad is a major drinking water source to the city. Abutting the lake are lush gardens that provide an ideal ambience for a holiday

Durgam Cheruvu:Also called The Secret Lake it is a peaceful boulevard near the bustling Madhapur .

Himayat Sagar:It is the twin lake to Osman Sagar, Gandipet lake. It comes along the way on Outer Ring Road en route to airport which provides a beautiful view.

Hussain Sagar:It is a man-made lake famous for the 19-metre tall Buddha statue present in the middle of the lake. Located on its banks is Tank Bund which consists of beautiful gardens and statues of famous personalities. Boating and water sports are a regular feature at the lake

Shamirpet Lake:The lake is situated 24 km north of Secunderabad. Its distance from the city is an incentive for the weekend picnics. It offers a serene location. It attracts a lot of birds, hence a destination for bird watchers. There is also a deer park belonging to the state government near the lake

Parks and Gardens

Nehru Zoological Park:This zoo is a natural habitat housing a large variety of animals, birds, nocturnal species, aquatic and amphibian species. Located close to this is the Mir Alam Sagar, which is proposed to be converted into an Aquarium along the lines of Sentosa, Singapore. Its unique feature is the 21 in-built masonry dams that are jewel shaped, which were built in 1804 by Henry Russle, a French engineer in British service

NTR Gardens:This leisure spot is located beside the IMAX theatre. Situated on 36 acres (150,000 m 2 ) of land adjoining the Hussain sagar, these gardens provide of entertainment and recreation to families and youth alike. It also houses a memorial of Late Shri N.T.Rama Rao , former Chief Minister. It is renowned for its creative design which includes tree-top restaurants and architecture

Indira Park:Indira Park is situated in the Lower Tank bund of Hyderabad city. Indira Park is the newly built park of Hyderabad. Indira Park is spread over 76 acres of lush green area and it lies alongside the Hussain Sagar.It is a pleasant entertainment park for not only the tourists but also the people residing near the Park

KBR National Park:A sanctuary for Peacocks and Anteaters along with many other species including Monkeys and Snakes, the sanctuary is the green spot of the richest area of the city, Jubilee Hills.

Kotla Vijayabhaskara Reddy Botanical Gardens:These gardens located at Kondapur are spread across a sprawling area of 130 acres (0.53 km 2 ), housing different varieties of herbs, plants, trees etc. These gardens provide a complete visual treat to the eyes with water bodies, meadows and rich grasslands - nature at its best. Night Safari Park is adjacent to this

Lumbini Park:This is one of the popular parks in the city. The main attraction of this park was the Musical fountain. It is now replaced by the 1500 seater Laserium, the first of its kind in the state. Boat rides take you across the lake to give you a closer glimpse of the Buddha.

Lotus Pond:A beautiful garden built around a pond situated in Jubilee Hills , said to have been designed by an Italian designer. This garden is currently maintained by the Municipal Corporation. It is also home to a few rare species of birds.

Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park:Located near Vanasthalipuram , previously it is a hunting (shikari) spot for Nizams it is now a picnic spot for the city people. Nischalvan Eco-tourism project is located here.

Mrugavani National Park:A sanctuary for deer and leopards, it is located en route to Chilkur. The Outer Ring Road passes over (flyover) through this national park which is a thrilling experience.

Public Gardens:Located adjacent to the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium , the gardens host the Horticulture department of Andhra Pradesh, the state museum of history and archeology and a sprawling park. Beside this is the Lalithakala Thoranam , which is a venue for various cultural activities.

Other Places

Ramoji Film City (RFC):It is the world's largest integrated film studio cum theme park, at nearly 3,000 acres (8 km²). It is also one of Asia's most popular tourism and recreation centres. Recently, it has made its way to the Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest film studio in the world. Opened in 1996, it is about 20 min. drive from Hyderabad on Vijayawada Highway.

Ravindra Bharati:The stage for all performing arts, especially for those enhancing the state and Indian cultures. Shows are held almost every evening throughout the calendar year which include musical and dance performances, drama, award ceremonies and special events of the government.

Necklace road: This popular boulevard lies on the other side of the lake, linking the IMAX theatre and Sanjeevaiah park . This has become the-place-to-be for the Hyderabadis in the evenings. This strip provides a scenic atmosphere with lush lawns and long rows of flower beds. Eat-Street, Water Front are popular restaurants located on this strip. The latest addition to this strip is the Jala Vihar, a mini water world designed to soothe your senses. PV Ghat is also situated in memory of Late Shri PV Narasimha Rao.

Laad Bazaar:Also called Chudi Bazaar is on the west of Charminar, and known for its exquisite bangles, jewelry and pearls.

Hyderabad Pearls:Hyderabad has always been referred to as the "city of pearls" even though it is far away from the sea. Some of the famous pearl shops in Hyderabad are: Mangatrai (Patthargatti and Basheerbagh), Kedarnathji Motiwale and Jagadamba (Charminar, Begumpet and M G Road ).

Shilparamam:Located opposite Cyber Towers, HITEC city, it is an arts and crafts village which was conceived with an idea to create an environment for the preservation of traditional crafts such as sculpting wonders from stone, weaving in cotton, silk and gold thread, Dhaka muslin, Kondapalli toys, Bankura horses, gudda-guddis of Punjab, temple arts and a motley of Indian arts and crafts. Close to this is the Shilpakala vedika, a conference hall built with exquisite ethnic decor as well as with all state-of-the-art facilities.

Besides, many resorts like Pragati Green Meadows, Golkonda Spa cum Resort, Lahari Resorts, Alankrita Resorts, Dream Valley and recreation spots like Treasure Island, Runway 9, Ocean Park, Mount Opera, Dhola-ri-Dhani make Hyderabad a enjoyable destination for tourists.

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