Hyderabad Itinerary: Must Visit Places
Summer holidays as a child were simply the best days ever! And for me, Hyderabad – the capital city of Telangana (one of the southern states of India) has been my vacation spot every year. While there are many of you who must have visited Hyderabad at least once in their lifetime, this article is for those who have not been to Hyderabad before and the top places one should visit.Holding a 400-year-old history, Hyderabad is also known as the ‘City of Pearls’ and the ‘City of Nizams’. The former moniker is gained due to the booming pearl processing and trading industry and the later attributing to the 224 years (from 1724 to 1948) reign by the Nizam dynasty in Hyderabad. Just not for the pearls and Nizam rule, the city is also prominent from the historical monuments to the unique culture and rich heritage, from invaluable natural and cultural treasures to mesmerising architecture and not to forget, the mouth-watering cuisines. In simple words, the city offers a perfect blend of culture and history. Below jotted are the must-visit places in Hyderabad that one can’t afford to miss:
Charminar:If you are one of those shopaholics like me, then you must add Charminar in your checklist. Situated in the old city, this legendary monument was built by Quli Qutub Shah in 1591 to commemorate the end of a horrible plague. Considered to be an epitome Indo-Islamic architectural amalgamation, the monument is illuminated in the evenings and trust me, it looks WOW! Post visiting this majestic monument, head towards Laad Bazaar aka Chudi Bazaar, in the lanes adjoining Charminar to shop exquisite bangles, jewellery and pearls. Just when you the hunger pangs kick in- try the Irani Chai along with Osmania biscuits at Nimrah Cafe and the famous Hyderabadi Biryani at Hotel Shadab.
Falaknuma Palace:Standing on a 2000-foot-high hill, Falaknuma (Falak-Numa meaning ‘Like the sky’ or ‘Mirror of the sky’) Palace spreads across an area of 32 acres. The palace owning a harmonious blend of Italian and Tudor styles represents the glamour of the Nizam era. The palace, which was owned by the Nizams is taken over by Taj Group and a 5-star hotel has been opened in 2010. Currently, the palace is popularly known as the Taj Falaknuma Palace. Though the palace is not open for the general public, the entry to the palace can be booked through Nizam Palaces Tour hosted by Telangana Tourism. Inside the palace, you can witness collections of artefacts, rare paintings, statues and souvenirs from all over the world.
Golconda Fort:Built in the 12th Century under the Kakitaya reign and later on modified by Qutub Shahi rulers, Golconda (Gola-Konda meaning ‘Round shaped hill’) fort epitomises the sumptuous ‘Nawabi’ culture of the time. It is well-known for its architectural excellence including the magical acoustic system and indigenous water supply system. Once at the fort, one can not stop appreciating its architectural beauty in many of the pavilions, gates, entrances, and domes. Another attraction that makes one visit Golconda fort is the light and sound show that brings the legend of Golconda to life. With its fascinating history, the place is definitely worth a visit.
P.S. A tip to the travellers would be to visit the fort in the morning when the sunlight is less harsh.
Salarjung Museum:Opened in 1951, Salar Jung Museum is the third largest museum in India and also one of the largest one-man collections of the world. Spread across an area of 10 acres, the art museum houses artefacts collected by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan aka Salar Jung III along with Nawab Turab Ali Khan (Salar Jung I) and his descendants. The museum promises a rich experience to the visitors with the presence of 38 galleries – housing 43000 art objects, 9000 manuscripts and 47000 printed books. Rare marvels such as 19th Century British musical clock, Veiled marble statue of Rebecca, a dragger of Jehangir, a fruit knife of Noorjehan, Chinese porcelain, Japenese lacquerware, Exotic collections of jade and many others can be found here.
Hussain Sagar:Renowned as one of the largest man-made lakes in Asia, Hussain Sagar is a necklace-shaped lake built by Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah. Originated in the 1500s. the lake spreads across an area of 5.7 square kilometres. The lake also separates Hyderabad from its twin city- Secunderabad. Amidst the lake, an 18-meter high monolithic statue of Lord Buddha weighing 350 tonnes towers atop the Rock of Gibraltar. Hussain Sagar offers numerous water sports activities such as boating, yachting and sailing. The lake is a must-visit for all those touring Hyderabad.
P.S. In the evenings, go for a calming walk along the lake for a captivating view of the sunset.