PLACES TO SEE

Know as one of India’s best sight seeing places.

Historical Interest

Charminar

A splendid piece of architecture standing in the heart of the city built in 1591. This magnificent monument is the unique symbol of Hyderabad across the world. Often referred to as “The Arc de triomphe of the East”, this beautiful structure derives its name from four intricately carved minarets. Enormous in its size, this imposing monument exudes a charm that is more than 400 years old.

Golconda Fort

Situated 11 km from Hyderabad, Golconda Fort is one of the most wonderful and magnificent monuments built in the 13th century. The fort is famous for its extraordinary acoustics, palaces and ingenious water supply. Every evening there is a Light and Sound show that tells you the intriguing and mesmerizing history of Golconda and Hyderabad. A must watch.

Salarjung Museum

Salarjung Museum is the world’s largest one man art collection. It also is one of the best-known Art Museums of the world. Situated on the southern bank of the river Musi, the Salar Jung Museum is not far from the other important monuments of the old city. With its vast range of collections from India to Europe to Middle and Far Eastern countries, this is a place one must visit.

Falaknuma Palace

One of the finest palaces built during the Paigah dynasty, located on a 32 acre, 19400 square meters area, 5 km from Charminar. In 2000 Taj Hotels started renovating and restoring the palace. The new renovated hotel was opened in November 2010. It is the only seven star hotel in India and is tipped to be the grandest of all palace hotels in India.

Paigah Tombs

The tombs are magnificent structures, decorated in stuccowork, and represent the Asaf Jahi and Rajasthani styles. The geometrical designs in the Paigah Tombs are unique and perforated with screens. This style is unique to the Paigah tombs and is not found elsewhere in the world.

Hussain Sagar

Hussain Sagar bridges not only culturally disparate Hyderabad and Secunderabad, but constitutes a continuum between history and contemporaneity. An 18-meter high monolithic statue of Lord Buddha towers over the lake from atop the Rock of Gibraltar. The idea of erecting a giant monolith Buddha statue in the midst of Hussain Sagar Lake on the Gibraltar rock in 1985. The monolithic statue was chiseled out of a white granite rock, weighting 450 tons. 200 sculptors carved it for two years. The statue was transported to Hyderabad in November 1988. After the initial problems, the statue was erected on 12 April 1992 on a red colored Lotus pedestal.

Landmarks

Shilparamam

It is an arts and crafts village showcasing various art forms and handicrafts of various artists from all over the State. Shilparamam plays host to myriad traditions of arts and crafts of the country.

Birla Mandir

Overlooking the Tank Bund, the Birla Mandir presents an arresting sight when illuminated in the evening. This magnificent structure built entirely out of marble.

NTR Gardens

A leisure and entertainment center situated at the banks of the Hussain Sagar lake. The sprawling NTR Gardens, set up in an area of 36 acres, offer a serene atmosphere and provides world-class recreation facilities.

Nehru Zoological Park

Spanning 300 lush green acres, the Nehru Zoological Park is a must for nature lovers. The biggest Zoo in India, it has over 250 species of animals and birds kept in moated enclosures for animals.