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Shopping: Pochampally & Zardosi saris, embroidered salwaar suits and dress material, art of painting and printing fabrics, Kondapalli Toys, designed silver craft, gold and silver jewellery studded with gems
History of: 400 years
Population: 31.45 Lac

Royal, rustic, romantic are just a few terms to describe Hyderabad, but one has to be present here to truly experience the exotic enchantment of this historic city.

The piercing calls of the muezzins from the minarets of mosques. The peal of temple bells accompanied by smells of incense. The mesmerizing fragrance of musky Attars (perfumes). Appetizing aromas from Tandoors (ovens), Dekchis (huge pots) and brewing Irani Chai (tea).

Major Attractions

 

Charminar
Built in 1591 by Muhammed Quli Qutub Shah as a talisman to stop a deadly epidemic, the Charminar offers a panoramic view of the city from its four (char) minarets that are about 49 m high.
This mascot of the city was built, in an Arabic style of architecture, with lime and mortar. Within the Charminar is a mosque. A temple is at the base of one of its minars.

Golconda Fort
Originally a mud fort founded by the Kakatiya Kings of Warangal during the 13th century, Golconda attained glory under the Qutub Shahi dynasty (1518 to 1687). This is where the priceless Kohinoor diamond was found. One of the famous forts of India, an added attraction here is an enchanting sound & light show in the evenings.

Pochampally
Pristine environment, rustic beauty and wonderful weaves, thats Bhoodan Pochampalli for you. A centre of excellence for Ikkat (the art of 'tie and dye' in fabrics), which will cast its spell on you, this serene village is a wonderful getaway from urban lifestyles.

Easily accessible and only 45 km from Hyderabad, it has many temples, a lake offering boat rides, 101 Darwaja House, Chenetra Gurukulam, Swami Ramananda Thirtha Rural Instititute and most importantly the Vinobha Mandir.
Visit to relish the rural delicacies, also avail great bargains on sarees, fabrics, furnishings and handicrafts.

Mecca Masjid
Mecca Masjid owes its name to the presence of the bricks in the structure, which were brought from the holy city of Mecca. The second largest mosque in the country, it has within its periphery the graves of the families of Asaf Jahi kings. The stately architecture consists of single slab granite columns and five arches each on three sides. Construction started under the Qutub Shahi kings but was completed by Aurangazeeb in 1694.

Qutub Shahi Tombs
Nowhere in history has an entire dynasty of rulers, been buried at a single site other than the Qutub Shahi Tombs. Just a km away from the Golconda Fort, the tombs were designed and commissioned by the Qutub Shahi rulers themselves. Built in an Indo-Persian style, the structures have a square base with domes that have pointed arches.

The Nizam's Museum
A collection of the memorabilia, mementos and gifts presented to the last Nizam on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee Celebration are housed in the Nizam's Museum. It's located in the Purani Haveli, a 250 years old palace. The collection consists of the gold burnished throne used during the Silver Jubilee in 1937, gold model of the Jubilee Pavilion, a golden Tiffin box studded with precious stones and an excellent filigree of a mahout atop an elephant. Also on display are silver models of all the prominent buildings and 3 vintage cars, a 1930 Rolls Royce, a Packard, a Mark V Jaguar and various other antiques.
 

Fun Festives

 

Deccan Festival
Deccan Festival is held at Qutub Shahi Tombs Hyderabad on second Friday, Saturday & Sunday of April every year.

Kite Festival
The popular Kite Festival of Hyderabad is held in the month of January and is organized at Shilparamam and various other parts of the city. There are many sporting kite flyers around to take part in the kite-flying competition. Various sizes of kites are on display from palm-sized ones to huge kites as big as a bus. If you are visiting with kids, buy a kite and let them join the event.

Lumbini Festival
In the month of December a festival is organized to celebrate the Buddhist Heritage of Andhra Pradesh. The festival is celebrated in Nagarjunasagar and Hyderabad for three days.

Festival of Andhra Pradesh
This 10 day cultural festival is held in the month of November to mark the anniversary of Andhra Pradesh’ statehood. Eminent musicians and dancers perform during this festival.

 

Distance from major cities
Vijayawada 254 Kms
Tirupati 525 Kms
Visakhapatnam 572 Kms

 

How to reach there

by Air Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad connects this historic Metropolis to rest of the world.
by Rail Three major railway stations, Kacheguda, Secunderabad and Nampally have trains travelling to different destinations in the country.
by Road Hydrabad is well connected with good network of roads to all major and nearby cities in Andhra Pradesh.

Recommended Restaurants

  • Ohris Restaurant, Hydrabad

  • Water Front Restaurant, Hydrabad

  • Barbecue Nations, Hydrabad

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