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.
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 Complex
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.