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Best Places of Interest in Hyderabad


The city was established by Mohammed Quill Qutb Shah for nearly a century before the Mughals captured the region. The relics of Qutb Shahi and Nizam rule are still visible with the Charminar which symbolises this city.  Golconda Fort is another major landmark. The influence of Mughlai culture is also evident in the city’s distinctive cuisine, which includes the delicious biryani and Haleem. Salar Jung Museum, Purani Haveli, Charminar, Golconda Fort and the famous biryani. Guess, which place. I am referring to here.

It is none other than Hyderabad.  It is now the capital of southern India’s Telangana state. Earlier it was the capital of Andhra Pradesh. Historically, Hyderabad is known as a pearl and diamond trading centre, and it continues to be known as the City of Pearls.

The city has many traditional bazaars, Laad Bazaar, Begum Bazaar, and Sultan Bazaar which have remained open for centuries.


Best Places of Interest

Salar Jung MuseumThe huge and varied collection in the museum was curated by Mir Yusuf Ali Khan (Salar Jung III), the grand vizier of the seventh Nizam. The exhibits here are from every corner of the world which include Persian carpets, Japanese lacquerware, Chinese Porcelain, Mughal miniatures, famous statues of Veiled Rebecca and Marguerite and Mephistopheles and much more.

Hyderabad, Salar Jung Museum
Salarjung Museum
In Hyderabad
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Purani Haveli– is an old palace, was the official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad before independence. It is built in a u-shape and with two parallel elliptic wings, the residential part is the center of the palace. It also has the Nizam’s museum.

Hyderabad, Purani Haveli
Purani Haveli, Hyderabad
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Charminar – this renowned landmark was built by Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah to celebrate the founding of the city and the end of epidemics caused by Golconda’s water shortage.

Hyderabad, Charminar
Charminar |
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The four-column, 56-mm high structure has 4 arches facing the 4 cardinal directions. There are minarets over each column. The 2nd floor has Hyderabad’s oldest mosque but that, and the upper columns are off-limits to visitors.  Near the Charminar, there are small stalls that sell everything from berries to perfumes.  There are shops where varakh (silver foil) is pounded to be put on sweets. If you go a little further then you can see Laad Market, which has best of South India’s wedding finery and the best pearl shops.

Birla Planetarium The Birla Planetarium of Hyderabad was the first planetarium of the country. It was inaugurated in 1985 by late N.T. Rama Rao. The planetarium is equipped with the latest technology to bring you a thrilling and exciting experience while learning about the universe.  The shows comprise of Haley’s comet, space explorations of the solar system, riddles of the Black Holes and the newly discovered Dark matter with interactive sessions resulting in a huge draw.

Birla Planetarium
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Lumbini Park– Located near Hussain Sagar Lake, Lumbini Park has a laser auditorium, boating facilities, well-maintained gardens and a number of musical fountains, an ideal spot for family entertainment. This auditorium has  the capacity to seat 2000 people. It hosts show on Hyderabad’s history in English and Hindi for visitors. The park was renamed as T.Anjaiah Lumbini Park in honor of former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

Lumbini Park entrance Image courtesy- Mspraveen at the wikipedia project
Lumbini Park entrance
Image courtesy Mspraveen at the Wikipedia project

Hussain Sagar Lake– Being at this lake is a pleasure. It is a man-made lake built by Hussain Shah Wali to provide irrigation water to the area, and now is an important link between the two cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

Hussain Sagar Lake, Hyderabad Image courtesy- Alosh Bennett, Flickr
Hussain Sagar Lake, Hyderabad
Image courtesy- Alosh Bennett, Flickr

In the centre of this lake is a statue of Gautam Buddha, carved out of a single block of solid white granite.

Golconda Fort– This fort dates back to the 16th century during the reigns of Qutb Shah kings which was built as a mud fort by the Yadavas and Kakatiyas. The fort was then expanded to into a massive and expansive fort of granite, with a circumference that extended around 5kms. It remained with the dynasty until 1590. The fort was then expanded to have an outer wall that enclosed the city.  It is considered to be an engineering marvel for its acoustic effects: one handclap below the entrance dome can be heard at the highest point of a pavilion a kilometre away. It is believed that it acted as a warning from an enemy attack.

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The first thing that comes to mind is why travel to India? What is so special about travelling to India? Well, India is a melting- pot of various cultures, cultural traditions, landscapes. Memories that will stay with you long after you have left the country.

Taj Mahal, Agra – Many tourists throng this place every year to catch a glimpse of this beautiful architecture. It is one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’. Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan as a monument to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The structure is designed in Mughal style and designs. It is surrounded by gardens, fountains and a reflecting pool that reflects Taj Mahal. The structure rests on a square plinth and has an arch-shaped entrance with a large dome. There are 4 minarets of 40 meters tall which resembles a mosque. Passages from Quran can be seen on the walls of the entire structure.


The Taj was chosen as a World Heritage Site in 1983 and looks perfect as when it was first created – though it underwent a huge restoration project in the early 20th century. While in Agra, one can also visit the Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Sikandra- Akbar’s Tomb, Yamuna river and city of Mathura.

Udaipur, Rajasthan– This place has ornate Rajput palaces floating in the middle of two sparkling lakes.

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Bandhavgarh National Park Park is located in the interiors of the eastern tracks of Madhya Pradesh. The park is known for its tigers and leopards and is rich with other animals and birds.

(Supergreenme.com) Bandhavgarh National Park Tiger
Bandhavgarh National Park

Keoladeo National Park– it is close to Agra and Jaipur and is Asia’s most famous bird reserve, where one gets to see millions of migrants each year. It is situated in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. It has over 230 species of birds and is also declared a World Heritage Site.

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Palolem, Goa If one likes to check out the beaches and relax then one should head for Goa. Palolem in Goa is the most exquisite crescent shaped beach in Goa with its renowned dolphins and if you like alcohol, then don’t miss out on their Feni.

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Pushkar Camel Mela With the onset of November, more than 200,000 Rajasthani herders in traditional costume meet on the desert haven of Pushkar for trading and bathing in a lake which is considered sacred.


Kerala, God’s own Country- this is in the southern part of India and is known for its backwaters and greenery. Tourists enjoy boat trips which go through this tropical waterway. You can even hire a houseboat and enjoy the calm and serene backwaters of Kerala.


So, what are you contemplating on just go ahead and plan a trip to India?

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