Hyderabad

Hyderabad is the sixth largest metro city and an important information technology center in India.  It is a city known for its historic, cultural and artistic traditions.  It is the capital of Telangana and de jure capital of Andhra Pradesh.  It is also known as the city of Nizams.


Charminar

Most of the scenery in Hyderabad are related to its history, the main being Charminar which is said to be built in memory of shifting the capital to Golconda in 1591.  This structure with 4 minarets is made of marble and granite.


View From Charminar

Inside, there is a flight of 149 steps to the top, the height of which is 48.7 meters.  On each side of Charminar, there are grand arches on which there are clocks which are considered to be installed in the year 1889.


Charminar Street

Charminar is a beautiful monument.  Near this, there are street shops, mainly selling glass bangles.  The sight of glass bangles of different colors displayed in big shops is aesthetically pleasing to the senses.  The streets are always busy. 


Mecca Masjid

The famous Mecca Masjid is situated near Charminar.  Construction of this mosque was started in 1617 during the rule of Quli Qutb Shah but it was completed in 1694 by Aurangzeb.  Both these historic sites are sweet memories of a by-gone age.


Inside Mecca Masjid

Next, I visited Birla Mandir, magnificently built in white marble.  Birla Mandirs are located in various parts of India.  In Hyderabad, it is situated atop a hill called Kala Pahad.  The deity here is Lord Venkateshwara. 


Birla Mandir

Entrance to this temple is open from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.  This glistening white structure dotting the skyline of Hyderabad is a lavishly decorated artistic creation.


Hussain Sagar Lake

The atmosphere in the temple enables us to have high level of spiritual experience.  The view of the city below from the temple leaves us awestruck.  Hussain Sagar is an artificial lake in the center of the city. 


Lumbini Park

Lumbini Park is a wonderful park located adjacent to Hussain Sagar Lake and covers an area of 7 acres.  It is here that the country’s first laser auditorium is situated, where laser shows on Hyderabad’s history are held.  Boating in Hussain Sagar Lake is an amazing experience. 


Salar Jung III

Other attractions of the place include astonishing gardens, musical fountains, artificial lakes, etc.  The impressive statue of Buddha adds beauty to the park.


Ancient Furniture

Hyderabad is twinned with Secunderabad to which it is connected by Hussain Sagar Lake.  Salar Jung Museum is one that leaves one without words.


Metallic Artwork

It is a museum housing one of the largest one-man collections in the world.  It is a repository of collections of Nawab Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, popularly known as Salar Jung III, in 1189-1949.