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About Hyderabad (The city of Nizams) Travel Guide

Hyderabad, a royal city having an inherent style in its age old culture, is a delight to visit. From the magnificent food to the majestic monuments, from its terrific landscapes to a populace steeped in respect and tradition. Made of twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, Hyderabad is also the capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh. The only city in the south, where the major language spoken is Urdu. Inhibited by the world's richest royals, the Nizams, Hyderabad is also the center of folk arts like shadow puppetry and kuchipudi.

Having a rich history, Hyderabad owns some of the fine examples of Qutab Shahi architecture - the Jami Masjid, the Mecca Masjid, Toli Masjid and of course, the immortal symbol of Hyderabad, the Charminar. Down the ages, Hyderabad was the largest princely state in India, it owned its own flag, currency, railway, and postal system, before being included into the Indian nation.

Tourist Attractions in Hyderabad :

The Charminar : The Charminar's structure is square, each of its side measures upto 100 feet, with a central pointed high arch at the center. The monument contains numerous small decorative arches arranged both vertically and horizontally. This unmatched piece of architecture, stands tall and proud of its great legacy. The Mosque's upper courtyard was used as a school and for prayers. The minarets, their domed finials, rise to 180 feet from the ground.

The Galleries Of Charminar : The Charminar has two galleries in it, one over another. These galleries are charming and exotic, giving the Charminar its majestic look. The Charminar has a market in its surrounding area, having some 14,000 shops, an extraordinary oriental bazaar. The Charminar market is crowded with shops of glass bangles in multicolors.

The Mecca Masjid : The Mecca Masjid, whose construction started by Muhammad Qutb Shah in 1617 and completed by Quranzeb in 1693, is just nearby the Charminar. It is majestic figure with a huge courtyard can accommodate nearly ten thousand men at prayer. The Jami Masjid and the Toli Masjid-are the other two mosques, having small and modest structure.

Salar Jung Museum : Hyderabad presents the largest collection of antiques in the world that is property of just one man! Salar Jung Museum exhibits over 35,000 artifacts such as Chinese Porcelain; Aurangazeb's Sword; Noorjehan's, Jehangir's and Shah Jahan's daggers; Sculpture including the translucent white marble statue known as Veiled Rebecca, a masterpiece by Bezzoni; Indian paintings and Persian carpets. The most loved sections of the museum are the the Arms section, the Jade section and the Oriental Section.

Hussain Sagar Lake : Built by Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah in 1562 in the honor of Hussain Shah Wali, the man who cured him of his illness, Hussain Sagar Lake forms a link between the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The other name of the lake known as Tank Bund belongs to the time, when the area served as the cantonment area of Secunderabad.

Birla Mandir :
Built by the Birla family, this modern massive temple, made up of Rajasthani marble, is situated on the shores of Hussain Sagar Lake on the 'Kala Pahad', the twin hillock of 'Naubat Pahad'. The temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara.

Qutub Shahi Tombs :
The domed structures with a square base and pointed arches all around are the tombs of the Qutub Shahi. The casket visible in the center of each tomb is actually an imitation of the real burial vault in a crypt below. The few reminiscent hints us that these domes were once overlaid with blue and green tiles.

Other tourist places are The Falakuma palace, the Chowmukha palace and the Regency Mansion, built in 1803. The Husain Sagar Lake, Naubat Pahad, the Birla temple, Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar, the Nehru Zoological Park and the Salar Jung museum are some more tourist places inviting tourists from world over.

How to Reach :
By Air :
Hyderabad is also an international airport, Lufthansa, Silk Air, Air India, Emirates and Air Lanka operate direct flights.

By Rail : Hyderabad is well connected to all major Indian cities. There are number of daily express trains from Hyderabad to other cities of India.
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By Road : Hyderabad can also be reached by road as it is well connected with other parts of the country.

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