Whether it’s a one or two-day trip, a long break from work, a pre-planned or last-minute plan, or a family vacation. Visiting Hyderabad will always be fun. From its lip-smacking Hyderabadi Biryani to royal tombs and palaces, it has a lot more stored for tourists coming from around the world.
Popular as the “city of pearls”, it is the flourishing pearl processing and trading industry supplying excellent pearl jewelry all over the world for more than 400 years. There are many more interesting facts about this city, let’s take you through some of the famous places in the city of Hyderabad:
“Stands tall in the center of the city”. It is known as the signature landmark of Hyderabad which has emerged as a historical monument as well as the top tourist attraction in Hyderabad. The minaret is 48.7 meters tall and is located on the eastern bank of Musi River and West of Laad Bazaar. Walking around the Charminar, you can get an overview of all the specialties of Hyderabad right from the pearls to the Irani Chai. The Laad Bazaar is the most notable glittering market which remains crowded throughout the year. Hand-crafted lac bangles with artificial diamonds studded are must-have jewelry pieces to add to your collection.
“Largest heart-shaped lake”, is another gem of the city which is the largest artificial lake in Asia that connects Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Excavated in 1562 during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah, the lake is known as one of the best tourist spots in the city. Adjacent to Lumbini Park, it offers sparkling views in sync with the laser light and sound show. Indeed, it is a prominent picnic and recreation spot that proffers water-sports activities like boating, yachting, and sailing. A monolithic statue of Gautama Buddha in the middle of the lake is the highlight but what else captivates is the tranquility around it.
“One of the world’s largest mosques”, here 10,000 men can pray at a time. The 400-year-old Mecca Masjid derives its name from Mecca, the holiest site for Muslims. The Masjid was constructed on the order of the late Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah from the soil brought from Mecca in Saudi Arabia. He laid the foundation stone. The mosque has a three-arched facade carved from single granite which makes it look beautiful and adds more charm to the vivid history of Hyderabad.
“Largest integrated film city on the Globe”, certified by the Guinness World Records. Spread over 1600 acres, the film city was established by Telugu media tycoon Ramoji Rao in 1996. It is a perfect place for movie buffs where they can experience the magic that goes into making a cinema. Apart from taking a tour of the studio, you can also enjoy watching various shows that are hosted for tourists. This is certainly one of the best places for sightseeing in Hyderabad. Kids Park and Bird Park are some of the main attractions here.
“One of the most visited spots of Hyderabad”. Yes, tourists from all over India visit this beautiful place with lots of animals, birds, and greenery all around. Covering 380 acres of area, the park is named after India’s Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. It is a perfect place for kids and families to enjoy as there are nearly 1500 specimens of birds, animals, and reptiles to see. It has India’s first butterfly park and also it is the first park from where the jungle safari was started. The park has a lot of things to entertain visitors for a day such as toy trains, bicycles for hire, and boating. Lastly, life-sized models of dinosaurs are a great attraction for kids.
“The temple is red in colour”, it’s due to the use of 600 tonnes of sandstone brought from Odisha to build the whole architecture. The matchless carving on the temple makes it look more beautiful and a must-visit place. It is one of the Char Dham pilgrimage sites in India and is famous for its annual Rath Yatra where thousands of devotees visit the temple every year to take the blessings of Lord Jagannath. Dedicated to the Hindu God Jagannath (the lord of the Universe), the temple lies in the center of the city. Built by the Oriyo community, the temple is a replica of the Jagannath temple of Puri in Odisha.
“India’s first private space museum”, marks the Golden Jubilee of the Birla Archaeological and Cultural Research Institute. The museum is the most famed science institution across the world which is filled with tourists throughout the year and therefore is said to be the busiest place in Hyderabad. Here, the biggest crowd-puller is the science museum with its archaeology and fine art section. Dinosarium, a natural art gallery with murals and traditional artifacts from the different states of India is much loved by the visitors.
“One of the most expensive gardens in India” with a lavish budget of 40 crores. This park was constructed in honour of the great leader of Andhra Pradesh, the Late NT Rama Rao. It serves as a getaway from the hectic life of the city where the resplendent greenery all around makes the environment fresh and relaxing. The colourful flowers and beautiful plants make the park look more attractive to visitors. The monorail that runs as a joy ride across the park, the waterfall, and the boating ride will be a delightful experience.
Listing the above-mentioned tourist destinations in Hyderabad with their interesting facts was difficult but I am sure exploring them will be fun. So, don’t waste time, start exploring them one by one.