Hyderabad, is the capital of the state Andhra Pradesh, India. Hyderabad has developed into one of the major hubs for the information technology industry in India which has earned it the additional sobriquet "Cyberabad". It also goes by its sobriquet City of Pearls. As of 2010 it is the sixth most populous city and sixth-most populous urban agglomeration in India.
Places to visit
The Charminar is as much the signature of Hyderabad as the Taj Mahal is of Agra or the Eiffel Tower is of Paris.
A two hundred yards southwest of the Charminar is the Mecca Masjid, so named because the bricks were brought from Mecca to build the central arch.
This is famous, colourful shopping centre of the old city, tucked away in one of the streets leading off from Charminar.
The heritage monument built by the Seventh Sultan of Golconda is accessed from the complex. The Baradari illuminated in dynamic lighting forms the backdrop of all activities.
5. Golconda Fort:
Golconda is one of the famous forts of India. The name originates from the Telugu words “Golla Konda” meaning “Shepherd’s Hill
6.Sound & Light Show at Golconda Fort:
The glorious past of Golconda Fort is narrated effectively with matchless Sound and Light effects
7. Qutb Shahi Tombs:
The tombs of the legendary Qutb Shahi kings lie about a kilometre away from Banjara Darwaza of the Golconda Fort
8.Birla Mandir (Venkateswara Temple):
This white marble temple of Lord Venkateshwara floats on the city skyline, on Kala Pahad. The idol in the temple is a replica of the one at Tirumala Tirupati.
9. Birla Planetarium:
Birla Planetarium is India’s most modern planetarium and first of its kind in the country.
10. Salar Jung Museum:
This museum houses one of the biggest one-man collections of antiques of the world by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, Salar Jung III.
11. AP State Archaeological Museum:
A visit to the Andhra Pradesh State Archaeological Museum is a delight for art lovers.
12. Public Gardens:
Hyderabad has several beautiful gardens, one of the most popular being the Public Gardens
13. Nehru Zoological Park:
Spanning 300 lush green acres, the Nehru Zoological Park is a must for nature lovers.. This is the first zoo to create moated enclosures for animals
14. Mir Alam Tank:
Mir Alam Tank is a large lake adjacent to Nehru Zoological Park. AP Tourism operates boats on the lake, for which one has to enter through the Zoo.
15. Shilparamam (The Arts & Crafts Village):
Another attraction at Madhapur besides Hi-tec city in Hyderabad is the 30-acre village, which showcases arts and crafts of the country. India is an ocean of various arts and crafts but the talent of most of the artisans and artists goes unrecognized.
16. Hitec Cityk:
One of the modern monuments of trade and technology, it embodies the newfound attitude of Hyderabad and today finds a place of pride.
17. Hussainsagar Lake:
Boating and water sports are a regular feature in the Hussainsagar. One of the World’s tallest monolithic statues of the Buddha stands on the ‘Rock of Gibraltar’, in the middle of the lake.
18.The Nizam‘S Silver Jubilee Museum:
The museum exhibits the gifts and mementos presented to the last Nizam on the occasion of the silver jubilee celebrations in 1937.
19.Chow Mohalla Palace:
The complex comprises four palaces in Moghal and European styles, of which the main palace is double storeyed with the others being single-storeyed blocks.
The ‘Secret Lake’ is situated close to Shilparamam Crafts Village and Hitec City, behind Jubilee Hills. AP Tourism organizes boating in the lake. ‘Something Fishy’, a bar at Secret Lake (Durgam Cheruvu)
21.Chilkur Balaji Temple:
The Balaji Temple is located at Chilkur in the Hyderabad district. Set in sylvan surroundings, the temple attracts thousands of pilgrims every year and is an ideal place for sequestered retreat and meditation.
22.KBR National Park:
One of the largest parks within the city KBR National Park is a Southern tropical deciduous forest and the last vestigial representative of the endemic flora .
23.Mrugavani National Park:
This is an urban refuge for small mammals like wildboar, jungle cat etc. and birds.
24.Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park:
the park has more than 350 black bucks, 400 cheetals and a number of wild boars, small mammals, reptiles and over 100 species of birds.
25.Hyderabad Botanical Gardens:
The first Botanical Gardens in Andhra Pradesh, spread over 120 acres. Already open to public is the first phase, with the completion of some sections.
Osmansagar, better known as Gandipet, on the outskirts of Hyderabad is an excellent picnic spot. It supplies drinking water to the great metropolis.
Located 24 km to the north of Secunderabad, Shamirpet has a beautiful lake and a deer park. Its peaceful environs make it a great picnic spot.
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