The capital city of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad is a great tourist destination spot in India. Hyderabad is rich in history. You will find the city abundant in historic monuments like Charminar, Qutub Shahi Tombs and many other monuments. The beautiful gardens, lakes, temples, museums, Ramoji film city etc are also places worth visiting. However, I have sorted out the top five best places to visit during your vacation in Hyderabad or should I say City of Pearls.
1. Ramoji Film City, the World’s Largest Film Studio Complex
Hyderabad hosts the world’s largest Film Studio Complex, Ramoji Film City. It is set on 9000 acres (36 kms) of land, as certified by Guinness World Records. It is an ideal spot to enjoy those attractions, Shows, Rides, Restaurants and Shopping inside. It is in fact ideal for al reasons and seasons such as for holidays, honeymooners, corporate conferences, events, theme parties, adventure camps, family picnics and grand weddings. You also get an insight of the film making world. Ramoji Film City is located on Hyderabad-Vijayawada road (NH9 highway,) about 25 km from the main city. The fun part is photography is not at all restricted.
2. Birla Mandir, the Architectural Magnificence
Birla Mandir in Hyderbad is located in Adarsh Nagar on a hillock called Kala Pahad. The temple of architectural magnificence was built by the Birlas completely using while marbles. Here lies the perfect blend of South Indian, Rajasthani and Utkala temple architectures. Lord Venkateshwara prevails here along with his consorts Padmavati and Andal housed in separate shrines. The brass flagstaff is 42 ft tall. Birla Mandir knows no religion and looks at it best at the night time.
3. Golconda Fort, the well preserved Fort of India
The Golconda Fort is a well preserved Forts of India with eight gateways, 48 tunnels, 87 turrets and pails. The echoing system advocated in the fort was used as message passing system in the past. The fort was built by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah in 1525 in the western outskirts of the city, perched on a 120 meter high granite hill. He wanted it to be an epitome of Nawabi culture. The magnificent fort was also famous for diamond trade during his reign.
4. Salar Jung Museum, the Nawabi Museum
The Salar Jung Museum houses rare objects from around the world, stretching from Europe to the Far Eastern nations in Asia. Nawab Yousuf Ali Khan, Salar Jung III, the last patron of the Nawabs is responsible for the maximum collection, conservation and preservation of the articles. It is located on the southern bank of River Musi. Do not forget to watch the Clock gallery with European porcelain gallery and Rebecca gallery made in a single piece of white marble in the 19th century. The museum houses more than 40,000 objects belonging to different civilizations, dating back to the first century. It is divided into different sections like Indian Art, Children’s Art, Middle Eastern Art, Far Eastern Art and European Art, each worth a glance.
5. Chowmahalla Palace, Blend of Four Palaces, Hyderabad
The magnificent Chowmahalla Palace actually belonged to the Asaf Sahi dynasty. It is a replica of Shah’s palace in Teheran, Iran and was built over 200 years ago. As the name says, Chowmahalla has four palaces, Afzal Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal and Aftab Mahal as a whole. Of them, Aftab Mahal is the grandest of all. You will find it to be a two storied building with a European façade of Corinthian columns and a parapet without pediment. The Chowmahalla Palace covers an area from Laad Bazaar on the north to the Aspan Chowk Road on the south. Once you are there do not miss out on the vintage cars and horse carriages of those days.
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