Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana consists of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad and is a bustling 400-year-old metropolis with an urban population of 6 million people approximately. Hyderabad is famous as the former seat of the fabulously wealthy Nizams of Hyderabad.
Built on the banks of the river Musi, and surrounded by huge prehistoric rock formations like petrified, gray elephants. The district is situated between 77° 30' and 79° 30'E, of the eastern longitudes and 16° 30' and 18° 20'N, of northern latitudes. The boundaries of Hyderabad district are Nalgonda district, Mahaboobnagar district, Karnataka state and Medak district in the East, South, West and North directions respectively. The district has population of 39,43,323 as per the 2011 census which accounts for 11.20% of the total population of the State with 2.97% decadal growth.
Golconda is one of the most famous forts of India. The name comes from the Telugu words "Golla Konda" meaning "Shepherd's Hill". Golconda was originally a mud fort, which was rebuilt by the first three Qutub Shahi kings over a period of 62 years.
The fort is well known for its ingenious water supply system and acoustics among other attractions like the palaces and the famous Fateh Rahben gun. The exclusive Sound & Light Show takes you right back in time.
Birla Mandir is a Hindu temple, built on a 280 feet (85 m) high hillock called Naubath Pahad on a 13 acres (53,000 m2) plot. The construction took 10 years and was constructed in 1976 by Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Mission. The temple was constructed by Birla Foundation, which has also constructed several similar temples across India, all of which are known as Birla Mandir.
This completely white marble temple of Lord is built on the hillock, the Kala Pahad. The temple has exquisite sculptured and carved ceiling. The temple looks down on Hussain Sagar Lake and is illuminated at night.
The Charminar, built in 1591 CE, is a monument and mosque located in Hyderabad, Telangana, India.The landmark has become a global icon of Hyderabad, listed among the most recognized structures of India.The Charminar is situated on the east bank of Musi river. To the west lies the Laad Bazaar, and to the southwest lies the richly ornamented granite Makkah Masjid. The English name is a translation and combination of the Urdu words Chār and Minar, translating to "Four Towers" the eponymous towers are ornate minarets attached and supported by four grand arches
Charminar lies in all its splendour in the middle of Lad-Bazaar - Hyderabad's famous bangle destination. The monument is illuminated in the evenings.
Qutb Shahi Tombs
The tombs of the legendary Qutb Shahi kings are at a distance of a kilometre from Banjara Darwaza of the Golconda Fort. These tombs are said to be the oldest historical monuments in Hyderabad.
The uniqueness of the tombs lies in the fact that they are the only tombs in the world where the entire dynasty has been buried at one place.
Makkah Masjid, is one of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad, Telangana in India, And it is one of the largest Mosques in India. Makkah Masjid is a listed heritage building in the old city of Hyderabad, close to the historic landmarks of Chowmahalla Palace, Laad Bazaar, and Charminar.
Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, commissioned bricks to be made from the soil brought from Mecca, the holiest site of Islam, and used them in the construction of the central arch of the mosque, thus giving the mosque its name. It formed the centrepiece around which the city was planned by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah.
Salar Jung Museum
This museum is one of the largest collection of antiques by one man - Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, Salar Jung III.
The display includes Persian carpets, Moghul miniatures, Chinese porcelain, Japanese lacquerware, famous statues like the Veiled Rebecca and Marguerite and Mephistopheles, a superb collection of jade, daggers belonging to Queen Noor Jahan and the Emperors Jahangir and Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb's sword and many other fabulous items.
Hyderabad's most popular boating and water sports location - from speed boats to motor boats, 48 seater launches with starlit dinner on board etc.
In the middle of the lake is placed one of the world's tallest monolithic statues of Lord Buddha on the 'Rock of Gibraltar'.