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Flanked along the banks of Musi River is Hyderabad the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad is a regal city which boasts with grandiose Islamic Architecture and sky scarping buildings. During Mughal Era Hyderabad was famous for being the centre of trading pearls and diamonds due to which Hyderabad is till date is known as the City of Pearls. Hyderabad is surrounded with astounding excavating sites some where the remnant of Iron Age has been found. Since 11th century Hyderabad has witnessed many rebels and war and evolved through many changes. Historic Fort and sacred religious centre are the main tourist attractions of Hyderabad.
Charminar located in the heart of the city is one of the prime tourist attractions of Hyderabad. It is an ancient monument and mosque in Hyderabad. Charminar was built in 1590 under the commandment of Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah. Constructed in Cazia Architecturing style, Charminar was erected to ward off the deadly epidemic which plagued the land of Hyderabad during 15th century. The integrate design craved on the pillars and ceiling of Charminar has left many travelers awe-stricken. Within the grandeur wall of Charminar visitors will find 45 prayer spaces where pilgrims can be offering their prayers. This historic monument is now maintained by the Archeology Survey of India. Although sited amidst the bustling city, Charminar emits an aura of tranquility which has attracted many travelers. Charminar looks more idyllic during the night time when the whole monument is lit up by the lights.
Charminar Timings: 9:00am to 5:30pm
Entry fee of Charminar for: Indians- Rs 5 | Foreign Nationals- Rs 100
Gokarna Beach sited in the edge of this serene Temple Town is another favored tourist destination of Gokarna. Gokarna Beach is famous amongst the pilgrims due to its proximity with the Mahabaleshwar Temple. It is believed that taking a dip in the water of Gokarna Beach will wash away ones sin and purifies their soul. Taking a dip in Gokarna Beach is said to be mandatory for the pilgrims and devotes who wants to visit the sacred Mahabaleshwar Temple. The most ideal way to enjoy the scenic beauty of Gokarna beach is by taking a long leisurely walk and witnessing the surreal sunset over the Arabian Sea.
Golconda Fort also spelt as Golkonda Fort or Golla Konda Fort, located in the Ibrahim Bagh is one of historical significant tourist attraction of Hyderabad. After Charminar, Golconda Fort is the second most famous destination of Hyderabad. Dating back of 13th century Golconda Fort was first constructed during Kakatiya Dynasty. The acoustic effects of fort are really astounding. If visitors clap their hands at Fateh Darwaza, the sound can be clearly heard at Bala Hissar. Bala Hissar is located at a one kilometer distance from Fateh Darwaza. Apart from regal historical background the main attraction of Golconda Fort are the royal palaces and whispering walls.
Golconda Fort Timings: 9:00am to 5:30pm
Entry fee of Golconda Fort for: Indian- Rs 5| Foreign Nationals- Rs 100
Located atop a hill Falaknuma is a grandiose palace in Hyderabad. Built in 18th century Falaknuma Palace of Hyderabad was designed by an English architecture. The palace was built for the Fifth Paigah Emir but later Nizam the Sixth, bought it. With 60 rooms and 22 halls Falaknuma Palace houses rare painting, lavish furniture, and statues which are from the vast collection of Nizam’s treasure. Enclosed with palm trees and well manicure lawn, Falaknuma Palace is one the must visit destination of Hyderabad if visitors want to observe the regal lifestyle of ancient era.
Founded in 1963 Nehru Zoological Park of Hyderabad is one the largest zoos in India. It is located at a distance of 16km from the main city of Hyderabad. Housing more than 1500 wildlife species, Nehru Zoological Park is a famous attraction of Hyderabad. Also known as Hyderabad Zoo, Nehru Zoological Park is the first zoo to successfully establish a Lion Safari Park. Apart from observing wild animals and reptiles like Tiger, Lion and python in their semi-natural habitat, visitors can learn more about their origin in the Natural History Museum. Beside Nehru Zoological Park, visitors can see a manmade water tank called Mir Alam Tank which is famous as a birding spot. During winter season Mir Alam Tank attracts many exotic migratory birds. Visitors in Nehru Zoological Park can also indulge in activities like elephant ride, toy train ride and boating.
Nehru Zoological Park Timings: 8:30am to 5:30pm
Entry fee of Nehru Zoological Park for: Adults- Rs 20 | Children- Rs 10
Built by Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah in 1563 Hussian Sagar Lake is an iconic landmark of Hyderabad. Fed by Musi River Hussian Sagar is a heart shaped lake. Located at a distance of 2 km main city centre, Hussian Sagar Lake is known for being Asia’s largest artificial lake. Amidst the serene view of Hussian Sagar Lake stands the magnificent statue of Lord Buddha. The 16mt tall statue of Lord Buddha was erected in 1992. Hussian Sagar Lake is one place where visitors can indulge in water sports like boating, parasailing, and water skiing in Hyderabad. During the night time the street light flanked around the lake resembles like a precious pearl necklace adorning the Hussian Sagar Lake.
Hussian Sagar Lake Timings: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Entry fee of Hussian Sagar Lake: Rs 5
How to reach Hyderabad: Being a major tourist destination Hyderabad is an easily accessible destination. Hyderabad is well connected with the major cities of India like Mumbai, Chennai, and Delhi with vast network of railway routes and state bus network. So visitors can either take a train or bus from any city like Mumbai and Delhi to reach Hyderabad or they can board a flight. The Rajiv Gandhi International terminal is located at a distance of 14km from Hyderabad.
Best time to visit Hyderabad: With harsh summer and icky monsoon the best time to visit Hyderabad is during winter season from October to March. During this time the weather of Hyderabad is cool and soothing perfect for exploring the historic sites.