- Charminar, Hyderabad
- Hussain Sagar Lake, Hyderabad
- Birla Mandir, Hyderabad
- Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad
- Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad
- Wonderla Amusement Park, Hyderabad
- Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad
- Chilkur Balaji Temple, Hyderabad
- Lumbini Park, Hyderabad
- Golconda Fort, Hyderabad
- Qutb Shahi Tombs, Hyderabad
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Hyderabad, Charminar is a monument and mosque, situated on the east bank of the Musi river in Hyderabad, Telangana. Known globally as the symbol of Hyderabad and listed with the most recognized structures in India, Charminar’s long history involves the existence of a mosque on its top floor for over 400 years.
The name Charminar is a translation and combination of the Urdu words Char and Minar, which translates to Four Pillars. After shifting his capital from Golkonda to the newly formed city of Hyderabad in 1591, Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, built the Charminar.
The Charminar Mosque is a square structure, each side of which has a length of 20 meters, and has four grand arches on each of its four sides. Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah built bricks from clay brought from Mecca, Islam’s holiest site, and used them in the construction of the central arch of the mosque, hence its name.
Apart from being historically and religiously significant, it is also known for the famous and busy local markets surrounding the structure. Hyderabad-based Muslims living in Pakistan built a small wide semi replica of Charminar in 2007, at the main crossing of the Bahadurabad neighborhood in Karachi.
One of the most famous tourist attractions in Hyderabad, Hussain Sagar Lake is a heart-shaped lake, built by Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah in 1563. Spread across an area of 5.7 square kilometers, Hussain Sagar Lake was built across a tributary of the river Musi, fed by the River Musi.
Named after Hussain Shah Wali, who helped to design it, the Lake separates the city center of Hyderabad from its neighborhood Secunderabad. Built-in 1992, a huge monolithic statue of Gautama Buddha, stands on the Gibraltar Rock in the middle of the lake.
The main source of water supply in Hyderabad was Hussain Sagar before the Himayat Sagar and Osman Sagar were built on the Musi River. A heritage site in India, the Hussain Sagar was declared ‘Heart of the World’ by UNWTO on 27 September 2012 on the occasion of World Tourism Day.
One of the most significant temples in Hyderabad, the Birla Mandir was built on a 280 feet high hillock called Naubath Pahad. The temple was constructed by the Birla Foundation, which has built many similar temples across India, all known as the Birla Mandir.
Opened in 1976 by Swami Ranganathanand of Ramakrishna Mission, Birla temple manifests a blend of Rajasthani, Dravidian, and Utkala architectures. The temple has separate shrines for various Hindu deities including Shiva, Shakti, Hanuman, Brahma, Ganesh, Saraswati, Saibaba, and Lakshmi.
One of the three National Museums of India, The Salar Jung Museum is an art museum located at Dar-ul-Shifa, on the southern bank of the Musi River in the city of Hyderabad. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Hyderabad, the Salar Jung Museum is originally a private art collection of the Salar Jung family.
One of the largest museums in the world, Salar Jung Museum houses a collection of sculptures, paintings, textiles, manuscripts, metallic artifacts, clocks, and furniture from India, Egypt, Europe, Japan, China, North America, Burma, Persia, and Nepal.
After the demise of the Nawab in 1949, the collection was formerly exhibited there as a private museum, named Salar Jung Museum, which was inaugurated on 16 December 1951 by Jawaharlal Nehru. Later in 1968, the museum shifted to its present location at Dar-ul-Shifa.
Chowmahalla Palace or Chowmahallat was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty and was the official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad. While Salabat Jung began construction of the Chaumhalla Palace in 1750, it was completed between 1857-1869 by the period of Afzal ad-Dawlah, Asaf Jah V.
The palace remains the property of the heir of the Nizams, Barkat Ali Khan Mukarram Jah. The architectural style of the Chowmahalla palace is influenced by Rajasthani, Persian, European, and Indo-Saracenic styles.
One of the most enjoyable entertainment parks not only in India but in Asia too, the Wonderla Amusement Park of Hyderabad has 43 unique rides for visitors to enjoy. Bestowed with Certificate of Excellence in 2015, Wonderla Amusement and Waterpark houses a wide variety of rides including dry rides, water rides.
One of the largest mosques in India with a capacity of 20,000, Makkah Masjid, or Mecca Masjid of Hyderabad is situated close to the historic landmarks of Charminar, Chowmahalla Palace, and Laad Bazaar.
Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty built bricks from clay brought from Mecca, Islam’s holiest site, and used them in the construction of the central arch of the mosque, hence its name.
One of the oldest temples in Hyderabad, the Chilkur Balaji Temple, popularly known as ‘Visa Balaji Temple’ is an ancient Hindu temple of Lord Balaji on the banks of Osman Sagar in Hyderabad. It is one of those unique temples in India where there are no green channels or privileges for VIPs.
Built during the time of Madanna and Akkanna, the uncles of Bhakta Ramadas, the Chilkur Balaji Temple is situated in the village of Chilkur, about 30 kilometers away from Hyderabad.
Spread over 7.5 acres, Lumbini Park is located in the center of the city and is close to other tourist attractions, such as Birla Mandir and Necklace Road. Located alongside Hussain Sagar, the park also holds musical fountain shows and is an excellent tourist spot in the city.
Constructed in 1994, Lumbini Park has an artificial water tank. One of the most popular attractions in Hyderabad, Lumbini Park is maintained by the Buddha Purnima Project Authority.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Hyderabad, the Golconda Fort, also known as Golkonda, located in Hyderabad, was first built by the Kakatiyas as part of their western protection along the lines of the Kondapalli Fort. Because of the vicinity of diamond mines, Golconda flourished as a trading center of large diamonds.
The region has produced some of the most famous diamonds in the world, including the colorless Koh-i-Noor, Pink Daria-i-Noor, Blue Hope, the white regent, Dresden Green, and the colorless Orlov, Nizam, and Jacob. Golconda is famous for diamonds found in the south-east at Kollur mine in Krishna district, and at that time India had the only known diamond mines in the world.
About 2 km from Golconda Fort, The Toli Mosque at Karwan was built by Mir Musa Khan Mahaldar in 1671, the royal architect of Abdullah Qutb Shah.
Qutb Shahi Tombs are located in the Ibrahim Bagh, close to the famous Golconda Fort, contain the tombs and mosques built by the various kings of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, the tombs are domed structures built on a square base surrounded by pointed arches.