Destination Guide India > Hyderabad
DESTINATION GUIDE INDIA - HYDERABAD
very well be called a tourists' paradise. The tourist
attractions in Hyderabad are worth the visit. There are many
places of interest for tourists, in Hyderabad. Not only are
the tourist attractions places of historical interest, but
also are strikingly picturesque. So if you want to soothe your
eyes with the scenic view of an old monument against the
backdrop of an evening sky with the flavor of local food
tickling your taste buds, come and visit the famous tourist
attractions of Hyderabad.
ATTRACTIONS ND PLACES - HYDERABAD
hub of the city, has four wide roads radiating in the four
cardinal directions. The four minarets command the landscape
is square, each side measuring 100 feet, with a central
pointed high arch at the center. The whole edifice contains
numerous small decorative arches arranged both vertically and
horizontally. The prominently projected cornice on the first
floor upholds a series of six arches and capitals on each
façade, rising to the double-story gallery of the minarets.
The projected canopy, ornamental brackets and decoration in
stucco plaster add graceful elegance to the structure. On the
upper courtyard, a screen of arches topped by a row of square
jall or water screens lends a fragile charm to the sturdy
appearance of Charminar. This courtyard was used as a school
and for prayers at the mosque. The minarets, their domed
finials rising from their lotus-leaves cushion, rise to 180
feet from the ground. An interesting 17th-century description
of the monument comes from Thevenot: "That which is called the
four towers, is a square building, of which each face is ten
fathom broad and about seven high. It is opened on the four
sides by four arches…".
Fort in Hyderabad is a majestic monument, which lies on the
western outskirts of the city. It speaks of a great cultural
heritage of 400 years and is considered as a place that is
worth visiting. Golconda was famous for its diamond mines in
olden days. The world-renowned 'Kohinoor' diamond is believed
to have come from here. The Golconda fort is built on a
granite hill 120m high. The fort has 8 gates or Darwazas as
they are called in local language. The main gate is called
Fateh Darwaza. The hills around the fort lend a very
mysterious charm and colossal grandeur to the gigantic fort.
Tombs are located in the heart of the Hyderabad city. The
Qutub Shahi Tombs are quite close to the Golconda Fort, which
is a famous landmark of Hyderabad. The Qutub Shahi Tombs are a
perfect blend of Indian and Persian architectural forms,
constructed in gray granite decorated with exquisite
ornamentation. The tombs are domed structures, which are built
on an elevated square base surrounded by pointed arches. Each
tomb is quadrangular and rises to a height of 9 - 15 meters
above the terrace. The smaller tombs are single storied while
the larger ones are double storied. The domes were originally
covered with blue and green tiles, of which only a few pieces
The tombs were once furnished with carpets, chandeliers and
velvet canopies on silver poles. Qurans or the holy book of
the Muslims, were kept on supports and readers recited verses
from the sacred book at regular intervals. Golden spires were
fixed over the tombs of the Sultans to distinguish their tombs
from those of the other members of the noble family.
The Salar Jung
museum in Hyderabad is one of the oldest museums in the city.
It is the only museum that has the largest compilation of
personally collected artifacts from all around the world. This
museum has the greatest collection of rare antiques and
knick-knacks from all over the world. One needs to devote an
entire day for touring the museum itself.
Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, commonly known as Salar Jung III, did the
major collections. However it was started by his father Nawab
Mir Laiq Ali Khan also known as Salar Jung II and his grand
father Nawab Mir Turab Ali Khan i.e. Salar Jung I. The museum
boasts of a collection of 40,000 items, which have been
accumulated from every possible place in the world. The former
Prime Minister of India, Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru declared this
spectacular collection open for public display. Later a board
of trustees was appointed to look after this legendary museum.
HOW TO REACH -
» By Air -
Hyderabad is well connected to national and international
destinations with both national and international air
» By Rail - The Indian Railway, the world's largest
railway under a single management, is divided into nine zones.
Hyderabad railway station is well connected to all the major
Indian cities with a number of daily express trains from
Hyderabad to the other cities of India.
» By Road -
Hyderabad has a large bus terminus and is well connected to
other cities in the state by a network of highways.