A rapidly growing metropolis, Hyderabad is a city of various hues. On one hand is the side with the tall rising buildings and high end entertainment options and on the other side there is the rich regal cultural heritage of the city. One could say that the city has grown to keep up with the current times, and still managed to preserve its glorious past. When it comes to tourism Hyderabad is a city of all sorts – a shopaholic’s delight, a food lover’s paradise, a mecca for historians and so much more. Here is a list of tourist places in Hyderabad which form the most important part of your trip to Hyderabad.
Chow Mahalla Palace
A palace spanning 12 acres, the Chow Mahalla is a replica of the Shah’s Palace in Iran. With courtyards, halls, gardens, and waterbodies – all oozing charm the Chow Mahalla does present a captivating picture. The biggest draw although is its Khilwat clock that has been functional for 250 years and the 19 antique Belgian glass chandeliers. The construction of the palace was begun by Salabat Jung and completed under the reign of Asaf Jah V. Orignally, the palace was spread over an area of 45 acres. Once the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty, today the palace is still the personal property of their descendant – Barkat Ali Khan Mukarram Jah.
Hussain Sagar Lake
Hussain Saga Lake is one of the largest and the most beautiful man-made Lakes in the world and forms a connection between the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The lake was named after Hussain Shah Wali. The highlight of this lake is the single stone one piece white granite statue of Buddha. It weighs 350 tonnes and is located in the middle of the Lake. The lake is best visited during the evening hours when it sets up a beautiful view with the setting sun. Also, as night falls, the light of the moon imparts a glow to the statue of Buddha presenting a splendid view for the visitors.
Ramoji Film City
Ramoji Film City tops the list of popular tourist places in Hyderabad. It is the largest film city in the world which puts it on the Guinness Book of world records and one time it can accommodate up to 50 film units. One of the most glamorous studios in the world, it has all facilities needed in pre to post-production stages and invites almost 10,000 visitors on a daily basis. There are also two very good hotels – Tara and Sitara for visitors who want to spend the night here. Apart from that there are several fine dining restaurants, themed gardens and landscapes from international locations, sets for airports, hospitals and almost every theme that a movie production could use. You can also book various holiday packages here.
Spread across an area of 17,000 square feet, Snow World of Hyderabad is the first and the biggest theme park of its kind in India. Using high-end state-of-the-art technology, they have created snow using mineral water and several entertainment options to give you the feel of being in a hill station. The sessions last an hour, an during this you can enjoy adventure sports like trekking, activities like skating, use the play arena and visit the Cryo Zone.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Golconda Fort is a complex enclosed by a four kilometre wall that forms the boundary for four distinct forts. The majestic fort features four drawbridges, mosques, temples, royal residences, and more than 80 bastions. Although most part of this massive fort has turned into ruins over time, it still stands as a reflection of the grand architecture of the ancient times retelling the glorious stories that its walls have witnessed. Inside the fort complex you can also see the remnants of a well-planned city.
Salar Jung Museum
The Salar Jung Museum is one of the best in India and also one of the most renowned and visited tourist places in Hyderabad. It lies along the southern banks of the Musi River and houses over 50,000 items of which come from the personal belongings and collection of the Prime Minister of the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Yusuf Ali Khan who was widely known as Salar Jung III. The museum is divided into three blocks into which displaying the entire collection. The main attractions include the Musical Clock, the Veiled Rebecca made of Italian Marble, the Ivory room and Marguerite and Mephistopheles.
Although the past of Hyderabad is all about the charming regal ways, the city has made every effort to keep up the pace and match the latest development in architecture and technology. With a beautiful blend of the past and the new, the city presents a great flavour palate which can be enjoyed by all sorts of tourists.