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There are a variety of tourist attractions in Hyderabad, a city with a 400-year-old history and a rich blending of cultures. This "city of pearls" has heritage monuments, lakes, parks, gardens, resorts, museums and delectable cuisine that lure tourists. It is known for its interesting diamond markets, pearls, glass embedded bangles and beautiful sarees.

There are many monuments of significance situated here, which are famed as historical tourist attractions. One of the major historical sites worth visiting is the Charminar, situated in the heart of the city. It is an important landmark in Hyderabad. Hyderabad is famous for pearls, which are sold in shops around the Charminar. Near the Charminar stand four magnificent arches called Char Kaman, which served as the gateway to the Zilu Khana (ante chamber) of the royal palace. Then there is the Mecca Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India, located just nearby the Charminar. Another tourist attraction here is the Golconda Fort, a 16th century fortress situated on the western outskirts of Hyderabad city. Known for its collection of diamonds, it is said that the famous Kohinoor originally belonged to Golconda.

The last Nizam of Hyderabad built the Falaknuma Palace, which housed the most expensive art objects, tapestries and carpets, in addition to the largest single-man collection of diamonds. Here the Nizam had received their Majesties, the late King George V and King Edward VIII of England. In 1562,Ibrahim Qutb Shah built Husain Sagar Lake, a large artificial lake, 1562 AD and is the connecting point of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.In the lake on an island is a larger -than -life size statue of the Buddha. Boats take tourists across the lake to the island, on which the statue rests.
Hyderabad also has many interesting museums, resorts and parks. Salar Jung Museum is one of the most visited places in the city. With a collection of fine art, tapestries, jade artifacts, weaponry and sculpture, it is worth seeing. Naubat Pahad, a hilltop crowned by the Birla Temple is a tourist spot affording lovely views of the city. Kasu Brahmanda Reddy National Park is a nature park situated near Jubilee Hills.

Hyderabad Botanical Gardens is the first Botanical Garden in Andhra Pradesh that is coming up in stages in Kotaguda Reserve Forest near the Hi-tech city, Madhapur. Nehru Zoological Park is a sprawling zoo, which follows the open plan model and ensures the animals are seen in naturalistic surroundings. The crocodile hatchery and lion safari are prime attractions. Hyderabad is one of the first cities in India to have an IMAX movie theatre Prasad's near the Hussain Sagar. Lumbini Park situated near the Hussain Sagar, also popularly known as Tank Bund. The Public Gardens are one of the largest gardens in the city. One of the most recent and glamorous attractions of Hyderabad, NTR gardens spread over 34 acres is absolutely unique with large-scale use of fiberglass in the form of insects and fruits. Sanjeevaiah Park is a major recreation center located next to Hussain Sagar, at the end of Necklace Road, in Hyderabad.Indira Park is a recreation park for children, situated near lower Tank Bund. which offers boat rides. Snow World is the World's Biggest and India's 1st Snow Theme Park, behind Indira Park on Lower tank Bund Road. Artificially produced snow is using state of the art technology is an attraction. Durgam Cheruvu is situated close to Shilparamam Crafts Village and Hitech City, behind Jubilee Hills. AP Tourism organises boating in Durgam Cheruvu lake which is surrounded by hills of the Deccan Plateau.Gandipet Lake located at a distance of 20 km. from Hyderabad and also called as Osman Sagar has well laid out lush green gardens and a swimming pool and is a very popular picnic spot for the city crowd. Shameerpet, about 24kms away from the city, towards the north of Secunderabad has a deer park and a lake with cottages around the place. Dhola-ri-dhan on Medchal Road opens the doors to the world of ethnic Rajasthani resort of culture where the visitors can experience the true Rajasthani life style and enjoy the artforms. The Alleygator has emerged as a favorite funcentre for the young as well as old people with four lines of bowling alleys, six pool tables, and video games. Runway9-Go Karting is the happening place for go-karting. Ocean Park is a one of its kind water theme amusement park modeled on International standards.

Besides Taj Mahal, there are other tourist attractions in Agra worth visiting. Built in massive red sandstones on the bank of Yamuna, the Agra Fort built by emperor Akbar in 1565 is another major historical tourist attraction in Agra. It is popular with tourists as a towering fort as well as Other attractions in Hyderabad are Ramoji film city, an amazing place located at an hours drive form the airport of Hyderabad which gives a choice of numerous flexible locations, which are as varied as a picturesque Indian village or a street in Switzerland.Shilparamam, located at Madhapur village showcasing the various art forms and handicrafts of various artists from all over the country. Birla Planetarium is situated on a hill near the Birla Temple and offers educational shows as well offers a fine view of the city.

Excursions from Hyderabad

One can make excursions from Hyderabad to the nearby regions. There are many enthralling places in the vicinity to the capital of Andhra Pradesh with an array of travel attractions. Warangal, located around 200 km from Hyderabad, once the hub of Telugu culture as the capital of Kakatiya rulers s famous for its architecture.Another famous destination is the Nagarjunasagar, which is located 150 km from Hyderabad. With world's tallest masonry dam across river Krishna, Nagarjunasagar is a popular tourist destination of South India. Apart from this, other worth visiting attractions are the island museum of Nagarjunakonda and the beautiful waterfalls of Ethipothala.

Keesaragutta is another popular destination, situated about 35 kms from Hyderabad. It is a historic temple village and was once the capital of the great Vishnukundin dynasty. Then, there is Basar, located 240 km from Hyderabad, situated on the banks of the mighty Godavari River, in Adilabad district. It is famous for the only Saraswati temple in South India. Yet another destination known as Pochampally is located in Nalgonda district, situated about 35 km from Hyderabad. This lovely village is renowned in the country for its gorgeous, hand-woven silk and cotton saris.

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Sat Mar 22, 2008 6:11 am

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Thanks Kalpana !

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Thanks a lot! Would you say there are any must-sees for first time visitors?

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Right Dear,

I visited Hyderabad last year, Hyderabad is the capital and largest city of the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It was ruled by the Qutb Shahis, Mughals and the Nizams which shaped up its history. The city is noted for its monuments which includes the masterpiece of Charminar and the fort of Golconda. There are multitude of masjids, temples, churches and bazaars in the city. The following is a list of tourist attractions in Hyderabad,

Historical Monuments

* Mecca Masjid

* Charminar

* Golconda Fort

* Qutb Shahi Tombs

* Paigah Tombs

* Paigah Mosque Spanish Mosque, Begumpet


* Chowmahalla Palace

* Asman Garh Palace

* Falaknuma Palace

* Taramati Baradari

* Purani Haveli

* King Kothi Palace

* Bella Vista Bella Vista, Hyderabad is a royal palace of the Nizams built in the year 1910.

Religious places

* Makkah Masjid

* Shahi Masjid

* Ananda Buddha Vihara

* Birla Mandir

* Sanghi Temple

Museums and Planetarium

* Salar Jung Museum

* AP State Archaeology Museum

* Birla Science Museum

* Birla Planetarium

Lakes of Hyderabad

* Osman Sagar

* Durgam Cheruvu

* Himayat Sagar

* Hussain Sagar.

* Shamirpet Lake

Parks and Gardens

* Nehru Zoological Park

* NTR Gardens

* Indira Park

* KBR National Park

* Kotla Vijayabhaskara Reddy Botanical Gardens

* Lumbini Park

* Lotus Pond

* Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park

* Mrugavani National Park

* Public Gardens

* Ramoji Film City (RFC)

* Ravindra Bharati

* Necklace road

* Laad Bazaar

* Hyderabad Pearls

* Shilparamam

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