Hyderabad offers a variety of tourist attractions ranging from Heritage monuments, lakes and parks, gardens and resorts, Museums to delectable cuisine and a delightful shopping experience. To the travellers, Hyderabad offers a fascinating panorama of the past, with a richly mixed culture and historical tradition spanning 400 colourful years.
There is a love story related to the founding of the city of Hyderabad. As a young prince, Muhammad Quli fell passionately in love with a maiden from Chichlam village across the river Musi. He would even venture to cross the river in spate to keep his tryst with his beloved. Ibrahim Qutb Shah, his father, build a bridge on the river so that the crown prince did not endanger his life. When he ascended the throne, Muhammad Quli built a grand structure, the Charminar, at the site of the village. The city was called Bhagnagar to appease his beloved, Bhagmati. Later on it was called Hyderabad. Bhagnagar means city of good fortune. Farkhunda Buniyad, the Persian chronogrammatic name of the city yields the same meaning.
After Isfaan in Iran Hyderabad was modelled and build under the supervision of the prime minister Mir Momin, a poet, architect and an aesthete-like his master. He tried to create a replica of Paradise itself to suit Muhammad Quli’s statue as the greatest of the Qutb Shahi rulers. The city was completed in 1592.
The Charminar- Charminar, the hub of the city, has four wide roads radiating in the four cardinal directions. The four minarets command the landscape for miles. The structure 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. There are two galleries in it, one over another, and all over a terrace that serves for a roof, bordered with a stone balcony. Near the Charminar stand four magnificent arches called Char Kaman, which served as the gateway to the Zilu Khana of the royal palace and are named Machli Kaman, Kali Kaman, Sher Gil Ki Kaman and Char Minar Ki Kaman.
The Mecca Masjid- Near the Charminar stands the Mecca Masjid, begun my Muhammad Qutb Shah in 1617 and completed by Quranzeb in 1693. It is a grand edifice with a huge courtyard which can accommodate nearly ten thousand men at prayer. A particular stone brick in the mihrab is believed to have been brought from Mecca.
Other Mosques- the other two mosques- the Jami Masjid and the Toli Masjid- are small and modest structure. Muhammad Quli Shah builds the Jami Masjid in 1592, after founding Hyderabad. Musa Khan, a supervisor of works at the Mecca Masjid, levied a damri for every rupee spent on the building of the Mecca Masjid.
Places around Hyderabad
Golconda has been known as famous center for diamonds, and the diamond mines boast of some of the most renowned diamonds in the world. The Kohinoor originally belonged to Golconda as did the Darya-I- Noor, the Orloff, the Pitt, and the great table of the Nizam.
Warangal is situated 157 km north-east of Hyderabad. It is famous for its thousand pillar temple-a-specimen of the Chalukya architecture. The fort was built by the kakatiyas, who ruled between 12th and 14th centuries. Ruins of the mud-brick fort survive in certain portions. Kakatiyas Held Golconda prior to the advent of the Qutb Shahi’s and their original mud fort atop the Golconda hill was replaced with stone fortifications.
110 km northwest of Hyderabad lays Bidar, former capital of the Bahamani, and later on Barid Shahi dynasty. Ultimately it was annexed by Aurangzeb and subsequently the Nizams took over Bidar. It has a vast range of palaces mosques baths, schools and tombs within a strong fortified area.
Best time to Visit
The city of Pearls, Hyderabad retains its charm throughout the year. The weather of the capital of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is a little warm throughout the year with exception of the chilly months. The best time to visit is the lovely winter season. The chilly weather starts from December to February. Summers are rough, temperature go up to 45 degree C. It’s the most uncomfortable time. The monsoon is a relief in weather but a dampener on travel plans. Winter is the best time to explore the city of intriguing attractions, exciting shopping and delightful holidays.
How to Reach
By Air- Hyderabad has an international as well as domestic airport. The Rajiv Gandhi International terminal is well-connected with major cities across the globe. Almost all airlines fly daily from and to Hyderabad. Once you reach the airport, hire from private and prepaid taxis outside the airport.
By Rail-there are major railheads in the city, namely. Hyderabad Railway Station, Secunderabad Railway station and Kachiguda Railway station. The rail routes connect the city extensively to all over India.
By Road- Hyderabad enjoys regular services of state roadways and privately owned buses from the bus stand of the city. Road are well linked with important cities and states