Hyderabad – Nizam Style

Hyderabad – Nizam Style

 Endearingly called the Pearl City, 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. A charming blend of the ancient and the modern, Hyderabad is also known as the Istanbul of India. Once you’ll set foot in Hyderabad you will feel the aura of the Mughal Governorship. And one cannot fail to wish, to be taken back to the grandeur, style and the lavish lifestyle of the Nizam’s.

Charminar

 

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 Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of Hyderabad, built Charminar in 1591 at the centre of the original city layout. It is said to be built as a charm to ward off a deadly epidemic raging at that time. Charminar has 45 prayer spaces and a mosque in it. Visitors can view the architectural splendour inside the Charminar. There are four minarets in the four corners which soar upwards about 22 metres from the roof of the square structure. Each minaret stands on a lotus-leaf base; this is a recurrent motif in Qutub Shahi buildings. Each has four floors, each floor looking like a skilfully carved ring around the minaret.  This landmark has become a global icon of Hyderabad. Incidentally, the area around Charminar is the busiest shopping hub in Old City. It is more so crowded during festive seasons when shopping reaches a crescendo.

Laad Baazar

This is famous, colourful shopping centre of the old city, tucked away in one of the streets leading off from Charminar. Bridal wear, Pearls and the traditional Hyderabadi glass and stone studded bangles are sold here. No visit to Hyderabad would be complete if you do not indulge in the Nawabi style jewellery, and pick up pearl strings as a souvenir.

Golconda

Golconda is one of the famous forts of India. The name originates from the Telugu words “Golla Konda” meaning “Shepherd’s Hill”. Golconda was originally a mud fort, which passed to the Bahmani dynasty and later to the Qutb Shahis, who held it from 1518 to 1687 A.D. The fort is famous for its acoustics, palaces, ingenious water supply system and the famous Fateh Rahben gun, one of the cannons used in the last siege of Golconda by Aurangzeb, to whom the fort ultimately fell.

Purani Haveli

The stately Purani Haveli, the palace acquired around the year 1750 by the second Nizam, is now converted into a museum with a fascinating collection. The museum exhibits the gifts and mementos presented to the last Nizam on the occasion of the silver jubilee celebrations in 1937. A 1930 Rolls Royce, Packard and a Mark V Jaguar are among the vintage cars displayed. There is an interesting collection of models made in silver of all the prominent buildings of the city, gold burnished wooden throne used for the silver jubilee celebrations, gold tiffin box inlaid with diamonds, and a gold model of Jubilee Pavilion.

Chowmahalla Palace

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Built in several phases by the Nizams between 1857-1869, this is now one of the heritage buildings. The complex comprises four palaces in Moghal and European styles, of which the main palace is double storeyed with the others being single-storeyed blocks. One of the largest parks within the city KBR National Park is a Southern tropical deciduous forest, with over 100 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles and 15 species of butterflies

Hussain Sagar Lake

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One of the largest man-made lakes is situated at Hyderabad. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. A famous monolith of Lord Buddha is installed at the centre of the lake. Hussain Sagar Lake is a major spot of tourist attractions. A 16 metre tall, 350 tonne monolithic Buddha statue is situated in the middle of the Hussain Sagar Lake. It is made of white granite and it provides a breath-taking view at the time of sun-set.

Lumbini Park

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Lumbini Park is one of the beautiful parks in the twin cities Hyderabad located along the banks of Hussain Sagar Lake. It is an ideal place of relaxation and a place of amusement. The park has been named after the garden that was the birth place of Buddha. It has several attractions that could lure you to spend an evening away from home, with your family. The main attractions of the park include a colourful floral clock, waterfalls and fountains. The spectacular musical dancing fountain and water cascade draws huge crowds.

Ramoji Film Studio

A tour to the Ramoji Film Studio will tell you why it is acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records as one of the largest film studios in the world. The studio lives up to its name as it is spread over a vast area of around 2500 acres. You feel as if you have entered the larger than life canvas of a film. It is a new city all together with hills, gardens, lakes. The splendid looking place is famous for its sets. Hawa Mahal, along the lines of the Golconda Fort, is on a hilltop from where you can have a bird’s eye view of the whole place. RFC has carved a niche for itself with its Japanese garden, the ETV planet (a multi-purpose editing suit), a multi-purpose building, a pool and artificial waterfalls. Sets like the airport and the hospital astonish the tourists.

Although there are many places to visit in Hyderabad but visiting the above mentioned places will show you, how Hyderabad is living up to its name by adopting the modernisation along with treasuring its heritage.

 

 

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