Built by Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah in
1591, Charminar was said to be the
centre around which Hyderabad was once
built. This majestic architectural
monument is said to be built to
commemorate the eradication of plague
One of the largest mosques in India,
Mecca Masjid has a capacity to
accommodate about 10,000 worshippers.
The biggest mosque in Hyderabad, Sultan
Muhammad Qutub Shah started the
construction of this mosque. The works
continued during the reigns of Abdullah
Qutub Shah and Abul Hassan Tana Shah and
was finally completed by the Mughal
Emperor Aurangzeb in 1694.
The mighty Golconda fort, a majestic
monument on the outskirts of Hyderabad
city, speaks of a great cultural
heritage of 400 years.
Salar Jung Museum:
Salar Jung Museum has the largest
one-man collection of antiques in the
world, exhibiting over 35,000 objects of
art such as Chinese Porcelain,
Aurangazeb's Sword, Daggers belonging to
Queen Noor Jehan, Emperor Jahangir and
Shah Jahan, Sculpture, Indian paintings
and Persian carpets. The most notable of
these are the Veiled Rebecca, Bezzoni's
translucent white marble statue, the
Arms section, the Jade section and the
Hussain Sagar Lake:
Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah constructed
Hussain Sagar Lake in the midst of the
city in 1562 in the honor of Hussain
Shah Wali, who helped him to recover
from illness. Forming a link between the
twin cities of Hyderabad and
Secunderabad, it is also known as Tank
Bund as it was once the cantonment area
Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah built the Jama
Masjid, the oldest mosque in Hyderabad,
St. Joseph's Cathedral:
The Cathedral of Saint Joseph is perhaps
the most beautiful in the twin cities.
It is situated in the Gun foundry area.
Birla Mandir, a modern temple on the
shores of Hussain Sagar Lake in
Hyderabad provides an excellent view
over the city from the summit. The
magnificent marble structure stands atop
the 'Kala Pahad', the twin hillock of 'Naubat
Pahad'. It is said that the marble used
in its construction was brought all the
way from Rajasthan and it is dedicated
to Lord Venkateshwara.
Situated on the hillock of Naubat Pahad,
the Birla Planetarium is a tribute to
the advances made in science and
technology. Sorting a beautiful
dome-shaped architecture, tt was
inaugurated by Late Mr. N.T. Rama Rao on
8th September, 1985.
Falaknuma Palace (Star of Heaven):
One of the most magnificent of its kind
in India, it was built by Nawab
Vikar-ul-Umra Bahadur atop a 650 m high
A preferred destination for famed
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A beautiful Mughal-style building built
in 1916 of local pink granite and red
sandstone carved panels and columns, the
British architect Vincent Esch designed
it. It is said to have been estimated at
a cost of 2 million rupees.
Qutub Shahi Tombs:
The tombs of the Qutub Shahi rulers are
domed structures built on a square base
surrounded by pointed arches. In the
centre of each tomb is a casket
overlying the actual burial vault in a
crypt below. Originally, these domes
were overlaid with blue and green tiles.
However only a few of them can be seen
Situated at Santoshnagar, the tombs of
Paigah nobles, relatives of Nizams, are
said to be about 200 years old and have
unique lime and mortar construction and
are beautifully carved sporting a marble
inlay work on them.
Chote Hazrat Ki Dargah:
Chote Hazrat ki Dargah situated inside
Devan Devadi was built during the period
of the Asif Jahis, in the memory of
Hazrat Ali, the son-in-law of prophet
Muhammad. The row of arches and 400
stairs leading up to Dargah present a
The tomb of Michel Raymond, a French
mercenary and a close friend of the then
Nizam lies in Saroornagar in east
Hyderabad. An annual commemorative 'Urs'
fair is held at his 7 m high black
granite tomb bearing the initials JR.
Sanjeevaiah Park, a major recreation
centre next to Hussain Sagar, is named
after the former President of India, Mr.
Neelam Sanjeev Reddy. The highlights of
the park are a rose garden, rock garden
and a floral clock.
Nehru Zoological Park:
One of the biggest zoos in Asia, it
houses of over 250 species of fauna.
Some of its highlights are the lion
safari park, pre-historical animals
park, natural history museum, nocturnal
birds, a children park with a train ride
along with special sections and