Places to visit in and around Hyderabad
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Charminar is a monument and a mosque, which is synonymous with the history of Hyderabad, India. The majestic structure was completed in 1591 CE and is not only a landmark building of Hyderabad but also a famous monument of India. Historians believe that this structure is an example for Indo-Islamic architecture combined with few Persian elements.
Falaknuma Palace is like walking into the heavens as the palace stands high about 2000 feet above the city. The Falaknuma Palace’s exquisite beauty allows you to enjoy a journey into the blue skies, into the glided ages of time immemorial, where grandeur and lavishness is all you see.
Golconda Fort built on a hilltop in the year 1143and It was originally a mud fort under the reign of Rajah of Warangal. Later it was fortified between 14th and 17th centuries by the Bahmani Sultans and then the ruling Qutub Shahi dynasty. Golconda was the principal capital of the Qutub Shahi kings. The inner fort contains ruins of palaces, mosques and a hill top pavilion, which rises about 130 meters high and gives a bird’s eye view of other buildings.
Hussain sagar lake was excavated in the year1562 A.D. by Hussain Shah Wali during the reign of Ibrahim QuliQutb Shah, the promenade of which is now a busy thoroughfare. Boating and water sports are a regular feature in the Hussain Sagar Lake. It is a large manmade lake of Hyderabad and was constructed on a small tributary of the Musi River. A monolithic statue of the Buddha installed with pain staking efforts in the heart of this lake is an added charm.
A site to behold when its gates are opened during peak flood season in Monsoon, Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is considered one of largest dams built in the recent times in Asia. As the tallest masonry dam, Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is also the pride of India. The mighty dam was completed in the year 1969 and has a majestic height of 124 meters. It is 1 km long, and has 26 crest gates.
Gayatri waterfalls, a less known water body is situated on Kadam River. The river is a tributary of the grand Godavari River. Away from the human eye, the waterfalls found its habitat in a very secluded place inside a deep forest.
One of the well maintained, expansive and among the best zoos in Asia, the Nehru Zoological Park is home to more than 1,500 species of birds, animals, and reptiles. The major attraction for visitors within the zoo is the Lion Safari. A van fenced with iron will take you through the gates of the safari. Visitors can make their trip more interesting by visiting the pre-historic dinosaur park, a nocturnal zoo, a natural history museum, a mini-train, several parks, and animal rides, which makes it an ideal spot for picnic.
Bhagyanagar Nandanavanam Deer Park is nature conservative park situated on Hyderabad-Warangal National Highway. It houses a wide range of flora and fauna, prominent among them being deer. One can easily spot different varieties of deer while taking a walk around the serene landscape of the park.Apart from being the house to wildlife creatures, the park has a lot more to offer in terms of well-laid cycling tracks, an elevated canopy walkway, a watchtower to facilitate bird watching, wildlife photography and much more. The park is, in a nutshell, an abode of beauty and peace for all nature lovers. Besides, the park is one of the popular morning-walk areas among the local people. Park provides walking passes to them on affordable prices, promoting a healthy way of living.
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple situated a hillock in Yadagirigutta of YadadriBhuvanagiri district of the Indian state of Telangana. The temple is an abode of Narasimha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is located 62 km from Hyderabad The temple is in a cave about 12 feet high by 30 feet long.
Birla Mandir temple wasbuilt by Birla’s in 1976 with white marbles. The hillock is at a height of 280-feet situated on a 13-acre plot.The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu present in the form of Sri Venkateswara. One can find the kirtanas of Tyagaraja, Annamayya, and Ramadasu reverberating against the backdrop of a blue sky in the morning.
Jagannath Temple is dedicated to revered God Shri Krishna. Jagan means Universe and Nath is the Lord. He is one of the incarnations of Vishnu.This temple is a replica of the original Jagannath temple of Puri. The most appealing portion of the temple is its “Shikaram” (the peak or the top). It is about 70 feet in height. Sand stones brought from Orissa have been used in the construction of this temple, and that justifies its red colour and around 60 sculptors were employed to carve this awe-inspiring temple.