Situated atop a hilly terrain, Hyderabad is the largest and the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. The city is encompassed by captivating lakes and various architectural marvels, located on the banks of river Musi. Hyderabad is among India’s fastest growing cities, being called the “Hi-Tech City” by most tech firms. Not only this, the city is also an abode some of the most exotic flora and fauna, with a number of national parks such as; Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park, Nehru Zoological Park, Manjira Wildlife Sanctuary, Reddy National Park and so on.
It would come as a surprise to many but Hyderabad is getting greener with every passing day and unlike other Indian cities, it not a concrete jungle. Here are some amazing places you can’t afford to miss, while in the City of Nizams:
The Necklace Road
Named after its Mumbai counterpart Marine Drive (Queen’s Necklace), The Necklace Road is a street around Hyderabad’s one of the most famous artificial lakes, Tank Bund. This road attracts a number of fitness freaks in the morning and tourists during the day. A number of bicycle race, marathons,rallies and other events are hosted on this road.
Salar Jung Museum
Located at the Southern bank of river Musi, the Salar Jung Museum is one of the three national museums of India, which bears the memories of India’s glorious past. The museum homes some amazingly rare collections of textiles, manuscripts, metallic artifacts, clocks, ceramics, sculptures, carpets and paintings, belonging to diverse civilizations. Some of the most significant artifacts here are the daggers that belonged to Emperor Shah Jahan, Empress Noor Jahan and Emperor Jehangir along with various others of the Salar Jung Family. Along with 38 galleries, there is also a reading room, cafeteria, sales counter and library. With over 10 lakh tourists visiting this museum every year, Salar Jung is among the top tourist attractions in Hyderabad.
If there is something that best represents Hyderabad, it’s the famous Charminar! Constructed in 1591 by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah, this marvel attracts a significant number of tourists every year, from all across the globe. Owing its name to the four minarets, Charminar is also popular as the “Arc de Triomphe of the East”. Chirminar is located amidst the Laad bazar, a famous shopping destination in Hyderabad. While in Hyderabad you can’t miss on this marvelous epitome of Indo-Saracenic tradition.
Ramoji Film City
Established in 1996, Ramoji Film City is the world’s largest film studio complex, having produced hundreds of Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada movies till date. The film city is owned by the businessman cum film producer, Ramoji Roa and is located at a comfortable driving distance of 35 Kilometers from Hyderabad. From temples to railway station, the studio has several permanent sets along with an amazing theme park for children, making it one of the largest film cities in the world and a major tourist destination in Hyderabad. To everyone’s surprise, this film city is capable of handling upto 40 domestic and 20 international movies simultaneously, successfully bagging a place in Guinness Book of world Records. Amazing right?
St. Joseph’s Cathedral
Named after St. Joseph, this Cathedral is among the most remarkable architectural structures in Hyderabad. The construction of this marvel was finished in 1872, however it was only in 1875, on the Eve of Christmas that St. Joseph’s Cathedral was finally opened for the devotees. This place has been frequented by numerous celebrities as well as Christians and non- Christians over the years. Come here for its beautiful Italian architectural design and the big bells on the top of this cathedral. This place is a must visit at the time of Good Friday and Christmas.