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PLACES TO SEE
Hyderabad is a city where the contemporary meets the ancient. You can visit a modern shopping mall, or lose yourself in the maze of roads within the ‘old city’, where you will find colourful traditional markets to be explored.
- Charminar: This landmark of Hyderabad is the jewel in the crown of this city of pearls. This milestone was built by Mohammed Quli qutub Shah, the founder of Hyderabad. Built in the 16th century, this glorious tower has four graceful minarets and has 45 prayer spaces and an alluring mosque inside. The beautiful building is illuminated in the evenings and this historical structure is always surrounded by hustle-bustle of tourists and localities.The adjoining Laad bazaar is famous for colourful shopping and is a shopping centre of the old city. Amazing range of traditional jewellery, bridal wears and glass and stone studded bangles- a speciality of the city is available here.
- Mecca Masjid: One of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad and in India, Mecca Masjid lies just 200 yards to the southwest of the Charminar. The mosque is named after the significant religious destination of Islam- Mecca. The bricks of the central arch of this magnificent building were brought from the holy city of Mecca.The Masjid was the centre point of the old Hyderabad city planned by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah. Built during the reign of 5th ruler of Qutub Shahi dynasty, Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah, the construction continued for years and the Qutub Shahi family could never complete the construction. Mughal leader Aurangzeb finished the construction in 17th century.
- Golconda fort: This grand fortress dates back to the early reigns of the Yadavas and Kakatiyas, but it gained its acclaim and fame from the time of Qutub Shah Kings. The word literally means shepherd’s hill in local language. The original mud fort was rebuilt by the Qutub Shahi Kings in a psna of 62 years and is one of the most popular forts of India.The unbelievable acoustics, palaces, ingenious water supply systems and the renowned Fateh Rahben gun- a giant cannon is always a fact of wonder for the visitorThe uniquely designed fortress has facility of noticing slightest of the sound created at the entrance right up to the court of the King.The citadel is built on a 120m-high granite hill and surrounded by crenulated ramparts constructed from large masonry blocks. Outside the citadel stands another crenulated rampart, with a perimeter of 11 kilometres and yet another wall beyond this. The massive gates were studded with iron spikes to obstruct war elephants.
- Naya Qila (new fort): Is home to a magnificent 400-year-old baobab tree (hatiyan ka jhad: elephant tree), with a circumference of 27m, said to have been brought from Abyssinia by Arab traders. The crumbling rampart here has great views of the fort and tombs.
THINGS TO DO
- Nightlife: This ultra-modern city has a growing night scene, though it is not yet as large as the scenes of Mumbai and Bangalore. There are many entertainment options including malls, restaurants, clubs and bars. Most nightclubs shut at around 11pm; however hotels often have late night bars. Hyderabad also has a night time bus service that runs a tour of the city.
Below we have a list of things to do in Hyderabad and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.
This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Hyderabad getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.
Make the most of your trip to Hyderabad with confidence.