Fifth largest in the country and legendary in terms of history, culture and technological progress. The city is one of the 3 most important cities in southern India and holds an important position on the tourist map of India .
Population : 4.70 million
Population Density : 14497 (person/Sq km)
Area : 217 Sq Km
Literacy : 71.5%
Summer (Mar- May) : 24- 27 Deg C Monsoon (Jun-Sep) : 22-30 Deg C Winter (Oct -Feb) : 12-22 Deg C
The monument was built by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 to commemorate the eradication of plague, shortly after he had shifted his capital from Golkonda to what now is known as Hyderabad Quli Qutb Shah prayed for the end of plague and took the vow to build a masjid on that very place. He ordered the construction of the masjid which became popular as Charminar because of its four characteristic minarets (possibly depicting the first four khalifs of Islam). The top floor of the four-storeyed structure has a masjid which has 45 covered prayer spaces and some open space to accommodate more people in Friday prayers.
Nizam Salabhat Jung is credited with initiating the construction of this palace complex in 1750 and Nizam Afzar-ud-Dawla Bahadur who ensured that it was completed between 1857 to 1869.The Chowmahalla complex which is a replica of the ShahÕs Palace in Teheran, Iran, consists of two courtyards with elegant palaces, the grand Khilwat (the Durbar Hall), fountains and gardens.
Hyderabad's Salarjung Museum, the third largest museum in India is one of the largest one-man-collections in the world.
Mir Yusuf Ali Khan, popularly known as Salar Jung III (1889-1949) served as Prime Minister to Nizam 1912, Thereafter he dedicated his whole life collecting antiques and art, which were the only passions of his lonely life.
It is a royal treat to the connoisseurs with a collection of over 43000 art objects, 9000 manuscripts and 47000 printed books.
The collections include Indian Art, Middle Eastern Art, Far Eastern Art, European Art, Children Art along with a Founders gallery and a rare manuscript section. Indian Art includes stone sculptures, bronze images, jade carvings, painted textiles, wood carvings, miniature paintings, modern art, ivory carvings, textiles, metal-ware, manuscript, arms & armour etc
The white towers of the Jama Masjid, the oldest mosque in Hyderabad, rise a few meters from the Charminar. It was built by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah in the year 1597 after the completion of the Charminar. Within the premises of
Jama masjid lie the ruins of an old Turkish bath.
The Jama Masjid is still frequented by a large number of Muslims and remains one of the principal places of worship in the city.
An enchanting modern Birla Mandir located in south end of Hussain Sagar in Hyderabad, stands atop the Kala Pahad, the twin hillock of the Naubat Pahad. The Birlas (industrialists who have also built several temples in India in this century) built this temple in 1976. This modern enchanting temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara (Vishnu), constructed with white marbles from Rajasthan. irla Mandir combines the architectural styles of Orissan and South Indian temples. A Rajagopuram built in the South Indian style greets the visitors.
The tower over the main shrine of Lord Venkateswara called the "Jagadananda Vimanam" is built in the Orissan style,
the inner shrine of the temple is a replica of the Venkateswara temple at Tirupati.
The Historic City of Hyderabad is a Shopper's Delight!
From the world famous pearls to traditional arts & crafts, from textiles of all modern brand names to ethnic wear, the city offers an astounding variety of shopping. And what's more unlike many other cities, shopping is not confines to a particular area in Hyderabad. If you want to take home the delights of Hyderabad, take a stroll in many markets in the evening... the city is bound to charm you with its warm touch and hearty glitter. The main shopping areas include Basheerbagh, Abids and Nampally. You can find everything in the biggest showrooms form jewellery, textiles, handicrafts to footwear, ready-mades and general goods in the markets. Other favoured places are Begum Bazaar (brassware), Laad Bazaar (diamonds, pearls and precious metals) and Mahatma Gandhi Road. The other areas in the City, which are turning into hubs for shoppers include Ameerpet, Himayatnagar, Begumpet, Somajiguda and Punjagutta. The City also offers mega malls, these malls bring everything under one roof from shopping to entertainment and food, giving the shoppers a unique experience.
Pearls & Jewellery : Carrying on the ancient prosperous pearl trade, of the expensive, the exclusive, and the rarest in the world, Hyderabad still remains the pearl capital
Lac bangles : Hyderabad itself is known for its bangles made of glass and lacquer and studded with stones. The place to shop for bangles of the largest variety and at reasonable prices is the Laad Bazaar adjacent to the historic Charminar
Handicrafts - Handicrafts and toys are among the most sought-after pieces for the shopper in Hyderabad . Bidriware , 'Kalamkari' , Paintings from Cheriyaland brass metalware from Pembarti are some of famous work
Handlooms & Sarees - the magic of the hands:Hyderabad has innumerable showrooms that showcase the most distinctive heritages of the city - Handlooms. Dharmavaram silk saris , Narayanpet saris , Pochampalli saris , Gorgeous Gadwal