Royal, rustic, romantic are just a few terms to describe Hyderabad, but one has to be present here to truly experience the exotic enchantment of this historic city.The hospitality at Hyderabad is unmatched and the laid-back "Nawabi" style of living is totally relaxing. The range of yummy foods, the availability of various types of accommodation, the plethora of places to visit, astounding and affordable shopping options offering pearls, gems, handicrafts, fabrics, garments, branded merchandise and the different colours of culture & festivals make Hyderabad one of the most memorable tourist destinations
Built in 1591 by Muhammed Quli Qutub Shah as a talisman to stop a deadly epidemic, the Charminar offers a
panoramic view of the city from its four (char) minarets that are about 49 m high.
This mascot of the city was built, in an Arabic style of architecture, with lime and mortar. Within the
Charminar is a mosque. A temple is at the base of one of its minars.
Mecca Masjid : Mecca Masjid owes its name to the presence of the bricks in the structure, which were brought from the holy city of Mecca. The second largest mosque in the country, it has within its periphery the graves of the families of Asaf Jahi kings. The stately architecture consists of single slab granite columns and five arches each on three sides. Construction started under the Qutub Shahi kings but was completed by Aurangazeeb in 1694.
Golconda Fort :
Originally a mud fort founded by the Kakatiya Kings of Warangal during the 13th century, Golconda attained
glory under the Qutub Shahi dynasty (1518 to 1687). This is where the priceless Kohinoor diamond was
found. One of the famous forts of India, an added attraction here is an enchanting sound & light show in
Salar Jung Museum : The envy of global collectors, a treasure house of antiques and an amazing display of art - the Salar Jung Museum is the largest single man collection in the world. Compiled by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, the collection is mind boggling not only in number but also in the variety of items. Some of the unique items are, the Veiled Rebecca, Marguerite& Mephistopheles (a two sided sculpture), the Sword of Aurangazeeb, gem studded daggers of Emperors Jahangir & Shah Jahan and Queen Noor Jahan, etc.
Birla Mandir :
Referred to as the mini Tirumala, the Birla Mandir is a pure white marble temple, dedicated to Lord
Venkateshwara. Built on the Kala Pahad, overlooking the Hussainsagar Lake and visible from miles around,
the temple seems to be a projection of heaven.
Hussainsagar Lake : Set in-between the twin-cities, with one of the world's tallest monolithic statues of Buddha in the middle, the Hussainsagar is a picturesque man-made lake. Created by Hussain Shah Wali, during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah in 1562, the lake has facilities for speed boats, a huge 48 seated launch with starlit onboard dining and provision for private parties.
For those who like the desert experience, Dhola-ri-Dhani is the right place that offers a rustic and
ethnic charm of a typical Rajasthani Village. The thrills of the desert include sumptuous dining, camel
rides, puppet shows, folk dances, etc. Entertainment programmes in an amphitheatre, conferencing
facilities, a lake for boating, a swimming pool and over night staying facilities are available here. This
theme resort is located at Kompally on the Medchal road just outside Secunderabad.
Imax : South India's first family entertainment destination, PRASAD is home to the world's largest movie screen - IMAX. With a range of entertainment options present here, the place is a must visit for every fun lover. Located close to several gardens and the beautiful Hussain Sagar Lake, PRASADS with its five mini theatres, a giant screen, food courts, retail outlets and a gaming zone will keep you engaged for hours together. Ways to enjoy are so many that you will certainly make a second trip here if not more.
Ramoji Film City :
Welcome to the awe-inspiring world of celluloid fantasies that exposes you to different environments and
sets used for film making. This is the world's largest integrated film studio complex and one of Asia's
most popular tourism and recreation centers. Spread over 1666 acres, it has hotels, restaurants, and guest
rooms to accommodate artistes, technicians and visitors. One can be a part of the well organized package
tours that take you all over the premises.
Chilkur Balaji Temple : Located in Chilukur, about 33 kms from Mehdipatnam, Hyderabad this temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. Also known as 'Visa' Balaji due to the popular belief that He grants a visa to those who wish to go to the USA. This famous temple is the only shrine in India, that does not allow or accept cash donations from the devotees.