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How to Spend Holidays in Hyderabad - A Historical City in India

Updated on January 9, 2020
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The author hails from South Indian village, situated in the South-West coastal region. He is into farm science and agriculture.

Historic city

It is a historic city since it is famous for many monuments, bazaars, temples and mosques. In 1956 Hyderabad became the capital of Andra Pradesh In the year 2014 Telangana state was carved out of Andra Pradesh and Hyderabad became the capital of Telangana.

Charminar - the four pillars as a centre of attraction in Hyderabad
Charminar - the four pillars as a centre of attraction in Hyderabad

Charminar

It was constructed in 15th century by the fifth ruler of Qutb Shahi dynasty, Muhammad Quli Qutb. It is the landmark or the centrepiece as it is almost situated in the middle of the city. Charminar means "four pillars" as its name says 'char' means four and 'Minar' means pillar in Urdu. This structure is of 48.7m height. There is a mosque near Charminar called the Makka Masjid. Being both Historical and religious this place is also known for the bazaars surrounding the monument. There are pearl and diamond shops nearby, and it has become one of the most known tourist attractions in Hyderabad. The famous Hyderabad pearls can be bought from the shops near Charminar. There are more than 14000 shops near Charminar. It is also a site of numerous festival celebrations. This monument is built in an Indo-Islamic architecture style incorporating Persian architectural elements. It has a square structure. There are four magnificent arches in the monument and it is known as Char Kaman. This monument is included in the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. This place can be reached easily by taking an auto or bus from any part of the city.

Other places of Attraction

Buddha statue of Hyderabad

This statue is the world's tallest monolith of the Lord Buddha. It is 18 meters in height. It is made up of white marble. This statue is situated in the middle of the Hussain Sagar. This statue was installed on 1 December 1992. There is a park called the Lumbini Park built in the year 1992, boating service is given from the park to the statue. There is a multimedia fountain show or laser show in this park. This laser show will be held daily at 7:15 pm and 7:15 pm and 8:30 pm during the weekends. This park is near Assembly Hyderabad metro station.

Buddha statue in the middle of the Hussain Sagar
Buddha statue in the middle of the Hussain Sagar

Birla Mandir

It is a temple built at 85m height on top of the Naubath Pahad. This temple was constructed by Birla Foundation. It is constructed using 2000 tons of pure white marble. This temple is built such that its atmosphere is suitable for meditation. This temple has separate shrines for various gods and goddess including Venkateshwara, Shiva, Shakti, Ganesha, Hanuman, Bramham, Lakshmi, and Saibaba. This place can be easily reached by Metro or TRCTC buses.

Birla Mandir is a famous Hindu Temple of white marbles
Birla Mandir is a famous Hindu Temple of white marbles

Chowmahalla Palace

It is the Palace of nizams of Hyderabad. This palace was built by Nizam Salabat Jung. The southern part of the palace is the oldest and it has four palaces, Afzal Mahal, Aftab Mahal, Mahtab Mahal and Tahniyat Mahal. The northern side has a long corridor, which has many rooms. The Khilwat Mubarak is the heart of Chowmahalla. It was the seat of Asaf Jahi dynasty. The Durbar Hall or Khilwat has a platform made of pure marbles where the royal seat was placed. There are 19 beautiful chandeliers made of Belgian crystals which gives a royal look to the Durbar. Khilwat clock is the clock tower above the main gate. In the year 2005, the Palace was opened for public by Nizam Barkat Ali Khan Mukarram Jah. Apart from the beautiful palace it also has a collection of vintage cars like Rolls Royce used by the Nizams.

Chowmahalla palace
Chowmahalla palace
Durbar Hall of the palace
Durbar Hall of the palace

Golconda Fort

Golconda means Round Hill which was originally known as Mankal. It was built in the late 13th century by the Kakatiyas. It was a mud fort and later it was rebuilt. It flourished as a trading centre due to the Kollur diamond mine. These large diamonds are called as the Golconda diamonds.

This fort has four distinct forts, four drawbridges, eight gateways and many temples, mosques, stables, etc. There are secret tunnels and escape routes in the fort from one of the Durbar Hall to the bottom of the hill. There is a 402-year-old tree inside the fort which has a cave in between its branches. This place can be easily reached by the Metro.

Aerial photo of Golconda Fort
Aerial photo of Golconda Fort
Shopping for bangles near Charminar
Shopping for bangles near Charminar

Nanotechnology Research in Hyderabad

International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI) was established in the year 1997. The campus of the organization is 97 acres extent. It is an Autonomous Research and Development Centre of the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The thrust areas of research mainly related to the following:
Surface Engineering: Engineering coatings, laser surface treatment and sol-gel nanocomposite coatings.
Nanomaterials: Nanostructured materials, carbon nanomaterials and nanocomposite coatings.
Ceramics: Oxide ceramics and non-oxide ceramics
Laser Processing: Laser processing of materials
Automotive Energy: Automotive Energy Materials

Other than these, the industry gives facility for synthesis and fabrication, processing, finishing and characterization of nano-materials.

Developmental hub of South India

Hyderabad is also well known for its antiques and cultures on one hand at the same time it is also a place of development related to agriculture, industry, fabrics, food processing and business.

There are various research institutes of the Government of India as well as the Government of Telangana. It is also an information technology hub, both for computer hardware and software. Many multinational IT companies are having their offices and facilities for serving India from here.

Cinema and digital visual technology are well-nourished in Hyderabad. Ramoji Film City is the Disney Land of South India, where many films were created. Total entertainment for the public is also available here.

Pearls are another attraction for tourists here. Various pearl ornaments are available at a cheaper price affordable for the common man. The twin cities of Hyderabad-Secunderabad are well known for cotton as well as pearls.

Hyderabad city map

Many things in a single place

Because of the good climate during most parts of the year except hot summer, Hyderabad has a good climate for tourists. It is well connected to Delhi and Mumbai as well as many parts of the world through Air Travel. The city is well connected with Bangalore and Chennai through train services and road services.

It is a place which one should dd this bucket list. A visit for holidaying would be enriching to see the heritages and research and development. It is a single place in India to satisfy the foreign tourists to India, where you can see the socio-cultural integration, culturally plural, yet united to uphold Indian tradition.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Halemane Muralikrishna

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    • hmkrishna profile imageAUTHOR

      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      19 hours ago from South India

      Thank you very much, Mr Akash and Mr MG Singh for reading and appreciating. I am overwhelmed by your comments after reading.

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      AndazeAkash 

      24 hours ago

      An amazing one. This will remind the old days to someone and someone will feel the virtual tour in it.

      beautifully written.

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      MG Singh 

      25 hours ago from Singapore

      I have been to Hyderabad so many times. Your article brought old memories back.

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      31 hours ago from South India

      Thank you Ms Meenal for your appreciation of my article.

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      Meenal 

      46 hours ago from Singapore

      Reminded me of my days in Hyderabad.

      Nicely Written

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      Rochelle Ann De Zoysa 

      6 weeks ago from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

      This is good to know :) Hope I could visit Hyderabad one day :) Interesting journey with you through this article :)

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      7 weeks ago from South India

      Thank you very much, Mr Nikhil, for spending some time to go through my article and appreciating.

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      Niks 

      7 weeks ago from India

      A wonderful guide for visiting Hyderabad. Lovely Images. I have been to Ramoji film city and Charminar. I m looking to visit the other destinations too. Thanks for recalling my tour of Hyderabad and making me want to visit it again.

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      8 weeks ago from South India

      Thank you, Mr Vikram, for spending your valuable time, spending on my article and offering your views.

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      Vikram Brahma 

      8 weeks ago from Assam, India

      As per me, Hyderabad is one of the best city in India to live and grow.

      Thank you for sharing such a valuable article related to Hyderabad city. Hyderabad is one of my favourite city.

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      2 months ago from South India

      Thank you, Mr Nitin, for taking your valuable time to read my article. Your appreciations encourage the writers to contribute more online.

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      Nitin Khaire 

      2 months ago from Mumbai

      A well-written article. I learned some new things about Hyderabad.

      The images are nice and help me to get the feeling that I am there in person.

      Thanks for providing a lot of information in one article.

    • hmkrishna profile imageAUTHOR

      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      2 months ago from South India

      Thank you very much Ms Suchismita for spending your valuable time to read my article. I think it may be very easy for you by an overnight train journey from Odisha to Hyderabad. Wish you a happy time there.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      2 months ago from India

      Hyderabad is already there in my bucket list.I want to see the charminar and Ramoji filmcity.you have mentioned other beautiful places in your list.A well illustrated article of the city.Thank you for sharing .

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      2 months ago from South India

      Thank you Mr Jnanesh first for reading my article and then for liking and commenting on it. You can certainly visit Hyderabad, but avoid May-June months, as it is hot summer there.

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      Jnanesh Sharma H 

      2 months ago from South India

      Hyderabad, A beautiful city, even though I didn't know it I am sure the way you explained it. I have always wondered if I go there where to go but now I'm sure I'll go to Charminar the four-pillared building first. Thank you

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      Sumit Chakrabarti 

      2 months ago from Kolkata

      A really nice write-up Murali sir! Perfect portrayal of the historic city of Hyderabad, also known as the "City of Pearl." Though I do not know if it is because of the availability of quality pearls or it is a decorative name. So far, my knowledge about Hyderabad was limited to Char Minar and Hyderabadi Biryani. This article has explored several other significant hotspots in this city and illustrated the cultural and lifestyle aspects really well. A handy guide for any traveler, who wishes to visit this city. Well done sir!

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      2 months ago from South India

      Thank you, Mr Naveena Krishna, for going through my article by spending your valuable time on it.

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      Naveena krishna 

      2 months ago

      A nice article on pearl City Hyderbad. It is famous for pearl.

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      2 months ago from South India

      Thank you Mr Sushanth for sparing time to go through my article.

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      Sushanth 

      2 months ago

      Nice article.very informative

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      Prantika Samanta 

      2 months ago from Kolkata, India

      This is a wonderful article on Hyderabad. I have been to Hyderabad long ago but only for few hours. Hyderabad is beautiful and is historically significant. When I think about Hyderabad, the first thing that comes in my mind is the Lord Buddha statue in Hussain Sagar. Hyderabad is definitely in my 2020 wish list and I would visit all the places that you have mentioned here. The Bangle market and pearls in Hyderabad are famous and I would wish to have some of them in my jewelry collection. Hyderabadi Biriyani is also in my list.

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