The Old City of Hyderabad is one of India's most evocative ancient quarters. Exploring the lanes of this district, with its chai shops and spice merchants, you'll encounter a teeming urban masala of colour and commerce. You will find some of Islamic India's most impressive architecture, in varying states of repair. On the west side of the city you will find glittery malls, multiplexes, clubs, pubs and sleek restaurants. Hyderabad is a city well worth to visit!
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The monumental fort built in the 16th century is the cities most impressive sight. The massive gates are studded with iron spikes to obstruct war elephants. Inside the citadel gate, an anticlockwise circuit leads through gardens and up past mostly minor buildings to the top of the hill, where you'll find the functioning Hindu Jagadamba Mahakali Temple and the three-storey durbar hall, with fine panoramas. When you descend to the old palace buildings in the southeastern part of the fort you will pass the elegant three-arched Taramati Mosque.
The principal landmark and the city symbol was built by Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 to commemorate the founding of Hyderabad and the end of epidemics caused by Golcondaâ€™s water shortage. Each of the cardinal point has minarets atop each column. From the first floor you will have a view of the district and from the second floor you can see Hyderabadâ€™s oldest mosque, and the upper columns. The structure is illuminated from 7pm to 9pm.
3.QUTB SHANI TOMBS
Located about 2km northwest of Golconda Fort, these 21 magnificent domed granite tombs, with almost as many mosques, sit serenely in landscaped gardens, where many of their occupants spent large parts of their lives. Seven of the eight Qutb Shahi rulers and there families, a few physicians courtesans and a few favoutires were buried here. Near the entrance an exhibition provides helpful explanatory information. The tombs' great domes are mounted on cubical bases, many of which have beautiful colonnades and delicate lime stucco ornamentation.
The 18th and 19th century palace compound consists of the main residence and several grandiose buildings and four garden courtyards. In the Khilwat Mubarak many ceremonies was held under 19 enormous chandeliers of Belgian crystal. Its side rooms today house historical exhibits, arts and crafts and exhibits of nizams' personal possessions. You can find a collection of carriages and vintage cars including a 1911 yellow Rolls-Royce and 1937 Buick convertible in the southernmost courtyard.
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As one of the cities oldest buildings, the building was begun in 1617 by the cities founder, Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah. Today the mosque is one of the worldâ€™s largest, with 10,000 men praying here at major Muslim festivals. Several bricks embedded above the prayer hall's central arch are made with soil from Mecca. An enclosure alongside the courtyard contains the tombs of several Hyderabad nizams. Neither female or male tourists are allowed inside the main prayer hall. Female tourists, even with headscarves, may not even be allowed into the vast courtyard if their clothing is judged too skimpy or tight.
7.SALAR JUNG MUSEUM
Mir Yousuf Ali Khan (Salar Jung III) who was briefly grand vizier to the seventh nizam was honoured by naming the collection after him. Exhibits in the 39 galleries include early South Indian bronzes and wood and stone sculptures, Indian miniature paintings, European fine art, historic manuscripts, a room of jade and the remarkable Veiled Rebecca by 19th century Italian sculptor Benzoni.
8.BM BIRLA SCIENCE MUSEUM
The museum is one of the popular tourist attractions in the city which has been captivating not just younger ones but also adults. The museum has various sections, each section presenting an amazing set of exhibits, each dedicated to a specialised field. These are Interactive Science Section, Archaeology and Dolls Museum, Nobel Gallery, Antarctica Diorama, NRSA, Dvaraka Diorama, Dinosaurium, Planetarium, Cultural Research Institute, Electronics and Art Galleries. There is ample of parking facility as well.
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Trains run on elevated tracks above Hyderabad's streets, with 66 stations on three lines. Other ways to get around is by autorickshaw, car or taxi.
The best time to visit in Hyderabad is between October and February: While the climate is quite pleasant in the month of October, you may find some of the days cloudy.