Hussain Sagar Lake At Night
Shining Through The Ages
Hyderabad is not only important because it is the capital of Andhra Pradesh, but also because of its attractions. It has many of the most visited tourist places that make it a must visit by tourism perspective. The most important are Ramoji Film City, Charminar, and Golconda Fort.
Major Attractions in Hyderabad
|Salar Jung Museum|
Built in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah to commemorate the eradication of plague, Charminar now is a landmark in Hyderabad. The building got its name from the four minarets that are present on the edges. The minarets are incorporated into the main structure giving it a unique look. Each side of Charminar is 20m high whereas all four minarets are 48.7 m high. Charminar is built with granite and lime mortar. On top of Charminar there is a large hall with 45 covered prayer spaces and huge empty space for more people for Friday prayers. It is most glorious to look at during nights when it is completely illuminated.
Just 11 Km away from Hyderabad City is the famous Golconda Fort, one of the grandest forts in India. The magnificent fort was built in 13th century by Kakatiyas. Earlier it was just a small mud fort, but in 16th and 17th century, the first three Qutab Shahi kings expanded the fort and reconstructed it into a massive granite fort covering an area of around 5 Km. Qutab Shahi rule ended in 1687 when Mughal ruler Aurangzeb captured it. The war almost completely destroyed the fort turned it into ruins. Golconda today has 4 distinct forts and has 10 Km long outer wall. It has around 87 circular bastions with some still having cannons mounted on them. There are eight gateways and four drawbridges on the outer side. Inside the premises there are number of temples, mosques, royal apartments and stables. The fort can be entered by 'Fateh Darwaza' which in itself is an attraction due to its acoustics feature. It is said that a clap inside the gate can be heard even a Km away.
Salar Jung Museum
Salar Jung Museum is a great treasure of art and history. It is the world's largest collection of a single man. It displays the collection of the Salar Jung Family. Salar Jung Museum houses more than 40,000 articles including books, swords, statues and porcelain items from around the world. The main attractions of the museum are the statue of Veiled Rebecca which is a white marble statue and a 100 year old statue. The Islamic art forms that have been collected form all over Asia consists of illuminated Korans, jeweled swords and daggers and Persian carpets. The collection of European paintings and sculptures is also quite impressive.
Other Attractions of the City
Mecca Masjid is one the oldest and biggest Masjids in India. Started in the year 1617 by Muhammed Quli Qutb Shah, the construction of the Mecca Masjid was completed under the command of Aurangzeb in year 1694. The main hall of the mosque is 75 feet high, 220 feet wide and 180 feet long. There are two octagonal columns on both sides of the hall which are carved out of a single granite rock which is said to have taken 5 years to chisel. The main hall could accommodate nearly ten thousand devotees at a time. There is a pond inside the premises which has slab seats. It is said that, whoever sits on it, comes back to Hyderabad. It is also among the most sacred mosques in India as it houses many sacred relics, including hair of Prophet Muhammed.
Ramoji Film City
Exploring the Ramoji Film City will probably be the best moments you will have in Hyderabad. Ramoji Film City is the largest Film studio in the world. Covering an area of more than 2000 acres, it situated on the outskirts of Hyderabad, 25 Km away from the city clutter. With more than 500 set locations, around 20 international films and forty Indian movies can be shoot simultaneously inside the complex. Millions of tourists visit the studio every year. There is a special coach that is run inside the premises taking guests and tourists for a tour.
Hussain Sagar Lake
Many consider Hussain Sagar Lake to be the bridge between the old and new. The lake geographically lies between the twin cities Hyderabad and Secunderabad. In fact, Hussain Sagar Lake demarcates Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The lake is a man made lake built by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali on a tributary of River Musi in year 1562. The main purpose of constructing the lake was to provide the city with clean water for irrigation needs. It is now famously called as Tank Bund. The main attraction of the lake is the huge monolith statue of Lord Buddha in Statue in the middle of the lake. Situated between the two important administrative places, Hussain Sagar Lake itself has become an administrative center. The lake is surrounded by number of temples, statuary, entertainment sites and parks. All this glitter and happening has increased the charm and allure manyfolds. Being in the heart of the city, it is not at all difficult to reach the lake.
When there are so many attractions to be explored, one cannot afford to stay just for short while. Not only is the number of places to see huge, each and every destination is unbelievably beautiful that will keep you engrossed for hours. So when you are visiting Hyderabad, make sure that you keep ample of time in your hand. And don't worry if your schedule goes all haywire in Hyderabad, it is a common happening with most tourists.
|Hyderabad - Home To Splendid Charminar - By S.M Atiqul Mobin|
The next day we went to see Charminar. It is marvellous and It's awesome. The Mecca Masjid just beside....