Hyderabad Tourism Places
40+ Incredible Tourist Places to visit in Hyderabad
A city of Pearl, the largest city and capital of Indian state of Telangana. (Former Capital of Andhra Pradesh). Hyderabad is attracting everyone because of his History and modernity. Hyderabad monuments are famous world-wide.
It is also famous as a city of Nizam’s. When we talk about Nizam’s, by default Hyderabad mouth watering cuisine comes into picture which is again world famous.
Hyderabad is situated in the Southern part of Telangana in South Eastern India, along the banks of the Musi River, located on the Deccan Plateau in the Northern part of South India. Greater Hyderabad covers 625 km2 (241 sq mi), making it one of the largest metropolitan areas in India.
A major center for the technology industry, it’s home to many upscale restaurants and shops. Its historic sites include Golconda Fort, a former diamond-trading center that was once the Qutb Shahi dynastic capital. The Charminar, a 16th-century mosque whose 4 arches support towering minarets, is an old city landmark near the long-standing Laad Bazaar.
With an average altitude of 542 metres (1,778 ft), much of Hyderabad is situated on hilly terrain around artificial lakes, including the Hussain Sagar lake, predating the city’s founding, in the north of the city centre.
How the Jewel or Nizam city name as Hyderabad?
The name Hyderabad means “Haydar’s city” or “lion city”, from haydar ‘lion’ and ābād ‘city’, after Caliph Ali Ibn Abi Talib, also known as Haydar because of his lion-like valour in battle. The city was originally called Baghnagar ‘city of gardens’ and later acquired the name Hyderabad.
Referred to be as “Hyderabadi“, the residents of Hyderabad are predominantly Telugu and Urdu speaking people, with minority Bengali, Sindhi, Kannada, Memon, Nawayathi, Malayalam, Marathi,Gujarati, Marwari, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil and Uttar Pradeshi communities. Hyderabadi Muslims are a unique community who owe much of their history, language, cuisine, and culture to Hyderabad.
Once you landed into Hyderabad, you will have a different feel looking the mix of traditional and modern culture with a Hi-Tech Hyderabadi touch.
Overall Hyderabad is divided as Old City- the historic city established by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah on the southern side of the Musi River and the New city which is completely modernised and surrounded the metro-politan area on the northern banks.
Let’s talk about the places to visit- Hyderabad Tourism Places
One of the most popular and favorable place of Tourists in Hyderabad which no one will miss while visiting Hyderabad. The Historical attraction all over the world.
Charminar of Hyderabad (India) is located at Old city and a very well known monument. The Charminar is contructed in year 1591 and is famous as a monument and mosque. It symbolizes Hyderabad and is listed as most accustomed structure of India.
Charminar is square shaped with a height of 56 m and and Breadth of 30 m. As it named 4 minarets (Meenaron) having 4 towers in each corner with a height of 48.7 m each one with 4 storeys. Charminar is famous for both historically and religiously and is also known for its popular and busy local markets surrounding the structure called Laad Bazaar and has become one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Hyderabad. Charminar is also a site of numerous festival celebrations, such as Eid-ul-adha and Eid al-Fitr.
Chaminar has a small mosque on the top floor with 45 prayer spaces where people are visting regularly especially on Fridays. It’s a glamorous place with lot of Lighting in the evening which makes this place a worth watching site.
Timings and Entry fees related to Charminar
- Timings: The Charminar timings are from 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM. It is open to visitors on all days of the week. Although, one can visit this marvelous piece of architecture throughout the year, the best time to visit Charminar is from the months of October to March as the weather is pleasant for sightseeing.
- Entry Fees: The entry fee for charminar is minimal for Indian visitors, i.e. Rs. 5 per Indian tourist while for tourists belonging to other countries, the Charminar entry fee is Rs. 100 per person.
History of Charminar
The fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, built the Charminar in 1591 after shifting his capital from Golkonda to the newly formed city of Hyderabad. It tooks 2 years in completion of this monument.
There are various theories regarding the purpose for which Charminar was constructed. However, it is widely accepted that Charminar was built at the centre of the city, to commemorate the eradication of cholera”, a deadly disease which was wide spread at that time.
According to a French traveller Jean de Thévenot, of the 17th century whose narration was complemented that the Charminar was constructed in year 1591, to compliment the beginning of the second Islamic millennium year (1000 AH). The event was celebrated far and wide in the Islamic world, thus Qutb Shah founded the city of Hyderabad to celebrate the event and commemorate it with the construction of this building.
Work on the Charminar started in 1589 and it took two years to complete at a cost of Rs 9 lakh. In terms of the currency of those times, it cost 2 lakh Huns (gold coin), with the value of one Hun Rs 4.50
Structure of Charminar
Charminar is a square-shaped structure built out of granite and lime mortar and pulverized marble, weighing approximately 14,000 tones apiece. The monument predominantly has an Islamic-style design, but influences of Hindu architecture can also be seen in its ornamentation. It is surrounded by four minarets with a height of 48.7 m on every corner . It is believed that the four minarets are symbolic of Islam’s first four Khalifas. Each minaret is four stories tall and the floors are divided by beautifully carved rings around it. The mosque is located on the top floor, and visitors can enjoy a short climb of the 149 steps to get there.
A mosque is located at the western end of the open roof. The remaining section of the roof served as a royal court during the Qutb Shahi times. The actual mosque occupies the top floor of the four-storey structure. A vault which appears from inside like a dome supports two galleries within the Charminar, one over another. Above those is a terrace that serves as a roof that is bordered with a stone balcony. The main gallery has 45 covered prayer spaces with a large open space in front to accommodate more people for Friday prayers.
The area surrounding Charminar are:
- Makkash Masjid– Makkah Masjid or Mecca Masjid, is a congregational mosque in Hyderabad, India. It is one of the largest mosques in India with a capacity of 20,000. It was Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah who commissioned the construction of the Mecca Masjid. It is believed that Qutb Shah asked for soil to be brought from the Islamic holy site, Mecca, which was used to make bricks that then formed the central arch of the mosque, thereby giving the structure its name.
- Laad Bazaar– Laad Bazaar or Choodi Bazaar is a very old market popular for bangles located in Hyderabad, India. It is located on one of the four main roads that branch out from the historic Charminar. Laad meaning lacquer is used to make bangles, on which artificial diamonds are studded.
How to reach Charminar
You can reach Charminar by RTC buses, Cab, Auto. Below is the map of Charminar.
The structure truly lives up to its name―Charminar.
- A mathmatical reason behind 4 Towers or arches which finds 4 at different places within Charminar.
- There are four arches.
- Small arches on each side of the main arch are also four.
- Each minarets is then again divided into four parts.
- The number of galleries found at different level is four
- The number of arches, which are built in four directions
- To enter the monument is also four.
- And majorly, Mohd. Quli Shah, who built this monument, was the fourth Qutb Shahi king.
2. As per information reveals by legends, there is an underground tunnel built to connect with Golconda Fort, which was the former capital of Quli Qutb Shah to Charminar. It is believed that the king built the tunnel as an escape route in case of any siege. The location of the tunnel is still a mystery.
3. The monument was built to celebrate the end of plague epidemic in Hyderabad during the late 16th century. It is believed that the city of Hyderabad was built on a miracle, and that Quli Qutub Shah built this structure to mark the end of plague debacle.
4. Charminar was the very first multi-storey building built in Hyderabad.
5. Mecca Masjid and Bhagyalakshmi Temple create a symbol of religious and cultural harmony in the city. It shows how different religions coexist peacefully in 1 place.
6. Charminar is 450 years old monument which makes Charminar as one of the oldest monuments in India.
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