16-26 July 2001
Places to be seen:
A proud sentinel in the
heart of the Old City, this magnificent monument built by Quli Qutub
Shah is the unique symbol of Hyderabad. It was built in 1591 by Quli
Qutab Shah to commemorate the end of the plague that had ravaged
Hyderabad. The four graceful minarets from which 'Charminar' derives
its name, literally meaning 'Four Minars' soar to a height of 48.7 mt
above the ground.
Husain Sagar lake is a vast
stretch of water separating the twin cities of Hyderabad and
Secunderabad. It was built by Qutub Shah c.1591 A.D.enlarging a small
old prehistoric/chalukya dynasty stone dam across a valley of sorts
through which a seasonal rivulet ran. A beautiful sheet of water is
thus formed. In dry Hyderabad, this makes the surrroundings cool even
in summer. The lake was named Husain Sagar, or lake of Husain after a
holy man of the 16th century. Right in the middle of the lake a
gigantic stone Buddha statue stands in benediction. It is said to be
the second biggest free standing rock cut statue in the world, being 18
meters high and weighing 350 tonnes.
This is the third largest
museum in India and is counted among the best museums in the world. The
artifacts are kept in 36 huge halls; they were collected by Mir Yusaf
Ali Khan or Salar Jung III, the prime minister of the Nizam of
Hyderabad. Earlier the museum was in the palace of Salar Jung but later
it was shifted here. The collection includes items from all over the
world and has more than 35,000 artifacts stored here. In the courtyard
of the museum, is a clock and an old man is believed to rush in every
hour and strike the alarm and rush back to his hut. Besides the Nizams'
collection, this museum also has clothes and articles used by the
Mughal emperors and some by Tipu Sultan as well.
The world's largest film
city offers 1500 acres of lush green landscape.
Gandipet is 20 km's from the city.
This 29 sq. km's reservoir was formed by damming the water of the river
Musi. Hyderabad receives some of its water supply from this lake. A
popular picnic spot and weekend retreat with Guest house facilities.
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