|Date: 16-26 July
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.
Salar Jung Museum
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.
Ramoji Film City
The world's largest film
city offers 1500 acres of lush green landscape.
Gondi Pet (DAM)
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.
Cyberabad ( High
Tech City): Chandra Babu's