The Twin Cities of Hyderabad-Secunderabad
offer an enriching experience to the visitor. The city is a
fine blend of nostalgia for the past and excitement for the
future. Visitors to the Twin Cities can partake of not only
its rich heritage but also its vibrant city life. This is an
ideal destination for the discerning traveller.
Hyderabad is the ideal
starting point to begin a tour of South India. The museums,
temples, lakes, gardens, culture and crafts of South India
wait to be discovered by you, as you arrive in Hyderabad.
There are many other important places to see and visit in and around
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Hyderabad Other Tourist Attractions:
1) AP State Museum:
A visit to the
Andhra Pradesh State Museum is a delight for art lovers.
Located in the picturesque Public Gardens, the museum boasts
of one of the richest repositories of antiques and art objects
in the country. Built in 1928 by the Nizam VII, the museum
building itself is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic
architecture. The museum contairns a Buddhist gallery,
Bahmanical & Jain gallery, Bronze gallery, Arms &
Armour gallery, Numismatics gallery, Ajanta gallery and more.
Adjacent to the State Museum is the Contemporary Art
Timings: 10:30am to 5pm Close: Fridays
2) Aalankrita-the Ethnic Gateway:
Spread over an
area of 10 acres, Aalankrita blends the convenience of a
5-star resort, the ambience of a heritage site and the
ethnicity of the times gone by. Located about 19 Km from
Secunderabad on Karimnagar road, the facilities here include
an air-conditioned Conference hall, Well side Restaurant, a
pyramid shaped Meditation Centre, a covered swimming pool for
day and night use, a sunken dancing floor, air-conditioned
cottages, an antique shop, exhibition hall, walkways and a
sprawling open air theatre that can accommodate about 3000
people. Thumkunta Village, Karimnagar Main Road, Shamerpet
3) Asman Garh Palace:
The palace was
designed and built by Sir Osman Jah, a noble belonging to the
Paigah family and one time Prime Minister of Hyderabad State.
The granite turrets and arched windows of Asman Garh stand
atop a hill some distance ahead of the Hyderabad TV tower. The
palace now houses an archaeological museum.
Botanical Gardens: The first
Botanical Gardens in Andhra Pradesh, spread over 120 acres,
when completed will have 19 sections (Vanams). Already open to
public is the first phase, with the completion of 5 sections.
The sections include medicinal plants, timber trees, fruit
trees, ornamental plants, aquatic plants, bamboos and so on.
The Park has been designed to have large water bodies, rolling
meadows, natural forests, rich grasslands and exquisite rock
formations - all providing visitors an unforgettable
5) Secret Lake: The 'Secret Lake' is situated close
to Shilparamam Crafts Village and Hitec City, behind Jubilee
Hills. AP Tourism organizes boating in the lake. Angling
facility is available @Rs.100/- for 5 hours with a limit of 3
catch. Children Rs.15/ Rs.15/ Per Head Mechanized Boat Rs. 25/
Pedal Boat (per head) Rs. 20/Water Scooter (per trip) Rs.50/
Shikars (20 min per trip) Rs.25/Putty (20 min per trip) Rs.25/
For details contact Ph: 23323330 / 23327899
6) Legislative Assembly: Built in 1913,
the building was originally the Hyderabad State Town hall. The
architecture is a synthesis of Rajasthani and Persian styles,
with an all white, aesthetic look. Located adjoining the
picturesque Public Gardens, a massive statue of Mahatma Gandhi
in a sitting posture is erected at the entrance park to the
7) Nehru Zoological Park:
lush green acres, the Nehru Zoological Park is a must for
nature lovers. The biggest Zoo in India, it has over 250
species of animals and birds, most of which are kept in
conditions as close to their natural habitats as possible.
This is the first zoo to create moated enclosures for animals.
The Lion Safari Park, Natural History Museum and Children's
Train are the added attractions.
8) Paigah Tombs: There are many tombs of several generations of the Paigah
nobles including Asman Jah, Viqar-ul-Umara and Shams-ul-Umara.
The tombs are magnificent structures, decorated in stuccowork,
and represent the Asaf Jahi and Rajasthani styles. The
geometrical designs in the Paigah Tombs are unique and
perforated with screens. This style is unique to the Paigah
tombs and is not found elsewhere in the world.
It is an arts and crafts village showcasing various art
forms and handicrafts of various artists from all over the
State. Shilparamam plays host to myrid traditions of arts and
crafts of the country. The annual All-India Festival of Arts
and Crafts held here in February brings to the limelight the
cultural and artistic traditions from every nook and corner of
the country and is a unique opportunity to take home a piece
10 ) Birla Mandir: Overlooking
the Tank Bund, the Birla Mandir presents an arresting sight
when illuminated in the evening. This magnificent structure
built entirely out of marble from Rajasthan, stands atop the
Kala Pahad, the twin hillock of the Naubat Pahad. Built by
Birla Foundation over a span of ten years, the main temple is
dedicated to Lord Venkatehwara. The Birla Mandir presents a
colourful spectacular sight when illuminated at night. A trip
to Hyderabad remains incomplete without a visit to the
enchanting Birla Mandir.
11) Nizam's Museum:
Located in the stately Purani Haveli, the palace acquired
around the year 1750 by the second Nizam is now converted into
a museum with a fascinating collection. The museum showcases
the gifts and mementos presented to the last Nizam on the
occasion of the silver jubilee celebrations in 1936. A 1930
Rolls Royce, Packard and a Mark V Jaguar are among the vintage
cars displayed. There is an interesting collection of models
made in silver of all the prominent buildings of the city and
citations in Urdu about H.E.H. Mir Osman Ali Khan, gold
burnished wooden throne used for the silver jubilee
celebrations, gold tiffin box inlaid with diamonds, gold model
of Jubilee Pavilion, silver coffee cups studded with diamonds
and silver filigree elephant with mahout are some of the
notable items on display. The Nizam's Museum is open between
10.00 am and 5.00 pm on all days except Fridays. 2 Km from
Charminar and 1 km from Salar Jung museum.
Tomb: It is situated in Malakpet near Osmanagar Palace, on
the top of a small hill rising to a height of 100 feet from
the ground. A gallant French General, Raymond was known as
Michel Joachin Marie Raymond. He was employed by the Nizam to
completely reorganise his armed forces. He was born in France
on 25th September, 1755 AD but died at Hyderabad on March 25,
1798 AD at the young age of 43.
Harina Vanasthali National Park: The park is
located at Vanasthalipuram, at a distance of 20 km from the
city and originally the area was under the Nizam. The park was
established in 1977. The flora is of dry scrub jungle
with grass lands. Major plant species found here are Neem,
Butea (Flame of the forest), Acacias, Bauhinias etc. apart
from a variety of thorny scrub species. The park is famous for
the endangered Black Buck, the state animal of Andhra Pradesh.
Tourist facilities There are sheds for rest and observation
towers for viewing the animals. A van is provided to take the
visitors inside the park to see the animals from close
From 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. daily except Mondays.
14) Osmania University: Established
in 1918, it is one of the oldest universities in India. Named
after Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan, the university buildings are
splendid, especially the Arts College building which is a
perfect example of Indo-Saracenic architecture.
||15 ) Gandipet: Osmansagar, better
known as Gandipet, on the outskirts of Hyderabad is an
excellent picnic spot. Osmansagar is one of the two lakes on
the city's periphery that supplies drinking water to the great
metropolis. The lake is a reservoir created by a dam across
the Isa, a tributary of the River Musi.
Abutting the lake and the bund are lush gardens that provide
the ideal ambience for an outing. Overlooking the lake is the
heritage building, Sagar Mahal, built as a resort by the Nizam
of Hyderabad and converted now into a lake resort managed by
16) NTR Gardens: A
leisure and entertainment centre adjoining the Hussainsagar
lake, the NTR Gardens house a memorial (Samadhi) of Late N.T.
Rama Rao, one of the most charismatic Chief Ministers of
Andhra Pradesh. The sprawling NTR Gardens, set up in an area
of 36 acres, offer a serene atmosphere and yet provide
recreation facilities such as a Machan tree, Japanese Garden,
Car Cafe, Souvenir shops, Fruit Restaurant and Children's
Playing area. A monorail system takes the visitors around the
Brahmanda Reddy National Park: A nature park
situated near Jubilee Hills, this park is ,mainly used by
Joggers and Walkers from the nearby elite residential houses.
It has now become a joggers paradise and its ambiance is seen
to be believed. The park spread over an area of 350 acres of
natural forest has more than 500 plant species,130 bird
species,20 mammal species,20 reptile species and a large
number of invertebrates.