Being one of the top metropolitan cities in Southern India, and the capital of Telangana state, Hyderabad is home to many kinds of cultures.
Why Hyderabad is called the City of Pearl?
Hyderabad swears by its unique pearls sold around the world. One particular village named Chandanpet is completely into the business of pearls and drilling of pearls. Engaged in the pearls business and supplying pearls to global countries, Hyderabad got the name ‘City of Pearls’. It is renowned for many precious diamonds like ‘Kohinoor’, Hyderabad used to sell diamonds in piles on the streets. Having richness derived from its Mughal history, several Islamic sites can be seen in the city.
Founded by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, in 1591, Hyderabad is prominent in historical context as well as in modern technology. Yes, Hyderabad has numerous historical tourist places and various IT hubs to help support the economy. Add this city to your itinerary and explore the City of Nizams.
Exploring Hyderabad city
Hyderabad boasts some amazing historical places like;
Golconda Fort: Once the capital city of the Qutub Shahi dynasty, Golconda is a popular tourist attraction in Hyderabad, the city of pearls. The fort is a witness of historical events from the Kakatiya dynasty to the end of the Qutub Shahi dynasty when the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb conquered it. Golconda Fort is known for its marvelous engineering work; clapping at the dome entrance at a particular point resonates at the hilltop and is heard clearly.
Charminar: This is one of the most famous monuments not only in Hyderabad but the entirety of India. Nicknamed the ‘Mosque of four minarets’, Charminar is an exemplification of Hyderabad’s rich cultural and historical background.
Chowmahalla Palace: Restored by the Indian Government and opened to the public in 2005, Chowmahalla Palace is an exceptionally outstanding monument that represents the elegance of rulers. The name gives the meaning of Four palaces. Chow means four and Mahalat means palaces. The four palaces are; Aftab Mahal, Afzal Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal, and Mahtab Mahal. Resembling Shah Palace in Iran, Chowmahalla Palace was built with absolutely captivating architecture.
Mecca Masjid: Among the largest masjids in the world, Mecca Masjid is situated just 100 meters away from the iconic Charminar. It took almost 78 years to complete the massive building, and it can hold up to 10,000 people at a time. The bricks used to construct the building were made with soil brought from the holy city ‘Of Mecca’, and the most divine part is that it has Prophet Muhammed’s hair preserved.
Salar Jung Museum: All the exhibits in the museum were collected by Mir Ali Yusuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III for which he spent 40 years of his life. This collection is the world’s largest antique collection by one man.
Hussain Sagar Lake: Built in 1563, by Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah, Hussain Sagar is a heart-shaped lake that separates the twin cities Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The colossal statue of Buddha was situated in the middle of the lake, in 1992.
Qutub Shahi Tombs: The tombs were built by various Qutub Shahi kings and are said to be one of the earliest historical places. Each tomb has a sarcophagus inside.
Nizam’s Museum: Created on the wish of the seventh and last Nizam, Asaf Jah VII, Nizam’s Museum is home to a huge collection of gifts from many kings of different realms, paintings of Nizam, and so many other memories from the Nizam ruling.
There are so many sightseeing places to make your trip to Hyderabad fun-filled, and utmost enjoyable!! Worth-visiting places are Nehru Zoological Park, NTR Gardens, Snow World, Jalavihar, Ocean Park, Public gardens, Birla Mandir, Peddamma Temple, Chilkur Balaji Temple, Necklace Road, and many more.
Hyderabad – The technological city
Coming to the technology business invested in Hyderabad, HITECH city has been home to the industrial areas; Cyber towers, HICC, HITEX Exhibition Center, Laxmi Cyber City, etc., with more than 1200 IT companies and employing more than 2.5 lac people. Major companies are there in HITECH city; Google, Deloitte, Dell, GE Capital, and Tech Mahindra to name a few. There are technological universities here to help assist these companies in staffing and training.
Entertainment in Hyderabad
Hyderabad has Tollywood as a diamond in its crown. The Telugu film industry, also called Tollywood is a renowned movie industry employing numerous people. Ramoji Film City, the world’s largest film studio complex is spread over 1,666 acres. Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, and other movie industries also shoot in Ramoji film city. The nightlife in this metropolis can also be exciting with plenty of fine Indian cuisine, music, and other entertainment.
Best places for shopaholics
When it comes to shopping, Hyderabad is the shopaholics’ favorite spot! You can’t believe that there are numerous shopping spots where you can buy anything and everything at the best price. Want to get flight tickets at the best price too? At Indian Eagle, you can book Seattle to Hyderabad flights at much cheaper prices than the airlines. Charminar has several shopping stalls surrounding it. Charminar is famous for a variety of bangles. Laad Bazar, Chudi Bazar, Begum Bazar, General Bazar, Koti, Abids, Palika Bazar, Mozamjahi Market, and others are some familiar places to shop. If you are the one who loves to shop from international brands, you can find many mega malls across the city.
Relish tasty food in Hyderabad
The city of Pearl is known for its wide range of delicacies. So much so that UNESCO notes it for its creativity. The impeccable mix of Mughal, Nizam, Arabic, and Telugu cuisine is called Deccan cuisine, which is unique to Hyderabad. Travelers around the world recognize Hyderabad as the best place to eat delicious Biryani. Its rich aroma, juicy chicken or mutton, and the perfect blend of spices are just lip-smacking.
Not only biryani, Hyderabad, the city of pearls, also called the City of Nawabs is famous for many other delicacies; Haleem, kebabs, Kheema samosa, Qubani ka Meetha, Double ka Meetha, Irani Chai, Lukhmi, and many more. Famous Paradise Chains, Café Niloufer, Nimrah Café, Alpha Hotel, Barbecue Nation, and Chutneys are a few of the huge list of best places to eat in Hyderabad.
The City of Nizams heartily welcomes people across the globe to visit this part of India and experience these beautiful moments to cherish!!