Hyderabad, fondly called the ‘City of Charminar’, is the capital city of India’s youngest state Telangana.
The charming city has recently been listed as the second best place to visit in 2015 by the annual travel guide of National Geographic Travel Magazine. It added a feather to the caps of the city dotted with a number of tourist spots to explore and admired for its spicy cuisines.
There are several things to see in Hyderabad as listed below:
1 - The Historic Charminar
Being a mingling spot of glorious past and gorgeous present, Hyderabad has always been home to majestic architectural delights that have never ceased to fascinate travellers. It is a city of monuments and palaces. Charminar is the landmark of the city and one of Hyderabad’s tourist attractions. It was built in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah to express his gratitude to the Almighty after his capital was saved from the plague that broke out as epidemic in the city.
2 - Timeless Splendours of Nizam Palace
At the mere mention of Hyderabad, the first thing that comes to mind is the Royal Palace of Nizams. The grandeur of the Chowmahalla Palace is a living witness to the luxury in the Nizam dynasty. The historic architecture was strongly influenced by the Mughal, the Mediaeval and the European style. This heritage building bears a surprising resemblance to the Palace of Shah of Iran in architectural aspects.
3 - The Magnificent Falaknuma Palace
The Hyderabad travel guide will remain incomplete without a visit to Falaknuma Palace. It translates into ‘Mirror of the Sky’ offering exquisite elegance that can even surpass your wildest imagination. Manifesting dazzling beauty and sophisticated magnificence, this palace has strong resemblance to the Buckingham Palace of London. The Falaknuma Palace features 22 roomy halls along with 220 luxuriously furnished rooms and boasts of having the world’s largest number of Venetian chandeliers. The interior décor of the palace captures the Nizami style and the French sensibility in consummate harmony.
In addition to the above-mentioned striking structures, Golkunda Fort, Qutb Shahi tombs, Purana Haveli, Basheer Bagh Palace, Spanish Mosque, Asman Garh Palace, etc. are also worth a visit during Hyderabad travel.
4 - Foods to Eat in Hyderabad
Despite being on a ride of urbanization, the city has its old world charm intact. A strong confluence of the bygone era and modernization is strongly felt in everything ranging from culture to cuisines. Biriyani is unique to Hyderabad’s culinary culture. The city borrowed this delight from the Mughal kitchen. However, with the passage of time, Hyderabadi biriyani has got its own authentic flavour. Heleem is another most popular dish in Hyderabad. Prepared with meat, pounded wheat, dried fruits and lentils, Haleem is available during the holy month of Ramzan. The city also offers multiple varieties of Dosa including the most delectable Masala Dosa.
There are so many things to do and see in Hyderabad that you can hardly explore everything on a single visit. The city oozes a natural attraction that will almost force you to whip up excuses for another visit.
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