Charminar is Hyderabad’s principal landmark and city symbol that was built by Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 to commemorate the founding of the city and the end of an epidemic. This architectural marvel is 56m-high and has four arches with minarets atop each column, hence the name ‘Charminar’. It’s surrounding is a vibrant area with lanes crowded with shops, stalls, and shoppers.
Built on a 280 feet high hillock called, Naubath Pahad, Birla Mandir is a magnificent Hindu temple that is spread across 13 acres of sprawling land. It was opened for public visiting in the year 1976 by Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Mission. The temple was constructed by Birla Foundation that has built several similar temples across India by the same name.
With an area of 2000 acres, the Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad is the largest integrated film city in the world. It is one of the most popular tourism and recreation centers in the city. It consists of both natural and artificial attractions that also include an amusement park. Many Bollywood and regional movies have been shot here.
The Statue of Equality or the Ramanuja statue is the latest addition to Hyderabad’s long list of attractions. Commemorating the 11th-century Hindu saint Sri Ramanujacharya, this is the second tallest sitting statue in the world. It is 216 feet tall, consists of five metals - gold, silver, zinc, brass and copper – and features 108 ornately carved Divya Desams. The base is a huge building which incorporates a vedic digital library and research centre, ancient Indian texts, a theatre and an educational gallery detailing the works of the great 11th century saint, Sri Ramanujacharya.
The Salar Jung Museum is an art museum in the city of Hyderabad and is one of the largest in the world. It is one of the three National Museums of India and has a rare collection of sculptures, paintings, carvings, textiles, manuscripts, ceramics, metallic artifacts, carpets, clocks, and furniture from Japan, China, Burma, Nepal, India, Persia, Egypt, Europe, and North America.
The Golconda Fort in Hyderabad acted as the capital of the medieval sultanate of the Qutb Shahi dynasty (c.1518–1687). This majestic structure has beautiful palaces and an ingenious water supply system. It is also known for its magical acoustic system. The Golconda Fort used to have a vault where the famous Koh-i-Noor and Hope diamonds were kept along with other diamonds.
The Nehru Zoological Park which is also known as Hyderabad Zoo is one of the most visited destinations in Hyderabad. The visiting hours of zoo vary by season and remain closed on Mondays. With an area of 380 acres, it is home to about 100 species of birds, animals and reptiles.