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Hyderabad - A city of great tourist attractions

By Carlton Leisure - 28/08/2014

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From the air, Hyderabad appears like a colourful sweet box waiting to be savoured - thanks to its diverse culture, several tourist attractions and skyscrapers. The city, also referred as Pearl City, enjoys a great historic past and its remains are still present in the forms of various monuments and landmarks dotting its landscape. Palaces, forts, minarets, mosques, temples and museums add diversity to this already beautiful city. This popular city in Southern India is now capital Telangana, which was recently carved out from the state of Andhra Pradesh. For the travellers flying to Hyderabad for business or leisure, we dish out information on major tourists attractions in Hyderabad.

Charminar

Charminar has become synonymous to identify of Hyderabad. This iconic building known for its architectural grandeur is beautifully situated on the banks of the Musi River. With four beautiful minarets, this building is gem of attractions in Hyderabad. The travellers can also visit Laad Bazaar and the magnificent Makkah Masjid situated in vicinity. Its indo-Islamic architecture gives a great understanding of great Muslim heritage of that period.

Golconda Fort

In recent decades the city may have become popular for its information technology potentials but it has not affected the popularity of tourist attractions of the city. Golconda Fort, with its mammoth yet beautiful building is one of the most renowned landmarks in the city. The building has an acoustical system that means your clap will reverberate several times. The fort has glory of having housed the Kohinoor diamond as well as Hope diamond.

Nehru Zoological Park

If you think that Hyderabad is all about forts, palaces and religious places, then you are underestimating its tourism potentials as the city takes care of visitors with love for wildlife. The Nehru Zoological Park, also called as Hyderabad Zoo, was founded in 1959 and was thrown open for public in 1963. Spread over an area of 380 acres, the park offers you an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is the place where you can go and rest amidst lush greenery.

Lumbini Park

Situated on Tank Bund Road, Lumbini Park offers an easy escape from the hustle bustle of city life. Beautifully snuggled on the shores of Hussain Sagar, the park is a perfect family destination with serene places for families and playgrounds for kids. Its two shows of musical fountain are highly popular among local and foreign tourists.

Birla Mandir

Beautifully situated atop of Kala Pahad, towards the southern point of Hussain Sagar lake the temple was temple built in 1976 by the Birla family, one of the richest industrialists in India. Lord Venkateswara is the presiding deity in the temple while Padmavati and Andal are other deities. This beautiful temple was built from white marble brought from Rajasthan.

Salarjung Museum

Salarjung Museum started out as a private collection of Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, the prime minister for the Nizam. After relinquishing his post, he turned his attention to his passion of collecting antiquities and paintings from across the world.