Once the global centre of the pearl and diamond trade, Hyderabad has emerged as a major global centre for IT and as such oozes wealth and opulence. But this is not to say it lacks charm and rich culture, as it is home to many historical sites, including Chowmahalla Palace, mosques, temples and a variety of arts crafts and dance. A true mix of modernised India, and the classical authentic India of the past.
These magnificent tombs erected in the memory of the founding rulers of Hyderabad are monuments that have stood the test of time and braved the elements and are located a kilometer north of the outer perimeter wall of Golconda Fort’s Banjara Darwaza. The display is a distinctive mixture of Persian, Pathan and Hindu forms. The tombs are graceful structures with intricately carved stonework and are surrounded by landscaped gardens, and are not be missed when visiting this wonderful city.
This well preserved fort set in thick green scrubland is one of the most impressive and fascinating sights in India, and was once the capital of the Qutub Shahis. It is built on a 120 meter high granite hill is surrounded by battlemented ramparts, enclosed within eight massive gates studded with large pointed iron spikes. One of the most remarkable and unique features of this fort is its advanced acoustics.
This centuries old lake separates the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad and adds a welcome air of tranquillity to the busy district. It is named after Hussain Shah Wali who helped the Qutub Shahi King-Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah, recover from a serious illness. In its centre stands an imposing 18 meter high, 350 tonne monolithic statue of Buddha towering over the lake from the Rock of Gibraltar, which you can catch a boat out to see.
Housing a huge collection of Salar Jung, one of the nations prime ministers, this museum holds around 43,000 art exhibits and 50,000 books as well as sculptures, wood carvings, miniature paintings armour, and weaponry, precious stones and jewels and will leave visitors spellbound. Two of the best pieces at the museum are the “Veiled Rebecca”, an elegant marble statue of a woman seen through a veil and “Marguerite and Mephistopheles”, a double figure wood carving.