Hyderabad

Hyderabad
1. Hyderabad City was Founded in the year 1591 by fifth Qutb Shahi Ruler Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. After India's Independence the Hyderabad State was brought into the Indian Union in 1948. Hyderabad became the capital of Andra Pradesh in 1956. Hyderabad has a population of over 9.0 million, It is well known for its 400 years of rich history, culture and architecture. It is known as the City of Pearls and the City of Nizams. Recently, it has emerged as a modern hub of Information Technology, ITES and Biotechnology industries. The city has been classified as an A-1 city in terms of development priorities, due to its size, population and impact.

The city is home to the world's largest film studio, the Ramoji Film City as well as the third largest film industry in the country, the Telugu Film Industry known popularly as Tollywood. It is also a sporting destination with many national and international games conducted here. The people here are called Hyderabadis. The city is regarded as a blend of traditionality with modernity.

The contemporary world sees this city as a blend of unique cultures with a touch of modern lifestyle. In general, Hyderabadi people are regarded as very friendly and hospitable. They take immense pleasure and pride in conversing in their local, characteristic and vibrant Hyderabadi language, which is a mix of Urdu, Hindi, and Telugu. .....
Falaknuma Palace
2. Considered one of the finest palaces in Hyderabad, Falaknuma Palace was constructed by Nawab Vikarul-Umra, former Prime Minister of Hyderabad Falaknuma literally means 'Star of Heaven' in Urdu, originated from Arabic words Falk or Falak E Numaish meaning to A gift from Heavens'.

The palace is a rare blend of Italian and Tudor architecture, whose design is influenced by its Italian architect. The place occupies a total area of 939,712 square meters and it was totally made out of of Italian marble. The palace itself is constructed in the shape of a giant scorpion, with the two north wings corresponding to the scorpion's stings. The middle part is occupied by the main building, with the harem quarters and the kitchen located in the south. The Nawab also adds variations to the palace's architecture and interior design, influenced primarily by his travels. Louis XIV-style decors merge with a distinct Mughal ambiance, and completed by Italian marble staircases and ornate, decorated fountains. All in all, it took nine years for the palace to be fully built.

There are 222 beautifully ornamented rooms in the palace, as well as 22 halls and a massive library that has a walnut-carved roof, exactly like the one at Windsor Castle. It also has one of the finest collections of Qurans in India. All the rooms are furnished with English furniture, chandeliers, statues, and paintings. There are also rare treasures which the Nizam has collected across the years; the palace's Jade collection, in particular, is considered to be unique in the world. The palace's state reception room has a ceiling that is decorated with frescoes and gilded reliefs. The dining hall can also seat about 100 guests, with chairs that are carved from rosewood and upholstered with green leather. .....
Chowmahalla Palace
3. Chowmahalla Palace is a popular attraction of Hyderabad.
It was the official seat of the Asaf Jahi Dynasty or the Nizams of Hyderabad state. The name 'Chowmahallat' comes from two Urdu words, Chow (four) and Mahallat (palaces). The ceremonial functions such as the accession of the Nizams, receptions for the Governor-General and other official guests and royal visitors, etc. were held at Chowmahalla Palace.

Chowmahalla Palace is a blend of many architectural styles and influences. Though the construction began in 1750, it was completed between 1857 and 1869. Chowmahalla Palace has two courtyards ??? northern courtyard and southern courtyard. The Northern courtyard that consists of Bara Imam and Shishe-Alat has many Mughal domes and arches adorned with stucco ornamentation. The Southern courtyard, the oldest part of Chowmahalla Palace, consists of Afzal Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal and Aftab Mahal. Khilwat Mubarak, the heart of Chowmahalla Palace, is the Durbar Hall where religious ceremonies and durbar were held. It has a pure marble platform on which the royal seat 'Takht-e-Nishan' is laid. Khilwat Mubarak is also famous for its 19 chandeliers made of Belgian crystal. The Chowmahalla Palace complex also consists of a 250-year old Clock Tower (Khilwat Clock), Council Hall and Roshan Bungalow. Chowmahalla Palace, the symbol of royal and cultural heritage, was opened in 2005. Though built over 250 years ago, Chowmahalla Palace is well preserved and upholds its cultural significance and elegance even today. .....
King Kothi Palace
4. King Kothi Palace is a royal palace located in Hyderabad. It was the palace where the erstwhile ruler, the Seventh Nizam, Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII, of Hyderabad lived here. The eastern half, now occupied by a state government hospital, was used by the Nizam for official and ceremonial purposes.

The western half which is now walled, has the main residential buildings known as Nazri Bagh or Mubarak Mansion and is still belongs to the Nizam's private estate. The main entrance to Nazri Bagh always had a curtain draped across it, so it has come to be known as the purdah gate. When Nizam went out of the Palace, the purdah was lifted up which indicated the king was not home. The gate was guarded by Maisaram Regiment, police and Sarf-e- Khas Army with lances in their hands.

Of the three principal buildings of the King Kothi Complex, the main building, now houses a hospital, and the Mubarak Mansion (Nazri Bagh) accommodating the offices of the Nizam's Private Estates (Sarf E Khas) only survive. The King Kothi complex has various European styles. The canopies over windows, the intricate woodwork, the sloping tiled roofs in octagonal pyramid shapes of the Ghadial Gate complex, and the classical semicircular arches are among the characteristic features of King Kothi. .....
Charminar
5. A splendid piece of architecture standing in the heart of the city built by Quli Qutub Shah, in 1591. This magnificent monument is the unique symbol of Hyderabad. Charminar meaning 'Mosque of the Four Minarets' and 'Four Towers' is the most famous mosque and monument in the city of Hyderabad.

Charminar is often called as 'The Arc de triomphe of the East'. It is considered as the legendary masterpiece of Qutub Shahi's. This beautiful structure derives its name from four intricately carved minarets, The four graceful minarets literally meaning 'Four Minars', soar to a height of 48.7m each, above the ground. It is located amidst the colourful shops of Lad Bazaar with its glittering traditional bangles in the old city. Enormous in its size, this imposing monument exudes a charm that is more than 400 years old. There are about 149 steps that lead to the top of Charminar Fort. Tourists can have a bird's eye view of the bustling city of Hyderabad from here.
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Golkonda Fort
6. Golconda Fort is an extraordinary monument of Hyderabad, built in the 13th century by the Kakatiya kings. The present structure of the Golconda Fort was renovated by Qutub Shahi kings into a massive fort.The magnificent fort of Golconda in Hyderabad is one of the most magnificent fortress complex in India which lies on the western outskirts and is around 11 kilometers from Hyderabad

The construction of Golconda Fort of Hyderabad dates back to the early 13th century when this south eastern part of the country was ruled by the Kakatiyas. Nowadays the ruins of the Golconda Fort in Hyderabad have a desolate majesty in the midst of an arid plain. It is located on a hill about 400 feet above the surrounding plain. Golkonda Fort consists of four distinct forts with a 10 km long outer wall with 87 semi circular bastions; some still mounted with cannons, eight gateways, four drawbridges and number of royal apartments and halls, temples, mosques, magazines, stables etc., inside. The lowest of these is the outermost enclosure into which we enter by the 'Fateh Darwaza' (Victory gate, so called after Aurangzeb's triumphant army marched in through this gate) studded with giant iron spikes (to prevent elephants from battering them down) near the south-eastern corner. .....
Qutub Shahi Tombs
7. The famous tombs of the seven Qutub Shahi rulers in the Ibrahim Bagh are located close to the famous Golkonda Fort. It is the Tomb of Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah(1580-1611 CE), the fifth sultan of the Qutb Shahi dynasty of Golkonda. It is considered as one of the oldest monuments in the city of Hyderabad.

Planned and built by Qutub Shahis, these tombs are constructed by grey granite, on an elevated square platform. These tombs are dome-structured and have a quadrangular shape. Each of these tombs is at a height of about 9 ??? 15 meters from the platform and is surrounded by pointed arches.There are small tombs as well as large tombs among Qutub Shahi Tombs. The smaller tombs have single storey and larger tombs have double storey. The stucco ornamentation of Qutub Shahi Tombs can be seen even today but the blue and green tiles, which covered the domes of these tombs, were destroyed with the passage of time.

The mausoleums of the Sultans of Golkonda, the founding rulers of Hyderabad are truly magnificent monuments that have stood the test of time and braved the elements. The tombs form a large cluster and stand on a raised platform. They display a distinctive style, a mixture of Persian, Pathan and Hindu forms. The tombs are graceful structures with intricately carved stonework and are surrounded by landscaped gardens. .....
Paigah Tombs
8. The Paigah Tombs are located at around Santoshnagar which is about 10 km from Hyderabad city. Paigah Tombs are the tombs of Paigah nobles, who were trusted with the security and defence of the state by the Nizams of Hyderabad. It was Abdul Fateh Khan Tegh Jung who founded the Paigah nobility. He was given the title of Shams-ul-Umra (the Sun among the masses) by Nizam II. The Paigah nobles were great patrons of fine arts, literature and sports and they enjoyed a prestigious status in the state.

The Paigah tombs include the tombs of Shams-ul-Umra, Viqar-ul-Umara, Asman Jah. The tomb of Abdul Fateh Khan Tegh Jung or Shams-ul-Umra can be seen at the foyer of the complex. There is an iron tablet which is inscribed with the Paigah lineage, towards the entrance of the complex. The tombs in this complex are built of marble and are decorated with geometrical patterns and designs. Paigah Tombs, considered as unique specimens of artistry, are praised in this iron tablet. .....
Nizamia Observatory
9. Nizamia observatory is a Space observatory, which was established in 1907 during the reign of the Nizams of Hyderabad state. Its founder was Nawab Zafar Jung, an England-educated rich noble man. Taken over by the government in 1907, the observatory for years worked on an ambitious programme of photographing and charting a large segment of the sky. The observatory is believed to have cataloged more than a lakh stars, exposed thousands of photos during Nizam period. It was located at old Begumpet which is now shifted to Osmania University campus. .....
Ramoji Film City
10. Ramoji Film City is the world's largest integrated film studio complex at over 2,000 acres of land. It is also a popular tourism and recreation centre, containing both natural and artificial attractions including an amusement park. It is situated near Hyderabad.

Ramoji Film City offers pre-production, production, and post-production resources. It offers over 500 set locations. There are many gardens, authentic sets, about 50 studio floors, a digital film facility, the support systems, outdoor locations, high-tech laboratories, etc. The Film City's infrastructure includes custom-designed locations and mock-ups, set construction, properties and costumes, shooting stages, cameras and equipment, audio post-production, digital-post-production/SFX as well as film processing. Twenty international films and forty Indian films can be produced simultaneously in the complex. It has attracted not only filmmakers from the country, but also producers from around the world including Hollywood.

Every year, the studios attracts over a million tourists, and the complex creates revenues in billions of rupees (INR). Located at the entrance of the film city are the 3-star hotel, Tara and a 5-star hotel, Sitara for the film production units as well as for tourists. .....
Purana Haveli
11. The main residence of Nizam VI Mahbub Ali Pasha, Purana Haveli is a neo classical architectural delight that has a sprawling complex and landscaped gardens. It was built in the mid 19th century and the opulence of Nizam's lifestyle can be seen from the ornate style of Massarat Mahal. Other attractions include the Nizam's wooden wardrobe which is a 73 sq. mt room with a mechanical elevator to reach out to the top levels. Purana Haveli also houses the Nizam's museum that is full of artifacts and antiques belonging to the royal family. .....
Salarjung Museum
12. Salar Jung Museum is one of the chief attractions of the Pearl City of Hyderabad. Salar Jung Museum is one of the oldest museums in Hyderabad and is known for its vast collection of artifacts. Salar Jung Museum is situated on the banks of River Musi. This Museum exhibits artefacts which were collected by Salabat Jungs, the Nizam of Hyderabad. The collection of artefacts was initiated by Nawab Mir Turab Ali Khan or Salar Jung I and it was carried over by Nawab Mir Laiq Ali Khan, who was also known as Salar Jung II. But it was Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, Salar Jung III, who expanded the collection to make it the biggest one-man antique collection in the world.

Salar Jung Museum consists of about 40,000 items in its collection, which was collected from different parts of the world. This museum was opened for public display by the former Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Salar Jung Museum has a Founder's Gallery in which the portraits of the Salar Jungs are displayed. Stone sculptures, bronze images, painted textiles, wooden carvings, miniature paintings, modern art, ivory carvings, jade carvings, metal-ware, manuscripts, etc. are some of the Indian items exhibited here.

Carpets, manuscripts, glass, metal-ware, furniture, lacquer, etc. are some of the items collected from the Middle East. Porcelain, bronze, enamel, lacquer ware, embroidery and paintings from China, Japan, Tibet, Nepal and Thailand are also on display at this museum. Oil and water paintings from England, France, Italy and Germany can also be found here. The statue of Veiled Rebecca, the statues of Marguerite and Mephistopheles, daggers of Mughal Emperor Jehangir and Shah Jahan and Queen Noor Jehan, the sword of Aurangzeb, etc. can also be seen here. A collection of jade can also be found in the collection of artefacts at Salar Jung Museum. .....
Roshan Bungalow
13. The sixth Nizam is believed to have lived here and the building was named after his mother Roshan Begum. Exquisite architecture and massive construction is awe strikingly beautiful. The restored palace was opened to public in 2005 after intensive restoration; it regained its former glory. .....
Nizam's Museum
14. His Exalted Highness(H.E.H) The Nizam's Museum, is located in the stately Purani Haveli. The palace was acquired by the Nizam II in about 1750 when he made Hyderabad the capital of the State. It was the first home the family had in the city. The palace has been preserved though much of the land around it has been re-developed. Many of the old buildings in the great rambling complex are used by educational institutions.

A fascinating collection of articles presented to the fabulous Nizam VII of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan, is being put on public display. This was his wish as it tells so much about his times and about the achievements of the people of Hyderabad. It also tells us a lot about the Mir Osman Ali Khan himself.

The core of the museum is a rich collection of souvenirs, gifts, mementos and models presented to the VII Nizam on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations in 1927 and later. He had been ruler of the State of Hyderabad for over twenty five years of remarkable development, progress and prosperity.The items presented to him were from public bodies and associations, Jagirdars (land owners), labour unions, different religious communities, Government departments and distinguished individuals from India and abroad and from his people. .....
Birla Science Museum and Birla Planetarium
15. The science centre is another beautiful structure, reflecting the advances made in science and technology. The interior d??cor matches the architectural exterior of the centre built over 10,000 sq ft (930 m2). The centre is host to a number of divisions such as the Planetarium, the Science Museum, and the centre for Applied Mathematics and Computer Sciences.

The Planetarium is another magnificent building with a big dome resembling that of the Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur and some of the earliest government structures in New Delhi. A special attraction are the shows which unveil the mysteries of the cosmos and the origins of the universe, comets, eclipses, unidentified flying objects and the clash of titans. The latest addition is the Dinosaurium, which houses a collection of dinosaur egg fossils. The highlight of the museum is a mounted Kotasaurus yamanpalliensis, the remains of a 160 million old dinosaur.

It is located in the heart of Hyderabad city, at Naubat Pahad. Birla Planetarium & Science Museum was inaugurated by Late Sri N.T. Rama Rao in the year 1985. It unfolds the mystery of the Cosmos like the comets, eclipses, UFOs and the clash of the Titans through sky shows, which are usually enjoyed by kids and adults alike. .....
KBR National Park
16. KBR National Park has been named on the former prime minister of Andhra Pradesh Kasu Brahmananda Reddy. The park, spread over an area of more than 150 hectares, is established to safeguard the biodiversity of the place. Chiran Palace, which belongs to the former Nizam of Hyderabad, is seen here.

It is is situated in Jubilee Hills. The flora of this park typically represents that of southern tropical deciduous forest, and the park has around 600 species of flora. More than a hundred species of birds, besides scores of species of reptiles and butterflies and many species of mammals, although not large mammals, are seen here. It is an urban refuge for rare species of fauna such as Monitor Lizards, Jungle Cats, Wild Boars and varieties of snakes. .....
Mahavir Harina Vanasthali Wildlife Park
17. Located 15 Km. from Hyderabad, the park has more than 350 black bucks, 400 cheetals and a number of wild boars, small mammals, reptiles and over 100 species of birds.

Mahavir Harina Vanasthali Wildlife Park is a deer national park situated on the outskirts of Hyderabad. This park was named after the Jain Saint, Mahavira, in remembrance of his 2500th Nirvan anniversary in the year 1975. The place where the park is located was once a private hunting ground for former rulers of Hyderabad - the Nizam. A deer park was set up in order to preserve this precious heritage and rehabilitate it. A watch tower is kept in the reserve for the convenience of the tourists who can climb up and view the animals. .....
Nehru Zoological Park
18. This 380-acre zoo, located close to the Mir Alam Tank in Hyderabad, is managed by the Government of Andhra Pradesh.It is one of the largest zoo in India. It has over a hundred species of animals, birds and reptiles, including some rare ones like the Asiatic lion, Indian rhino, gaur, panther, crocodiles, orangutan, pythons, etc. Different types of kangaroos, deer, nocturnal birds, owls and antelopes also reside here. Migratory birds are attracted to the artificially created embankments. The park also offers boat and ferry rides.The zoo runs different safari trips every day, such as Lion Safari, Tiger Safari, Bear Safari, and Butterfly Safari. .....
NTR Gardens
19. NTR Gardens or NTR Memorial Gardens of Hyderabad is considered as one of the chief attractions of the city of Hyderabad. NTR Gardens is a popular landmark of Hyderabad and is rated among the best gardens of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Located nearby Hussain Sager Lake, NTR Gardens has become a popular recreational centre of Hyderabad.

NTR Gardens is a memorial to late N. T. Rama Rao, who was a former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. NTR Memorial Gardens that cover up to 36 acres of land and offer recreation facilities such as Machan tree, Japanese garden, Car cafe, souvenir shops, children's play area, etc. There is a monorail system which provides a ride around the garden. .....
Indira Park
20. Indira Park is located in the Lower Tank Bund Road of the Hussain Sagar Lake. Named after the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, this one of the oldest parks consists of 76 acres of lush green landscape. Sandalwood trees and date palms grow here in abundance. Musical dancing fountains entertain the visitors to their amazement. Rose garden and commercial nursery garden add beauty to the landscape. Children can spend time skating in the skating arena nearby. Katta Maisamma Temple lies near the park. A small pond in the park offers boating facilities to the visitors. There is also a canteen to cater to the needs of the visitors.

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Hussain Sagar Lake
21. Hussain Sagar lake built by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali in 1562, during the rule of Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah. It was a lake of 24 square kilometres built on a tributary of the River Musi to meet the water and irrigation needs of the city. There is a large monolithic statue of the Gautam Buddha in the middle of the lake which was erected in 1992.This statue of Buddha is about 16 meters high and weighs about 350 tonnes.

Hussain Sagar Lake has become a prominent centre for water sports. Boating facilities like speed boats, motor boats, etc. are provided at this lake. A 48-seater launch is another added attraction of this lake, on which dinner and private parties can be arranged.This lake consist of lots of scenic beauty around it. Hussain Sagar Lake has become a major recreational as well as picnic spot. .....
Osman Sagar Lake
22. Osman Sagar popularly known as Gandipet, is an artificial lake which is a popular tourist destination. The lake is around 46 km, and the reservoir is around 29 km. Osman sagar was created by damming the Musi River in 1920, for providing drinking water source for Hyderabad, and also saving the city from floods, on the lines of which Hyderabad suffered in 1908. It was during the reign of The Last Nizam of Hyderabad, Osman Ali Khan, hence the name.

A princely guest house called Sagar Mahal, overlooking the lake, now a heritage building, was built as a summer resort of the last Nizam. It is located on the banks and has the best view of the lake. Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department, currently, runs the place as a resort. The breeze of the lake is very pleasant, and has been popular with the locals since The Nizam's time. It is a popular tourist destination, especially after the rainy season when the reservoir is full, and its parks, resorts, amusement park are a major attraction. .....
Moula Ali Dargah
23. The Maula Ali Dargah was constructed in the retention of Hazrat Ali, who is the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad. It was constructed by the Asif Jahis. The 400 steps make you to contribute your religious interest. The dargah is located on the top of a hillock near Moula-Ali, which is in north-eastern part of Hyderabad. The panoramic view of the Hyderabad city from the top of the Moula-Ali hill is a breathtaking scene.

The Moula-Ali Dargah is incomparable in a sense since it does not have anybody's mortal remains. The Heritage Conservation Committee of HUDA has identified this dargah as one of the eleven heritage sites. To get life comfortable for the visitors, there is a long stairway to go up the hill to arrive at the Dargah. .....
Jama Masjid
24. Jama Masjid is one of the popular landmarks of the city of Hyderabad. Located nearby Charminar, it is the oldest mosque in Hyderabad. It was Quli Qutub Shah who built Jama Masjid in 1857.Jama Masjid encloses an ancient Turkish bath in its premises, which is considered unique among the other masjids of Hyderabad.

Jama Masjid lies in the vicinity to popular tourist attractions of Hyderabad such as Charminar, Golconda Fort and Mecca Masjid. Known for its Indo Islamic - Qutub Shahi style of architecture, Jama Masjid is thronged by devotees and tourists alike.
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Mecca Masjid
25. Mecca Masjid is one of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad and one of the largest mosques in India. Mecca Masjid is a listed heritage building located in the Old City of Hyderabad. The history of the city tells us that Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah initiated the building of the Masjid in 1617 while the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb finished its construction in 1694. The Mecca Masjid of Hyderabad lies at a distance of only 100 yards from the very well known monument of Charminar.

There is quite a fascinating story behind the naming of this mosque. The people say that some of the bricks with which the mosque has been made were brought from Mecca. Therefore the name, Mecca Masjid has been given to it. There are 15 arches giving support to the hall of the Mecca Masjid. Three walls of this huge hall have each got five arches. This massive hall has a height of 75 feet, a width of 220 feet and a length of 180 feet.You will be astonished to know that around 8000 workers were employed to build up this beautiful mosque. It took them as long as 77years to construct the mosque.

It is said that the hall of Mecca Masjid can accommodate about 10,000 people at a time during worship. There is a pond within the complex with seating arrangements at the edges. There is also a room in the courtyard that stores holy relics, among which the most important is the hair of Prophet Mohammed.
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St. Joseph's Cathedral
26. St. Joseph's Cathedral of Hyderabad is ranked amongst the beautiful cathedrals in India. Located in the Gun foundry area of Hyderabad, St. Joseph's Cathedral is under the supervision of the Archdiocese of Hyderabad. Though the construction of St. Joseph's Cathedral began in 1869 by Fr. Antonio Tagliabue, it was completed only in 1872 under the supervision of Fr. Luigi Malberti. The cathedral was opened to devotees on the Christmas Eve of 1875.

St. Joseph's Cathedral is built in the Italian style of architecture. The central hall of this Cathedral can accommodate up to 500 people. There are five mammoth bells atop the open bell tower of this Cathedral. These were brought from Italy and were attached to the Cathedral in 1892. Tourists can climb the stairs of the bell tower to get views of the city. .....
Birla Mandir
27. Birla Mandir on the Naubath Pahad is a magnificent Hindu temple of Lord Venkateshwara, entirely built in white marble. The Birla Foundation has constructed several similar temples in India, all of which are known as Birla Mandir. The temple manifests a blend of South Indian, Rajasthani and Utkala temple architectures. In its entirety, it is made of 2000 tons of pure Rajasthani white marble. The granite of the presiding deity is about 11 ft (3.4 m). tall and a carved lotus forms an umbrella on the roof. The consorts of Lord Venkateswara, Padmavati and Andal are housed in separate shrines. There is a brass flagstaff in the temple premises which rises to a height of 42 ft (13 m). The temple is built on a 280 feet (85 m) high hillock called the Naubath Pahad on a 13 acres (53,000 m) plot. The construction took 10 years and was consecrated in 1976 by Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Mission. The temple does not have traditional bells, as Swamiji wished that the temple atmosphere should be conducive for meditation.

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Chilkur Balaji temple
28. Chilkur Balaji Temple is one of the oldest temples of Andhra Pradesh. It is situated in Chilkur village on the banks of Osman Sagar Lake, at about 25 km from Hyderabad. Temple is built in the South Indian style of temple architecture. It was built around 500 years ago at the time of Akanna and Madanna, the uncles of Bhakta Ramdas.

As per legends, the principal deity of this temple, Lord Venkateshwara, appeared as swayambhu idol accompanied by swayambhu idols of Sridevi and Bhoodevi. In 1963, the idol of Goddess Ammavaru or Rajya Lakshmi was also installed in this temple. Chilkur Balaji Temple is thronged by devotees during Poolangi, Annakota and Brahmotsavams. This temple is visited by millions of devotees in a month. The peaceful atmosphere of this temple is ideal for meditation as well. .....
Shilparamam
29. Shilparamam, the arts, crafts & cultural village at Hyderabad, established in the year 1992 is spread over 65 acres of prime land in Madhapur, Hi-tech City. Shilparamam is Hyderabad's tribute to India's natural beauty, richly diverse cultural heritage and vibrant ethos. It is a place where artisans from across India showcase their individual skills in a variety of arts, crafts and culture. From Indian pottery to a plethora of weaves, woodwork, jewelry, clothes and local crafts of each region of the country, Shilparamam is a kaleidoscope of India's colour, diversity and talent. Shilparamam is conceived as an endless, year-round festival of arts and crafts showcasing ethnic art, crafts and skills of the rural folk from all parts of the country.

The craftsmen in Shilparamam also have shops where they sell their creations. The shops themselves are constructed to look just like their rural counterparts, with thatched roofs, folk frescoes and murals, and rangoli-carpeted floors. Shows featuring folk music, plays, and magic shows can also be experienced via an auditorium in the village theatre. There are also places where the visitor can taste ethnic food prepared in traditional menu. .....
Laad Bazaar
30. Laad Bazaar or Choodi Bazaar is a very old market popular for bangles located in Hyderabad. It is located on one of the four main roads that branch out from the historic Charminar. Laad meaning lacquer is used to make Bangles, on which artificial diamonds are studded. In this kilometre-long shopping strip exclusively for women. A vast and colourful array of stores selling bangles, saris, wedding related items, cheap jewellery etc are sold here.

This market is very old well in operation since the time of the Qutb Shahis and the Nizams. The old shops give a glimpse of the rich aura of the past. Its proximity to the epicenter of erstwhile Hyderabad state like the Charminar, Makkah Masjid and Chowmahalla Palace grants it a coveted position. It is popular for gorgeous bangles, semi-precious stones, pearls, saris, brocade, velvet and gold embroidered fabrics, traditional Khara Dupattas, lacquer bangles and perfumes. The exquisite range of lac and glass bangles are the pride and joy of the women of Hyderabad. .....
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