Hyderabadis one of the chief producers of natural pearls and is also a major contributorto the diamond trade, hence is referred to as the City of Pearls.


With aheight of 18 m and weight around 450 tons, this breathtaking statue of Buddhais his biggest single rock statue in the world.


HyderabadiBiryani is a dish invented during the period of Nizam Rule and is made withrice, spices and chicken or goat. It is mainly of two types, raw and cooked.There are around 140 varieties of Hyderabadi Biryani.


TheRamoji Film City is considered the biggest film studio complex in the worldwith a massive area of around 2000 acres.


Constructedway back in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah indeed symbolizes this city. Withthe height of 56m surrounded by 4 minarets or towers, the Charminar is a mustwatch place in the city.


The city of smiles, of lights, ofa thousand faces. Endearingly called the Pearl City, Hyderabad offers a varietyof tourist attractions ranging from Heritage monuments, Lakes and Parks,Gardens and Resorts, Museums to delectable cuisine and a delightful shoppingexperience. Some of the tourist attractions include...


TheCharminar is as much the signature of Hyderabad as the Taj Mahal is of Agra orthe Eiffel Tower is of Paris. Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the founder ofHyderabad, built Charminar in 1591 at the centre of the original city layout.It was said to be built as a charm to ward off a deadly epidemic raging at thattime. Four graceful minarets soar to a height of 48.7m. above the ground.Charminar has 45 prayer spaces and a mosque in it. Visitors can view thearchitectural splendour inside the Charminar. The monument is illuminated inthe evenings and a pedestrianisation project around the monument is underimplementation


Golcondais one of the famous forts of India. The name originates from the Telugu words"Golla Konda" meaning "Shepherd's Hill". The origins of thefort can be traced back to the Yadava dynasty of Deogiri and the Kakatiyas ofWarangal. Golconda was originally a mud fort, which passed to the Bahmanidynasty and later to the Qutb Shahis, who held it from 1518 to 1687 A.D. Thefirst three Qutb Shahi kings rebuilt Golconda, over a span of 62 years. Thefort is famous for its acoustics, palaces, ingenious water supply system andthe famous Fateh Rahben gun, one of the cannons used in the last siege ofGolconda by Aurangzeb, to whom the fort ultimately fell


Theglorious past of Golconda Fort is narrated effectively with matchless Sound andLight effects. The unique Sound & Light Show takes you right back in time,when Golconda was full of life, glory and grandeur


The tombsof the legendary Qutb Shahi kings lie about a kilometre away from BanjaraDarwaza of the Golconda Fort. Planned and built by the Qutb Shahis themselves,these tombs are said to be the oldest historical monuments in Hyderabad. Theyform a large group and stand on a raised platform. The tombs are built in Persian,Pathan and Hindu architectural styles using grey granite, with stuccoornamentation, the only one of its kind in the world where an entire dynastyhas been buried at one place. Click here to see the virtual tour of Qutb ShahiTombs


A twohundred yards southwest of the Charminar is the Mecca Masjid, so named becausethe bricks were brought from Mecca to build the central arch. The Qutb Shahisnever finished the building of the mosque, which was completed by Aurangzeb in1694. Mecca Masjid is poetry in stone, with a hall measuring 67m and soaring toa height of 54m. Fifteen graceful arches - five to each of the three sides,support the roof. Towards the southern end of the mosque lie the marble gravesof members of the Asaf Jahi dynasty


Built in1913, the building was originally the Hyderabad Town hall. The architecture isa synthesis of Rajasthani and Persian styles, with an all white, aestheticlook. Located adjoining the picturesque Public Gardens, a massive statue ofMahatma Gandhi in a sitting posture is erected at the entrance park to theAssembly


Establishedin 1918, it is one of the oldest universities in India. Named after Nizam MirOsman Ali Khan, the university buildings are splendid, especially the ArtsCollege, which is a perfect example of Indo-Saracenic architecture


Thiswhite marble temple of Lord Venkateshwara floats on the city skyline, on KalaPahad. The idol in the temple is a replica of the one at Tirupati


Thismuseum houses one of the biggest one-man collections of antiques of the worldby Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, Salar Jung III. The objects d'art include Persiancarpets, Moghal miniatures, Chinese porcelain, Japanese lacquerware, famousstatues including the Veiled Rebecca and Marguerite and Mephistopheles, asuperb collection of jade, daggers belonging to Queen Noor Jahan and theEmperors Jahangir and Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb's sword and many other fabulousitems


A visitto the Telangana State Archaeological Museum is a delight for art lovers.Located in the picturesque Public Gardens, the museum boasts of one of therichest repositories of antiques and art objects in the country. Built in 1920by the Nizam VII, the museum building itself is a fine example ofIndo-Saracenic architecture. The museum contains a Buddhist gallery,Brahmanical & Jain gallery, Bronze gallery, Arms & Armour gallery, Numismaticsgallery, Ajanta gallery and more. Adjacent to the State Museum is theContemporary Art Museum


Thestately Purani Haveli, the palace acquired around the year 1750 by the secondNizam, is now converted into a museum with a fascinating collection. The museumexhibits the gifts and mementos presented to the last Nizam on the occasion ofthe silver jubilee celebrations in 1937. A 1930 Rolls Royce, Packard and a MarkV Jaguar are among the vintage cars displayed. There is an interestingcollection of models made in silver of all the prominent buildings of the cityand citations in Urdu about H.E.H. Mir Osman Ali Khan, gold burnished woodenthrone used for the silver jubilee celebrations, gold tiffin box inlaid withdiamonds, and a gold model of Jubilee Pavilion


BirlaPlanetarium is India's most modern planetarium and first of its kind in thecountry. It is equipped with advanced technology from Japan and is built onNaubat Pahad adjacent to Kala Pahad. And the Science Museum stands tribute tothe advancement achieved by Science and Technology


Built inseveral phases by the Nizams between 1857-1869, this is now one of the heritagebuildings. The complex comprises four palaces in Moghal and European styles, ofwhich the main palace is double storeyed with the others being single-storeyedblocks


Spanning300 lush green acres, the Nehru Zoological Park is a must for nature lovers. Ithas over 250 species of animals and birds, most of which are kept in conditionsas close to their natural habitats as possible. This is the first zoo to createmoated enclosures for animals. The Lion Safari Park, Natural History Museum andChildren's Train are the added attractions. APTDC runs an ice-cream parlour andrestaurant here


Anotherattraction at Madhapur beyond Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad is the 30-acrevillage, which showcases arts and crafts of the country. India is an ocean ofvarious arts and crafts but the talent of most of the artisans and artists goesunrecognized. To encourage them and give the necessary boost to their art, thecrafts village hosts annual bazaars, where artists and artisans from all overthe country exhibit their talent


Hyderabadhas several beautiful gardens, one of the most popular being the PublicGardens, which also encloses the State Legislature, State ArchaeologicalMuseum, Jubilee Hall, Jawahar Bal Bhavan and Telugu Lalita Kala Thoranam, anopen-air theatre.
Boating: AP Tourism operates pedal boats in Public Gardens pond


A dreamworld created for the celluloid on a sprawling 1000 acres, with everyimaginable set and location, Ramoji Film City on the outskirts of Hyderabadoffers facilities to produce any kind of movie. Apart from sets, there arehotels where artistes and technicians can stay. Visitors too can go around inconducted tours that the management organises. Click here to see the virtualtour of Ramoji Film City


One ofthe modern monuments of trade and technology, it embodies the newfound attitudeof Hyderabad and today finds a place of pride. Situated on the outskirts of thecity, it is the nucleus of Cyberabad, the IT destination in this part of theworld. Cyber Towers is the main building here


Thisbeautiful entertainment park is situated on the shore of Hussainsagar lake. Thelandscaping here is a visual treat. A musically synchronized water fountain anda floral clock are major attractions here. Lumbini Park jetty is a major pointfor pleasure boating of AP Tourism


The firstBotanical Gardens in Hyderabad spread over 120 acres. Already open to public isthe first phase, with the completion of some sections. The sections includemedicinal plants, timber trees, fruit trees, ornamental plants, aquatic plantsand bamboos. The Park has been designed to have large water bodies, rollingmeadows, natural forests, rich grasslands and exquisite rock formations.

How to Reach Hyderabad:

The city of Hyderabad is well connected to allthe major parts of India and the world via both airways and railways, makingthe travel easier and hassle free.

Hyderabad By Air:

The Hyderabad International Airport is wellconnected to the rest of the world. There are regular flights from all themajor cities of the country.

Hyderabad By Train:

Secunderabad railway station and the Kachegudarailway station are the two major stations of this twin city. Both the stationreceives regular trains from most of the major cities of the country.

Hyderabad By Road:

There are regular buses to Hyderabad frommajor cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, etc. Fromstate transport buses to luxury Volvo sleeper buses, there are a wide range ofbuses from which you can choose. Many tourists also travel via taxis fromnearby cities.

Besttime to visit Hyderabad:

Hyderabad Tour is suitable at any time of theyear. However, during the months of monsoon, from June to August, heavy rainmay dampen your travel plans a bit.

Historyof Hyderabad:

Hyderabad is the capital city of Telangana andlocated on the banks of Musi River. The city was established in 1591 byMuhammad Quli Qutub Shah, who was the fifth sultan of the Golkonda. The QutubShahi dynasty ruled over Hyderabad until 1687 when Aurangzeb, the Mughalemperor conquered it to make it a part of his empire. Asif Jah I, who was aviceroy appointed for Hyderabad by the Mughal Empire, declared his sovereigntyover the place in 1724 and this gave impetus to the Asif Jahi dynasty, betterknown as the Nizams of Hyderabad.The princely state continued its existencethrough the colonial rule before acceding to the Indian Union in 1948. The citywas the capital of Hyderabad state from 1948 until 1956.

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