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An identifying feature of the city, Charminar is the most prominent landmark located right in the heart of Hyderabad. The monument was erected by Quli Qutub Shah to signify the founding of Hyderabad. As is evident from the structure, it was so named as it consists of four minarets. Although it lies right in the centre of the city with traffic and crowds milling all about it, Charminar certainly manages to hold the gaze. It is also famous for the market that sprawls around it and is called 'Laad' or 'Chudi' Bazaar.
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Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad is one of the oldest and largest mosques in the city. Commissioned in 1614, it was built through the efforts of by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah, however, the construction saw completion only in the year 1694. Together with the Chowmahalla Palace, Laad Bazaar, and Charminar, the mosque forms the four very important heritage attractions in the city. Located near the famous monument - Charminar - it can be easily reached from any part of the city.
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Laad Bazaar, just adjacent to the popular landmark of Charminar is a famous and historic market known for its shopping souvenirs and most importantly, bangles. It is definitely one of the oldest markets in Hyderabad and sparks up memories of its glittering past. The sparklingly colourful bridal bazaar (market), as it has also been called has been operating since the days of Qutb Shahis and the Nizams. The word 'Laad' refers the lacquer which is used to make bangles here that are studded with artificial diamonds. Apart from the beautiful accessories, one can also buy traditional Hyderabadi artefacts here such as the 'soorma' - a natural kohl that comes in an exquisite bottle and colourful dupattas!
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A relic of history on the banks of the Musi River, Salar Jung Museum is located at Darushifa and is one of the crowning jewels of Hyderabad. It is one of the three national museums in the country and also among the largest at 10 Acres and 2 Floors. The most astounding part of going through Salar Jung Museum and its collection is realising that all of the artefacts inside belonged to and were collected by one man alone! The collection inside the museum is owned by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan who was also known as Salar Jung III. With over one million paintings, sculptures, carvings, manuscripts and artefacts, the museum is a repository of art collections a few of which date as far back as the first century. Some of the valuable and rare pieces in the museum are - A painting of Raja Ram Mohan Roy - the artist, Aurangzeb's sword, daggers that belonged to Shah Jahan, Jehangir and a full wardrobe of Tipu Sultan. The museum also has a number of priceless sculptures such as Veiled Rebecca, Double Statue of Mephistopheles & Margaretta and many more. The biggest attraction at the museum is the musical clock that dates back to the 19th century and consists of more than 350 parts.
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Taj Falaknuma Palace is perched around 2000 metres above the city of Hyderabad. Once the royal residence of Nizam- probably the richest man in the world, the palace has now been converted into a five-star luxury heritage hotel.
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With over 1500 species finding habitat here, the Nehru Zoological Park is one of the most loved attractions in the city. Neighbouring the Mir Alam tank, it is also known as Hyderabad Zoo. The massive enclosure plays host to Indian Rhino, Asiatic Lion, Bengal Tiger, Indian Elephant as well as panthers, pythons, deer, and antelopes. Given the proximity to the tank, a number of migratory birds can also be spotted here. It is among the largest zoos in India at 380 Acres and is popular among visitors as the animals here have been kept in enclosures that resemble their natural habitat.
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Located in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Jagannath Temple is a modern Hindu temple built by the Odia community dedicated to Hindu God Jagannath- God of the Universe.
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Once the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty, the Chowmahalla Palace was built in Hyderabad between the years 1857 and 1869. In essence, Chowmahalla can be literally translated to mean 'Four Palaces'. The magnificent monument consists of two massive courtyards as well as a grand dining hall known as 'Khilawat'. This splendid monument that once served as the official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad during their reign still retains some of its past splendour. It is still the property of Barkat Ali Khan Mukarram Jah, heir of the Nizams and has been decorated with UNESCO's Asia Pacific Merit award in 2010 as well.
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Purani Haveli is an integral part of the heritage and ethos of the city of Hyderabad is Displaying some of the most exquisite forms of craftsmanship, Purani Haveli was a palace was originally built to serve as the home to the Peshwa of Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah, Mir Momen. Today, Purani Haveli is undeniably one of the significant parts of Hyderabad's golden era and is known for its remarkable exhibits of artwork and talent and functions as a museum. It is a beautiful structure comprising great treats for history lovers! One of the most unique features of the Purani Haveli is a wardrobe, which is the longest in the world! It is built on two levels and has a hand-operated elevator in place. Many building of this vast complex currently serve as educational institutions.
10 out of 17 places to visit in Old Hyderabad
In close proximity to Charminar, this is a rather royal museum, situated in the heart of Purani Haveli housing the memorabilia and artifacts of the then Nizam of Hyderabad.
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Begum Bazaar is another wholesale market, an old and traditional shopping area and is the biggest commercial market in the city. One can find here all kinds of goods including gold, silver, dry fruits, household items and more. Also, find the second largest fish market here of Hyderabad here.
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Sudha Cars Museum is a private museum established in 2010 by Kanyaboyina Sudhakar who displayed hand made cars created by him. All cars have been personally designed to look like everyday objects.
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The Madina Market is known for wholesale cloth and textile shops, popular in the city. One can find a variety of designer and ethnic wear clothes for shopping. Also, Madina Market has a plethora of accessories such as designer footwear and artificial jewellery.
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Located in the suburbs of Pisal Banda in Hyderabad, Paigah Tombs are a group of tombs of the Paigah royal family. The monument is managed by a family of caretakers who reside in the premises.
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Priyadarshini Park is situated adjacent to Saroornagar Lake in Hyderabad. With beautifully landscaped lawns, swings and snack stalls, the park is a common favourite hang out place for the city folks.
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Located in Shamirpet in Hyderabad, the magnanimous amusement park Leo Splash boasts of dry rides, water rides, rain dance with DJ, roller coaster rides, separate rides for kids, water zorbing, lazy rides etc.
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Malwala Palace is an 18th century historical monument located on the Moghalpura, Hyderabad. The ancient structure boasts of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles and has special imported teak wood furniture.