Hyderabad covers an area of about 625 sq km, and it has an altitude of 505 metres. The place serves as the joint capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states. Its name is taken from a Persian word, which means the city of the lion. The city has over 400 years of history, and it shows a rich blending of tradition and modernism. For ages the city has been an important contributor to the production of ornamental pearls in the world. Tourists can avail Hyderabad tour packages to observe its rich cultural heritage, arts, monuments, lakes and parks. Some of the most famous places of interest here are Golkonda Fort, Qutb Shahi Tombs, Chowmahalla Palace, Paigah Tombs and Mecca Masjid.
The Fort is located at a distance of approximately 11 km from the city. It reportedly had a vault, where famous gemstones like the Koh-i-Noor diamond were kept. The name of the region, where the fort has historically been placed, has been taken from a Telugu phrase Golla Konda, meaning Shepherd Hill. This magnificent fortress stands atop a 400-feet high granite hill. Travellers, coming here with their Hyderabad city tour packages, can observe the fine acoustics, which is a result of its architectural mastery.
Qutub Shahi Tombs
These tombs were built by the emperors of the Qutub Shahi dynasty during the 16th and 17th centuries. They are built on a large garden, called Ibrahim Bagh, which is near Golkonda Fort. A blending of Indian and Persian architectural styles can clearly be seen here. The grave sites are surrounded by serene and picturesque landscaped gardens, and the remnants of decorative stonework on their walls can be seen. Ibrahim Bagh has small and large structures: the former ones consist of a single storey, while the latter ones have two. All mausoleums are topped by bulbous domes, which are characteristic features of Persian architecture. Travellers can visit the tombs of seven Qutb Shahi rulers, and also of some of their family members and important courtiers by opting for Hyderabad city tour packages.
The palace, built around 200 years ago, used to be the house of the Nizams of the city. It is renowned for the architectural elegance of its exterior, which is not often seen in lavish palaces. While exploring the property as part of their Hyderabad tour packages, travellers can visit the Clock Tower, Council Hall and Roshan Bangla. The palace was the official centre for ceremonies and accessions during the time of the Nizams. People can also book it for their personal parties and ceremonies, and lately it has become a popular spot for weddings.
The Paigah Tombs are of members of the Shums-ul-Umrahi, who were a significant aristocratic family. Built by Nawab Taig Jung Bahadur in 1778, these structures are known for the intricate stone carvings that adorn their exterior and interior walls. Amir e Kabir I, the son of the nawab, later expanded and modified the graveyard. The geometric designs on the mausoleums are beautiful, and they are a testament to the fine craftsmanship of those times. Tourists can explore the mesmerising stucco work here, which has been a feature of Persian, Greek and Mughal styles of architecture.
Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of the city, commissioned the construction of this grand place of worship. After years of construction, it was finally inaugurated in 1694 by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. More than 8000 labourers toiled away to bring this 67-metre long, 54-metre wide and 23-metre high holy house of god to life. The main prayer hall of the mosque can be used by almost 10,000 worshippers at once. Travellers can visit the mosque by choosing Hyderabad tour packages to bring a religious and cultural dimension to their vacations in the region.
A visit to these 5 historical buildings can be a great experience while on a tour of this place.