5 Historical Places to Explore with Hyderabad Tour Packages

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.

Golkonda Fort

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.

Chowmahalla Palace

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.

Paigah Tombs

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.

Mecca Masjid

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.

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Royal Palaces of Hyderabad- The Falaknuma Palace

The southern part of India is a heaven for those looking for a peaceful destination full of natural beauty and cultural richness. Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh, is one such place to spend a perfect holiday. Hyderabad tours let travellers behold its scenic environs, which are the result of rich natural resources like the Musi River and Hussain Sagar Lake. The city, which known for its rich culture, has developed to a great extent to gain its present status of a metropolis. With a number of IT companies setting up their operations here, it has become one of the prominent technological centers of India. Apart from this, there are several monuments and landmarks, which are prestigious remnants of its vast history.

 

Falaknuma Palace

Falaknuma Palace

Falaknuma Palace

Falaknuma Palace- Interior

Falaknuma Palace- Interior

Located in the shared area of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, Falaknuma Palace is one of the finest palaces of the city. Falaknuma, which literally means like the sky, was initiated under Nawab Viqar-ul-Umra, who served as the prime minister of Hyderabad. He was also a significant person and a relative of Nawab Mir Mahboob Ali Khan Bahadur, who was the Nizam VI. Its foundation was laid in the late 19th century, by the well-known personality – Sir Vicar. The prominent parts of this edifice, such as Zanana Mahal and Gol Bangla, took almost nine years to be completed. It welcomes hundreds of visitors every year that come here to behold its terrific beauty.

Design and Architecture

 

Being an exotic blend of Tudor and Italian architectures, this structure has several interesting influences. The state reception room is among its highlights as it is beautifully decorated with gilded relief designs and frescoes. A unique organ is featured in the ballroom and is one of the rarest of its kind in the world. The large and lavish structure boasts of more than 200 elegant rooms besides several spacious halls. A rich and lavish treasure collection belonging to the Nizam is kept here that includes some of the finest paintings, books, manuscripts and furniture. The dining hall is another feature of this place that has a seating arrangement of around 100 guests at a time.

 

Intricately-carved rosewood chairs with leather upholstery add further elegance to this area. The guests at that time used to relish their meals in golden tableware coupled with the fluted music. A walnut-carved roof is provided in the library, which resembles the Windsor Castle of England to some extent. Besides books and manuscripts, this library has a fine collection of religious scriptures. Tourists can delight themselves by visiting the living quarters, which were used by members of the royal family. There is a splendid billiards room designed by Burroughs and Watts, a pair of whose is placed at the Buckingham Palace. Apart from this, Venetian chandeliers and an efficient electrical system lighting up the whole palace are some other features to notice. Visiting such splendid attractions can add to the pleasure of Hyderabad tour packages availed by vacationers.

Birla Mandir of Hyderabad– A Blend of Beauty and Serenity

Hyderabad is a big and prominent city located in the south-eastern coastal part of India. The place is an important location from a historical point of view as it has witnessed reigns of many legendary and famous rulers. From the great Mughals to the Nizams of Hyderabad, this city has been a remarkable administrative centre for many rulers. Replete with many remarkable monuments, lush gardens and gleaming lakes, this city offers enticing choices to visit and explore its richly old culture. Hyderabad tours are a popular choice among globetrotters to India. Some magnificent religious structures can be found in the region, which add to its grandeur.

 

Birla Mandir

Birla Mandir

Birla Mandir

 

Among the famous temples of Hyderabad, Birla Mandir is a remarkable one situated at the southern end of Hussain Sagar Lake. It is nestled in the lap of Kala Pahad, which is a small hill at Naubat Pahad. The pilgrimage is made of white marbles brought from Rajasthan, providing it with splendid architectural beauty. Famous industrialists of the country, the Birlas commissioned the construction of this edifice in 1970s. Each day, the whole temple environ gets echoed with the holy chants for Lord Venkateshwara to whom the temple is dedicated. Devotees get joyful with melodious sounds of singing birds, and the soulful kirtanas of Annamayya, Ramadas and Tyagaraja.

 

Architecture and Surroundings

 

The architectural style of this shrine is inspired by typical Orissan architecture and blend of other South Indian temples. These forms have been applied in the tower, built over the main figure of Lord Venkateshwara, called Jagadananda Vimanam and the towers over other shrines of consorts, respectively. The splendid structure of Rajagopuram is the first thing that visitors come across in the premises. Marbles are beautifully carved to depict the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. The inner part of the shrine features a structure resembling Venkateswara Temple of Tirupati. A brass flagstaff is perched on top of the temple, at a height of 42 feet. The tall image of the presiding deity is made of granite, featuring a curved lotus-like structure that forms a shed over it.

 

There are many other exquisite carvings in the adjoining shrine of Mukha Mandapam, which displays various popular scenes from Indian mythology. Many other spectacular and charming statues and images can be found in this pilgrimage, which is flooded with devotees and travelers from far off places. Visit this popular shrine with your dear ones for a memorable tour. The environs of this place is replete with scenic landscapes and many other important attractions to make for an enchanting visit. The view of this temple with a backdrop of a lovely sunset is a delight to watch.

 

Separate sacred areas are dedicated to the consorts of Padmavati, Venkateshwara and Andal. The complex also features a shrine dedicated to Buddha decorated with fresco paintings detailing his life and doings. Illuminated view of the religious site at the night is splendid to watch. People can visit the site throughout the week from morning to evening. Visitors availing travel packages India are advised to visit this charming place, without which, the trip to Hyderabad remains incomplete.

Hyderabadi Biryani- The Cuisine of Nizams

Hyderabad, also called the City of Nizams, is a metropolis in the state of Andhra Pradesh. To think of Hyderabad and not recall about its food is least likely thing to happen. In the bygone era, this city served as the seat of various dynasties, which made it the centre of many innovative cooking techniques used by royal chefs or khansamas. All these techniques subsequently gave form to the modern Hyderabadi cuisine. It is an amalgamation of Mughlai, Turkish and Arabic flavours, which shows the influence of the princely legacy of the Nizams, who were the erstwhile rulers of this region. Hyderabadi cuisine is a combination of rice, wheat bread and meat dishes. Each delicacy is skilfully prepared using a variety of spices, herbs and natural edibles, which add a distinct taste and aroma to it. Coconut and tamarind are the key ingredients that are used extensively in most of the popular dishes. The delicious delicacies served here are a must-try for travelers on Hyderabad tours. They are bound for a delightful gastronomic experience, which will leave them feeling pleasantly replete.

Popular Delights

Hyderabadi cuisine comprises various delicacies; however, the most famous dish is Biryani. Popular by the name of Hyderabadi Biryani, it is an authentic meal that combines meat and rice. This delicacy is mainly categorised into Kachchi (raw) and Pakki (cooked) Biryani. It is prepared using different kinds of meats – mutton, chicken lamb and beef. Vegetarians need not fret as this delicious dish is also cooked by incorporating vegetables in place of meat in its recipe. So, ideally it has many variants, namely mutton, chicken, khaam, zafrani and the most scrumptious of all joban malti, in which mutton, partridges and quails are cooked with rice. When served, it is generally garnished with pudina, fried onion and boiled eggs. To enhance its flavour all the more, biryani is accompanied with mirchi-ka-salan and dahi-ki-chutney.

A unique style of cooking is involved in its preparation, wherein utensils made of either copper, brass or earthen pots are used. Basically, slow-cooking technique is what makes this dish acquire distinctive flavours of spices that goes into its making. Other must-eats that cannot be missed upon during a sojourn here are Pathar-ka-Ghosht, Double-ka-Meetha, Haleem, Khubani-ka-Meetha, Nahari and Seviyon-ka-Meetha.

Almost every restaurant in the city, dish out biryani as it is like a staple diet of the locals here. However, the ideal way to relish it is to not read the reams of creative prose, which praises it to the heavens, instead there is nothing like discovering the real flavours of Hyderabad accidentally all by oneself. For doing so, tourists can explore the innumerable eating joints, set up at some of the most frequented attractions in the city. Few of the prominent locations, where travellers can have best biryani are Secunderabad, RTC Cross Road, Tolichowki, Srinagar Colony (Gachibowli) and near Charminar. All of these places form part of most of the Hyderabad tour packages as popular attractions in the city are dotted at these sites.

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