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Places to see (Hyderabad)

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 Anand Buddha Vihara   King Kothi Palace
 AP Legislative Assembly   Kothi - Residency
 Ashta Lakshmi Temple   Laad Bazaar
 Asman Garh Palace   Lumbini Park
 Birla Archaelogical Museum   M H V National Park
 Birla Mandir   Mecca Masjid
 Birla Planetarium   Mrugavani National Park, Chilkur
 Charminar   Nehru Zoological Park
 Chowmohalla Palace   Ocean Park
 Dhola-ri-Dhani   Osman Sagar
 Durgam Lake   Osmania University
 Falaknuma Palace   Paigah Tombs
 Golconda Fort   Public Gardens
 Govt Archaelogical Museum             Purani Haveli
 Gunfoundry   Qutub Shahi Tombs
 H.E.H. The Nizam’s Museum  Ramoji Film City
 High Court   Raymond's Tomb
 Hi-Tech City   SalarJung Museum
 Hussain Sagar   Sanghi Temple
 Jami Masjid   Shilparamam
 K B R National Park   Shoppers Stop
 Khazana Museum   Statue of Lord Buddha


Anand Buddha Vihara
Located in Mahendra Hills of Secunderabad, this Vihara was established in 1974, and aims to preserve the Buddhist Culture .The trust plans to construct a temple vihara, a cultural centre, a hospital, a school and a meditation centre. Daily prayers, mediatation and Dharma discourse take place here.


Andhra Pradesh State Legislative Assembly
Few would believe that this imposing edifice, completed in 1913, was the town hall in the old Hyderabad State. The citizens of Hyderabad raised money to build it to mark the 40th birthday of Nizam Mahboob Ali Khan in 1905. This white gem of Hyderabad's architectural splendour was designed by specially commissioned architects from Rajasthan .This blend of Rajasthan and Persian architecture is now the home of the 295-seat Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly.


Ashta Lakshmi Temple

A magnificent temple dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi in eight forms of the diety stands distinctly on the outskirts of the city of Hyderabad in Vasavi Nagar, Dilshukhnagar. Amidst the varied Islamic architectural monuments in Hyderabad, this temple has a different style - a touch of the south-Indian architecture.

The well-known Sculptor,Padmashri Ganapati Sthapathi, conceived the structure and designed the temple. Subbaiah Sthapathi designed the idols of Ashta Lakshmi, Srimannarayana, Sri Ganapathi and Sri Garuda. About 134 vigrahas (idols) of lesser - known Gods adorn the mahagopuram. 


Asman Ghar Palace
The palace was designed and built by Sir Asman Jah, a noble belonging to the Paigah family and one time Prime Minister of Hyderabad State.

The granite turrets and arched windows of Asman Garh stand atop a hill some distance ahead of the Hyderabad TV tower. The palace now houses an archaeological museum.


Birla Archaeological Museum (9.5 Km)*
A lesser known museum but consisting of exquisite excavations from historical sites. The entire collection ishoused in Asman Ghad palace.


Birla Mandir (1Km)*
Birla Mandir

This beautiful white marble temple of Lord Balaji is built on a hillock, the Kala Pahad. This exquisite temple has great sculptural excellence and a profusely carved ceiling. It is a beautiful sight at night when illuminated, standing against the dark sky and looking down on Hussain Sagar Lake.

Timings : 7 a.m to 12 noon & 3 p.m to 9 p.m


Birla Observatory and Planetarium (1 Km)*
Birla Planetarium
The most modern and the first of its kind planetarium in India, it is equipped with the most advance equipment from Japan. This is built on the Naubat Pahad, neighbouring the Kala Pahad on which stands the Birla Temple.

(Closed on last Thursday of the month.)
(Timings : 10:30 a.m to 8:30 p.m)


Charminar (7 Km)*

It is a magnificent square edifice of granite, built upon four grand arches facing North, South, East and West. These arches support two floors of rooms and gallery of archways. At each corner of the square structure is a minaret rising to a height of 24 meters, making the building nearly 54 meters tall. It is these four (char) minarets (minar) that give the building, its name 'Charminar'.

Each minar stands on a lotus-leaf base, a special recurrent motif in Qutub Shahi buildings.

The first floor was used as a madarasa (college) during the Qutub Shahi period. The second floor has a mosque on the western side, the dome of which is visible from the road, if one stands some distance away. A spectacular view of the city may be had from the roof of the Charminar, although, due to severe overcrowding of the minarets, only visitors with special permission from the Archaeological Survey of India, Hyderabad Circle are allowed to go to the top of the minarets. The clocks above each of the four archways were added in 1889.

Walking around the Charminar area, one is constantly surprised by vestiges of the past intermingling with the present. Towards the Southeast of the Charminar is located imposing edifice of the Nizamia Unani Hospital. About 50m to the West, the line of shops in Lad Bazaar is interupted by an old, crumbling brown wall, which marks the entrance to the old Nizama's Jilau Khana (parade ground). The grounds are now being used for the development of a large commercial complex. Further down, a road to the left leads to the Khilawat Complex (Chowmahalla Palace). The Lad Bazaar road terminates in a square called Mahaboob Chowk where a large 19th century clock-tower looms over a delicate white mosque of the same period.

Timings: people are allowed all the day and during night times till 10'o clock. 


Chowmahalla Palace
The royal palaces of Chowmohalla lie to the south west of Charminar. Chowmohalla means four palaces and is the name given to a complex of four palaces built mostly during the period of Nawab Aftab-Ud-Doula, Nizam (1857-69 AD. Chowmohalla is a copy of the shah's palace at Teheran, although finer in architectural construction.


Dhola-ri-Dhani (18 Km)*
Ethnic Rajasthani Village situated at Kompally Village on Medchal Road. One can simply enter and indulge himselves in the rustic dwellings and a host of recreational facilities.


Durgam Cheruvu (18 Km)*
Popularly known as the Secret Lake, Durgam Cheruvu is a dazzling lake enveloped by mammoth hillocks. It’s a perfect outing for a cool boat ride and a soothing touch of nature for just Rs 15/- per head.


Falaknuma Palace is situated in Falaknuma, about 4 km South of Charminar. It stands on a hill overlooking the city of Hyderabad. It is a magnificent palace. "The edifice had the same importance in Hyderabad in the near past as the Palace of Kremlin had in Moscow" says Dharmendra Prasad. Falaknuma served as the royal guesthouse for the rulers of Hyderabad, King George and Queen Mary, king Edward-VIII, then Prince of Wale. Falaknuma palace is a masterpiece designed by an Italian architect. The marble used was specially imported from Italy.


Golkonda Fort (12 Km)*
Golkonda Fort

Standing atop an isolated hill, this fort is spread over a radius of 3 Km and now lies deserted. This legendary fort is the proud producer of the KOHINOOR diamond. The massive structure with a walled enclosure, with eight gates, originally belonging to the Kakatiyas passed into the hands of the successors of the Bahmanis, the Qutb Shahis.

The fort is famous for its built in acoustic effects whereby a clapping of hands at the entry gate can be heard at the top of the fort, some 61 meters high. With a rich history this fort in ruins will fascinate you.


Government Archeological Museum (1.5 Km)*
Housed in Public Gardens, this is a museum with interesting sections on Prehistoric implements, Sculpture, Paintings, Inscriptions, illuminated Manuscripts, Old China and Textiles. The special attraction is an ancient Egyptian Mummy.


It was built by a French General, Monsieur Raymond in 1795 AD after the demoralizing defeat of Nizam-II at the hands of the Marathas. Gunfoundry was earlier called as Tope Ka Sancha. Cannons were cast here.


H.E.H. The Nizam’s Museum (5 Km)*
Located in the stately Purani Haveli, behind Princess Durru Shehvar Children’s Hospital, the core of the museum is a rich collection of souvenirs, gifts, momentos and models presented to the 7th Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan, on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee Celebration in 1937 and later. Besides, the longest wardrobe of the Sixth Nizam is also open to public here.

(Closed on Fridays. Timings : 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m)


High Court
The High Court stands on the south bank of the River Musi. This is one of the finest buildings in the city, built in red and white stone in saracenic style, by Nizam VII. Shankar Lal of Jaipur drew up the plan of the High Court and the local engineer Mehar Ali Fazil executed the design. The construction started on 15th April and was completed on 31st March 1919. On 20th April 1920 the Nizam VII inaugurated the High Court building.


Hi-Tech City (20 Km)*
Hi-Tech City
One of the modern monuments of trade and technology, it embodies the new found attitude of Hyderabad and today finds a place of pride. Situated on the outskirts of the city, it is the nucleus of Cyberabad, the IT destination in these parts of the world.


Hussain Sagar & Necklace Road (1.5 Km)*
This lake, around which the city is spread, was constructed in 1562 A.D. Today, it is the bejeweled heart of the twin cities with the newly built Necklace road. In the recent past it has evolved as one of the single largest gathering place for recreation. The road across the bund is a busy thoroughfare connecting the twin cities. Boating and Water Sports are a regular feature at the Hussain Sagar. Jutting out of the middle is the 18 metre high, 350 tonne monolithic statue of Lord Buddha on the rock of Gibraltar, in the middle of the lake. The bund is lined with 33 statues of famous personalities of the states.


Jami Masjid (7 Km)*
Also near the Charminar, this is the oldest mosque in Hyderabad (1597 A.D.)


Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park

The park covers an area of 142.50 hectares and is located within the city.

Flora :
The flora is typically representative of southern tropical deciduous forests and the last vestigeal representative of the indiginous flora of Hyderabad region. The park has nearly 600 species of trees, shrubs, climbers, herbs, grasses, besides several pteridophytes, bryophytes and xerophytes.

Fauna :
The park houses nearly 113 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles, 15 species of butterflies, 20 species of mammals and numerous invertebrates. It also serves as a refuge for Forest Cats, Palm Civets, Wild Boars, Hares, Mongoose, Monitor Lizards, Pythons, Cobras and other snakes. No large mammals are present in the national park.


Khazana Museum (12 Km)*

On the way to Golconda, this is yet another museums which houses a number of stone sculptures.


King Kothi Palace
King Kothi Palace was the main residence of the last Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan. The palace contains several buildings, in two groups. The eastern portion of the complex, now occupied by a Government hospital, was used for official and ceremonial purposes. The Western half which is now walled off, has the main residential buildings known as Nazri Bagh, and is still part of the Nizam's private estate. The main entrance to Nazri Bagh always has a curtain draped across it, so it is known as the 'purdah' gate. Nazri Bagh is not open to visitors except with special permission (difficult to obtain) but one may have a clear view of the Eastern elevation from the hospital. Osman Ali Khan lived in Nazri Bagh until his death in 1967.


Kothi - Residency
According to the book "Pictorial Hyderabad: The British Residents", a Madras civilian named Mr. Holland was sent by the Governor and Council of the fort St. George Factory, to the court of the " Subedar " of the Deccan on a purely diplomatic mission. The successors of this envoy, in course of time, when ascendancy of the British over the political affairs of the Nizam gradually asserted itself, came to be known as Residents.


Laad Bazaar (7 Km)*
Bangles Galore

This famous, colourful shopping center of the old city, is tucked away in one of the streets leading off from the Charminar. Bridal wear, Pearls, Attar (perfume) and the traditional Hyderabadi glass and stone studded bangles are sold here.

The areas surrounding Charminar like ‘Charkaman’ and ‘Mitti-ka-sher’ are famous for antique Kundan and Enamel jewellery, Temple Sarees, old Bidri & Silver, Crystal and Pearls. “Darushafa’ is famous for the Tissue-thin Silver leaf that decorates Indian sweetmeats, and Bidri ware. The appliquéd patchwork skirts, bags and belts, set with sparkling mirror and tiny beads of the Banjara gypsies; Nirmal Lacquerware, ornate brass from Pembarthi, Kondapalli carved toys, leather puppets and Warangal carpets combine to make Hyderabad,
truly a shopper’s paradise.


Lumbini Park (1 Km)*
Lumbini Park
A new amusement park near Hussain Sagar. This has a musical fountain show at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. open from Tuesday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Mahaveer Harina Vanasthali National Park Area

The park is at a distance of 30 km from the city and originally the area was under the Nizam. The park was established in 1977.

Flora :
The flora is of dry scrub jungle with grass lands. Major plant species found here are Neem, Butea (Flame of the forest), Acacias, Bauhinias etc. apart from a variety of thorny scrub species.

Fauna :
The park is famous for the endangered Black Buck, the state animal of Andhra Pradesh.

The other species of animals commonly seen are Monitor Lizards, Mongooses, Porcupines and Hares besides a variety of Snakes.

The avian fauna of the park comprises over 100 species and includes Partridges, Quails, Peacocks, Doves and birds of prey like Kites, Vultures etc. A variety of migratory birds can also be seen round the year. Short-toed Eagle is another rare species nesting in this area.

Tourist facilities :
There are rest sheds and observation towers for viewing the animals.

  • A van is provided to take the visitors inside the park to see the animals from close quarters.
  • This center offers audio-visual education on nature and wildlife and is supported by a good nature library.
  • An exhibition hall displaying exhibits explaining intricate problems of wildlife conservation.


Mecca Masjid (7 Km)*
Mecca Masjid

Southwest of Charminar lies Mecca Masjid, the most impressive mosque in South India. It was started in 1614 A.D. by the sixth Qutb Shahi King Abdullah Qutb Shah and completed in 1687 A.D. by Aurangzeb, when he annexed Golconda. This mosque is said to have bricks from Mecca built into its central arch.

Its lofty colonnades and entrance arches are made of single slabs of granite brought from a stone quarry, 11 Km north of Charminar. Legend says, 1400 bullocks were required to pull these.

Mecca Masjid is poetry in stone, with a hall measuring 67 m and soaring to a height of 54 m. The roof is supported by 15 graceful arches. It can accommodate 10,000 worshippers at a time. The southern end of the mosque has the tombs of all Nizams, from the time of Nizam Ali Khan (who died in 1803) and his successors, except that of Osman Ali Khan Nizam VII.


Mrugavani National Park, Chilkur
The park covers an area of 700 acres and is located at a distance of 25 km. from Hyderabad.

Flora :
The flora of the park is of tropical dry deciduous forest of degraded nature. The park harbors over 600 plant species ranging from bryophytes, Pteridophytes, Herbs, Shrubs, Climbers and Trees. The vegetative cover presents a mosaic of woodland and grasslands. Prominent trees are Teak, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Neem, Bamboo, etc.

Tourist facilities :
The park has an Environmental Education Center with an auditorium, a well-stocked library and a museum with wildlife exhibits.

Regular nature camps are conducted for school children taking them for nature walk, bird watching and safari ride.

Snake show with live specimens is an added attraction.


Nehru Zoological Park (10 Km)*
Nehru Zoological park

The Nehru Zoological Park which was declared open to the public on 6th October 1963 has bred some notable exotic and indigenous animals and birds like the Indian Rhino, Asiatic Lion, Tiger, Panther, Giraffe, Gaur, a number of Deer and Antelopes. In fact, animals bred in the Zoo have been distributed to various Deer parks and also sanctuaries for restoring the depleted animals.

Animal Collection :
The animal collections are varied covering many orders of the animal kingdom.

Primates :
The chimpanzee from Central Africa with a large open enclosure leads the group, followed by the colourful Mandrill, Orangutan, Sacred, Chacma, Olive and yellow Baboons (in open islands) Moustache and Sykes Guneon, Diana, Mona, DeBrazza, Vervet and Manga Monkeys all from Africa. South America is represented by Squirrel monkeys and Capuchin. Indian primates include the Rhesus, Bonnet, Stumptailed, Liontailed and Pig tailed monkeys Capped Nilgiri, Golden and Common Langurs.

Carnivorous :
The lions, both African and Indian are exhibited in this Zoo. It is a treat for the visitors to visit the only safari park for Indian Lions in Asia, with almost natural forest setting. The Tigers both white and normal have their own forest glades. The Panthers (normal & black) are exhibited in large enclosures with rock cliffs. Others include the Wolves, Jackals, Foxes and Hyena. The Weasel group is represented by Ratel and others.

The Bear are represented by a group of Sloth bears, Himalayan black bear in large moated enclosures.

Herbivorous :
Leading the group are the herd of Indian Elephants in a large grassy open enclosure, closely followed by the rare Great Indian Rhinoceros. Matching these is the group of Hippopotamus from Africa standing proud with their young ones. The zebras and the American Bison occupy a place of honour in the Zoo with their Indian neighbours, the Gaur and the rare Indian wild Asses.

The exclusively Indian Antelopes. Nilgai Black Buck, Chousingha and Chinkara have large spacious open enclosures. The Deer group includes the large Sambar and the beautiful Cheetal (Spotted Deer), the Barking Deer and Mouse Deer.

The pride possession among the deer is the group of Manipur or Brow Antler Deer, which are almost extinct in the wild. The rodents are represented by the colourful Malabar Giant Squirrels, Malayan squirrels, Porcupines, Rabbits, Guinea pigs etc. The Zoo is successful in breeding all varieties of deer and is proud to revive and rehabilitate most of them in the wild.

Birds :
Besides India's National Bird, the Peacock, other pheasants exhibited are Golden, Silver Khalij, Cheer and Lady Amherst. Also exhibited are Spur Fowls, Patridges and Qquails.

Rosy pelicans and flamingoes can be seen in big ponds, along with storks like adjutant. Black-necked, white necked and black Sarus Cranes with their new clutch and the Demoiselle Cranes can be seen in large open grasslands.

Ducks and Geese are represented by a large variety in duck ponds and walk through aviaries. The Parrot family includes the colourful macaws and Cocktoos and good collection of lovebirds and other Indian parakeets. The Zoo also has a good collection of Pigeons, doves and birds of prey. Also included in the collection is the Great Horn bills, pied hornbills and the Grey Horn bills and a variety of Munias, Finches and Buntings.

Reptiles :
A pair of giant 100 kg tortoises, several star tortoises and fresh water turtles greet the visitors, along with their cousins the Gharials, Muggers and the Estuarine Crocodiles all in open pools. Monitor Lizards share open enclosures with Chaemeleons. The Hooded Indian Cobra, the beautiful Russels viper and giant Pythans bask in open enclosures so also their other colleagues like the like the Keel backs and tree snakes.

The zoo has the first modern Reptile House in India for specially endangered reptiles, like the King Cobra, Pythons, etc

Specialties :
The zoo is proud to have the first Lion Safari and Tiger safari in India. In the first modern Nocturnal Animal House, the animals that are active during night are exhibited in simulated night conditions. These exhibits include Lorises, civets a variety of bats and forest cats, porcupines, Owls, ratels etc. The zoo also has Sloth bear safari and Bison safari.

(Closed on Mondays. Timings : 9 a.m to 5 p.m)


Ocean Park (12 Km)*
Ocean Park is located at Gandipet in 20 acres of landscaped gardens. The park provides number of wold class amusement rides, water rides and equipped with fastfood joints offering a variety of cuisine at affordable prices. A thrilling family outing!


Osman Sagar (13 Km)*
Osman Sagar is a jewel lake, formed by the damming of the river Musi, in 1920, to maintain a regular supply of drinking water for Hyderabad. Beautiful gardens on either side of the bund, and a guest house make this a popular picnic spot. More popularly, Osman Sagar is known as Gandipet.


Osmania University

History :
This University is named as " Osmania University " by Nizam the VII. In July 1934, the Nizam laid the foundation stone for the university. The university was started in a rented building near Abid Road and later shifted to its present site. Jasper was the architect. More than 35,000 labourers were employed to construct the university.

The University covers an area of 1400 acres. The main building on the campus is the College of Arts & Commerce. An imposing granite structure, it is the best example of the Osman Shahi architecture. It was completed in 1939 at a cost of Rs.36 lakh and was inaugurated in the same year by its founder, Nizam VII. Other buildings were gradually added to the campus. The Law College, Engineering College, and Science blocks have a similar architectural design. The main post-graduate library building was built later. The Tagore Auditorium was built to commemorate the Golden Jubilee celebrations in 1968.

The University has a large swimming pool. The several hostels on the campus accommodate a large number of students from different parts of the State.

The University campus also houses the American Studies Research Center and the Institute of Public Enterprise. There are ten faculties - Arts, Social Sciences, Commerce, Education, Law, Science, Engineering, Technology, Medicine and Ayurveda, Unani and Homeopathy. There are special facilities for the study of Islamic culture, Russian, German and French languages. Special degree courses are available in modern subjects like Electronics, Astrophysics, Genetics, Astronomy, Journalism, Business Management, Public Enterprise and Public Administration.

The university is the first and the only one in India to offer Military Science as a subject of special study. In 1983, a department of Theatre Arts was started which trains students in all aspects of the theatre, from folk forms, classical theatre to the contemporary theatre. There are 167 colleges affiliated to the university.


Paigah Tombs
There are many tombs of several generations of the Paigah nobles including Asman Jah, Viqar-ul-Umara and Shams-ul-Umara. The tombs are magnificent structures, decorated in stuccowork, and represent the Asaf Jahi and Rajasthani styles. The geometrical designs in the Paigah Tombs are unique and perforated with screens. This style is unique to the Paigah tombs and is not found elsewhere in the world.


Public Gardens (1 Km)*
One of the most popular among the beautiful gardens the Public Garden encloses the State Legislature, State Archeological Museum, Jubilee hall, Jawahar Bal Bhavan and Telugu Lalitha Kala Thoranam, an open air theatre.


Purani Haveli

Purani Haveli is situated to the South east of Afzal Gunj Bridge near Dewandevdi. This is also a building based on Western architecture and noted for its cultural and historical background. When the layout of the city of Hyderabad was being planned, the ruler of the kingdom, Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah earmarked a large estate for the residence of Hazrat Mir Momin, his Chief Adviser and peshwa (Prime Minister), who widely emerged as a saint and as a statesman.

The main building is reminiscent of the 18th Century European architecture. Although the buildings in the complex were constructed in the second half of the 19th Century during the reign of the sixth Nizam, Nawab Mir Mahboob Ali Khan Bahadur, the seventh Nizam, Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur added the auxiliary buildings with spacious court yards.


Qutb Shahi Tombs (12 Km)*
Qutb Shahi Tombs

1Km away from the Banjara Darwaza of the Golconda Fort, lies this cluster of graceful structures. This is the last resting place of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, where seven out of the eight sultans are buried.

The tombs are built in Persian, Pathan and Hindu architectural styles using grey granite, with stucco ornamentation. It features an annual Ghazal festival and other cultural entreaties.

Closed on Fridays. Timings : 9:30a.m to 4:30p.m)


Ramoji Film City (35 Km)*
Ramoji Film City
The Ramoji Film City is a colossal creation. This is Hyderabad’s answer to Universal Studios – nearly 2000 acres, a complete world created for assisting the dream merchants of cinema. Luxury hotels, Japanese gardens, Persian boulevards, lavish palaces, make-believe airports/railway stations and a host of other fantastic creations. It is open to the tourist at an entry fee.


Raymond's Tomb
Raymond's Tomb is situated in Malakpet near Osmanagar Palace, on the top of a small hill rising to a height of 100 feet from the ground. A gallant French General, Raymond was known as Michel Joachin Marie Raymond. He was employed by the Nizam to completely reorganise his armed forces. He was born in France on 25th September, 1755 AD but died at Hyderabad on March 25, 1798 AD at the young age of 43.


Salarjung Museum (5 Km)*
Salarjung Museum

History :
SalarJung III, who was interested in collecting rare objects of art resigned from his Prime Ministership at the age of 24 to collect pieces of art from around the world.

The Prime Minister of India Shri Jawaharlal Nehru had declared open the entire collection of SalarJung to the public on December 16, 1951.The collection was shifted to its present building in 1968.

Here one can find art works from Oriental as well as Western countries.The Salar Jung Museum has different sections based on the antique value.The first gallery introduces the visitors to the SalarJung and their times.

The second gallery has major and minor arts of South India, Stone Sculptures, Textiles, Ivory, Metal Ware, Arms and Armor and Indian Miniature Paintings. A separate section for children is on the ground floor.

The textile and costume gallery has some rare exhibits of Mughal Curtains, Kashmiri Shawls and Brocades. The miniature painting gallery abounds with Western, Indian & Mughal miniatures.

The painting gallery possesses the works of famous Raja Ravi Varma, Tagore brothers, Chughtai and contemporary artists of Andhra Pradesh and other parts of India.The Veiled Rebecca carved by the well-known Italian sculptor, Benzoni, is an unsurpassed masterpiece & a major attraction of the museum.

Another remarkable piece is the two sided wooden statue of Mephistopheles and Margaretta symbolizing good and evil. The same log of wood is used to carve two diametrically opposite characters.

The Japanese section exhibits Nikko Furniture, Embroidered Silk Screens, Needlework, Ivory Carvings and Satsuma Ware.

(Closed on Fridays, Timings : 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)


Sanghi Temple (35 Km)*
In the nearby industrial town Sanghi Nagar, this temple named after its patron family, Sanghi, is situated on top of a hill. This is a beautiful temple constructed in the South Indian style of temple architecture and hosts all important Hindu god idols. It is a favourite getaway point for the Hyderabadisas well as a popular tourist spot.


Shilparamam (20 Km)*
It’s a Crafts village spread over 30 acres set amidst lovely rocks, rippling waterfalls and gorgeous lawns located at Madhapur. The annual All India Festival of Arts and Crafts hel here in the month of March bring into limelight the cultural and artistic traditions from every nook and corner of the country. It also is the cultural hub of the city hosting several cultural programmes all around the year. It is a one time opportunity to take home a piece of India.


Shopper’s Stop (4 Km)*
Shopper's Stop
The ultimate shopping experience at India’s largest Shopper’s Stop at Hyderabad. Located very conveniently – walking distance from the Hyderabad Airport, it offers a buyer all that he is looking for.


The Statue of Lord Buddha*
Statue of Lord Buddha on the rock of Gibraltar, in the middle of the Hussain Sagar

The Buddhist statue has been placed on the rock of Gibraltar in the placid waters of the Hussain Sagar. It is the tallest standing monolith of 72 feet. The idea of erecting a giant monolith Buddha statue in the midst of Hussainsagar lake on the Gibraltar rock was a part of the Buddha Poornima project in 1985.

The monolithic statue was chiselled out of a white granite rock, weighting 450 tons.It was carved by 200 sculptors for two years. The statue was transported to Hyderabad in November 1988.

After the intial problems, the statue was erected on 12th April 1992 on a red coloured Lotus pedestral. Attached to it , Lumbini park was inaugurated with musical fountains, Bonsai Plants and a boat ride from Lumbini Park to the Buddha Statue. The whole atmosphere reflects peace and persevence. A visit to Buddha statue by boat is a memorable experience.


* All the distances are from Nampally












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