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[Historical Places]
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Golconda Fort
Gun Foundry
High Court
Holy Trinity Church
Lad Bazar
Race Course
Mecca Masjid
Osmania University
Paigah Tombs
Purani Haveli
Public Garden
Qutb Shahi tombs
Salar Jung Museum
Malwala Palace
Hyderabad Botanical Gardens
KBR National Park
Lotus Pond
The Birla Mandir
Birla Science Centre

Sanjeevaiah Park
Deer Park
Durgam Cheruvu
Hussain Sagar
Lumbini Park
Nehru Zoological Park
Mir Alam Tank
Ocean Park
Osman Sagar Lake
Himayat Sagar Lake
Ramoji Film City
Runaway 9
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Quality education in the vernacular

The need for a University with an Indian language as the medium of instruction was felt as early as in 1873. Recognising this need, two scholars - Rafat Yar Jung and Jamaluddin Afghani, along with Mr. Blunt, a member of the British Parliament. put forth the idea to the Diwan of the Hyderabad State, Salarjung II. The Nizam gave his consent and suggested the name, Osmania University. This University was developed in an area spread over 1,400 acres.

A site was selected and a Belgian architect named Jasper was appointed to design the university. Later, the state architect, Zain Yar Jung submitted a detailed outlay based on Jasper's ideas. The foundation stone was laid in July and over 35,000 labourers were employed for the construction work. One of the most imposing structures is that of the College of Arts and Commerce.

College of Arts and Commerce - OsmaniaThis granite structure is the best example of Osman Shahi architecture. This university is the first in India to have an Indian language, Urdu, as its medium of instruction. Various buildings have been added to the University to house various departments. The imposing Library is perched on a hillock and down below is the stretch of the Landscape Gardens right up to the vast Tagore Auditorium. No tour of the city is complete without a visit to this magnificent campus. Top

Of nobles who patronised art, literature and sports
Paigah TombsThe tombs of the Paigah nobles are located on the road leading to Santosh Nagar colony. The Paigah nobles were close associates of the Nizam and were entrusted with the defence of the State. They were patrons of art, literature and sports and constructed several beautiful palaces.

Magnificent structures decorated with stucco work, the Paigah tombs are remarkable samples of the Asaf Jahi and Rajasthani styles of architecture. Varieties of marble stones have been used in the construction and the artistic skills and talent of the artists involved with the construction work are specially noteworthy.

According to experts, the geometry of the Paigah Tombs is unique and cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Entry Fee: Rs 50
TopClosed on Friday.

Nizam's gift to his son

Purani Haveli, (meaning Old Palace in Urdu) was built in 1777 by Mir Nizam Ali Khan, the Second Nizam, for his son Sikandar Jah. But when Sikandar became the Nizam, he chose Moti Galli near Charminar for his residence. The Purani Haveli was thus unoccupied for most of the time and hence lost its earlier glory, charm and importance. It also came to be called Haveli Khadeem.

Purani Haveli is a replica of the 18th century European style of architecture. Its main building, even today, has several interesting pieces of antique furniture. Mir Mahboob Ali Khan, the sixth Nizam, also contributed to the glory of this building when he build the exquisite 240-feet long wooden wardrobe, the longest in the world, that never fails to amaze the visitors.

Timings: 10.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Entry Fee: Rs 50
Closed on Friday.
Baagh-e-aam for the Hyderabadis

Lalitha Kala ThoranamThe Baagh-e-aam or the Public Garden is located near the Hyderabad railway station. It is a large city garden that gives a breathing space to this fifth largest city of India. The site for the Baagh-e-Aam was acquired by the Nizam in 1864 from Raja Balakrishna on the advice of Salar Jung I. Surrounded by a wall with three lofty gateways, it contains the Legislative Assembly, The State Archeological Museum, Jawahar Bal Bhavan, the Health Museum and the Jubilee Hall.

The oldest building here is the Iron Bungalow, which is adjacent to a grand mosque, where the Nizam regularly offered his prayers. Among the recent additions to this garden is the Telugu Lalita Kala Thoranam, an open air theatre, now being patronised for important events such as national and international film festivals.

The stretches of lawns, placid ponds and quaint little structures add to the romantic and serene atmosphere.

(Closed after 9 p.m. No entry fee)

A unique ensemble of tombs

Tomb of Hayath Bakshi BegumErected in memory of the Golconda Nawabs, the Qutb Shahi tombs are one of the most popular historic places in Hyderabad. Located about a kilometer north of Golconda Fort's Banjara Darwaza, the tombs stand majestically in an ensemble. They are done in a totally different architectural style, which is a fine blend of the Persian, the Pathan and the Hindu forms.

There are about 30 tombs inside the complex and many more outside. A spectacle of so many tombs at one spot cannot be found anywhere else in India. Seven of the eight Sultans of the Qutb Shahi dynasty are buried in this vast resting place. At the centre of each tomb is a sarcophagus, while the actual burial vault is in a crypt below.

Intricate work in Mohammad Qutb Shah's tombThe principal material used in the construction is grey granite embellished in places with gypsum decors. The tomb of Hayath Bakshi Begum stands out for its exquisiteness. The colonnades on all sides of the tombs, the pointed vaults and the domes and the minarets make the tombs a treat to the eyes.

Timings: 9.30 am to5.00 pm.
Entry Fee: Rs. 2
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Single man's collection adored by millions

The Salar Jung Museum houses a unique collection of a single person Mir Yousuf Ali Khan. Better known as Salar Jung III, he was the Prime Minister of Hyderabad for a brief period. A patron of literature, poetry and art, Salarjung III was famous among the art and curio dealers around the world.

The museum, declared as an 'Institution of National Importance' by the Government of India in 1961, today attracts nearly 10 lakh visitors every year. The Salar Jung Museum has about 43,000 objects of art, 9,000 manuscripts and 47,000 books on varied subjects printed in different languages. The objects of art include Persian carpets, Mughal miniatures, European paintings, Chinese porcelain, Japanese silk paintings, carpets, clocks and walking sticks.

Veiled RebeccaAmong the most well known pieces are the Veiled Rebecca, an enchanting marble statue of a woman seen through her veil, and Marguerite and Mephistopheles, a double figure wood carving.


Timings: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Fri and public holidays;
Entry fee:
Rs 10 adults, Rs. 5 children under 12 and students
Closed on Fridays.

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