Hyderabad is not just another go-to IT destination where only a bunch of techies live. It has swanky high-rises and yet has a rich heritage layered in the city walls and the monuments that history has stood witness to. It has modern facilities which are at par with Metro cities but yet holds its ground when it comes to heritage and culture. It is the perfect amalgamation of history and modern living. You must have heard about the Charminar and Golconda fort which are the most popular ones but there are a lot of places in Hyderabad that you might not have even heard of. Here is a list of a few uncommon places in Hyderabad, that you must visit the next time you are around.
1. Taj Falaknuma Palace
This piece of jewel from the collection of the Nizam’s is one of the spectacular architectural wonders the city has got. The monument was once a Palace in the Nizam era which was later transformed into a hotel. The latest star added to the beauty of the palace was Salman Khan’s Sister’s wedding ceremony.
The ballroom of this palace contains a two-ton manually operated organ that is said to be the only one of its kind in the world. It also has the one of the finest collection of the Quran in India.
2. Chilkur Balaji Temple
Also known as the God of Visas among the locals and students, this temple is located in the outskirts of the city. Chilkur Balaji Temple is one of the oldest temples in Hyderabad. The main reason behind the popularity of this is because people believe, if you make a wish at this temple regarding your visa, there are maximum chances of your wish being fulfilled.
So the next time you are in the city and have a Visa interview in the near future, don’t forget to make a wish here.
3. NTR Garden
If you are here with your family and tired of roaming around the city and want to spend some quality time with your family, this is where you should head. Built in the name of NTR ex CM and Famous Movie actor, this place is the perfect place to rejoice and get rejuvenated. Watch out for the crowd in the weekends.
4. Paigah Tombs
Paigah Tombs or Maqhbara Shums UL Umra, are the tombs belonging to the nobility of the Paigah or the Shums UL Umrahi family. The tombs are magnificent structures, decorated in stucco work, and represent the Mogul, Greek, Persian, Asaf Jahi, Rajasthani and Deccani style of architecture.
This place is a must visit to get a feel of the historical essence of the city. Not many people know of this, but if you are in love with historical monuments, you simply cannot miss this.
Located at the far end of the city, the Keesaragutta temple is a temple of Lord Shiva. Standing tall on a small hill, the place is covered with greenery and hordes of monkeys which are smarter than anything around the place, next time you visit the place keep an eye out for them. Legend has that Lord Ram erected the Siva Lingam in order to atone for his sins of killing Ravana – the Brahman.
The temple is believed to be surrounded by a 101 Shiva Lingas which were dropped by lord Hanuman out of anger. A place surrounded by the serene beauty of nature and poised midst hills and immense greenery, that would sooth in spiritual bliss.
6. Sudha Car Museum
This is among the most underrated places in the city, but once you visit the place you would like to go there again. This is ideally the only car museum in the world which houses handmade wacky cars for display. Various models and designs of vintage cars are displayed to the visitors. Take your kids to this unique museum to educate them about the different type of cars and fun day out with the family.
It’s amazing how one man can be so passionate about cars, that he has literally transformed everything (pen, sharpener, cricket bat, and condom) have been shaped to look like a car.
7. Mecca Masjid
Situated just opposite to the famous Charminar at the heart of the city, Mecca Masjid is a place of peace and unity. Said to be India’s largest mosque and listed as a national heritage building, it is believed to accommodate almost a 10,000 strong crowd in its premises. Although it stands tall as a strictly religious place and an altar of worship, there is no restriction about who can visit and who cannot.
The view of the sunset is blissful and the scenery is so beautiful that it calms your senses.
8. Holy Trinity Church
This would be one our highly recommended ones. Designed with the passion of the Victorian Gothic style, it’s a place that will take you away from the hustle bustle of your daily life. Timeless artifacts are on display here. From graves as old as 1851, to the bell, the tablets on the walls are all original pieces of work and similar to what you would see in the churches in England.
Every person you come across in this place will smile and laugh along with you. They do not discriminate, for a few hours you would traverse to a different world. You would feel like living in the place for ever.
9. Nizam Museum
Nizam Museum is a place where you can see a timeline of this timeless and majestic city of Hyderabad. The items on display are just amazing and the gold and silver carvings and other patterns also add to the beauty of the place. To know better about the place it is advisable to hire a guide available at the location.
10. Sanghi Temple
If you prefer visiting a cultural heritage rich place, then this is your destination. Located 30+ Km away from the city, Sanghi Temple’s rich heritage and majestic beauty has no competition. The architecture of the temple is astounding and the environment around the temple is also very calm and peaceful.