India is home to many architectural wonders. With so many sights to choose from, though, you may be stumped with where to visit first. Lucky for you we have the answer.
Hyderabad, the bustling capital of Telangana, is a one-of-a-kind location for sightseeing. Established in the late 1500s, the city’s man-made marvels tell the story of both its past and present.
Once there, you’ll likely find the trip to be everything you needed and more… so start planning!
Here are 4 of the many awe-inspiring wonders that make Hyderabad unmissable.
1. Golkonda Fort
Overlooking the city of Hyderabad is Golkonda Fort, an archaeological masterpiece that spans nearly 7 miles in area.
Once a center for diamond trading, it is now one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions.
Divided into four forts, Golkonda was built to hold off all sorts of invaders – including elephants! Its intricate pavilions, gates, entrances and domes have miraculously withstood the test of time.
2. Old City and Charminar Monument
The Old City is a 400-year-old walled section of Hyderabad, home to the Charminar monument. Created by the 5th Sultan of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, Charminar was built to mark his declaration of Hyderabad as his capital city.
Today, Charminar is one of the most photographed/visited attractions in Hyderabad. A global icon of the city, it is also one of the most recognized structures in India.
3. Hussain Sagar Lake
Hussain Sagar Lake broke records as Asia’s largest artificial lake. However, that’s not the only reason visitors flock here. It attracts tourists from all over because of another record it holds: it is also home to the world’s largest monolith Buddha statue.
Weighing more than 450 tons, this statue rests in the center of the heart-shaped lake. Ferries take visitors out to get a closer look at this statue, but its massive size also makes it visible from the shore.
4. Chowmahalla Palace
The seat of the Asaf Dynasty, construction for Chowmahalla Palace began in 1750.
Today, Chowmahalla’s visitors can tour its scenic gardens, baroque interiors, and collections of vintage cars/family heirlooms. Its ornately decorated features and vast grounds make Chowmahalla a one of a kind, architectural marvel.
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