City Cabs the new cab service for hyderabadi's. Well not new though, it has been around for a few years, its just that they have expanded thier network and have become quite cheaper now. The cabs now come with meters, steroes, and a pleasant 24 hours service. Starting at a minimum fare of 40 rupees, they work out quite comfortable and affordable when ur moving in a group. Ya waiting charges are Re. 1 after 10 mins. Pack luggage upto 60 kgs.
Though originally founded by...
Though originally founded by the Kakatiya in the 13th century, the fort was expanded in the period of the Qutub Shahi kings into a massive fort, known for its diamond trade. The kohinoor diamond, Orloff diamond and the Hope diamonds are believed to have been originated from here. The whole fort is built in granite and is flanked by 70 ramparts and 8 huge gates.
Previously the whole fort was surrounded by a deep gorge but slowly this was filled up. The design of the ventilation reveals the brilliant planning of the architects.
The ventilation is designed to let in a flow of fresh cool breeze, which is a respite from the heat of summer! One of the most remarkable features of Golconda, is its system of acoustics. The sounds of hands clapped in the grand portico can be heard in the Durbar Hall, at the very top of the hill. The tombs of the Qutub Shahi kings lie about one kilometer north of the outer wall of Golconda.
These graceful structures are surrounded by landscaped gardens, with beautifully carved stonework. A new attraction at the fort is a Sound and Light that brings the legend of Golconda to life.
With a spectacular interplay of audio and visual effects, the saga of Golconda unfolds over centuries of splendor. The show livens up the glorious past and it is an experience worth watching.
The show is presented in English and Telugu on alternate days of the week.
Theories explaining the origins and etymology behind Hyderabad's name differ. A popular theory suggests that after founding the city, Quli Qutb Shah fell in love with and married a local Banjara girl known as Bhagyamathi and named this city after her, Bhagya Nagaram. In Telugu, Bhagyanagaram means prosperous city. (Bhagya: fortune; nagaram: city) . Upon her conversion to Islam, Bhagyamathi changed her name to Hyder Mahal and the new city's name was correspondingly changed Hyderabad (literally, "the city of Hyder").
"some attractions in hyderabad"
Charminar - the major landmark in Hyderabad with four graceful minarets.
Falaknuma Palace - Built by an Italian architect through one of the Paigah nobles, Nawab Viqar al-Umra', complete in Italian marble. It's a beautiful and stunning piece of architecture with Louis XIV-style decor, a lavish Mughal ambience, Italian marble staircases and ornate fountains.
Golconda Fort - located on the outskirts of the city, Golconda Fort is one of the most magnificent fortress complexes in India.
Chowmahalla Palace- It was the seat of Asaf Jahi dynasty, where the Nizam entertained his official guests and royal visitors. Initiated in 1750 by Nizam Salabat Jung and designed along the lines of the Shah's palace in Isfahan, this actually consists of a group of palaces each used as a Durbar Hall.
Salar Jung Museum - The museum houses the largest one-man collection of antiques in the world. Collections include "The Vieled Rebecca" and other huge collection of artifacts dating back to a few centuries. A mere day isn't enough to cover the whole museum.
Taramati Baradari - Located near Golconda, built by a Qutb Shahi sultan, this place is a must visit.
Mecca Masjid - a stone-built mosque, immediately southwest of Charminar. Remarkable for its architecture, size and its royal splendour. This is one of the most beautiful mosques in Hyderabad.
Birla Mandir (Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh) - a Hindu temple made of white marble located on top of a hill overlooking the city.
Birla Science Museum - The science centre is another beautiful structure, reflecting the advances made in science and technology. The interior décor matches the architectural exterior of the centre built over 10,000 sq. feet. The centre is host to a number of divisions such as the Planetarium, the Science Museum, and the centre for Applied Mathematics and Computer Sciences.
Birla Planetarium - The Planetarium is another magnificent building with a big dome resembling that of the Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur and some of the earliest government structures in New Delhi. A special attraction are the shows which unveil the mysteries of the cosmos and the origins of the universe, comets, eclipses, unidentified flying objects and the clash of titans. The latest addition is the Dinosrium, which houses a collection of dinosaur egg fossils. The highlight of the museum is a mounted “Kotasurus Yamanpalliensis”, the remains of a 160 million old dinosaur.
Purani Haveli - The official residence of the Nizam.
King Kothi Palace - The last Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan lived here.
Qutb Shahi Tombs - Home for various Tombs dedicated to Rulers of Qutb Shahi dynasty, located at Shaikpet, near Golconda Fort.
Birla Planetarium - located in the heart of the city on the panoramic hillock of Nawbat Pahad, the Birla Planetarium is a tribute to the advances made in science and technology.
Lumbini Park - This is one of the popular parks in the city. The main attraction of this park was the Musical fountain. It is now replaced by the 1500 seater Laserium, the first of its kind in the state. Boat rides take you across the lake to give you a closer glimpse of the Buddha.
Hussain Sagar - It is a man-made lake is also famous for the 18-metre tall Buddha statue on a platform island called "Rock of Gibraltar" in the middle of the lake, and for the Tank Bund which consists of beautiful gardens and statues of famous personalities. Boating and water sports are a regular feature here.
"Getting to Hyderabad"
Indian Airlines, Air India and Jet Airways offer regular flights linking Hyderabad with all major cities of India, including Delhi, Port Blair, Bangalore, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, etc.
Hyderabad has an extensive rail networks connecting to both important cities within the state and also other major cities up-country, including Bangalore, Mumbai, Bhubaneswar, Calcutta, Delhi, Chennai, etc. Secunderabad is the main railway station, located very close to the Hyderabad city center.
Hyderabad is well connected to the rest of India by the National Highway No.7 and 9. There are bus services of Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation or private operator linking to all centers in the region.
Getting around Hyderabad
The most common modes of intra-city travel are auto-rickshaws and taxis. Autos are a lot cheaper than taxis.