This annual shopping bonanza, popularly known as Numaish (exhibition in Urdu language) was the only source of major shopping for handicrafts, handworked clothes and other stuff from different parts of India in Hyderabad, until now when they have started other similar exhibitions like the shilparamam in Hi-tec city, but still no one beats Numaish for variety, fun, granduer, history and patronage.
Held for a period of one and a half month, from 1 of Jan till 15 of february every year, this annual mela has grown from being a disorganised setup of stalls into an organised exercise. The authorities here are planning to manage the whole show similar to the Dubai Shopping Festival. Though organizing it on that scale looks a far off thing, but still it is an effort in the right direction.
These tombs are made by Qutb Shah dynasty and should be seen before going for Golconda fort. It is having the rich heritage of Hyderabad and for true heritage lovers it with Golconda fort in succession will give them a holistic view of heritage of Hyderabad city.
Tombs are magnificent work of architecture and very peaceful atmosphere.
Fees: There is a small entry fee of rs. 30 for cars and rs. 5 for each person. If interested you may take guide for better understanding of the true essence of historical place. Negotiate if necessary, as per your skill or willingness
Camera and handy-cam are charged separately but strangely enough no charges for smartphones so one can be smart to carry high end smartphone though for seasoned photographers charges will be not a concern.
Toilets: There are paid toilets inside and clean.
The main Muhammad Qutb Shah Tomb can even be seen from the Golconda fort terrace (from the terrace beside rani palace) (That only from Golconda fort not from Qutb Shah tombs).
Souvenirs and photo books are available outside hawkers and can be purchased as per one's individual choice and willingness.
Estimated time to see the Tombs: 1.0-2.5 hours
Please finish the tombs by 4 pm and proceed to Golconda fort so to be able to see full fort.
Many people would not find this interesting or a "thing to do", but since we are in the IT business my husband and I wanted to check out the area known as Hi-Tech City/Cyberabad. We have watched all the companies coming into the different cities in India for the past 5+ years. All of this has led to all kinds of growth, building, traffic, etc. Some of it good, some of it not so good. We were pretty surprised at all the companies in Hyderabad, as well as all of the buildings coming up - both commercial - and residential to house all the techies.
Check out the Aliens Space Station 1 residential complex: http://www.aliensspacestation1.in/htmls/home.html
It Companies (so far):
They are building several more hotels in the area and are also building a new road to the (great, new) airport to connect it directly to the area without the need to travel through the "city".
This calm retreat is part of Ella Compass Hotel and suites.Exotic,soothing,blissful and enchanting... Niva awaits you ... to pamper you like never before.You would experience rejuvenation unlike any.There are many therapies like Hydro therapy,Hot stone therapy,signature massage,jet lag energiser etc..I have a had massages here and can vouch for the treatments and massages here!Just go relax and get back energised and harmonious.
This lovely edifice was designed by an Italian architect and built by the Nawab Vicar Ul Umra. When the Nizam visited this palace for the first time, he was so impressed with what he saw that he chose to extend his stay there. In response to this open display of admiration from the Nizam the Ul Umra presented him with the palace building.
The Nehru Zoological Park is located in the historical Bahadurpura around the Miralam Tank,a 200 year old water body ,In over 380 acres of greenery the zoo is the first in the country to have animals arranged in open enclosures.It houses animals,reptiles,birds including nocturnal animal home.
There is a toy train on which children and adults can take a ride around the zoo.
There are small snack joints and toilets.
Closed on Mondays
Seven Qutb shahi kings are buried here.The tombs are built in Persian,Pathan,Hindu architechtural styles.The tombs are surrounded by gardens.There is also a small museum with the premises.
9.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
The secret lake as it is sometimes called is close to Shilparamam crafts village,near hitech city.The A.P.tourism board organises boat rides here.You could spend sometime here on you way to or back from Shilparamam or the hitech city.
The bridge over the Hussain Sagar lake is a good place to take a stroll.There are lawns and greenery with statues of famous political,social and cultural heroes on one side and the other side is adjoining the lake.There is a restraurant and also a few people selling snacks along.Good choice for an early morning,evening or even a night walk.
The Chote Hazrat ki Dargah dates back to the period of Asif Jahis. You need to climb roughly 400 stairs or more to reach the place of worship. The Dargah (mortuary) was built in the memory of Hazrat Ali, the son-in-law of Prophet Mohammad. It is a pilgrimage center for the Muslims and is considered very sacred. A large number of Muslims flock this place to pay their offerings during the 8th and 10th day of Muharram, which is a prominent festival of the Muslims.
There is an interesting story behind the building of this Dargah. Legend has it that Yakoob, a eunuch in the court of Ibrahim Quli went to a hilltop after he saw Hazrat Ali seated on it in his dreams. He noticed the impression of Hazrat Ali's palm on a stone, which was similar to what he saw in his dream. He was surprised and got the impression carved out and installed in a shrine. An arch was then built over the spot. Later Ibrahim Shah constructed a mosque adjacent to the Dargah. An 'Ashurkhana', a 'Baradari' or pavilion and a 'Naqqar Khana' or a place for beating drums were added during the Qutub Shahi period.
For indians who thrive on three and a half hours of make believe in bolly wood films, Ramoji film city is a must see. Spread over 2000 acres of land, this dream place lies among dusty barren hills. Hats off to the man Ramoji Rao who dared to dream. He gives employment to a 6000 people, has converted a dry area in to a flower and tree lined avenue where period buildings of different centuries and countries co exist. You are transported around in trams and the conductor reels off the names of films shot in each building, advertisement shot, song sequence etc etc.
most part can be boring for children and people from other countries. children can enjoy the stunt shows , making of films , earth quakes and video games area. If you are lucky enough you can see a shooting in progress.
entrance fee Re 250/-
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You may want to click into pictures to see some of the highlights for this location.
Besides planning your train/bus tickets properly while you're on your South India trip, I personally feel that postcard browsing on 1st postcard selling boy approaching you (of course got to be after you settle for your lodging) is not necessary a bad idea.
I happened to travel with a very seasoned backpacking and well planning travel mate with almost 80% planned out before we're arriving at the destination. Postcard browsing will help you to complete the remaining 20% (if not more) when you're in that particular town.
Most postcard sellers will carry localized and specific postcards around the location (say 100-200KM radius) and you'll get to spot some "must see"s impromptu and also pick up some great photographic themes and they are most likely to be your most memorable thing for that town/location.
This is especially true for traveling in a subcontinent like India where missing a particular spot may means that you may miss it forever. Please do not get me wrong that India is a bad place to travel. India does not get the "Incredible India" as the travel slogan for no reason. It's a beautiful country, but other factors such as air pollution, difficulty for arrange for train tickets and such will deter you from returning to India just to complete what you've just missed in your previous trip.
So, get the most out of that single trip. If you really like certain postcards, you may help the postcard boy financially but do remember to strike the best deal for those cards.
Said to be the only place where an entire dynasty is burried in one location, the 16th century Qutab Shahi tombs are located a short distance from Golconda fort.
Among the most impressive of the 7 structures is the tomb of Sultan Mohammed Qutub Shah, who is said to have been the founder of Hyderabad.
shilparamam is a craft village. At the gate there are two terra cotta horses that welcomes you. Shilparamam has annual festivals of arts and crafts where artisan from all over the country are invited.
Royal cemetery of the Qutub Shahi kings lies nearby Golkonda fort. Each tomb is surrounded by landscaped gardens. There are total of seven tombs in memory of the departed kings of Golkonda. The architecture of the tombs is a blend of persian, pathan and hindu forms.