Take a break when the city is in the throes of a roasting summer. Relish the myriad scenes that the City of Pearls presents. Enjoy the serene ambience at Shilparamam,and never forget to pay a visit to the Nizams, the tombs of the Qutb Shahis and the Golconda. Not to mention the Ramoji Film City and a taste of the night on an APTDC night package. The City Bureau takes you through the exciting splendour of Hyderabad

The famous Chowmahalla Palace, meaning ‘char’ (four) mahalla (palaces), is renowned for its unique style and elegance. The Chowmahalla complex, which is a replica of the Shah’s Palace in Teheran, consists of two courtyards with elegant palaces, the Grand Khilwat (Durbar Hall), fountains and gardens. It is said that the Nizams entertained their official guests and royal visitors here. While Nizam Salabhat Jung is credited with initiating the construction of the palace complex in 1750, it was Nizam Afzar-ud-Dawla Bahadur who ensured that it was completed between 1857 and 1869.

NIZAM’S MUSEUM

The Nizam’s Museum is located in Purani Haveli in the heart of Old City. It is a 2-km drive from Charminar and 1 km away from the Salar Jung Museum. Legend has it that the second Nizam of Hyderabad, Asaf Jah II Mir Nizam Ali Khan acquired the palace in the year 1750 and converted it into a museum.

One can see the gold-furnished throne used during celebrations, a gold tiffin box, with diamond laid in it; coffee cups made of silver and studded with diamonds. Gold and silver models of various buildings and the silver Jubilee pavilion. The nearest landmark is Princess Durru Shehvar Hospital and Salar Jung Museum.

QUTB SHAHI TOMBS

The Qutub Shahi tomb complex is the royal cemetery of the Qutub Shahi kings who ruled Deccan for nearly 170 years.

While larger tombs are double storeyed, the smaller ones are single storeyed, and they rise up to 9 to 15 metres in height above the terrace. It is situated 2 km away from the Tolichowki area in the western side of the city. RTC buses from various parts of the city operate services to the spot. The nearest major RTC bus transshipment point is Mehdipatnam.

GOLCONDA FORT

Golconda Fort is also known as ‘golla konda’ (shepherd’s hill). The most prominent builder of Golconda was Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah Wali, the fourth Qutub king of the Qutub Shahi Dynasty. Ibrahim followed in the spirit of his ancestors, the Qutub Shahi kings, a great family of builders who ruled Golconda from 1512.

They laid out Golconda’s splendid monuments and designed a perfect acoustical system by which a hand clap sounded at the fort’s main gates, the grand portico, is heard at the top of the citadel, situated on a 300-foot(91 m)-high granite hill. This is one of the fascinating features of the fort. A light and sound show is organised everyday in the fort premises where the history of the fort is narrated along with a laser show. It is situated 3 km away from the Tolichowki area on the western side of the city.

Asif Yar Khan