Hyderabad is a place where the numerous cultures amalgamate in unique proportion, so as to give the state the prestige of a secular yet one of the best metropolitan cities in South India. It is considered as the gateway of south India. Born about a few centuries ago the city has gained much in course of its short sojourn towards being the fifth metropolitan city in India.
Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism and Zoroastrianism are some of the few the various cultures present here, apart from the Telegu and the Tamil speaking group of people. It is also an important seat of learning in South India. People are drawn to the monuments of Hyderabad, which are proud testimonies of a rich Indian heritage.
It had been the capital of the Golconda Dynasty. The Monuments of Hyderabad are unique in their own ways and offers welcome relief from the fast world. They invite the tourist to explore down their memory lanes to the ages past, making them nostalgic and contemplative. There are numerous monuments in Hyderabad, they are the following:
- Charminar was constructed by Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah in 1591, after he shifted his capital to Golconda. Renowned for its four characteristic minarets, the Charminar is four storied and the topmost floor consists of 45 sheltered prayer halls.
- Golconda Fort is located 11 Km from Hyderabad and dates back to the Kakatiya Dynasty who constructed it in 1143. Later it became a part of the Islamic Bahmani Sultanate. It means Shepherd’s Hill.
- Falaknuma Palace is located in the old Hyderabad City, erected by Vikar-ul-Umra, later bought by the Nizam VI of Hyderabad.
- Osmania University was established in 1918 and is a member of the Association of Indian Universities.
- Purani Haveli had been the original residence of the Nizam of Hyderabad and is U-shaped. There are two oblong lanes running parallel to one another.
- Paigah Tombs is an elegant building and a wonder of marbles; it extends to 30-40 acres of land and belonged to the Paigahs of Hyderabad.
- Asman Garh Palace was constructed by Sir Asman Jha, belonging to the Paigah Family and later this was converted into an archeological museum.