Charminar and the Old City

The Charminar (“Four Minarets/Pillars”) – a monument and mosque in Hyderabad, India and the symbol of that city. Constructed in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah (5th ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty), who shifted his capital from Golconda to Hyderabad.
The Charminar is surrounded by the bazaars, one of them: Laad Bazaar (Choodi Bazaar) – a famous market for bangles .



Nearby:

Mecca Masjid | Chowmahalla Palace | Purani Haveli – Nizam’s

See also:

Hyderabad


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Chowmahalla Palace

Chowmahalla Palace (Chowmahallat – in Dakhini Urdu “four palaces”) – the palace and official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad State – the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty. The palace was completed in mid 19th century after 100 years of construction.

Inside the palace complex there are few buildings – the most important one: the Dharbar Hall (Khilwat Mubarak) with the royal seat, clock tower (with the mechanical clock working more than 250 years now), two courtyards, gardens, fountains, a collection of vintage cars.

The palace belongs heir of the Nizams: Barkat Ali Khan Mukarram Jah, who decided to restore the palace and open it to the public (2010).



Ξ Chowmahalla Palace website


Nearby:

Purani Haveli – Nizam’s Museum | Public Gardens

See also:

Hyderabad


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Mecca Masjid

Mecca Masjid (Makkah Masjid) – a congregational mosque in the old city of Hyderabad, one of the largest mosques in India (capacity of 20,000 people), built between the 16th-17th centuries, with some bricks (in the central arch) made from the soil from Mecca, the holiest site of Islam. At the entrance to the country yard there is a building with the tombs of the 2nd to 6th Nizams of Hydarabat (the Asaf Jahi dynasty rulers).



Nearby:

Charminar and the Old City | Chowmahalla Palace | Purani Haveli – Nizam’s Museum

See also:

Hyderabad


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Purani Haveli – Nizam’s Museum

Purani Haveli (Masarrat Mahal palace / Haveli Khadeem – “old mansion”) – a palace and former official residence of the Nizam – ruler of Hyderabad. Built in 18th century by Ali Khan Bahadur, Asaf Jah II for his son Sikander Jah, Asaf Jah III, who after some time spent here moved to Chowmahalla Palace.

Within that U-shaped palace complex Mirror House (Ayina Khaana) and Chinese Glass House (Chini Khaana) were also constructed. Inside the Purani Haveli there is the world’s largest wardrobe (belonging to the 6th Nizam – Mahboob Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VI) and a 150-year-old wooden lift, manually operated.

Today the palace houses a school, an industrial training institute and the Nizam’s Museum, opened in 2000. The museum is dedicated to the last Nizam of Hyderabad – Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII and presents the gifts he had received for his silver jubilee celebrations in 1936 (among them: tiffin box studded with diamonds, miniature silvier replicas of the landmark buildings in Hyderabad).



Ξ Nizam Museum website


Nearby:

Chowmahalla PalacePublic Gardens

See also:

Hyderabad


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Birla Mandir

Birla Mandir – a Hindu temple, constructed of white marble (2000 tons), opened in 1976 by Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Mission, after 10 years of work. Located on Naubath Pahad hillock (85 m) in Hyderabad, India. It is one of the Birla Foundation similar temples, built all around India, open to all.



Ξ Birla Mandir at Hyderabad Tourism webpage


Nearby:

Hussain Sagar and Lumbini Park

See also:

Hyderabad


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