Heritage and Culture
Dating back more than four centuries, bustling Hyderabad is filled with old forts, havelis, and tombs that reflect Muslim and Hindu influences. Commissioned by city founder Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, Charminar is Hyderabad’s major landmark and regarded as the Arc de Triomphe of the East. Its four minarets soar to a height of more than 48 metres, creating a grand entrance to its 45 prayer spaces and mosque. Also noteworthy are the stately Chowmahalla Palace, built by a Qutb Shahi sultan, and the imposing stone mosque Mecca Masjid. Known for its acoustics, palaces, and innovative water-supply system, the centuries-old Golconda Fort is home to the famous Fateh Rahben Cannon. More history can be found at the Persian-style Taramati Baradari.
At the Salar Jung Museum, one of the world’s largest antique collections comprises Persian carpets, Mughal miniatures, Chinese porcelain, royal daggers, swords, and its famous statue, Veiled Rebecca. The Nizam’s Silver Jubilee Museum is filled with magnificent gifts and mementos given to the last nizam of Hyderabad.
- Golkonda Fort 12.0 km/7.5 miles
- Chowmahalla Palace 20.0 km/12.4 miles
- Charminar 20.7 km/12.9 miles
- Salarjung Museum 21.0 km/13.1 miles
- Birla Temple 17.7 km/11.0 miles