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Nehru Zoological Park

Nehru Zoological Park or Hyderabad Zoo is located in Bahadurpura, Hyderabad, Telangana, India was established October 26, 1959. It was declared open to the public on October 6, 1963. The Park extends over 380 acres, abutting the Miralam Tank on the southern side and National Highway No.:7 on the eastern boundary. It is the premier recreation spot in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Nehru Zoological Park has successfully bred several endangered wild animals both indigenous and exotic, like Asiatic Lion, Royal Bengal Tiger(both normal and White), Gaur, Blackbuck, Thamin Deer, Swamp Deer, Sloth Bear, Malayan Sun Bear, Hippopotamus, Jaguar, Painted Stork, White Ibis, Grey Pelcian, Rosy Pelican, Several Pheasants, Crocodiles, Green Iguana, etc,. Whild Animals like Blackbuck, Spotted Deer, Peafowl, Crocodiles, etc which have been bred in the Zoo have been rehabilitated in the sanctuaries and National Parks of the State. Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad is one of the first z

Salarjung Museum

The Salar Jung Museum is an art museum located at Darushifa on the southern bank of the Musi River in the city of Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It is one of the three National Museums of India. The present museum building was constructed on the southern bank of River Musi, which is in close proximity to the important monuments of old city of Hyderabad like the historic Charminar, Mecca Masjid etc. The collections of the Museum and the library were transferred from Dewan Deodi to the new building in the year 1968, and two more buildings were added in the year 2000. Collection of Objects The Museum has a magnificent global collection of art objects and antiques not only of Indian origin, but mostly from countries Western, a sizable collection hails from Middle Eastern and Far Eastern origins. Apart from these, there is a Children's section, a rich reference library which contains reference books, large collection of rare manuscripts etc. Thus, this Museum has become popular, no

Hyderabad District

Head Quarters        :   Hyderabad Revenue divisions    : 2 ( Hyderabad and Secunderabad   ) Mandals              : 16  Population           :  3,943,323 Area (km2)           :  217 square kilometres (84 sq mi) Literacy             : 83.25% Highways             :  NH-44‎, ‎NH-65‎, ‎NH-163‎, ‎NH-765 Rivers               : Musi Vehicle Registration : TS 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 Collector            :  Rahul Bojja

Hyderabad City Museum

City Museum is a museum located in Purani Haveli, Hyderabad, Telangana, India situated in the palace. The museum was inaugurated on 11 March 2012 by Nizam`s Jubilee Pavilion Trust chairman, Prince Muffakham Jah, the grandson of the last ruler of Hyderabad state Mir Osman Ali Khan. City Museum is the first of its kind in India, which focuses on the history of the city of Hyderabad, from times beyond its inception to the present day. It presents glimpses of the historical, commercial, cultural and social fabric of the beautiful city that is Hyderabad from its foundation up to the present times. A touch screen multimedia kiosk provides quick information about the origin, popular legends, places worth visiting and landmarks of 50 Mohall’s (localities) and other trivia of Hyderabad in Hindi, Urdu, Telugu and English. The area that constitutes Hyderabad today was inhabited four thousand years ago. The city Museum retraces some of those steps back to Megalithic times, to the Kakat

Nizam Museum

Nizam Museum or H.E.H Nizam's Museum is a museum located in Purani Haveli, Hyderabad, Telangana, India is a  palace of the erstwhile Nizams. In the heart of old Hyderabad, a few lanes away from the iconic Charminar, lies a fascinating collection of articles belonging to the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan.  This museum showcases the gifts that the last Nizam of Hyderabad state, Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII received on his silver jubilee celebrations. The museum is a repository mainly of souvenirs, gifts and mementos presented by dignitaries to the last Nizam gifts and mementos presented to the last Nizam on the occasion of the silver jubilee celebrations in 1936. Models made of silver of all the landmark buildings in Hyderabad, and citations in Urdu about H.E.H. Mir Osman Ali Khan. A golden, wooden throne used for the silver jubilee celebrations of the Last Nizam, a gold tiffin box inlaid with diamonds, miniature repilica of the Jubilee Hall, glass inlay

Taramati Baradari

Taramati Baradari is a historical sarai as part of Ibrahim Bagh, a Persian style garden built during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah, the second Sultan of Golconda The Baradari was constructed on the banks of the Musi river. Today, the region comes under the city limits of Hyderabad, India. The tourism department attributes the name to the reign of the Seventh Sultan of Golconda, Abdullah Qutb Shah who as an ode to his favorite courtesan, Taramati, is said to have named the sarai Taramati Baradari. The tourism department promotes the location by romantic stories linking the then-Sultan with a courtesan named Taramati. One such story goes that during the reign of Abdullah Qutb Shah, he used to hear Taramati’s voice as she sang for travelers at the serai, while he sat two kilometers away at Golconda fort. Her melodious voice was carried by the breeze, reaching the prince’s ear at the fort. There is no recorded report of the same. Another fable tells of two ravishing dancing

Sudha Cars Museum

Sudha Cars Museum located in  Bahadurpura, Hyderabad, Telangana, India  is the first and only handmade Wacky Car museum in the World. It is the brainchild of Mr. K. Sudhakar, a Guinness World Record Holder for making the Largest Tricycle in theWorld. Mr. Sudhakar, got hooked on to this hobby right from his school days. At the age of 14 he first designed a bicycle and the very next year at the age of 15 he made his first "Easy Rider Motorbike". He tried his hands on a four-wheeler when he was studying in Intermediate II year and created a stunning, rugged looking "Dune Buggy". Known for designing cars in the shapes of computer, skating shoe, football, brinjal, car designer K Sudhakar of Sudha Cars Museum here has now come out with a car measuring 26-feet tall. Sudhakar, a Guinness World record-holder for creating a largest tricycle in the world, is now attempting another Guinness World Record with his new creation "The Largest Stationary Art Car Model" in

NTR Gardens

NTR Gardens located in Khairatabad, Hyderabad, Telangana, India is a small public, urban park of 36 acres (0.15 km2; 0.056 sq mi) adjacent to Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad, India. Constructed in several phases since 1999, the area that is predominantly a park is geographically located in the centre of the city, and is close to other tourist attractions such as Birla Mandir, Necklace Road and Lumbini Park. It is maintained by the Buddha Purnima Project Authority that functions under the directives of the Government of Telangana. In 1999, a land of 5 acres (20,000 m2) from a 55-acre (220,000 m2) plot was utilized for erecting a memorial for N. T. Rama Rao, the former Chief Minister of unbifurcated Andhra Pradesh. It was inaugurated by Chandrababu Naidu. It was planned to further expand this area, which has since been referred to as NTR Gardens, by constructing a museum about N. T. Rama Rao. This memorial was a part of the Buddha Purnima Project that was being handled by H

Birla Science Museum

B. M. Birla Science Museum is an Indian science museum located in Khairatabad, Hyderabad, Telangana, India. Constructed by civil engineer Mr. P. A. Singaravelu, it comprises a planetarium, museum, science center, art gallery as well as a dinosaurium. The museum itself was the second phase of the science center when it opened in 1990. The Birla Planetarium is a wing of the Science Center. The planetarium was inaugurated by Mr. N.T. Rama Rao, on 8 September 1985 and is one of three Birla Planetariums in India. The others are the M.P. Birla Planetarium in Kolkata and B.M. Birla Planetarium in Chennai. The Dinosaurium is the newest addition to the planetarium and science center and opened in 2000. Its exhibits include a 160-million-year-old mounted Kotasaurus yamanpalliensis, excavated at Adilabad district in Telangana and presented to the Science Museum by the Geological Survey of India. The Dinosaurium also has a collection of smaller fossils of dinosaur eggs, marine shells an

KBR National Park

Kasu Brahmanandha reddy National park is located in Jubliee Hills, Banjara Hills and Film Nagar in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. The park has an approximate area of 390-acre (1.6 km2). The entire park was declared as a National park in the year 1998. It is located centrally in Jubilee Hills and is described as a jungle amidst the concrete jungle. It has peacocks and other animals. Chiran Palace was built in 1940. The entire palace complex is spread over an area of 400 acre and was given to Prince Mukarram Jah on his coronation by his father Prince Azam Jah in 1967. The complex has the palace and besides it the other property include Mor (peacock) bungalow on a hillock, Gol Bungalow; stables for elephant, horses and cattle, motor khana that housed a fleet of exquisite vintage cars, a workshop for heavy machinery, petrol pump, several outhouses, two wells and an equal number of water tanks. The guests coming into the park can solely be allowed to steer on the selected pathw

Lumbini Park

Lumbini Park is located in Khairatabad, Hyderabad, Telangana, India is a small public, urban park of 7.5 acres (0.030 km2; 0.0117 sq mi) adjacent to Hussain Sagar in Hyderabad, India. India named after Lumbini of Nepal dedicated to Lord Buddha. Since it is located in the center of the city and is in close proximity to other tourist attractions, such as Birla Mandir and Necklace Road, it attracts many visitors throughout the year. In 1994, Lumbini Park was constructed at a cost of INR 2.35 crores on 5 acres (0.020 km2; 0.0078 sq mi) of land adjacent to Hussain Sagar. In 2000, the Buddha Purnima Project Authority (BPPA) was established to maintain specially designated development areas in Hyderabad.   To enhance the inflow of visitors, it constructed additional facilities for laser auditorium, boating facilities among other visually appealing features such as gardens and musical fountains. In 2006, the park was named as T. Anjaiah Lumbini Park in honour of the late Chief

Birla Mandir

Birla Mandir is a Hindu temple located in Khairatabad, Hyderabad, Telangana India is built on a 280 feet (85 m) high hillock called Naubath Pahad on a 13 acres (53,000 m2) plot. The construction took 10 years and was opened in 1976 by Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Mission. The temple was constructed by Birla Foundation, which has also constructed several similar temples across India, all of which are known as Birla Mandir. The temple manifests a blend of Dravidian, Rajasthani and Utkala architectures. It is constructed of 2000 tons of pure white marble. The granite idol of presiding deity Lord Venkateswara is about 11 ft (3.4 m) tall and a carved lotus forms an umbrella on the top. There is a brass flagstaff in the temple premises which rises to a height of 42 ft (13 m). The temple does not have traditional bells, as Swami Ranganathananda wished that the temple atmosphere should be conducive for meditation. Apart from the main shrine, the consorts of Lord Venkateswara, Pad

Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple

One of the famous Hindu temples, Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple is located in the beautiful hilly region of the Ananthagiri hills in Vikarabad district of Telangana, India. This temple situated in Ananthagiri hills is dedicated to the worship of Lord Vishnu. According to Hindu Mythology, Skanda Purana, it is believed that this Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple was constructed by the rishi Markandeya in the dwapara yuga on Ananthagiri hills.  The rishi Markandeya came here for yoga sadhana every day because the splendid and pleasant atmosphere of Ananthagiri hills attracted him. After his Yoga and meditation, Rishi Markandeya used to go to Kasi to take a holy bath in the river Ganges through a cave. During the dwadasi season, Markandeya couldn't make it to Kasi in the early hours of the day. He was very upset with this and after seeing the rishi's concerns, Lord Vishnu himself appeared in Markandeya's dreams and arranged water from the river Ganges for the ris

Karmanghat Hanuman Temple

The Karmanghat Hanuman Temple is a very popular temple located at Karmanghat, Saroornagar, Rangareddy district, Telangana India on the way to Sagar road.  This temple, dedicated to the Pawan Putra Hanuman, the greatest devotee of Lord Shri Ram is one of the oldest temples in the state capital, Hyderabad.  This famous temple in Karmanghat was constructed in the 12th century A.D. according to the legend, when a Kakatiya ruler who was hunting after some time in the forest, felt tired and sat down to take rest under a tree. While resting, the king heard someone chanting the name of Lord Rama, the king got interested and went around trying to find who it was and as he walked further deep into the forest, he discovered an idol of Lord Hanuman. The stone idol was in a sitting posture and the voice was coming from within the vigraham. Having paid his respects, the humble king returned to his capital, and that very night, Lord Hanuman appeared in his dream and asked the king to construct a

Sanghi Temple

This enchanting temple is located in Sanghi Nagar, approximately 25 kilometers from Hyderabad. It takes its position on a hillock known as the Paramananda Giri. The Raja Gopuram is 15 feet tall, and can be seen from several kilometers away. The Sanghi temple is one of the most famous temples in Hyderabad. It is a very beautiful temple done in marble and the management has given a lot of importance to the environment. You can see this first hand as there are many trees and vegetation in and around the temple. Many Telugu films have been shot in this temple. The stretch of the road to reach the temple is quiet good with a neatly laid two lane black tar road along the way with trees paving the path. The road to Sanghi gives an impression of a ghat road. And when you go further, a Hanuman Temple welcomes you. After the darshan, you can look on to a beautiful view of the city from the hilltop. The main deity here is Venkateshwara Swamy. The temple also houses Padmavati Devi. There are

Chilkur Balaji Temple

This temple located on the outskirts of the state capital, on the banks of the Osman Sagar Lake is definitely an epicenter of a great deal of spiritual energy and an abode of Lord Venkateshwara, also called as Visa God. People from all sects visit this temple in hope of getting their wishes fulfilled. Another notable aspect of this temple is that it is one of the very few temples in the country, which does not accept any monetary donations in the Hundi. Our country is an incredible land, and a home for amazing cultural integration. People in India are briskly embracing technology, but deep inside, they are still rooted to their faith in god. Indians, of all age groups embark on a path of spiritual journey in the name of God and faith. One such temple standing high is the Chilkur Balaji Temple. The amazing deity of this temple is also known as VISA God. This name comes as a surprise for many but some people come to the temple with a belief that Chilkur Balaji is very powerful in he

Mrugavani National Park

The Mrugavani National Park, located at Chilkuru in Moinabad, Rangareddy district is at a distance of about 25 kms from Hyderabad. The National Park is spread over 3.5 sq kms of pure, untamed land. The Indian government announced it a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1994 and since then, the park has been home to some 600 species of plants and animals. The present day world has created its orbit around technology and modernism. The modern way of living has extensive demands and more and more of our Earth’s space and resources is what is at stake for. One can observe that national parks have eventually become the last sights of refuge for most indigenous species of animals as well as plants around the globe. Even governments of several countries have now become conscious of the importance of preserving these last species in wildlife sanctuaries. The Mrugavani National Park in the state capital is an example of a beautiful national park turned major tourist attraction. What is most ex

Osman Sagar Lake

Osmansagar, also called Gandipet, is an excellent picnic spot located on outskirts of Hyderabad. Osmansagar is among the two lakes located on the city’s periphery region supplying drinking water to the city.  Osmansagar is a beautiful lake located 20 km. west of Hyderabad. The lake is a man made reservoir created by constructing a dam across the Isa, a tributary of Musi River. The lake has an abutting bund with lush gardens, which provide an ideal ambience for an outing. The lake also houses a heritage building, Sagar Mahal, which was built as a resort by the Hyderabad Nizam and has been transformed into a lake resort by the department of Tourism. Irrespective of whether it is summer or winter, the place is always crowded with streaming visitors. Mir Osman Ali Khan created this water body as part of the damming project of the river Musi in the year 1920. The idea was to supply drinking water for Hyderabad city. The lake spreads over an area of 46 sq.km and is the chief drink

Ramoji Film City

The Ramoji Film City located in Anaspur Village, Hayathnagar Mandal, Rangareddy, India. At 1633 acres, it is the largest integrated film city in the world. It is also a popular tourism and recreation centre, containing natural and artificial attractions including an amusement park.  The Outer Ring Road Phase 2 has acquired lands at the entrance and is set to intersect the city. Ramoji Film City is spread at over 2,000 acres of lands and it includes amusement parks, recreation centers, film sets and contains both natural and artificial attractions.  Ramoji Film City is located just 25 km drive towards South-East of the Hyderabad city, near the under construction outer ring road, it has the entrance of this privately held company.  The Ramoji Film city has been declared as the world’s largest film studio by Guinness World Records. Ramoji Rao the film producer is the head of Ramoji Group who is the founder of Ramoji Film City.  In 1996 RFC opened for people with the co

Sardar Papanna

Sardar Sarvayi Papanna Goud born in Goud Community at Quileshapur Village, Raghunathpally Mandal, Jangaon District. He fought against the Muslim rule in Telangana. His name, also spelt as Sardar Sarvai Papanna or Sardar Sarvay Papanna or Papadu also built a fort in Quileshapur which was also considered as capital city. Papadu (also known as Papanna and Pap Rai) (died 1710) was a highwayman and bandit of early-18th century India who rose from humble beginnings to become a folklore hero. His deeds have been described by historians Barbara and Thomas Metcalf as "Robin Hood-like", while another historian, Richard Eaton, considers him to be a good example of a social bandit. Papadu lived during the period when the Mughal Empire had expanded its interests in South India and when tensions between the Muslim ruler Aurangzeb and his Hindu populace were rising.  Towards the end of his life, after the death of Aurangzeb and amid the subsequent power struggle for suc

Quileshapur Fort

Authorities of the State Archaeology department are planning to develop the Quilla (fort) at Quilla Shapur or Quileshapur village of Raghunathpally mandal in Jangoan district, thanks to the State government’s commitment to conserve monuments. A detailed project report (DPR) on the development of the fort built in 18th century by Sarvai Papadu, popularly known as Sardar Sarvai Papanna, has been prepared by the department of archaeology and museums and the worth of the proposed works is Rs 50 lakhs. Incidentally, Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation (TSTDC) chairman and former DGP Pervaram Ramulu and former minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah were born in the village that is located about six kms away from Hyderabad-Warangal highway. Though the fort was built with stones, the walls and the ramparts have already developed cracks as no attempt to conserve this fort was made so far. Considering the historical value of this fort, the State archaeology department included it in

Munigadapa Siddipet

Archaeology officials have identified an ancient idol Shaivite Veeragallu at a farmer’s field at Munigadapa village of Jagadevpur. It belongs to 12-13th century AD. Assistant Director of Archaeology and Museums, Telangana, P Nagaraju clarified that some locals mistook it as idol of lord Shiva, but actually it is a Veeragallu idol. “Number of such idols have been found across Telangana in the past too,” said Nagaraju. He further said that they were planning to make a visit to Munigadapa after informing the Director of Archaeology and Museums, NR Visalatchy to find out if there were any historical sites that were located at Munigadapa. The idol was found at the farm of farmer Vadde Narsimhulu on last Thursday. Locals, Krishna Murthy and Venkata Swamy identified it recently. Source https://telanganatoday.news/shaivite-veeragallu-idol-found

Ippagudem, Jangoan

Much to the delight of archaeologists and historians, a rare idol of Tara – the female Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism who appears as a female Buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism – was found at Ippagudem in Station Ghanpur mandal recently. Archaeology and history enthusiast R Rathnakar Reddy found the black granite idol abandoned near the bund of a tank. He first mistook it for Yakshini of Jain mythology. But later, noted archaeologist and historian Emani Shivanagi Reddy confirmed it as Tara. “It was Shivanagi Reddy who identified the idol as Tara. There is an engraved image of Buddha on the hair bun. The deity’s upper body is naked with large breasts, which is the most common description of Tara in Buddhist literature,” Rathnakar said. Rathnakar also found a broken idol of Buddha near the black granite structure, which helped them confirm that it was Tara. Both the idols – three-ft-tall Tara and four-ft-tall Buddha – take historians and archeologists closer to the Buddhist era. It is beli

Padurivarigudem, Nalgonda

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient menhir, a memorial from the Iron Age, in Padurivarigudem in Nalgonda district of Telangana. The structure stands 11 feet high and was built as a memorial for warriors or tribal leaders in the region. Similar relics have been found in Guntur too. E. Siva Nagi Reddy and his associates uncovered the massive menhir that, according to them, dates back to 1000 BC. “Based on the information that we received from T. Saidulu, president of the local Vivekananda Youth Association, we visited the spot on Thursday and confirmed that the menhir belongs to the Megalithic period. It stands 11 feet tall, is six feet in width and goes six feet deep into the soil. The massive stone slab was installed during the Iron Age as a memorial to tribal lords or warriors in the region. It reveals the collective efforts of the ancient iron-smelting community,” he said. The team of archaeologists also examined around 20 circular burial stones, also from the Megalithic age,