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The city of Nizams
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Hyderabad, the City of Nizams, was founded in the late 16th century on the banks of the river Musi, by the Qutab Shahi dynasty - who contributed many beautiful monuments and mosques to the city. Keeping this in mind, start your tour of this remarkable city by visiting the most iconic structure of Hyderabad – The Charminar, the edifice around which the entire city was built in the year 1591. (This area gets extremely crowded . So if you are not too keen to shop, we suggest you go early in the morning to avoid the rush. Also, make sure to climb to the top for the magnificent views!).

The next stop should be the Chowmahalla Palace (walk able distance from the Charminar), famous for its well-manicured lawns, vintage cars and opulent architecture. You can also visit the Mecca Masjid and numerous other monuments and museums, if history interests you. A fitting finale to a day spent soaking up the architectural and historical interests would be a meal or even high tea at the Falknuma Palace that has been splendidly renovated by the Taj Group (please do reserve in advance).

For the shopping enthusiasts, a visit to the Laad bazaar (which has been functional since the time of the Qutib SHahi’s ) is a must. Mostly renowned for its bangles, semi – precious jewellery, sari’s and embroidered cloth, this place will definitely test your bargaining skills.

Visit Ramoji Film City, for a fun filled day for the entire family and if the movies fascinate you (it is about one hour's drive from Hyderabad). This sprawling 1666 acre property is certified by Guinness World Records as the world largest film studio complex!!. Hop on to the red vintage bus for the day long tour in wonderland. With its Filmi Duniya, Fundustan, Back Stage tours and numerous other attractions, this ‘city’ will keep you occupied for the entire day!

For a cultural fix and to pick up traditional arts and crafts, head to Shilparamam in Madhapur, Hi – Tech city. This 65 acre complex has artisans from across India, showcasing their talent. From pottery, a plethora of weaves, wood work, jewellery, clothes and the local crafts of each region of India is available here. The ambiance created by the rock museum, waterfalls and huts of thatch and clay is beautiful. There are recreational activities also to make this an enjoyable trip.

If you are physically fit and enjoys the outdoors, visit the Golkonda fort, built in the 13th century on the outskirts of the city. This region is famous for having produced the world’s most famous gemssuch as the Hope diamond, the Kohinoor and the Regent diamond. Ideally go with a guide so that you get to see all the hidden nooks and experience the architectural wonder and the acoustic effects that the fort is famous for. Plan your visit on time to catch the Light and Sound show in the evening which is a treat.

Ensure to sample some Hyderabadi biriyani before you leave. Made with Basmati rice and various spices, this amalgamation of Mughlai and Andhra cuisine is credited to have come to Hyderabad when Aurangazeb invaded the South. Though Paradise restaurant was probably the most famous in yester years, we suggest speaking to any local person to find the best Biryani joint in the area you are in. Watch out for the legendary Andhra chilli and ask for less spice if you can't stomach it.

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