Secunderabad Tour

Secunderabad was named after Sikander Jah, the third Nizam of the Asaf Jahi dynasty. It is situated about 10 km on the east of its ‘twin city’ Hyderabad. The two cities are connected by the road on the bund of the beautiful Hussain Sagar Lake. It is said that the British had one of their largest military establishments here. A large number of historic monuments can be seen around the city. Some are:

Rashtrapati Nilayam: Rashtrapati Nilayam is considered the equivalent of Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. This serves as the office of the President during his yearly stopover in South India.

Trinity Church:It was once famous among the British regiments. The local church community now looks after the maintenance of the church.

Mecca Masjid:This Masjid has a similarity with the regal one at Mecca. The roof of this sacred hall is supported by a quarter dozen beautiful arches. It has an enormous wall, two huge octagonal columns made out of a single granite piece and a beautiful gallery under a dome.

Golconda Fort: The Kakatiyas built this fort in the 13th century. This place has come into view over the years as a popular centre of diamond trade.

Salarjung Museum: This Museum was constructed by Salarjung III, the Prime Minister of the former Nizams. One can see prehistoric articles of arts and paintings of different parts of the world here. The belongings of historic emperors like Aurangzeb, Tipu Sultan, Shah Jahan, Asaf Jahis, etc. can be seen in displayed in a room of this museum.

Osmania University This University has long corridors and halls filled with Ellora paintings. The graceful arches, the Damascus patterned huge gateway all made this structure a grand one. It is situated amidst tranquil gardens and a modern auditorium is situated within the campus.

Lumbini Park:This park is comparatively a new one in this old city. A fascinating fountain show is organized here in which waters dance to the music.

Falaknuma Palace: Sir Vikar Ul Umra built this palace. It was constructed following the Italian architecture. It has been globally applauded due to its majestic beauty. The big halls of this grand palace are studded with precious stones.

Purani Haveli:The Purani Haveli was built following the 18th century European style in architecture. The longest wardrobe made of wood can be seen here. Mir Mahboob Ali built this majestic Haveli.

Nehru Zoological Park:This massive park covers an area over 300 acres. It is counted among the largest parks in Asia. More than 300 animal species and several charismatic birds can be seen in this park. A special attraction of this park is the lion safari, the king of the jungle. This park is also known as ‘nocturnal zoo’ due to the presence of the creatures, which remain active at nights and retire during the daytime.

B.M. Birla Planetarium/Science Museum: This museum is set with most advanced technologies. A significant part of the mysterious universe can be seen concisely here. Those who enjoy Astronomy must visit this. Various shows are organized almost everyday. Enormous facades of science can be seen displayed in this Science Museum.

 

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