Four Instagram-Worthy Monuments in Hyderabad, India
India is one of those countries that can give even the most experienced traveler of case of sensory overload. From the natural wonders to breathtaking architecture, there are loads of landmarks and scenic areas to photograph. Many travelers opt to head north to experience the splendor of the Taj Mahal, leaving important structures in southern areas of India overlooked. The cIty of Hyderabad is known as being a hub for tech companies like Microsoft and Google, but it is also a city with a rich culture and eye-catching monuments. If you ever find yourself in Hyderabad, make time in your schedule to check out these four Instagram-worthy landmarks in the city.
Falaknuma Palace - Once a private residence to the Prime Minister of Hyderabad and later owned by the 6th Nizam, the lavish estate was known for hosting international dignitaries and royalties until 1951 when it closed. In 2010, the property was acquired by Taj Hotels and was converted into a luxury hotel for guests that enjoy the finer things in life. The sensational hotel boasts 60 rooms, 22 halls and has an impressive art collection in addition to its beautiful and rare Venetian chandeliers. The best part is that you don't have to stay overnight to get the royal treatment. The hotel offers brunch, dinner and afternoon tea that also includes tours for visitors that want to explore and learn more about the history of this gorgeous palace.
Chowmahalla Palace -Located in the heart of the historic Old City, this jaw-dropping palace was the home to the former Nazims of Hyderabad while they ruled the state (kind of like the president living in The White House for four years). With high ceilings, lavish chandeliers, and warm natural light flowing into the main hall, it's a beautiful reminder of the grandeur of Hyderabad's yesteryear. Only a few blocks away from Charminar, it's in walking distance from the Laad Bazar and the hustle and bustle of the old city.
The Charminar - Paris has the Eiffel Tower, London has Big Ben and Hyderabad has The Charminar. Built in 1591, the monument is one of the most recognized architectural wonders in the city. Standing amidst a bustling marketplace known as Laad Bazaar, the 400-year-old structure boasts two stories and takes a climb 149 stairs to ascend to the next level. After climbing the stairs to the top, stop and take in the splendid bird's eye views, or wait until the sun goes down when the building lights up and adds a beautiful glow to the city.
Qutb Shahi Tombs - This gallery of tombs and mosques were built by the various kings of the Qutub Shahi dynasty. Masterful examples of Indian and Persian architecture, this is one of Hyderabad's oldest monuments and serves as the royal cemetery for Hyderabad's seven kings. Located in The Qutb Shahi Heritage Park, the area has more than 20 mosques and 40 mausoleums. The massive domes and impressive mosques make it a must-see for lovers of history and architecture.