Andhra Pradesh State Museum
Andhra Pradesh State Museum is one of the famous sites in Hyderabad spanning picturesque Public Gardens. Hyderabad Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan was the museum in 1928. The museum is considered an excellent example of Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. This is a fascinating place for art lovers and it also boasts rich repositories of art objects and antiques in India. Some of the galleries display invaluable antiques:A Buddhist Gallery, Bronze Gallery, Numismatics Gallery, Ajanta Gallery, Brahmanical and Jain Gallery, Arms and Armour Gallery.
Dating back to the second century and third century, the Buddhist and the Brahmanical galleries contain statues reflecting sculptural skill of the ancestors. The Numismatics Gallery containing around 14,000 gold coins and 1,00,000 silver coins as well as countless number of coins of other metals that belong to many periods. The visiting time to visit here is between 10 am and 5 pm and is closed on Fridays. Photographs can be taken only by permission.
The Golconda Fort was founded as early as the twelfth century by the Kakatias situated due west of Hyderabad. This fort has been converted into a mighty fort with granite walls and ramparts by the Qutub Sahi kings that extend to around 5 kilometers in circumference. The border of this massive fort measures around 11 kilometers, with 15 to 18-foot-high walls. Golconda was measuring 185 carats and housed now in Iran, was mined here. Many other renowned gems including the Kohinoor Diamond, Nur-Ul-Ain Diamond, the Hope Diamond, and the Regent Diamond.
The highlight of the fort is a light-and-sound show and the timings vary during summers and winters. The shows begin at 6:30 pm during November–February and during March-October the shows begin at 7 pm.
The Nizam’s Museum is another entertaining museum in Hyderabad that is located in Purana Haveli, in the heart of the city. The museum is placed just two kilometers from Charminar. One will see the displays of gifts and mementos on the silver jubilee celebrations at this place. The museum is open on all days in a week except Fridays, between 10 am and 5 pm.
Purana Haveli is the main residence of Mahbub Ali Pasha, built during the mid-nineteenth century. It is a sprawling complex where the Nizam lived a lavish life can be seen from the Massarat Mahal. It is situated on the eastern wing of the building. It boasts the Nizam’s wooden wardrobe, a giant 73-square-meter room containing two closets and an elevator. Purana Haveli is open between 10:30 am and 5 pm, in a week except on Fridays.
Charminar is a brilliant blend of the Indo-Islamic architecture. It is introduced as one of the places that reflect the ancient history while visiting to Hyderabad. It has a square-shaped structure and its structure is 56 meters high and 30 meters wide. There are four minarets standing on the all four corners of Charminar and each minaret having double balconies. The balconies have a magnificent view of the surrounding. These minarets are peaked with small, bulblike copulas. There are 45 prayer spaces and people throng to this mosque for the Friday prayers.