Visit These Offbeat Historical Places In Hyderabad
There isn’t any doubt that the capital of Telangana is not just a tourist favourite but also the top pick among Indians when it comes to historical monuments and sites. But Hyderabad has more than just the Golconda fort and Falaknuma Palace.
There are some slightly lesser-known spots or historical places in Hyderabad that give a glimpse of its history and rich heritage and must be on all history buffs’ bucket lists.
Tip – Book self-driven rental cars, as it helps you plan your trip according to your convenience. Plus, public transport can be quite irregular in a few places, so having your vehicle is always advantageous.
1. Spanish Mosque
This unique mosque is located within the Paigah Palace in the Begumpet area of Hyderabad. Although it’s a massive Islamic mosque, the architecture is very Spanish and hence the name.
It was initially called Masjid Iqbal Ud Daula or Jam e Masjid Aiwan-E-Begumpet, and some still refer to it by this name. The majestic structure can accommodate 3000 people at one time. Its exceptional church-like design and appearance make it one-of-its-kind in the country.
Where – S.P Road, Indian Airlines Colony, Begumpet, Hyderabad
2. Chowmahalla Palace
Built between 1987 and 1869, this used to be the main palace during the Asaf Jahi dynasty. It used to be the Nizams’ official residence and still bears some signs of the past glory and splendour. Chowmahalla translates to ‘Four Palaces.’ The magnificent structure has two vast courtyards and khilawat – a massive dining hall.
The impressive architecture has an intricate work of arches, windows and domes, meticulously carved fountains in lush gardens, a clock tower, and much more. The monument was awarded the UNESCO’s Asia Pacific Merit award in 2010. Even today, the property’s official owner is Barkat Ali Khan Mukarram Jah, the heir of the Nizams.
The courtyard appears straight out of a fairytale. There are heritage walks conducted from here, while stunning events and parties to benefit guests are also a regular practice in keeping with the nawabi tradition. The Annual Chowmahalla Music and Dance Festival is a much-awaited event every year and should not be missed.
Where – 20-4-236, Motigalli, Khilwat, Hyderabad
3. Paigah Tombs
Despite being in a dilapidated state, almost in ruins, Paigah Tombs, located in the suburbs of Pisal Banda, still possess signs of the magnificence it must’ve boasted once. These are a group of tombs of the Paigah royal family, and the stunning architecture with beautifully carved marble is genuinely worth a visit. A family of caretakers residing in the premises manages the tombs now. This place is a must-visit for history lovers and students.
Where – Qalender Nagar Rd, Santosh Nagar, Kanchan Bagh, Hyderabad
With roots dating back to the Paleolithic era, Nalgonda displays an intriguing heritage and culture. The district is located on the outskirts of Hyderabad, but a day trip here is recommended. Excavations from Yeleswaram have also revealed hints of Neolithic culture with the unearthing of sling stones and similar objects. The name comes from two Telugu words, ‘Nalla’ and ‘Konda,’ which translate to ‘Black Hills.’ The city of Nalgonda today shows a beautiful blend of diverse religious cultures and traditions, which reflects its past as it was ruled by many Hindu and Muslim rulers at various points of time. These footprints left behind by so many dynasties make Nalgonda the unique place it is today.
Where – Nalgonda is about 100 km from Hyderabad and can reach there by car or bus.
The erstwhile city of Kammamet, now Khammam, is about 195 km from Hyderabad. It was a place where a lot of movements were hosted during the freedom struggle. Khammam also had periods of Hindu and Muslim reigns, and this makes it a famous cultural landmark and a critical heritage spot.
It is believed that the Narsimhadri temple situated on a hill in Khammam is about 1.6 million years old. The city gets its name from the vertical rock, acting like a pillar (or ‘khamba’) right below the temple.
Where – It is about 195 km from Hyderabad and can be reached easily from Hyderabad by road.