Through an amazing feat of acoustics, a handclap at a certain point below the dome at the entrance reverberates and can be heard clearly at the Bala Hissar, the highest point, almost a kilometre away.
A sound and light show in the evenings is an added attraction.
Details of Show
Tel.: 351 2401
• English (Daily)
   Nov - Feb Time: 1830 hrs. -1930; Mar - Oct Time: 1900 hrs. – 2000 hrs.
• Telugu (Tue, Thu & Sat)
   Nov - Feb Time: 1945 hrs. - 2045 hrs.
• Hindi (Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun)
   Mar - Oct Time: 2015 hrs. – 2115 hrs.
   Tickets: Adult: Rs. 25/-; Child (Below 10 yrs.): Rs. 15/-
   Special Show: Rs 7,500/- for 400 members.

A beautiful Mughal-style building laid out along the Musi River near Afzal Gunj Bridge. Built in 1916 with local pink granite, red sandstone carved panels and columns at an estimated cost of Rs. 2 million, it is perhaps the most striking work of British architect Vincent Esch.

To the west of Charminar is narrow lane or alley way filled with the twitter of burkha-clad women and the tingle of row upon row of lacquered and glass bangle. And to add to that special Hyderabadi ambience the street is also lined with old buildings and their quaint wooden balconies. A worthwhile sight for a stroll, southeast of the Bazar lie the palaces built by different Nizams including the Chowmahalla Palace.

A few bricks from Mecca embedded in the walls of this impressive mosque, gives it its name. Initiated by Sultan Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah and completed by the conqueror Aurangzeb, it is the largest mosque in the twin cities, the second largest in India and the seventh largest in the world. Accommodating upto 10,000 worshippers, its enormous colonnades are carved from single slabs of granite.

Tel.: 701 8950 Timings: 0930 hrs. -1700 hrs.
Established in 1918, its well-laid out campus is dominated by the imposing Arts College building - displaying a blend of Ellora paintings on the first floor and Saracen-Moorish arches on the second floor. Its huge gateway has been inspired by architecture off buildings in Damascus and opens up to a picturesque landscaped garden that also houses various colleges and an auditorium.

About 200 years old, these tombs situated at Santosh Nagar belong to the Paigah nobles who are related to the Nizams by blood and marriage. The intricate marble inlay and delicate carvings makes these unique lime & mortar tombs Indeed a wonder to view.

Tel.: 452 4547 / 2920 Time: 0930 hrs. -1630 hrs. Closed on Friday
About a kilometre from the Golconda Fort are the tombs of the Qutub Shahi rulers. Domed structures built on a square base surrounded by pointed arches, the galleries of the smaller tombs are single-storied, while the larger ones are usually two-storied. At the centre of each tomb is a sarcophagus, which overlies the actual burial vault in a crypt below.

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