UNEXPLORED PLACS IN HYDERABAD

Exploring the lesser known places in Hyderabad and surroundings to make the best way for tourists and travel lovers. These places are quietly neglected by travel guides and travel services. This article gives you a brief description and makes you comfortable with the small amount of research.

1. Idara-E-Adabiyaat

From a mysterious isle to an unknown century-old library, these are five of the city’s unexplored crown jewels. 

In the labyrinthine lanes of Errum Manzil, a century-old citadel hangs on to a slowly-disappearing Deccan archive. Established in 1923, Idara-e-Adabiyat is a one-of-a-kind library with nearly 50,000 books, newspapers, and manuscripts dating back to the days of the Nizams.

Other curiosities housed here include royal weapons, coins, and old garments. “Scholars come from all over the world. They say, how did Zore know I would need this document so many years later! He had preserved it!” says Rafiuddin Qadri, Zore’s son, who now manages the learning hub his father started about 100 years ago.

Much like his father, Rafiuddin believes that knowledge should be free and keeps this hub, complete with Spanish minarets and dusty bookshelves, open to everyone. 

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2. Rachakonda Fort

Without a map, it might be impossible to locate this monument. But for history seekers, these imperial remains, which lie two hours from Hyderabad, have plenty to offer.

Perched atop a rugged landscape, Rachakonda Fort is an abandoned 14th-century fort left behind by the ravages of time. Built by the Velama kings, it served as a small yet mighty stronghold of their once-capital city, Rachakonda, when it was shifted here from Anumagallu, or present-day Amangal. Two floors high, the fort’s South East corner offers a breathtaking vantage point of the entire city.

Complete with time-worn beams, intricate rock-cut walls, and centuries of legends, Rachakonda Fort has a unique rustic charm that remains largely unexplored.

3. Yelleswaragattu Island

Known as a ‘mystery’ isle, Yelleswaragattu Island is a quaint hideout located in the backwaters of Nagarjunasagar Dam.

Local fishermen who rush here each morning for a fresh catch can ferry you across the waters. Once on the island, its secrets reveal themselves almost instantly — clear star-filled skies, a sprawling view of the Nallamala hills and most of all, an age-old temple hidden atop its peak.

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Come Maha Shivaratri, villagers are even known to gather at this temple, which was here long before the dam, and celebrate the festival with great enthusiasm. You’ll need to take a three-hour drive from Hyderabad to get here, but with overnight stays and camping options if you bring your tent, it’s one worth embarking on. 

4. Badshahi Ashoorkhana

Basking in the glory of Charminar isn’t easy. But for those willing to seek out its magic, Badshahi Ashoorkhana is a mere stone’s throw away. Built by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, this royal mourning house features some of the most vibrant mosaic tilework — a kaleidoscope of lapis blue, terracotta, emerald green, white, and a humble gold.

On Muharram, however, the atmosphere is more sombre as worshippers clad in black come here to mourn the death of Imam Hussain, the prophet’s grandson. Walk past verses from the Quran here, stroll through its massive arches and heritage rooms, and get a unique glimpse into 17th-century Hyderabad. Despite being 400 years old, the ashoorkhana’s jewel-toned lustre shows no signs of slowing down. 

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5. Antharaganga Falls

While much of the state is known for its historic rocks, its waterfalls are hardly explored. One such sparkling blue stream is Antharaganga Falls.

Located near the Kawadipally village, about 20 km from the city, this tranquil hideout is secluded from the daily hustle and bustle. It requires a short trek — up narrow pathways and rocky terrain — but offers a rewarding outcome. Gushing against mineral-hued stones, hikers are greeted by clear water, which cascades to the base, creating an idyllic pool.

Here, you might even be surprised by an unexpected companion, as sightings of monkeys, peacocks, and other small birds are not uncommon. Hardly frequented by people other than locals, Antharaganga Falls is worth heading to for an off-beat getaway. 

The next article will provide you with more comprehensive information about more unexplored places in Hyderabad and Telangana. #hydnews #khabarlive #hydlive

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