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Hyderabad

The city of Hyderabad with its symbolic Charminar, vestiges of Nizam rule,and technological resurgence currently stands as a testament to the rising modernity in the country. Over the last few years, there has been a visible spurt in gallery spaces that has made the art scene in the city grow by leaps and bounds.

Museums

The museum has a wide variety of archaeological artifacts including the Egyptian mummy of princess Naishu alongside a huge gallery on Buddha dating back to last century.

The museum is a repository of souvenirs, gifts and mementos presented to the last Nizam of Hyderabad by dignitaries on the occasion of his silver jubilee celebrations in 1936.

Located on the southern bank of the Musi river in Hyderabad, the museum houses the private art collection of the Salar Jung family, containiing sculptures, paintings, carvings, textiles, manuscripts, ceramics and more, from different parts of the world.

Galleries

Set up in 2003, the gallery has showcased works of canonical figures from the Indian contemporary art world such as M.F. Husain, Jogen Choudhary and others, alongside featuring artworks by young artists from different parts of India.

It is a space that represents young artists and stalwarts. Hosting exhibitions, workshops and other art activities, the gallery is a meeting point for art enthusiasts, artists and students. There is also a library section featuring rare and obscure books, alongside a printmaking studio.

Established in 2000, the gallery promotes and nurtures the evolving and transformative nature of Indian contemporary art.

And when you need a break from all the art...

Charminar is a monument and mosque located in Hyderabad which was constructed in 1591. A symbol of Hyderabad, recognized globally, the monument is rife with history which includes the existence of a mosque on its top floor for more than 400 years. Charminar is also a site of numerous festivals such as Eid-ul-adha and Eid-ul-fitr.

Chowmahalla Palace built by Nizam Salabat Jung is the palace of the Nizams of Hyderabad. It was the seat of the Asaf Jahi Dynasty and was the official domicile of the Nizams when they ruled the state. It is a relic of many architectural styles and influences that emerged over the decades after the construction began in the late 18th century.

Situated on a hillock and covering a space of 32 acres, the palace originally belonged to the Paigah family and was later owned by the Nizam of Hyderabad. The building is completely made of Italian marble and its architecture shows a combination of Italian and Tudor influences. The Taj Group of Hotels started renovating the palace in 2000 and took ten years to finish it in 2010. With one of the rooms having its ceiling decorated with frescoes, the palace also has a wide collection of the Nizam's artifacts including paintings, sculptures, Venetian chandeliers and a library which houses more than 5000 books.

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