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7 Places To Explore In Telangana If You Love Architecture

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Often the most beautiful or interesting spots are right in our neck of the woods. But we barely pay attention. Thanks to the COVID situation, we've been exploring local destinations like never before. This post is for all you architecture fanatics. If you appreciate great heritage and a good story, you must absolutely visit these places in Telangana. All of them are quite close to Hyderabad and you can take quick road trips.

Kichanapalle Stepwell, Medak

If you are into stepwells, you must check out Kichanapalle Stepwell. Tucked away in Medak, this stepwell was only recently developed by a group of architects. Surrounded by lush greenery, this stepwell's architecture is much talked about, although it's in a state of negligence. It is said that it has well-defined pavilions; not much information is available on the internet too so we recommend asking a local about its historic importance. 

If you'd like to explore more stepwells in Telangana, check out our list.

Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad

This list would be incomplete without the mention of Chowmahalla Palace. Standing tall in the Old City of Hyderabad, the architecture of Chowmahalla Palace is inspired by the Shah of Iran's palace in Tehran. Chowmahalla — which means four palaces — is said to have assimilated the architectural styles of Persia, Rajasthan, Europe, and Indo-Saracenic. The palaces — Tahniyat Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, Aftab Mahal, and Afzal Mahal are architected in different colour patterns and significance. Although we must warn you, not all palaces are open for public viewing. 

Thousand Pillar Temple, Warangal

When we've read about the Thousand Pillar Temple in school, we couldn't wait to go visit it. An establishment of Kakatiya dynasty that flourished from 1163 AD, this temple is located in Warangal. The Thousand Pillared Temple, as the name suggests, is a temple that’s supported with 1,000 pillars, and it was built during 1175–1324. Although most of the temple is in a dilapidated condition, it’s an awe-inspiring construction. Also, it's only three hours away from Hyderabad. 

Nirmal Fort, Adilabad

Have you been to Adilabad yet? If yes, you most probably would have explored Kuntala Waterfalls, Kadam Dam, Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary, etc. But have you checked out Nirmal? Popularly known as the city of forts, Nirmal is home to Nirmal Fort. Of course! It is said that there was a solid French establishment in this town which made way for Nirmal Fort, which is also called as Shamgarh Fort. The view from the top of the fort is quite lovely and we recommend visiting it during the sunset hour. We recommend wearing sturdy shoes as you'll have to walk a lot.

Nagunur Fort, Vemulawada

Here's another less discovered beauty — Nagunur Fort. Located at a distance of 30 minutes from Vemulawada, this fort was built by the Kakatiyas. One look at the fort and it'll immediately can transport you to the grandiosity of yesteryears. With a water tank on the inside, this fort has a Lord Shiva temple too. The beams of the temple are carved with the artwork of musicians playing instruments, and the fort is said to have housed 400 temples at one point of time. Discover more things to do in Vemulawada here.

Devarakonda Fort, Nalgonda

Devarakonda Fort is a hidden gem of an architectural beauty located in a tiny village called Devarakonda in Nalgonda. This view from this fort is stunning as it's surrounded by a series of seven hills, huge boulders, and a jungle. While the fort isn't well-maintained by authorities, this fort holds its ruins with a grace. A visit to Devarakonda, and you'll know what we mean. Built by the Velama Kings during the 14th century, this was created as a defensive structure from enemies or invasions. In its heydays, it flourished with a small lake, granaries, along with large living areas.

Jamia Masjid, Hyderabad

This one's located right here in Begumpet and so many times, we might have passed it without noticing. Jamia Masjid — popularly known as Spanish Mosque because of its architecture was built in 1906 by Viqar-Ul-Umra, who also built Falaknuma Palace. A great fusion of Moroccan and European elements in its architecture, this mosque is said to hold the graves of the Paigah family and it can accommodate around 2,000 people. Yup, it's massive and the best part? It's well-maintained too.