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Hyderabad City

Facts at a Glance

Country: India
State: Andhra Pradesh
Location: North-West of Andhra Pradesh
Altitude: 542 m
Population: 6,809,970
Language: Telgu, Urdu
Known as: Capital of Andhra Pradesh
Nearby Cities: Secunderabad, Vijayawada, Warangal

Located in the north-west part of the state in the southern part of India, Hyderabad is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. During the last two decades, the city has experienced fast economic growth along with other infrastructural development; resultantly, at present, the city Hyderabad is one of the metropolitan areas of India. With its metro population about 7,749,335, it is the sixth most populous urban agglomeration in India.

Hyderabad along with its neighbour city Secunderabad is popular as ‘Twin City of India’. Further, both of these two cities are administered under the single circle of municipal unit namely the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.

The Hyderabad city was established by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah on the bank of the Musi River in the year 1591 AD. Primarily, the city was the diamond and pearls trading centre; this is why the city is also popular as ‘Pearl City of India’. However, over period of time, by keeping pace with the advancement of technologies, the city Hyderabad is now an important global centre for the Information Technology Industry. It is also leading industrial centre of biopharmaceutical industry. Above all, Hyderabad is very much popular because of being centre of South Indian Cinema (i.e. Telugu Film Industry) namely ‘Tollywood’.

Hyderabad Tourism

City Hyderabad is ruled by different dynasties, significant of them are Qutub Shahis, Mughals and Nizams; all of these rulers shape up the city and built various structures that became the major tourists’ attraction today. Among them Charminar, Chowmahall Palace, Salar Jung Museum are the world famous tourists’ centre. Interestingly, as per the survey report published by the global city index GaWC in the year 2010; the city was listed among the Gamma+ World City.

Major Tourists’ Attractions in Hyderabad

Historical Monuments

• Charminar: Located in the Old city of Hyderabad, it is one of the most graceful minarets of India. It is one of the unique Deccan monuments built by Mhammed Quli Qutb Shah to honor the victims of plague.

• Golconda Fort: Located in wonderful surroundings on a hill of Hyderabad, it was the royal residence. Though, much part of the structure is ruined; however, you can see its splendid architecture and beautiful internal design.

• Qutb Shahi Tombs: Located nearby Golconda Fort in Shaikpet, it is tomb complex; you can see here various tombs, which were dedicated to Qutub Shahi dynasty. The design, internal decorations and architecture are wonderful.

• Paigah Tombs: Located at Chandrayanagutta, it is a series of mausoleums; it is known for its unique architecture and design.

Religious Places in Hyderabad

• Paigah Mosque Spanish Mosque, Begumpet: Known for its architecture, it is popular mosque of Hyderabad. The mosque was built in the year 1906 by Sir Vicar-ul-Umra a Paigah Nawab in Andalusi (Spanish) architecture; therefore, it is popular as Paigah Mosque Spanish Mosque.
• Makkah Masjid: Built of stone, the mosque is pretty popular in the city; it is believed that its symmetry and the gateway bricks were brought from Makkhah. However, its architecture and design are pretty appreciable.
• Shahi Masjid: Built by Nizam, it is one of the oldest mosques of Hyderabad.
• Birla Mandir: It is a wonderful structure made up of white marble.
• Sanghi Temple: Located nearby Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad, the temple is dedicated to Lord Venketeshwara.
• Chilkur Balaji Temple: Dedicated to Lord Venketeshwara, the temple is located to Himayat Nagar.
• Jagannath Temple: It is pretty popular for annual Rathyatra festival.

Palaces in Hyderabad

• Chowmahalla Palace: One time, it was the royal palace of Asaf Jahi dynasty. Interestingly, here you can find a series of palaces which are recently renovated.

• Asman Garh Palace: Built in the year 1885 on a hillock by Sir Asman Jah; primarily, it was a palace used for leisure. It is built in Gothic architecture and given the shape of European medieval castle. However, at present, it is a museum where you can see various archaeological relics.

• Falaknuma Palace: Built by Nawab Viqar al-Umra, it is wonderful palace. Surprisingly, constructed of Italian marble, now it is a luxurious Heritage Hotel run by Taj Group.

• Taramati Baradari: Known for its unique architecture and beautiful design, Taramati Baradari Palace had been built under the reign of Abdullah Qutb Shab. It has scenic landscape of Gandipet Lake.

• Purani Haveli: Built magnificently, it was a royal place of Nizam.

Museums & Planetarium in Hyderabad

• Salar Jung Museum: Worldwide famous, it is the largest museum of one-man collections of antique items of the world. Interestingly, apart from the museum, it has also a reference library, reading room, publication and education section, chemical conservation laboratory, cafeteria etc.
• Surendrapuri: Located at the distance of about 60 kms from the city Hyderabad, it is basically a Mythological Awareness Centre.
• City Museum: A very rich museum with advance architecture and technology, City Museum is newly inaugurated Museum in Hyderabad. Surprisingly, this museum has 4,000 years old history of the city portraying through the archaeological evidences.
• AP State Archaeology Museum
• Birla Science Museum
• Birla Planetarium

Parks and Gardens in Hyderabad

• Nehru Zoological
• Indira Park
• KBR National Park
• NTR Gardens
• Lumbini Park
• Kotla Vijayabhaskara Reddy Botanical Gardens
• Lotus Pond
• Mrugavani National Park

Lakes in Hyderabad

• Osman Sagar
• Hussain Sagar
• Himayat Sagar
• Rukn ud Daula Lake
• Shamirpet Lake
• Saroornagar Lake
• Durgam Cheruvu

Other Tourists’ Attractions in Hyderabad • Ramoji Film City (RFC): It is really surprising to share that • Ramoji Film City is the largest integrated film studio-cum theme park of the world. Spread near about in 3,000 acres, it is also listed in Guinness Book of World Records as the largest film studio in the world.
• Ravindra Bharati: It is a landmark for the arts that promotes Indian culture. You can enjoy here live performance, music, drama and various other cultural activities.
• Necklace road: It is popular place largely for the natives as well as for the tourists; people love to spend their evenings here.
• Laad Bazaar: It is popular for its lovely bangles, jewellery and pearls shops
• Hyderabad Pearls: Here you can get the famous pearl shops.
• Shilparamam: It is popular arts and crafts village.

How to Reach??

By Road: By virtue of being the largest city and capital of Andhra Pradesh, city has dense road network. The major highways of the city are NH-7, NH-9 and NH-202; and, the state highways are SH-1, SH-2, SH-4, SH-5 and SH-6. Likewise, the city is well connected with all cities and towns of Andhra Pradesh and other major cities of neighbouring states.

By Rail: City Hyderabad has many major Railway Stations including Secunderabad Railway Station (it is the headquarters of the South Central Railway zone of Indian Railways, and the largest railway station in Hyderabad); Hyderabad Deccan Station, Kachiguda Railway Station and Begumpet Railway Station. All these railway stations are well connected with all major and various minor cities of India.

By Air: Opened in the year 2008, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is a major international airport that not only connects with the Indian cities but also connects with many other countries.

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