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Hyderabad –the city of pearls, biryani and Nizams is one of the largest cities and important trade center of India. Founded in 1589 by Sultan Mohammed Quli as royal capital, is now the state Telangana and Andhra Pradesh’s joint capital since 2014. Hyderabad’s 400 year old history is linked inextricably with romance and intensity.
The capital city is well connected by air, train and roadways. The city is on the global air atlas with direct flights from all over the metros of the world landing on its runway.
The city is at its best between September-February when the temperature ranges between 15 degrees to 30 degrees, otherwise its hot temperature having been known to touch 45 degrees in late May. Cottons are a comfortable option through the year to wear.
Telugu, Hindi and English are widely used, the latter in a dialect called Dakhni.
The city is famous for its Biryani but that’s not all. Andhra food is as hot as the weather while traditional Hyderabadi cuisine is spicy and oily. Must eats here are Hyderabadi Dum Biryani, Andhra Chicken Curry, Lukhmi, Irani Chai, Qubani Ka Meetha, Double Ka Meetha and Osmania Biscuits.
The old city is built on the either side of Musi River. The newer city and twin city Secunderabad is on the north of Hyderabad on the shores of Hussain Sagar Lake. Stone bridge on the Musi River stands even today as testimony of a love that endured between the prince of Golconda Quli Qutub Shah and Bhagmati, the Hindu courtesan.
In the old walled city is the huge triumphal arched gate – Charminar, built in 1591 to celebrate end of plague in the city. The building made up of stone and mortar rises nearly 50 meters above its base. The monument is titled at 10 degree angle in order that it can face the direction of Mecca. Next to it is Mecca Masjid one of the largest mosques in the world. It can house 10,000 worshippers.
The ruins of Golconda Fort are 10km west of the city, build of granite, the fort covers a whole hillside. It served as a diamond market for nearby mines for many years. 50mintues light and sound show recounts the splendid history of the fort every evening. To this day, visitors will find the cannon balls that were once stacked at the gates. One mile away from Golconda Fort is 12 doorway pavilion called Taramati Baradari, where immortal love story between Abdullah Qutub Shah – 7th sultan of Golconda and Taramati – Hindu danseuse began.
Hyderabad has many museums and colleges. Osmania University is the best of its 3universities outstanding libraries are state central library and oriental manuscript library. On the southern banks of Musi River stands the Salarjung Museum, world’s biggest 1man collection museum. It houses 43,000 art objects, 50,000 books and 9000 manuscripts dating as far as back to 1 century AD. The State Archeological Museum built-in 1920 is example of Indo-Saracenic architecture is divided into Buddhist, Brahmical and Jain galleries, numismatics and Ajanta galleries. There is an Egyptian mummy preserved here which is another riveting factor.
Laad bazaar in the old city was the hub of all trade in pearls and precious stones. Today it is the house of 1000’s of shops retailing famous lac bangles, crusted with stones in psychedelia of colors. The bazaar is famous for bridal wear and fashion accessories. On the streets of this market, stores are loaded with ittars [perfumes], ittardaan, zari, surma, surmadaan, spices, mehndi, velvet, bidri crafts, silver filigree and kalamkari prints. The most famous pearl market by which Hyderabad is called is at Pathergatti near to Charminar.
In the new city one can find host of Multinational Companies who operate from the city, substantiates the multi-ethnic, adaptable and safe nature of the city. The companies that have development centres in the city are Microsoft, Accenture, ADP, Amazon, Bank of America, Computer Associates, Convergys, Dell, Deloitte, Franklin Templeton, GE, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Hyundai, IBM, Motorola, Oracle SAP AG, UBS AG, Verizon, Virtusa and major Indian IT Corporations such as HCL, Mahindra Satyam, Infosys, Wipro, Patni Computer Systems, Cognizant Technologies, Tata Consultancy Services, Polaris, Infotech Enterprises also function from here.
Apart from being major hub for the information technology industry in India, is home to the world’s largest film studio, the Ramoji Film City and the Telugu Film Industry, the second-largest in India called as Tollywood. It is also a sporting destination with plentiful sporting venues. The largest IMAX 3D Theatre with powerful projector in the world with24 optical focus is Prasads IMAX along with 4D Simulator is in Hyderabad. Inox, PVR Cinemas, Cine Planet, Cinemax, BIG Cinemas and Talkie Town are some other multiplexes in Hyderabad.
The city is infused with culture and its soul beats with echo of its magnificent past. It embraces everyone with warm affability. Hyderabad is truly one of the cities which make India proud.