Hyderabad – City of Pearls

Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad is the sixth most populous city in India. Hyderabad being one of the largest IT hub and a well known tech epicenter is also called as “Cyberabad”. Apart from the IT boom, this city is also known as a cradle of Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals companies like Aurobindo Pharma Limited, Divis Labs, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Hetero Drugs Limited, Matrix Laboratories, and Vimta Labs are located in the city. The most talked about social networking office “Facebook” is located in this prime city. Residents of Hyderabad are called Hyderabadis. The old city is home to the Charminar and Mecca Masjid.

History: A bustling city known for its temples, monuments, churches, Masjid and bazaars has kept this city going for the past 400 years. This city was ruled by the Mauryas under Ashoka the great in the third century B.C. The establishment of the Qutab Shahi dynasty marks the origin of the history of Hyderabad. The city of Golconda was established when Quli Qutab Shah seized the power from the Bahamani Kingdom in 1512.

In 1687, Mughal Empire Aurangzeb captured Golconda and during the Mughal rule the city lost its importance and was in partial ruins. Later Asaf Jahi dynasty came into rule and Asaf Jahi I was declared the Nizam of Hyderabad, hence the city got back its lost glory and became the capital city until Andhra Pradesh was merged into the Indian Union.

Culture: Hyderabad is densely rich in cultural and linguistic traditions. Telugu, Urdu, Deccani, Hindi, and English are the languages primarily spoken. The Hinduism and the Islam are vastly followed, but the Old City is well known for the Muslim dominance. Albeit, the city is predominantly populated by Muslims, Hyderabad is an admonishing amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim cultures. Ganesh Nimajjanam is celebrated with great pomp and show. Bonalu and Eid-ul-Fitr are also celebrated with great hullabaloo.

Hyderabadi biryani is the most authentic cuisine of Hyderabad and is loved by one and all. Other lip smacking delicacies are Qubani ka meetha, Double ka meetha, Phirni, Nahari Kulche. Irani Chai, Irani Samosa, Osmania biscuit.

Hyderabad is far-famed for its Pearls and Laad Bazaar and Charminar market are renowned for selling Pearls.

Topography and Weather: Hyderabad is situated on the Deccan plateau and is 536 metres above the sea level. The city was originated at the banks of river Musi.

Hyderabad experiences a tropical wet and dry climate. Summer starts from late February till early June, monsoons range from late June to early October and winters are from late October to early February.

Places to visit in Hyderabad:

Temples

  • Birla Mandir

  • Balaji Temple

  • Sanghi Temple

  • Iskon Temple

  • Mahankali Temple

  • Ujjaini Mahankali Temple

  • Peddamma Temple

  • Ashtalaksmi Temple

Mosques:

  • Mecca Masjid

  • Charminar Masjid

  • Toli Masjid

  • Jama Masjid Darushafa

  • Badshai Masjid

  • Jama Masjid Mushirabad

Old City Attractions:

  • Charminar

  • Mecca Masjid

  • Chowmahalla Palace

  • Falaknuma Palace

  • Golconda Fort

  • Qutab Shahi Tombs

  • Qutab Shahi Tombs Site Museum

  • Hussain Shah Wali Dargah

  • Paigah Tombs

  • Purani Haveli

  • Raymond Tomb

  • Salar Jung Museum

New City Attractions:

  • Archival Museum

  • AP State Museum

  • Birla Mandir

  • B.M. Birla Planetarium and Science & Technological Museum

  • The High Court of Andhra Pradesh

  • Kala Bhavan

  • The Natural History Museum

How to reach Hyderabad:

Air: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is located 22km from the city. The Airport at Begumpet was shut down on 2008. The new Rajiv Gandhi International Airport was inaugurated by Sonia Gandhi in March 2008 at Shamshabad.

Rail: The Secunderabad Railway Station is the headquarters of the South Central Railway zone of the Indian Railways and is the largest railway station serving Hyderabad. The rail network is very well connected with other cities.

Bus: Hyderabad has a very well connected bus routes and National Highways such as NH-7, NH-9 and NH-202.

In the age of internet, booking of ticket is easy and hassle free. Online travel agencies are always updated with the price and availability list of different fleet. Bus booking, Air ticket booking is very convenient online. Online bus tickets booking is less time consuming and a great energy saving process.

Posted on June 25, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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