|Hyderabad was once called as Baghyanagar meaning the city of fortune. This city is the fifth largest Metropolis in India and it is the capital of the state of Andrapradesh. The entire state is famous for its rich heitage, arts and crafts and dance. This city is one of the twin cities, Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The two cities are seperated by the Husain Sagar lake, (an artificial one) which was constructed during 1952.|
The city is famous for its mosques, bazaars, hills and lakes. The city is influenced by various aspects and it have been given A1 status.
Some thing so curious about this city is that it is founded by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in the year 1591. Here one have to understand that founded means - constructed. This city was constructed to accomodate the surplus population in the city of Golconda.
Hyderabad is in the Deccan Plateau and most of the area is rocky and hilly, though there are crops in the surrounding areas. The original city of Hyderabad was on the banks of the river Musi, and now it is called as the Old City. The famous Charminar is in the old city. Telugu and Urdu are the main languages spoken in this city and English is used for the language of communication in many places. The Urdu language have Telugu and Marati dialects and Telugu have Urdu words embedded.
The administration of Hyderabad can be divided into Local and District Administrtion. The Hyderabad Municipal corporation have a Municipal Commissioner, who is an IAS officer and he is appointed by the Andra Pradesh government.
The twin city of Secunderabad's administration comes under the jurisdiction of the Secunderabad Cantonment Board. There are lots of military units and for each of the armed forces, there are separate colonies.
The twin cities comes under three different districts, Hyderabad, Rangareddy and Medak and each district is headed by a district collector who are also responsible for the elections held in their respective cities.
The city of Hyderabad have 24 assembly constituencies and have 5 Lok Sabha constituencies.
Hyderabad is also the financial and economic captial of Andrapradesh. This is also knows as the city of pearls and now after the large number of IT companies starting their operations in hyderabad it is also known for that. The famous pharmaceutical company Dr. Reddy Labratories is also located in Hyderabad along with a few other like Aurobindo pharma Ltd., Lee Pharma etc. Many retail brands have set up their chains in Hyderabad.
Many BPOs, IT enabled services have started their companies here. Hyderabad is seeing a vast growth in the KPO also. The growth of large number of IT companies, IT enabled services have given the name Cyberabad to this city. Hyderabad is the third largest IT and software exporter next to Chennai and Banglore.
Hyderabad is well connected by rail and road both inside the state and also to the various South Indian cities. The NH7 and NH9 connects Hyderabad to the various parts of the country. The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport opened in 2008 have the second longest runway and it caters to the increasing number of passenger and cargo tansit.
Due to the growth of the IT industry, the city have emerged into a cosmopolitan one. Hyderabad is known for its unique culture and heritage but people have adapted to the growth and development.
The Hyderabadi Briyani is the trademark dish of Hyderabad and the cusine of this region is a mixture of Mughal, South Indian and Persian.
The five star hotels that help in the increased foreign exchange revenue are ITC Kakatiya Sheraton, Taj Krishna, Taj Deccan, Hotel Novotel, The Marriot, Ramada Hotel Manohar and Hotel Ista.There are a few more international hotel chains planning to open their chain in Hyderabad due to the increasing demand.
Hyderabad is surrounded by lots of Engineering Colleges. The Osmania University is the oldest which was established in 1917.
One cannot forget the Telugu Cinema. There are lots of studios and Ramoji Film city is the largest studio in World, ceritified by Guiness book of World Records. The largest IMAX 3D theatre, Prasad's IMAX is also located in Hyderabad.
Some of the famous stadiums in Hyderabad are Lal Bahadur Sashtri Stadium, Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.
The famous news paper of Hyderabad, Deccan Chronicle owns the Deccan Chargers of the IPL teams.
The city is famous for horse racing and the Hyderabad Race club attracts jockeys from all over India.
Famous sports personalities from this city are Pullela Gopichand(Badminton), Sania Mirza(Tennis).
Places to visit in Hyderabad
The rectangular structure stands as the legendary masterpiece of the Qutb Shahis. This was built as a tribute to God in ending the plague before it made irrepairable damage. The name Charminar means Four Towers or the four minarets. There is a mosque on the top floor. Legend says that an underground tunnel connects Charminar and the Golconda Fort.
Once a monument, this fort is now in ruins. The fort was built by the Shahi kings, but the most important of them is Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah Wali. The most fascinating feature of the fort is, if you clap at the fort's main gates, it can be heard at the top of the citadel. There are four forts within 10 kms radius.
A hindu temple built of white marble on top of a hill.
Hussain Sagar Lake
An aritificial lake that separates the two twin cities with a 19m tall Buddha statue in the middle of the lake. Boating and water sports are regulars in this lake. The lake looks so beautiful in the night as it is flodded with lights. The tank of the lake is decorated with flower gardens and statues of famous people.
Salar Jung Museum
Located on the bank of the river Musi, this museum holds the largest collections of antiques collected by one individual, Nawab Mir Yousuf Ali Khan Salar Jung. Important exhibits include, Aurangazeb's sword, turbans and chair of Tippu Sultan. The best exhibit one should not miss to see is the time keeper clock. Every hour a time keeper comes out of the clock(just like a cuckoo comes out of the cuckoo clock) and strikes the gong as many times as that of the hour. It is a great delight to see it.