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Hyderabad - The Destination
When a poet, architect and an artist supervises the building of a city, beauty, balance and proportion are to be expected. What lends an air of romance to the city of Hyderabad, is the love story of a young prince and a village belle that resulted in its very foundations being laid.

There are several places to see in and around the city of Hyderabad. The Charminar, which  is the prime attraction of the city, has four wide roads  radiating in the four  cardinal directions. The four minarets

Char Minar Hyderabad

command the landscape for miles. The structure is square, each side measuring 100 feet, with a central pointed high arch at the center. The whole edifice contains numerous small decorative arches arranged both vertically and horizontally.

While the Nizams did not build much mosques or palaces, the Hussain Sagar Lake is likely to fascinate you. An artificially built lake between Hyderabad and Secunderabad, every evening sees hordes of Hyderabadis driving past this beautiful waterfront.

Who can resist mouth-watering kebabs, mirchi ka salan, bagharey baingan, sheermal roti and biryani - some of the irresistible delights of Hyderabadi cuisine? Competing with these aromas are the unique scents of traditional ittar - perfumes and oils which are intended to work on one's senses in varying ways. Ointments to soothe, vapors to lull one to sleep or startle one to wakefulness are all to be found, bottled and displayed. Stunning varieties of glass bangles are a photographer's delight as resplendent shades of every imaginable color glint in the afternoon sun.

Hyderabad today stands as one of the most rapidly growing cities of India. This almost 400-year old city with its natural beauty, mosques and minarets, bazaars, bridges and lakes is rightfully referred to as a link between the north and the south, and a meeting place of the east and the west.

Hyderabad - Facts at a Glance

State : Andhra Pradesh
Area : 260 sq kms
Temperature : 28°C - 39.4°C (Summers)
17°C - 27.1°C (winters)
Altitude : 537 mts
Language :

Telegu, Urdu, English

Best Season : October - February

History of Hyderabad


There is a love story related to the founding of the city of Hyderabad. As a young prince, Muhammad Quli fell passionately in love with a maiden from Chichlam village across the river Musi. He would even venture to cross the river to meet his beloved. Ibrahim Qutb Shah, his father, built a bridge on the river so that the crown prince did not endanger his life. When he ascended the throne, Muhammad Quli built a grand structure, the Charminar, at the site of the village. The city was called Bhagnagar to appease his beloved, Bhagmati. Later on it came to be called Hyderabad. Bhagnagar means city of good fortune.

The history of Hyderabad begins with the establishment of the Qutub Shahi dynasty. Quli Qutub Shah seized the reins of power from the Bahamani Kingdom in 1512 and established the fortress city of Golconda. Inadequacy of water, and frequent epidemics of plague and cholera forced Mohammed, the fifth Quli Qutub Shahi ruler to venture outward to establish the new city with the Charminar at its center and with four great roads fanning out in the four cardinal directions.

The City of Hyderabad is famous for its minarets and its pearl bazaar. Pearl from all over the world are said to come to Hyderabad because the artisans here are skilled in piercing and stringing pearls without damaging them. The city's gypsy tribes called Lambadas and Banjaras are known throughout the country for their colorful costumes - and Hyderabadi cuisine is much sought after.
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