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Charminar, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad is like a melting pot of Muslim and Hindu cultures in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad is also the capital of Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad was founded in 1591 by Mohammed Quli Shah. Hyderabad is world famous for its Char Minar, teeming bazaars, Muslim monuments, Salar Jung Museum and many other famous tourist attractions. Recently Hyderabad has become the biggest computer and information technology centre of India and known as its nickname of "Cyberabad". It is the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Capital of the Country. Hyderabad is also known as "City of Pearls" as it has fabulous wealth of fine gems, especially diamonds. Hyderabad has also world's largest film studio, known as the Ramoji Film City. Every year Hyderabad is visited by numerous visitors and to cater all the needs of these visitors, there are several hotels ranging from star category to budget class. Hyderabad is also known for some of its other attractions like pearls, lakes, bangles markets, products like silverware, saris, paintings, artifacts, unique Bidri handcrafted items, cotton ware and handloom clothing materials, laboratories, jewelery and many more.

Tourist attractions in Hyderabad
Charminar : Charimanar is the major landmark of Hyderabad. It has four graceful minarets and was built by Muhammed Quli Qutub Shah. Charminar is a beautiful monument with Charkaman which has four archaways leading to roads in four directions.

Golconda Fort : Golconda Fort is beautiful and one of the most magnificent fortress complexes of South India. This majestic fort is also known as one of the strongest forts of the World.

Mecca Masjid : Mecca Masjid is one of the oldest mosques of India. This mosque is also the biggest mosque in Hyderabad. Every year thousands of Muslim devotees come here for daily prayers. This mosque is also one of the finest examples of Muslim architecture.

Birla Mandir : Birla Mandir is also known as Lord Venkateswara temple. This temple is built entirely in white marble and situated in the centre of the city.

Qutub Shahi Tombs : Qutub Shahi Tombs is the home to various tombs dedicated to the rulers of Qutub Shahi dynasty. This is located at Shaikpet which is very near to Golkonda Fort. Large minarets and huge domes are fine example of Deccan architecture.

Chowmahalla Palace : This beautiful palace was the seat of Asaf Jahi dynasty and was built for entertaining official guests and royal visitors.

Falaknuma Palace : Falaknuma Palace is the fine example of Italian architecture and made by Italian marble. It has now been undertaken by Taj group to develop this as Heritage Hotel.

Hussain Sagar : Hussain Sagar is a man-made lake and was built by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali. This beautiful lake is situated in the centre of the city. There is a 19 metre tall Buddha statue which is also a famous tourist attraction. There are several beautiful gardens and statues around the lake.

Ramoji Film City (RFC) : RFC is world's largest film studio, spread at nearly 3000 acres. Recently is added in Guinness Book of World Records because of its size. This studio was opened in 1996.

Salar Jung Museum : Salar Jung Museum houses the largest one-man collection of antiques in the World. There are collections of the Veiled Rebecca and other huge collection of artifacts dating back to a few centuries.

Taramati Baradari : Taramati Baradari is a beautiful palace which is located near to Gandipet Lake and was built under the reign of Abdullah Qutb Shah. Baradari has 12 doorways for ventilation and is considered to be the most ingenious technique at the time.

Culture of Hyderabad
Hyderabad is known for its mixed culture of Hindu and Muslim traditions. You will find people talking in Telugu or Urdu languages. Women of every religion use to wear typical Hyderabadi dress like sari and salwar kameez. The traditional Hyderabadi garb for females is the Khara Dupatta, Salwar Kameez and Burkha. Malees use to wear Sherwani. Hyderabad is very much famous for its delicious cuisines specially Hyderabadi Biryani.

Hyderabadi Cuisine
Hyderabad is known for its traditional South Indian and Persian cuisine. The most famous food of Hyderabad among all is Hyderabadi Biryani. There you will also some more famous and delicious food like Qubani ka meetha, Double ka meetha, Phirni, Nahari Kulche also known as paya and Haleem, Kaddu Ki Kheer, Sheer Qorma, Mirchi ka saalan, Bagaare baigan, Khatti dal, Khichdi and Khatta, Til ki chutney, baigan ki chutney, Til ka khatta, Aam ka achaar, Gosht ka achaar, Peosi, Shahi tukde, Kheema aaloo etc.

If you are fond of Indian sweets then Hyderabad also offers it for you. Some of the famous Indian sweets which you will find here in Hyderabad will be available in Pulla Reddy and Rami Reddy sweets. Most of the sweets are made of pure ghee. Italian, Mexican, Chinese and Continental cuisine are all popular in the city along with typical Andhra and other South Indian cuisine. Pubs are also getting popular in Hyderabad.

How to Reach Hyderabad
By Air : Hyderabad is well connected to the rest of the world with both national and international flights. Hyderabad airport is divided into two parts, domestic and international terminals. Domestic terminal is called N.T. Rama Rao Domestic terminal and international airport is known as Rajiv Gandhi International Terminal. The airport is located at Begumpet.

By Rail : For railway, Secunderabad is the head office for Southern and Central railways. There are two major railway stations as Hyderabad railway station and Kacheguda railway station. All of these three railway stations are well connected with other major states with some of the luxury and deluxe rails.

By Road : By Road, Hyderabad city is well connected to all the other major states like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Orissa. Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation covers almost all the major cities and states through its private and government buses.