The ancient city of Hyderabad, one of the Nizam's capital and now the capital of the state Andhra Pradesh, India is known for its rich history and culture. Its unique culture is reflected in its language and architecture. Muhammad QuliQutb Shah, the poet and Prince of the QutbShahi dynasty of Golkonda established Hyderabad in 1591 on the bank of Musiriver. The city spreads over 260 square kilometers and situated 566 meters above sea level. Hyderabad has been described as PanchanamiSangam, a place where five linguistic and cultural streams – Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and Urdu meet. Today it is the fifth largest city in India after Mumbai, New Delhi, Calcutta and Chennai. With 400 years of history, it has emerged in modern times as the hub of the software revolution in India. Today, it acquires the status of 'Cyber capital of India' because of the presence of Software Technology Industry. Hyderabad is historically known as a pearl and diamond trading centre and it continues to be known as 'Pearl city of India'
The city of smiles, of lights, of a thousand faces, endearingly called the Pearl City, Hyderabad offers a variety of tourist attractions ranging from Heritage monuments, Lakes and Parks, Gardens and Resorts, Museums to delectable cuisine (Hyderabadi Biryani) and a delightful shopping experience.There are many historical places worth seeing - Golkonda Fort, once a renowned market for world famous diamonds, such as the Kohinoor. Other architectural marvels are Charminar, QutubShahi Tombs, Mecca Masjid and Salar Jung Museum – the largest ever one man collection of antiques from all over the world. Other places worth visiting are Hi-Tech City, Gandipet Lake, Ramoji Film City, Necklace Road, Birla Temple, NTR Gardens, Osmania University and HussainSagar Lake (a manmade lake).The climate during August/ September is quite pleasant with day temperature 25-30o C.
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