ABOUT HYDERABAD CITY

Hyderabad is the capital of Andhra Pradesh, India. Hyderabad is the fifth largest city of India.Hyderabad has so many places to visit and its easy to travel.

Hyderabad is the capital of Andhra Pradesh, India. Hyderabad is known by the sobriquet City of Pearls As of 2011, the city is one of the largest metropolitan of India with an area of 650 square kilometres (250 sq mi) having the population of 6,809,970 and further 7,749,334 living in the metropolitan area, making Hyderabad the fourth most populous city and the sixth-most populous urban agglomeration in the country. Hyderabad was established in 1591 AD on the banks of the Musi River on the tip of the Deccan Plateau by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. The twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad come under the ambit of a single municipal unit the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. Hyderabad was once a global center of the diamond and pearls trade. During late 20th and early 21st century the city emerged as a major global center for the information technology (IT) industry,and biopharmaceutical industry. The city is home to the Telugu Film Industry known popularly as Tollywood. Hyderabad is home to many historical sites, including the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage site of Chowmahalla Palace. The city is a regular tourist hotspot and carries many places of interest. Situated on the crossroads of North and South India, Hyderabad has been noted for its unique culture, art and architecture.

1) CHARMINAR: A splendid piece of architecture standing in the heart of the city built by Quli Qutub Shah, in 1591. This magnificent monument is the unique symbol of Hyderabad. Charminar is often called as "The Arc de triomphe of the East". Representation Of Indo-Sarcenic Tradition : It was built with granite and lime-mortar. It is a blend of 'Cazia' and Islamic style of architecture. The intertwined arches and domes are examples of typical Islamic style of the architecture. The graceful floral motif atop the Charminar is enchanting. The Charminar depicts the Indo-Saracenic tradition - a symbiosis of the Hindu and the Muslim traditions, which has woven the magic of a rich Deccan culture.

2) AP State Museum: A visit to the Andhra Pradesh State Museum is a delight for art lovers. Located in the picturesque Public Gardens, the museum boasts of one of the richest repositories of antiques and art objects in the country. Built in 1928 by the Nizam VII, the museum building itself is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. The museum contairns a Buddhist gallery, Bahmanical & Jain gallery, Bronze gallery, Arms & Armour gallery, Numismatics gallery, Ajanta gallery and more. Adjacent to the State Museum is the Contemporary Art Museum.  Timings: 10:30am to 5pm Close: Fridays

3) Golconda Fort: Golconda Fort is one of the most wonderful monuments, located 11 km. from Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh. The name of Golconda originates from the telgu words "Golla" and "Konda" which means 'shepard's hill'. One of the most important features of this fort is that the sounds of hands clapped at the entry gate can be heard quite clearly at the top of the hill. Attractions Within The Fort : Acoustics ,Taramathi Gana and Premathi Nritya Mandir ,Sound and Light Show at Golconda Fort

4) Aalankrita-the Ethnic Gateway: Spread over an area of 10 acres, Aalankrita blends the convenience of a 5-star resort, the ambience of a heritage site and the ethnicity of the times gone by. Located about 19 Km from Secunderabad on Karimnagar road, the facilities here include an air-conditioned Conference hall, Well side Restaurant, a pyramid shaped Meditation Centre, a covered swimming pool for day and night use, a sunken dancing floor, air-conditioned cottages, an antique shop, exhibition hall, walkways and a sprawling open air theatre that can accommodate about 3000 people. Thumkunta Village, Karimnagar Main Road, Shamerpet Mandal.

5) Asman Garh Palace: The palace was designed and built by Sir Osman Jah, a noble belonging to the Paigah family and one time Prime Minister of Hyderabad State. The granite turrets and arched windows of Asman Garh stand atop a hill some distance ahead of the Hyderabad TV tower. The palace now houses an archaeological museum. 

6) Botanical Gardens: The first Botanical Gardens in Andhra Pradesh, spread over 120 acres, when completed will have 19 sections (Vanams). Already open to public is the first phase, with the completion of 5 sections. The sections include medicinal plants, timber trees, fruit trees, ornamental plants, aquatic plants, bamboos and so on. The Park has been designed to have large water bodies, rolling meadows, natural forests, rich grasslands and exquisite rock formations - all providing visitors an unforgettable experience.

7) Secret Lake: The 'Secret Lake' is situated close to Shilparamam Crafts Village and Hitec City, behind Jubilee Hills. AP Tourism organizes boating in the lake. Angling facility is available @Rs.100/- for 5 hours with a limit of 3 catch. Children Rs.15/ Rs.15/ Per Head Mechanized Boat Rs. 25/ Pedal Boat (per head) Rs. 20/Water Scooter (per trip) Rs.50/ Shikars (20 min per trip) Rs.25/Putty (20 min per trip) Rs.25/ For details contact Ph: 23323330 / 23327899

6) Legislative Assembly: Built in 1913, the building was originally the Hyderabad State Town hall. The architecture is a synthesis of Rajasthani and Persian styles, with an all white, aesthetic look. Located adjoining the picturesque Public Gardens, a massive statue of Mahatma Gandhi in a sitting posture is erected at the entrance park to the Assembly.

8) Nehru Zoological Park: Spanning 300 lush green acres, the Nehru Zoological Park is a must for nature lovers. The biggest Zoo in India, it has over 250 species of animals and birds, most of which are kept in conditions as close to their natural habitats as possible. This is the first zoo to create moated enclosures for animals. The Lion Safari Park, Natural History Museum and Children's Train are the added attractions.

8) Paigah Tombs: There are many tombs of several generations of the Paigah nobles including Asman Jah, Viqar-ul-Umara and Shams-ul-Umara. The tombs are magnificent structures, decorated in stuccowork, and represent the Asaf Jahi and Rajasthani styles. The geometrical designs in the Paigah Tombs are unique and perforated with screens. This style is unique to the Paigah tombs and is not found elsewhere in the world.

9) SHILPARAMAM: It is an arts and crafts village showcasing various art forms and handicrafts of various artists from all over the State. Shilparamam plays host to myrid traditions of arts and crafts of the country. The annual All-India Festival of Arts and Crafts held here in February brings to the limelight the cultural and artistic traditions from every nook and corner of the country and is a unique opportunity to take home a piece of India.

10) Birla Mandir: Overlooking the Tank Bund, the Birla Mandir presents an arresting sight when illuminated in the evening. This magnificent structure built entirely out of marble from Rajasthan, stands atop the Kala Pahad, the twin hillock of the Naubat Pahad. Built by Birla Foundation over a span of ten years, the main temple is dedicated to Lord Venkatehwara. The Birla Mandir presents a colourful spectacular sight when illuminated at night. A trip to Hyderabad remains incomplete without a visit to the enchanting Birla Mandir.

11) Nizam's Museum: Located in the stately Purani Haveli, the palace acquired around the year 1750 by the second Nizam is now converted into a museum with a fascinating collection. The museum showcases the gifts and mementos presented to the last Nizam on the occasion of the silver jubilee celebrations in 1936. A 1930 Rolls Royce, Packard and a Mark V Jaguar are among the vintage cars displayed. There is an interesting collection of models made in silver of all the prominent buildings of the city and citations in Urdu about H.E.H. Mir Osman Ali Khan, gold burnished wooden throne used for the silver jubilee celebrations, gold tiffin box inlaid with diamonds, gold model of Jubilee Pavilion, silver coffee cups studded with diamonds and silver filigree elephant with mahout are some of the notable items on display. The Nizam's Museum is open between 10.00 am and 5.00 pm on all days except Fridays. 2 Km from Charminar and 1 km from Salar Jung museum.

12) Raymonds Tomb: It is situated in Malakpet near Osmanagar Palace, on the top of a small hill rising to a height of 100 feet from the ground. A gallant French General, Raymond was known as Michel Joachin Marie Raymond. He was employed by the Nizam to completely reorganise his armed forces. He was born in France on 25th September, 1755 AD but died at Hyderabad on March 25, 1798 AD at the young age of 43.

AIR

  • Rajiv Gandhi International Airport In 1935, the Hyderabad's first aerial services were initiated. The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad, has been judged among the world's top airports in the category of serving 515 million passengers, according to Airports Council International, and the world's fifth best airport, according to Skytrax, both reviewed in 2010. The airport has the longest runway in India. In January 2011, it became India's first airport to transport more than 30,000 tonnes (66,000,000 lb) of temperature-controlled pharmaceutical products, and caters to the high passenger and cargo volumes. It is the primary base for SpiceJet's fleet of Bombardier Dash 8s. GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited, which operates the airport has been awarded the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation award in the category of Best Airport Environmental Performance of the Year 2009. The airport is connected to the city by three major roads. The 11.6-kilometre (7.2 mi) Hyderabad Elevated Expressways provides dedicated high-speed travel to the airport. As of 2011, it is the longest expressway in India. The Nehru Outer Ring Road serves as a controlled-access expressway between Gachibowli and Shamshabad. Metered taxis and buses are available as transports to the airport.

RAIL

  • MMTS train Railways were first introduced in the city in 1870, and the major extensions began after the opening of SecunderabadWadi line in 1874. The city's Secunderabad Railway Station is the headquarters of the South Central Railway zone of the Indian Railways and it is the largest railway station in Hyderabad. The other major railway stations are Hyderabad Deccan Station, Kachiguda Railway Station and Begumpet Railway Station. Hyderabad's light rail transportation system is known as the MultiModal Transport System (MMTS). The patronage increased considerably from 11,000 passengers a day to over 1.50 lakh passengers. MMTS Phase 2 is expected to complete by 2012 to handle 3 lakh passengers a day. Hyderabad Metro, the city's under-construction rapid transit system, is expected to operate three lines by 2014.

ROAD

  • The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation Hyderabad is connected with National HighwaysNH-7, NH-9 and NH-202. To ease the traffic congestion with in and around the city the HMDA developed multiple major projects as Inner Ring Road, Outer Ring Road, interchanges, overpasses and underpasses which solved the city traffic congestion. The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) is by far the most frequently used means of public transport within the city and operates a fleet of 22,183 transport buses within city and rest of India. According to the Guinness World Records published in 2005, APSRTC operates the world's largest fleet of buses, estimated to be carrying 13 million passengers per day. Inter City Bus Terminal is a 1 billion ongoing project at Miyapur and, when ready in 2012, will be Asia's largest bus station, with 200 bus bays. Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station, located at center of the city, is the main bus station of the city with 74 platforms for 89 buses, carrying 80,000120,000 passengers in a day. Hyderabad has a wide taxi service system. Company operated taxis are metered and those operated by private organisations have fixed fares. The yellow-coloured auto rickshaws are metered and are the most widely available transport service in the city.

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