city of Nizams :
Hyderabad, a royal city having an inherent style in its age old culture, is
a delight to visit. From the magnificent food to the majestic monuments,
from its terrific landscapes to a populace steeped in respect and tradition.
Made of twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, Hyderabad is also the
capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh. The only city in the south, where
the major language spoken is Urdu. Inhibited by the world's richest royals,
the Nizams, Hyderabad is also the center of folk arts like shadow puppetry
Having a rich history, Hyderabad owns some of the fine examples of Qutab
Shahi architecture - the Jami Masjid, the Mecca Masjid, Toli Masjid and of
course, the immortal symbol of Hyderabad, the Charminar. Down the ages,
Hyderabad was the largest princely state in India, it owned its own flag,
currency, railway, and postal system, before being included into the Indian
Famous for The Charminar :
The Charminar's structure is square, each of its side measures upto 100
feet, with a central pointed high arch at the center. The monument contains
numerous small decorative arches arranged both vertically and horizontally.
This unmatched piece of architecture, stands tall and proud of its great
legacy. The Mosque's upper courtyard was used as a school and for prayers.
The minarets, their domed finials, rise to 180 feet from the ground.
» By Air -
Hyderabad is also an international
airport, Lufthansa, Silk Air, Air India, Emirates and Air Lanka operate
» By Rail -
Hyderabad is well connected to all major
Indian cities. There are number of daily express trains from Hyderabad to
other cities of India.
» By Road -
Hyderabad can also be reached by road as
it is well connected with other parts of the country.
Additional Highlights of the City :
» The Galleries Of Charminar -
The Charminar has two
galleries in it, one over another. These galleries are charming and exotic,
giving the Charminar its majestic look. The Charminar has a market in its
surrounding area, having some 14,000 shops, an extraordinary oriental
bazaar. The Charminar market is crowded with shops of glass bangles in
» The Mecca Masjid -
The Mecca Masjid, whose
construction started by Muhammad Qutb Shah in 1617 and completed by Quranzeb
in 1693, is just nearby the Charminar. It is majestic figure with a huge
courtyard can accommodate nearly ten thousand men at prayer. The Jami Masjid
and the Toli Masjid-are the other two mosques, having small and modest
Other tourist places are The Falakuma palace, the Chowmukha palace and the
Regency Mansion, built in 1803. The Husain Sagar Lake, Naubat Pahad, the
Birla temple, Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar, the Nehru Zoological Park and
the Salar Jung museum are some more tourist places inviting tourists from
Things to Buy in Hyderabad :
» Pearls -
Favorite of the Qutub Shahi rulers and
the Asaf Jahi Nizams, pearls, were wore by them as well as used as beauty
aid. Thus, the pearl work flourished in Hyderabad. Osman Ali, believed to be
the richest of the Nizams stocked pearls and diamonds in sacks in basement
chambers. Therefore the trade of pearls is one of the most pulling factor
» Bidriware -
The famous Bidriware of Hyderabad, is
a kind of encrusted metalwork where one metal is impressed on another.
Having similarity with damascene work (koft gari)of gold or silver, it
originated from Bidar. The beauty of this work lies in the contrast created
by the imposed metal-gold silver or brass against the black background.
» Kat Saris -
The Kat saris are the traditional
saris of Hyderabad which is hot favorite among women. Siddipet, Dharmavaram,
Narayanpet and Gadwal are the other famous saris. Important and famous
scenes of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana are hand painted on fabric also
called the Kalamkari and Nirmal painting, using dyes.
Shopping Areas in Hyderabad :
The Charminar market is a happening shopping area in Hyderabad. It is a
crowded market having shops of glass bangles.