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Bewitching palaces , timeless corridors, fairy-tale courtyards and whispering water ways.

To spend time in Hyderabad is to relive an age gone by .Hyderabad is much more than a picture post card setting. A city of subtle contrasts everyway you look at it. It is here that orient and the occident meet, the pre-modern and the modern co-mingle, palatial buildings and slums co-exists. In this history page we bring you every month a historical place of Hyderabad. In our maiden issue we start off with Hyderabad--The city where east meets west in Indian cultures.

    Hyderabad is an important center for Islamic culture and is a central Indian counter part of Munhall splendors of Delhi,Agraand Fatehpur Sikri of North India.

    Consisting of twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad , it is the capital of Andhra Pradesh. It is famous for being seat of the wealthy Nizams of Hyderabad.

    The foundations were laid in the year 1589 by the fifth sultan of Golconda, Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah who had a torrid romance with a Banjara woman named Bhagmati, after whom the city was first named as Bhagya Nagar. Later to perpetuate his wife's memory, he enlarged the fort city of Golconda and bestowed on her the title "Haider Mahal". The city later came to be known as Hyderabad. 

Hyderabad became the capital of the newly formed state of Andhra Pradesh in 1956. Located 650mts above sea level, the physiography of the city is dominated by hills, tanks, forests and rock formations. The city is strategically located on the Indian map blending the cultures of North and South India, National Highway No.7 and 9 passing through it. It is a city of cosmopolitan character embracing people of different religions, languages and races..

    The metropolis was once surrounded by stone walls. A large portion of it was washed away in 1908 floods. The city, at first, had 13 gates . Now excepting for few like puranapul Darwaza and Dabeerpura Darwaza, the rest have vanished.

    Besides the fabled mansions and the Salar Jung Museum , Hyderabad has several stately mansions and public buildings built in the indo-Sara conic style.

    The landmark of the past stand in the ageing glory, silent sentinels of the emerging concrete jungle. The flux of time has left its mark on every facet of life. There is a distinct change in the life style of the people. The yuppie culture and the western haute culture are in. rest traditional outfits are out!!! The Muslim ethos, so characteristics of Hyderabad has given way to the Andhra culture and the deccan Urdu has been replaced by telugu.

  Hyderabad is now one of the largest metros in India with an area of 650 square kilometres (250 sq mi), having a population of 6.8 million in the city and 7.7 million in the metropolitan area, making it the fourth most populous city and the sixth-most populous urban agglomeration in the country. The twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad,separated by the Husain Sagar (bound by the 'Tank Bund'), a man-made lake made during the time of Ibrahim Qutb Shah in 1562, 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. The city has emerged as a major global center for the information technology (IT) industry, and biopharmaceutical industry. The Telugu film industry, known as Tollywood is also located in the city.

As of March 2012, Hyderabad is the "Best Heritage City" of India and 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.

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